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Flights Slowly Resume After Computer Outage Grounds United Airlines Operations

Flights Slowly Resume After Computer Outage Grounds United Airlines Operations

United Airlines said it has begun to operate some flights following a major computer systems failure that grounded the airline Friday morning.
The outage apparently began shortly after 5:30 a.m. EDT, according to Downdetector, a service that tracks such data.
The airline issued a ground stop on all its traffic in the United States and Canada, according to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration website.
“I can’t log in and the phone reps can’t …

Delta Returns to Pre-Pandemic Boarding Process

Delta Returns to Pre-Pandemic Boarding Process

Delta Air Lines said it had returned to boarding its planes by zones, eliminating one of its last remaining pandemic-era practices, namely front-to-back boarding.
The new – and old – process – allows travelers to board based on elite status with the airline or a partner as well as seat location.
“This update drives efficiency in the boarding process, making it faster and easier for both customers and employees as we continue …

Alaska to Introduce New Top Elite Tier, MVP Gold 100K

Alaska to Introduce New Top Elite Tier, MVP Gold 100K

Alaska Airlines announced plans for the introduction of a new elite tier in its Mileage Plan frequent-flyer program, MVP Gold 100K.
MVP Gold 100K would require a Mileage Plan member to reach 100,000 qualifying miles with Alaska, a oneworld airline, or a global airline partner of Alaska, or 140 eligible segments.
The new tier will be introduced in January 2022.
Mileage Plan MVP Gold 100K members will receive the same oneworld status as …

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 16: Scientists Disagree Over Need for Booster Shots

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 16: Scientists Disagree Over Need for Booster Shots

A week before it was set to begin, he White House’s plan to roll out additional doses of coronavirus vaccine is in flux as scientists and researchers debate whether they are needed.
Regulators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration raised questions on Wednesday about third doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, while a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, also released on Wednesday, showed that individuals in Israel who …

WestJet Names Current CFO as Interim CEO

WestJet Names Current CFO as Interim CEO

WestJet announced the appointment of Harry Taylor, its chief financial officer and executive vice president, as interim CEO.
The current CEO, Ed Sims, announced his plans for retirement in June.
Mr. Taylor first joined the low-cost Canadian carrier in 2015.
He attended the University of Toronto, graduating in 1983 and taking a position at Ernst & Young as a staff accountant.  He held executive-level positions in finance at multiple companies including PepsiCo, Home …

Hilton to Extend Elite Status Into 2023

Hilton to Extend Elite Status Into 2023

Hilton Worldwide announced it would extend the current elite status of members of its Hilton Honors guest loyalty program into early 2023 and pause the expiration of points in member accounts to the end of 2022.
The move comes amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced downturn in travel.
The hotel chain last extended loyalty status and pushed back expiration dates in October 2021.
All Hilton Honors members with elite status will receive an extension of their …

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 15: U.S Army Tells Solders to Get Vaccinated – Or Else

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 15: U.S Army Tells Solders to Get Vaccinated – Or Else

Vaccination requirements are now being extended to multiple constituencies including U.S. army personnel and new immigrants to the United States.
New immigrants who are subject to the immigration medical examination to enter the United States must be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said in a statement.  The medical examination is for individuals who wish to become lawful permanent residents, also referred to as green card …