End of an era: American announces last MD-80 revenue flight

first_imgAn MD-80. Photo Bill Abbott/Wikimedia Commons They feel like they’ve been around since Moses was a boy but by September 4, American Airlines will have retired its last 26 McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft from revenue service.The aircraft are being replaced by more efficient modern planes such as the Boeing 737.“The MD-80, also known as the Super 80, was the workhorse of the airline’s fleet throughout the 1980s and beyond, providing customers and team members with heartfelt memories on adventures ranging from family vacations to key business trips,” American said in a statement.“It’s a bittersweet but well-earned retirement as American celebrates the aircraft’s history while modernizing its fleet.”READ:World’s 10 most successful commercial jet airlinersThe planes will be ferried to Roswell, New Mexico, after they operate their last revenue flights on September 3 and September 4.The final flight, appropriately named AA80, will be from Dallas-Fort Worth to Chicago.Amderican retires MD80The list of AA MD-80 final flightsThe MD-80 was designed as a stretch variant of the DC-9, developed by Douglas Aircraft in the 1960s as an adjunct to the DC-8, and first flew on October 18, 1979, as the DC-9 Super 80.It was certified by the Federal Aviation Administration in August 1980 and entered airline service three months later with Swissair.READ Boeing releases video of first taxi test of its 777X Initially powered by two rear-mounted  18,500-pound-thrust Pratt & Whitney JT8D-209 engines. the airliner introduced many advances in technology and 1,191 were delivered between 1980 and 1999.It carried up to 155 passengers in a 2-3 configuration which meant half the number of middle seats compared to later jets in a 3-3 layout.American was the first US carrier to order the MD80 and leased 20 142-seat aircraft from McDonnell Douglas in  October 1982, to replace the Boeing 727-100.It would commit to 67 firm orders in 1984 and by 2002 its fleet peaked at more than 360 aircraft.There were several variants using more powerful engines and extending the range of the aircraft, culminating in the MD-88 launched in 1986.The aircraft’s appeal was reflected in a long list of global customers that included Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, Austrian Airlines, China Eastern, Aeromexico, Korean Air and Trans World Airlines.The final DC-9 derivative, The MD95, was renamed the Boeing 717 after Boeing and McDonnell Douglas merged.last_img read more

Popular Websites Sacrifice User Privacy For Ad Revenue

first_imgA new study of leading Web sites in news, travel, retail and finance shows that such sites routinely sacrifice their users’ privacy for financial gain. Nearly 86 percent of the sites analyzed planted third-party tracking cookies in visitors’ browsers, according to Web site testing specialist Keynote Systems, and 60 percent were in cahoots with at least one tracker that violated good industry privacy practices.Nearly all sites classified as “travel and hospitality” and “news and media” planted third-party cookies that tracked visitors’ Web activity after they left the site, as illustrated in the infographic below. News and media sites led the pack in exposing visitors to an average of 14 tracking firms during a typical visit.Financial services sites were only slightly better. Three in four exposed visitors to tracking cookies, and more than half used trackers that did not comply with good industry privacy practices.Of the 211 third-party trackers observed during the study, only one honored the Do Not Track feature in major browsers. That’s understandable from a business perspective. A person’s online activity indicates what they may be interested in buying, so advertisers use tracking data to deliver ads that a Web site visitor is most likely to click.The flipside is that businesses profit at the expense of the public’s privacy. If a person had to first opt in to being tracked, then third-party trackers would be less egregious. However, there are no laws requiring an opt-in, so the option is rarely offered. Keynote director of privacy services Ray Everett hesitates to blame the Web sites, saying that most have privacy policies that explain what they do with the personal data they collect. (However, studies show that few people actually read those policies, many of which are filled with legalese.) The problem stems more from the third-party trackers working for the advertisers. “Publishers are trying to do the right thing, but because of the chaotic nature of the ad ecosystem, they are sometimes making promises that the ecosystem can’t deliver on,” he told ReadWriteWeb.Studies of Internet users’ attitudes toward being tracked are not favorable to trackers. Forrester Research found that 52 percent of 37,350 people it surveyed were concerned about companies accessing their Internet browsing history. A Pew Research Center poll found that 68 percent were “not OK” with targeted advertising because it meant having their online behavior tracked and analyzed.Privacy advocates point to such studies as proof the public is on their side. While marketers see targeted ads as saving consumers’ time by focusing marketing messages on their interests, activists see them as nothing more than personalized spam. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has pointed out that Web trackers are moving further away from privacy protection with the development of “Flash cookies” planted in the Adobe Flash plug-in instead of the browser. Such cookies can’t be easily removed using browsers’ cookie-deletion tools.Standing in the middle of this tug of war is Congress. The Senate is currently looking at whether online advertisers and publishers can be trusted to self-regulate their compliance with the Do Not Track protocol (still in progress). Today, Do Not Track amounts to a list of principles created by the Digital Advertising Alliance, according to EFF. So the debate around online privacy protection rages on. In the meantime, the public has no easy way to stay off of trackers’ radar. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#security#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market antone gonsalves Related Posts last_img read more

