United Airlines is launching a Crowdrise fundraising campaign to support communities impacted by natural disasters and will match the first $50,000 raised. Funds raised will support the airline's relief partners, including the American Red Cross and Global Giving.
FedEx is opening a 900,000-square-foot distribution center in Middletown, Conn. The courier corporation has hired more than 500 workers to staff the facility and expects to do additional hiring closer to the holiday season.
American Airlines President Robert Isom talks about the strength of the commercial aviation market domestically and internationally. Challenges include rising fuel prices and balancing travel experiences to appeal to customers at different price points.
Atlas Air has reached an agreement with SF Express, China's top express service provider, to operate a Boeing 747-400 Freighter, increasing operating capability between China and the United States. "We are delighted to welcome SF Express as a strategic customer and to continue expanding our position in the express industry and the Asia-Pacific market," says Atlas Air Worldwide President and CEO William Flynn.
The weeks before and after New Mexico's Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta are full of activity for the Albuquerque International Sunport, and airlines are adding additional capacity to keep up with demand. Some 887,970 festivalgoers attended the nine-day festival last year, including 572,000 out-of-state visitors.
A plane pull hosted by United Airlines, UPS and the Chicago Department of Aviation featured more than 100 teams and raised more than $186,000 for Special Olympics Illinois. Teams competed to move a 90-ton plane 12 feet in the fastest time.
Alaska Airlines updated its first-class dining options with menu items that reflect the fall harvest season, including butternut squash risotto cakes and a breakfast platter including pumpkin Greek yogurt, fruits and cheeses. Passengers can pre-order meals via the Alaska Airlines app.
Massachusetts' Barnstable Municipal Airport is displaying a multimedia bas relief of the Victura, John F. Kennedy's sailboat. The artwork is the final piece produced for a yearlong "On the Move" project, which focuses on motion, travel and movement.
Pilots N Paws Pet Rescue Service pilot Chad Miller flew
Shelagh, a blind beagle from Pennsylvania, to Indiana's Goshen Municipal Airport and the arms of her new owner, Renee Langdon. "It is a way to get a chance to fly plus it helps people and pets. Get the pets to their forever homes," Miller said. "It is nice to put flight skills to good use."
Two of AOPA's most complained-about airports, Heber City Municipal Airport in Utah and Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Colorado, are adding additional fixed-base operators with the hopes of driving down costs and improving general aviation services.
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