American and United Suspends Hong Kong Flights after Crew COVID-19 Testing Rules

United Airlines | July 09, 2020

American and United Suspends Hong Kong Flights after Crew COVID-19 Testing Rules
United Airlines and American Airlines have canceled service to Hong Kong after crews were told they would have to undergo mandatory Covid-19 testing. The deep throat saliva samples would be collected when crews arrive in Hong Kong, the city’s health officials said Tuesday. If crew members test positive they would be hospitalized there. The requirements are the latest obstacle to resuming regular international flights since the coronavirus pandemic upended air travel earlier this year.

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Air travel and freight in Scotland. Passenger numbers by origin, destination and type of service. Flight punctuality. Freight carried. Air transport movements 25.6 million air terminal passengers from Scottish airports in 2015. 3 travelled to or from Edinburgh or Glasgow. Edinburgh Airport had the highest number of terminal passengers in 2015, though Glasgow's share has increased in the last year.

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NASA's Aviation Tech to Roll Out to Airports, Save Time for Passengers

NASA | November 25, 2021

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson visited Orlando International Airport in Florida and met with aviation leaders to discuss implementing aircraft flight scheduling technology developed by the agency that will soon improve dependability for passengers – which is especially important during peak travel times like the Thanksgiving holiday. In September, the technology that was tested during NASA's Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) was transferred to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Large airports across the country – including Orlando International – will soon implement the technology. Nelson discussed the technology transfer with Greater Orlando Aviation Authority CEO Phil Brown. NASA's partnership with the FAA is constantly delivering for the American people, improving the efficiency of the commercial airline industry for the environment and passengers across the country, Our flight scheduling technology, which makes it possible for personnel to better coordinate the movements of aircraft while they're at the airport, will soon help ensure more passengers get off the ground and home for the holidays faster and more efficiently than ever before. - Bill Nelson NASA and the FAA completed nearly four years of surface operations research and testing to calculate gate pushbacks through time-based metering at busy hub airports, so that planes can roll directly to the runway to take off and avoid excessive taxi and hold times, reducing fuel use, emissions, and passenger delays. "As we deploy this software, the travel experience gets better for passengers all the while aviation's emissions decrease. It's a win-win, NASA remains a critical partner in the FAA's efforts to build a sustainable aviation system." - FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. The FAA plans to deploy NASA's surface metering technology initially to 27 airports, including Orlando International, as part of a larger investment in airport surface management technology called the Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM) program. Improved efficiency and shifting departure wait time from the taxiway to the gate saves fuel, reduces emissions, and gives airlines and passengers more flexibility in the period prior to leaving the gate. NASA's ATD-2 team first put their aircraft scheduling technology to the test with real-world users in September 2017 at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. By September 2021, the integrated arrival and departure system (IADS) tools had saved more than 1 million gallons of jet fuel. Those savings were made possible by reducing jet engine run time, which also decreases maintenance costs and saved airlines an estimated nearly $1.4 million in flight crew costs. Overall, passengers were spared 933 hours in flight delays and saved an estimated $4.5 million in value of time. NASA released a video for media highlighting the successful tests at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and a video on reduced carbon dioxide emissions. NASA has also previously released field demo and concept animation to showcase the full scope of improving travel for airports across the country which you can learn more about on NASA's ATD-2 page. NASA's Airspace Technology Demonstration portfolio included two other field demonstrations. ATD-1 featured new ground-based and flight deck technologies that enable use of fuel-efficient procedures throughout the entire arrival phase of flight. These technologies are now in the final stages of implementation by the FAA and industry. ATD-3 focused on providing pilots and air traffic managers with options for adjusting aircraft flight paths based on real-time input including wind and weather conditions and other air traffic.

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United Leverages MileagePlus Program for $5 Billion in Liquidity

United Airlines | June 15, 2020

United Airlines today announced that it plans on using its MileagePlus frequent flyer program as collateral to secure a $5-billion loan, which would enable the company to boast an expected $17 billion in total liquidity by the end of 2020’s third quarter. This figure also factors in an anticipated $4.5 billion to be made available to the carrier through the U.S. government’s ‘Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act’ (CARES Act) Loan Program, for which United, “believes it has sufficient slots, gates and routes collateral available to meet the collateral coverage that may be required,” according to today’s statement.

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COMMERCIAL AVIATION

Jet Edge to Establish Teterboro Airport Base With Signature Aviation

Jet Edge | January 24, 2022

Signature Aviation, the world’s largest network of Fixed Base Operations (FBOs), and Jet Edge International, a leader in full-service global private aviation, have signed an agreement to occupy Signature’s East facility at Teterboro Airport (TEB) in New Jersey. The New York City area base will grant Jet Edge charter program members, aircraft owners, and its fleet access to dedicated hangar and maintenance space at one of the world’s busiest private aviation airports. A re-envisioned FBO interior is part of a long-term agreement for a 44,000 sq. ft. portion of Signature Teterboro East’s Hangar 202, as well as associated office and workshop space. The introduction of the New York area base will enhance Jet Edge’s offerings in one of the most significant business aviation markets worldwide, guaranteeing consistency and privacy for passengers embarking via one of its private aircraft, in addition to providing benefits for Jet Edge AdvantEdge plane owners. “We are delighted to welcome Jet Edge to its new home at Signature Teterboro East, Signature is focused on offering exceptional experiences and essential support services to business and private aviation customers. Our large-scale infrastructure footprint is a key enabler of travel and our expertise in private aviation handling and real estate is a catalyst for driving mutual value with our partners. We look forward to working with Jet Edge in one of our key geographic markets.” -Virasb Vahidi, Chief Revenue Officer of Signature Aviation. “The New York metropolitan area has been the largest market trailing 3 years for Jet Edge and compliments our already established Signature facility in Los Angeles. New York will be a strategic focus for Jet Edge in 2022 and beyond. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Signature to provide our clients coast to coast access to a dedicated facilities at Teterboro and Van Nuys.” -Bill Papariella, CEO of Jet Edge About Signature Aviation Signature Aviation is one of the world’s preeminent global aviation companies offering exceptional experiences and essential support services to business and private aviation customers. The company’s large-scale infrastructure footprint enables travel and is a critical global economic driver. Signature operates an industry-leading network of private aviation terminals, with over 200 locations covering key destinations in 27 countries across five continents. The United States is the company’s largest market with operations at 38 of the top 50 busiest airports. The company also offers over 11 million square feet of multi-use office and hangar real estate, providing unique network-wide benefits and advantages to customers who base their aircraft at a Signature location. For more information, please visit www.signatureaviation.com About Jet Edge Jet Edge is a leader in full-service global private aviation. As an integrated super-midsize and large cabin management operator and maintenance provider, Jet Edge services aircraft owners and charter flyers with a world-class operational platform. Jet Edge extends individual clients and corporations 365-day-a-year access to one of the most well-appointed aircraft fleets in the world. Backed by unparalleled award-winning safety programs and overseen by a leadership team with wide-ranging experience in commercial and private aviation operations and management, Jet Edge delivers excellence in aircraft management, charter management, on-demand charter, aircraft sales, and maintenance.

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Air travel and freight in Scotland. Passenger numbers by origin, destination and type of service. Flight punctuality. Freight carried. Air transport movements 25.6 million air terminal passengers from Scottish airports in 2015. 3 travelled to or from Edinburgh or Glasgow. Edinburgh Airport had the highest number of terminal passengers in 2015, though Glasgow's share has increased in the last year.