American Airlines has invested $100 million to become an "anchor partner" in Bill Gates' Breakthrough Energy program, which aims to boost research on clean energy technology, focusing on sustainable aviation fuel as well as direct air capture, green hydrogen and long-duration energy storage. "We have an ambitious vision of a low-carbon future for our airline and a plan to match, but we know our own efforts can only get us so far. By working in partnership with Catalyst, we're helping accelerate and scale our industry’s nascent solutions, said American CEO Doug Parker.
Airlines Reporting Corp. said the travel agencies it accredits reported a 328% increase in air ticket sales in August, compared with sales during the depths of the pandemic a year earlier. August sales were down from $4 billion in July to $3.2 billion, which the organization attributes to "new mandates and border restrictions [that] began taking effect in July."
Travel agencies that are unable to pay vendors should try to avoid filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy because it can permanently damage the business' reputation, writes attorney Mark Pestronk. Though they may threaten, vendors rarely sue, but agencies should renegotiate contracts or offer to settle accounts, Pestronk writes.
As it emerges from lockdown, officials are considering eliminating cars in certain centralized areas of the city to create a "15-Minute City." The move would improve air quality and make the area receptive to walkers, cyclists and public transportation.
The White House plans to implement individual risk-based measures for non-US citizens traveling to the US, providing a pathway for the safe reopening of international travel. Beginning in November, travelers will be required to provide proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of their departure to the US. Airlines for America President and CEO Nicholas Calio applauded the step saying, "US airlines have been strong advocates for a stringent, consistent policy and are eager to safely reunite the countless families, friends and colleagues who have not seen each other in nearly two years, if not longer. Today's announcement marks a positive step in our nation's recovery, and we look forward to working with the Administration over the coming weeks to implement this new global system."
On "Face the Nation," United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby expressed optimism about the recovery of business travel and emphasized the safety of the onboard cabin environment due to layers of protection, including wearing masks and United's employee vaccination requirement. According to Kirby, 90% of United's workforce have provided proof of vaccination.
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian interviewed General Motors CEO Mary Barra on the latest episode of Delta's Gaining Altitude podcast. "Under Mary's leadership, GM has advanced a vision of a world with zero crashes, to save lives; zero emissions, so future generations can inherit a healthier planet; and zero congestion, so customers get back a precious commodity -- time," Bastian said.
Southwest Airlines is set to begin construction on a new maintenance facility at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. "We are honored to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the airport, and to Maryland, by progressing with plans to build a first-class maintenance hangar to support our employees and customers," said Landon Nitschke, Southwest's senior vice president of technical operations.
Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport has begun work on a $21 million project that will drill 500-foot-deep geothermal wells that will use the earth's temperature to help heat and cool the facility. The system is expected to cut the airport's carbon emissions by 80%.
Southwest Airlines marked Hunger Action Day by highlighting Feeding America, a food recovery organization with a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that provides hunger relief food assistance on a regular basis as well as in response to crises. Southwest is offering bonus points to Rapid Rewards members who donate at least $25 to Feeding America through Oct. 4.
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