An interview with American's new CEO
11-12-13: American Airlines and US Airways seem an unlikely couple, even to the man who will lead the combined company after their merger on Monday. Doug Parker says, however, that American's buttoned-down, corporate culture will be the perfect complement to his scrappy US Airways, where "we sometimes fire before we're ready.''
LASERS BEAM TRACKS JET
JetBlue pilots land safely
11.12.13: Officials in Florida say two pilots who were hit with a green laser were able to land the JetBlue plane safely. A Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office statement says the pilots on flight 521 from LaGuardia to West Palm Beach had the laser pointed at them on Monday night. They were about five miles (eight kilometres) from the Palm Beach International Airport.
SANTA ON BOARD
Transat teams with Children's Wish Foundation
11.12.13: On a very special flight bound for the North Pole, at a cruising altitude of 8,000 metres, about a hundred sick children joined forces with Air Transat and the Children's Wish Foundation yesterday to bring Santa Claus back to Montreal. Air Transat took the opportunity to turn over $309,605 to the Foundation, representing amounts collected over the past year as part of the carrier's Small Change, Big Hearts programme and other activities.
NOT THE USUAL SUSPECTS
Snowy owls strike five planes at NY and NJ
11.12.13: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says that over the past two weeks five planes at JFK, Newark Liberty and LaGuardia airports have been struck by snowy owls.
A BIG YEAR
NYC predicts record high tourism for 2013
11.12.13: Official predictions show that a record 54.3 million visitors will have arrived in New York City by the end of 2013. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday that the number of annual tourists has jumped by 20 million since he took office in 2002.
Mixing it up
11.12.13: Three new appointments at three separate companies, will put familiar faces in new and different contexts. Silversea Cruises, Sandals' Unique Vacations and Playa Resorts Management will all sport new senior executives.
Former American Eagle executive to join in January
11.12.13: WestJet has announced the appointment of Fred Cleveland to the position of executive vice-president, operations, effective January 6, 2014. Cleveland joins WestJet from American Eagle Airlines, where he has been chief operating officer and senior vice president of Technical Operations since December 2009.
11.12.13: If you’re looking for bargain golf read no further. However, for serious swingers Barbados delivers an above-par experience. The island has seven courses, but the Triple Crown includes Sandy Lane, Royal Westmoreland and Apes Hill, all located within minutes of each other on the “platinum west coast” near Hole Town.