Albany International Airport in New York will spend $42 million to build a new parking garage and improve terminal lighting, flooring and internet service. An additional $50 million will be used to redesign and improve the road and interchange connecting the airport to major highways.
The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Pittsfield Municipal Airport in Massachusetts a $326,000 grant to fund a master plan. Acting airport manager Kris Keane said the plan may include a building where spectators could watch planes arrive and depart.
Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport has begun work on a $2.5 million project to build a new taxiway parallel to the facility's 5,330-foot runway. The existing taxiway is too small to accommodate planes more than more than 79 feet wide.
United Airlines has launched its United Corporate Preferred initiative, a three-tiered program that provides priority upgrades and re-accommodation for corporate travelers. Businesses with United contracts and members of the carrier's new Propel program for small and midsize enterprises are eligible for the program.
The Transportation Security Administration is testing carry-on luggage scanners that use computed tomography to produce 3D images that help screeners get a better look at bags' contents. As the trial progresses, passengers may be allowed to leave more items in their bags.
American Airlines has selected Viasat to outfit its new fleet of 100 Airbus A321neos with high-speed onboard Wi-Fi. About 200 of American's domestic narrow-body planes use either Viasat or Gogo 2Ku systems, a spokesperson for the airline said.
Hawaiian Airlines started its all-cargo interisland service by loading its ATR-72 aircraft with 1,020 pounds of construction tools headed for Lihue, where Kauai Habitat for Humanity will use them to repair storm-damaged homes. A second flight to Hilo was loaded with furniture to assist HOPE Services Hawaii with sheltering families affected by the Kilauea volcano lava flow. "We are honored to utilize our new cargo operation to help support our neighbors in need," said Peter Ingram, president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines.
On Feb. 14, JetBlue Airways will restart its service between Boston and the Caribbean islands of St. Thomas and St. Maarten. "We are very excited to resume service on these popular routes in the Caribbean as they continue to recover from the hurricanes and prepare to welcome visitors back to their beautiful shores," said JetBlue's Giselle Cortes.
United Airlines has promoted Jake Cefolia to senior vice president of worldwide sales. Cefolia has been with the carrier for 10 years and was most recently vice president of sales for the Americas.
The Ninety-Nines International Organization of Women Pilots will on Saturday launch its 40th annual Okie Derby, designed to test pilots' skills and raise money for the Wings of the Future Scholarship. Derby participants predict how much time and fuel they will use to complete a predetermined flight path, with the entrant closest to hitting the mark receiving a trophy and 50 gallons of aviation fuel.