Contestants repurpose Southwest Airlines materials in design challenge | Renovations to make Pa. airport terminal more welcoming | Airline mobile-app use rises double digits between 2016 and 2018
January 18, 2019
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Contestants repurpose Southwest Airlines materials in design challenge
A "Project Runway All Stars" design challenge had contestants using items provided by Southwest Airlines to create travel wear, as well as leather travel accessory made from Southwest airline seat covers. The airline also provided the show with the use of an aircraft and assisted with getting airport access for filming.
Forbes (1/17) 
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Renovations to make Pa. airport terminal more welcoming
Pennsylvania's Bradford Regional Airport will undergo a $1.27 million renovation designed to make the terminal more welcoming for passengers. The planned updates include exterior stone columns, enhanced lighting inside and out, new video screens in the lobby and a fireplace in the waiting area.
The Kane Republican (Pa.) (1/14) 
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Airline mobile-app use rises double digits between 2016 and 2018
Airline mobile apps saw a 55% increase in monthly average users between 2016 and 2018, according to the App Annie State of Mobile report. Carriers with the most used apps in the US were American Airlines and Southwest Airlines.
PhocusWire (1/17) 
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Airlines Give Back
FedEx partners with Rise Against Hunger
FedEx is celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day by partnering with Rise Against Hunger to package meals for hungry people around the world. "Our support for this initiative perpetuates our corporate and societal values, using our knowledge to make connections and deliver resources where they are needed most," said Rose Flenorl of FedEx Global Citizenship.
WMC-TV (Memphis, Tenn.) (1/17) 
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Next for Takeoff
Air Transport World names DFW as world's top airport
Air Transport World has recognized Texas' Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport as the world's top airport. DFW has invested billions in improvements in recent years, including a $2 billion renovation of three terminals. DFW Airport "truly stood out for its innovation, operational excellence on focus on serving its customers," ATW Editor-in-Chief Karen Walker said.
WBAP-AM (Dallas) (1/17),  The Dallas Morning News (tiered subscription model) (1/17) 
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American Airlines appoints Brickner as SVP of technical operations
American Airlines has promoted Kevin Brickner to the role of senior vice president of technical operations. Brickner was most recently the carrier's vice president of safety and operations integration as well as certified director of safety.
American Journal of Transportation (1/17) 
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Industry Trends
Alaska Airlines introduces new West Coast wine menu
Alaska Airlines is introducing a new West Coast wine menu that includes a rotating selection of wines chosen for their superior taste. "We really looked into what would play well in the air when you're [30,000] or 40,000 feet up," said Jonathan Hardy, certified sommelier.
Alaska Airlines Blog (1/17) 
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Career Development
AI gauges applicants by number of smiles during interviews
An artificial intelligence application called HireVue searches resumes for keywords and uses a chatbot to ask questions to make sure applicants meet the requirements. The application also studies applicants' faces to see how many times they smile during interviews.
Fast Company online (1/15) 
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