Air Canada is meeting with customers and focus groups as it designs its new loyalty program, which is scheduled to launch in 2020. Details will be announced beginning in 2019, said airline executive Michael Rousseau.
Women in Aviation International chapters across the country will hold special events for Girls in Aviation Day on Saturday, designed to encourage women and girls to join the aviation industry. Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, FedEx and UPS are participating as sponsors and corporate members of WAI.
Airlines are looking to resume flights to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as soon as possible. American Airlines plans to fly to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport on Friday with federal checkpoint screeners. United Airlines is still gauging the situation.
Investors have been wary in the past of buying airline stocks. Now, analysts are advising investors to take another look, noting that fuel costs have fallen and now consume about 15%-20% of airlines' revenue, compared to 30%-40% before prices came down. Warren Buffett recently invested $10 billion in the industry.
The aviation industry is growing and looking to lessen its environmental impact with emissions-reducing innovations like biofuels and solar power. 3D-printing technology benefits the environment by reducing the need to ship parts; parts distributors can instead email schematics for customers to produce onsite.
FedEx has this week used two chartered planes to deliver 10,000 meals a day to people in the Florida Keys affected by Hurricane Irma. The carrier stepped up to help Operation BBQ Relief, which had been using private planes to deliver meals.
American Airlines is scheduled to deliver relief supplies into Puerto Rico today. "We have thousands and thousands of relief supplies ready to go," said airline executive Alexis Aran Coello.
Transportation Security Administration officers screening passengers at Virginia's Washington Dulles International Airport on Wednesday found two loaded guns in separate incidents. Police officers with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority seized the weapons.
US-bound international travelers can now use the Mobile Passport Control app at Los Angeles International Airport. The app lets eligible US and Canadian citizens submit passport information and answer questions before they arrive at the airport, speeding up processing by Customs and Border Protection.
Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City has added a Coolgreens restaurant in the west concourse. The local eatery offers a selection of greens, toppings and proteins, allowing diners to create their own perfect salad.