US Airways’ decision to contract nine Bombardier CRJ900s from Mesa Air Group from this spring through to 2021 does not change the expiration of the regional airline’s current agreement to feed the mainline carrier with 38 76-seat jets until September 2015, Mesa tells Aviation Week.
The FAA must scrutinize its budget to safeguard against any lapse in safety in advance of the pending sequester, the top Republican on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today warned a U.S. congressional panel.
If sequestration goes into effect as scheduled March 1, both the FAA and Congress must “make sure we don’t allow safety to be questioned or challenged at all,” Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said during an aviation subcommittee hearing convened to assess the FAA’s implementation of its 2012 reauthorization.
United Airlines has expanded the baggage delivery service it launched last month to 30 additional airports across the U.S.
The Chicago-based airline will offer Baggage Delivery by BagsVIP to passengers departing from any U.S. airport and arriving in the newly designated destinations, including Newark Liberty International Airport, Honolulu International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport, according to a statement obtained by Aviation Week. Pricing for the service depends on the number of bags and delivery distance.
U.S. carriers will have increased access to Russian airspace under a new agreement with the Russian Federation. Reached this month at the conclusion of bilateral negotiations, the accord boosts overflight frequencies on a number of routes using Russian airspace. (Photo: UPS)
Republicans in the U.S. Congress argue that the FAA can absorb budget cuts caused by sequestration without enacting furloughs detailed late last week by the Obama administration.
According to a source close to the party, Republicans think the FAA can manage the cuts by using some $222 million in savings generated in the first quarter and reducing non-personnel costs by 7% to generate a further $210 million.
A hiring freeze also will generate $50 million for the FAA, and help avoid furloughs, say the Republicans.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has added five more airports to its PreCheck expedited screening program for pre-approved travelers.
Starting April 1, PreCheck will be now be available at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas; Ohio’s Cleveland Hopkins International; Memphis and Nashville International, Tenn; and Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina. Once these airports are added, PreCheck will have 40 domestic airports enrolled.
The first group of employees to opt for FedEx Corp.’s voluntary buyout program will leave the company on May 31, the Memphis-based logistics company discloses in its most recent filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
A second group is expected to leave by the end of fiscal 2014, FedEx says in the filing. The latest filing also says FedEx has adjusted its organization structure that has prompted a “limited number” of officers and managing directors to accepted the voluntary buyout.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not verify the science underlying its behavior screening security program before implementing the process at U.S. airports, says a new government report.
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