"One thing that we've done at Alaska has really been prudent how we deploy capacity -- we're trying to match capacity and demand ... hopefully our momentum will continue strong toward the second half of the year," Alaska Airlines CEO Ben Minicucci said as the airline continues to look toward recovery. Minicucci also noted rising popularity for "sun destinations and outdoor destinations," but that the expansion to leisure destinations is part of the airline's overall strategy and "not just unique to the pandemic."
United Airlines is phasing out its use of passenger aircraft for cargo-only flights due to the capacity demand for passenger flights, Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Nocella said, yet the aircraft can be better deployed in passenger markets.
Alaska Airlines is collaborating with aviation services provider AAR on a program that will create a pipeline from aircraft maintenance training, to a position with AAR, which will qualify applicants to apply for a career with Alaska. Nathan Engel, interim vice president of maintenance & engineering at Alaska, noted that the airline is "in a unique position to strengthen the talent pipeline through recruitment of groups historically underrepresented in aviation."
The Alaska Airlines Foundation has awarded $260,000 in LIFT Grants to 25 nonprofit organizations in five states that support education and career development for young people. "Throughout the pandemic, these organizations have creatively adapted their programs and sought to close gaps left by COVID restrictions, lost family wages, and limited social interaction," said Diana Birkett Rakow, foundation chair and vice president of public affairs and sustainability at Alaska Airlines.
Boeing's Starliner capsule, which will taxi astronauts to the International Space Station, has passed its flight readiness review, with a launch set for July 30, officials say. The uncrewed flight to the space station will be a repeat of an operation that failed when first attempted in late 2019.
Terranet, which develops technology for self-driving cars, says it has made a breakthrough in its sensor technology that helps cars brake in reaction to road objects. According to the company, its 3D motion awareness system VoxelFlow can react to objects in less than 20 milliseconds, beating the 300 milliseconds typically seen with conventional advanced driver assistance systems.
A team from Texas A&M University's Department of Biomedical Engineering has developed a small robot that sanitizes classrooms using ultraviolet light. Larger versions of such robots are used in hospitals, but the costs are prohibitive for an entity such as a school, team leaders said.
Legislation has been introduced in Congress to clarify "that individuals engaged in aircraft flight instruction or testing ... are not operating an aircraft carrying persons or property for compensation or hire."
Waco Aircraft's 9,400-square-foot fixed base operator debuted at Battle Creek Executive Airport at Kellogg Field in Michigan and features a business center, pilot lounge and farm-to-table restaurant. Pilots who stop at the FBO on their way to or from next week's Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture will receive a fuel discount.