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U.S. Airlines Move to Add Gender-Neutral Option to Booking Process

Six U.S. airlines said they are working to introduce additional gender options for travelers who do not identify exclusively as male or female.
The change will add options for “unspecified” and “undisclosed” and will keep airlines in compliance with U.S. and foreign government requirements that allow passenger data to match the identification carried by travelers to airport security checkpoints and immigration controls.
The move follows the adoption of new standards for travelers …

Review: Taking the ‘T’ Downtown from Boston Logan Airport

While many cities offer dedicated train service to and from airports – the Heathrow Express in London and the Leonardo Express in Rome come to mind – it’s nonetheless possible to take the train to and from the airport in a straightforward manner in other cities as well.
One such city is Boston, where the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority offers several such options.
Indeed, one possibility is actually free: the Silver Line, …

In-Depth Analysis: United Airlines’ 2019 Fleet Plan

United Airlines, the world’s second largest airline by passenger traffic, will make a number of significant changes to its fleet in 2019.
The Chicago-based airline operates a mostly Boeing fleet of narrow- and wide-body aircraft in its mainline fleet along with a small number of Airbus A320 family aircraft. The total number of aircraft in the fleet was 773 as of January 2019.
In 2012, United became the first U.S. airline to …

In-Depth Analysis: American Airlines’ Fleet Plan Through 2021

American Airlines filed an updated fleet plan for the coming three years with the Securities and Exchange Commission last week.
The world’s largest airline operates a mix of Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, and McDonnell Douglas narrow- and wide-body aircraft in its mainline fleet with a total of 957 aircraft as of early 2019.
It is the largest operator in the world of Airbus A320-family aircraft.  It is also the largest A319 operator and …

Analyzing American Airlines’ ‘Roadmap to ‘Long-Term Success’

American Airlines unveiled its plan to improve corporate culture and the customer experience in 2019 in a memo to employees.
The airline set forth very specific goals under three top-level objectives.
“These short-term goals will help us achieve long-term success and will change each year as we prioritize and focus where it matters most,” it said in the memo.
The three-pronged plan calls for making the airline’s culture “a competitive advantage” as well …

Aviation Groups Warn of ‘Total Disruption’ During Government Shutdown

Unions representing air traffic controllers, airline pilots, and flight attendants said that the partial government shutdown is causing an “unprecedented” and “unconscionable” safety threat to the skies.
The joint statement, issued by three unions representing over 130,000 aviation professionals, also said that the threat to safety is growing as the shutdown continues with no end in sight.
“We have a growing concern for the safety and security of our members, our airlines …

Inside the Aircraft Deicing Process: How It Makes Winter Flying Safer

As I’m writing this, I’m sitting on an aircraft in New York, watching the thermometer precipitously drop from merely below freezing to Arctic in the wake of a major winter storm.  Admittedly, I’m lucky to be on a plane that will depart, given that 1,500 flights in the United States have already been cancelled, many in the Northeast.
After a 30-minute delay in boarding due to the late arrival of the …