Southwest Airlines is recalling more than 2,700 flight attendants, putting its whole roster back to work. "The intended flight attendant recall, as with the recent pilot recall, is to position Southwest for planned flight increases in the summer schedule," based on "improvements in leisure travel demand that the airline recently reported," said Southwest spokesman Brian Parrish.
Alaska Airlines will be opening a lounge this summer in San Francisco International Airport's Terminal 2. The lounge, which will be Alaska's second-largest, will offer additional dining and shopping options, as well as an espresso bar staffed by a barista and a full bar featuring local craft beer and West Coast wines.
American Airlines is expanding availability of "Fresh Bites" food selections to premium passengers on flights more than 2,200 miles. Premium passengers on transcontinental flights will continue to receive hot meals.
The Biden administration released the outline of a clean energy proposal that will replace unnamed tax breaks for the fossil fuel industry with incentives targeting cleaner energy, including a blender's tax credit for sustainable aviation fuel. Nancy Young, vice president of environmental affairs at Airlines for America, praised the inclusion of the tax credit, which she said would boost demand for and production of sustainable fuel.
FedEx Office has donated $10,000 in printing services to 10 school districts, including the Sioux City, Iowa, schools. "We continue to work side by side with school districts and higher education institutions across the country to provide convenient on-demand and custom printing solutions to help support continuity in learning as COVID-19 continues to disrupt the lives of students, faculty and their families," said Tracy Brightman at FedEx Office.
Emirates is offering travel advisors favored status for booking its flights and charging a surtax for middlemen tech companies. The fourth largest airline in the world is cutting costs and adopting a nimbler strategy that includes a digital portal for advisors' easy access.
Luxury hotel developers are expected to continue a trend of including condos in the mix as a profit booster and hedge against risk. The pandemic didn't deter expansion of very high-end brands such as Waldorf-Astoria, Four Seasons and Raffles, which saw parent Accor launch 17 mixed-use projects across its portfolio last year.
A Puerto Rican resort has claimed a travel niche, helping travelers celebrate milestone that were canceled due to the pandemic. Fairmont El San Juan Hotel has a special team to help plan weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries and other notable occasions.
Carnival Cruise Line and Disney Cruise Line are canceling sailings from US ports through the end of June, and Disney also is canceling all Disney Magic cruises from European ports through Sept. 18. Both companies are offering cruise credits or refunds, and they say the decision is based on recent CDC guidelines.
New York's Roman & Erica offers an exclusive concierge service for high-end customers who pay a $62,500 membership fee to have their most extravagant needs met. They can arrange a 10-day trip to the International Space Station, get seating for private tours and concerts, respond to emergencies and handle many other services.