JetBlue Airways has announced new appointments to its executive team. Ursula Hurley has been named vice president, structural programs; David Jehn joins JetBlue as vice president, operational planning and analysis; and Santiago Martello will be vice president, financial planning and analysis when he joins the airline on Aug. 2.
Amelia Earhart, born July 24, 1897, is remembered for her love of flying and a string of record-breaking accomplishments that included seven women's records for speed and distance and a new world record for female pilots when her plane reached an altitude of 14,000 feet in 1922. Earhart was also the first person to fly solo across both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Mike Willey, a ilot and advisory council member for the Central Maine Regional Airport, says ATC reform will help communities across Maine as well as the rest of the country. In this commentary, he notes such reform also will benefit travelers with faster, more reliable and less expensive flights, fewer delays and increased service in their communities.
JetBlue Airways and Bar Business Magazine joined to surprise travelers on a flight from New York to New Orleans with a free in-flight mixology class called "Shakes On a Plane." Travelers received liquor-themed gift bags and worked with mixologists Mia Mastroianni and Phil Wills to create cocktails after the plane left the ground.
United Airlines is working with Audubon International to relocate birds of prey living near New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport to safer environments near golf courses. "As the official airline of the PGA Tour, United is uniquely positioned to help identify suitable golf course habitats with Audubon International for relocation purposes and help inform the public on the importance of environmental sustainability," the airline said.
The American Heart Association and Anthem Foundation are working to educate flyers on how to perform hands-only CPR by installing training kiosks at three airports: Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and Florida's Orlando International Airport. The kiosks feature rubber practice mannequins and give users feedback on their techniques.
Four passengers on an American Airlines flight from San Antonio to Miami were evacuated upon arrival because an unidentified odor had made them sick. Two of the travelers were taken to University of Miami Hospital for treatment.
Major construction projects to create a new security checkpoint area and a new regional jet concourse are expected to disrupt traffic at Virginia's Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. "We advise passengers to consider using Metro or one of our parking facilities to avoid adding to the congestion," said airport manager Paul Malandrino.
The Federal Aviation Administration will give Arkansas' Fort Smith Regional Airport a $3.1 million grant to cover 90% of the cost to build a new three-bay fire station.