American Airlines has announced pay increases of 8% and 5% for pilots and flight attendants respectively. "As our industry has rapidly evolved and pay increases at other airlines have accelerated, some of our colleagues have fallen behind their peers at other airlines in base pay rates," said CEO Doug Parker, who noted that didn't feel right or reflect American's new commitment to its employees.
United Airlines is bringing lie-flat seats to premium cabins on service connecting San Francisco and Boston. "We're always looking at the markets that we're serving and the aircraft we're flying to make sure they're a right fit," an airline spokesman said.
Transportation Security Administration officers screening passengers at Florida's Tampa International Airport on Tuesday found four loaded guns in separate incidents, the most ever found at the airport in a single day. Airport police seized the travelers' bags and escorted them away from the checkpoint area.
United Airlines has released a "Review and Action Report" stating 10 changes to its policies after the recent incident in which a passenger was forcibly removed from an aircraft. Among the actions taken by CEO Oscar Munoz to ensure the highest levels of customer service are in place include: ensuring customers seated on the aircraft will not be subject to involuntary denied boardings, and the airline will not involve law enforcement unless in case of a safety or security issue. In addition, United enhanced its customer compensation polices, which will take effect this week.
Alaska Airlines took the extra step of contacting affected passengers individually when it moved to using smaller aircraft out of Dallas Love Field on flights to New York, Washington, D.C.; and San Francisco. The change comes as a result of the recent acquisition of Virgin America, which had been operating the affected flights. "We actually called everyone personally," said Alaska executive Shane Tackett, who added that the responses from customers were "super positive."
As a combined business, Alaska Airlines and Virgin America generated $1.5 billion in revenue for the first quarter, an increase of 2% over 2016. Alaska anticipates more growth going forward and is still in the process of "unlocking the value of the merger" with Virgin America, said CEO Brad Tilden.
Southwest Airlines is moving toward a single-solution maintenance management system and will bring on Mxi Technologies' Maintenix software for its fleet of Boeing 737s next year.
FedEx will donate $2,000 to the USO as part of its extended sponsorship agreement with the National Football League. FedEx has for many years been the official delivery service sponsor of the NFL and the Super Bowl.
Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Christopher Coons, D-Del., have introduced legislation designed to help other countries detect and detain terrorists at airports and prevent them from coming to the US. The Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act would also require that the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department speed up efforts to help vulnerable countries improve screening techniques and technology and send annual progress reports to Congress.
Police with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey arrested a man on Tuesday at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and charged him with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. The man is accused of stealing high-end perfumes and fitness trackers from airport retailers.
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