The Biden administration announced today that the new policy easing travel restrictions for fully vaccinated international travelers entering the US will go into effect on Nov. 8. Airlines for America applauded the reopening of international travel, which is critical to reviving economies around the globe, reinvigorating communities and supporting millions of jobs in the US and abroad. "A4A passenger carriers will continue to work closely with the Administration to implement this new system over the coming weeks in a way that prioritizes the wellbeing of all travelers," said A4A President and CEO Nicholas Calio.
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said the airline has been planning for the upcoming holiday travel period as more travelers are expected to take to the skies. "We've got over 4,000 people we've added on to our airport staff, and we're absolutely ready," Bastian said. "We can't wait to welcome people back to the skies."
United Airlines recently completed a test flight using 100% sustainable aviation fuel to power one of its Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. The aircraft circled George Bush Intercontinental Airport for 90 minutes to demonstrate the feasibility of the alternative fuel.
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Demand for commercial aircraft is bringing global supply chain challenges to the aerospace sector. Cessna business jets, for example, are seeing significantly more flight time, driving demand for parts. "We're in a healthier position compared to what it could be, but we are starting to see some issues," said Ron Draper, president and CEO of Textron Aviation.
Northrop Grumman says its SAGE, cloud-based signals intelligence technology could support US Army multi-domain operations goal and the Concept for Intelligence 2028 capability. The Air Force selected Northrop Grumman to build the Global High-altitude Open-system Sensor Technology, which will operate within SAGE.
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's AFWERX program is funding the development of an uncrewed low-boom supersonic demonstrator by Exosonic. The aircraft will aid in flight training programs for the US Air Force.
Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall is working with lawmakers to speed up the timeline for bringing on the first secretary of space acquisitions, a post slated to be filled next fall. Kendall is seeking to speed innovation and efficiencies in space acquisitions.
In spite of the pandemic's ongoing challenges, Rocket Lab is developing a larger rocket dubbed Neutron that will have a reusable first stage, and Virgin Orbit is preparing for its upcoming launch under the US Space Force Space Test Program.
Former US Air Force C-17 pilot Ravi Chaudhary is President Joe Biden's nominee for the post of assistant secretary for Air Force installations, environment, and energy. Chaudhary is a former Federal Aviation Administration executive.
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