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Delta CEO Predicts Airline Industry Recovery by Next Summer

Delta CEO Predicts Airline Industry Recovery by Next Summer

Delta Air Lines’ CEO is optimistic about the future.  In a televised interview, he said that he believes his airline will return to pre-pandemic levels by the summer of 2022.
Currently, the Atlanta-based carrier sits at 66% of its normal operational levels.
The coronavirus pandemic began to decimate global travel starting in early 2020 as international border after border was closed.
“I see this industry recovering in a very, very nice manner,” Ed …

McDonnell Douglas MD-87 Crashes Taking Off from Houston Executive Airport With 21 Onboard

McDonnell Douglas MD-87 Crashes Taking Off from Houston Executive Airport With 21 Onboard

A McDonnell Douglas MD-87 that was attempting a takeoff at Houston Executive Airport en route to Boston never achieved flight and crashed into a fence at the end of the runway, where It burst into flames.
“The information we have at this time indicates that the plane did not attain altitude at the end of the runway and went across Morton Road, coming to a rest in the field just north …

Southwest and Chase Introduce New Perks and Benefits for Rapid Rewards Credit Card Program

Southwest and Chase Introduce New Perks and Benefits for Rapid Rewards Credit Card Program

Southwest Airlines and JPMorgan Chase announced two planned enhancements to the current benefits that holders of the Southwest Rapid Rewards credit cards receive.
This year is the 25th that JPMorgan Chase and Southwest have jointly offered Rapid Rewards credit cards.
The cards, Southwest said with a nod to its many love-themed marketing campaigns and its LUV ticket symbol, now come “with more to love: more points, [and] more benefits.”
The changes offer cardholders …

St. Regis Plans 11 New Resorts in 8 Countries Including China, Mexico, Morocco, and Qatar

St. Regis Plans 11 New Resorts in 8 Countries Including China, Mexico, Morocco, and Qatar

Marriott International announced that St. Regis Hotels and Resorts will open 11 new resorts within four years, a move that will almost double the number the hotelier’s portfolio of resorts.
The planned locations include Aruba, China, Bermuda, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Morocco, Oman, and Qatar.
“Our resorts offer a leisure experience inspired by the glamorous private retreats of St. Regis’ founding family, the Astors, and we cannot wait to bring the brand’s …

Alitalia Shuts Down After 75 Years… Long Live Alitalia

Alitalia Shuts Down After 75 Years… Long Live Alitalia

Alitalia, Italy’s flag carrier, following years of rescue attempts and losses, operated its final flight Thursday night, only to be replaced by… Alitalia.
Italia Transporto Aereo, a new, state-owned carrier, quietly began operations Friday morning under the storied Alitalia name, having acquired from the once glamorous airline, a symbol of the country’s culture and culinary arts, for €90 million ($104.3 million), one third of what Alitalia was hoping for.
Founded as Alitalia …

White House to Lift Some Restrictions for Travelers to the U.S.

White House to Lift Some Restrictions for Travelers to the U.S.

The United States wull lift some restrictions on international travelers to the United States, with the proviso that each traveler is fully vaccinated, the White House announced on Friday.
The change in policy is slated to take effect on November 8.
Travelers will be required to provide proof of vaccination and the last dose of the vaccine must have been delivered at least two weeks, or more, prior to the date of …

Boeing Faces New Dreamliner Challenge with Titanium Part Defect

Boeing Faces New Dreamliner Challenge with Titanium Part Defect

Boeing said on Thursday that it was informed that certain parts from a supplier for the 787 Dreamliner aircraft were improperly manufactured.  The news is the latest in the challenges that the high-tech airliner has faced practically since launch in 2011.
The Chicago-based company did not specify the part or supplier but the Wall Street Journal said that it involved certain titanium parts that were weaker than they should be, based …