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Delta to Take 5% Share in Airport Security Company Clear

Delta to Take 5% Share in Airport Security Company Clear

Delta Air Lines announced Friday it plans to acquire an interest in Clear, a company that provides biometric clearance to airport security checkpoints in the United States.
The Atlanta-based airline would buy a 5% stake in the company, according to Delta’s incoming CEO, Ed Bastian, who spoke with reporters on Friday.
The airline separately announced it will partner with Clear and add ClearLanes, as they are called, at additional major airports, starting …

Delta Announces Changes in Upgrade Priority, Improving Chances for SkyMiles Members with Status

Delta Announces Changes in Upgrade Priority, Improving Chances for SkyMiles Members with Status

Delta Air Lines announced what it termed an “improved” and “simplified” process for clearing complimentary upgrades.
The new method “better recognizes the loyalty of our Medallion members, SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express Card Members and Delta Corporate Travelers,” the company said in a statement and is effective Saturday.
The changes impact the upgrade window as well as where SkyMiles members with Medallion status will fall on the upgrade list.
For upgrades to …

Delta and Clear Partner to Speed Travelers Through Security at Major Airports

Delta and Clear Partner to Speed Travelers Through Security at Major Airports

Delta Air Lines said Friday it will partner with Clear, a company that provides expedited access to airport security checkpoints. The two plan to add ClearLanes, as they are called, at additional major airports, starting with major Delta hubs.
Clear promises no more than a five minute wait at a security checkpoint. The company uses biometrics including fingerprint and iris identification technology to confirm a traveler’s identity at its checkpoints.
Delta will …

VW CEO Apologizes to Obama: ‘We Have Disappointed Many People’

VW CEO Apologizes to Obama: ‘We Have Disappointed Many People’

The CEO of embattled automaker Volkswagen made a personal apology to President Obama last Sunday for the Dieselgate scandal.
Martin Müller, who was appointed to the position of chief executive last fall, following the departure of long-time CEO Martin Winterkorn, said he had a short two-minute exchange with the president during the latter’s visit to Hannover. The encounter took place at a dinner hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“I had a …

China Eastern Airlines Orders 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

China Eastern Airlines Orders 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Boeing and China Eastern Airlines announced a firm order for 15 787-9 Dreamliners Thursday. The order is valued at $4 billion at list prices.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is the second member of the Dreamliner family to be produced.  Similar to the 787-8, the lengthened variant of the high-tech jet uses 20% less fuel and produces 20% less emissions than similar-sized airplanes.
Compared to the original, the 787-9 is 20’ (six meters) longer, …

Delta Gives Bombardier Order for up to 125 CS100 Jets

Delta Gives Bombardier Order for up to 125 CS100 Jets

Bombardier announced Friday that it received a major order from Delta Air Lines for its C Series narrow-body jets.
Delta is in the process of phasing out its 50-passenger regional jets although it did not specify which planes the C Series will replace. The airline placed 75 firm orders for Bombardier CS100 aircraft with options for 50 more. Delta can convert some of these orders into CS300 at a later date.
The firm …

2016 Greg Spira Baseball Research Award Winner Named

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The winner of the 2016 Greg Spira Baseball Research Award, named in honor of Frequent Business Traveler’s late co-founder and managing editor, was announced Monday.
Jeff Long, a graduate of Loyola College in Maryland, and now a writer for Baseball Prospectus, won first prize for his essay, “Every Player in Its Right Place.”
The judges held that the essay exemplified the type of work that the Greg Spira Award was created to …