United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz was listed at No. 18 in Glassdoor's Employees Choice Awards, based on employee feedback at companies worldwide. Munoz received an approval rating of 96%.
FedEx's net profit for its 2017 financial year was up 64.7% from 2016, reaching $3 billion. Cost management, rising demand and the acquisition of TNT Express were all factors in the growth. "Investments to modernize our aircraft fleet and expand our FedEx Ground capacity are supporting our strong earnings growth," FedEx executive Alan Graf Jr. said.
The debut of new uniforms by American Airlines and Southwest Airlines included extensive testing and prototyping. American introduced new uniforms last year as a way to unify branding following the 2013 acquisition of US Airways, and Southwest unveiled its new look this month.
Nicholas Calio, president and CEO of A4A, is calling on Congress to reject any attempt to remove the cap on the airport tax, known as the Passenger Facility Charge, as they review FAA reauthorization bills, noting, "Already, flyers are taxed at nearly 21 percent on a typical domestic round-trip ticket. If this new amendment is adopted and the FAA reauthorization becomes law, airports would be free to raise the PFC as high as they wanted, until flyers' pockets are turned inside out."
JetBlue Airways is working with Customs and Border Protection to let passengers on some flights opt to use their faces instead of typical boarding passes. Electronic Frontier Foundation lawyer Adam Schwartz says the program raises privacy issues: "We can change our bank account numbers, we even can change our names, but we cannot change our faces," he said. "And once the information is out there, it could be misused."
Transportation Security Administration officers screening luggage at Boston's Logan International Airport on Sunday found a 20-pound live lobster packed in a cooler. The TSA, which allows travelers to check lobsters packed in clear plastic spill-proof containers, said the lobster "cooperated quite nicely with the screening process."
Travelers navigating Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport can use a website to get turn-by-turn directions on their smartphones. "The fact that there is no app necessary -- that travelers at our airports can use it simply by going to fly2houston.com on their smart device -- offers another powerful and valuable tool to our customers," said Kathleen Boyd of the Houston Airport System.
China's Beijing New Airport will be the largest airport in the world when it opens in 2019. The airport's terminal building will feature gardens and a central hub to make it easier for travelers to find their way.
Michigan's Gerald R. Ford International Airport has opened a new consolidated security checkpoint halfway between the facility's concourses. The new checkpoint is part of the airport's $45 million Gateway Transformation Project.
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