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Aging Boeing 737 in Cuba Crash Had Strong Safety Record, Unlike the Airline Operating It

The Boeing 737-200 that crashed shortly after taking off from Aeropuerto Internacional José Martí in Havana was one of the oldest passenger airliners still in operation and was believed to be airworthy although questions remain about the operator of the flight, a little-known Mexican charter company hired by Cubana de Aviación.
Founded in 1929, the story of Cubana de Aviación, Cuba’s flagship carrier, mirrors that of the island nation. As so …

United Airlines CFO Resigns Suddenly

United Airlines CFO Resigns Suddenly

United Airlines announced that its chief financial officer, Andrew Levy, resigned late Thursday.
The Chicago-based carrier immediately named its current senior vice president of finance and treasurer, Gerry Laderman, as acting CFO.
“Gerry’s deep experience and financial acumen mean that he is ideally suited to lead our finance organization during this transitional period,” said United CEO Oscar Munoz who also thanked Levy for his service.
“I personally want to thank Andrew for his …

JetBlue Airways Names Geraghty as President and COO

JetBlue Airways Names Geraghty as President and COO

JetBlue Airways announced the appointment of Joanna Geraghty to the positions of president and chief operating officer.
The airline said that Geraghty will report to Robin Hayes, who will remain as chief executive officer and who will continue to oversee the company’s long-term strategy.
Explaining the restructuring, Hayes said that it will “allow focus on the core airline business while providing an organizational structure to innovate and grow in the travel and …

United Airlines to Offer Final Goodbye to the Queen of the Skies Including Dinner Under its Last 747

United Airlines to Offer Final Goodbye to the Queen of the Skies Including Dinner Under its Last 747

Continuing the commemoration of the retirement of its Boeing 747 fleet, United Airlines announced the opportunity to bid on a weekend that includes dinner underneath the 747 that operated the airline’s final 747 revenue flight last year.
The airline is auctioning five packages for the weekend starting June 1 that include travel to Tupelo, Mississippi, the location of Universal Asset Management Aircraft Disassembly Center, home to multiple retired United 747s. …

American Airlines Tightens Policy for Travel with Emotional Support Animal

American Airlines Tightens Policy for Travel with Emotional Support Animal

American Airlines announced new policies for travel with service and emotional support animals. The new rules go into effect for tickets issued starting July 1, 2018.
Going beyond what other airlines have announced, the Fort Worth-based airline is banning a number of animals as service animals. Included are amphibians, ferrets, goats, hedgehogs, insects, reptiles, rodents, snakes, and spiders as well as non-household birds and animals with tusks, horns, or hooves (with …

Amtrak to Update Acela Express Cabins

Amtrak to Update Acela Express Cabins

Amtrak announced it is updating the Acela Express cabins on its entire Acela fleet.
The refurbishment will include new seat covers and cushions and new carpeting.
“Customers expect a premium experience when they board an Acela Express train, and these updated interior features will provide a more comfortable, refreshed look and feel,” said Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson.
The project will begin this month and continue for 14 months. …

Apple to Offer New Credit Card with Goldman Sachs

Apple to Offer New Credit Card with Goldman Sachs

Apple and Goldman Sachs will launch a new credit card later this year that will be marketed as Apple Pay. The two companies have been working on the plan for several months.
Goldman Sachs will also be financing the purchase of new Apple products.
The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal on Thursday afternoon.
Apple currently offers a card issued by Barclays but that relationship appears to be in jeopardy.
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