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Alaska Airlines, Flight Attendant Union Reach Tentative Agreement

Alaska Airlines, Flight Attendant Union Reach Tentative Agreement

Alaska Airlines and the Association of Flight Attendants, the union representing the airline’s flight attendants, announced that they reached a tentative joint collective bargaining agreement.
The agreement covers over 5,400 flight attendants working at the airline including former Virgin America employees who joined the company in December 2016 following the merger of the two airlines.
The contract, once ratified by the union’s membership, will provide flight attendants with pay raises, increased retirement …

Alaska Airlines Debuts Heart Sculpture at SFO Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

Alaska Airlines Debuts Heart Sculpture at SFO Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

Alaska Airlines, along with the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, unveiled a new heart sculpture at San Francisco International Airport on Wednesday, Valentine’s Day.
The giant artwork, which is in sky blue and gold, is part of the Hearts in San Francisco program, and is located in the food court at Terminal 2 of the airport. The fiberglass heart is 5’ (1.5 meters)
The sculpture was designed by artist Gina Teichert, and …

Gogo Hits Milestone with New High-Throughput SES Satellite

Gogo Hits Milestone with New High-Throughput SES Satellite

In-flight Wi-Fi provider Gogo announced that it has placed over 200 aircraft into service with 2Ku inflight connectivity technology utilizing the increased capacity of SES Networks’ new SES 15 satellite.
SES 15 is SES’ first hybrid satellite and Ku-band wide beam and Ku-band High Throughput Satellite or HTS capability, with connectivity to gateways in the Ka-band.
The satellite provides service over North America, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
SES 15 was launched …

United Airlines to Test New Boarding Process

United Airlines to Test New Boarding Process

United Airlines announced that it will implement a new boarding process at various airports as part of a trial program.
The new procedure will involve the use of two lanes at the gate. When boarding begins, Group 1 will board through Lane 1, while Group 2 will board through Lane 2.
Groups 3 through 5, which will be fore passengers in window, middle, and aisle seats respectively, will be asked to remain …

Fraport Sees Passenger Increase for January

Fraport Sees Passenger Increase for January

Fraport AG, the operator of Frankfurt Airport, announced traffic figures for January 2018.
Passenger traffic was approximately 4.55 million passengers for the month, a 7.6% increase from January 2017.
Frankfurt Airport also reported a 1.3% year-over-year increase in cargo tonnage for August, with 170,686 metric tons of cargo passing through the facility.
In addition, Fraport said the number of aircraft movements for the month increased by 8.6% year-over-year to 36,816 takeoffs and landing.
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JetBlue Airways January Traffic, Load Factor Down

JetBlue Airways January Traffic, Load Factor Down

JetBlue Airways announced operational results for January 2018. The carrier said that its total traffic and load factor were down, while its capacity increased slightly for the month.
The New York-based airline’s passenger traffic was 3.80 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, a year-over-year decline of 1.7% from 3.86 billion RPMs in the same period last year.
JetBlue’s capacity inched up slightly, increasing 0.1% to 4.639 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, …

Airline Industry Urges Congress to Reject Increases in TSA and Customs Fees

Airline Industry Urges Congress to Reject Increases in TSA and Customs Fees

The Trump administration’s budget for fiscal year 2019 would include an annual $2.9 billion increase in Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection security fees to be paid by travelers and shippers.
The move was strongly opposed by the U.S. airline industry, saying the increases cannot be justified.
“Increasing taxes in any form will add to the cost of flying for millions of Americans, curtail job growth and limit the options …