Taking Flight
New York to London in 2 hours. Intelligent aircraft and airports. Hybrid-electric drones poised to transform the way we transport goods and services. Investment in smaller jets dramatically expanding regional access all over the world.
On Oct. 7, The Washington Post Live traveled to New York City to learn how advances in technology, efficiency and design are reshaping the future of aviation in the air and on the ground.
The C-Suite View
With plans to expand to the European market in 2021 JetBlue is optimistic about its future. JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes shares his insights into how technology and regulation are shaping the aviation industry well into the future.
JetBlue flights are coming to London in 2021. JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes says there is a great need for affordable flights to Europe from the U.S. “We’re going to improve service. We’re going to cut fares dramatically. You should not be paying $8-9,000 dollars to fly to Europe from the U.S. You should be paying a fraction of that.”
  • Oct 7
JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes says he thinks the aviation industry will have to show a commitment to fighting climate change in the future. ‘I think there’s going to be a massive focus on sustainability. I think this is going to move very quickly and the industry has to get ahead of it.’
  • Oct 7
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JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes shares how technology and regulation are shaping the aviation industry well into the future.
  • Oct 8
Robin Hayes
CEO, Jet Blue
Robin Hayes is chief executive officer of JetBlue Airways Corp., which encompasses JetBlue – New York’s Hometown Airline® – as well as subsidiaries JetBlue Technology Ventures and JetBlue Travel Products. He joined JetBlue in 2008 and served as the company’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer until becoming president of the airline in January 2014. In February 2015 he was appointed as JetBlue’s third chief executive officer. Prior to joining JetBlue, Robin was executive vice president for the Americas at British Airways. Over the span of a wide-ranging 19-year career with BA, he also served as area general manager for Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Interviewed by Lori Aratani
The Washington Post
The New Regional Aircraft Market
New aviation markets are rapidly emerging around the world. Japanese and Chinese companies are stepping into regional aviation in Asia, as business there is expecting explosive growth in the coming years. We talk with the former FAA administrator and a top aviation analyst about this new dynamic.
Asia will account for more than one-third of anticipated global demand over the next 20 years. Former FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Aviation Analyst Michael Boyd say the region is growing faster than any region in the world, ‘In China, we just did a forecast of the top 200 airports; China is going to surpass the U.S., we think, by October of 2021. Our growth -- their growth --huge,” Boyd said.
  • Oct 7
Boeing’s 737 Max has been grounded since March after two accidents that killed 346 people in Indonesia and Ethiopia. Uncertainty over when it will fly again is starting to affect the airline industry’s longer-term plans, but former FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Aviation Analyst Michael Boyd say they believe Boeing can recover. “They’re too big not to,” Boyd said. “It’s a big part of their product line, but it’s not the only one and they will work it out.”
  • Oct 7
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New aviation markets are rapidly emerging around the world. Japanese and Chinese companies are stepping into regional aviation in Asia, as business there is expecting explosive growth in the coming years. We talk with the former FAA administrator and a top aviation analyst about this new dynamic.
  • Oct 8
Michael Huerta
Former Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
Michael Huerta served as Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States of America from 2013 to 2018. He joined the agency in 2010 as Deputy Administrator. Mr. Huerta currently provides strategic advice to organizations in the aviation, aerospace, technology and infrastructure industries. During his FAA tenure, Mr. Huerta redefined the FAA’s regulatory relationship with the aviation industry to achieve greater levels of safety through increased collaboration and widespread sharing of data. He led the agency’s efforts to modernize the nation’s air traffic control system through the NextGen program while preparing the way for the safe integration of commercial space operations and small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). He is also well known for eliminating the decades old ban on the use portable electronic devices aboard airplanes during takeoff and landing, making it possible to use many devices from gate to gate.
Michael Boyd
CEO, Boyd Group International/Aviation Analyst
Mike Boyd started his career with American Airlines in 1971. He joined Braniff International in 1977, attaining the position of Regional Director, and was responsible for opening the carrier’s Far Eastern operations. In 1982 he moved to Bar Harbor Airlines as Vice President of Marketing and Planning. In 1984, he co-founded what is today Boyd Group International. Boyd is well known as an expert in futurist aviation issues, and is often called upon by the national media to provide input regarding events and trends affecting airlines, airports, and aircraft manufacturers. He has directed hundreds of projects for clients ranging from small airports to global companies such as General Electric, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Continental Airlines, Aerostructures, and Embraer Aircraft.
Moderated by Libby Casey
The Washington Post
A.I. and the Future of Flight
Richard Cotton, executive director of Port Authority, and John Nance, a pilot and aviation expert, discuss how artificial intelligence is shaping the future of flight.
Richard Cotton, Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, says improving the customer experience is among the top priorities for the LaGuardia airport $8 billion overhaul. ‘We need to be much more attentive to the passenger experience.’
  • Oct 7
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Richard Cotton, executive director of Port Authority, and John Nance, a pilot and aviation expert, discuss how artificial intelligence will shape the future of flight.
