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Federal Aviation Administration Announces More Airport Infrastructure Grants

On September 24, 2020, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced $335 million in infrastructure grants for airports throughout the United States. The announcement comes just weeks after the FAA announced $1.2 billion in airport safety and infrastructure grants. The $1.2 billion was spread out over 434 grants to 405 airports. “Airport infrastructure projects funded by this $335 million in federal funding will advance safety, improve travel, generate jobs and provide other economic benefits for local communities,” United States Transportation Secretary…

UPS Airlines Announces First Flights to Vietnam

Earlier this week, UPS Airlines announced its first-ever flights to Vietnam. The first flight, UPS flight number 146, arrived on September 15, 2020 at Ho Chi Minh City’s Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport and was operated with one of the shipping giant’s Boeing 767-34AF freighters. UPS Airlines' new route to…

U.S. to Lift COVID-19 Designated Airport Restriction

For nearly six months, travelers from certain COVID-19 restricted countries have only been able to enter the United States by passing through one of 15 designated airports and undergoing enhanced health screening. The restriction currently applies to those arriving from, or with recent presence in, China (excluding the Special Administrative…

Federal Aviation Administration Announces $1.2 Billion in Airport Safety and…

Earlier this week, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced $1.2 billion in airport safety and infrastructure grants. “This $1.2 billion federal investment will improve our nation’s airport infrastructure, enhance safety, and strengthen growth in local communities, which is especially important as the economy recovers from COVID-19,” U.S. Transportation Secretary…

UPS to Quadruple Ramp Space at Kansas City International Airport

UPS has announced that it will expand its ramp space at the Kansas City International Airport in Kansas City, Missouri. after the City Council of Kansas City approved an extended lease agreement for the shipping giant’s air gateway. The cargo operator leases its facility at Kansas City International from Aeroterm.…

United Airlines to Use Ultraviolet C Light to Clean Aircraft…

United Airlines has announced that it is using ultraviolet C (UVC) light to clean the flight decks on some of its aircraft. Ultraviolet light is a type of electromagnetic radiation and it has three categories: A, B, and C. Each of the three categories has a different wavelength. UVA has…

Pratt & Whitney to Serve JetBlue Through 2033 with New…

On July 30, 2020, Pratt & Whitney, through its affiliate International Aero Engines (IAE), announced the signing of a 13-year service agreement for 230 IAE V2500 engines. The service agreement is part of Pratt & Whitney’s “EngineWise” offering, which provides engine operators with services to maximize engine performance and fleet…

WestJet Concludes Repatriation Flight Program with Global Affairs Canada

Earlier this week, WestJet announced the conclusion of its repatriation flight program with the Canadian Government. The final flight of the program was flight 3903 from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to Toronto’s Pearson International airport. That flight was operated on July 17. and carried 171 passengers. WestJet’s repatriation…

National Transportation Safety Board Releases Report Abstract on Atlas 3591

Earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a synopsis of its forthcoming final report on the crash of Atlas Air Inc. Flight 3591 in February of 2019. The NTSB is currently in the process of making final revisions, and the information in the abstract is subject to…

Emirates Resuming Flights to Six Cities; Implements Additional Wave of…

For Emirates employees, it was a week of one step forward and two steps back. On a positive note, Emirates has announced that it will resume flights to six cities in the coming weeks. Sadly, the announcement comes as the carrier initiated more layoffs. Emirates will begin flying to Geneva…