Hawaiian Airlines uses scenic backdrops from the islands for its new safety video, which also features employees and their families. Other airlines have also revamped once-stodgy safety videos with a lighter touch.
The Airport Regional Rail Line, serving Philadelphia International Airport, will provide special service when Pope Francis visits the city on Sept. 26 and 27. Travelers will be able to purchase "papal passes" to receive priority boarding on the train. The airport line will provide express service to two stations in the city's center.
Former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff writes in support of current DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson's proposal to tighten requirements for the Visa Waiver Program. The updated rules would require e-passports for all VWP travelers, checks against INTERPOL's Lost and Stolen Passport Database and more U.S. federal air marshals on international flights.
Departures from China increased almost sixfold between 2000 and 2014, according to data published by The World Bank, shrinking the wide gap between the US and China as the busiest travel spots on the globe. The US still maintains a strong lead with 9.6 million departures, compared to China's 3.4 million.
Airline companies "should have access to global investment funds in order to provide the capital required to grow efficiently and remain competitive," Etihad CEO James Hogan said in defense of his company's investment in Alitalia. "Global investment is not a threat. It is both a lifeline and an energizer, which can only be good for European aviation, European economies and European jobs," he added.
Pilot and author Garrett Fisher recently released two new books that feature aerial photographs of the Appalachian Mountains. "Part of what drove me was the fact that a lot of the Carolina mountains, as beautiful as they are, you're sitting in the forest at the top of the mountains, which is very disappointing to me because the purpose of climbing a mountain is to look at something," he said.
United Airlines is investing in its brand by focusing on delivering friendly customer service. "After the merger, we really [took] a step back to see what we wanted our brand promise to be: the world’s most flier-friendly airline," said Mark Krolick, managing director, marketing and product development, at United. "Everything we’re doing is all supporting that idea."
Delta Air Lines plans to debut a partnership with nine universities across the U.S. "College students are a savvy group of consumers," said Jeff Robertson, a vice president for Delta. "By creating campus and alumni events that incorporate our people, our unmatched focus on customer service, leadership and more, we will give students and alums the opportunity to really get to know our airline. Ultimately, we believe this will position Delta as their trusted partner over a lifetime of travel."
United Airlines plans to fly more international routes from Los Angeles International Airport on Boeing 787 Dreamliners. United already flies to Shanghai, Tokyo and Melbourne, Australia, on the 787s. Starting in 2016, the carrier will deploy 787s to London Heathrow and Sydney.
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