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Leveling the skies: Delta flies 120 girls to NASA to promote gender equality in 5th WING Flight

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Delta today celebrated International Girls in Aviation Day with its fifth-annual WING Flight – “Women Inspiring our Next Generation” – carrying 120 girls ages 12-18 from Salt Lake City to NASA in Houston as we work to close the gender gap in aviation.

From nose to tail, the flight was planned and orchestrated exclusively by women – including the pilots flying the plane, ramp agents working on the ground, gate agents boarding the flight and women in the tower guiding the aircraft on its way out.

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Delta’s WING Flight originated in 2015 as an effort to diversify a male-dominated industry and expose girls to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers at a young age. This year’s anniversary makes over 600 female students who have taken to the skies with Delta through the program.

NBC News’ TODAY West Coast anchor Natalie Morales joined Delta to cover the journey and brought an all-female video crew. Watch the TODAY segment.

“We know representation matters. At Delta, we believe you have to see it to be it,” said Beth Poole, General Manager – Pilot Development, who helped start Delta’s WING Flight in 2015 and has helped plan the flight ever since. “We’re taking ownership to improve gender diversity by exposing girls at a young age and providing a pipeline so that 10 years from now, they will be the pilots in the Delta cockpit inspiring generations of women who follow.”

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On the ground in Houston, the girls experienced the worlds of flight and human space exploration. They toured NASA’s Mission Control Center, Building 9, Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston. Throughout the trip, students got to know mentors from other male-dominated aviation workgroups, including a female technician from Delta’s Technical Operations team. They also had lunch with Jeanette Epps, NASA astronaut and aerospace engineer.

“I never would have thought I would have had this experience. I’m really grateful for my parents who have made this possible and inspired my love of aviation,” said Karyanna H.,16, an 11th grader at Jordan Technical Institute. “It’s such an exciting time to be in STEM. There’s so much left for us to discover.”

While the WING Flight was many of the girls’ first time flying, Delta partnered with schools that have STEM or aviation programs to provide clear paths for interested future female aviators. Students from Salt Lake City included girls from Advanced Learning Center, Bryant Middle School, Granite Technical Institute, Jordan Technical Institute, Karl G. Maeser Preparatory Academy and Salt Lake Center for Science Education.

“It didn’t seem realistic to go after a career in aviation, but today I realized, ‘Hey, I can do this too,'” said Katelyn J., age 17, a 12th grader from Advanced Learning Center.

As the airline celebrated the WING Flight in the U.S., Delta also supported an International Girls in Aviation Day in Madrid. The event today was open to children ages 7-16 with pilots and aircraft technicians from the U.S. and Spain to present and facilitate an afternoon of interactive activities.

Championing equality

Delta is on par with the aviation industry with approximately 5% pilots who are women. In the past four years, 7.4% of Delta’s new hire pilots have been women. The WING Flight is one way we’re working to drive those numbers upward.

“I’ve loved being able to look at all of the things these successful women have accomplished. I think we will learn from them and build on their foundation of success,” added Shanae C., 17, a 12th grader from Jordan Technical Institute. ​

​In addition, Delta works to level the skies by advocating for gender equality. In 2019, Delta again achieved 100 percent pay parity for employees in frontline jobs and was awarded a “Best Workplace for Women” by Great Place To Work® and Fortune for the third year in a row, as the only airline on the list. Delta serves women through partnering with Women in Aviation International, National Council of Negro Women, CARE and Atlanta’s Women Foundation. The airline also empowers and prioritizes women-owned businesses throughout its supply chain with a robust 20 year supplier diversity program.

Delta’s SHE Business Resource Group serves as a place for employees of all genders to engage in conversations about gender in the workplace. In May, SHE went international by launching a branch in the Europe, Middle East, Africa, India region.

