Norwegian Air staff protest outside parliament against lack of state aid

OSLO (Reuters) – Norwegian Air staff demonstrated on Wednesday against the government’s decision to deny more aid to the crisis-hit budget carrier, while its biggest shareholder, Aercap Holdings, reduced its stake in the airline.

Around a hundred Norwegian Air employees in uniform demonstrated in front of the parliament building to seek more state support for the airline and the rest of the industry.

They carried signs with slogans such as “Support Norwegian”, “Save our jobs” and “Red nose warriors” referring to the distinctive colour of the tips of the carrier’s planes.

“I hope the government can help us,” said cabin crew Stina Nielsen, 31. “This is my life. We want to be able to go back to work.”

Inside parliament, Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who rules in a minority, repeated the government’s reluctance to provide more direct financial aid for Norwegian, arguing it would

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Real Estate Developer Tishman Speyer Lends its Technical Expertise in Citywide Effort to Improve Air Ventilation in Schools

NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The United Federation of Teachers has teamed up with leading real estate developer and owner Tishman Speyer to assist with air ventilation solutions in New York City public schools.  Over the past several weeks, Tishman Speyer has worked on a pro bono basis, in close collaboration with the UFT, Department of Education and the School Construction Authority to improve ventilation solutions and source more than 100,000 MERV-13 filters for New York City public schools.

Tishman Speyer has been at the forefront of the effort to improve ventilation systems in response to the pandemic.  When I asked Rob Speyer for insight on how our school system could better protect the health and well-being of its students and faculty, he did far more than just give advice – he assigned a team of his best engineers and building managers to work with the

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A major Amazon Air contractor says it won’t return a $400 million bailout despite requests from Congress and booming business



a airplane that is parked on the side of a road: Thomas Frey/picture alliance/Getty


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Thomas Frey/picture alliance/Getty

  • Atlas Air, one of the largest US cargo carriers, received $407 million in government stimulus funding this spring. 
  • But business at the Amazon contractor, like other logistics companies, boomed amid the pandemic.
  • Rep. Jim Clyburn called on Atlas and its peers last month to return the CARES Act funding, half of which is not required to be repaid. 
  • Atlas executives say the company fully qualified for the money and that it’s been spent on its intended purpose: payroll. 
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Atlas Air, a cargo airline which includes Amazon as a major customer and investor, has seen business boom during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Yet this spring, as passenger carriers saw revenues plunge amid travel bans and lockdown orders, the company received $407 million from the US’ payroll support program. It was the largest amount received by any

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Lilium To Launch Air Taxi Network In Florida Centered On Orlando

The German electric aircraft developer Lilium is partnering with the real estate developer Tavistock to build a hub in Orlando for an inter-city transportation network in the tourist mecca of Florida that it intends to launch in 2025, the first concrete plans yet announced by any of the scores of companies aiming to establish air taxi services as to where their vehicles will get off the ground in the United States.

Tavistock, owned by British billionaire Joe Lewis, will build a 56,000-square-foot “vertiport” with eight landing bays at its Lake Nona development next to the Orlando airport, Florida’s busiest.

Lilium aims to be an option for the 50 million travelers who pass through the Orlando airport every year in normal times to

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Flying taxi startup Lilium outlines Florida air network plan for 2025

German electric aviation startup Lilium has announced details about its first mobility network hub in the U.S., with plans to connect Florida residents and tourists over a 185-mile radius in 2025.

The company has teamed up with real estate development company Tavistock and the City of Orlando to establish Florida as the “first advanced aerial mobility region” in the U.S., according to a statement. The first Lilium “vertiport” is to be located at Orlando’s Aerotropolis, in the planned community of Lake Nona.

While the arrival of flying taxis is still some way off, Lilium has emerged as one of the frontrunners in the burgeoning space, using electric takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to bypass expensive, space-intensive runways. The company had previously committed to commercializing its aircraft by 2025, and this latest announcement confirms that plan.

Up and away

Founded in Munich in 2015, Lilium is building compact all-electric jets that

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With demolition of Randolph-area homes, Air Force wins skirmish in long war on ‘encroachment’

UNIVERSAL CITY — The Air Force has long fought a losing battle against real estate development near its runways on Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, but the demolition of old homes in an area that should be clear of them allowed officials to claim a victory of sorts Tuesday.

