In the second quarter, Hawaiian Airlines posted earnings growth of 62.9%, boosted by vacation travel and low fuel costs. Net income for the company hit $79.6 million for the period.
Southwest apologized to customers affected by computer technology challenges and announced flexible rebooking policies to accommodate customers at no additional cost.
During his first year as administrator for the Transportation Security Administration, Peter Neffenger has sought to turn around the beleaguered agency by fostering partnerships with airlines and airports as well as setting up a central command center to address issues before they become overwhelming problems.
Alaska Air CEO Brad Tilden says he's confident that a $4 billion deal to merge with Virgin America will be finalized in time for integration during the fourth quarter of the year. The Alaska Air brand will remain after the merger, Tilden says, and the airline is currently studying the future of the Virgin brand to figure out "what's attractive to Virgin America customers in California."
Alaska Airlines has announced new direct service connecting San Diego, Calif., and Newark, N.J. This service will begin operating Nov. 21.
Patrick Marsden proposed to Molly Beucher aboard a United Airlines flight from Washington, DC, to Brazil. Airline staff helped plan the surprise proposal.
Alaska Airlines recently hosted 25 Washington fifth-graders for the inaugural passenger flight of its new 737-900ER, featuring a paint job in celebration of Boeing's century in business. Four former state governors and CEOs from Alaska Airlines and Boeing were on board.
JetBlue Technology Ventures and El Al have teamed up to create a new program dubbed Navigator with the goal of fostering aviation technology. Startups in the aviation technology field will be eligible for the program, which will include innovations in aviation safety, baggage handling and scheduling.
Customs and Border Protection is challenging technology companies to come up with solutions that can ease the way for travelers entering the US. The technology could be a smartphone app that would verify a traveler's identity, transmit biometric data and allow a CBP officer to conduct a remote interview -- all before the traveler actually reaches the airport or other entry point.
Connecticut governor Dannel P. Malloy was recorded carrying his college son's backpack and bypassing security at Bradley International Airport on the day after Thanksgiving. The governor's son, Samuel Malloy, was screened at an airport checkpoint.
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