In recognition of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention month, Delta presented an interview with Catherine Chen, CEO of Polaris, an organization that fights human trafficking. Chen states that after the coronavirus pandemic hit the US in March, "crisis cases" reported to them increased by more than 40% and the need for immediate emergency shelter almost doubled.
JetBlue Airways suspended service to Albuquerque, N.M.; Burlington, Vt.; Portland, Ore., and Minneapolis/St. Paul this week, with plans to resume flying there April 1. "Demand for air travel continues to be down dramatically compared to pre-pandemic levels, and cash and job preservation remain a top priority as we work through a challenging recovery," the airline said, announcing that it also won't resume flights until June to Baltimore and three California cities: Burbank, Ontario and San Jose.
United Airlines will launch a new route March 4 between Washington, D.C., and Panama City, Fla., adding to the trend of airlines focusing on vacation destinations. The airline will also fly to the Florida panhandle city from Houston and add seasonal service from Denver and Chicago.
Capt. Peter Gamble shared about how the airline industry shaped his career and interests, leading to his role on the Allied Pilots Association's Boeing 737 Return to Service Ad Hoc Committee. Gamble details how he's collaborated with colleagues over the past 20 months to assist in the safe return of the Boeing 737 Max. "Safety has always been a universal common ground for the company, our unions and every team member at American," Gamble said, noting the care and maintenance for the aircraft, along with collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure the aircraft's return to service.
Construction has begun on the Aviation Heritage Park Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., which will serve as an educational center to teach youth about aviation. The facility plans to honor aviators from the state as well as aviation pioneers, such as Victor Strahm, a World War I flying ace. The museum will also feature a flight simulator and a variety of historic aircraft.
During the last quarter of 2020, International Aircraft Dealers Association members saw a marked increase in preowned business aircraft sales and completed 554 transactions, including 285 in December. "While it is way too early to say the industry has rebounded completely, as the pandemic is still raging, the activity in the preowned aircraft marketplace is certainly trending upwards across all of our dealers," said IADA Executive Director Wayne Starling.
San Angelo Regional Airport/Mathis Field in San Angelo, Texas, has completed an $800,000 project to renovate the main runway by removing rubber deposited on the surface and adding a new seal coat. The process is meant to extend the life of the runway by around five years.
Former US Air Force Lt. Col. Theodore Lumpkin Jr., 100, who served as a Tuskegee Airman in World War II, has died from COVID-19 complications. Lumpkin was an intelligence officer who provided mission briefings to pilots. In 2007, the group was collectively honored with Congressional Gold Medals.
AOPA is encouraging owners of private-use airports to confirm with the Federal Aviation Administration that the information the agency has on file about their airports is no more than three years old as the agency works to update its data on the airfields.
Some of the 17,500 American Airlines employees who were involuntarily furloughed last October are receiving paychecks due to the December coronavirus relief legislation, but have not been recalled back to their jobs yet due to dramatically reduced flight schedules. "Bringing nearly 19,000 team members back to work is a complex process and will take time," CEO Doug Parker and President Robert Isom said in a joint letter to employees, adding: "While pay and benefits will be restored right away, people will be asked to return to the operation in phases."
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