Hawaiian Airlines will resume service in December between Honolulu and Sydney, Australia. The airline is looking forward to reopening travel to Japan, and COO Jon Snook said the Boeing 787s being delivered next year will have more lie-flat business class seats than its other long-haul aircraft.
Since Alaska Airlines joined the oneworld alliance, it has added nearly 200 codeshare routes with five oneworld partners, giving the carrier greater access to European and Asian markets.
Delta Air Lines has joined the Drawdown Georgia Business Compact, a coalition of local companies committed to transitioning to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. "We are proud to be the first carbon-neutral airline on a global basis" and "look forward to partnering with other local businesses to learn and collaborate on best practices for reaching our net-zero emissions goals," said Delta's Amelia DeLuca, managing director of sustainability.
Boeing will have a major role to play in coming decades as airlines focus on sustainability and strive to meet net-zero emissions goals. "Whatever the next airplane is, we recognize sustainability is going to be a driving factor," says Boeing's Mike Sinnett.
Building on work with Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Technologies, the US Army Hypersonic Program Office and Navy Strategic Systems Programs completed a trio of tests showcasing advanced hypersonic technologies. New US-based production facilities by Lockheed and Northrop Grumman will provide production capacity for future hypersonic weapons.
The US Air Force Operational Energy office is touting the potential for industry partner Twelve's E-Jet fuel to transform logistics and fuel availability. The fuel, made from carbon dioxide, shows promise to be "highly deployable and scalable, enabling the warfighter to access synthetic fuel from anywhere in the world."
The ability to accommodate a human pilot will be a requirement for the US Army's Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft, according to Brig. Gen. Robert Barrie. This is based on the necessity of human decision-making in forward reconnaissance.
Boeing is anticipating a $400 billion market opportunity for commercial aircraft in Africa, predicting fleet growth of 1,030 aircraft by 2040.
Citing the slow pace of acquisitions by the National Reconnaissance Office, some commercial remote sensing companies are pursuing direct contracts with US military branches, the Pentagon and foreign governments, industry sources say. These companies are under pressure to win new contracts and satisfy venture investors.
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