United Airlines is looking toward the full recovery of international travel and has made investments in its premium seat offerings in preparation for the rebound. "We've definitely pointed a lot of incremental capacity across the Atlantic for this spring and summer in anticipation of this recovery," said Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Nocella.
The Roberta Bondar Foundation has recognized Air Canada for its commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. "Air Canada has set a long-term climate target with ambitious milestones, and is investing in sustainable aviation fuels and carbon reductions and removals, sharing in Roberta Bondar Foundation's commitment to protecting our planet for future generations," said the organization.
Joby Aviation said a test flight of its electric vertical takeoff and landing air taxi prototype reached a true airspeed of 205 mph, which is thought to be the fastest flight of an eVTOL aircraft. The company, which expects to earn Federal Aviation Administration type certification next year, is working now to achieve an altitude of 10,000 feet.
Northrop Grumman has completed delivery of the 51st E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft to the US Navy, keeping the $3.2 billion multi-year procurement contract on track. The production deadline for all years under the contract is 2026.
The Aerospace Industries Association is encouraging Congress to act on defense appropriations legislation as leaders from all military branches warn of the damage that would be associated with a yearlong continuing resolution. "Over the last few days, there are positive signs that the message is getting through and the top appropriators from both parties are coming to the table," said Eric Fanning, AIA president and CEO.
The US Air Force says it has sufficient time to complete testing of the Lockheed Martin AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon and proceed with a $161 million acquisition of the first dozen missiles this budget cycle. "We're not running into any major design problems with the booster," said Brig. Gen. Heath Collins.
China Southern is preparing its Boeing 737 Max fleet for a return to service with a recent test flight of the type in anticipation of government approval. Some 175 countries have approved the 737 Max for its return to service so far.
A pair of Northrop Grumman satellites built for the US Space Force were sent into orbit Friday, launched by a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, commander of Space Operations Command, said the GSSAP system is a "key piece in the puzzle for space domain awareness."
The expansion of the orbital economy is bringing up the policy question of how far the US should go in protecting US companies and assets in space. US military leaders such as Gen. John Raymond suggest that protecting US interests in space should be a top priority.
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