Air New Zealand has a new in-flight safety video – Air All Blacks – which celebrates and supports the All Blacks rugby team. And, of course, shares important in-flight safety information.
Team members and staff, as well as a celebrity or two, are featured alongside crew members in the video, which takes place in the headquarters of an imaginary new airline – Air All Blacks – right when ideas for the airline’s first safety video are being discussed.
The release of Air All Blacks marks the ten-year anniversary of the airline’s groundbreaking and unique take on safety videos.
Also on the
list: A downgrade for the industry trade group’s 2019 profit expectations.
“Although 2019 is expected to be the 10th consecutive year
of airline profits,” Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO told
the group, “Rising costs, trade wars and other uncertainties are likely to have
an impact on the bottom line. The prolonged grounding of the 737 MAX aircraft
is taking its toll. And aviation, like all industries, is under intensified
scrutiny for its impact on climate change.”
In December 2018, IATA forecast a profit of $35.5 billion for
the global air transport industry in 2019. The revised
that forecast to $28 billion.
“Airlines will still turn a
profit this year, but there is no easy money to be made,” said de Juniac.
Restoring public trust when Boeing’s 737 MAX back returns
to the skies
“Trust in the
certification system has been damaged – among regulators, between regulators
and the industry and with the flying public,” said de Juniac, who called for
improved coordination in the industry.
“To be clear, I am
not advocating for knee-jerk reactions. But governments and industry must find
a way to maintain public confidence in safety with fast and coordinated
responses,” he added.
Estimates for when the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
will give the 737 MAX the green light to fly again range from this summer to
the end of the year. But even airline CEOs that don’t have 737 MAX planes
in their fleets worry about what may happen if one country’s regulatory agency
lifts the ban before others decide to do so.
“I do indeed believe this is what we are facing,” said
Carsten Spohr, chairman and chief executive of the Lufthansa Group, during a panel
discussion of airline executives, “Probably we will see the MAX flying
domestically in the U.S. first before we see if flying somewhere else. But this
is a global industry and we need global trust. [It will be] difficult to
explain to our global passengers that the aircraft is safe in some part of the
world and supposedly not safe somewhere else.”
To try to avoid this scenario, later this month IATA will meet with representatives from Boeing, 737 MAX customers and regulators from the FAA and other countries, said Gilberto Lopez Meyer, IATA’s senior vice-president for safety and flight operations.
In 2017, private and commercial aviation created about 859
million tons of CO2, or about 2% of all man-made carbon emissions, according
To reduce emissions as air traffic increases, the industry
has agreed to a wide variety of standards, mitigation measures and targets. And,
at its meeting in Seoul, IATA members passed a
resolution calling on governments to implement a
global plan calling for carbon-neutral growth as of 2020 and a 50%
reduction in the industry’s net CO2 emissions by 2050, compared to 2005 levels.
Fuel efficient airplanes, improvements in air traffic
management and increased use of biofuels are among the tools helping the
aviation industry reach reduced carbon emission goals and carbon offset
programs are in the toolbox. But, while passengers tell IATA they support voluntary
offset programs and more than 40 of the group’s member airlines offer them, IATA
has found that take-up rates are low.
In fact, few hands were raised when a room full of airline
executives were asked if they’d purchased carbon offsets for their own flights
to the meeting in Seoul.
Airline industry’s to-do list:
Looking ahead, IATA member airlines, which represent more
than 80 percent of all global air traffic, passed several
other resolutions that could have a real impact on your travel experience.
One commits airlines to move forward with plans for using bar-coded baggage tags with radio-frequency
identification (RFID) inlays, which can help keep checked luggage from going
Another focuses airline
attention on improving the air travel experience for people living with
Don’t throw out – or delete – your airline boarding pass once you tough down.
Here’s a story I recently put together for CNBC about all the hidden perks airline – and railroad – boarding passes can provide.
Bonuses for air travelers include everything from free ski lift tickets, to complimentary wine tastings and discounts on meals, ground transportation and adventures.
of the deals below are offered for limited times or only during certain
seasons. Others can be used multiple times. Read the program details and, of
course, don’t be too quick to delete your boarding pass image from your phone
or crumple up that paper pass after your trip.
Skiers can score a free lift ticket and, in some cases, free or discounted gear rental by showing an Alaska Airlines boarding pass at a dozen ski resorts in Alaska, California, Canada, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Utah. Most of the deals invite travelers to hit the slopes on the days they arrive or depart and can represent a savings of up to $200.
some resorts, such as Squaw
Valley and Alpine Meadows in North Lake Tahoe, California, guests
who show a same-day boarding pass from any commercial airline receive a
complimentary lift ticket for the day they arrive.
