Molon Labe Seating and an undisclosed airline have developed a new prototype seat, the Freedom Seat, for passengers to be able to fly in their own wheelchairs. The Freedom Seat makes room for the wheelchair by sliding over the adjacent seat.
SmartFlyer's new commission management system is by SION, a SaaS platform-provider. The system streamlines tracking and management with single-click processes and visual dashboards.
Two new Wilderness Safaris camps overlooking the Osprey Lagoon at Linyanti Wilderness Reserve in northern Botswana are open with cooler accommodations including tented suites. "The Linyanti Wildlife Reserve is a must-see spectacle, filled with varied habitats, diverse wildlife and wonderful scenery," said Wilderness Safaris Botswana Managing Director Kim Nixon.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said he is hopeful that the ban on cruises will be lifted by summer. Cruise ships and airlines have different safety profiles, he said, and he hopes to get everyone on the move "but it's gotta be safe and responsible."
The Canadian requirement that incoming air passengers quarantine at designated -- and expensive -- hotels has pushed Canadians returning home to fly into a US airport near the border and take automotive transportation from there, allowing them to quarantine at home. This requirement has created a huge business opportunity for taxi services in places such as Buffalo, N.Y.
United Airlines announced its "Eco-Skies Alliance," a partnership with more than a dozen global corporations to collectively purchase nearly 3.4 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in 2021. United customers will also have the ability to contribute towards the purchase of SAF, or finance SAF production and other carbon reduction initiatives. "When we're talking about things like diversity or climate change, it's not marketing, it's not talk. It's action," United CEO Scott Kirby said.
Air Canada will receive about C$5.9 billion in cash and loans from the Canadian government, which will buy around C$500 million of Air Canada stock at a discount. The airline will agree to retain employees, restrict share buybacks and dividends, cap executive compensation and follow through on buying 33 Airbus SE A220s made at a Quebec factory. The federal relief provides "a significant layer of insurance for Air Canada," President and CEO Michael Rousseau said.
At American Airlines' maintenance facility in Tulsa, Okla., technicians are hard at work bringing aircraft "out of hibernation" with the recent uptick in demand for leisure destinations, a task that takes around 1,000 hours per plane. "The guys are checking the engine, all the systems on the engines to make sure it's performing," said Roger Steele, an assistant manager at the facility.
United Airlines has further expanded its summer schedule to vacation destinations in Montana, Colorado and Wyoming, as well as Key West, Fla. Some routes will get more frequent flights and some seasonal service will be extended.