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Alaska, Boeing , NOAA Partner on Sustainability Efforts

Alaska, Boeing , NOAA Partner on Sustainability Efforts

Alaska Airlines and Boeing announced that the two companies are testing a variety of technologies on a new Boeing 737-9 aircraft that will reduce emissions and noise and also recycle carbon composites.
The special ecoDemonstrator 737-9 will test a new fire extinguishing agent for aircraft, replacing Halon 1301, which reduces the effects on the ozone layer, measure greenhouse-gas levels in the atmosphere in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, …

International Civil Aviation Organization to Conduct Investigation into ‘Hijacking’ of Ryanair Flight 4978

International Civil Aviation Organization to Conduct Investigation into ‘Hijacking’ of  Ryanair Flight 4978

The International Civil Aviation Organization said it opened an investigation into the purpose behind the diversion of Ryanair Flight 4978 which, on May 23 while operating from Athens to Vilnius.  Authorities in Belarus used the ruse of a bomb on board to divert the aircraft.
Once on the ground, authorities arrested Roman Protasevich, a dissident journalist who lived in exile in Vilnius.  No bomb was found.
The investigation is also addressing the …

Oil Prices Hit Two-Year High as OPEC Sees Higher Demand

Oil Prices Hit Two-Year High as OPEC Sees Higher Demand

The price of oil settled at a two-year after OPC and its allies said they would maintain the current output plan amidst a forecast of higher demand.
Brent crude, the is the leading global price benchmark for Atlantic basin crude oils, rose 1.3% to $70.25 a barrel, its highest close since May 2019.
Meanwhile, West Texas Intermediate futures, a key U.S. gauge, was up 2.1% to $67.72 a barrel, closing at its …

New York City at Lowest Covid-19 Positivity Rate Since Start of Pandemic

New York City at Lowest Covid-19 Positivity Rate Since Start of Pandemic

New York City hit a major milestone Tuesday when officials there reported the lowest Covid-19 positivity rate since tracking of the coronavirus pandemic had begun.
The rate – 0.83% – reflected the percentage of coronavirus tests that had positive results in the past seven days.
The Big Apple was once the epicenter of the pandemic and the city was virtually shut down for the better part of a year.
The news was celebrated …

U.S. Taking ‘Very Close Look’ at Vaccine Passports

U.S. Taking ‘Very Close Look’ at Vaccine Passports

The United States is giving careful consideration to the use of vaccine passports for international travel.
On Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was asked about vaccine passports on the ABC news program “Good Morning America” Friday, and replied that the government is taking “a very close look” at doing implementing its own.
“We’re taking a very close look at that,” he said.
The White House has previously said there would be no …

Millions of People Take to the Skies Amidst Memorial Day in a Test for Travel During the Covid Era

As many as two million people per day are forecast to fly over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, serving as a kind of stress test for the latest stage of the coronavirus pandemic.
Recent figures already show the number of people traversing the nation’s security checkpoints to be as high as 90% of those from 2019 and last Sunday saw a pandemic-era high, 1.9 million.
Airline executives have seen a steady uptick …

Belarus Airline Belavia Cancels Flights to 8 Countries While Russian Authorities Deny Entry to European Airlines

Belarus Airline Belavia Cancels Flights to 8 Countries While Russian Authorities Deny Entry to European Airlines

Amidst the new sanctions being imposed by EU states, Belarus’ national airline, Belavia, was forced to cancel flights to at least eight countries.  The cancellations came as a result of the new airspace restrictions that the countries put into place in response to the hijacking of a Ryanair flight en route from Athens to Vilnius.
Belavia was not the only airline impacted by the drama that played out in the airspace …