American Airlines has announced pay increases of 8% and 5% for pilots and flight attendants respectively. "As our industry has rapidly evolved and pay increases at other airlines have accelerated, some of our colleagues have fallen behind their peers at other airlines in base pay rates," said CEO Doug Parker, who noted that didn't feel right or reflect American's new commitment to its employees.
United Airlines is bringing lie-flat seats to premium cabins on service connecting San Francisco and Boston. "We're always looking at the markets that we're serving and the aircraft we're flying to make sure they're a right fit," an airline spokesman said.
Transportation Security Administration officers screening passengers at Florida's Tampa International Airport on Tuesday found four loaded guns in separate incidents, the most ever found at the airport in a single day. Airport police seized the travelers' bags and escorted them away from the checkpoint area.
Northrop Grumman will integrate Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures into aircraft for the Navy and Air Force under a $99.5 million contract extension. The work will be completed over the next two years.
Boeing's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin's F-35 are both up for consideration as replacements for Finland's fleet of F/A-18 Hornets. Finland is also considering the Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon and Saab JAS 39E/F Gripen.
FedEx will provide the Defense Department with express delivery services for small domestic and international packages under a new five-year contract worth $2.35 billion.
Boeing's Starliner spacecraft is moving steadily toward its first launch as the company manages a complex supply chain and technical issues. Boeing is installing training devices for astronauts at Johnson Space Center.
The Friday deadline is rapidly approaching for Congress to strike a budget deal that will avoid a federal government shutdown. Democrats say they will support an increase in defense spending if the budget also includes subsidies for low-income users of Obamacare.
Nearly 100 days into Donald's Trump presidency, legislative stumbles have prompted doubts that Congress will approve his proposed boost to defense spending, and military leaders say service readiness will continue to decline without serious new spending. "National security is one of the foremost duties for our government," said AIA's Dan Stohr. "Funding it appropriately should not be held hostage to other spending or other priorities."
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