  • Oct 8
John Nance
Aviation Analyst
As a native Texan, John grew up in Dallas where he earned his Bachelor's Degree and a Juris Doctor Degree from SMU, and is still a licensed Texas attorney. Named Distinguished Alumni of SMU for 2002, and distinguish Alumni for Public Service of the SMU Dedman School of Law in 2010, he is also a decorated Air Force pilot veteran of Vietnam and Operations Desert Storm/Desert Shield and a Lt. Colonel in the USAF Reserve, well known for his pioneering development of Air Force human factors flight safety education, and one of the civilian pioneers of Crew Resource Management (CRM). John has piloted a wide variety of jet aircraft, including most of Boeing's line and the Air Force C-141, and has logged over 13,900 hours of flight time since earning his first pilot license in 1965, and is still a current pilot. He was a flight officer for Braniff International Airlines and a Boeing 737 Captain for Alaska Airlines, and is an internationally recognized air safety advocate, best known to North American television audiences as Aviation Analyst for ABC World News and Aviation Editor for Good Morning America.
Richard Cotton
Executive Director, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Rick Cotton became Executive Director of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on August 14, 2017. Prior to joining the Port Authority, since January 2015, Mr. Cotton served as Governor Cuomo's Special Counsellor for Interagency Initiatives, serving as the point person within the Governor's office for most of the Governor's major downstate infrastructure priorities including LaGuardia and JFK Airports, the Moynihan Train Hall and Penn-Farley Complex, the new Tappan Zee Bridge, the expansion of the Javits Center, and the MTA's Second Avenue Subway project. Mr. Cotton joined the administration following 25 years at NBC Universal, where he held a number of positions beginning in 1989, including 20 years as EVP and General Counsel and four years in London as President and Managing Director of CNBC Europe. He also served as Executive Secretary to the Department at the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare under Secretary Joseph A. Califano, Jr. and Special Assistant for Renewable Energy to Deputy Secretary of Energy John Sawhill at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Moderated by Libby Casey
The Washington Post
The Future Is Now
Supersonic travel, and on-demand, urban aviation may significantly alter the way we travel in the near future. We’ll hear from leaders on the cutting-edge of these breakthroughs.
Concorde’s last supersonic flight took off 16 years ago, but supersonic jet travel is making a comeback. Boom Supersonic CEO Blake Scholl says new technology will make supersonic travel more affordable and practical than what Concorde ever was. “We’re starting out targeting about $2,500 a ticket, with time that will come down. Our ultimate goal is to make the fastest flight the cheapest one.”
  • Oct 7
Uber recently launched premium helicopter service in New York City. Eric Allison, head of Uber Elevate, says the company plans to expand the service, with a potential launch for Uber Elevate in Los Angeles and Dallas in 2023. “Everywhere we have a ground business that’s large, this will be another value add.”
  • Oct 7
Full Segment
Supersonic travel, and on-demand, urban aviation may significantly alter the way we travel in the near future. We’ll hear from leaders on the cutting-edge of these breakthroughs.
  • Oct 9
Eric Allison
Head of Elevate, Uber
Eric Allison is the Head of Aviation Programs at Uber. Previously, Eric spent eight years at Zee Aero leading the development of the Cora vehicle, a two-place self-piloted air taxi. He was part of the founding team at Zee, and served as CEO from 2015 to 2018. Eric received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, studying under a Stanford Graduate Fellowship. Eric lives with his wife and young daughter in Mountain View, CA and enjoys hiking and re-discovering the area through the eyes of his child.
Blake Scholl
Founder and CEO, Boom Supersonic
Blake Scholl founded Boom Supersonic in September 2014 with the goal of making high-speed travel mainstream and enabling a new world of human connection. Blake is passionate about tackling big problems which the world has overlooked. After seeing Concorde in a museum, he dreamed of the return of commercial supersonic flight. A few years later, Blake dove into aerospace engineering—reading textbooks and taking classes—to figure out from first principles how to enable a supersonic renaissance. As a leader, Blake focuses on inspiring the best people from a range of disciplines to unite in pursuit of Boom’s vision.
Interviewed by Lori Aratani
The Washington Post
Content from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group
Redefining Regional Travel
Expectations in travel experience are changing, driven by the future generation of passengers. Airlines are keeping up by focusing on passenger experience, as evidenced by investments in cabins, terminals, in-flight entertainment, and more amenities. But regional travel has been left behind. In this segment, a leader from Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation discusses the rationale behind their focus on the regional segment and how the Mitsubishi SpaceJet family of aircraft will reinvigorate the category.
Content from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group: Redefining Regional Travel
Expectations in travel experience are changing, driven by the future generation of passengers. Airlines are keeping up by focusing on passenger experience, as evidenced by investments in cabins, terminals, in-flight entertainment, and more amenities. But regional travel has been left behind. In this segment, a leader from Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation discusses the rationale behind their focus on the regional segment and how the Mitsubishi SpaceJet family of aircraft will reinvigorate the category.
  • Oct 7
Steve Haro
Vice President, Global Marketing and Strategy, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation in Nagoya, Japan  
Steve is the Head of Global Marketing and Strategy for Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation. He joined the company in February 2019 and reports to the Chief Development Officer Alex Bellamy. His responsibilities include, developing strategies to maintain long-term competitiveness, positioning Mitsubishi Aircraft in the global market, and supporting airline customers with network and fleet scenario planning through analysis from regionally deployed marketing teams. He is also a member of the executive strategy team that is tasked with ensuring the company transforms into a global, world-class producer of commercial aircraft.
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