United Improves Travel Experience For Customers Who Use Personal Wheelchairs

Source: United Airlines First-of-its-kind digital flight filter helps determine which aircraft can accommodate different sized chairs, better ensuring safe and secure handling for these special items In another industry first, United will reimburse customers for any increase in fare if an alternate flight is needed to accommodate their personal wheelchair  United Airlines today announced new technologies and policies to improve the travel experience for customers who use a wheelchair, including a new digital filter on united.com that helps determine which aircraft can accommodate different sized chairs, and refunding the fare difference if a higher-fare flight is needed to accommodate a specific wheelchair size. United expects to launch these new tools early next year. "By offering customers an easy way to [...]

2023-09-28T17:11:43+03:00September 28th, 2023|AIRLINES, News|

Airbus to install new fuel-saving sails for maritime operations

Source: Airbus This new technology could save up to 1,800 tons of CO2 emissions per year Airbus will equip one of the vessels it uses to transport aircraft subassemblies, chartered from shipowner Louis Dreyfus Armateurs, with a wind-assisted propulsion technology that captures wind energy to generate thrust and, therefore, delivers savings in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The eSAIL®, developed by the Spain-based firm bound4blue, creates as much as six to seven times more lift than a conventional rigid sail. It consists of a sail-like vertical surface and an electric-powered air suction system that helps the airflow to re-adhere to the sail, generating additional lift and thereby reducing the load on the ship’s main engines. Three 22-metre-high eSAILs® will be [...]

2023-09-28T17:14:21+03:00September 28th, 2023|MANUFACTURERS, News|

Delta people hone deicing skills in Minneapolis

Source: Delta Air Lines Delta’s hub at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport is “home of the world’s best deicers.” If the winter months are their regular season, summer is time for boot camp – getting trained and ready for the winter ahead As you enter Delta’s deicing facility on the outskirts of Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP), a banner proudly proclaims, “Home of the world’s best deicers.” The sign is a rallying message not only for the deicers of MSP, but all of Delta’s deicers, no matter where they’re based. Delta people from around the operation – from Alaska to Florida – converge at MSP every summer to learn the latest techniques and protocols for deicing aircraft. The top priority: ensuring [...]

2023-09-28T04:59:10+03:00September 28th, 2023|AIRLINES, News|

KLM Crown Lounges now open at Toronto and Houston airports

Source: KLM With the renovation of the two lounges into KLM Crown Lounges, KLM wants to offer its customers the most attractive lounges in the world, by emphasizing comfort and convenience, all in a recognizable and trusted KLM environment. Comfortable and stylish Comfortable, stylish and ergonomic furniture and fixtures made of sustainable elements and circular materials were chosen for the refurbishment of both lounges. The lounges are recognizable thanks to the KLM blue and the use of warm, natural colors. Additionally, as is also the case in the lounges at Schiphol, KLM’s Delftware miniature houses are on display. Several seating areas have been created for customers in the lounges. They can choose to work quietly in a more secluded (work) [...]

2023-09-28T05:43:14+03:00September 28th, 2023|AIRLINES, News|

TAP Air Portugal transports 1 million passengers on North Atlantic routes

Source: TAP Travel to and from destinations in United States and Canada has grown by 23% this year TAP Air Portugal transported more than 1 million passengers on its routes to the United States and Canada in 2023. The milestone, achieved on September 24, represents a 23% increase in comparison to the same time period in 2022. TAP’s first flight to North America happened 54 years ago in 1969, to JFK International Airport in New York. Currently, TAP’s network includes flights toLisbon and Porto from seven American cities – New York, Newark, Boston, Washington D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, Miami. In Canada, TAP flies from the cities of Toronto and Montreal. In 2024, TAP will offer its most extensive operational network [...]

