Alaska Airlines will offer COVID-19 testing to passengers bound for Hawaii, partnering with Carbon Health to provide the service at pop-up clinics, starting in Seattle and eventually rolling out in other West Coast cities. Lt. Gov. Josh Green said the Hawaiian government is working with Alaska Airlines, United Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, CVS, American Airlines and Kaiser Permanente to iron out the details of testing arrangements for travelers seeking to meet the state's quarantine rules.
As Hawaii prepares to reopen its borders to tourists Oct. 15, Hawaiian Airlines is resuming service from Honolulu to Las Vegas, with Oakland and San Jose, Calif., and Phoenix following Nov. 1. The airline, which is providing COVID-19 testing for passengers in San Francisco and Los Angeles, will also increase service from those cities as well as Portland, Ore.; Sacramento, Calif.; Seattle and San Diego.
The US State Department has approved the sale of Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets and Raytheon Patriot missile systems to Switzerland. The Swiss government is pursuing a military modernization program.
The US Air Force Skyborg program will reach the prototype design phase in 2020, with Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman among companies now participating. "Our proposal for the Skyborg effort leverages the leading-edge approaches Skunk Works is known for, combined with our decades of expertise designing, developing and fielding ISR & UAS solutions," said Ananda Costa, of Lockheed's Skunk Works.
The Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion is close to beginning operational testing with the US Marine Corps, as Sikorsky reports it has addressed almost all previous technical issues with the helicopter. The King Stallion could begin live operations in 2023.
Textron Aviation has added a third and final Cessna SkyCourier to the aircraft's flight-test program. "The Cessna SkyCourier program continues to progress through its milestones, and that's a testament to the many great employees involved with this project," Textron Aviation's Chris Hearne said.
The recent AFWERX "EngageSpace" virtual event, organized by the US Air Force, aims to cultivate connections between the Space Force and tech companies. "The space renaissance happening on the commercial side is fantastic, there is innovation we can use," said Col. Eric Felt, director of the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate.
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