NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine says commercial space is playing a prominent role in NASA activities, including efforts to return to the lunar surface. "We want a sustainable, long-term presence at the moon," he said, referencing a lunar gateway to deep space.
Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., has asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate how the Army plans to allocate $2.4 billion in research and development funds, citing potential for small businesses to be left out. The Army plans to spend 80% of the funds to advance six modernization efforts.
The Trump administration reportedly will nominate Kimberly Reed to lead the US Export-Import Bank. "By restoring the Export-Import Bank's board quorum, Ex-Im will be able to help level the playing field," Jeffrey Gerrish, the Ex-Im Bank's acting president.
On Oct. 1, Alaska Airlines will launch daily nonstop service between San Diego and Spokane, Wash. The routes will be flown with Embraer 175 aircraft configured with three cabin classes and no middle seats.
Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines have applied to the US Department of Transportation and Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism for antitrust immunity that will allow formation of a joint venture. "This joint venture will combine two premier brands in the highly competitive Japan-Hawaii market, and travelers from both of our countries will benefit," said Hawaiian Airlines CEO Peter Ingram.
American Airlines will use larger aircraft to increase its capacity at Toledo Express Airport in Ohio by 26%. Bombardier CRJ-700s configured with 63 seats will be used on flights to Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina.
UPS is always looking for ways to increase efficiency and is quick to adopt new technology that can streamline operations. For example, the company introduced a chatbot that can answer customer questions and track packages just three months after the idea was discovered.
United Airlines is celebrating 20 years of service between Shannon Airport in Ireland and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. "Since 1998, our service has allowed our customers from the west of Ireland to take advantage of our extensive route network from our New York/Newark hub that today offers 75 nonstop connections across the US, Canada and Mexico," said United executive Bob Schumacher.
United Airlines has in place new Premium Plus cabins on some international flights and passengers can book them as they would regular premium economy tickets. When fully deployed, the Premium Plus cabins will feature larger seats with more legroom and enhanced food and beverage services.
A fly-in held June 7 to 10 at McMinn County Airport in Athens, Tenn., brought together 43 Swift aircraft pilots to mark the 50th anniversary of the Swift Museum Foundation with clinics, raffles, flybys, a banquet and more. AOPA President Mark Baker stopped by to support the foundation and take a ride in Paul Mercandetti's Globe Swift GC-1B.