American Airlines continues to work closely with the American Red Cross during the coronavirus-outbreak” target=”_self” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, announcing on Sunday that it’s a $1 million member of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program.
As part of the airline’s ongoing partnership, AAdvantage members can earn 10 miles for every dollar donated to the Red Cross with a minimum $25 donation now through April 30.
Monetary donations will be put toward helping the Red Cross maintain a sufficient supply of blood; provide critical relief services; invest in technology and training for virtual counseling, financial assistance and other relief services; provide new cleaning protocols for shelters, food service space and emergency response vehicles; increase health screenings of volunteers and employees providing disaster relief services and provide noncongregate lodging accommodations for volunteers.
“American Airlines has been a steadfast and committed partner with the Red Cross for more than a decade,” said David Staszak, Divisional Vice President with American Red Cross, in a statement. “When the Red Cross has a critical need to fulfill, American Airlines has always provided that requested support. The lifesaving mission of the Red Cross could not be delivered to thousands every year without key partners like American Airlines.”
“American has partnered with the Red Cross for 12 years, and we have seen firsthand the way they put AAdvantage miles and donations to work on the frontlines, supporting citizens who have experienced a hurricane, flooding, tornadoes or health concerns,” added Ron DeFeo, Senior Vice President of Global Engagement. “There’s no better way to partner with our customers and our team members to make a real impact on the frontlines of this fight.”
We’re raising funds in partnership with @RedCross to support its efforts on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak. Now through April 30, you’ll earn 10 AAdvantage miles for every dollar donated.https://t.co/FzXPVWhuAO
— American Airlines (@AmericanAir) March 29, 2020
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Survey Highlights Coronavirus Changes Airline Passengers Want
A recent survey of business and leisure airline passengers highlighted the guidelines and health-related equipment travelers are looking for when boarding a plane during and after the coronavirus outbreak.
According to information from Honeywell, around 72 percent were more concerned with the environment on an airplane than in an airport, which only saw 28 percent of respondents voice the most concern.
Nearly 60 percent of respondents also cited social distancing as their top priority during travel, while about half of those surveyed cited air quality (51 percent) and personal protective equipment such as masks (47 percent) as top priorities.
“This survey demonstrates that passengers want high-tech solutions to best validate the entire travel experience as it relates to health and safety,” Honeywell vice president Kevin Suits said in a statement. “Honeywell offers a variety of relevant solutions today that we can bring forward to support travelers.
“We continue to speak with airline executives and transportation leaders about the types of new products and services that would support their efforts to further clean and monitor the cleanliness of their aircraft,” Suits continued. “We are quickly bringing to market new offerings that would be a win-win for our industry and all of us who love to fly.”
In terms of in-flight amenities most-desired by passengers, masks, hand sanitizer and alcohol wipes top the list. Travelers also revealed that cleanliness validation via technology was by far (60 percent) the most important way to provide confidence.
A portion of surveyed passengers also thinks that providing cleaning supplies directly to the passenger would help ensure confidence in the cleanliness of the cabin.
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