Removing barriers

Delta’s pipeline strategy focuses on farming for the next generation of talent – addressing underrepresentation by growing and inspiring talent, nurturing the individuals and removing economic, racial and gender barriers. The WING Flight is just one of the ways Delta is developing the future generation through targeted educational initiatives. Delta has a variety of pipeline programs including the Propel Pilot Career Path Programinvestments in nearly 50 aircraft maintenance technician training programsACE and Solo Flight Academies, the Dream Flight and more.

Delta’s support of grade school students also includes its nonprofit partnerships with organizations like Junior Achievement, Young Enterprise, Atlanta Public Schools, 3DE and KaBOOM! that develop more sustainable communities by funding education.​

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American Airlines says Boeing 737 MAX expected to return to service Jan. 16, 2020

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American Airlines anticipates that the impending software updates to the Boeing 737 MAX will lead to recertification of the aircraft later this year and resumption of commercial service in January 2020. We are in continuous contact with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Transportation (DOT).

What customers need to know

  • Customers booked on a MAX through Jan. 6: All customers who were booked previously on a MAX will be automatically accommodated on the same flights operated by a 737-800 with the same seat configuration. No additional rebooking will be required.
  • Customers booked on a MAX from Jan. 7 through Jan. 15: The majority of these customers will be accommodated on the same flight operated by a different aircraft type, which may include a 737-800 or an Airbus aircraft. Beginning Oct. 13, American’s Reservations and Sales team will contact affected customers who are impacted by any potential flight cancellations. Customers who booked through a travel agent will be contacted by their agency directly.
  • Beginning Jan. 16: American expects to slowly phase in the MAX for commercial service and will increase flying on the aircraft throughout the month and into February.

Frequently asked questions

Question: My flight through Jan. 15 was scheduled on a MAX. Will it be canceled?
Answer: All flights through Jan. 6 that were previously scheduled on a MAX will not be canceled, as we plan to substitute other aircraft types. The majority of customers who were booked previously on a MAX from Jan. 7 through Jan. 15 will be accommodated on the same flights operated by a different aircraft type. On Oct. 13, American will run a formal schedule change, and customers who were previously booked on a MAX will see their reservation updated on aa.com.

Question: Will there be additional changes to the schedule once the MAX returns to commercial service?
Answer: American expects to slowly phase in the MAX for commercial service and will increase flying on the aircraft throughout the month and into February. Since American will slowly phase the MAX in our operation over the course of a month, additional refinements to our schedule may occur through Feb. 12. Affected customers will be contacted directly.

Question: My flight wasn’t scheduled to be on a MAX. Will it be canceled?
Answer: A flight that was not scheduled as a MAX flight might be canceled to enable our team to cover a MAX route with a different aircraft, in order to affect the smallest number of customers. In total, approximately 140 flights will be canceled per day through Jan. 15.

Question: How will customers know if they are impacted?
Answer: American’s Reservations team will contact affected customers directly by email or telephone beginning Oct. 13. Customers who booked through a travel agent will be contacted by their agency directly.

Question: What is American’s policy for when the MAX returns?
Answer: Details regarding policies and procedures for customers who do not wish to fly on the MAX once the aircraft enters scheduled service Jan. 16 will be released in the coming weeks.

Question: My flight was canceled and I don’t want to rebook. Can I get a refund?
Answer: Yes. If a flight is canceled and a customer chooses to not be rebooked, they may request a full refund by visiting aa.com/refunds.

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British Airways gave British Athletics a golden welcome home after their historic wins in Doha.

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London, October 07 2019: British Airways gave British Athletics a golden welcome home after their historic wins in Doha

Sprinter Dina Asher-Smith gave her trademark smile after being welcomed into the First cabin for the flight home, where her meals were gilded in gold leaf, she was showered in golden confetti by crew, and presented with a British Airways Executive Club Gold card.

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In her hand luggage, a gold and two silver medals, and a whole host of new records. She is the fastest British woman of all time, the 200m World Champion, the first British woman to win a world sprint title and the first Briton to win three medals at a single major athletics championships.

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More than 60 members of the British Athletics team travelled home from the IAAF World Championships, with the other members of the women’s relay silver team Ashleigh Nelson, Daryll Neita, and Asha Philip also given the First treatment.

