Air Canada looks to provide Canadian wine when it can, but small Canadian wineries may not be able to meet its demand. The airline looks for sweet varietals to tempt guest palates and turns to France for true Champagne.
American Airlines is removing eight business-class seats on its 787-8 Dreamliners to make way for new premium-economy seats. The airline expects retrofits to be complete on all 20 of its 787-8s by the middle of next year.
Nine students at Indiana's Mount Vernon High School and Greenfield-Central High School are taking an aviation class that will earn them credits at nearby Ivy Tech Community College. The class features daily lectures at Mount Vernon High School and could in the future include hands-on sessions at Indianapolis Regional Airport in McCordsville.
AOPA President Mark Baker led a panel discussion on attracting young people to the aviation industry at a workforce symposium held Sept. 13 at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport's historic Terminal A building. Cindy Hasselbring, senior director of AOPA's High School Initiative, said that students and their parents are showing more interest in aviation careers and quickly filled a Maryland class using the AOPA high school science, technology, engineering and math curriculum.
Bonnie Lee of Allstate said drones have helped expedite response to customers by helping the insurer examine areas affected by disasters such as hurricanes Irma and Harvey, wildfires in California and volcanic eruptions in Hawaii. The Federal Aviation Administration estimates that the number of commercial drones will rise from the current 110,000 to 450,000 by 2022.
The Transportation Security Administration experiences higher employee turnover than other agencies, according to data acquired by Bloomberg Law. "As does any federal agency, TSA experiences the ebb and flow of employees," TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said.
United Airlines has launched a new boarding process, called Better Boarding, that has travelers using two lanes instead of five. The airline tested the new procedure extensively at Los Angeles International Airport and says it reduces the time passengers spend in line.
A letter from American Airlines CEO Doug Parker encouraged Amazon to consider locating its second headquarters in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, area. Parker praised the "diverse and talented workforce" and "warm welcome" of North Texas. American continues to grow in DFW, investing in new facilities, and now has more than 31,000 local employees and one of the biggest annual payrolls in the region.
United Airlines announced it will use Boeing 787 jets to operate flights on six international Atlantic routes from New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport. The 787 will be in service at the airport by next summer.
Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines announced that as of Oct. 1, loyalty members will be able to earn and redeem miles from either partner for rewards. "With access to more than 800 daily flights, we're pleased to offer HawaiianMiles and JAL Mileage Bank members the combined strength of Japan's and Hawaii's best route network and frequent-flyer programs," said Bryan Kapeckas, managing director of loyalty and travel products at Hawaiian Airlines.