ASTA is keeping the travel industry's plight before Congress with requests for agencies to receive 3.5 times their monthly payroll in the Payroll Protection Program. It also is asking for $9.3 million in grants to help cover revenue losses through the end of the year.
PBS traveler Darley Newman is showcasing Santa Fe, N.M., as part of her "Darley Vacations" show. She features two packages including one at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado that includes horseback riding in a national park, and another centered in downtown with an art walk, cooking classes and spa days.
FedEx and UPS have begun moving shipments of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, which arrived at their hubs in Memphis, Tenn., and Louisville, Ky., following Food and Drug Administration authorization. "I think a lot of people think of a shot as just a shot in the arm, but this is really a shot of hope and a light at the end of the tunnel, and a lot of us are welcoming that with open arms," said UPS pilot Alyse Adkins, a captain who has flown planes with previous vaccines.
Delta Air Lines plans to bring all of the 1,700 pilots on inactive status back to active duty by the fall, according to the Air Line Pilots Association. The recall process will begin this month. Pilots will undergo training based on the airline’s flight schedule following Delta’s fleet restructuring during the pandemic.
Alaska Airlines’ first 737 Max 9 completed its first passenger flights following thorough testing and verification of its processes. The aircraft, which underwent more than 19,000 miles and 50+ flight hours across the country, is "very planted, very rock solid," said Capt. Joe Blunt, director of flight standards at Alaska who piloted the aircraft's first passenger flight to California, adding that it will "burn 15% less fuel today going to San Diego then we would otherwise," which is "important for our future."
For Stephanie Bixel, a meeting with an Air Force recruiter and an aptitude test led to training in electronic warfare systems and eventually to designing aircraft simulators for American Airlines. "I tap into different skill sets, from flying to coding, and solving puzzles for a living, while making sure the state-of-the art simulators that help train our pilots are in the best shape possible," Bixel writes.
American Airlines frequent flyers can now redeem points for at-home COVID-19 tests. The tests are offered through a partnership with LetsGetChecked.
Following the Food and Drug Administration's emergency use authorization of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, the Federal Aviation Administration has approved use of the vaccine by pilots and air traffic controllers. After taking the vaccine, which requires only one dose, aviation professionals must wait 48 hours before flying or controlling air traffic. The FAA previously approved the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for pilots and air traffic controllers as well.
California residents who enroll in Alaska Airlines' Mileage Plan by tomorrow can earn a free interstate flight, minus fees and taxes, which can be redeemed between March 29 and May 26. The promotion is available to the first 25,000 people who sign up for the program.
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