Southwest Airlines plans to disburse a record $620 million in profit-sharing for 2015 to employees. In April, more than 47,000 employees will receive a profit-sharing check equivalent to about eight weeks' salary.
United Airlines is sweetening the deal for travelers on Valentine's Day. United passengers flying on Feb. 14 will receive free chocolate cheesecake tarts, while United Express passengers will receive free red velvet cookies.
In his annual State of Homeland Security address, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said Customs and Border Protection will roll out biometric exit systems in airports by 2018. Information collected, such as fingerprints, will be used to track foreign travelers as they leave the US.
A Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that moved out of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee includes user fees for Part 135 charter operations based in the continental US. "AOPA simply won’t accept user fees in any form on any segment of general aviation. And while there are some very positive provisions for GA in this proposal, user fees are a nonstarter for us," said AOPA President Mark Baker.
American Airlines plans to fly new regional aircraft to and from Corpus Christi International Airport in Texas. The E-175 aircraft offer 76 seats and more overhead-bin space. "Most seats fly out of here full, and for the airline that's a very positive sign," said Kim Hunt, marketing director for the airport.
Blogger Rob Britton wants to send a valentine to hard-working airline employees for ensuring passenger safety and reliable air travel. He also thanks airline employees for keeping air travel inexpensive and maintaining a friendly attitude. "Happy Valentine's Day, US airline people," he writes. "[T]hank you, and keep doing what you're doing!"
Airlines for America is against a White House proposal to raise taxes paid by airlines and their customers by $7.9 billion annually. "US airlines are vital to the health of our nation’s economy, and the flying public should not be asked to foot the bill for deficit reduction," A4A said in a statement. "We urge Members of Congress to continue holding the line against unnecessary tax hikes that drive up the cost of travel for the 2 million passengers who fly on US airlines every day."
American Airlines and Uber, a ride-sharing service, have inked an agreement. Travelers can locate Uber rides at 11 airports through the American app, and elite members of AAdvantage will receive a $25 coupon for Uber. "By working together, we can provide a service that allows customers to request their Uber ride to the airport in step with their itinerary and know where to meet their Uber driver after their flight lands," said Scott Hinshaw, director of partner marketing, in a news release.
Luly Yang, a fashion designer based in Seattle, will design new uniforms for Alaska Airlines. More than 12,000 employees will don the new uniforms with the carrier's updated logo by 2018.
The House Transportation Committee has voted to separate air traffic control from the Federal Aviation Administration. The measure calls for the establishment of a private, nonprofit corporation to handle air traffic control operations.
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