What we’re reading: Amazon’s Prime Air, United completes p.s. redesign, Southwest fined $325,000

by Stephanus Surjaputra on December 3, 2013

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Amazon unveils delivery by drone: Prime Air. No, seriously

It used to be that you could only get pizza in 30 minutes or less. Sometime in the future, though, you might be able to get what you ordered from Amazon in 30 minutes.

The company has been working on the “octocopter” project in a secret research and development lab at its Seattle, Wash.-based headquarters for months in efforts to ramp up its competition against its rivals. According to the program, the octocopter drones will pick up packages in small buckets at Amazon’s fulfillment centers and fly directly to customers’ nearby in as little as 30 minutes after they hit the “buy” button.

United Airlines completes redesign of p.s. ‘premium service’ fleet

United Airlines has completed redesigning its 757 fleet to house flat-bed seats in United BusinessFirst for flights between New York Kennedy and San Francisco and New York Kennedy and Los Angeles.

The revamped p.s. aircraft offer 28 180-degree flat-bed United BusinessFirst seats, offering up to 6’4″ of sleeping space and more room for storage; 42 extra-legroom United Economy Plus seats; and 72 United Economy seats.

Southwest fined $325,000 by FAA for operating improperly modified aircraft

The FAA is proposing a fine against Southwest Airlines for improperly installing a switch that allowed flight crews to test the windshield heating system on a 717.

Proper installation of the switch would have allowed personnel to isolate the windshield anti-ice system that was causing a warning that the windshield heater was failing. Instead, the center and left windshield warning systems were reversed.

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