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Tuesday Roundup: Goodbye, Stuttgart; WestJet Widebodies; Delta in Venezuela

– United Airlines will drop their daily Newark – Stuttgart route beginning September 20th.

– Beginning August 1st, Delta will run its Atlanta-Caracas flights once a week instead of once a day because of a dispute with the Venezuelan government over funds that are tied up in the country. Most noteworthy, I thought, is that the crew will overnight (Saturday night) in Caracas and return in the morning.

– Lufthansa will postpone 747-8i service from Frankfurt to Mumbai and instead use the aircraft for 1 daily flight between JFK and Frankfurt from July 15th to October 25th. Mumbai’s Airport authorities told Lufthansa that Emirates will be using the only gate at the airport capable of handling the airplane. Remember that Lufthansa’s 747-8i aircraft feature lie-flat beds in business class.

– WestJet reached an agreement with its pilots union to allow them to fly widebody aircraft for the first time, likely in late 2015 for flights between Alberta and Hawaii. Those flights are currently operated by Thomas Cook using 757-200s.

– An Air New Zealand captain locked his first officer out of the cockpit during a flight between Perth and Auckland because he was angry about a delay caused by the first officer having to take a drug test. I know, I don’t get it either.

– A train derailment caused 3 737s fuselages to be dumped in a river (check out the photo in that link)…

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  1. I just cannot believe that the americans are still flying into bolivarland. Hasnt everyone else pulled out? I cannot tell if this means that the americans are still profitable because of the rich venezuelans flying north or if the americans are simply more accepting of risk/loss.