Amazon scales back cargo flying as demand cools, contractor says

An Amazon-branded Boeing 767 freighter, nicknamed Amazon One, flies over Lake Washington during the Seattle Seafair Air Show on Aug. 5, 2016 in Seattle. Getty Images One of Amazon‘s key air cargo operators said Monday that the e-commerce giant is scaling back on flights this year, citing lower demand and slower economic growth. Air Transport Services Group, which runs a significant portion of Amazon’s air cargo fleet, said it expects to operate Boeing 767 freighters dedicated to servicing Amazon and DHL at reduced schedules and less flight time per aircraft.…

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FAA proposes more than $1 million fine on United Airlines over preflight safety checks

United Airlines Boeing wide body 777-200 aircraft as seen during take off and flying phase, passing in front of the air traffic control tower while the plane is departing from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport AMS towards Houston IAH in the United States of America as flight UA21.  Nicolas Economou | Nurphoto | Getty Images The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that it is proposing a more than $1.1 million penalty against United Airlines for allegedly failing to perform required fire-system safety checks on its Boeing 777s. United didn’t immediately comment. The…

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Inside the ‘Wormhole,’ Relativity Space’s monster factory 3D-printing reusable rockets

The exterior of “The Wormhole” factory. Relativity Space LONG BEACH, California – It was a few days into the new year yet Relativity Space’s factory was anything but quiet, a din of activity with massive 3D printers humming and the clanging of construction ringing out. Now about eight years on from its founding, Relativity continues to grow as it pursues a novel way of manufacturing rockets out of mostly 3D-printed structures and parts. Relativity believes that its approach will make building orbital-class rockets much faster than traditional methods, requiring thousands…

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Southwest faces Senate hearing next week following holiday meltdown

John and Lori Ingoldsby, who drove to Denver after the first leg of their flight on Southwest Airlines was canceled, wait for a flight to finish their trip at Denver International Airport on December 28, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. Michael Ciaglo | Getty Images Southwest Airlines‘ chief operating officer, Andrew Watterson, will face questions from a Senate panel next Thursday about the carrier’s holiday meltdown that stranded hundreds of thousands of travelers. Southwest said the hearing date overlapped with “a previous commitment” for CEO Bob Jordan. Jordan, who has been…

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Bill Gates says Elon Musk’s ambition to colonize Mars is not a good use of money

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk speaks during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. Susana Gonzalez | Bloomberg | Getty Images Bill Gates questioned whether Elon Musk’s current priorities would make him a good philanthropist, taking issue with his fellow billionaire’s ambition to send people to Mars. In an interview with the BBC, set to be broadcast on Friday evening, the Microsoft co-founder was asked if he thought Musk would qualify as a philanthropist. Gates responded saying he doesn’t think Musk is one currently but that this may change in…

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Senators push for airline passenger protections after holiday travel meltdown

Passengers walk past a flight status board in Terminal C at Orlando International Airport that shows many delays, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, after the FAA grounded all U.S. flights earlier in the day. Joe Burbank | Tribune News Service | Getty Images Two Senate Democrats on Tuesday reintroduced legislation to strengthen airline passenger protections following a year of travel disruptions that was capped by chaos that stranded thousands of people over the December holidays. Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Edward Markey of Massachusetts are trying to get traction on…

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Winter weather disrupts hundreds of flights across Texas

Delayed flights prepare to depart from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) on January 11, 2023 in Dallas, Texas. John Moore | Getty Images More than 1,000 U.S. flights were canceled Tuesday as winter weather hit Texas. Over 700 flights to and from American Airlines‘ hub Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport were canceled, about 40% of the airport’s schedule, according to FlightAware. Nearly 200 flights at Dallas Love Field, where Southwest Airlines is based, were canceled. The Federal Aviation Administration slowed arrivals into both airports. Airlines lifted fees or fare differences for…

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LA-based Embedded Ventures launches inaugural fund, with focus on national security and space tech

Cofounders of Embedded Ventures Jenna Bryant, CEO, and Jordan Noone, CTO. Embedded Ventures Los Angeles-based Embedded Ventures kicked off an inaugural $100 million fund, the firm announced Tuesday, as it looks to back companies building for both commercial and national security customers, especially in the space sector. Embedded is led by general partners Jenna Bryant and Jordan Noone, the latter who came to the VC side after co-founding 3D rocket printer Relativity Space. The firm has previously made early investments in a half dozen aerospace startups, including satellite communications company…

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Boeing plans to add a new 737 Max production line to meet strong demand

An aerial view of the engines and fuselage of an unpainted Boeing 737 MAX airplane parked in storage at King County International Airport-Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington, June 1, 2022. Lindsey Wasson | Reuters Boeing said it plans to add a fourth 737 Max production line in the second half of next year as it targets higher output of its best-selling plane, an executive told staff on Monday. The new line will be housed in Boeing’s massive Everett, Washington, factory, where it has been reworking some of its 787 Dreamliners…

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JetBlue pilots approve contract extension that comes with over 21% in raises

A JetBlue passenger jet (Embraer 190) taxis at LaGuardia Airport in New York, New York. Robert Alexander | Archive Photos | Getty Images JetBlue Airways pilots have approved a contract extension that comes with 21.5% raises over the next 18 months as the industry reverses slow progress in labor deals during a pilot shortage. JetBlue last year reached a deal to acquire budget carrier Spirit Airlines. That airline’s pilots approved a new two-year contract that their union estimated to be worth around $463 million. If the merger isn’t approved by…

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