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It's Time to Take Off: Act Now to Reopen the Transatlantic Corridor

In the Interest of our Economies, We Must Coordinate and Act Now to Reopen the Transatlantic Corridor By Duncan Edwards, Chief Executive, BritishAmerican Business & Emanuel Adam, Director of Policy & Trade, BritishAmerican Business 24 August 2020 The health and safety of our citizens is the number one priority as the world deals with the COVID-19 health pandemic. As soon as the impact of COVID-19 became clear, companies in the transatlantic corridor have done everything they can to protect their workers, customers and suppliers while helping to keep our economies running. Moreover, a vast number of transatlantic firms active in the UK and the U.S. have stood up and joined Governments in thei

BABC member Boeing and Airbus Both Study Coronavirus Risk on Airplanes, Report Says

The plane manufacturers are working with government authorities and academics to study risks on airplanes and how to mitigate them. Boeing (NYSE:BA) and Airbus (OTC:EADSY) are partnering with medical experts, engineers, academics, and federal authorities in a research study investigating how the new coronavirus behaves inside airplane cabins, reports The Wall Street Journal. This builds on earlier efforts by air travel businesses. Airlines already have implemented new measures in an effort to reduce risk and reassure travelers as they attempt to resume operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, United Airlines (NASDAQ:UAL) announced a new partnership with disinfectant maker Clorox (NY

Join London Tech Week this September 1 - 10

This September join London Tech Week 2020 virtually and celebrate the best of tech innovation. The event welcomes world-class speakers and brands from across the globe and is the unmissable tech event of the year! The most pressing topics facing the tech sector and society today will be tackled including the future of work, diversity within tech, education, healthcare, the startup landscape, business transformation and much more! Learn more and register. Sign up to attend BABC-PNW member London & Partners September 8 virtual session: The Opportunity In London

The UK and U.S. Complete Third Round of FTA Negotiations

The UK and U.S. completed the third formal round of discussions on the UK-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The negotiations took place (virtually) between 27 July and 7 August and included approximately 33 sessions, covering around 21 different work streams. There was much progress made in a number of areas including Intellectual Property and Rules of Origin. It is expected meetings will continue between the formal rounds. A UK government statement, published by the UK Department for International Trade, notes positive progress continues to be made in many areas with most chapter areas now moving into the advanced stages of talks, with particularly detailed, text-based discussions taking pla

Rep. Estes, Larsen Introduce Legislation to Protect Aerospace Supply Chain Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Ron Estes (KS-04) and Rick Larsen (WA-02) introduced bipartisan legislation to help prevent aerospace supply chain furloughs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Act of 2020 establishes a temporary relief program to provide up to 50 percent cost-share to help cover costs of pay and benefits for employees at risk of being furloughed due to the pandemic. The bill includes critical oversight provisions to protect American jobs, boost labor protections and prevent use of relief funding for stock buybacks or to pay dividends. “In the Pacific Northwest, the highly skilled aviation manufacturing and maintenance workforce drives the

Heathrow: A clean and resilient recovery

Earlier this year, a few weeks before Covid-19 hit and a whole new but now familiar lexicon – lockdowns, social distancing, quarantine et al – changed every part of our lives, the UK aviation sector pledged to get to net zero emissions by 2050 and set out a detailed roadmap to get there. That represents a huge step forward. It’s the first time anywhere in the world that a group of aviation companies, representing airlines, airports and manufacturers, have committed to net zero. As UK Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, concluded at the launch, “this is a great day for aviation, a great day for the UK, and a day we’ll look back on as a great day for the world”. Four months on, in the midst of

We Can’t Afford to Weaken J-1 Cultural Exchange Programs

Courtesy of the Alliance for International Exchange & the Medium As Congress debates another round of coronavirus relief legislation, American businesses and families continue to struggle while the coronavirus pandemic maintains its tireless chokehold on the economy. The Administration has an opportunity to support American businesses and vital public diplomacy goals. To do so, the Administration should provide meaningful exceptions to the June 22 proclamation for the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program. On June 22, the White House issued a proclamation suspending some nonimmigrant visas, including six cultural exchange programs. This effectively ended the ability for many American families and bus

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