Avelo Airlines | December 27, 2021
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the availability of its TSA PreCheck® expedited screening program for Avelo Airlines Customers. Starting today, traveling to one of Avelo's 19 popular East and West Coast destinations becomes faster and smoother for TSA PreCheck-enrolled Customers.
TSA PreCheck is an expedited screening program that enables low-risk travelers to enjoy an efficient screening experience. At most airports, travelers enrolled in TSA PreCheck avoid removing shoes, belts, liquids, food, laptops, and light jackets. In November 2021, 94% of TSA PreCheck members waited less than five minutes. Avelo Customers can apply for a five-year TSA PreCheck membership for just $85.
"Providing Avelo Customers with a quicker, smoother and more relaxing airport experience is a big part of the different and better kind of airline we are building, The availability of TSA PreCheck is an important enhancement in the convenient and seamless journey our Customers appreciate when flying on Avelo."
-Avelo Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy.
A Different, Better and More Affordable Travel Experience
Avelo's everyday low fares have no change or cancellation fees. There is also no charge for Customers who choose to make reservations by phone. Additionally, Avelo offers several unbundled travel-enhancing options that give Customers the flexibility to pay for what they value, including priority boarding, checked bags, carry-on overhead bags, and bringing a pet in the cabin.
Avelo's single-class, fuel-efficient fleet of Boeing Next-Generation 737 mainline jets offer a more spacious and comfortable experience than the regional jets historically utilized at the smaller airports Avelo serves. Customers may choose from several seating options, including seats with extra legroom, as well as pre-reserved window and aisle seating.
Avelo became America's first new scheduled airline in nearly 15 years when it initiated service on April 28, 2021, from its first base at Los Angeles' Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR). Avelo launched service from its East Coast base on November 3 at Southern Connecticut's most convenient airport – Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN).
Avelo is distinguished by its Soul of Service Culture. The culture is grounded in a "One Crew" mindset that promotes teamwork, understanding and kindness. By caring for one another and owning their commitments, Avelo Crewmembers provide a smooth, enjoyable, reliable and caring experience for its Customers.
About Avelo Airlines
Avelo Airlines was founded with a simple purpose — to Inspire Travel. The airline offers Customers time and money-saving convenience, very low fares, and a refreshingly smooth and caring experience through its Avelo Soul of Service culture. Operating a fleet of Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, Avelo serves many popular destinations across the U.S., including its West Coast base at Los Angeles' Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) and its East Coast base at Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN).
DESIGN AND ENGINEERING
Spirit Airlines | February 16, 2022
Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) is kicking the summer vacation season into high gear for Rochester travelers looking to fly south. Today the airline announced it will add Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) to its growing route map, launching convenient, nonstop service to Orlando and Myrtle Beach in June 2022.
"We can't wait to welcome Rochester area residents onboard our bright, yellow planes and offer them More Go to exciting vacation destinations, With our low fares and nonstop flights, Amusement Park thrill seekers and beachgoers can take off on the quickest routes to the places they want to travel to the most."
-John Kirby, Vice President of Network Planning at Spirit Airlines.
Spirit's service to Orlando will be the only daily, nonstop service to Rochester's number one travel destination, giving Guests More Go to theme park attractions and family-friendly entertainment. The carrier will also be offering the only nonstop service to Myrtle Beach, another top destination for Rochester residents looking to enjoy 60 miles of beautiful coastline and more than 100 courses offered at The Golf Capital of the World.
"The Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport is the only upstate New York airport offering air service on Spirit Airlines. Whether you're planning a family vacation to Disney World or Universal Studios in Orlando or a trip to Myrtle Beach for a golf getaway, Spirit Airlines offers a convenient and affordable way to travel to those two popular vacation destinations. We welcome Spirit's commitment and investment in our community and in the ROC Airport,"
- county executive Adam Bello.
Spirit's Elevated Guest Experience
The arrival in Rochester demonstrates Spirit's continued commitment to invest in the Guest, which entails a number of initiatives aimed at delivering the best value in the sky:
Spirit's Fit Fleet ® is one of the most fuel-efficient fleets in the industry, with 24 brand new planes planned for delivery in 2022.
An all-new cabin interior with ergonomically-designed seats and more usable legroom, featuring the best deal in the sky with our unique Big Front Seat.®
Fast onboard Wi-Fi that allows Guests to watch content from streaming services**
Spirit's Signature Service
Spirit continues to garner awards and recognition. Spirit is one of only three U.S. airlines listed on FORTUNE's 2021 list of World's Most Admired® Companies, which measures companies with the strongest reputation within their industries. The carrier is a Gold Stevie® Award winner for its groundbreaking self-bag drop system with biometric photo matching, which speeds the check-in process and reduces face-to-face contact. Spirit also earned "Platinum" status in the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) Health Safety initiative powered by SimpliFlying.
About Spirit Airlines:
Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) is committed to delivering the best value in the sky. We are the leader in providing customizable travel options starting with an unbundled fare. This allows our Guests to pay only for the options they choose — like bags, seat assignments and refreshments — something we call Á La Smarte®. We make it possible for our Guests to venture further and discover more than ever before. Our Fit Fleet® is one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient in the U.S. We serve destinations throughout the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean, and are dedicated to giving back and improving those communities.
Overair | June 15, 2022
Electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle company, Overair, announced its most recent funding of $145 million from Hanwha Systems and Hanwha Aerospace, global leaders in ultra-precision communications and aircraft technologies. With this new investment, Overair remains on track to fly its all-electric experimental prototype in the second half of 2023.
Hanwha's continued investment in Overair not only fuels the ongoing development of Butterfly but will also allow Overair to lay the groundwork for commercializing their mobility technology. In addition to their investment, Hanwha will also provide electric motors and battery packs for Overair's prototypes, as the two companies expand their R&D co-operation.
"This is a tremendous milestone for our growing team, and we're extremely well positioned to deliver sustainable aerial ridesharing to the world through the development of Butterfly. We're exactly where we want to be, building a superior aircraft company with class leading mobility technology around an unrivaled aircraft while rapidly approaching the first flight of a purpose-built prototype next year. We've proven Butterfly's propulsion system, so we'll now begin validating Butterfly's ability to operate safely in real-world weather conditions, carry significant payloads, and fly incredibly quietly."
Ben Tigner, Co-Founder and CEO of Overair
Butterfly is an all-electric aircraft with six seats designed to take off and land vertically. The aircraft's advanced propulsion system is derived from decades of military VTOL programs led by Abe Karem. Thanks to this legacy of proprietary engineering, Butterfly's propulsion is extremely efficient and will give Butterfly the broadest flight envelope and smallest sound footprint of any aircraft in the burgeoning industry. Specifically, Butterfly's unique Optimum Speed Propulsion (OSP) uses four large propellers, which spin slowly when hovering and even slower when cruising, and draw only a fraction of the available motor power, giving Butterfly extra payload capacity and power margins to operate safely in challenging environmental conditions. Additionally, the slow-turning props produce extraordinarily little sound, which will allow Butterfly to operate in high-density areas with noise sensitive communities.
"Hanwha's basic principles for new business development is to focus on 'Disruptive Innovation' that can uproot and shift the market and technology trends based on its core capabilities. In alignment with its core capabilities as well as its main businesses, Hanwha is selecting 'Game Changer' businesses that it can really excel in the future, and eVTOL vehicle is one of the 'Game changer,'" said Mr. Sungchul Eoh, CEO of Hanwha Systems. "With regard to our investment decision in Overair, we assessed that the company had the numerous patients and core technologies required to develop highly efficient, low noise vehicle. Therefore, we expected that Overair would be capable of developing superb vehicle that can satisfy the requirements for safety, efficiency, speed, low noise, and environment-friendly feature. We see the potential of Overair's Optimum Speed Propulsion system and we will continue to work together to find synergies and bring this breakthrough technology to the world."
As the company continues to work toward FAA certification, Overair is also working with NASA and Urban Movement Labs in Los Angeles to develop urban air mobility (UAM) routing and infrastructure.
Overair is positioned to be a global leader in advanced air mobility. Spun out of Karem Aircraft in 2020, the Santa Ana, CA based company announced the design of its vehicle, Butterfly, in 2021. Butterfly is a breakthrough electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Butterfly's proprietary technologies, derived from the Overair team's decades of aerospace experience, create critical power reserves using today's commercially available battery cells, which translate into advances in safety and a superior experience for passengers and communities. With eVTOL adoption revolutionizing urban mobility, Butterfly is positioned to set the bar on real-world dependability, with best-in-class payload, sound emissions and weather capability. Overair has operating partnerships with companies such as Hanwha Systems and Bristow Group, and the team completed its full-scale propulsion testing in the first quarter of 2022.
About Hanwha Aerospace
Hanwha Aerospace is the only aircraft engine manufacturer in South Korea, which holds the trust in the global market based on our unrivaled technology. Hanwha Aerospace is a company founded based on the aircraft engine and film camera businesses in 1977. Since then, we have built the top position in the precision machinery field in Korea and expanded our business based on the foundational technology in optics, video, and aircraft engine areas. Now, we have also entered the space business, including aircraft engine and machinery businesses. We have owned the global top-tier source and application technologies as well throughout the entire business area and rapidly responded to the market needs. Furthermore, we entered the satellite business in 2021 through the acquisition of Satrec Initiative, a domestic satellite specialist. As a key company behind 'Space Hub,' Hanwha's foray into the space industry, we will actively promote research and development (R&D) investment and talent recruitment across space-related businesses. Hanwha Aerospace will preemptively respond to the rapidly changing market environment and leap forward to become the global No. 1 partner in the aviation industry with ongoing technical development and expansion of quality competitiveness. Embracing the promise of the New Space Age, we will continue our efforts to establish the space industry value chain, including launch vehicle engines, while providing total solutions for the industry.
About Hanwha Systems
Hanwha Systems provides differentiated smart technologies in defense electronics and ICT fields. Since its founding in 1977, the Hanwha Systems defense division has proven the efficacy of its weapons and has been credited for significantly advancing the defense capabilities of South Korea's military. The company has consolidated its unrivaled position in the defense industry by securing advanced defense technology and system integration capabilities through a merger with an IT company in August 2018. As a defense company that fulfills important missions in national security, Hanwha Systems continuously expands its business areas under the vision of becoming a "global defense electronics and ICT smart solution provider." In addition, by combining advanced defense technology and ICT technology capabilities developed through defense electronics and ICT businesses, we provide customized solutions in various business areas such as urban air mobility (UAM) and low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications, and future smart ICT, helping our customers build the foundation for sustainable growth.
JetBlue | March 08, 2022
JetBlue today announced it is once again accepting applications for its pilot Gateways. With seven distinct education and training paths for pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians, JetBlue’s industry-leading Gateways offer anyone with the talent and dream of flying a range of pathways into the industry, opening the door for more people to discover and define their own career path in aviation. As the airline with the longest-running pathway programs, JetBlue is proud to continue its legacy, producing hundreds of new-hire pilots for the airline with 12% of last year’s new-hire pilots coming through one of the JetBlue Gateways.
“Whether you’ve never been in an aircraft flight deck or already have a few solo flights under your belt and are planning for your future as a commercial airline pilot, we know that there is no single route to a career in aviation, but we do believe there should be a path available for anyone with the aptitude and passion to pursue it. Our Gateways offer multiple paths for those who’ve dreamed but never had the opportunity to pursue these highly-skilled careers in aviation. Since 2008 our Gateway programs have been removing many barriers of entry that often ground talented individuals before their dreams can even take flight. We are proud of our ability to extend opportunities to broader audiences and can’t wait to welcome the next generation of aviation professionals to JetBlue.”
Robin Hayes, chief executive officer, JetBlue
JetBlue continues its commitment to developing internal talent by offering current crewmembers both Direct and Flex options toward becoming a pilot or maintenance technician. JetBlue’s program flexibility allows every crewmember to tailor their own experience, further emphasizing the airline’s culture as crewmembers define and work towards career goals.
Since the introduction of the first Gateway University program in 2008, the airline’s Gateways have continued to expand, offering opportunities for candidates to find the path and careers goals that are right for them. With a particular focus on internal development, JetBlue announced new Gateways in 2021 expressly for current JetBlue crewmembers interested in becoming Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMTs), and for immediate family members of JetBlue crewmembers interested in becoming pilots. By making these Gateways available to crewmembers and their families, JetBlue looks to not only encourage the next generation of aviation professionals, but reaffirm the airline’s culture of caring and commitment to crewmember development with increased opportunities for its diverse workforce.
JetBlue onboards hundreds of pilots and maintenance technicians each year and remains an employer of choice for aspiring aviators. Its Gateway programs are just one recruiting pipeline for internal and external candidates.
About JetBlue Airways
JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles, Orlando and San Juan. JetBlue carries customers across the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America, and between New York and London. For more information, visit jetblue.com.