Frontier Offers One Year of Free Flights with “Family Summer Getaway”
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by Joe Cortez
6d ago
  The airline’s latest sweepstakes, the “Family Summer Getaway,” is giving away over 400 round-trip flights, including the grand prize of a free year of travel aboard the ultra-low-cost-carrier.   Giveaway Includes Four Roundtrip Flights to Frontier Destinations To enter the giveaway, potential flyers only need to sign up using the entry form on the airline’s website. In addition to the usual entry information, the airline also asks which city Frontier flies to is the “Dream Vacation Destination” for their family.   The grand prize is one year of free flights, consisting of four ..read more
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Flight Attendants Get Support for Strike from U.S. Senators
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by Joe Cortez
6d ago
  In an open letter to the National Mediation Board, 22 senators are asking the members to “use all the tools at your disposal,” including releasing the parties from mediation to allow the AFPA to formally walk off the job.   Lawmakers Encourage Allowing Flight Attendants to Formally Strike In the two-page letter signed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Chuck Shumer (D-NY), the group recognizes the work being done by the National Mediation Board to resolve labor differences between unions and employers. Under the Railway Labor Act, transportation workers – including flight attendants ..read more
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Delta and American Express Offer Increased Welcome Offers for Summer Travel
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by Joe Cortez
1w ago
  The companies announced an increase in limited-time welcome offers for cardmembers who are approved by July 17, 2024.   Bonuses Range Up to 110,000 Miles with Reserve Business Card According to an American Express survey, nearly four out of five travelers are expecting to take a long weekend trip this summer, with nearly all of them planning for a three-night stay as the perfect length. To help facilitate that, both the credit card issuer and Delta are temporarily increasing their welcome bonuses for qualifying card members.   For new, qualifying applicants of the Delta SkyMil ..read more
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Activist Investor Seeks Ouster of Longtime Southwest Leadership
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by Joe Cortez
1w ago
  In an open letter, leaders from Elliott Investment Management are calling on the Southwest board of directors to upgrade the company’s leadership and ultimately go through a business review to determine how to better improve performance metrics.   Elliott Accuses Southwest of Underperformance From Kelly and Jordan In the letter, the leadership at Elliott say their research leads them to believe that “Southwest represents the most compelling airline turnaround opportunity in the last two decades.” However, in order to achieve that potential, it is their opinion that a change in lead ..read more
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Decarbonization Remains an Aviation Priority, But Flyers Will Pay (Today)
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by Joe Cortez
1w ago
  The International Air Transport Association outlined their progress towards net-zero emissions by 2050 at their 2024 Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit in Dubai.   “The Transition to Net Zero Will Require Customers to Pay” Among all ways to reduce CO2 emissions, producing and using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) has the greatest potential to get to net zero by the target date of 2050. However, the aviation industry is facing a major problem in sourcing and using SAF. By the end of 2024, IATA estimates the refining industry will only produce 1.5 megatons of SAF ..read more
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Turbulence Isn’t a Bigger Problem, But Airlines Want More Data to Avoid It
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by Joe Cortez
1w ago
  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) took on the topic and presented ways to reduce severe turbulence overall during the annual safety briefing during the 2024 Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit.   IATA Seeks 150 Million Data Points by End of 2024 Ever since the fatality and severe injuries experienced by flyers aboard Singapore Airlines Flight 321, turbulence has been a recent topic of discussion. However, leaders at IATA noted while the problem exists, actual severe turbulence events are still the exception.   The true challenge is identifyin ..read more
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Oneworld at 25: Fiji Airways Becomes Full Member as Alliance Focuses on Innovation
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by Joe Cortez
2w ago
  The alliance announced the promotion of Fiji Airways from Oneworld Connect partner to full member at the International Air Transport Association Annual General Meeting on Monday, June 3, 2024.   “Quality Prized More Than Quantity” for Oneworld’s Future As a collective body, the second oldest modern airline alliance has fewer airlines in their membership compared to Star Alliance and SkyTeam. This doesn’t mean they are underrepresented in the world. Combined, the group operates 4.5 million flights per year, transporting over 500 million passengers to over 900 destinations globally ..read more
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IATA: Aviation Legislation Actions May Cause More Harm to Travelers
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by Joe Cortez
2w ago
  The commentary comes from the IATA Annual General Meeting, being held from Sunday, June 2 through Tuesday, June 4 in Dubai.   “Aviation Represents the Entire Continent” Speaking at a press briefing, IATA regional vice president Peter Cerda underscored the importance of aviation in the North Americas. Noting that over 90% of tourists arrive to the American continents by air, he noted that the aviation industry is targeted for taxes and fees more than other forms of transportation despite the lack of infrastructure for buses and rail travel.   Although the North American market ..read more
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Air Canada Express Operator Moves to Lightweight Seats
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by Joe Cortez
2w ago
  In a press release, Jazz Aviation announced they are switching to a lightweight seat provided by French-based Expliseat for 25 of their Dash 8-400 aircraft, with the goal of reducing fuel consumption and lowering emissions.   Titanium and Composite Fiber Seat Said to “Modernize Passenger Experience.” Instead of going with a traditional airline seat, the Air Canada Express operator will change out their cabins with a lighter seat made of titanium and composite fiber. The company claims that the new seats will “modernize the passenger experience” by blending comfort, durability, and ..read more
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American Abandons Plans to Cut Mileage Earning Along With Chief Commerical Officer
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by Joe Cortez
2w ago
  In comments at the Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference, airline president Robert Isom announced the plan would not come to fruition, while also defending the “reset” within the executive suite.   Full Mileage Earning Reinstated Through Corporate Booking Agents and Online Agencies In February 2024, the Fort Worth-based carrier announced they would make significant changes to how award miles and loyalty points are earned. The original plan, slated to take place on May 1, 2024, was to only allow full award miles and loyalty points granted on flights booked direct through American ..read more
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