While 84% of frequent flyers have not boarded an aircraft since the coronavirus crisis hit, 60% plan to fly within the next six months, the Xenophon Analytics communications firm reported, using data from a poll of its own database of 200,000 frequent flyers. Of those getting ready to travel, 63% are planning personal travel, 10% business trips and 27% combined travel.
Delta CEO Ed Bastian discussed how the airline industry is protecting passengers and employees during the public health crisis with enhanced standards for cleanliness, in addition to mandated face coverings. Bastian also evaluated the road to recovery, saying, "This will be the crisis that will define Delta," which has "a real opportunity to get through this crisis as a more resilient airline."
Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly says the airline plans to resume flights to all 15 of its international destinations in the Caribbean and Central America by early 2021. Once a destination is open to receive travelers, Southwest will make decisions based on safety, the quality of experience the destination offers passengers and profitability, he said.
American Airlines has moved into new quarters at London Heathrow Airport, where it will share Terminal 5 with British Airways. The airlines have a partnership for transatlantic flights and will share a terminal at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, where construction began in January.
Air Canada has partnered with Cleveland Clinic to advise the airline on medical issues and biosafety measures. "As airline travel adapts to a new normal, we are taking another leadership role via our partnership with renowned Cleveland Clinic which enables Air Canada to leverage the strategic insight, advice, resources and recommendations of the world's leading medical community to further develop protocols, guidelines and standards validated with science-based evidence in our ongoing COVID-19 response," said Samuel Elfassy, vice president for safety.
United Airlines has named Jessica Kimbrough to the new role of Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Managing Director. United said that Kimbrough, currently Labor Relations and Legal Strategy Managing Director, "will be responsible for helping United redefine our efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion - ensuring that our programs and approach are strategic, integrated and outcome-oriented, while we continue to build a culture that reflects our core values." Kimbrough also serves as President of uIMPACT, United's women's employee business resource group.
The Bombardier Challenger 350 has been the best-selling super-midsize business jet for each of its six years in service, and it now marks another achievement with the delivery of its 350th aircraft. Since 2014, the jet has made a number of upgrades, including enhanced cabin sound-proofing, HUD and EVS options and a short-runway performance improvement package.
Due to the pandemic, the annual Electric Aircraft Symposium will be a virtual event from July 28 to 30 with sessions about both electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft and electric fixed-wing aircraft. Panel discussions by experts in manufacturing, military, academics and other industries will analyze urban air mobility, community engagement and commuter services.
Paullina Municipal Airport in Iowa may be sold when the facility's lease is up in January, due to the cost of maintaining the airport. A local pilot appealed to officials at a city council meeting to reconsider the plan, citing the airport's importance to the community.
The Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team has published a document of frequently asked questions and answers about the special federal aviation regulations issued this year to help pilots meet currency, training and medical requirements during the coronavirus pandemic.