UPS added three new flight simulators to train pilots at the shipper's Global Aviation Training Center, which opened this week. "We are hiring pilots," UPS Strategic Communications Director Mike Mangeot. "We've hired several hundred over the last few years. We're also adding 40 aircraft, primarily 767 and 747s, to add capacity for our customers all over the world."
Southwest Airlines will increase service next summer at Tennessee's Nashville International Airport with new daily flights to Burbank and San Jose, Calif.; and more frequent daily flights to Boston, Detroit, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, San Diego and St. Louis. The carrier will also offer weekly summer service to Seattle; Omaha, Neb.; and Norfolk, Va.
Alaska Airlines is planning to launch service at Paine Field in Everett, Wash., in February. Planned service includes nonstop flights to San Diego, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay area and Portland, Ore.
JetBlue is partnering with US Customs and Border Protection on a biometric self-boarding gate for international travelers in Terminal 5 at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. The gate will use facial-recognition technology to verify travelers' identities.
Southwest Airlines announced that it will start new, year-round daily service from Omaha, Neb., to San Diego, beginning June 9. The airline will launch weekly seasonal service from Omaha to Nashville, Tenn., on the same day.
Alaska Airlines is rolling out a new selection of craft beers and snacks. The updated menu includes sweet and savory snacks, and four West Coast beers.
United Airlines' "World Orchestra" ad campaign features musicians in far-flung locales playing Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," the carrier's signature music. "In 'World Orchestra,' we used this beautiful melody as a connecting thread to showcase the global reach of the airline's network," said Haydn Morris, executive creative director, Mcgarrybowen New York.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association announced that third-quarter general aviation aircraft deliveries increased 6.1% compared with the same period last year. "This is one of those few times since the great recession that we have seen all segments up in shipment numbers," said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce.
As a super tanker pilot for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Marcos Valdez works with ground crews and a lead plane pilot who gives him a visual description of where to drop his fire retardant. "We can deliver the fluid like a light rain or have it come down like a tornado rain, a hurricane rain," said Valdez.
Iowa's new Sioux County Regional Airport features a 54-by-100-foot terminal building, hangars for rent and a 5,500-foot runway with a parallel taxiway that can accommodate business jets. The airport boasts a medium intensity approach lighting system with runway alignment indicator lights, which provides improved visibility in foggy conditions.
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