Hawaiian Airlines is opening a new passenger lounge for business class fliers. The lounge, called the Plumeria, features local pastries and craft beer, as well as free Wi-Fi.
Transportation Security Administration officers screening air travelers nationwide last week found 54 firearms, 46 of them loaded. Other prohibited items found included knives, ammunition, 24 stun guns and four inert or replica grenades.
The first-class cabins aboard Lufthansa Airbus A-380 aircraft now include humidifiers that will take air humidity levels from 5% to as high as 25%. "It (the humidifier) gives a totally different experience. Passengers arrive in a much better shape after a long-haul flight," said CEO Carsten Spohr.
Boeing Co. has received building permits for up to 10.4 planes per month at its production facility in Everett, Wash., where it plans to manufacture its new 777X jetliners. Boeing would set a new world record for wide-body aircraft production rate on a single production line if it turns out the permitted number of planes.
The Federal Aviation Administration has asked a new, high-level advisory committee to develop a cybersecurity plan for the nation's aircraft. The panel will issue recommendations to protect against attacks like the one that targeted Warsaw Chopin Airport last week and grounded 25 planes.
Travelers interested in enrolling in the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program may now do so at Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, Ark. Program participants are given access to special airport security screening lanes where they don't have to remove their shoes, light outerwear or belts.
JetBlue passengers will benefit from several changes in the near future, including more premium services flying coast to coast and a tiered-fare structure to meet customers' needs. JetBlue will continue offering "the best experience of any airline," says CEO Robin Hayes.
Airlines for America is encouraging airline customers and employees to visit the Stop Air Tax Now website and send a letter to Congress, letting them know that a 90% increase in the Airport Tax simply won't fly. A4A has signed an agreement with Phone2Action, an advocacy software company, to provide airline customers with an additional vehicle to contact their elected officials through email and social media to express their opposition to the PFC tax hike.