United Airlines has appointed Michael Leskinen managing director of investor relations. "Mike brings an outstanding mix of investing experience, sector knowledge and shareholder perspective, all of which place him in an excellent position to deepen United's relationships within the financial community as well as articulate our strategy going forward," said Scott Kirby, president of United Airlines.
Starting on Thursday, American Airlines will no longer accept cash for baggage fees or other transactions at Miami International Airport. The airline says the move away from cash will speed up ticket counter lines.
American Airlines and China Southern Airlines have announced a new codeshare agreement, effective Jan. 18. A new interline agreement will give American Airlines passengers access to more than 100 destinations in China served by China Southern.
Aerial mapping by drone that incorporates 3D imaging for elevation is providing Canada's Prince Edward Island more accurate ground surveys than possible in the past. The technology, used for soil conservation efforts, is also more cost-effective.
The air traffic control system in the US is "the envy of the free world -- the safest and most capable such organization on the globe," writes Keith Zuegel of the Air Force Association. "The privatization scheme jeopardizes our aviation production through increased costs, corporate bureaucracy and higher-cost pilot training programs," he writes.
The Shelby County Airport in Calera, Ala, unveiled a renovated terminal where 57 operations occur each day. The general aviation facility is also situated near Over the Mountain Aviation, a training facility that offers private instruction to students as young as 13 who wish to earn a pilot's license.
General aviation airports can add jobs and boost the economy for local businesses, with a 2012 study from the Indiana Department of Transportation finding that one local municipal airport added 426 jobs and nearly $52 million to the local economy. Municipal airports can provide business benefits and recreational opportunities, while saving on costs by renting hangar space and selling fuel, writes Batesville, Ind., City Council President Kevin Chaffee.
American Express says the Centurion Lounge under construction at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport will be its largest. At 15,000 square feet, the lounge spans two levels and is expected to open in early 2019.
The discovery of the body of an apparent stowaway on a runway at Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport has prompted an investigation into how the man was able to sneak onto the runway. "That easily could have been a terrorist," said state Sen. Will Espero, vice chairman of the state Transportation Committee.
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