Southwest Airlines | January 19, 2022
Uplift, the only enterprise Buy Now, Pay Later solution serving the world's top travel brands, has deepened its partnership with Southwest Airlines Co. Customers can book their Southwest Airlines® flights now through Monday, Jan. 24, to the breathtaking Hawaiian Islands with interest-free payment options through Uplift for travel dates through the end of Aug. 2022.*
Aloha seekers can visit the beautiful destinations of Honolulu (Oahu), Hilo (Hawaii Island, Kahului (Maui), Kona (Hawaii Island), and Lihue (Kauai) nonstop via interisland service, or from cities across the continental U.S. such as Las Vegas, Long Beach, Sacramento, Los Angeles (LAX), Oakland, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose, Calif.
Southwest's® interest-free promotion is available for purchases as low as $49 one-way and for three or six-month terms, with no late fees or prepayment penalties. Customers can book today and fly as soon as tomorrow - even before they are finished making their payments. Travelers can also book now, and begin easy monthly installments and daydream about their spring break getaway or upcoming summer vacation trip.
"Southwest is about connecting our Customers to the places that matter most in their lives. We know there is a strong travel demand to Hawaii and are excited to fly our Customers to the Aloha State, We are grateful to enhance our partnership with Uplift, making travel more accessible, affordable, and rewarding by giving Southwest Customers the freedom to travel now and pay over time."
-Jonathan Clarkson, Vice President of Loyalty, Partnerships, and Products for Southwest Airlines.
Using Uplift installments to buy now and pay later gives Southwest Customers the freedom to book trips when they are ready and divide the cost over a series of affordable monthly payments. Uplift is available on mobile or web and is seamlessly integrated into the Southwest.com booking process for a frictionless Customer experience. Customers will see the total cost of their trip at the time of booking along with the monthly payment amount, letting them take control of their budget and create lasting travel memories.
"We are thrilled to expand our growing partnership with one of America's most beloved airlines offering customers a budget-friendly way to experience the aloha spirit of the Hawaiian Islands, Since the launch of our partnership in April 2021, we continue to see strong growth and customer adoption of Uplift's easy payment options. This incredible offer of interest-free installments makes a Hawaiian vacation a reality for travelers who already enjoy Southwest's friendly hospitality and low-cost fares and new customers as well."
-Tom Botts, Chief Commercial Officer of Uplift.
Uplift expanded its partnership with Southwest Airlines in April 2021 to Southwest.com, joining the longstanding relationship with Southwest Vacations.
Uplift partners with over 200 of the world's leading airlines, cruise lines, resorts, and other major travel brands to offer BNPL payment options to help more consumers make meaningful purchases.
Uplift flexible payment options are available now on Southwest.com—head on over to view Southwest's latest deals.
About Southwest Airlines Co.
Southwest Airlines Co. operates one of the world's most admired and awarded airlines, offering its one-of-a-kind value and Hospitality at 121 airports across 11 countries. Celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2021, Southwest took flight in 1971 to democratize the sky through friendly, reliable, and low-cost air travel and now carries more air travelers flying nonstop within the United States than any other airline1. Based in Dallas and famous for an Employee-first corporate Culture, Southwest maintains an unprecedented record of no involuntary furloughs or layoffs in its history. By empowering its nearly 54,0002 People to deliver unparalleled Hospitality, the maverick airline cherishes a passionate loyalty among as many as 130 million Customers carried a year. That formula for success brought industry-leading prosperity and 47 consecutive years3 of profitability for Southwest Shareholders (NYSE: LUV).
Jet Edge | December 18, 2021
Jet Edge is closing the year with an expansion of its successful coast-to-coast Gulfstream program to include its Challenger fleet (300/350/605/650 series). Jet Edge celebrated its 25th of 35 new deliveries last week with another 10 slated thru May 2022. By June 1st of 2022, both the Challenger 300/350/605/650 and Gulfstream 4SP/450 aircraft will be fully outfitted with brand new state-of-the-art interiors, avionics, branded livery, and in-cabin features.
Jet Edge Reserve members will now be able to fly coast-to-coast on a Challenger starting at $39,900. In addition, Jet Edge is announcing a new transcontinental program to include non-coastal hubs like Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Bozeman, Aspen, Nashville and Scottsdale among others for flights of four hours or more, also starting at $39,900.
“Our Reserve Member base has continually asked us to extend our coast-to-coast offering to our Challenger aircraft as well as develop a larger transcontinental footprint and we are delivering an enhanced program for CL300/350/605/650 flyers that complements our industry leading Gulfstream program,”
- Jet Edge Chief Commercial Officer, Jonah Adler.
The company is also closing 2021 with a 7.5% fly FET free bonus credit for Jet Edge Reserve Black members who join by December 31st. The Reserve program is fully refundable with no expiration, a distinct offering within the private aviation industry.
“As the only membership charter company domestically to have taken delivery of 25+ state of the art super-mid and large cabin aircraft this year, closing the year with an opportunity for Reserve Black members to fly on the charter industry’s most advanced fleet FET-Free, for as long as they’d like, is an exciting way to finish the year,”
- Jet Edge Chief Business Officer Steve Malvesta.
