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If you were a young child with an overactive imagination in the mid-nineties, you probably still remember the sense of fear you felt after seeing the original “Jumanji” film when it was released in 1995. Fans of the movie franchise will soon be able to experience the thrill of the immersive fictional game at theme …In case you need a refresher, “Jumanji, ” which starred Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce, told the story of a board game of the same name. This wasn’t an ordinary board game, though. A roll of the dice could land you inside an alternate jungle universe or — and we’re not sure which is worse — bring the serpents, lions and other dangers of the game into ours.
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said Thursday that 8,000 of the airline’sover the past four weeks, which over the busy holiday travel period.
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“The good news is that they were all fine, there have been no significant health issues that we’ve seen from it, but it’s knocked them out of the operation for a period of time at the same time that we’ve had the busiest travel that we’ve seen in two years,” Bastian told CNBC’s Squawk Box ahead of a quarterly earnings call with investors.
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When you are planning a fun theme park vacation, major players like Disney and Universal may be the first to come to mind. But while those are certainly the most popular theme park destinations in the U.S., there are dozens of other really enjoyable theme parks scattered all across the country just waiting to be …Even better, these attractions may be closer to home and, let’s face it, can be less pricey and less complicated than the popular theme park destinations in Central Florida and Southern California.
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The airline posted a net loss of $408 million for the fourth quarter of 2021 and forecasted another loss for the first three months of this year, both driven by disruptions caused by the spread of the omicron variant, but said that things have already begun to improve.
“The good news is that over the past seven days, our operation has stabilized with omicron-related cancellations impacting only about 1% of our flights,” Bastian said during the call. In an even narrower time frame, he added, things have gotten even better.
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“Since Sunday, the number of omicron-affected cancellations are around 20 a day out of nearly 4,000 daily flights,” he said. “And in fact, yesterday we only had two omicron-related mainline cancellations.”
“So while the new variant is not done, it appears that the worst may be behind us,” Bastian added.
to consider shortening its isolation period for vaccinated people who tested positive for omicron, citing potential operational disruptions.
Although travel demand was trending up towards the holidays, demand has fallen sharply — even for what is typically a slow travel season — and close-in cancellations remain high due to the prevalence of the virus, Bastian and othersaid.
Still, despite the impact to holiday travel, the timing of the omicron surge is actually fortuitous going forward, Delta president Glen Hauenstein argued.
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Some cruise lines — Viking, for instance — have fleets where many of the ships have the same basic design. Norwegian Cruise Line is not one of them. If you’re thinking of booking a Norwegian cruise, an important thing to know is that there is a wide variation in the size and style of the …If you’re thinking of booking a Norwegian cruise, an important thing to know is that there is a wide variation in the size and style of the vessels in the line’s fleet.
“These five weeks that it’s impacting are five of the lightest weeks in terms of business travel,” Hauenstein said, adding that “it’s really impacted more the close-in demand than the further out demand.”
Although people typically book flights in January for later in the year, Hauenstein said that a temporary shortening of the booking curve is not expected to impact demand later in the year.
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“We believe we have plenty of time to recover those deferred vacation bookings for summer. If they don’t come in the third or fourth week of January, it’s easy for them to come in sometime in February and March,” he said. “So we’re really not concerned yet about spring or summer,.”
The airline also remains optimistic on business travel demand later this year, although new delays in office reopenings have impacted that for the first quarter.
“There’s a correlation. A lot of business. travel is triggered by going to visit companies and the companies are closed,” Bastian said during the call. “There’s a real cause-and-effect there.”
Know before you go: Disney World attractions that’ll be closed in 2022
Picture this. You’ve spent months planning the perfect Walt Disney World vacation. You were up pre-dawn 60 days out and now have reservations at your family’s favorite restaurants, have mapped out your Lightning Lane strategy and know exactly which rides are at the top of everyone’s must-do lists. When the big day finally arrives, you …When the big day finally arrives, you walk through the front gates and stride quite briskly (Disney discourages actual running for safety reasons) to the attraction you’ve all been so excited to ride — only to find it is closed for refurbishment for the duration of your visit.
Still, recent customer surveys have executives confident that business travel demand will surge later in the quarter and the year.
“The percentage of customers who thought in the first quarter that they would travel the same or more went down slightly, but still, 80% of the corporate travel survey respondents thought they would travel the same or more in the first quarter [compared to] the fourth quarter,” Hauenstein said.
Bastian said that recent indications that the current surge is peaking and even beginning to decline in some parts of the country has boosted consumer confidence.
“We’re expecting,” Hauenstein added, “when we get to spring and summer that we’ll see a robust demand for business travel as people get back into the regular routine and feel safe traveling.”
The airline is set on looking beyond the variant, and plans to hire between 3,000 and 5,000 employees this year “depending on how demand shapes and comes back,” Bastian said. That includes between 100 and 200 pilots per month into early-2023.
Although the airline has not had trouble hiring pilots for its mainline operation, a shortage of pilots at the regional carrier level has put a strain on Delta and forced it to pull out of some smaller markets for the first part of the year. Part of the issue has been the training and hiring pipeline, Hauenstein said. He expects it to normalize later this year.
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Thinking about a cruise on a Carnival Cruise Line ship? You’ve got a lot of options. Carnival will have 25 vessels in service by the end of 2022. That’s more than any other major cruise line except Royal Caribbean, which has 26 vessels. In general, Carnival’s ships are big ships. But with one exception, they’re …Carnival will have 25 vessels in service by the end of 2022. That’s more than any other major cruise line except Royal Caribbean, which has 26 vessels.
Delta is hiring 100-200 pilots/month, pace to continue at least through into 2023, CEO Ed Bastian says. Noticing issues at the regionals, though, like the rest of the industry. “I’d much rather have the issue down there than at the mainline.”
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“We’re pretty confident that by the second half of this year, that the pipelines will be more full and we’ll be able to restore a lot of the small and medium-sized communities that we’ve had to pull down during the shortage,” he said.
As the airline sees demand return, it also plans to bring on-board service back more fully than it has so far.
“Over the course of the next 2 to 3 months you’re going to see our service patterns largely restored to where we were in 2019,” Bastian said. “It’s going to be improved.”
“We’ve taken the opportunity during the pandemic to make substantial changes to the whole catering spec,” he added. “A really big change that customers are going to be delighted by when they start traveling again in the springtime, particularly internationally. It’s going to be good.”
Delta reported a $208 million profit for 2021, its first in two years, largely thanks to the Payroll Support Program, which covered some labor costs. The airline posted a $12.4 billion loss for 2020, its biggest ever.
United and American are scheduled to report their earnings and brief investors next week, with Southwest the week after.
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