Author: Metropolitan Airport News

Produced by a team of aviation professionals, and enthusiasts our mission is to inform and update the more than 68,000 employees who work on the metropolitan New York airport properties, as well as the many others that provide goods and services in the surrounding communities.

Airbus expects the services market to recover to pre-pandemic levels in 2023 and to double in value over the next 20 years – from $95bn today to over $230bn in 2041, according to its latest Global Services Forecast (GSF). As a result, the number of people working in aviation services, keeping the world’s fleets flying on a daily basis, is set to increase by a further two million. “Every day, millions of people in services, hidden champions behind the scenes, keep our global fleet of aircraft flying. Alone the number of pilots, cabin crews, and maintenance specialists is set to…

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Aeroterm, North America’s largest third-party on-airport developer, has selected Lödige Industries, the world’s leading provider of cargo terminal solutions, to install a state-of-the-art automated cargo system at John F. Kennedy International Airport‘s new 350,000-square-foot cargo facility. Lödige’s system will be exclusively used by Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), the main cargo handler at JFK. The new cargo facility, which is being built on a 26-acre site, will include greater ramp capacity to handle three of today’s large modern air cargo freighters (Group VI aircraft) simultaneously. It will also have more than 50 dock doors for the efficient transfer and tracking of…

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a final rule requiring that flight attendants receive longer rest periods between shifts. The new rule increases the rest period to 10 consecutive hours. “Flight attendants, like all essential transportation workers, work hard every day to keep the traveling public safe, and we owe them our full support,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “This new rule will make it easier for flight attendants to do their jobs, which in turn will keep all of us safe in the air.” The new rule updates the previous requirement of nine consecutive…

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Global ‘Next Flight Out’ B2B logistics specialists Courier Network Inc. (CNW) has announced the appointment of former DHL Express and DHL eCommerce Solutions CEO Ken Allen as Chairman of the Board with immediate effect. One of the most experienced logistics executives in the industry, Allen previously served 36 years with the Deutsche Post DHL Group in various roles and capacities, including 13 years as a member of the board and three years as the CEO of DHL eCommerce solutions. Best known for leading the global transformation of DHL Express for a decade, he brings extensive experience in leadership in the Express and eCommerce segments. He is also…

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Daniel Bärlocher After more than 11 years in the function as Head of Corporate Communications of Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS), Daniel Bärlocher is to leave the company to take a new path outside the airline sector. Among his numerous achievements during his SWISS tenure, Daniel Bärlocher has realigned the company’s Corporate Communications unit and adopted a newsroom approach to its communications planning and steering. Through various creative public relations events to strengthen its Swissness and its premium positioning, he has also helped generate sizeable and widespread positive reporting on SWISS that extends well beyond Switzerland’s borders. Daniel Bärlocher played…

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Wisk Aero, a leading Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company and pioneer in autonomous, electric flight, today revealed the world’s first self-flying, all-electric, four-passenger vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi. As Wisk’s go-to-market aircraft, Generation 6 represents the first-ever candidate for type certification by the FAA of an autonomous eVTOL. The most advanced air taxi in the world, Generation 6 combines industry-leading autonomous technology and software, human oversight of every flight, and an overall simplified design to deliver one of the safest passenger transport systems in commercial aviation. “In 2010, we set out to find a way to skip traffic…

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Global supply chain solutions leader AIT Worldwide Logistics has entered into a new Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) partnership with Ypsilanti, Michigan-based Kalitta Air. The strategic alliance continues AIT’s longstanding designation as a CRAF-sponsored freight forwarder, enabling the company to continue critical supply chain support for United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) missions while also increasing access to global routes, capacity, and charters for customers. “For more than ten years, we’ve been proud and always at the ready to support USTRANSCOM through the CRAF program,” said AIT’s Chief Business Officer, Greg Weigel. “As AIT continues to grow our global footprint and…

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Paul Wiedefeld has joined HDR as director of the firm’s transportation practice in the Northeast U.S. Wiedefeld brings four decades of transportation industry experience, with half of those years as the CEO of major aviation and transit agencies. As HDR’s Northeast transportation director, he will provide leadership across 14 states from Virginia to Maine, plus the District of Columbia. Paul Wiedefeld Based in Baltimore, Wiedefeld will help set HDR’s transportation strategy in the region and expand the firm’s diverse service lines throughout the Northeast. His responsibilities will also include overseeing the planning and delivery of major regional initiatives and projects…

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IAG Cargo, the cargo division of International Airlines Group (IAG), has donated the capacity to transport 34 tonnes of emergency aid to Islamabad, Pakistan, following the devastating humanitarian crisis caused by floods across the country. A large consignment of over eight tonnes of vital aid was transported on September 25; this included non-perishable food, tents, clothing, and much-needed medical supplies. This flight was operated by a team of specially selected cabin crew who all have a personal connection to Pakistan.  Key charity partners donated all aid transported, including Football for Peace and Khalsa Aid. A further 21 tonnes of aid…

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Delta Air Lines and the LATAM Group will work closely to create the leading airline partnership between the United States/Canada and South America (Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay) and connect the Americas to the world like never before with access to more than 300 destinations after the United States Department of Transportation granted final approval to their Joint Venture. Once implemented, the approval enables Delta and LATAM Airlines Group, LATAM Airlines Brasil, LATAM Airlines Colombia, LATAM Airlines Peru, and LATAM Airlines Paraguay to begin the work of unlocking new customer and cargo benefits – including enhanced service and…

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