Reps. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., Don Bacon, R-Neb. and Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., are working to garner support for a war powers authorization that differs from one authored earlier by Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Tim Kaine, D-Va. "Congress needs to reassert its constitutional duty to authorize the use of military force around the globe rather than let the executive branch unilaterally make such important decisions," the representatives' letter says.
Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., says Congress should carefully vet an Air Force plan to retire its Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft, citing "the recent history of abrupt Air Force program changes."
Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu sees a need for new midmarket aircraft sized between the Boeing 737 MAX and 787. "There is a need for aircraft of that size, for secondary airports in North America, Europe and Asia, but with the range of a widebody aircraft," he said.
Alaska Airlines removed Virgin America branding from its website, signage, ticket counters and baggage claim overnight on Tuesday, replacing it with the Alaska Airlines brand.
JetBlue Airways reported $1.76 billion in revenue for the first quarter, up 9.6% over last year, with $88 million in net income for a year-over-year increase of 7%. Passenger traffic was up 4.1%, capacity rose 3.3% and load factor increased 0.7 points to 84.6%.
JetBlue Airways has prevented more than two billion pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere by using renewable fuel, prompting Carbonfund.org to honor the airline with its "For Planet and People" Award of 2018. "It is a significant accomplishment demonstrating their continued leadership in climate change mitigation," said Eric Carlson, president of Carbonfund.org.
Less than 24 hours after proposing an amendment that had shades of his previous effort to "privatize" air traffic control, Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., backed down on his plans thanks to an immediate outpouring of opposition by general aviation pilots. In response to calls by AOPA and other general aviation associations for action, pilots flooded the switchboard at the US House of Representatives, telling their members of Congress to oppose Section 5 of Shuster's "manager's amendment" to H.R. 4, the bill to provide long-term funding to the Federal Aviation Administration.
AOPA has released an airport access watch list featuring airports from its list of of 50 most-complained-about airports that may prevent reasonable access. "These locations all fit a certain profile," said AOPA general counsel Ken Mead. "They are not necessarily the worst in any specific category, but a collective set of indicators shows us there likely is an issue."