Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly and CFO Tammy Romo joined CNBC's Brian Sullivan to discuss the airline's innovation, investments in technology and what they look for when they fly on Southwest. "I think everybody who knows Southwest Airlines here probably thinks, 'Yeah, that's a pretty good culture there.' So you wouldn't want to lose that," Kelly said.
American Airlines is retrofitting its Boeing 777 planes to standardize the number of seats and offer passengers more seating choices. Some standard economy seats will be replaced with slightly larger premium economy seats with more leg room.
The US Department of Transportation reports that in 2017 a record 965 million passengers flew in and out of the US on foreign and domestic airlines. Southwest Airlines served the most passengers -- 157.7 million -- and American Airlines carried the most international passengers.
FedEx and International Medical Corps have joined to bring much-needed disaster relief to anywhere in the world in just a few hours with their mobile field hospital. The hospital boasts a 60-bed capacity and is nearly the size of a football field when fully deployed.
Mark Vaughan, vice president of sales and marketing for Rockwell Collins' seating business, talks about how the modular style of the manufacturer's MiQ seat platform makes it easy to customize designs to meet airlines' specific needs.
West Virginia's Fairmont State University unveiled a Cessna 172 Skyhawk purchased for the school's aviation technology program. Aviation technology flight instructor Tyler Lucas, who graduated from the program, says having the plane will allow students to become flight instructors: "We want the program to feed itself and allow students to gain the ability to become flight instructors, and the purpose of that is to pass on the passion."
The Aircraft Electronics Association will next week hold its 61st annual International Convention & Trade Show in Las Vegas. Attendees can take advantage of more than 75 hours of technical, regulatory, and business management training and professional development courses available during the show, and more than 130 exhibitors will be on hand to show off avionics equipment and services.
Bent Wing Flight Services will be the sole fixed-base operator at Florida's Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport as of April 1. The FBO is taking over as the airport puts the finishing touches on a new terminal featuring a pilot lounge and shower, flight planning room, canteen, conference room and pilot store.
A supplemental type certificate has been granted for the installation of Parker Hannifin Corp. wheels and brakes on Pilatus PC-7 aircraft.
Sequim's nonprofit hot air balloon, Dream Catcher, will provide free tethered balloon rides for people with limited mobility at the Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival scheduled for this weekend in the Philippines. Capt. Crystal Stout will pilot the balloon, which features a seat for two with five-point harnesses instead of the usual basket.
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