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Southwest Airlines Announces Multiple Executive Appointments

Southwest Airlines Announces Multiple Executive Appointments

Southwest Airlines announced multiple executive appointments and promotions on Wednesday.
Brendan Conlon, who served as senior director of labor relations, was appointed to the position of vice president of crew scheduling.
Meanwhile,  Cole McGuire, who until recently served as senior director of performance and projects, was appointed to vice president of ground operations support.
Mr. Conlon joined the airline in 2000 in the systems department.  In 2006 he became director of crew planning …

Southwest Airlines to Invest $2 Billion to ‘Transform’ In-Flight Experience

Southwest Airlines to Invest $2 Billion to ‘Transform’ In-Flight Experience

Southwest Airlines announced a $2 billion plan to completely “transform” the carrier’s customer experience.
The massive investment is “designed to enhance and simplify customers’ journeys,” the airline said, and will include upgrading its Wi-Fi, the installation of new “latest technology” power ports at every seat, and new larger overhead bins that will offer easier access to carry-on baggage.  The improvements to in-flight Wi-Fi will bring up to ten times the current …

U.S. to Extend Federal Mask Mandate for Planes and Trains

U.S. to Extend Federal Mask Mandate for Planes and Trains

 
The United States will once again extend its mask mandate for all forms of public transportation including airplanes, trains, buses, light rail, subways, and streetcars as well as for airports and rail terminals, a Biden administration official said.
The order has been in place since February 2021 and has been extended multiple times.   It requires “persons to wear masks over the mouth and nose when traveling on any conveyance (e.g., airplanes, …

Storms Cause Thousands of Delays and Cancellations on the East Coast

Storms Cause Thousands of Delays and Cancellations on the East Coast

A series of major storms in the Northeast and in Florida on Thursday caused thousands of flight delays and cancellations that had a domino effect across the entire country.
Over 8,000 flights within, flying into, or departing the United States were delayed, including 1,400 on Southwest Airlines, 956 on American Airlines, 944 on Delta Air Lines, 736 on United Airlines, and 586 on JetBlue Airways, according to data from FlightAware, a …

Airlines Cancel, Delay Over 11,000 Weekend Flights Amidst Spring Break Travel

Airlines Cancel, Delay Over 11,000 Weekend Flights Amidst Spring Break Travel

Pilot walkouts, computer crashes, severe weather.  It was a good weekend to stay home as U.S. airlines canceled or delayed over 15,000 flights during a time when many people were traveling for spring break.
A combination of all three resulted in 6,041 delays on flights within, departing from, or arriving in the United States on Saturday as well as 1,933 cancelations.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, airlines had delayed or canceled 7,457 additional flights, …

Southwest Airlines Announces Multiple Executive Appointments and Promotions

Southwest Airlines Announces Multiple Executive Appointments and Promotions

Southwest Airlines announced multiple executive appointments and promotions on Wednesday.
Christa Lucas, who served as senior vice president at the National Business Aviation Association, was appointed to the position of vice president of governmental affairs.
Phil Gouel, the airline’s senior director of corporate strategy, was promoted to the position of vice president for vacation packages.
Lindsey Lang, a human resources senior director at the carrier, was promoted to the position of vice president, …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 5: Stopping Pandemics Before They Start, Southwest to Resume Alcohol Sales

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 5: Stopping Pandemics Before They Start, Southwest to Resume Alcohol Sales

A team of researchers led by Harvard University scientists released a blueprint of sorts to stop zoonotic disease, namely animal-borne pathogens that cross over to humans.  The study, which was published in the journal Science Advances on Friday, said that it would take three techniques the report identifies as “primary pandemic prevention” strategies to follow.
The three, which the study refers to as “primary pandemic prevention,” are halting deforestation, improving disease …