How to CEO Podcast Interview – Han Jin CEO of Lucid

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Murray Newlands The world has changed. You can crash and burn or you can get the right tools and information now and change your life, your business and the lives of your employees.In this episode of How to CEO, I welcome Han Jin, the co-founder, and CEO of Lucid.Han Jin and his partner created Lucid in 2015. Their company produces software and artificial intelligence. I invited Han Jin to talk about the various characteristics and skills that a CEO should have. Being a founder and CEO are two very different things and Han Jin helps us to differentiate both roles. He also shares his experiences and the challenges that he has faced switching back and forth between both of these vary complex roles over the past two and a half years.Han Jin tells me at Lucid, “we have created software and artificial intelligence to capture 3D on mobile devices, or any device that has cameras.”Every year we work toward becoming better CEO’s and building a better company and product. My co-founder worked in robotics  and worked on at improving things in the robotics field for a few years. He really wanted to humanize and leverage only the software. This decision was before we met. After we met we decided to “productize” the software and make something that would be sellable to the masses.I asked Han Jin how much money they have been able to raise for their company.Han indicated to me that this is not much money — but it sounded rather great to me. 2.6 million he told me — but adds that they have been able to raise that sum up to seven or eight digits. Remarkable in the short three and a half year span that they have been building the company.What does it take to do the fund raising and what does it take to grow a company?“This journey has been a lot of personal growth and mental growth.” Han says that it really isn’t about the title of being a CEO. It’s much larger than that.  Just the mindset takes more that the title says it is. Jin says that everyone should try to be the founder of their own company because of what you will learn.You can grow your own company better that anyone else can do it. You’ll notice what you need to double or triple your company growth and revenue to address all of the requests for your product. Because you are right there at the top of your company you can see what has to be done and you do it. There is no waiting around for permissions or other help to come. You learn to grow yourself and your company at the same time.Lucid now has over 50 people working in the company worldwide. Fantastc growth, but Jin says that he is not the perfect CEO yet.  He explains to me how much growth there is in growing with your people and learning how to “do” that growth. “Hopefully as I go through all of the stages in building a company I’ll become better and wiser in our company I will be able to learn.”What personality differences are there to being a 10k company or a 50k company?Every scale and stage of a business requires a different skill set. You become a better employer and CEO with each year that you practice this job. You get much better at hiring — because you have to get the right people in your company that you can trust. As the founder, co-founder and CEO you have to have more trust in your employees as each year goes by. You can’t always be there to manage them — they have to handle the day to day business for you, wherever they are.Do you find that your employees then bring in other people that join your company?Yes, each of the employees that you have hire end up bringing in people that they know and you have to have trust in that process too. You have to start breaking down your business into units of work and sections of work. You have to decide who to put over each section of work. The heiarchy must also grow so that you can keep growing. Again — every stage takes a great amount of trust, time and money.What is the hardest thing you have had to teach your employees?I have had to teach my employees about making mistakes. I have had to tell them not to worry about making errors. I have to actually encourage the employees to make mistakes and not worry about those issues. They have to get better at their jobs and better at coming up with new ways to build their section of the business. The only way to get better at your job is to go through the mistakes. If you’re a “little off ” or not doing well as a CEO or a team member — that not too bad. But I have to train the team to be okay about errors and to get over it and move on. I train the team to handle the errors — because they will make mistakes.You have been in business three and a half years. If you could go back and say something to yourself three and a half years ago, what would that advice look like?In what ever job you decide to do in your business it’s best to learn that a founder and CEO are totally different jobs. They require different strengths and you will have different weaknesses. You have to ask yourself if you even want to be a CEO because this job is certainly not for everyone. It’s a difficult journey. I asked my dad about this topic. He told me that if you are going to be a CEO, you have to be good at three things:Fundraising.Recruiting.Seeing — having the vision and seeing the future of the company.At one point I really struggled with funding raising. I went through 300 rejections in a row from the investors. I questioned myself and told myself if I wanted to be a CEO I needed to stop whining and stand up and be the best fundraiser there was.Where do you see you growth coming from in the future?I want to see a bigger picture and see ahead to a bigger market and to new markets that come along. Getting in to new markets and growth will be required if we are to keep growing. I take the example of Uber. They changed the entire taxi system. The founder just wanted to make his product and go home and he couldn’t. The app came and he had to keep going.What questions do you ask yourself as a founder?Are you willing to grow and willing to learn?What will happen if you stop growing?What type of business are you trying to build?  A lifestyle business, or a Google?What is your mindset?Where do you go when you don’t have the answers you are searching for in your business?Many people say to get an executive coach. I decided to seek out and find different adviors; these are paid advisors. The information that my advisors give is for the financial gains. But I have realized that many of the people that help me build Lucid, also care about the relationship. Many relationships in our company have become important with our coaches, mentors and adviors.How do you find this sort of people?Finding the right type of person goes back to any type of hiring or any type of finding. You will look for these people, but they will also begin to come to you for this work. You will look for the best of the best and these greats will usually be people who have gone through this startup up journey. They know what you are going through and what you need and they can help you. You need someone who has had a startup first of all. I look and keep an eye out for these people. We have been lucky to find individuals who care for our company, and also care about me and my co-founder personally.Join  me here for other How to CEO podcasts. Tags:#3D on mobile AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Related Posts Murray Newlands is an entrepreneur, investor, business advisor and speaker. He is the founder of the How to CEO podcast and you can read his blog at MurrayNewlands.com. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culturelast_img read more

