United Airlines is adding new European flights from Chicago, Denver, San Francisco and Newark, N.J., increasing service to London and adding new destinations Nice, France, and Palermo, Italy. The flights will be operated with Boeing 767 jets configured with more business class seats.
Southwest Airlines on August 29 will move from Boston Logan International Airport's Terminal A to a new space in Terminal B. The move is part of the airport's $200 million Terminal B Optimization project.
When zoos and aquariums need to transport animals, they generally prefer to fly because the shorter travel time puts less stress on the animals. FedEx has emerged as a trusted partner for both Florida's Zoo Miami and Connecticut's Mystic Aquarium: "The animals are the first to go on to the plane and … are first off the plane and loaded onto trucks right away," said Dale Wolbrink, senior director of media relations for Mystic Aquarium.
United Airlines and AirlineGeeks celebrated Aviation Day on Aug. 19 with a behind-the-scenes tour for 20 aviation enthusiasts at Virginia's Washington Dulles International Airport. The day included speakers, tours of a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft and a look at a United Airlines maintenance hangar.
Airport are using technology to screen passengers more effectively and efficiently, increasing security while keeping passengers moving through the terminal. Examples of up-and-coming technologies include scanners that screen passengers as they walk through the airport, facial recognition technology and biometric passports.
Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao on Thursday named 22 people to a new panel created by Congress to advise the Department of Transportation on aviation safety oversight and certification processes. The panel will be led by former Alaska Airlines Chief Executive William Ayer and also includes executives from airlines, aircraft manufacturers and technology companies.
The White House has set out a policy for the approval of nuclear power systems in space, an effort to promote the use of such systems. The Secretary of Transportation has been directed to create guidance for private-sector launches of nuclear systems.
The Navy's new chief of operations Adm. Mike Gilday says modernization and readiness are top priorities. "My focus in the coming years is to move forward ... with a sense of urgency, in sustaining our readiness and modernizing our force and taking care of our most important weapon system: our sailors and their families," he said.
The Delta 4 Medium has completed its final launch for United Launch Alliance, delivering a GPS III satellite into orbit. "We don't see any specific payloads that would require the Delta 4 Medium that we can't fly on an Atlas 5," ULA's Gary Wentz said.
Raytheon's GPS Next-Generation Operational Control System is set for deployment aboard military satellites this fall. Lockheed Martin, meanwhile, is under contract to build GPS III satellites that will use the new control system.
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