The warm welcome started when they checked in for the BA122, with a special message on screens above the desk. They were clapped onto the aircraft by the ten cabin crew, who had decorated the cabin with union jack bunting, and each presented with personalised letters of congratulations.

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On board, the Pilot, Captain Alistair Cook, gave an emotional speech saying:

“Today it is our very great honour to be carrying some extraordinary athletes and more importantly, some very special gold and silver hand luggage. You are the pride of Britain.”

Fittingly, the aircraft sprinted back to London Heathrow, crossing the finishing line 20 minutes ahead of schedule. The the medal winners were presented with bunches of golden roses and ran through a sea of union jacks held by a British Airways crew ‘guard of honour’ as they landed back into the UK.

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Customer Service Director, Carolyn Wilson said:

“I’ll never forget this very special flight. What they have achieved is incredible, and it was our absolute pleasure to give these athletes a British Airways welcome and spoil them all the way home.”

Peruvian Airlines

Peruvian Airlines Becomes The Latest Airline To Suspend Operations

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COMMUNICATED TO THE PUBLIC OPINION

PERUVIAN Airlines ADVERTISE THE SUSPENSION ALL FLIGHTS

LEAVING LIMA UNTIL NEW NOTIC

As a result of an embargo carried out by the Customs of Peru on all Peruvian accounts, due to the valuation difference in the temporary importation of 2 commercial aircraft since the Temporary Admission Law did not exist in the country, the coercive action occurred that resulted in the lack of liquidity that affected our operations.

This embargo paralised our flights for half a day, created a distrust with the travel agencies that significantly lowered their sales, affecting even more the cash flows of the company not allowing its operation, a situation from which we could not recover, so we are in the unfortunate situation of having to suspend all our flights until further notice.

Faced with this situation, we are making efforts with new investors in order to refloat the company in order to continue providing the important service that Peruvian represents for national aviation as it is the only Peruvian company that operates in the skies of Peru for more than 10 years.

We deeply regret the inconvenience that are causing our passengers and we reiterate our commitment to provide a prompt solution. For information, call 716 6000 or Av. Pardo 495 Miraflores.

Communications office
www.peruvian.pe

Qantas

Australian fashion, food and design feature on board upgraded A380 fleet

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The best of Australian fashion, design and food are all showcased onboard the first of Qantas’ upgraded Airbus A380 aircraft, which touched back down in Sydney this morning.

All 12 of the national carrier’s A380 aircraft will be refurbished as part of a multimillion-dollar upgrade, delivering higher levels of comfort and a higher number of premium seats.

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Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the upgrade would benefit customers in every cabin.

“Australians are used to flying long haul and we know it’s important to make the journey comfortable,” Mr Joyce said.

“We’re very proud to showcase the best of Australian design, wine and food on these services which will provide a step change in comfort.”

Australian designer David Caon has transformed the aircraft’s upper deck lounge, which has been significantly expanded.  It now features seating for 10 people on deep green leather couches and wood panelled walls. Customers will be able to order from a range of bespoke snacks and light meals to be enjoyed in the lounge.

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The Caon-designed Premium Economy seat, which made its debut on the Qantas Dreamliner fleet, also features as part of the upgrade. Smarter use of space on the A380 has allowed Qantas to increase the number of Premium Economy seats from 35 to 60.

The Qantas Business Suite, dubbed “mini First” by the airline’s frequent flyers, has replaced the Skybed and provides direct aisle access for every passenger.

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In total, there is a 27 per cent boost to premium seats, improving the economics of the aircraft and allowing Qantas to respond to growing demand on long-haul flights.

