Branson is trailing Bezos in space tourism, while Musk’s SpaceX competes in a league of its own

Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk Joe Skipper | Reuters; Joe Raedle | Getty Images; Paul Hennessy | SOPA Images | Getty Images 2021 has been a whirlwind for private space tourism, with this week especially crucial for the ventures founded by Jeff Bezos and Sir Richard Branson. While Bezos’ Blue Origin took a step … Read more

Elon Musk says Starlink will provide faster internet speeds on airlines

Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, stands in the foundry of the Tesla Gigafactory during a press event. year. Patrick Pleul | picture alliance | picture alliance | Getty Images Elon Musk on Thursday touted SpaceX’s plan to use Starlink for in-flight Wi-Fi, emphasizing that his company is in discussions with airlines to add the high-speed satellite … Read more

Southwest Airlines reduces cancellations after chaos sparked traveler outrage

Travelers wait to check in at the Southwest Airlines ticketing counter at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on October 11, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. Kevin Dietsch | Getty Images Southwest Airlines canceled 87 flights, or 2% of its schedule, on Tuesday, a sign the carrier is stabilizing its operation after chaos over the weekend … Read more

UK plans to beef up military deployments in Asia

Helicopters and F-35 fighter planes aboard Royal Navy flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth, docked at Changi Naval Base in Singapore. Victor Loh, CNBC SINGAPORE — The United Kingdom plans to increase its presence in the contested South China Sea and the Indo-Pacific region, the Royal Air Force Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir … Read more

Southwest Airlines shares tumble after mass flight cancellations, carrier weighs more cuts

Passengers queue up at the ticketing counter for Southwest Airlines Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Neb. David Zalubowski | AP Southwest Airlines shares tumbled more than 3% in premarket trading Monday after canceling more than 2,000 flights since Saturday, disrupting the travel plan of thousands of people. Southwest canceled 347 flights … Read more

U.S. Navy engineer charged with attempting to sell nuclear submarine secrets to a foreign country

Cooling towers at the Tricastin Evolutionary Power Reactor nuclear power plant in France. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images A Navy nuclear engineer with access to military secrets has been charged with trying to pass information about the design of American nuclear-powered submarines to someone he thought was a representative of a foreign government but … Read more

Southwest Airlines cancels 1,000 more flights as disruptions mount

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft is pictured in front of United Airlines planes, including Boeing 737 MAX 9 models, at William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas, March 18, 2019. Loren Elliott | Reuters Southwest Airlines canceled more than 1,000 flights, 27% of its schedule, on Sunday as disruptions that the airline … Read more

‘We will comply:’ Spirit Airlines CEO prepares staff for federal Covid vaccine mandate

A Spirit Airlines aircraft takes off at Orlando International Airport. Paul Hennessy | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images Spirit Airlines‘ CEO Ted Christie on Friday told staff to get inoculated against Covid-19 ahead of forthcoming federal vaccine mandates for large companies. President Joe Biden last month said the government will require companies with … Read more

Regional airlines that fly for the major U.S. carriers aren’t mandating vaccines for staff — yet

A United Airlines worker services a United Express Embraer 170 passenger aircraft parked on the tarmac at Albuquerque International Sunport in New Mexico. Robert Alexander | Getty Images Major U.S. airlines are increasingly mandating Covid-19 vaccines for employees. Some of the regional carriers that fly under their names have not — at least not yet. … Read more

Global airline industry is expected to cut losses in 2022 by 78% to $12 billion in slow pandemic recovery

A plane lands on the southern runway at London Heathrow Airport. US and EU travellers who are fully vaccinated against coronavirus will be allowed to enter England and Scotland without the need to quarantine from Monday. Steve Parsons | PA Images | Getty Images The global airline industry is expected to lose close to $12 … Read more