JetBlue recently released an environmental social governance report with outlined initiatives for the airline’s future.
JetBlue looks to reduce emissions both in the air and on the ground. Focuses include fuel-efficient flying, fuel-saving technology and renewable jet fuel. Later in the year, JetBlue plans to install more than 100 electric baggage tractors and belt loaders at JFK Airport, as well as reduce energy costs and emissions via EGSE ground operations vehicles. New aircraft impact fuel efficiency, with Airbus A321neo aircraft boasting an average 15 percent lower fuel burn as well as a smaller noise footprint and lower operating costs.
In terms of social impact, JetBlue plans to invest in an equitable talent pipeline, seeking pilot candidates through gateway programs to increase the number of pilots that are women or people of color. Currently, fewer than 7 percent of pilots are women and fewer than 13.7 percent of pilots and flight engineers are people of color.
“Reducing emissions and mitigating climate risk are critical as we evaluate the future of our business and industry,” said Sophia Mendelsohn, head of sustainability and environmental social governance, JetBlue. “Investments in new technology such as the Airbus A220 to replace older aircraft and the A321neo will help reduce our CO2e emissions per seat by up to 40 percent. This in turn will lower our operational costs over time. Tuning into and acting on social and environmental trends and their benefits and implications are key to ensuring our business future.”
As harmful to the environment as air travel is, some airports are taking measures to become more environmentally conscious. One example is Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where an adjacent solar farm powers certain airport operations.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
Ryanair will soon start its first round-trip Georgia flights. The flights, which start this November, will connect the capital Tbilisi (TBS) to Milan Bergamo (BGY) four times weekly and the western city of Kutaisi (KUT) to Bologna (BLQ) and Marseille (MRS), both twice weekly. Then, in April, Ryanair will add twice weekly flights between Tbilisi and Cologne (CGN).
Attend one of the most acclaimed fall events, Autumn at the Arboretum, in Dallas. In its 14th year, the annual event is known as one of the best pumpkin festivals in the country, with its creative displays featuring more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. The event takes place at Dallas Arboretum, Sept. 21 –Oct. 31. Alongside thousands of pumpkins, guests glimpse 150,000 autumn flowers across the 66-acre space.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.