Rai Adair chose an aviation career, but pursues her lifelong passion for dance as a leader of Alaska Airlines' flight attendant drill team, and was featured in Alaska's famous "Safety Dance" video. "Everywhere you look, you can find Alaska employees sharing their knowledge, creating community gathering spaces, and donating their time, energy, and money to causes all over the U.S. and the world," said Adair, who has filmed a follow-up in which she teaches viewers how to do the "safety dance."
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian joined Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp as he toured the mass vaccination site at the Delta Flight Museum near Atlanta. "Seeing people getting vaccinated and protected from the worst disease we have seen in a century and being able to do that in our home, supporting the state is a thrill for us," Bastian said.
JetBlue's new Mint Suites, contains rooms with seats that fold down into beds with a privacy door and adjoining sofa that are "a game changer for business class travel." The suites are included in the A321neos JetBlue plans to fly to London.
As a part of its celebration of Hawaiian Language Month, Hawaiian Airlines featured local designer Keola Nakaʻahiki Rapozo who partnered with the airline to create a new collection to celebrate the month. "Words are powerful, and we can choose how to use our language. For me, I’m using my language and layering it with my interpretation of ohahā to build kiʻi (imagery); to share moʻolelo (stories) through kiʻi; to leave this space better for my daughters and the next person," Rapozo said.
The Federal Aviation Administration is upgrading beacon-based navigation in the Las Vegas area to a new satellite system. The improved technology will allow the FAA to implement more efficient aircraft routes.
Southwest Airlines has named the Birthday Party Project, an organization that partners with agencies across the country to create birthday celebrations for children experiencing homelessness, as the official "community partner" of the airline's 50th Anniversary celebrations. The Southwest Airlines Foundation is donating $50,000 which will nearly double the organization's resources.
Smart data applications allow airports to use passengers' Wi-Fi patterns to target advertising and offers for airport services to individual preferences, boosting both revenue and passengers' airport experience. Travelers who purchase alcoholic beverages can find offers for drink specials.
Aircraft manufacturers faced challenges no one could have predicted before 2020, but the industry has begun to rebound from supply-chain disruptions, factory shutdowns, and other impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, panelists said at a General Aviation Manufacturers Association virtual press conference on the state of the industry.
Hermiston Municipal Airport in Oregon will undertake a $2 million project to upgrade the apron, with construction expected to begin this summer. The majority of funding will be provided by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Pilot Luc Zipkin, 16, is the founder of Young Pilots USA, an organization that inspires young people to pursue aviation and fosters a new generation of pilots. This summer, Zipkin will take a cross-country flight in a Piper J3 Cub aircraft from Connecticut to California, and the mission will raise money for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association "You Can Fly" scholarship series, the Barstool Fund for COVID-19 small-business relief and the Gary Sinise Foundation for veteran support.
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