Travelers enrolled in Clear don't have to show their documents to a security officer. Instead, they scan their finger or retina and boarding pass and then proceed directly to metal detectors.
Hawaii Airlines will add service connecting Haneda, Japan, and the Kona International Airport. The airport has been approved to accept flights from Japan beginning Dec. 20 after re-establishing its customs station.
United Airlines' new Polaris Business Class service launched this week with new amenities and menu options. "This is the most significant product change that we have had in over a decade, if not a generation," said United's Maria Walter.
Atlas Air will fly a cargo route connecting the US and Japan for Nippon Cargo Airlines beginning early next year. "[As we] begin this strategic arrangement with Atlas Air ... we look forward to having a long, mutually beneficial relationship," said NCA President and CEO Fukashi Sakamoto.
Air Transport World Editor Karen Walker outlines key priorities that incoming Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao can focus on to help make flying better for customers, employees, airlines and communities. The priorities include modernizing our nation's ATC system, reforming regulations that limit competition and rationalizing the federal tax burden. "Most critical and potentially most significant of all, modernize and transform the US air traffic control system," writes Walker. "[Elaine] Chao probably represents the single biggest opportunity for the US ATC system to finally move out of its [analog], antiquated and inefficient trap and into the 21st century with all the advantages that airlines want, controllers want, and passengers will benefit from," Walker continues.
Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., is urging the Federal Aviation Administration to transform the country's outdated air traffic control system. Thune sent a letter to the FAA on Dec. 1 asking for progress reports every quarter on NextGen implementation.
United expects to purchase 900 million gallons of aviation biofuel over the next decade, further demonstrating global airlines' commitment to sustainable fuel. "We want to be a leader in this area," said Natalie Mindrum, director of environmental responsibility for United.
Southwest will conduct a flyover at a football game on Saturday in Norman, Okla., to honor the late Mike Winchester. The former player for Oklahoma State University worked for Southwest for almost three decades.
The UK's Department for Transport announced proposals designed to encourage development of biodegradable aviation fuels, including a proposal to make renewable aviation fuels eligible for renewable transport fuel certificates. "This is a welcome step forward and could mean a more sustainable future for aviation in the UK and beyond," said Sustainable Aviation chair Ian Jopson.
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