Bookings for domestic and interisland travel have seen "a very strong recovery in demand," but international travel cannot come back until governments remove restrictions, Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Peter Ingram said in an interview.
American Airlines has partnered with TikTok to offer travelers 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi to browse the app inflight.
London's Heathrow Airport was the site of many family reunions Aug. 2, when a rule requiring quarantine was lifted for vaccinated travelers from the US and many other countries. US travelers to the UK need to be tested before departure and again two days after arrival.
While a flight simulator may resemble a "$17 million computer game," the training they give pilots is challenging and realistic, writes pilot Charlie Page. "In effect, our job is on the line every six months," he says, and airlines run simulators 24 hours a day.
Work will resume soon on the design of a $270 million concourse expansion for Florida's Jacksonville International Airport, which was paused due to the pandemic. Airport officials hope to get at least $50 million for the costs from the bipartisan infrastructure plan now being debated in Congress.
The 787s that Hawaiian Airlines has on order for 2022 are "incredibly fuel-efficient and environmentally efficient, and it is destined to be the flagship of our network," said CEO Peter Ingram. The electric aircraft some airlines are investing in with an eye toward urban hops would not be as effective for Hawaiian for some time since the airline transports more passengers than current electric aircraft designs have capacity for, even for short inter-island flights.
"I think airports tend to be one of the safest locations given the recommendations that are in place about mask wearing in the airport and on airplanes," said Dr. Colleen Kraft, the associate chief medical officer at Emory University Hospital. US airlines continue to rely on science and research to protect the health of passengers and employees. The layers of protection include HEPA ventilation filters that capture and remove particulates, which result in "substantial protection" onboard aircraft.
American Airlines retooled its widebody fleet during the pandemic and has identified expansion opportunities through partnerships and in the Caribbean and South America, said Chief Revenue Officer Vasu Raja. "If you look out at our published schedules, we've never been larger in Mexico, Caribbean and Latin America, and we see more opportunities to be able to grow," Raja said.
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