British Defense Ministry says its decision to delay in the acquisition of 16 General Atomic Protector RG Mk1 drones caused a cost increase of $427 million.
Organizations representing flight attendants joined Airlines for America in applauding the US Transportation Department's proposed guidance setting clear definitions for service animals and banning "emotional support animals" from aircraft cabins. "Passengers claiming pets as emotional support animals has threatened the safety and health of passengers and crews in recent years while this practice skyrocketed," said Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA.
US airlines have a strong sustainability record, serving 42% more passengers and cargo in 2018 than they did in 2000, while increasing carbon dioxide emissions by only 3%. While accounting for only 2% of US greenhouse gas emissions, airlines are further reducing emissions by investing in new, more fuel-efficient aircraft, sustainable alternative aviation fuels, air traffic control improvements, cutting-edge route-optimization software, carbon offsets and more.
FedEx has delivered the Vince Lombardi Trophy to the site of the Super Bowl for the 20th straight year. FedEx courier Lazaro Valle was accompanied by Anquan Boldin, who was part of the championship Baltimore Ravens team in 2013. "Our annual delivery of this special hardware is one of more than a billion deliveries we make for and to customers each year. On behalf of more than 490,000 FedEx team members around the world, we are honored to deliver this trophy to football fans," FedEx's Patrick Fitzgerald said.
United Airlines has announced that it will add 29 more temporary nonstop flights between Miami and seven major cities around the weekend of the upcoming Super Bowl. American, Delta, JetBlue and Southwest have also added flights to meet the increased demand.
Air Canada and Cirque du Soleil have announced a marketing partnership that will designate Air Canada the "official airline" for its shows around the world. "We take pride in bringing more Canada to the world every time we fly and incorporate our passion for homegrown companies thriving on the world stage in our sponsorships," said Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu.
Alaska Airlines will provide 75 roundtrip airfare vouchers in 2020 for colleges that are members of the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities to attend conferences and meet with students and potential donors. Alaska has supported the association with vouchers since 1986.
The star of the 24th season of "The Bachelor," the reality show in which contestants search for love, is a pilot for Delta Air Lines, and aviation has factored heavily into the program's storylines. Peter Weber -- nicknamed "Pilot Pete" -- took contestants on a flight in his 1954 Piper Apache after the show's participants visited an Air Force museum, and two female pilots from the US Navy and Marine Corps offered a flying tutorial.
Matt Zuccaro, who served as president and CEO of the Helicopter Association International for 15 years, has retired, and former Federal Aviation Administration safety official James Viola has taken the position. Reflecting on his career, Zuccaro noted that "one of the greatest successes we've had is to increase dramatically the focus on safety as the first priority."