Alaska Airlines is poised to continue its industry-leading financial performance, writes columnist Adam Levine-Weinberg. The airline is growing its West Coast presence with the acquisition of Virgin America, improving its fuel efficiency by replacing its oldest planes with newer aircraft and rolling out new Premium Class seats to further entice its customers.
The Transportation Security Administration is creating a new chief of mission support position, according to an email sent to staff by TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger. The new position is part of a larger reorganization at the agency.
Transportation Security Administration officials say officers screening passengers at Florida's Tampa International Airport have so far this year found 64 guns -- more than were found at the airport in all of 2015. Four of the guns were found on a single day.
Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta said that his agency is making progress toward its goal of modernizing the nation's air traffic control system. The FAA recently upgraded automation systems at 11 terminal radar approach control facilities.
American Airlines has reached a new five-year contract with 140 flight simulator engineers. The agreement include significant pay increases and take effect Nov. 7. "Our highly specialized, well-trained flight sim engineers are an integral part of American's Flight Department," said Kimball Stone, vice president of flight for American Airlines.
The annual American Airlines' Sky Ball gala raised more than $2.5 million for Airpower Foundation this year. The foundation supports members of the US military and their families.
JetBlue and Harpoon Brewery are working together on a special beer to be served in-flight. The unique partnership could potentially open doors to other exclusive travel promotions and opportunities for both companies' charitable arms. Harpoon and JetBlue began their partnership two years ago.
Transportation Security Administration officers screening luggage at Virginia's Richmond International Airport found a fake suicide vest, two fake guns and an old military manual on bombs. The items were realistic props for a live-action role-playing game.
Global Aerospace insurance will partner with Prevailance Aerospace to create a series of Unusual Attitude Training services as part of its SM4 Aviation Safety Program. Policyholders can receive two hours of free academic training and one hour of airborne unusual attitude training in an Extra 330LX aerobatic aircraft, at Virginia's Chesapeake Regional Airport.
Actor Lorenzo Lamas, best known for his role on the 1980s soap opera "Falcon Crest," has found a second career as a helicopter pilot flying small groups to the Grand Canyon. While he's currently performing in the musical "The Fantasticks," he says of his motivation for flying, "I'm just not working enough as an actor."
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