What we’re reading: Help bring smiles to children in need, Delta previews JFK T4, Obama wants $100 user fee in budget


United Airlines invites customers to help bring smiles to children in need

United announced the 2014 United Adventure Bear program for customers and co-workers to help children in need.

From May 1 through June 30, 2013, United is inviting customers and co-workers from around the globe to participate in the program in one of two ways:
•Make a $50 ‘Give a Bear, Get a Bear’ contribution, in which a donor will receive their own limited-edition 2014 Adventure Bear (delivered in December 2013), send a second bear to a child in need and make a contribution to the program through the United Airlines Foundation.
•Make a 100 percent tax-deductible contribution to the United Airlines Foundation in support of the Adventure Bear Program.

Delta previews JFK terminal 4 with experiential space in Manhattan

Delta Air Lines will preview the new Terminal 4 at JFK at a preferential space in Manhattan called “T4X.”

The space will be open to the public, May 1-22, and showcase JFK T4’s new features, including Delta Sky Priority® check-in, the new flagship Delta Sky Club® and The Sky Deck™ at Delta Sky Club, a stylish outdoor terrace.

Obama takes another swing at $100 user fee

Despite rejections by lawmakers, the White House is calling for the $100 per-flight user fee to be put in the 2014 budget. Both general aviation and a trade group representing the airlines are against the proposal.

“Instead of using the U.S. airline industry and its customers as a piggy bank for deficit reduction, this Administration should view airlines as the engine of economic growth they are,” said Nicholas Calio, president and CEO of Airlines for America.

If the levy does make it into the budget and is passed, it will remain to be seen whether the airlines will pass on this fee to their passengers.

(Photo: United Continental Holdings)