The homes were in one of Randolph’s “clear zones,” areas 3,000 feet by 3,000 feet at the end of runways that — ideally — are free of structures or places where people are likely to gather in large numbers.

In all, 10 homes in Universal City and Cibolo were razed last week. The lots will have grass placed on them and remain vacant.

But many more buildings remain in the base’s clear zones and Accident Potential Zones, or APZs, which are intended to provide a safety buffer between air traffic at the base and homes and businesses in nearby heavily populated communities.

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U.S. Air Force Awards MarkLogic Prime Contractor Position to Support the Advanced Battle Management Systems (ABMS)

SAN CARLOS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MarkLogic Corporation, a leader in simplifying cloud data integration, today announced the U.S. Air Force has awarded MarkLogic a prime contractor position on the $950 million Indefinite-delivery, Indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract to support the Advanced Battle Management Systems (ABMS). This contract is part of a multiple award, multi-level security effort to provide development and operation of systems as a unified force across all domains (air, land, sea, space, cyber, and electromagnetic spectrum) in an open architecture family of systems that enables capabilities via multiple integrated platforms.

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s (AFLCMC) Chief Architect Integration Office (CAIO) has selected MarkLogic to perform work in Data, Security Processing, and Applications to enable rapid decision making and all-domain command and control. The system is part of the Department of Defense Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) concept and will enable all services to operate together as

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EPA Recognizes Fulton Homes’ Achievements in Indoor Air Quality

Arizona-based Homebuilder Captures ‘Leader of the Year’ Award, Capping a Trifecta of EPA Accolades Centered on Health and Efficiency

Fulton Homes, Arizona’s largest family-owned and -operated homebuilder, has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the recipient of three top homebuilder awards: the 2020 Indoor airPLUS Leader of the Year – Builder; the 2020 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award; and the 2020 WaterSense Builder Partner of the Year.

The EPA notes that Fulton Homes is the first homebuilder to win ‘Partner of the Year’ in each of the aforementioned award categories.

Fulton Homes’ most recent and most distinguished award came on Oct. 6, with the announcement of the 2020 Indoor airPLUS Leader of the Year – Builder award, which is given to just one builder from the larger pool of Leader Award winners. It is the second time in the three years

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U.S. Air Force Awards MarkLogic Prime Contractor Position to Support the Advanced Battle Management Systems (ABMS) – Press Release

SAN CARLOS, Calif.–(Business Wire)–MarkLogic Corporation, a leader in simplifying cloud data integration, today announced the U.S. Air Force has awarded MarkLogic a prime contractor position on the $950 million Indefinite-delivery, Indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract to support the Advanced Battle Management Systems (ABMS). This contract is part of a multiple award, multi-level security effort to provide development and operation of systems as a unified force across all domains (air, land, sea, space, cyber, and electromagnetic spectrum) in an open architecture family of systems that enables capabilities via multiple integrated platforms.

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s (AFLCMC) Chief Architect Integration Office (CAIO) has selected MarkLogic to perform work in Data, Security Processing, and Applications to enable rapid decision making and all-domain command and control. The system is part of the Department of Defense Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) concept and will enable all services to operate together as part of

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NYC Executives Commuting to Work by Air From Vacation Homes

(Bloomberg) — To get a sense of how — and where — New York City’s financial executives are living these days, Rob Wiesenthal might be a better source than the Census bureau.

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Sometime around August, Wiesenthal, co-founder of a private helicopter and seaplane business, noticed an unusual travel pattern among clients, many with second homes in the Hamptons and the Hudson Valley, where they’d been living since pandemic-related lockdowns began in March.

Executives were suddenly filling planes into Manhattan on Friday mornings, an unusual choice for clientele that stays out of the city on weekends. They also booked quick midweek jaunts, arriving early morning, with no luggage, and staying only a day, maybe two.

“Imagine if, when it got cold, all the birds started going north,” said Wiesenthal, chief executive officer of Blade Urban Air Mobility. “It made no sense.”

What he soon realized was this: well-heeled New

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