Alaska Airlines is starting daily service between San Francisco and New Orleans, using Virgin America's Airbus A320 aircraft.
Brett Tollman, chief executive of The Travel Corporation, sees many sales opportunities in immersive travel due to consumer demand, and the company uses several tactics to help agents with meeting that demand. Travel Corporation offers online training, sales consulting services and familiarization trips.
Making unsolicited calls to former and top clients is a business basic, but it can produce huge results and build relationships, Mike Marchev writes. It's wise to call your top-tier prospects and clients regularly to check up on them, which could lead to their initiating future travel plans.
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.
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