JetBlue Airways expects to see changes in how people travel short distances of up to 1,000 miles in the future. The airline is investing in startups that produce electric airplanes and vertical-lift-off vehicles, as well as in companies working to better predict weather delays.
UPS filed an application last year to patent its "autonomous services selection system and distributed transportation database(s)." The system would use blockchain-related technology to track shipments and ensure they are handled properly.
In an effort to reduce carbon emissions even further, the aviation industry is increasingly embracing sustainable fuels. "From one flight in 2008, we passed the threshold of 100,000 flights in 2017, and we expect to hit one million flights during 2020," said Alexandre de Juniac, leader of the International Air Transport Association.
FedEx will offer workers at its global hub in Memphis, Tenn., free tuition toward a University of Memphis online degree. Around 11,000 workers qualify for the perk, and workers who don't hold a high-school diploma can earn a General Education Development credential.
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz visited Guam to participate in an employee town hall and commemorate the airline's 50 years of service on the island. "It is a central key geographic region as you think about we connect this area to fifty different countries around the world and hundreds of destinations," he said.
United Airlines' Economy Plus is a good compromise for travelers who long for the comfort of the premium cabin but need something more budget-friendly, writes reviewer Geoff Whitmore. The seats offer five extra inches of legroom compared to regular Economy, 10-inch seat-back screens featuring games, movies and TV shows, and complimentary wine and beer.
The Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics is a two-year private trade school where students earn associate degrees in aviation maintenance or electronics. Students graduate with much-needed skills and healthy prospects to land high-paying jobs, with maintenance student Sam Karol saying, "You'd have to try to not get a job offer."
The Federal Aviation Administration is warning drone operators to keep their unmanned aerial vehicles well away from wildfires. "It's against the law, and firefighting aircraft could be grounded, disrupting time-critical firefighting efforts. Your hobby is not worth another person's life," said FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell.
The Italian Vulcanair V1.0 four-seat single's performance and agility packs European flair into a trainer for $278,000. Find out how it flies.
Swiss International Air Lines passengers can now receive expedited security screening through the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program. The move brings to 54 the number of domestic and global airlines offering the service to US citizens, US nationals and lawful permanent residents.
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