JetBlue Airways announced plans to recruit potential pilots and provide its own training under a proposal awaiting approval from federal regulators. "JetBlue crafted its plan to gain access to a broader group of candidates, oversee their training from the start and expose them earlier to being part of a crew on large aircraft," said Doug McGraw, a JetBlue spokesman. Candidates still would have to meet US requirements, including 1,500 hours of flight experience, to be certified as commercial airline pilots.
Alaska Airlines is partnering with Indian tribes for renewable fuel made from forest waste through the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance Tribal Partnership Program. Alaska plans to conduct a demonstration flight in 2016 powered by the renewable jet fuel sourced from twigs and branches left over from timber harvests.
The US State Department issued a global travel alert last week to Americans, warning them of potential terrorism-based dangers. Agents instruct their clients to be on alert, but they still encourage them to move forward with their travel plans. "We had a warning like this after 9/11 and several since then. My feeling is we can't stop living our lives just because there might be a threat out there," said Rodney George of St. Louis-based Luxe Travel Consultants.
Adelaide, Australia, is visited less often than the more fashionable Sydney and Melbourne, but it is a great destination to enjoy a short break. Australia's wine capital offers havens for handmade crafts by local artists, artisan cafes and bars, and other interesting sites and spots for visitors to explore. Sports fans can take in a cricket or Australian Football League game at Adelaide Oval.
Well-written, engaging content is the key to reaching online audiences, but travel agents need a strategic plan, advises Richard Earls. Agents should make sure each social media post positions them as a travel expert and projects the right image of their business. If a content campaign is done properly, it should inspire clients to travel.
United Continental Holdings has proposed a contract for its pilots that includes a 13% raise next year, as well as smaller raises in following years. The contract would run through January 2019 if approved by members of the Air Line Pilots Association.
Southwest Airlines has appointed Tom Nealon as executive vice president of strategy and innovation. "This newly created leadership position will allow Southwest to harness the innovation already happening in several different disciplines within the company," said Thais Hanson, a spokeswoman for the carrier. Nealon has served on the Southwest board of directors since 2010.
Australian regulators approved a partnership between Qantas Airways and American Airlines. The deal, already approved by New Zealand regulators, still awaits approval from the US. American plans to offer Sydney-Los Angeles flights next month, while Qantas plans to debut Sydney-San Francisco service.
Air Canada is changing its loyalty program to include a revenue threshold for elite status. "These changes reflect similar requirements in other global frequent flier programs and will ensure that we continue to better recognize our most valued customers," the carrier said. The changes take effect Jan. 1.
US carriers are retooling their premium menus to offer fresher ingredients for better-tasting meals. "We know our customers' eating habits have been evolving and it's one way we can be competitive," said Barbara DeLollis, an American Airlines spokeswoman.
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