For 10 days each July, Calgary is transformed with an influx of 100,000 visitors per day, and when a natural disaster hit the city, the community rallied together to overcome a flood and play host to the 101st Calgary Stampede.
According to the Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 75.6% of flights arrived on time in July, compared with 71.8% in June and 73.1% in July 2013. There were fewer canceled flights as well -- airlines canceled 1.6% of flights in July, compared with 2% in June.
Calgary-based WestJet and Panasonic have signed a deal that will stream in-flight entertainment to passengers' personal electronic devices or tablets rented from the airline, making WestJet the first Canadian airline to launch a major Wi-Fi investment. The system will replace seatback television and will be in place on one plane by year's end, with the rest of the rollout occurring afterward.
Amazon has introduced a pair of Kindle Fire HDX tablets and a less-expensive version of the Kindle Fire HD. The HDX models will feature more-advanced displays, lighter slates and batteries that last longer. A new "Mayday" service also offers users live customer support for the HDX models, Amazon said.
An advisory panel to the Federal Aviation Administration plans to meet this week to discuss the use of personal electronic devices on aircraft. The panel will likely recommend relaxing restrictions on the use of electronics in flight. It will submit recommendations at the end of the month.
What started as a modest cowboy contest a century ago has transformed into the largest annual event in Canada, drawing thousands of rodeo and Western fans from all over the world. For the 10 days spanning the Calgary Stampede, the city puts on its best Wild West attire and holds events for the best ropers and riders to showcase their skills.