United Airlines' new CleanPlus program, developed with Clorox and Cleveland Clinic, is an example of new partnerships that are forming in the travel industry in order to clearly communicate carrier cleaning protocols and showcase efforts to protect passengers during the travel journey. The airline will use Clorox products as part of its sanitation efforts and its partnership with the Cleveland Clinic will help to update procedures based on the latest research.
American Airlines employees have delivered 15,000 meals to students and their families in the Dallas Independent School District and provided meals to health care workers in Grapevine and Irving as part of the airline's effort to support communities near its largest hub during the coronavirus crisis. Team members at Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport have also been sewing face masks, and donated 800 to UT Southwestern's Moncrief Cancer Institute.
Cargo carriers such as UPS, FedEx and Atlas Air are redeploying grounded aircraft and buying new ones to meet increasing demand. UPS is buying 13 Boeing 747-8s and has also purchased used MD-11s, three-engine jets that have been taken out of passenger service over the past decade.
"The promise that we made is that we were going to continue connecting every single province and almost every territory in the country to our hubs, and we are still going to continue doing that for the foreseeable future," Air Canada's Mark Galardo said in an interview, noting that the airline hopes to have its schedule up to 25% by summer. He also highlighted Air Canada's focus on delivering protective equipment and other cargo.
The travel slowdown has enabled Utah's Salt Lake City International airport to accelerate the airport's $4.1 billion redevelopment project, which is projected to cost $300 million less than expected and open two years ahead of schedule, in 2024. Instead of demolishing old terminals in stages, the airport will tear down two old concourses as soon as the first phase of construction is complete.
FedEx has launched its #SupportSmall Grants program, which will select 200 struggling US businesses, awarding each a $5,000 grant and a $500 credit for FedEx Office print and business services. "Small businesses are what make our communities thrive, and we want to ensure they have the support they need to get back to business," FedEx's Kim Dixon said.
Lt. Commander Rob Mitchell, a National Oceanic and Oceanic Administration pilot who is based at Lakeland Linder International Airport in Florida, has been flying through hurricanes to collect meteorological data for the past six years, and his typical flying conditions include intense winds, torrential rain and even ice at higher altitudes. He says traveling through the eye of Hurricane Dorian in 2019 was his toughest challenge to date, because the Category 5 storm was so strong that it created a surge of heat through the airplane's ventilation system and made it difficult to control the aircraft.
R.J. Corman Railroad Group in Nicholasville, Ky., came to the rescue of three local high schools in need of a safe, outdoor way to celebrate commencement by opening up the company's headquarters and kicking off each graduation ceremony with a helicopter flyover. Surrounded by family members who cheered them on from their vehicles, students rode in a procession in their decorated cars around the grounds and onto the aircraft runway, where they drove under a celebratory banner and received drive-thru diplomas.
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