Pilots at Southwest Airlines will vote on a tentative labor contract later this year. "We value our pilots and the role they play in our success," said Alan Kasher, vice president of flight operations. "The tentative agreement acknowledges their contributions, so I'm pleased that they will have an opportunity to vote on it."
FedEx plans to boost hiring for the holidays, aiming to bring on more than 50,000 seasonal workers. "Managing our operating companies as a portfolio of customer solutions helped FedEx achieve strong financial and operating results in the quarter, especially given the global economy's continued low growth," said Frederick Smith, chairman of FedEx.
American Airlines Group is moving data to the cloud and is considering services from Amazon, IBM and Microsoft. The airline is "very close" to picking a service provider, according to Maya Leibman, chief information officer. She said that after vendors are chosen, American will look at which systems and applications to place in the cloud.
SkiBrasil CEO Eduardo Gaz will launch Miami-based SkiUSA's agent offerings next week. Agents will be able to take advantage of SkiUSA's site that allows them to connect to ski travel experts to customize agency-branded luxury packages.
A quiet French Polynesian island, Moorea is about 28 miles west from the larger island of Tahiti. Its Haapiti district sits on the southwestern coast and features a warm, azure lagoon protected by a barrier reef about one mile offshore. Surfers there catch left-breaking waves near a reef pass or an opening in the barrier of coral, which allows for safe rides into a deeper channel. Clients can stay at Haapiti Surf Lodge, which features comfortable but simple accommodations right in front of Moorea’s most famous break.
The Misty Isle of Skye in Scotland has a beautiful green landscape that is perfect for outdoor lovers. Visitors can climb mountain range Black Cuillin, watch crystal clear Fairy Pools, and tour Dunvegan Castle and a whisky distillery.
Beyond simply being talented, sales professionals need to be good listeners who present themselves properly in order to get results, writes Dan Carter. Reps should embrace scrutiny as a way to prove themselves and take every contact with a client seriously.
Hawaiian Airlines is anticipating reliance on the Airbus A330neo for its planned new service to Europe. The carrier is also considering around six long-distance routes to destinations in East Asia and North America, along with more East Coast destinations and Canadian cities as possibilities.
American Airlines is donating $1 million to the Answer ALS Foundation to fund the Answer ALS research project. American Vice President Peter Warlick recently made public his own diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. "We are proud to partner with Peter and Answer ALS on behalf of all American employees who are suffering from ALS," said CEO Doug Parker.
Four Seasons, Grand Hyatt, InterContinental, JW Marriott and The Ritz-Carlton are the most popular hotel brands on the planet, but Hilton's Waldorf Astoria is catching up, according to an index compiled by the Luxury Institute. "While the top scoring brands continue to do very well year-over-year, the Waldorf Astoria has done phenomenally well in improving international brand awareness of their properties over the last several years," said Luxury Institute CEO Milton Pedraza.
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