Week in travel: Pilot draws a Christmas tree over Germany

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16 December 2017

By | 16 December 2017

Woman threatening to kill passengers, while the crew of a bankrupt carrier gets a new home and passengers wearing an ugly sweater are let to board early

This weeks travel news doesn’t just revolve around Christmas.

Air Berlin crew saved: Easyjet to buy parts of the bankrupt carrier

EasyJet will also lease 25 planes and hire 1,000 of Air Berlin’s pilots and cabin crew — Savvapanf Photo / ShutterstockEasyJet will also lease 25 planes and hire 1,000 of Air Berlin’s pilots and cabin crew — Savvapanf Photo / Shutterstock

The European Commission has allowed British budget airline easyJet to acquire parts of bankrupt carrier Air Berlin on Tuesday.

The deal will cost $47 million and will make EasyJet the largest airline operating in Germany. They will include some of Air Berlin’s operations at Tegel airport, lease up to 25 A320 planes and hire about 1,000 of Air Berlin’s pilots and cabin crew.

The European Commission confirmed to Reuters that the acquisition would not hurt any competition.

“EasyJet’s plans to buy certain Air Berlin assets will not reduce competition and we have approved it today,” EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.

“Our decision enables easyJet to grow its presence at Berlin airports and start competing on new routes to the benefit of consumers.”

Emirates plane draws Christmas tree above Germany

Airbus A320 pilots had some pre-Christmas fun during their test flight over Germany on Wednesday.

Using the online flight tracking service Flightradar24, the crew managed to draw a massive Christmas tree stretching from Hamburg to Stuttgart.

While flying at various altitudes, the Emirates plane rendered the tree in different colours.  

The outcome is significantly more classy than last month when a US Navy pilot drew a penis in the sky.

Woman caught smoking on plane threatens to ‘kill everybody’

Southwest passenger threatens to kill everybody —  Lowe Llaguno / ShutterstockSouthwest passenger threatens to kill everybody — Lowe Llaguno / Shutterstock

As the number of ‘air rage’ incidents has risen by 50 per cent this year, another rant from an aggressive passenger occurred on a Southwest Airlines flight from Portland to Sacramento.

The cabin crew was forced to declare an emergency after 24-year-old Valerie Curbelo repeatedly yelled at a flight attendant she would “kill everybody” on the plane.

According to Southwest, the woman disabled a smoke detector and proceeded to smoke. After the flight attendant caught her, Curbelo caused a “disturbance”.

“I have a destination for this, I have a destination for myself, and I need to go there,” the woman can be heard yelling in footage provided to KOIN 6.

“I swear, if you … land, I will kill everybody on this [expletive deleted] plane,” she shouted. “I will kill everybody on this [expletive deleted] plane!”

Norwegian to launch new routes to Milan, Amsterdam and Madrid

Norwegian launches flights from US to Milan, Madrid and Amsterdam — Senohrabek / ShutterstockNorwegian launches flights from US to Milan, Madrid and Amsterdam — Senohrabek / Shutterstock

Budget transatlantic carrier Norwegian Air will provide more options for US travellers. The airline will start flying to Milan, Amsterdam and Madrid next spring and summer.

The carrier wants to continue in the growth they have been experiencing in the US. In June 2017 alone they launched 25 new routes.

“2017 has been a year of exponential growth for Norwegian in the United States,” Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos said in a statement.

“Next year, we will continue our vigorous expansion and we plan to make three of Europe’s most exciting cities so much more affordable and easier to reach for American travellers,” he added.

“We are not slowing down our quest to provide Americans with low fares and a high-quality onboard experience.”

The fares should start at $199 one way from New York, and $229 from Los Angeles.

Passengers wearing ugly Christmas sweater will be allowed to board Alaska Airlines flights early

Week in travel: Pilot draws a Christmas tree over GermanyPassengers with ugly Christmas sweaters can board early — Shutterstock

If you prefer early boarding, you now have the chance to do so for free on Alaska Airlines flights.

During the holidays, the carrier will prioritise the boarding of passengers wearing an ugly Christmas sweater.

“Travel during the holidays can be stressful for guests, especially those who do not travel often,” managing director of marketing and advertising at Alaska Airlines, Natalie Bowman, said in a statement.

“This fun promotion not only allows guests to board early on that day, but gives people another opportunity to dust off that ugly holiday sweater hanging in the back of their closet.”