Industry watchers say now may be the right time for air travelers to buy tickets for holiday travel, as ticket costs may rise as travel rebounds. "Big economic factors could ultimately influence the price of a plane ticket, and so it wouldn't hurt to lock in something now, especially if you're talking about traveling for Thanksgiving or Christmas or New Year's," says Kyle Potter of ThriftyTraveler.com.
The Biden administration announced today that the new policy easing travel restrictions for fully vaccinated international travelers entering the US will go into effect on Nov. 8. Airlines for America applauded the reopening of international travel, which is critical to reviving economies around the globe, reinvigorating communities and supporting millions of jobs in the US and abroad. "A4A passenger carriers will continue to work closely with the Administration to implement this new system over the coming weeks in a way that prioritizes the wellbeing of all travelers," said A4A President and CEO Nicholas Calio.
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said the airline has been planning for the upcoming holiday travel period as more travelers are expected to take to the skies. "We've got over 4,000 people we've added on to our airport staff, and we're absolutely ready," Bastian said. "We can't wait to welcome people back to the skies."
United Airlines recently completed a test flight using 100% sustainable aviation fuel to power one of its Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. The aircraft circled George Bush Intercontinental Airport for 90 minutes to demonstrate the feasibility of the alternative fuel.
A new luxury tour operator, IWorld of Travel, founded by Ady Gelber's son Michael, is following in the senior Gelber's footsteps by working closely with travel advisors. Gelber, who canceled his 2021 offerings, is now booking yacht charters for 2022 with commissions paid within 72 hours of deposit.
The White House announced today that it will end travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign individuals beginning Nov. 8 for air travel, land borders and ferry crossings. Unvaccinated visitors will still be barred from entering the US from Canada or Mexico.
American Airlines pilot Tammy Binns and flight instructor Gustavia Cartwright are featured role models for the 2021 ESSENCE Girls United Summit. "The moments that really catch me aren't really the flying moments," Binns said. "It's the moment where I'm saying goodbye to passengers and a Black mom walks up to me with her kid and she's like, 'It's amazing, do you see her? Do you see that, she's a Black pilot. You can be a pilot.'"
This holiday season, American Airlines will offer a route connecting Daytona Beach, Fla., and Dallas-Fort Worth. "We are thrilled American Airlines has brought back both the Dallas and Philadelphia flights for the holiday season," said Karen Feaster, director of Daytona Beach International.
Destination Analysts finds that almost 70% of Americans want to travel in the near future, and airlines have responded by increasing the number of direct flights available. "United announced 10 new routes for this winter to vacation destinations like Aspen, the Bahamas, Las Vegas and Costa Rica," said marketing expert Robert Feinberg.
The pandemic has delayed American Airlines introduction of a new signature dress for flight attendants, though the airline did successfully roll out a new look for front-line workers in March 2020. United Airlines provided a preview of a possible uniform update in 2019.
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