Complimentary rebooking offered by JetBlue | FedEx exec: Mentorship is critical to women's success | Southwest's Denver expansion plan advances
February 27, 2020
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The Department of Homeland Security will allow states to accept documents for the Real ID application electronically to help meet the Oct. 1 deadline. A recent survey found more than half of Americans are unaware of the deadline.
Full Story: Forbes (2/19) 
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Complimentary rebooking offered by JetBlue
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JetBlue is allowing passengers who book flights through March 11 the opportunity to change or cancel their plans without penalty. "We felt this suspension was an important way to live up to our crewmember and customer expectations during this uncertain time," said JetBlue President Joanna Geraghty.
Full Story: The Points Guy (2/26) 
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The 777X Takes to The Skies
The world's largest and most efficient twin-engine jet took its first flight, a major milestone for Boeing's 777X built on years of development, testing and rigor. The 777X will safely fly passengers more comfortably and efficiently with less fuel. Together, we're building the future of flight.
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FedEx Custom Critical CEO Ramona Hood says mentorship was one of the keys to her success as she climbed from the post of receptionist to the company's executive level over the past 28 years. Hood, who is also the first black CEO in FedEx history, advises women looking to progress in business to build a team of mentors, coaches and sponsors to support them.
Full Story: Cleveland online (2/25) 
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Denver City Council's aviation committee has advanced Southwest Airlines' request to lease 16 additional gates at Denver International Airport once ongoing construction is finished. "I cannot overstate that we are all in on Denver," Southwest's Steve Sisneros said.
Full Story: Denverite (2/26) 
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When a lost engagement ring was found near Gate 33 at Denver International Airport, United employees went the extra mile to reunite it with Megan Hansen, who had lost the ring while traveling to Disneyland. Senior supervisor Cheryl Searle and customer service representative Nancy Swingle hand-delivered the ring, surprising Hansen in the amusement park.
Full Story: United Hub (2/26) 
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American Airlines will be the official airline of the English soccer team Watford for the rest of the season. The partnership will feature match highlights in the airline's inflight entertainment systems and arena branding.
Full Story: SportsPro Media/Memphis, Tenn. (2/26) 
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Inside Aviation
The Redmond Airport has been awarded $3.1 million in federal funds to support the ongoing construction of a snow equipment building, part of a larger expansion initiative. This round of infrastructure grants also includes $3.1 million to reconfigure an apron at Portland International Airport and support for an environmental assessment at Grant County Regional/Ogilvie Field Airport.
Full Story: East Oregonian (Pendleton, Ore.) (2/26) 
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Ten Wyoming airports will receive $7.2 million in grants from the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program. Among the grants, Yellowstone Regional Airport will receive $1.4 million to build an access road and make parking lot improvements.
Full Story: Gillette News-Record (Wyo.) (tiered subscription model) (2/25) 
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Thirteen Arkansas airports will be distributed a total of $10.7 million in Airport Improvement Program grants. Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field will receive the largest grant, a total of $5.9 million over two years, which will be used for taxiway improvements.
Full Story: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock) (free registration) (2/24) 
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Airlines Give Back
FedEx Express plans to donate a plane to a Shelby County high school with a transportation and STEM focus and install it as a monument bearing the school's colors. East High School partners with the University of Memphis to prepare students for transportation careers.
Full Story: The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Memphis, Tenn. (2/26) 
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Southwest Airlines crew members not only reunited a Kansas City girl with the Pooh bear she left on a flight to Las Vegas. They also tweeted a photo of the bear seated on a utility vehicle with a "pilot bear" dressed in Southwest colors.
Full Story: Inside the Magic/Memphis, Tenn. (2/26) 
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