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For more than 40 years, Southwest Airlines has made its mark as a reliable – and fun – domestic carrier. Lately, its growth has put it ahead of competition, so much so that Southwest currently flies more domestic passengers in the United States than any of its rivals. This week, Southwest launched its first international flight, departing from Baltimore, and landing in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Since its acquisition of AirTran Airways in 2011, Southwest has had the ability to cross US borders using AirTran’s existing routes into seven international destinations within Mexico and the Caribbean.
So, why the wait? According to a report from airline industry news site, Airchive.com, Southwest wanted to make sure that it was done right, and a lot of work had to be done.
“Although the formal celebration was held in Baltimore, Southwest also launched international flights today from Atlanta and Orlando to Aruba, The Bahamas, and Jamaica, but this is just the beginning.
Starting August 10th, the Dallas-based airline will begin operating daily service from Cancun, Mexico to Atlanta and Baltimore BWI, along with Saturday service to Milwaukee. San Jose del Cabo will receive daily service from Santa Ana, while Nassau, Bahamas will see Saturday only service to Atlanta.
The carrier will further expand international flights in October, operating daily service from Cancun to Denver starting on the 7th, and San Jose del Cabo to Denver on the 11th.”
Read the full story on airchive.com here.
“Did you know…American Airlines is the last legacy U.S. carrier to offer a mileage-based frequent flyer program?”
Forbes’ business travel blogger, Andrew Bender, accurately predicted United Airlines unfriendly changes to its MileagePlus frequent flyer program. Following Delta’s lead, the updated program rules, which take effect March 1, 2015, make it significantly harder for passengers to accrue points on most flights. That’s because awards will be based on ticket price instead of mileage flown. According to the post, depending on the flyer’s status, points accrual may be lowered by as much as 50%.
Read the full story here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewbender/2014/06/10/united-airlines-changes-its-mileageplus-frequent-flier-program-and-basically-youre-hosed/
(CNN Special: 100 Years of Commercial Aviation)
We have traveled by air since 1914 — One hundred years of commercial flight. With all that experience and new technology under our belt, what will aviation advancements bring to the air travel experience over the next century?
In a special week long series, CNN.com looks at possible futuristic enhancements and breakthrough fuel-saving solutions to get us off the ground in the 21st century.
According to the CNN post, Airbus’ vision of the future can be seen through its concept plane design, which includes an “eco-climb” feature, where take off is assisted by propelled acceleration for a steeper climb, so that planes reach efficient cruise altitudes sooner. “In the concept cabin, seats will use body heat to power aircraft systems such as holographic pop-up pods, while a futuristic cabin membrane can become transparent to give passengers open panoramic views.”
Read the full story here.