SITA's 2018 baggage report showed that airlines are mishandling fewer passenger bags, with the lowest rates of mishandled bags in the US and the Asia Pacific region. "In 2017, despite the significant operational challenges of coping with three major hurricanes, a power outage in Atlanta, multiple Federal Aviation Administration ground delay programs in New York and elsewhere, and some airline outages, airlines continued to improve upon previous years' progress in handling checked baggage," said A4A Chief Economist John Heimlich.
Volunteers from FedEx helped clean up and improve Shelby Farm park in Memphis, Tenn., as part of a grant program sponsored by FedEx and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The workers installed bat houses, pulled weeds and put down mulch.
American Airlines has awarded $145,020 in grants to 13 nonprofit community organizations in Tulsa, Okla. "We are very happy to be able to support these organizations as we build on our commitment to Tulsa and our team members," said the airline's Erik Olund.
The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the National Business Inclusion Consortium honored United Airlines for engaging and advocating for the LGBT community, people of color, women, veterans and people with disabilities. "Connecting people and cultures across the globe is at the heart of who we are at United Airlines," said Patrick Quayle, the carrier's vice president of International Network.
The Horseshoe Southern Indiana riverboat casino has gained approval from Harrison County to move onto land. The casino will present its plans for a $90 million facility to the Indiana Gaming Commission next week.
An eco-friendly shuttle bus service will roll out from Sociedade de Jogos de Macau in May. More buses powered by electricity and compressed natural gas will be introduced in phases to support the government's mission of replacing casino shuttle bus fleets with new-energy transports.
Evolution Gaming saw a 30% first-quarter profit growth year over year. The provider of live-dealer online casino technology launched new products during the quarter, including "RNG Roulette" and "Lightning Roulette," and opened its first studio outside Europe.
Junket operators in Macau have denied working with Lantai Digital Application Technology, which announced this week that its digital tokens could be used in Macau casinos. The company has since issued an apology for asserting otherwise but plans to continue to trade its cryptocurrency.
The "Reels of Wealth" slot game will be released April 28 by online software provider BetSoft. The game includes the "Megastar Jackpot" mini game and boasts themed images of jewels, cash and gold.
Hilton CEO Christopher Nassetta is looking to World Travel & Tourism Council member organizations to set goals for carbon emissions reductions. "We must take collective action because ensuring life-changing travel experiences for the billions of travelers we will welcome during the golden age of travel also requires us to be great environmental stewards of the communities where we operate," said Nassetta, who serves as chairperson of the council.