United Airlines has entered into a partnership with Michelin Guides to provide MileagePlus members access to exclusive events in New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Chicago. Members can use their miles to bid on the events, which include guide launch events with cocktails and tasting stations from the new Michelin chefs of 2019.
Andrew Watterson, Southwest Airlines' chief revenue officer, is proud of his airline's website, which he said is "blazing fast" because Southwest sells its flights as a bundle. "We do not nickel-and-dime you and try to make our money on selling you extra stuff, so we want our funnel to be really fast and really friction-free," he said.
Alaska Air Group reported a 7.6% year-over-year increase in July's revenue passenger miles, a 6.8% rise in available seat miles for the month and a load factor of 87.7%, up from 87% in July 2017.
American Airlines travelers flying in economy class can now pre-order light meals through the airline's reservation system. Passengers pay for the meals when they are served.
Stuart Rogal and Joseph Keller attended AOPA's Rusty Pilots seminars at Maryland's Stevensville Airport and cemented their friendship with a trip to the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture event in July. "It was a grand adventure," said Rogal.
Embraer CEO Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva said a planned joint venture with Boeing won't affect the Embraer Executive Jets engineering team. "We plan to continue developing our business jet unit. We are planning upgrades and investments in new products ... to continue to advance our products," he said.
The development of electric planes is limited by the energy-storing capacity of batteries, writes Andrew Hawkins. "Energy density -- the amount of energy stored in a given system -- is the key metric, and today's batteries don't contain enough energy to get most planes off the ground," he writes.
AOPA joined a coalition of drone industry and general aviation groups calling for the defeat of an amendment to the pending Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that would allow state and local regulation of drones, citing harm that would result.
Transportation Security Administration Administrator David Pekoske defended the agency's "Quiet Skies" program, which monitors travelers who have not been accused of crimes. "In my view, in looking at this 'Quiet Skies' program, I think it makes an awful lot of sense, to be able to look at some risks that we think exist on certain flights and put air marshals on those flights," Pekoske said.
Albany International Airport in New York will spend $42 million to build a new parking garage and improve terminal lighting, flooring and internet service. An additional $50 million will be used to redesign and improve the road and interchange connecting the airport to major highways.