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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 …

Southwest Airlines’ Photo Contest Seeks Great Storytellers

Southwest Airlines’ Photo Contest Seeks Great Storytellers

Southwest Airlines announced a photo contest looking for the best photos that tell a story.
The airline is inviting so-called influencers with a minimum of 2,500 Instagram followers to enter by posting a photo that tells a great story, using the hashtags #SouthwestStorytellers and #Contest. The deadline for submission is February 24, 2019.
Southwest will select what it considers the best 100 photos and will ask those contestants to answer questions about …

Southwest to Link Dallas and Corpus Christie, Richmond and Tampa

Southwest to Link Dallas and Corpus Christie, Richmond and Tampa

Southwest Airlines announced new service linking Dallas and Corpus Christi as well as Richmond, Virginia, with Tampa, Florida.
The once-weekly service to Corpus Christi will operate on Saturdays and the inaugural flight will take place on August 10, 2019.  The twice-weekly service linking Richmond and Tampa will operate on Saturdays and Sundays.
The Dallas-based airline also announced the planned resumption of seasonal service between Hartford, Connecticut, and Fort Lauderdale; Buffalo and Fort …

Southwest Airlines Announces Multiple Executive Appointments

Southwest Airlines Announces Multiple Executive Appointments

Southwest Airlines announced multiple executive promotions and appointments as well as three executive retirements.
The airline promoted James Ashworth, currently managing director of customer support and services, to the position of vice president for customer support and services, following the retirement of Chris Wahlenmeier from that post.
Landon Nitschke was promoted to the position of senior vice president for technical operations, following six years at the airline.
Justin Jones, a 17-year Southwest veteran, …

Southwest to Offer Special Flights for Super Bowl Fans

Southwest to Offer Special Flights for Super Bowl Fans

Southwest Airlines announced plans to add additional flights to bring football fans to and from the Super Bowl football championship in Atlanta.
The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League. It arose as the result of the merger between the NFL and its rival, the American Football League, in the 1960s.
This year’s Super Bowl will take place on Sunday, February 3 and feature the New England …

Southwest Traffic and Capacity Up for November

Southwest Traffic and Capacity Up for November

Southwest Airlines announced operational results for December 2018.
The carrier reported an increase in capacity and traffic, while its load factor was down.
The airline’s total system traffic was 11.1 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, a year-over-year increase of 3.3% from 10.7 billion RPMs in December 2017. The company reported a total system capacity of 13.6 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, up 5.4% from 12.9 billion the previous December.
Meanwhile, …

Lobby Bar – January 4, 2019: Drunk Butlers, Betty White, and ‘I’ll Take Naked Hotel Guests for $250, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: The Secret to My Success
Naughty, naughty.  The Regent Taipei hotel now offers a photobutler service where trained staff members will take Instagram-worthy photos of guests both within the hotel and nearby.  The hotel had to quickly update its policy as some of the guests were using the service for bedroom shots au naturel.
Do you want to hear the good news first?  Marriott revealed that the number of guests …