Simon Wan Chi-Chung decided to skip Everest and instead climb every mountain in his native Hong Kong, all 148. He walks 11 to 12 hours a day and photographs what he sees along the way, saying most tourists already know a lot about the places they visit but he makes new discoveries every day.
JetBlue Airways is implementing two new career development programs that will create a pathway from frontline operational jobs to corporate services roles and opportunities for employees to become pilots or aircraft maintenance technicians in support of its diversity, equity and inclusion strategy. "Our new initiatives will help remove some of the barriers candidates may face so we can better help talent continue to grow," said Mike Elliott, chief people officer.
American Airlines is streamlining its baggage allowance policies, with all Premium Economy tickets including two checked bags, Main Cabin tickets on all long-haul international routes including one free checked bag and a new Basic Economy Plus Bag ticket bundling the lowest fares with a checked bag on some international routes. "We want to make American the easiest airline to do business with," said Chief Revenue Officer Vasu Raja.
Delta Air Lines is offering an array of options to help travelers manage COVID-19 test requirements, including at-home testing and a digital tool that offers information on requirements and helps passengers navigate them. "We are building an experience that offers flexibility and control for customers, even as their needs change," Delta's Bill Lentsch said.
Air Canada Cargo is launching an e-commerce platform and has inked partnerships with retailers that will enable the airline to jump into the business of delivering consumer packages. "We are filling a huge gap in the end-to-end distribution of e-commerce goods across Canada," said Jason Berry, head of cargo at Air Canada.
The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $76 million in grants supporting infrastructure improvements at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. The funding will pay for new and completed runway and taxiway improvements.
A new mural at the Indianapolis International Airport honors Madam C.J. Walker, a local entrepreneur who found success by creating a line of hair products for Black women in the early 20th century. "Once they see the mural, I hope that people are inspired to follow their dreams like she did," said artist Tasha Beckwith.
A robot is delivering food to passengers at Philadelphia International Airport as an addition to contactless ordering options. The robot, which can carry 40 pounds, follows a delivery employee.
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