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FAA Lifts Ban on Beleaguered Boeing 737 Max Jet

FAA Lifts Ban on Beleaguered Boeing 737 Max Jet

The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on the Boeing 737 Max on Wednesday, issuing an order that clears the way for the beleaguered aircraft to return to the skies.
The move came some 20 months after the troubled 737 Max was grounded in March 2019 following two hull losses that resulted in the deaths of 364 people, namely those of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.
“The FAA’s …

First ‘Covid-19-Free’ Flight Between New York and London Lands at Heathrow

First ‘Covid-19-Free’ Flight Between New York and London Lands at Heathrow

The first “Covid-19-free” flight between New York and London landed Tuesday morning at Heathrow Airport.  The flight was operated by United Airlines and every person on board took a rapid coronavirus test immediately prior to boarding and tested negative.
United Flight 14 left the gate at 7:14 p.m. local time and took off from Newark Liberty International Airport at 7:29 p.m.  The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner took just six hours and ten …

United Airlines to Make Elite Status Easier to Obtain in the Coming Year

United Airlines to Make Elite Status Easier to Obtain in the Coming Year

United Airlines, which last April said it would extend the current elite status of members of its MileagePlus frequent-flyer program into early 2022 amidst the pandemic-induced decline in travel, said it will make it easier to earn elite status for 2022.
The Chicago-based airline is lowering the requirements for both Premier Qualifying Point and Premier Qualifying Flight thresholds by 25% that must be met in 2021.
“Today’s announcement of making it easier …

United Airlines to Operate First Covid-19-Free Flight Between N.Y. and London on Monday

United Airlines to Operate First Covid-19-Free Flight Between N.Y. and London on Monday

United Airlines will operate its first coronavirus-free flight between New York and London on Monday.  The flight could be the first step in reopening what was once one of the busiest air corridors in the world before the pandemic.
The Chicago-based carrier last month announced plans to offer free coronavirus tests to passengers on one of its daily flights between the airline’s New York area hub and London as part of …

United Airlines Rolls Out Clorox Electrostatic Cleaning in Airport Terminals

United Airlines Rolls Out Clorox Electrostatic Cleaning in Airport Terminals

United Airlines announced it is rolling out a new system to disinfect its terminals at its 35 busiest airports.
The Clorox Total 360 System uses electrostatic spraying technology to spray surfaces throughout the terminal, including in check-in areas, ticket counters, gates, employee spaces, and United Club airport lounges.
“We recognize that Covid-19 has brought cleanliness and hygiene standards to the front of customers’ minds when making travel decisions, and we’re not leaving …

United Airlines Plans Return to JFK After a 5-Year Absence

United Airlines Plans Return to JFK After a 5-Year Absence

United Airlines, which last operated a flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport five years ago, said Tuesday it will return to the airport early next year.
Starting on February 1, the Chicago-based carrier will operate four daily non-stop transcon flights out of Terminal 7 at JFK, its home there five years ago.
“I have been waiting a long time to say this – United Airlines is back at JFK,” said the …

United Airlines to Cut December Schedule by 52%, Add Flights on Peak Travel Days During the Holidays

United Airlines to Cut December Schedule by 52%, Add Flights on Peak Travel Days During the Holidays

United Airlines said it would operate 48% of its December schedule, as compared to the same period in 2019.
The airline will add more than 140 daily flights and increase capacity on over 350 routes, it said.
“While this holiday travel season looks quite different than recent years, we’re continuing to follow the same playbook we have all year long – watching the data and adding more flights, adjusting schedules and leveraging …