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Spirit Airlines Joins Honor Flight South Florida as 2020 Official Airline Partner



WHY IT RATES: Spirit Airlines continues to give back to the community.—Donald Wood, Breaking News Senior Writer.

Spirit Airlines is continuing its partnership with Honor Flight South Florida to serve as the organization’s official airline partner in 2020. In the next year, Spirit will once again operate four special Honor Flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Baltimore-Washington International Airport for a memorable day in Washington, D.C. Approximately 340 veterans from the South Florida area will travel to visit the monuments built in their honor, all at no charge to the veterans.

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Honor Flight South Florida helps transport our nation’s oldest veterans, who served in WWII, as well as the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam. These heroes are given a chance to visit their memorials and feel the gratitude of their country. During the trips, the veterans meet members of Congress, veteran officials and take special trips to Arlington National Cemetery, WWII Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Marine Corps War Memorial.

“We are proud to continue our partnership with Honor Flight South Florida to support these dedicated veterans’ trips,” said Ted Christie, Spirit Airlines’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “As South Florida’s Hometown Airline, it’s an honor for our entire Spirit Family to roll out the yellow carpet for these remarkable heroes who live in our community. We look forward to bringing more veterans to visit the memorials and reflect on the impact they’ve made to serve and protect our beautiful country.”

Spirit has long supported the nation’s military and veterans, while keeping fares as low as possible. Spirit offers free bags for active duty military service members and has partnered with Honor Flight South Florida for several flights over the past few years. Each year, the airline also provides hundreds of free flights to wounded warriors and their families. As part of The Spirit Airlines Charitable Foundation, Spirit is an active partner for Luke’s Wings and has also supported other organizations including K9s for Warriors and Military Missions in Action.

“This continued partnership with Spirit will permit Honor Flight South Florida to reach out to far more of South Florida’s oldest veterans to give them what many refer to as one of the best days of their lives,” said HFSF Chairman Rick Asper. “The generous support of Spirit Airlines is unique in the nation for the Honor Flight family and we appreciate their commitment to South Florida veterans. On behalf of these local heroes we thank Spirit.”

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SOURCE: Spirit Airlines press release.

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Airlines Scaling Back On Some In-Flight Services Due to Coronavirus



A few airlines, including those already affected by the coronavirus outbreak, have begun scaling back on some in-flight services as a way to help fight the virus.

The Points Guy writes that Singapore Airlines – obviously based in Asia, where the coronavirus has been most dangerous after originating in China – recently sent its frequent fliers an email about such changes.

Singapore advised its customers that some in-flight amenities will be discontinued, such as hot towel service, after-takeoff drink service, removal of reading materials from seat-back pockets, and suspension of in-flight sales.

Henry Harteveldt, president of Atmosphere Research, said that Chinese and Taiwanese carriers have taken similar precautionary steps based on government guidance, including removing pillows and blankets on some flights.

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“They’re changing their cabin service procedures, so the passengers will notice this,” Harteveldt told The Points Guy.

But Harteveldt also remained optimistic that passengers wouldn’t pitch a fit given the circumstances.

“Passengers will accept (the reduction in services) because they’re being done in the interest of health and wellness,” he said.

As the virus, now known as covid-19, continues to expand globally, it remains to be seen if other airlines – including those based in the U.S. who offer international travel – adopt the same practice.

The aviation industry is quite often a copycat business, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see some similar changes put into place.

“As adults, we have to be logical and rational when we experience these inconveniences,” Harteveldt told The Points Guy. “This isn’t cost-cutting, this isn’t random, this is in the best interest of public health.”

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