About Jet Edge
Jet Edge is the largest operator of super-midsize and large cabin private jets in private aviation. The Jet Edge fleet features the highest in third party aviation safety certification, immaculate interiors, finest cabin amenities, and the fastest high-speed Wi-Fi in the sky. With Jet Edge Reserve, members enjoy exclusive benefits and dynamic pricing with the most client-friendly terms and conditions in the industry. Reserve membership is fully refundable with no annual fees and no expiration. All Jet Edge flights are backed by a fleet that delivers the highest level of safety and cleanliness standards in private aviation.
Collins Aerospace | January 17, 2022
As part of the U.S. Air Force's ongoing modernization efforts to keep the B-52 bomber flying into the 2050s, Boeing has selected Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX) company, to upgrade the aircraft with a new electric power generation system (EPGS).
Collins will supply a modern EPGS derived from industry-leading commercial technology. The new EPGS will be an upgrade to the B-52's current 70-year-old system, with more efficient technology that requires less power from the engine to operate. This will contribute to the Air Force's goal of a 30 percent improvement in fuel efficiency for the B-52 along with a decrease in carbon dioxide emissions.
"Collins Aerospace is a leading provider of electric power systems for military platforms and the supplier of choice for virtually all U.S. Air Force aircraft, Our new EPGS for the B-52 will leverage proven commercial technology to support greener aircraft operation while also paving the way for future platform enhancements that will extend the operational service life of the Stratofortress for decades to come."
-Stan Kottke, vice president, Electric Power Systems for Collins Aerospace.
The new EPGS will include eight generators per aircraft providing the added redundancy in onboard electrical power necessary to support future B-52 modernization upgrades including radar, avionics and mission systems.
Collins expects to create more than 60 jobs to support the B-52 EPGS program at its Electric Power Systems Center of Excellence in Rockford, Illinois.
In addition to the EPGS, Collins has also been selected to provide new wheels and carbon brakes for the B-52. The company currently supplies several systems for the aircraft and is actively working with the Air Force and the plane's manufacturer to explore how it can support further B-52 modernization efforts, including communications and avionics upgrades.
About Collins Aerospace
Collins Aerospace, a unit of Raytheon Technologies Corp. (NYSE: RTX), is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the extensive capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and broad expertise to solve customers' toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market.
About Raytheon Technologies
Raytheon Technologies Corporation is an aerospace and defense company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide. With 195,000 employees and four industry-leading businesses ― Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense ― the company delivers solutions that push the boundaries in avionics, cybersecurity, directed energy, electric propulsion, hypersonics, and quantum physics. The company, formed in 2020 through the combination of Raytheon Company and the United Technologies Corporation aerospace businesses, is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.
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ZEVA | January 15, 2022
ZEVA, a pioneer in zero-emission electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft transportation, successfully achieved its first untethered, powered, controlled flight test for its full-scale ZEVA ZERO flying wing airframe utilizing its eight zero-emission electric motor-driven propellers. The major milestone for the Tacoma-based startup was captured in this new video in rural Pierce County, Washington, on Sunday, January 9th, 2022 as part of its rigorous test program to achieve FAA airworthiness certification.
The uncrewed ZEVA demonstration aircraft completed four flights, totaling more than four minutes of controlled hovering, simulated taxiing maneuvers at slow speeds, and limited vertical climb maneuvers. Its compact airframe is designed for a single pilot and is small enough to fit in a standard automobile parking space. The vehicle is projected to cruise at speeds of up to 160 mph with a range of up to 50 miles, optimizing point-to-point travel.
“This is a huge inflection point for ZEVA as we join an exclusive set of proven flying eVTOL platforms, and a testament to the relentless hard work and ingenuity of our entire team over the past two and half years, We are dissecting our learnings from our critical first taxiing flight, which is a direct result of the support we’ve received from our investors and community, leading us to bring in additional talent to spearhead this historic moment. We are eager to continue to our next stage of hover flight testing on our road to certification and eventual autonomous flight allowing anyone, not just pilots, to access zero-emission point-to-point travel.”
-Stephen Tibbitts, CEO and Chairman of ZEVA.
ZEVA experienced tremendous growth this year, with the addition of Gus Meyer as flight control engineer and several other key hires. The team completed more than 50 successful tethered flights, showcased the ZEVA ZERO aircraft at the Dubai Air Show in November, and was awarded a grant by Washington’s Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation (JCATI) to work with Washington State University on ZEVA Aero’s aerodynamic configurations to optimize the vehicle’s thrust and controls. ZEVA has also worked with NASA in conjunction with its Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge.
ZEVA will continue hover flight tests and advance to transition flight testing this spring to fine-tune the unique Superman-like trajectory of the aircraft design. The patent-pending design is expected to be available for pre-order for consumers for a $5,000 deposit as early as spring of this year, with an eventual price tag for the first production units estimated at under $250,000.
ZEVA is bringing personal air transportation to everyone with an affordable, electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft called the ZERO. The Tacoma, Washington startup launched in 2017. ZEVA’s founding team delivers decades of experience leading teams of engineers and managing multi-million dollar R&D budgets to develop and mass-produce electronics at both start-ups and multinational corporations.