Delta Air Lines has hired former Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare as Delta's president of international business, and named Michelle Horn as senior vice president and chief strategy officer, tasked with building "a roadmap in line with our future vision" as the airline navigates out of the coronavirus crisis. Meanwhile, Delta Cargo hired Jannie Davel as managing director of its commercial operations and promoted Vishal Bhatnagar to managing director of global cargo operations.
Brad Hayden, chair of the National Business Aviation Association's Emerging Technologies Committee, has been appointed to the Federal Aviation Administration's Drone Advisory Committee. "The public is used to an incredibly safe airspace and we have to be sure we continue that legacy with emerging technologies aircraft," said Hayden, founder and CEO of Robotic Skies.
The Civil Air Patrol utilized forensic technology to successfully perform two search-and-rescue missions of lost individuals in Oregon and Idaho. A CAP helicopter surveyed a forest using cellphone technology that triangulated possible locations to track down a child and her grandparents, and the team was able to find a snowmobiler separated from his group after the man responded to their text and his GPS coordinates were identified.
Cape Girardeau Regional Airport in Missouri has submitted a proposal for a new terminal to the Federal Aviation Administration and hopes to obtain an approval within a few months. The airport also is planning other upgrades, including additional aircraft hangars and more restrooms.
Duncan Aviation plans to offer paid summer internships for up to 33 students, who will have the opportunity for hands-on experience in the company's engine, airframe, interior production and install departments. The interns will be assigned to a technician mentor and work on various projects at maintenance facilities in Nebraska, Utah and Michigan.
The Airline Passenger Experience Association and SimpliFlying have awarded United Airlines and Air Canada the program's highest Diamond certification for their cleanliness and safety efforts. "Since the start of this pandemic, United has been committed to pursuing industry-leading safety measures to protect the wellbeing of our customers and employees," United's Sasha Johnson said.
The partnership between American Airlines and JetBlue Airways will move forward following regulatory review, as the airlines agreed to slot concessions at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Reagan Washington National Airport. The plan is focused on the northeastern U.S., as the airlines will coordinate their schedules in Boston and New York as well as code sharing and offering reciprocal benefits to frequent flyers.
Air Canada continues to reduce schedules as travel demand remains depressed. Routes the airline has suspended range from Atlantic Canada in the northeast to Yellowknife in the remote Northwest Territories.