Airlines for America join others around the nation in the celebration of the significance and importance of Juneteenth. The new national holiday, also known as "Freedom Day" or "Emancipation Day," is the annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the US.
Southwest Airlines, the airline that debuted with about 1,000 employees and a dozen planes alongside print ads featuring hot pants and go-go boots, celebrates its 50th birthday today. Today, Southwest employs about 60,000 and flies 750 planes. The airline might have died in its infancy if not for a regulatory loophole that allowed it to cut prices and an administrative oversight that made it possible to base operations from Dallas Love Field.
Points of Light has included Delta Air Lines and UPS among its "Civic 50" for 2021, honoring them for corporate citizenship and "social impact" programs. "Connecting the world by giving back to the communities where we live, work and serve is core to Delta's culture, and we are honored to be named to the Points of Light Civic 50 for the fourth year in a row, but especially in a year where volunteering and service took on a whole new meaning during the COVID-19 pandemic," said Tad Hutcheson, the airline's managing director for community engagement.
Alaska Airlines is adding service from Phoenix to Boise, Idaho. The airline has also finalized its deal with the University of Idaho to offer flights between the Idaho capital and Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport on the border with Washington state.
American Airlines is working with California-based CareNow clinics to offer onsite rapid or PCR COVID testing for passengers traveling to Hawaii and 13 international destinations throughout Central America and the Caribbean in which testing is required. American reminds passengers that they must provide proof of testing during check-in or register results with the VeriFLY app when flying where tests are required.
Airlines for America has pledged to have two billion gallons of sustainable aviation fuel available by 2030, but it will not happen without government support, Nancy Young, vice president of environmental affairs, told Minnesota Public Radio's Climate Cast podcast. "The wonderful thing about sustainable aviation fuel is that it can be made out of almost anything that has a carbon content," such as "municipal solid waste, crop waste or woody waste from logging," she said.
As travelers gear up for long-delayed vacations, downloads of airline apps were up 311% in May compared with May 2020. Downloads of hotel and general travel booking apps are similarly burgeoning.
The Federal Aviation Administration is requiring airlines to update their estimates of passengers' weight. American Airlines, whose plan is the first to get official FAA approval, is increasing its estimate for passenger weight by 8 pounds, to 182 pounds in summer and 187 pounds in winter, and will also increase baggage weight estimates by five pounds for carry-ons and four pounds for checked bags.
Anselm Dewar, a captain for Envoy Air, an American Airlines regional subsidiary, made a special announcement on a June 5 flight, introducing his father as a "VIP." Dewar has been a commercial pilot for 10 years but it was the first time his father had been on board one of his flights.
After being told by some in his home country of Japan that he could never become a pilot because he was blind in one eye, Shinji Maeda landed in Japan during his circumnavigation to prove his point of perseverance.
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