In July, American Airlines will increase its ranks of flight attendants on reserve in preparation for an overall increase in the number of flights.
Nine months after the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria, JetBlue Airways has returned to full capacity with 48 daily flights between the island and the US mainland. The airline has also hired an additional 50 employees in San Juan. "Our return to our pre-hurricane flight count is a testament to the incredible resilience of Puerto Rico and our crew members who kept flights operating during a very difficult period," said Dave Clark of JetBlue.
United Airlines' route from Dublin to Newark, N.J., has served 2.7 million passengers on 17,000 flights since the route started in 1998. The service was started by Continental Airlines, which merged with United eight years ago.
American Airlines' new headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, will be named the Robert L. Crandall Global Support Campus in honor of the airline's former CEO. The five-building complex is still under construction and will house 7,000 leadership, administrative and support workers starting next summer.
UPS is upgrading the avionics systems on 137 Boeing 757 and 767 freighters and 52 Airbus A300s, a process expected to take two and a half years. "This will allow us to be able to configure the aircraft to continue flying at least another 20, perhaps 30 years," says Christian Kast, UPS advanced flight manager.
Grenada's Spice Island Beach Resort has raised its commission for agents who book via the global distribution system or directly with the resort to 15% from 12%. "The increased commission is our way of thanking those who continuously recommend our accommodations and our service to clients," Chairman and Managing Director Royston Hopkin said.
Although Versailles in France is famous for the Palace of Versailles, there are other cultural attractions worthy of a visit. Travelers can enjoy French dishes at Michelin-star restaurant Le Table du 11, tour displays of antique coaches at the palace's Gallery of Coaches and see a performance at a private opera house commissioned by King Louis XV.
Agents bring a lot of value to the table besides completing bookings, such as customizing trips to fit clients' tastes, acting as a concierge and helping prioritize clients' bucket-list items. "[W]e specialize in building travel itineraries, but good advisers can help you in all sorts of ways that most people don't realize," said Rob Karp of concierge service MilesAhead.
On Oct. 1, Alaska Airlines will launch daily nonstop service between San Diego and Spokane, Wash. The routes will be flown with Embraer 175 aircraft configured with three cabin classes and no middle seats.
Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines have applied to the US Department of Transportation and Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism for antitrust immunity that will allow formation of a joint venture. "This joint venture will combine two premier brands in the highly competitive Japan-Hawaii market, and travelers from both of our countries will benefit," said Hawaiian Airlines CEO Peter Ingram.