Aviation sector crucial to US economic health | IATA: Global airline recovery not likely until late 2020 | Stratolaunch pivots toward hypersonic testing, development
April 1, 2020
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Transportation Security Agents are used to ushering thousands of travelers through security daily, but the coronavirus pandemic has changed the workplace experience. "It's super weird because we're so used to constant rush. Now it's literally, like, 10 people an hour, it's crazy," a worker says.
Full Story: Vox (3/31) 
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Security Update
Gary Cohn highlights the importance of aviation to the US economy, including trillions in economic activity and millions of jobs from manufacturing to the service industry. "This robust stimulus package will not only ensure that millions of jobs are maintained by providing immediate necessary funding to keep workers employed, but will also ensure that the services we need now and in the future are readily available," he writes.
Full Story: CNN (3/31) 
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Trends & Technology
The International Air Transport Association says the industry is facing full-year losses, and that airline recovery is not likely until the end of 2020. If the coronavirus surges again in the winter, the trouble for the industry could last much longer.
Full Story: Reuters (3/31) 
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Stratolaunch has announced ongoing development of the Talon-A hypersonic testbed, an aircraft capable of Mach 7 that will be launched from its aircraft launch platform. "Our hypersonic testbeds will serve as a catalyst in sparking a renaissance in hypersonic technologies for our government, the commercial sector and academia," CEO Jean Floyd said.
Full Story: Space News International (3/30) 
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Safety Matters Spotlight
Delta makes heightened cleaning standards permanent
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Delta Air Lines will further increase its sanitation efforts, expanding interior fogging from US international flights to the whole fleet and cleaning between flights to the standard previously set for overnight cleanings. "The highest levels of clean should not be reserved for times of crisis - customers deserve to feel confident and safe whenever they decide to travel," Delta's Bill Lentsch said.
Full Story: Delta (3/30) 
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Airport Ops Spotlight
A $1.1 billion modernization of Pittsburgh International Airport has been suspended because Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's order to close nonessential businesses has halted construction projects. The airport had planned to start site preparation in April and to begin construction on a terminal in the summer.
Full Story: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (tiered subscription model) (3/27) 
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Airline News Spotlight
Southwest CEO Gary Kelly and Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian have issued new updates on the airlines' efforts to weather the coronavirus crisis. In a video message to employees, Kelly discussed the financial decisions the carrier is faced with during the pandemic, while Bastian's letter to customers details the carrier's cleaning initiatives, repatriation flights and medical cargo flights.
Full Story: The Dallas Morning News (tiered subscription model) (3/30),  TravelPulse (3/30) 
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JetBlue and Delta Air Lines are offering free flights to medical personnel traveling to provide assistance during the coronavirus epidemic. JetBlue is also working with the nonprofit Together We Rise to help college students displaced from university housing and donating resources to the Food Bank for New York City.
Full Story: Fox News (3/29) 
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Atlas Air, Delta, United, Hawaiian, American, UPS and FedEx are among the companies working to transport essential goods, import emergency medical supplies and ship them across the US. "We are grateful to our 3,800 crewmembers and ground staff for their ongoing dedication to make these flights happen and we hope these critical supplies will help bring relief to those working on the frontlines," Atlas Air's Debbie Coffey said.
Full Story: Delta (3/30),  Logistics Management (free registration) (3/30),  FreightWaves (3/31),  The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Honolulu (3/26),  Popular Science (3/27),  Business Insider (3/28) 
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Policy & Regulatory
Several US Senators are urging airlines to issue full cash refunds to passengers after Congress approved a $25 billion bailout for airlines.
Full Story: TravelPulse (3/31) 
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