United Airlines takes Purple Plane delivery for healthy babies

first_imgUnited Airlines welcomed a new Boeing 737-900ER aircraft to its fleet, and while it is not the first of the next generation Boeing planes the company will take delivery of this year, it is the first to feature a vibrant purple fuselage. The commemorative aircraft is specially painted to honour United’s 10 years of supporting the March of Dimes and their mission to provide families across the country with care and valuable information on pregnancy and having healthy babies.Flight 2051 departed Seattle’s Sea-Tac airport bound for Chicago O’Hare, filled with customers and United partners who supported the March of Dimes through United’s fundraising efforts. Each guest was personally welcomed aboard the special flight by 2015 March of Dimes National Ambassador Family, long-time United employee Elise Jackson, her son Elijah and husband Todd. United’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and the 2015 March for Babies National Chairman John Rainey also personally thanked guests for their meaningful contributions.“Our ‘purple plane’ is more than just a fun and unique paint job – it is a symbol of the long-standing partnership between our customers and employees and the March of Dimes,” said Rainey. “We know that so many people who fly with us have been touched by the issue of premature birth, and we hope that as customers spot this plane flying around the country, we can bring continued awareness and support to this very important issue.”last_img read more

The Australian Federation of Travel Agents AFTA

first_imgThe Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) delivered an awards extravaganza on the weekend: the National Travel Industry Awards 2016 (NITA).Celebrated on Saturday 16 July, at The Pavilion Darling Harbour, the Gala Dinner recognised 38 travel industry individual and businesses who have been awarded for their excellence and contribution to the travel industry.Helloworld Limited was awarded Best Travel Agency Group and Best Non-Branded Travel Agency Group. Queanbeyan City Travel and Cruise was announced People’s Choice: Retail Travel Agency of the Year and George Hedley was awarded with the 2016 Emirates Travel Consultant Scholarship, to name a few.The full list of 2016 winners is available on the AFTA website here.The attending airline sponsors amazed guests with a number of ticket giveaways. Major sponsor Qantas, in partnership with American Airlines, gave two return business class flights. The Star Alliance network of 27 airlines delighted guests with more than 50 prizes in the napkin scratch and win promotion and Beverage Sponsor Air New Zealand wowed guests with an epic giveaway of 27 airlines tickets to celebrate their international flight routes.Tourism Fiji gave guests a warm welcome on Saturday evening and thanks to Emcee Sponsor Dubai Tourism, multi-awarding-winning journalist and TV personality, Anjali Rao, steered the proceedings with grandeur. Acclaimed performer and actor Johnny Ruffo delivered a high-energy performance thanks to Express Travel Group and guests’ celebrations continued into the early hours of the morning thanks to the Singapore Airlines After Party which was held at The Watershed, Darling Harbour.Jayson Westbury, AFTA Chief Executive said: “AFTA, together with our valued and important sponsors are very proud to have once again delivered such a spectacular event.”For the full list of NTIA sponsors click here.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more