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.

AFGE says Congress must lift arbitrary workforce cap and fund 6,000 additional security officers The American Federation of Government Employees, the union representing Transportation Security Officers at our nation’s airports, says recent Congressional actions to reduce passenger wait times are a good step but that the permanent solution remains hiring an additional 6,000 full-time screeners. Congress on Monday approved shifting $28 million within the Transportation Security Administration’s current budget to convert 2,784 part-time officers to full-time positions and accelerate the hiring of 600 additional officers by the end of the fiscal year. This follows a similar action in May that…

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Only Direct scheduled freighter service between Canada and Latin America Air Canada Cargo and Cargojet Airways Ltd., a subsidiary of Cargojet Inc. (TSX: CJT, CJT.A), (“Cargojet’) commenced service today with the first freighter flight to Bogota, Colombia and Lima, Peru, operated with a Cargojet B767-300F aircraft. The new Air Canada Cargo flights will provide 52 tonnes of net cargo capacity and will also include flights to Mexico City, starting this coming weekend. Under the arrangement, Air Canada Cargo plans to introduce dedicated freighter service to Europe from Toronto in the second half of 2016. “We’re very excited with today’s start-up…

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Routehappy, which powers merchandising content for flights, today announced Delta Air Lines will trial Routehappy Hub to manage and deliver targeted content to improve the flight shopping experience for customers in indirect channels. Delta will create rich content in Routehappy’s UTA (Universal Ticket Attribute) and UPA (Universal Product Attribute) standards. Delta will target its merchandised content by aircraft, class of service, airport, route and fare, showcasing relevant content to customers while they shop for Delta flights, offering a more retail oriented shopping experience. Routehappy Hub helps airlines manage their content, including highly targeted product descriptions, icons, photos, videos, and 360° virtual…

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With the aspiration of making weary business travel a relic of the past, United Airlines today unveiled its all-new United Polaris business class, the airline’s most significant product transformation in more than a decade, featuring a reimagined, sleep-enhancing, departure-to-landing experience for intercontinental travelers. United Polaris will change the game in international business travel with an exceptional level of relaxation and comfort throughout our customers’ journeys,” said Oscar Munoz, president and CEO of United. “This completely reconceived experience exemplifies the new spirit of United and the innovation, excitement and operational momentum across our airline.” Path-Breaking Design In setting out to create…

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Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) – the first solar airplane capable of flying day and night without using a drop of fuel – left Lehigh Valley International Airport, Pennsylvania, late yesterday evening and landed at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport, New York, early this morning, after circling the Statue of Liberty. By attempting the first solar flight around the world, pushing back the boundaries of the possible and taking on a project deemed impossible by industry experts, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg want to show that the world can be run on clean technologies. André Borschberg touched down at JFK…

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Vantage Airport Group, a worldwide airport operator and developer, today announced it has commenced overseeing the USD 4 billion redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport’s Central Terminal (Terminal B). The project will completely rebuild the terminal and construct a central hall that will create a single, unified LaGuardia Airport. Vantage Airport Group, with over 21 years of airport experience, will oversee construction for the project, operations and commercial development of the terminal building and central hall, transitioning management to the new building and continuing operations through to 2050. As part of the LaGuardia Gateway Partners consortium, Vantage assumes oversight responsibility following the…

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Orbis, the international nonprofit that fights blindness around the world today unveils their new Flying Eye Hospital, at Los Angeles International Airport. More than six years in the making, the third-generation Flying Eye Hospital is the world’s only mobile ophthalmic teaching hospital on board an MD-10 aircraft. Hundreds of experts have come together to combine the latest in avionics, hospital engineering, technology and clinical expertise to make the new Flying Eye Hospital a reality. It features a modular design, 3D technology and live broadcast capabilities enabling Orbis, with their expert Volunteer Faculty, to train more doctors, more nurses and healthcare…

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Two weeks after Delta Air Lines [NYSE:DAL] started service between New York-JFK and Edinburgh, it has announced it will double its Scottish network in summer 2017 when flights begin between the Big Apple and Glasgow. The service, which will begin on May 25, 2017, will be the only nonstop fight between New York-JFK and Glasgow and will operate daily throughout the summer. Customers from across the United States can conveniently connect to this service via Delta’s JFK hub. The flight will be operated in conjunction with partners Virgin Atlantic Airways and adds to Virgin’s seasonal service from Orlando to Glasgow. “As…

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LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP), a consortium of Vantage Airport Group, Skanska and Meridiam, together with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have signed a lease agreement and achieved financing for the public-private partnership redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport’s Central Terminal B. The lease began today and continues through 2050. “Today’s contractual closing of the public-private partnership and the imminent commencement of construction represent a huge step forward in Governor Cuomo and the Port Authority’s vision to modernize LaGuardia Airport,” said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. “The new Terminal B will be a 21st Century facility offering a…

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Landing is prelude to first transatlantic flight without fuel and end of trans-global mission in Abu Dhabi Circumnavigating the globe on solar energy alone, Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) is scheduled to arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport at 4 a.m. on Tuesday, June 7, weather permitting, before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Abu Dhabi on the final leg of its round-the-world journey. Solar Impulse 2 and its predecessor Solar Impulse I has set world records as the first solar airplane to fly through the night, between two continents and across the United States. Now, it is attempting to become…

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