Category Archives: Airlines

Virgin America Says Farewell with Final Flights

It’s a day to remember for travelers everywhere—Virgin America, after 11 years of service, has scheduled its final three flights for April 24. It was an airline with trials, tribulations and triumphs, but a beloved and top choice for many business travelers. Smart Meetings looks back on Virgin America’s history.

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Airlines Waive Change and Cancel Fees in Advance of Nor’easter

Following the warning of a “nor’easter,” which is expected to hit the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast shores on Friday, many airlines are waiving change and cancel fees for passengers. It’s no surprise: with expected winds of at least 40 mph, inland snow, flooding and heavy rain, potential flights are destined to be grounded. Though each airline…

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Skies Not as Friendly for Comfort Animals, Airlines Say

Major airlines are tightening policies on bringing animals on board—in part, at least, because of situations such as the one United Airlines faced at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) recently. A woman tried to board a United flight with a peacock. She described him as her emotional-support animal.

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JFK delays

JFK Airport Recovering After 4 Days of Mayhem

Operations are gradually returning to normal, but some flights were still delayed at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City on Monday after a water pipe break caused 352 delays and 46 cancellations the previous day. The incident compounded problems resulting from a winter storm that hit New York City on Thursday, causing…

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safest year air travel

2017 Safest Year for Air Travel, but Challenges Remain

Last year was the safest in the history of worldwide commercial airline travel, according to two industry research companies, but enhanced efforts will be needed in the future to keep improving safety. The Aviation Safety Network (ASN) announced last week that in 2017, there were 10 fatal airline accidents, causing the deaths of 44 passengers…

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jetblue season of giving

Embrace the Season of Giving as JetBlue Launches Kindness Contest

Are you ready to tell everyone what you’re thankful for? As part of November’s month of goodness campaign, JetBlue is encouraging people to share acts of kindness and giving using the hashtag #CheckInForGood. The reward could be a free volunteer trip. The promotion is an easy tie-in to events for many meeting professionals who already…

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