The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed bills requiring the Transportation Security Administration to beef up employee screening, perform regular maintenance on screening equipment and expand the expedited passenger screening program.
Airline customers in Finland are adjusting to a new range of on-demand services, including seat reservations, ordering in-flight meals and check-in services for excess luggage. Finnair has been a pioneer in growing revenue based on such services.
Delta Air Lines has agreed to take a 4% stake in China Eastern Airlines in a $450 million deal. The partnership will enable Delta and Eastern to become more competitive when it comes to Pacific routes.
Delta's Medallion-level customers will soon be able to upgrade their tickets to a whole new level. The program is available only at Delta's East Coast hubs as a trial run, but it may expand worldwide.
Delta is extending its international strategy in overseas airlines by investing and strengthening ties with China Eastern Airlines. China is the second largest long-haul travel market for U.S. passengers and the move -- if approved -- will strengthen the existing alliance between the two airlines.
Alaska Airlines is upgrading its Gogo ATG in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity to a faster ATG-4 service.
Air Canada is about to become the first airline to use Airlines Reporting Corp.'s (ARC) Better My Trip application to sell ancillary products like seat upgrades and lounge passes. The new functionality will roll out in the fourth quarter.
United Parcel Service beat analysts' expectations for the second quarter with improving margins offsetting a small decrease in revenue. "Even though the U.S. economy appears to be growing at a slower pace, our global portfolio and performance reinforces our expectations to attain the higher end of the guidance range." said Chief Financial Officer Richard Peretz.