A New York Times reporter who observed the detailed cleaning process aboard a Delta Air Lines regional jet in New York shared the enhanced cleaning procedures that passengers can expect aboard aircraft. Delta, American, United, Southwest and JetBlue have all employed electrostatic sprayers as a part of cleaning procedures. Meanwhile, a Texas television station went behind the scenes of United's aircraft sanitation operation in Austin, Texas to highlight the increased measures to prioritize the health and well-being of passengers.
FedEx is building an expanded distribution center in Laredo, Texas, which "serves as the firm's U.S. freight gateway to Mexico's interior." Meanwhile, Plus One Robotics offered details on the sorting robots it developed for FedEx's hub in Memphis.
Atlas Air's stock price has surged since the beginning of the year, as investors are attracted by rising cargo prices caused by increased demand and the capacity cut attributable to fewer passenger flights. "After an initial surge in demand to ship personal protective equipment, the market is transitioning back towards more traditional airfreight products such as electronics, capital goods, perishables and pharmaceuticals," one investment firm advised its clients.
A new $4.5 million terminal is poised to open at Murfreesboro Municipal Airport. "We want the terminal to present air travelers with the best first impression possible and to fill the needs of our growing city for the next half-century," said Airport Manager Chad Gehrke.
Efforts to improve the technological interface between airlines and travel agents have not stopped, although the emphasis has shifted from "adding branded fares and exploring new optional service" to "recognizing that this pathway offers a faster way to get updated and relevant messages to travelers about changing circumstances," said Jonathan Savitch, ATPCO's chief commercial officer. For example, Air Canada has deployed an upgrade that allows easier booking of "friends and family" tickets.
PrivateFly, Directional Aviation's online air charter booking platform, will offer a jet card program in the US and Europe to take advantage of an increase in private jet travel since the pandemic. In partnership with Sentient Jet, the company will provide frequent flyers with fixed hourly rates for a minimum of 25-hour blocks.
Wilbarger County Airport in Vernon, Texas, and Bowie Municipal Airport, also in Texas, each will take on pavement upgrades. The enhancements will be funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, which will provide a total of $2.7 million to both airports.
Footage from many of the most majestic scenes of Icelandic glaciers, waterfalls and gorges that have appeared in movies and TV shows, such as "Game of Thrones," have been captured from pilot Jon Kjartan Bjornsson's helicopter. He helps filmmakers get the desired shots by flying close to remote landscapes and was instrumental in creating FlyOver Iceland, an immersive sensory ride that takes viewers to inaccessible corners of the island.
A new flight simulation device provides a safe way for Black Hawk helicopter pilots at Fort Bragg Army Base in Fayetteville, N.C., to practice flying in combat under difficult conditions. The Black Hawk Aircrew Trainer features enhanced graphics, options for various locations and terrain and the opportunity to fly simulated missions with fellow pilots at Fort Bragg or other military bases.
The Federal Aviation Administration is requesting information from operators of aircraft with some modified Continental O-470 engines after receiving a report of a power loss and forced landing incident traced to a fractured crankshaft in a converted engine.