Alaska Airlines is showcasing the importance of employees to the carrier by incorporating employee signatures into a special livery. The carrier emblazoned "Employee Powered" near the L1 door on one of its Boeing 737-800s, which also features signatures from more than 8,500 Alaska employees.
Deaf passengers don't think the friendly skies are too accommodating, as many of them are looking for captioned in-flight entertainment offerings. "In my opinion, the airline industry has done a terrible job of making their in-flight entertainment options accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing community," Andrew Phillips with the National Association of the Deaf recently told the Senate. "It really bothers me that when I fly other countries' airlines, I am often able to watch movies with English subtitles."
As Emirates rolls out new service between Milan and New York and Dubai and Boston, it brings up issues for the U.S. market -- specifically over the failed US Airways/American Airlines merger. "I look at the growth in China and I see the growth of Middle Eastern carriers, and then I see that the U.S. government has come and said to American 'You guys cannot get any bigger,'" said Mike Linenberg, a Merrill Lynch analyst.
Gogo has installed its in-flight Internet on its 2000th aircraft, fittingly on an American Airlines plane -- the carrier was Gogo's first customer. More than 300 of the 2,000 aircraft accommodate ATG-4, Gogo's fastest technology, and the company hopes to add the technology to around 200 more aircraft by the end of the year.