Air Transport World honored American Airlines with its top ATW Airline Industry Achievement award. "American Airlines has never been in better shape to deliver more to all of its stakeholders, and that is because of the leadership skills of American's executive team and the dedication and hard work of its employees around the world," said Karen Walker, editor-in-chief of ATW.
Issuing early waivers for bad weather can help airlines accommodate customers better, carriers say. "Our goal is to issue waivers to thin our operations in cities that will be impacted as early as possible," said JetBlue's Joanna Geraghty.
Transportation Security Administration officers screening passengers at Utah's Salt Lake City International Airport last year found an increase in guns, with 75. Forty-eight guns were found at the airport in 2015.
Southwest Airlines announced plans to offer year-round service between San Diego and Los Cabos, Mexico. The carrier will offer daily nonstop flights starting in April.
United Airlines posted a profit of $397 million for the fourth quarter. "We saw meaningful improvement in the pricing and demand environment in the (fourth) quarter," said Scott Kirby, president of United Airlines. The company reported higher operating expenses based on increases in labor costs, which rose 5.9% from a year earlier as the company continues to invest in its employees.
United Airlines gave its first Boeing 777-300ER the moniker of "New Spirit of United" to reflect the company's new direction. "This aircraft symbolizes the new spirit, the energy and enthusiasm that I have seen in our employees who take great pride in the work they are doing to take care of our customers and one another," said CEO Oscar Munoz.
Infrastructure will be a key component of the Trump administration's policy agenda, with Elaine Chao, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for transportation secretary, acknowledging that both parties in Congress must work together in the end.
An American Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft collided with the wing of another plane as it pushed back from the gate Tuesday at New York's LaGuardia Airport. There were no reported injuries and operations at the gate were back to normal within a couple of hours.
Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport police Chief Mike Everson said his officers are ready to respond in the event of an attack at the airport. "You can rest assured that we have the training and preparation, and we would respond in a way that would minimize the loss of life," he said.
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