Mcity, a public-private partnership at the University of Michigan, has outlined a model approach for independently assessing the safety of highly automated vehicles. Mcity Director Huei Peng said the test could "help rebuild public trust and accelerate the development of these potentially life-changing vehicles."
Reviewer Jane Jurgens found a lot to like at the American Airlines Flagship Business Class lounge at Los Angeles International Airport's Terminal 4, including courteous staff, a well-stocked bar, a nice selection of hot and cold foods, and comfortable seating equipped with charging ports.
United Airlines has plans to launch Polaris lounges at airports in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo in the near future. "What we're trying to do is spend this year figuring out what is the right way to introduce the Polaris experience internationally," said Mark Krolick, United's vice president of marketing.
Carriers including Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways are adding flights to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for Super Bowl weekend. Cities with increased service include Los Angeles, Boston and St. Louis.
Hawaiian Airlines served 11,840,178 passengers in 2018, up 2.9% compared with 2017 and the carrier's 14th consecutive year of passenger-traffic increases. The airline last year took delivery of nine A321neo aircraft and expanded its service to the mainland.
Air Canada invited managers and agents, public relations officials, trade media and others to a celebratory event in Toronto designed to thank those who contributed to the airline's success in 2018. "By any measure, it was a great year for us," said John MacLeod, vice president for global sales and alliances.
This year's Living Legends of Aviation awards recipients included parachutist Col. Joe Kittinger, saxophonist Kenny G., Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, international journalist Stefan Aust and Jean Rosanvallon, CEO of Dassault Falcon Jet. The dinner is a major fundraiser for the Kiddie Hawk Air Academy, which introduces children to aviation.
Bell is looking to move beyond the helicopters it's known for and develop air taxis and drones. The company this month introduced a prototype of its Bell Nexus air taxi at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and it's also developing an Autonomous Pod Transport commercial drone designed to carry packages.
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame in May will induct five new members, including two WWII fighter pilots and three individuals who made significant contributions to civil aviation. The inductees: David Charles Fairbanks, DFC (two bars); John Peter Holding, P.Eng. MSc, FRAeS; Barry Paul Lapointe, O.B.C.; James McGregor "Greg" McDougall; and William Philip "Bill" Paris, C.M.
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