JetBlue Airways reported 4.76 billion revenue passenger miles for July, up 6.2% compared to July 2017. The carrier's capacity was 5.35 billion available seat miles, up 4.1% from a year ago, and its passenger load factor for the month was 88.9%, up 1.8 points compared to last year.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., has introduced the American Aviator Act, a bill designed to create grants to help pay for military veterans' flight school and training. The program would also help regional airlines in need of more pilots, according to Airlines for America spokesperson Sharon Pinkerton.
Airlines are improving meal options for passengers who are looking more for healthier, more flavorful choices. From gluten-free to vegetarian selections and partnerships with celebrity chefs, expanded in-flight food options can add to passenger satisfaction and build customer loyalty.
A study by social analytics firm NetBase identifies this year's top 10 most-loved hospitality brands. The list includes American Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.
Actress Tracee Ellis Ross, daughter of singer Diana Ross, stars in new advertisements for Chase's United Airlines Explorer credit card.
AOPA joined other aviation groups in support of compromise language included in the House-passed Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that would require the FAA to create safety guidelines for aircraft and pilots engaged in flight sharing. "We simply believe in order to facilitate this endeavor, especially given the recent court cases and legal interpretations on this matter, we must do this in a deliberate and safe manner," said AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker.
Ten rising eighth-graders from Northeast Philadelphia's St. Martin of Tours School were treated to a free week of Leonardo Helicopters camp, where they learned about manufacturing, design, supply chain and other roles that combine to produce helicopters. A highlight of the camp was a 15-minute flight over the students' school and neighborhoods.
Maryland's Frederick Municipal Airport has been awarded a $300,000 federal grant to fund a runway extension. "It's going to allow larger aircraft to come and as it entices owners and business to come to the airport because it's more accessible," said AOPA Aviation Technical Specialist Jonathan Gandy.
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