United Airlines achieved the second overall ranking for on-time domestic flights, thanks in part to the company's "Quick-Turn Playbook" strategy. United developed the strategy last year after conducting an analysis of its operational standards, compared to other carriers.
General Atomics CEO Linden Blue believes US restrictions on drone sales to allies has helped China build its drone export base. "They are going to learn how to provision spare parts, they are going to learn what kind of maintenance is really necessary, they're going to learn how to integrate the UAVs into those local militaries' other assets and after a few years they will become an inextricable part of those countries' militaries," he said.
The $1.25 billion sale of a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System to Romania has won State Department approval. Lockheed Martin will be the prime contractor for the sale, which includes 54 launchers and 81 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems.
Raytheon has delivered 4,000 Tomahawk Block IV missiles to the Navy as the service prepares for upgrades to its oldest Block IV long-range strike missiles. "When a country sees a cruiser or destroyer sitting off its coast, one of the primary reasons they are concerned because they know about the capabilities the Tomahawk brings," said Navy Capt. Mark Johnson.
The Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN engine has been awarded its complete flight certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency. The engine will power Boeing 787 Dreamliner passenger jets.
Orbital ATK is making the final preparations for this week's Minotaur rocket launch from Florida. The rocket will carry a surveillance satellite for the Air Force.
Major defense contractors such as General Dynamics and Science Applications International are dealing with program delays due to a high number of vacancies within the Defense Department and interim managers who won't spearhead policy changes. "Without the political appointee in position to drive reform, it just doesn't happen," said Dan Stohr, Aerospace Industries Association spokesman.
Savanthi Syth, an analyst with Raymond James Financial, notes that US airlines are likely to start extending similar basic economy pricing for their overseas flights as excess capacity in the marketplace has driven down average fares per mile.
The average fare costs for airlines in 56 markets dropped 15% after Southwest Airlines entered the market, while demand for tickets along those routes increased by 28%, according to a study from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. The study termed this phenomenon the "Southwest Effect."
The Department of Transportation granted an extension to American Airlines' start date for daily flights from Los Angeles to Beijing. The flights will begin Nov. 5.
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