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A new Colorado company called Red Rock Biofuels is beginning to catch on in a big way.
Based in Fort Collins, Red Rock converts "woody biomass," including bark and tree branches, into renewable jet fuels. Last summer, it landed a contract with the U.S. military and this week, Southwest Airlines agreed to purchase 3 million gallons of the biofuel per year. The fuel will be produced at a soon-to-exist production plant in Oregon, and the first batch will be ready in 2016.
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Fresh off their new livery announcement comes more news from Southwest Airlines, as the carrier is getting better and better at flying internationally. They’re already going to spots within Mexico and the Caribbean, but now Southwest is going a little bit farther.
Costa Rica is the next international destination for Southwest Airlines, as the carrier plans to send planes and people over to the country early next year. The necessary permissions and paperwork seem to be in place, as San Jose, Costa Rica would be added to the route map as of March 7.
Good news from the folks over at Southwest Airlines, as the airline has announced several new routes between the States and Mexico.
The carrier has been adding over the border destinations this year, many to the Caribbean, and now it's flying to a couple new spots down in south of the border. These are all flight paths that have been inherited from its acquisition of AirTran Airways, so rather than totally new routes, they’re kind of like revamped routes.
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Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.
You might not have started to plan your winter holiday, but JetBlue already has started to do exactly that on your behalf. They’re adding a new Caribbean destination to their network, as flights between New York-JFK and Curacao will start up for the very first time on December 2. The planes and people will head back and forth two times per week on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and it’ll be Airbus A320s responsible for heading high into the skies.
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More flights in and out of Haiti, and this time it’s American Airlines bringing in the new connections. The carrier is adding a nonstop flight between Miami and Cap-Haitien—it’s on the northern coast of Haiti. This is the second destination to and from Haiti for American Airlines, and it looks like things will takeoff beginning on October 2. Boeing birds will be utilized—737-800s—and it’s a daily round trip option.
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Attention kiddos! You best remember to keep your electronic gadgets charged and ready before your next flight, as Southwest Airlines has a new in-flight entertainment channel geared right to your tastes.
Okay so it’s not just for kids, but programing from Cartoon Network will now be delivered via WiFi through the carrier’s in-flight entertainment system. Just do note that aboard Southwest Airlines it’s going to be a bring your own device situation, so keep that phone or tablet nearby.
We’d imagine that refreshing and upgrading a cabin creates plenty of trash, rubbish, and garbage. However, it looks like the leather seating surfaces used by Southwest Airlines will find a second life after their time up in the air is complete.
The airline details things over on their blog, but we figured we would share things with you as well. It’s pretty darn neat. It’s all part of the airline’s program called LUV Seat: Repurpose with Purpose, as they turn old stuff into better stuff—or what they call upcycling rather than recycling.
Southwest officially began its much anticipated service outside of U.S. borders yesterday to three destinations in the Caribbean, taking over AirTran's former routes to the Bahamas, Aruba, and Jamaica from Atlanta, Baltimore, and Orlando.
Later this year, flights to Mexico City will begin on August 10th and to Punta Cana on November 2nd. The new routes come as part of Southwest's acquisition of AirTran, and the plan is to eventually serve 96 destinations in six countries. We're sure other nonstop flights will also be announced to the Caribbean and Mexico as things progress.
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We try our best not to pick on one airline, but let’s just say that there are airlines up with the latest in technology and then there are carriers like Southwest. Thankfully they’ve slowly but surely been catching up with what some of the other guys have to offer, as there’s now even WiFi aboard plenty of their flights. Now they’re finally pitching the paper and going electronic, as mobile boarding passes are finally an option across pretty much all of their flights.
Domestic flights to here and to there are now all offering up mobile boarding passes, so that’s good to know when you’re running late and still have to ditch the rental car back at the garage. It all arrives as part of an upgrade to their mobile app, as now goodies like itineraries, flight status updates, and your gate number can be accessed with just a tap or a swipe.
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We're not sure how cynical you are when it comes to airlines and their motivations/intentions, but we've got to believe that the Department of Transportation is getting pretty fed up.
Yesterday, it was announced that the DOT has fined Southwest Airlines for advertising false fares that didn't exist. The DOT caught Southwest in a lie when it found that none of the flights touting $59 fares actually offered seats at that price. In other words, it was your classic bait-and-switch sales pitch.
Better late than never for the budget carrier, as it becomes one of the last major airlines to offer what has quickly become a standard service. Southwest does so many other things well, though, from its on-board drink specials to its best-in-the-biz boarding policy, we suppose we'll give them the benefit of the doubt and simply call this being fashionably late.
The process finally looks like it's wrapping up, as the combined carrier just announced when AirTran will be disappearing once and for all. Luckily there's still a few more months to slip AirTran safety cards before the brand says sayonara.
Say what you want about the fact that Southwest doesn't assign seats (that's a separate discussion), but the way the airline handles its boarding process is something we've really grown to appreciate.
We've all been involved in the traditional method that involves boarding zones. In theory, it is supposed to serve as a way to organize passengers and let them know when they should board. Unfortunately, it rarely results in any sort of organization. Nine times out of ten, a bottleneck ensues, creating a gauntlet of people hovering around and blocking the boarding lanes.