Delta aims to become first carbon neutral airline globally
Delta Air Lines announced that it will invest $1 billion over the next 10 years in order to mitigate all emissions from its global business in its quest to become the first carbon neutral airline globally. Delta will invest in innovations aimed at advancing clean air travel technologies and accelerating the reduction of carbon emissions and waste while establishing new projects to mitigate the balance of emissions. Delta’s carbon strategy will account for emissions both in the air and on the ground. According to Delta’s CEO, Ed Bastian, “When customers choose to fly Delta, they should feel they’re making a statement about taking care of our planet,” He continued, “Our commitment to carbon neutrality means flying with Delta represents far more than a great travel experience – it’s about joining arms to create a better world.”
Milwaukee Airport debuts coat check service
In what is considered a first among major U.S. airports, Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport is launching a new coat check service. The new offering which is expected to be a big hit with travelers heading to warmer weather is available inside the newly opened Summerfest Marketplace store located in the main lobby of the airport. The fee to check a coat is $2.00 per day with a maximum charge of ten dollars.
Airports enhance the travel experience with new/improved lounges
The trend of adding or upgrading airport lounges across the U.S. continues to spread. The New Orleans airport recently welcomed the opening of The Club MSY on the third level of Concourse A. This premium lounge features an eye-catching saxophone-shaped bar, chef-inspired cuisine and specially curated spirits. The Club MSY is the 24th lounge by Airport Dimensions and follows the recent opening of Club SJC at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport.
Alabama’s Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport will open its first premium lounge in Concourse B. The new facility which is slated to open in the fourth quarter will be operated by Primeclass which already offers lounges in Palm Beach, San Diego, New York and Washington D.C.
Delta will begin renovation work at its Sky Club located on Concourse A at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Delta said the work will be done in stages so that the lounge can remain open during construction.
Then, while not a traditional lounge, San Francisco International just opened its new Sky Terrace near Boarding Area G in the international terminal. This outdoor observation deck and terrace allows travelers to relax outside while still remaining within the secured area of the airport. The Sky Terrace features a stunning 180-degree view of the airfield along with comfortable chairs and tables so users can enjoy a snack. The airport plans to open a second observation deck located pre-security in Terminal 2 that will be accessible to the general public.
Marriott to change Bonvoy redemption levels
Effective March 4, 2020 a number of hotels in the Marriott Bonvoy program will require a different number of points for award night redemption. Seven percent of Bonvoy properties will see lower redemption rates, but members will need more points to redeem award nights at 22 percent of Marriott’s participating hotels and resorts. Existing reservations will be unaffected.