This is a roundup of news and other interesting pieces that I’ve come across over the last few days. Read about a flying car with Certificate of Airworthiness, assigned seats possibly coming to Southwest, Turo & Delta partnership, Governors Island (NYC) open year-round, and an Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan guide.
AirCar the dual-mode car-aircraft vehicle has been issued the official Certificate of Airworthiness by the Slovak Transport Authority, following the successful completion of 70 hours of rigorous flight testing compatible with European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) standards, with over 200 takeoffs and landings.
The challenging flight tests included the full range of flight and performance maneuvers and demonstrated an astonishing static and dynamic stability in the aircraft mode. The takeoff and landing procedures were achieved even without the pilot’s need to touch the flight controls.
Assigned seating may be in Southwest’s future, the airline’s incoming CEO said at a virtual town hall this week.
The airline, long known for its unique way of doing things, does not currently assign seats but instead gives passengers a boarding group and reserved boarding number when they check in. However, incoming CEO Robert Jordan, who was previously the airline’s executive vice president and will officially take the reins in February, said it may be time for a change
Turo has partnered with Delta Airlines to offer bonus miles on Turo car rentals. You’ll get 2,000 SkyMiles on your first Turo booking and 500 miles on all bookings after that.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented opportunity to reimagine public space in this city – and now, we’re proud to keep the crown jewel of our harbor open to New Yorkers all year round,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “From expanded ferry service, to more amenities than ever, to year-round visitors from all over the city, there’s no better time to experience and invest in Governors Island.”
Until the Coney Island route launches, Governors Island will be a stop in between Sunset Park/Brooklyn Army Terminal and Red Hook/Atlantic Basin. This service officially begins on January 24.
On summer weekends, NYC Ferry will continue to serve Governors Island as a dedicated shuttle from Pier 11. Additionally, Governors Island will continue to run summer weekend shuttles from Brooklyn Bridge Park-Pier 6 and Red Hook.
The program offers an earning structure that still rewards travelers based on the number of miles flown, an attractive award chart, and a solid elite program. There is much to love about Mileage Plan and little to dislike.