Hawaiian Airlines is hinting at a potential brand makeover soon, including an update to the carrier's uniforms. "In the next 12-18 months, we will look at our logo, livery and uniforms," said Hawaiian's Avi Mannis.
JetBlue ticketing kiosks in Boston are featuring a "Blue Monster" design in honor of the Green Monster at Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox. "Certainly Boston is a big, important city for us," said JetBlue's Morgan Johnston. "It's our second largest city. ... We love being able to reference the team."
Burt Rutan flew his latest aircraft design this week for almost two hours. The two-seater SkiGull is the 47th airplane designed by Rutan. The SkiGull can land on either skis or wheels, in the water or on land, and is powered by automotive gasoline.
A team of researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles have found that penguin feathers are superhydrophobic, or exceptionally water repellent. The researchers are working to apply that knowledge to the aircraft design. "Superhydrophobic surfaces inspired by penguins might be cheaper, longer-lasting, and more environmentally-friendly," the researchers said in a statement.
A mobile application from American Airlines provides information about navigating airports for passengers looking for anything from Advil to hot dogs. "Airports are stressful, especially for people who don't travel all the time," said American's Kevin McFarland. "It's reassuring to know you're not that far from the gate or not that far from security."
JetBlue Airways is providing access to Amazon Prime video content aboard most of its fleet. "The Amazon partnership is the cornerstone of our initiative to keep the fastest in-air Wi-Fi free for our customers," said JetBlue's Doug McGraw.
The Southwest Rink in Skyline Park in Denver is celebrating its sixth year by welcoming families from the Children's Hospital Colorado to the ice skating rink. Since 2010, Southwest has donated more than $200,000 in patient travel to the hospital.
McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas saw a 6.4% increase in passengers last month compared with the previous year. The airport has seen traffic increases every month this year.
Airlines for America's Sharon Pinkerton says modernizing the air traffic control system in the US will create jobs and benefit passengers. "People have GPS in their cars; we want GPS in our planes," she said. "We want the system to grow and create jobs. And we think the current structure is squeezing the life out of our system."
Travelers enrolled in the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program can now take advantage of their trusted traveler privileges when flying out of North Dakota's Bismarck Municipal Airport. Members of the TSA PreCheck program are allowed to use expedited screening lanes where they don't have to remove their shoes or belts.
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