JetBlue is offering one-way fares to Cuba as its first regular service to the island nation begins Aug. 31. JetBlue will offer three flights weekly from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., expanding to daily service Oct. 1. "It's a new day for Cuba travelers and one we have thoughtfully prepared for," Marty St. George, JetBlue's executive vice president. "We are proud to usher in a new era of Cuba travel with affordable fares and great service."
Columnist David Thornton writes that government agencies implementing enterprise risk management systems can find an example of success in the Transportation Security Administration. "Risk is not something to be afraid of. It exists," said Marianne Roth, branch manager for the Office of the Chief Risk Officer at the TSA.
Alaska Airlines is planning to expand storage space aboard 34 aircraft using Boeing Space Bins that can increase capacity in the overhead cargo holds by up to 50%. The airline says the retrofit of these Boeing 737 aircraft will enable almost all passengers to bring a wheeled bag aboard.
Tuskegee Airmen Inc. recognized honorary member Southwest Chairman Emeritus Herb Kelleher with its signature red jacket at the organization's national convention recently. "Herb's trailblazing efforts as the co-founder of Southwest Airlines and the leadership he has shown, especially in the area of diversity and inclusion, are noteworthy," said retired Brig. Gen. Leon Johnson, TAI's president.
Southwest Airlines has announced a quarterly dividend of $0.10 per share, matching the payout from last quarter. Southwest said that the latest quarterly dividend marketed the 160th straight dividend and would be paid on Sept. 8.
As the official partner of the NFL's New England Patriots, JetBlue is making it easier for fans to make it to away games. In addition to offering flights to every away game out of Logan International Airport, JetBlue will allow fans wearing Patriots jerseys to board early on game day.
A report from the US Government Accountability Office shows that inspectors from the Federal Aviation Administration are unable to perform unannounced inspections at foreign repair stations used by US airlines. The agency is required to notify countries of their inspection plans before they arrive, and in some cases must also notify countries' aviation safety organizations and the shops themselves.
Denise Neale Jensen says her parents Ray and Mary Lou Neale fell in love when they went on their first date taking a picnic basket up in an open cockpit Piper Cub. The flight led to a lifetime of flying, Ray as a military pilot and flight instructor and Mary Lou became one of the first members of the Woman Air Force Service Pilots.
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