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Mesa Airlines Flight Attendants Reach Tentative Agreement with Carrier

Mesa Airlines Flight Attendants Reach Tentative Agreement with Carrier

Mesa Airlines, which operates regional flights for American Airlines and United Airlines, and its flight attendants union announced that the two had reached a tentative agreement on a new contract.
The flight attendants are represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA.
The new four-year agreement would provide for an increase in salary and include work rule improvement, and would cover over 1,100 flight attendants.
The agreement “will finally make a difference for Mesa …

Delta to Link New York with Lagos, Nigeria

Delta to Link New York with Lagos, Nigeria

Delta Air Lines announced that it will begin new service to Lagos, Nigeria from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on March 24, 2017. The carrier will operate the service three times a week, using Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
Flights to Lagos’ Murtala Muhammad International Airport are scheduled to depart New York at 10:50 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, and arrive at at 2:05 p.m. the next day. From Lagos, …

Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle, Washington – Review

As I approached the soaring windows of the Fairmont Olympic, one thought struck me: “I may not be dressed for this occasion.” Indeed, even with my neat, business-casual look, the grand lobby in the Italian Renaissance-style building, with its gilt metal and crystal chandeliers, oaken walls, and balconies was more opera house than hotel. I stopped to reflect on my attire: Did I bring my tux? This brief moment of …

Delta to Award Miles for Seahawks Gameplay

Delta to Award Miles for Seahawks Gameplay

Delta Air Lines announced that it renewed its 12status fan engagement program with the Seattle Seahawks football team.
This year, the airline will award 12status members one Delta SkyMile for each passing yard the Seahawks throw this season. In addition, 12status members will receive priority boarding on all Delta flights out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Twelve 12status members will also be picked to receive a $120 Seahawks Pro Shop gift card each …

Raleigh-Durham to Replace Diesels with Electric Bus Fleet

Raleigh-Durham to Replace Diesels with Electric Bus Fleet

Raleigh-Durham International Airport said Thursday that it plans to replace four of its transit buses with,Proterra Catalyst E2 zero emissions battery-electric buses.
The airport is Proterra’s first airport customer.
Raleigh-Durham currently transports an average of 112,166 passengers, along with their luggage, a month between Raleigh-Durham’s two parking lots and its terminals with a diesel-powered fleet. The fleet consists of 14 40-foot transit buses that the airport said are normally replaced every four …

Hainan Airlines to Launch Chengdu-New York Flights

Hainan Airlines to Launch Chengdu-New York Flights

Hainan Airlines announced that it will begin new service between Chengdu and New York on October 26. The route will be the carrier’s second non-stop to North America from Chengdu, after its Chengdu-Los Angeles route.
Flights to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport will initially depart on Thursdays and Saturdays, while flights to Chengdu will operate on Fridays and Sundays. Beginning October 29, flights to New York will switch to …

Fiat Chrysler to Partner with BMW to Develop Autonomous Vehicles

Fiat Chrysler to Partner with BMW to Develop Autonomous Vehicles

BMW Group, Intel Corporation, and Mobileye announced that the three companies signed a memorandum of understanding with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to develop an autonomous driving platform.
BMW, Intel, and Mobileye first collaborated in July 2016, with a goal of developing solutions for highly automated driving – level 3 – and fully automated driving – level 4/5 – by 2021. The three have been working together since, and Fiat is the first …