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The airline has used the introduction of the upgraded A380 to roll out several improvements for passengers travelling in the airline’s First cabin including:

  • A refresh of the First Suite with new contoured cushioning and higher resolution entertainment screen.
  • Redesigned Martin Grant sleeper suit in dark charcoal with a Henley neckline and burgundy trim introduced from November.
  • New First amenity kits including socks made from bamboo cotton and new skin care products from Australian brand LaGaia Unedited.
  • The LaGaia Unedited First amenities (launching onboard in November) that incorporate a Qantas-signature Australian native scent of lemon myrtle and geranium in a refreshing facial mist, accompanied by a moisturiser and lip balm. LaGaia Unedited products will be stocked in the First lavatories. From late November, LaGaia Unedited will move into Qantas’ Sydney and Melbourne First Lounge spa facilities.

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Qantas chef Neil Perry and his Rockpool team have created a menu of snacks and light meals to be enjoyed by First and Business Class customers in the redesigned upper deck lounge.

Passengers will be able to chose from dishes including dry laska goreng with fishcakes and seared prawns to mushroom arancini in a tomato ragu as part of custom-designed menus for each route.

The lounge also features a new self service bar, while customers will also be able to order signature cocktails including an Australian Negroni with mountain pepper and river mint as well as the Qantas signature gin and tonic with pink grapefruit.

Qantas’ A380s will also feature a larger dedicated Premium Economy cabin including a self-service bar.

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The capacity of Qantas A380s after the upgrade will be: 14 First Suites (unchanged), 70 Business Suites (up by six), 60 Premium Economy (up by 25) and 341 Economy (down by 30) for a total of 485 passengers (up by one).

Qantas expects to complete the refurbishment of all remaining 11 aircraft by the end of 2020.

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Touch down in Toronto: British Airway’s new A350 arrives

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British Airways commenced the first North American long-haul service of its new A350 aircraft from Toronto today, following extensive trials and the launch of its first long-haul service to Dubai last month.

The new aircraft features Club Suite, British Airways’ latest generation business class seat, which offers customers direct-aisle access, doors for greater privacy and luxurious flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. It boasts 40 per cent more storage, a vanity unit and mirror, WiFi, enviable 18.5-inch inflight entertainment screens, high definition gate-to-gate programming, and PC / USB power. Every aspect of British Airways’ Club Suite has been designed for today’s customer.

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Not only is the state-of-the-art A350 aircraft quieter than some of its predecessors, it also delivers environmental benefits such as a 25 per cent lower fuel burn which significantly reduces CO2 emissions.

Gerard McEvoy, VP Sales, North America, said: “We’re thrilled to be launching our new A350 from Toronto, a city we’ve flown to and from for nearly 60 years. The A350 and our new Club Suite business class seat deliver new levels of sophistication, comfort and privacy, and we’re proud to share this with our Canadian customers”.

Since British Airways took delivery earlier this year, the A350 has flown over 15,400 miles between London Heathrow and Madrid, completing 40 take-offs and landings to put the aircraft through its paces, test all aspects of its technical performance and to further familiarize the airline’s crew with the service they will deliver. In addition to the short haul flying, the airline has also simulated a long-haul flight on the ground at London Heathrow.

Following the Toronto launch of British Airways’ A350 on selected services, flights will commence to Tel Aviv and Bangalore later this year.

The arrival of the A350 is part of the airline’s CA$5bn (£6.5bn) current investment program, and forms part of an exciting year for the airline as it celebrates its centenary. Other activities include the airline’s BA 2119 program exploring the future of fuels, the customer experience of the future and the aviation careers in the next 100 years.

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Fares from Toronto to London Heathrow start at CA$681 roundtrip for World Traveller and CA$7,245 for Club Suite. As always, members of the airline’s Executive Club can reduce their fares using Avios part payment. They can pick from a range of savings by destination and cabin. Members making the most of Avios part payment are still able to collect Avios and Tier Points on their bookings.

About the A350:

The A350 promotes a feeling of well-being, space and calm due to its reduced noise levels, high ceilings and ambient lighting which is intended to compliment the time of day and outside light. Customers will leave their flight feeling rested thanks to higher levels of humidity and refreshed air as the cabin pressure is equivalent to an altitude of just 6,000 feet. There are also environmental benefits to flying on the state-of the-art A350 as 25 per cent lower fuel burn significantly reduces CO2 emissions.