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How June Turned From a Month of Celebration at Southwest to a Month of Delays and Cancellations

June was supposed to be a month of celebration for Southwest Airlines: The airline had long-planned promotions and festivities to mark the Dallas-based airline’s 50th anniversary on June 18.
The airline celebrated its 50th by giving its employees 50,000 Rapid Reward Points each as well as unveiling a special livery on one of its 737 aircraft.
“Southwest revolutionized the travel industry since our very first flight on June 18, 1971 – a …

U.S. May Pioneer Supersonic Passenger Aircraft Second Time Around

The United States, which was a bystander in the first wave of supersonic travel that started in the 1970s, may be a pioneer as the second wave of supersonic transport starts to take flight.
The order by a U.S. airline for 50 new supersonic aircraft may put the country at the forefront of flying at twice the speed of sound, after having passed on the opportunity the first time around.
The carrier, …

Millions of People Take to the Skies Amidst Memorial Day in a Test for Travel During the Covid Era

As many as two million people per day are forecast to fly over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, serving as a kind of stress test for the latest stage of the coronavirus pandemic.
Recent figures already show the number of people traversing the nation’s security checkpoints to be as high as 90% of those from 2019 and last Sunday saw a pandemic-era high, 1.9 million.
Airline executives have seen a steady uptick …

They’re Back! The Return of Change and Other Airline Fees as Americans Plan Trips

Planning a trip? Be prepared for surprises as the travel landscape is shifting once again as airlines return to pre-pandemic policies on change and other fees.
Coronavirus pandemic-induced fee waivers on basic-economy fares at American Airlines and Frontier Airlines expired last month and those at United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines, and Hawaiian Airline expired at the very end of April.
This leaves JetBlue Airways, which recently extended its waiver through May …

With $80 Billion, Amtrak Wants to Be a Better Alternative to Flying and Driving

Amtrak, which is receiving $80 billion as part of President Joseph Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure package, released a 14-year plan detailing how it plans to modernize rail service in the United States, and it’s clear that the railroad wants travelers to consider it when planning short flights as well as long drives.
The plan calls for dozens of new routes as well as for the modernization of existing routes, many of …

Airline Industry ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ for Uptick in Fall Travel

Airline Industry ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ for Uptick in Fall Travel

The airline industry could see a return to sustainable passenger traffic by fall, the head of a major industry group said.
Speaking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Aviation Summit 2021 on Wednesday, Nicholas Calio, CEO of Airlines for America, an industry trade group representing major U.S. carriers, said he was “cautiously optimistic” about a return to sustainable passenger levels.
Last week, American Airlines announced plans to return all of the aircraft …

25 Years After Deadly Explosion, Wreckage of TWA Flight 800 to Be Destroyed

TWA Flight 800, a Boeing 747 en route from New York City to Paris, exploded in midair and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of Long Island on the night of July 17, 1996.
At precisely 8:31 p.m. local time, an explosion that was ultimately determined to have been caused by a spark from fuel gauge wiring inside the center wing fuel tank of the 747 that in …