Sip and ship wine for free
Oregon, Washington, Idaho and parts of California, an Alaska Airlines boarding
pass is a win-win for fans of wine.
the airline’s “Wine
Flies Free” program, members of the airline’s Mileage Plan frequent
flyer plan may check a case (12 bottles) of wine for free when flying
domestically on Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air and SkyWest flights from 29 west
coast cities, including San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and Boise, ID.
the wine regions of both Oregon and Washington, hundreds of participating
wineries also offer complimentary tastings to anyone showing an in-bound Alaska
Airlines boarding pass and proof of Mileage Plan membership.
as part of Washington’s Taste and Tote
program with Alaska, the drop-off fee will be waived for one-way Hertz rental
cars picked up in Yakima,
Pasco/Tri-Cities or Walla Walla and returned at one of the other two cities in
Boarding pass deals from
Airlines passengers with layovers of between six and 24 hours in Istanbul can
show their boarding passes at the Hotel Desk and join a
free highlight tour of the city.
Boarding Pass program offers a full week of perks in Korea to
passengers who hold onto their international boarding pass from an overseas
region. Passengers traveling from Korea to an international destination can
take advantage of boarding pass offers for a full month.
Korea, the perks include discounts on everything from meals, attractions and
cultural performances to cell phone rentals, rail tickets and medical services.
Worldwide, the perks range from discounts at outlet malls in the United States
and 30 percent off single visits to the aquarium, zoo and other attractions in
Airlines’ Boarding Pass Privileges program offers
Singapore Airlines and SilkAir passengers a full month of discounts on hotel
stays, car rentals, meals, purchases and attractions, including the Gardens by
Bay, the Singapore Flyer, and the Singapore Zoo. Deals are updated every six
months and include discounts on shopping, dining and spa services inside Changi
Airport as well.
Boarding Pass program from Asiana Airlines offers passengers
discounts on tours, transportation, hotels, restaurants, shopping, theater and
attractions around the world for up to a month after a flight. In Korea, the
perks include discounts at Seoul’s Lotte World Aquarium and JeJu’s Teddy Bear
Museum. In the U.S., Asiana Airlines passengers get a discount when riding the
Hawaii’s Waikiki Trolley. And in Rome, pass holders gets a free gift with
purchase at the Hard Rock Café.
Train travelers get boarding pass perks
boarding pass perks aren’t limited to air travelers. Amtrak and Eurostar riders
get bonuses too.
In California, Amtrak has
a discount offer on Disneyland Resort theme park tickets for passengers with
reservations on the Pacific Surfliner. Many
transit providers along the route also provide free
bus or shuttle rides to passengers who show their Pacific Surfliner
ticket. Train passengers may also purchase discounted day passes for the Los
Angeles Metro and San Diego MTS buses and trolleys in the Surfliner’s Café Car.
A “Car Free” promotion in
Barbara offers discounts on
tours, attractions and meals to Amtrak ticket holders as well.
And Eurostar boarding passes entitle passengers to 2-for-1 tickets on entry and special paid exhibitions at museums in destination cities including London, Brussels, Paris and Lille, France.
Have you found a hidden perk in your boarding pass? Let us know!
Airlines are offering change fee waivers and refunds in response to the California wildfires.
Some airlines are also helping out with emergency relief efforts for those affected by the fires.
See the links and tweets below for specific dates and details of the alerts airlines have posted.
Wildfires seen from space. Courtesy NASA
American Airlines – The travel alert posted on November 11 offers change fee waivers for passengers booked travel to, through or from Burbank, California (BUR), Los Angeles, California (LAX), Oakland, California (OAK), Sacramento, California (SMF) and San Francisco, California (SFO) through November 13, 2018. Waiver is available for rebooked flights through November 18, 2018.
American will also give you 10 miles for every dollar you donate to the American Red Cross on donations of $25 or more.
JetBlue is offering to waive change/cancel fees and fare differences for customers traveling through Tuesday, November 12, to/from the Burbank (BUR), Los Angeles (LAX), Oakland (OAK), Sacramento (SMF) and San Francisco (SFO).
The wildfire travel advisory for Southwest Airlines currently applies to flights booked through November 16 to, through or from Burbank (BUR), Los Angeles (LAX), Oakland (OAK), Sacramento (SMF), San Francisco (SFO) and San Jose (SJC).
“Customers who are holding reservations on the abovementioned dates, and want to alter their travel plans may rebook in the original class of service or travel standby (within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city-pairs and in accordance with our accommodation procedures) without paying any additional charge,” Southwest says on its website.
Here’s the most recent information on wildfire waivers from United Airlines: