US DOT extends financial aid for essential air service carriers

US Department of Transportation | June 09, 2020

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) will extend its financial support to airlines that cancel “Essential Air Service” (EAS) flights due to lack of demand stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.
The agency had already authorised paying 50% of subsidies for flights cancelled due to lack of demand as long as carriers serve the destinations with at least one round trip daily, six days weekly. In Alaska, carriers must complete at least 50% of weekly schedules to receive payments.

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At the very time we should be reducing all greenhouse gas emissions, aviation emissions are projected to increase rapidly. Civil aviation as a whole is commonly cited as being responsible for around 2% a global anthropogenic CO2 emissions – 859 million tonnes(mT) in 2017. These CO2 emissions are projected to grow 200-360% by 2050.


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Acquisition of SimpleFlying.com by Valnet Inc.

SimpleFlying.com | December 29, 2021

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Jean-Marc Lemaitre Joins SkyThread as EVP-Customer Success

SkyThread | January 18, 2022

Jean-Marc Lemaitre has been named Executive Vice President of Customer Success for SkyThread, a blockchain-enabled data-network company providing error-free exchange of data among commercial aviation stakeholders. "Jean-Marc is a proven leader with extensive experience in the aviation aftermarket and has served in a variety of roles with original equipment manufacturers, He has a great deal of credibility and a reputation for integrity, traits essential for stakeholder trust and confidence, and compatible with the values of the SkyThread team." -Mark Roboff, Chief Executive Officer of SkyThread. Lemaitre said digital transformation in the aerospace industry currently is focused primarily on analytics, thus overlooking a key area of improvement that is SkyThread's focus. "That key area is the ability to rapidly record error-free aviation transactions, which is a far more fruitful pursuit, As the industry struggles to streamline transactions and unleash more than $30 billion in unrealized value, accelerating error-free data exchange among all participants is key to customer success," he said. "I look forward to helping customers streamline transaction processes and accelerate our industry's necessary digital transformation without additional capital investment." -Jean-Marc Lemaitre About SkyThread SkyThread is a blockchain-enabled data network provider focused on empowering commercial aviation stakeholders to unleash more than $30 billion in value by rapidly accelerating error-free data exchange among participants. The company has developed a trustworthy, federated system of record coupled with industry-leading validation logic that makes data permanent and unchangeable. We call this authenticating "Data for the Life of the Aircraft." The system is compatible with existing legacy IT systems and requires no capital investment from aviation stakeholders such as airlines, lessors, airplane manufacturers, regulators, and suppliers. SkyThread's intent is for the data exchange's rules to be governed by an independent, consensus-driven, and neutral consortium comprised of diverse industry stakeholders, in which SkyThread plans to be a supplier member.

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Tealium Launches New Integration Tools for Automated and Faster Access to Data

Tealium | March 16, 2022

Today, Tealium, the most trusted and largest independent customer data platform (CDP), announced their Spring 2022 product release "Integrate Everything" for 'technical marketers who need options but don't have tons of time'. With these product improvements, spanning Data Connect, Data Sync and Tealium Functions and more, Tealium's customers can leverage more data across the enterprise into their customer experiences than ever before, regardless of which systems need to be integrated. By combining the data from these disparate sources with real-time customer data collection across owned customer touchpoints, businesses can build rich experiences across numerous outlets while saving their teams' valuable time. With these new capabilities, technical teams gain: Workflow automation: access and use enterprise data sources (data warehouses and cloud applications) within the platform Unparalleled ability to immediately activate data directly from companies' data warehouses or reference that data alongside the customer profile for better context Synchronize customer engagement data with enterprise data warehouses Developer tools and APIs that customize data flows to transform, enrich and integrate data for the most flexible infrastructure possible New and enhanced integrations to world class marketing applications (e.g. TikTok Events, Google Analytics 4, Meta Custom Audiences, Amazon ads) Maintain better security and privacy controls when using data for customer experience "As we've grown into our use cases with Tealium, we've seen incredible opportunities to leverage more data that lives outside the CDP. For instance, there's a wealth of data that lives outside of our own first-party data that could help enrich our datasets, and personalize a web experience. With Tealium Functions, we are now able to query databases through their third-party APIs to enrich our customers' web experience. It gave our team more flexibility without added complexity, and we were able to develop, test and stand up this use case in hours rather than weeks." Jeff Newell, Technology Manager at Meridian Energy "At Alaska Airlines, we're driving to create personalized travel experiences for every guest," said Joshua Benard, Product Manager at Alaska Airlines. "In order to do that at scale, we need to supply the right customer data, to the right tools across our stack, at the right time. Tealium's integration marketplace helped us get started in that effort, but as our use cases advanced, we found more need to customize how those integrations were working for us." Benard continued, "With Tealium Functions, we're given a canvas to work with our developers and customize existing integrations within the Tealium integration catalog with some simple JavaScript. In a day, we were able to write some code to customize our integration with a key personalization tool in our stack in order to bring in a broader set of events to inform how we'd deliver the customer experience. Tealium Functions gives us extra flexibility with our customer data infrastructure to bring new, custom ideas to life." About Tealium Tealium connects customer data across web, mobile, offline, and IoT so businesses can better connect with their customers. Tealium's turnkey integration ecosystem supports more than 1,300 built-in connections, empowering brands to create a complete, real-time customer data infrastructure. Tealium's solutions include the most trusted customer data platform with machine learning, tag management, an API hub and data management solutions that make customer data more valuable, actionable, privacy-compliant and secure. Nearly 900 leading businesses throughout the world trust Tealium to power their customer data strategies.

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Boeing selects Collins Aerospace electric power generation system for B-52

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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At the very time we should be reducing all greenhouse gas emissions, aviation emissions are projected to increase rapidly. Civil aviation as a whole is commonly cited as being responsible for around 2% a global anthropogenic CO2 emissions – 859 million tonnes(mT) in 2017. These CO2 emissions are projected to grow 200-360% by 2050.

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