American Airlines is adding 18 new routes in 2019, mostly from small- and medium-size cities, including the airline's first service to Glacier National Park in Montana. The airline is also adding extra service to Paris and Madrid from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
JetBlue Airways was set to launch service between Montana's Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport and Long Beach, Calif. The seasonal flights will be offered Thursdays and Sundays through April, then restart in June and run through September.
United Airlines is looking to beef up its international service with flights from San Francisco to New Delhi, India; Toronto, Canada; and Melbourne, Australia. "This route expansion solidifies United's position at San Francisco as the gateway airline serving destinations across the Pacific, the continental United States, as well as to Europe and beyond," says United CEO Oscar Munoz.
The FedEx facility in east Reno, Nev., is running smoothly this busy holiday season, thanks to careful planning and an eye on the weather. "One of the great things for us is we have 18 meteorologists on sites 24 hours a day and they're monitoring weather events," said Shannon Eskridge, FedEx Express senior manager.
JetBlue Airways reported 4.11 billion revenue passenger miles in November, up 9.7% compared with the same month last year. The airline's capacity was up 10.6% for the month, and its load factor was 83.5%, down 0.7 points compared with last year.
United Airlines on Wednesday operated an hourlong Fantasy Flight from Newark, N.J., returning to the specially created "North Pole" at Newark Liberty International Airport's Terminal C. "It's just a really fun, exciting day that kind of puts you in the holiday spirit," said United's Colette Pesce.
David Abney, CEO and chairman of UPS, spoke with CNBC's "Squawk Alley" about the peak holiday shipping season. "We've added aircraft. We've added, for this peak season, 100,000 employees from Thanksgiving to Christmas," Abney said.
JetBlue Airways has implemented mobile maintenance apps on its technicians' iPads. Maintenance teams can use apps to access manuals, troubleshoot and create part-number transactions. "We wanted to provide our frontline teams with up-to date information and the tools to do their jobs efficiently," one manager said. "The key benefit expected is a reduction in delays or cancellations due to maintenance needs."
Four general aviation pilots with Patient Airlift Services volunteered to fly 24 veterans to the Army-Navy football game on Dec. 8. "It's awesome to be able to do this and give back to guys that protect this nation," said Karl Hoffman, who organized the trip and personally flew five veterans aboard his Cessna Citation M2.
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