A Review of Instagram Marketing by Matthew Lucas

first_imgYou may be new to Instagram marketing. you may think it’s all about getting the best photos. Remember what Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom said. Instagram “is not a photography company. Instagram is a communications company.”If you’re lost in the weeds of Instagram marketing, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of or download the eBook Instagram Marketing by Matthew Lucas. This slim book (26 pages) packs a ton of information in a short book.Top Takeaways from Instagram MarketingGaining Instagram fans is not easy, especially if you’re a newbie.In Instagram marketing, choose one aspect you want to focus on. Don’t try to be everything to everyone. Instagram itself started out as a nimble startup with a dedicated focus on “visceral, visual communication & community.”If you’re an artist, focus on showcasing your paintings and engaging conversation.Despite what we said at the top of this article, don’t neglect the appearance of your account. Learn how to create photos that have great composition. Instagram is still a photographers’ medium despite some policy changes that offended users back when Facebook bought Instagram.Share your Instagram content using other channels such as Twitter, Google+ and Facebook. Remember Facebook is passe for millennials and teens (and not just because of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.)Interact with other Instagrammers, but #don’t use too many #hashtags. This can hurt your Instagram marketing campaignsRespond to your followers when they comment. Even if it’s just a response with an emoji. That can work for banks.Gaining more followers doesn’t have to cost you a ton of money. Hold an Instagram contest. Use the “Suggested Users” feature. Use the “Mayfair” filter for your Instagram marketing campaign. Share images your followers have uploaded.This should go without saying, but create a separate Instagram account for your business.Offer promos to your Instagram followers. Share content that others would like to see. If your followers want to see pictures of the latest fall fashions, share those.Use creative hashtags in your Instagram marketing to improve #visibility. Make your own hashtags. Just don’t use #snowicane.Add a direct question or call-to-action in your captions.Measure the success of your campaign.Read Instagram marketing books. Matthew Lucas’s book is a good start. Kristin Johnson Uber vs Lyft: Battling for Supremacy Kristin Johnson is the author of AIN’T “U” GOT NO MANNERS, winner of three 2019 Dan Poynter Global eBook Awards (Silver-Best eBook Cover, Bronze-Technology and Engineering, Honorable Mention-Self Help) and “the Bible for Social Media”.She is a prize-winning/prize finalist writer (Blue Mountain Arts Tri-Annual Poetry Contest first place winner out of 50,000 entries and finalist in the 2016 Palm Springs Writers Guild Annual Poetry Contest, short story, drama, Bahamas International Film Festival screenplay semi-finalist, Amsterdam Film Festival Van Gogh Award for Television Writing with DeAnn Lubell), blogger, ghostwriting/creative writing consultant, screenwriter, and editor. A graduate of the former Master of Professional Writing Program from the University of Southern California, she has published/collaborated on seven books: fiction, Internet manners book, co-written memoir with and for the late Sir Rupert A.L. Perrin, M.D., co-written Christmas book (with Mimi Cummins), and three children’s books, including two books from CartoonGems on penguins and the Pacific Ocean. Her latest two books are THE DIVINITY PROTOCOL, written with Berkeley Johnson (no relation) and AIN’T “U” GOT NO MANNERS, “the Bible For Social Media.”Besides the books on which her name appears, she has ghostwritten several books (and scripts) for clients as that acknowledge her contribution, such as ASIM: Servant of Two Masters; Mercedes; Never Marry Your Soulmate; Whites, Blacks and Whilacks; Bringing Down High Blood Pressure, and The FlavorDoctor Diet. She edited media personality Nicholas Snow’s memoir Life Positive: A Journey to the Center of My Heart and singer Allison Annalora’s Late Blooming: My Gender Journey. She brings her screenwriting talents to the miniseries adaptation of longtime colleague and friend DeAnn Lubell’s THE LAST MOON. She has blogged for The Happy Guy Marketing and written for numerous Web sites, e-zines and e-newsletters.She has given well-received talks and workshops for the Desert Screenwriters Group (part of the Palm Springs Writers Guild) and was a founding member of the Palm Springs chapter of Women in Film and Television as well as a past First Vice-President and Contests and Grants Chair for the National League of American Pen Women-Palm Springs Branch. CEOs in Troubled Waters (with Myriam Joire from…center_img Related Posts 4 Ways You Can Make Your Workplace an Engine of… Is Voice Search the Next Big Travel Technology …last_img read more