2023-09-28T17:11:04+03:00September 28th, 2023|AIRLINES, News|

Lufthansa equips short and medium-haul aircraft with new cabins

Source: Lufthansa Lufthansa guests will experience a new cabin interior on short- and medium-haul routes in the future. It offers significantly more comfort and premium. Starting in spring 2025, the company will successively equip 38 Airbus A320s already flying for Lufthansa with the new innovative cabin. More space for carry-on luggage: Large overhead bins can hold up to twice as many carry-on suitcases or bags as the current "bins", because the items of luggage can now be stowed vertically and much more quickly and conveniently in the compartments, which are 40 percent larger. USB port: Lufthansa installs a dedicated USB port in each seat, which can be used to charge mobile devices. Tablet/smartphone holder: For the first time, Lufthansa is equipping all seats [...]

2023-09-28T17:13:38+03:00September 28th, 2023|AIRLINES, News|

ACI World: Latest air travel outlook reveals 2024 to be a milestone for global passenger traffic

Source: ACI World The most authoritative source and industry reference for airport traffic trends and rankings now available The Latin America-Caribbean region is forecasted to be the first region to surpass its 2019 level. In 2023, the region is estimated to reach 707 million passengers, or 102.9% of the 2019 level Airports Council International (ACI) World has today published its latest quarterly air travel outlook revealing global passenger traffic expected to recover in early 2024 as it reaches 9.4 billion passengers. Highlights from ACI World's 14th Advisory Bulletin on the impact of COVID-19 on the airport business—and the path to recovery include: Global passenger volume in 2023 is expected to reach 8.6 billion passengers, which is 94.2% of the 2019 [...]

2023-09-27T17:41:05+03:00September 27th, 2023|News, ORGANISATIONS|

American Airlines Joins Embraer’s Energia Advisory Group

Source: Embraer Embraer announced that American Airlines has signed an MoU with Embraer to join its Energia Advisory Group, an experienced and knowledgeable team of airlines, lessors, suppliers, and other aviation experts advising Embraer on its development of sustainable aircraft for the future. The MoU with Embraer will see the companies working together to define and establish the real-world requirements for sustainable, emission-free, and commercially viable aviation. American is a recognized leader in the drive for sustainable flight and was named 2023 Eco-Airline of the Year by Air Transport World. American operates the youngest mainline fleet and the largest regional fleet among U.S. network carriers and in 2022 consumed more than two million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel. It has [...]

2023-09-27T17:24:30+03:00September 27th, 2023|AIRLINES, MANUFACTURERS, News|

U.S. Air Travel Consumer Report: June 2023 and 2nd Quarter 2023 Numbers

Source: US DOT The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today released its Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on airline operational data compiled for the month of June 2023 and the first six months of 2023 for on-time performance, mishandled baggage, mishandled wheelchairs and scooters, and second quarter oversales. The ATCR is designed to assist consumers with information on the quality of services provided by airlines. DOT remains committed to ensuring airline passengers are treated fairly and flights operate as scheduled.For the first six months of 2023, 1.6% of flights have been canceled, far below the 3.2% cancellation rate for the first six months of last year and the 2.4% cancellation rate for first six months of pre-pandemic 2019. DOT uses [...]

2023-09-27T20:26:03+03:00September 27th, 2023|News, ORGANISATIONS|

Southwest Airlines Celebrates Week of Wow with 50% Off Limited Base Fares and Daily Deals for Fall and Winter Travel

Source: Southwest Airlines Southwest Airlines Co. launched one of its largest sales of the year as part of its Week of WOW. Starting today, through Sept. 28, 2023, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, Customers can take advantage of 50% off base fares on limited flights by using WOW50 in the promo code box when booking travel between Oct. 24, 2023, and March 6, 20241. Restrictions, exclusions, and blackout dates apply. Seats and days are limited. Discount applied before government taxes and fees. Visit Southwest.com® to book and view the full terms and conditions. “We understand flexibility and great deals are top of mind for Customers looking to book their next trip,” said Jonathan Clarkson, Vice President of Marketing at Southwest Airlines. “This [...]

2023-09-27T20:20:13+03:00September 27th, 2023|AIRLINES, News|