Author: Metropolitan Airport News

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Alaska Airlines and Virgin America today shared their vision for the future of the combined carrier as the company solidifies its status as the West Coast’s premier airline. After careful consideration, the combined company will adopt Alaska’s name and logo, retiring the Virgin America name likely sometime in 2019. However, the combined airline will adopt many of the brand elements that Virgin America enthusiasts love about their favorite airline, including enhanced in-flight entertainment, mood lighting, music and the relentless desire to make flying a different experience for guests. The goal is to create a warm and welcoming West Coast-inspired vibe.…

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JetBlue today announced the introduction of its newest JetBlue Mint partner, New York City-based Milk Bar, which celebrates both Milk Bar’s irresistible culinary treats and the undeniable fun of this iconic brand. Beginning in April, all JetBlue Mint travelers will be delighted with a pre-arrival Milk Bar cookie. On Mint redeye flights Milk Bar’s HardBody green juice (a selection from Milk Bar’s “LIFE” line of healthy products) and well-known Bagel Rounds will be served in a Milk Bar to-go bag. These new additions come as JetBlue continues to refresh its Mint experience as the premium service touches down in new…

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United Airlines today is enabling customers to move through the screening process quicker at its hub at Newark Liberty International Airport with the opening of a fully redesigned and consolidated security checkpoint in Terminal C. The redesigned checkpoint, which includes dedicated Premier Access and TSA Precheck security lanes, features 17 state-of-the-art automated screening lanes, making Terminal C the first checkpoint in the country to exclusively feature the new lanes. “At United, we pursue relevant innovation in everything that we do, on the ground and in the air,” said Greg Hart, United’s executive vice president and chief operations officer. “The opening…

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Setting a new record-high for spring travel, Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, expects 145 million passengers – nearly 2.4 million per day – to fly globally on U.S. airlines between March 1 and April 30, an increase of 4 percent over last spring’s 140 million passengers. Accordingly, airlines are adding 110,000 seats per day across their networks to accommodate the 89,000 additional daily passengers expected to fly on U.S. carriers during this period. “There has never been a better time to fly, as evidenced by the record levels of traffic U.S. airlines…

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Citing the critical importance of the Transportation Security Administration to the safe, secure and efficient movement of air cargo, the Airforwarders Association (AfA) today called on President Trump to nominate a new Administrator for the agency. The TSA has been without a confirmed Administrator since the end of the last Presidential administration when Peter Neffinger retired from the agency. While praising the work of the agency’s interim leadership and staff, the AfA, which represents more than 300 companies that move air cargo through the supply chain, noted that the TSA’s operations and policies have a broad impact on its members.…

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Malawi Airlines on Thursday booked its space in the aviation history books with the company’s maiden all-female operated, and supported flight. The Bombardier Q-400 flew from Blantyre to Dar es Salaam and back with Capt. Yolanda Ndala Kaunda and FO Lusekelo Mwenifumbo in command of the flight deck and flight technician Saba Solomon certifying take offs. Control Towers at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) where a reception was held before take off for Dar es Salaam were in able hands of three women: Patricia Mwafulirwa, Chikondi Chadza and Jelia Kalinda. Josephine Chapuma and Isabel Kamanga took care of the cabin completing…

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The redevelopment of LaGuardia Central Terminal B, led by LaGuardia Gateway Partners, was recognized as ‘North American Airport Deal of the Year’ by IJGlobal, the project finance and infrastructure journal. With this award, the redevelopment of Central Terminal B joins a select group of leading energy and infrastructure projects recognized for global excellence.LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP) is composed of three equity and development partners: Vantage Airport Group, Skanska and Meridiam. “We’re honored by this recognition from IJGlobal. The LaGuardia Central Terminal B redevelopment deal was the result of careful planning, innovative thinking and dedication to improving this critical airport,” said…

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UPS announced plans to build an additional six compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and add 390 new CNG tractors and terminal trucks and 50 liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles to its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet. UPS further cements its leadership in the alternative fuel market while continuing to reduce its environmental footprint with this more than $90 million investment in natural gas. “With more than 4,400 natural gas vehicles and a network of fueling stations, UPS has had great results using natural gas as an alternative fuel in our fleet,” said Mark Wallace, UPS senior vice president…

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Emirates today commenced daily passenger service between Newark Liberty International Airport and Dubai International Airport, via Athens International Airport. A VIP delegation and contingent of international media were aboard the inaugural flight, which carried passengers from Athens, Dubai and points beyond. Newark becomes Emirates’ 12th U.S. gateway, and is the second serving the greater Tri-State Area, complementing Emirates’ existing four daily flights from Dubai and John F. Kennedy International Airport. Passengers embarking from Newark and Dubai will have the option to disembark in Athens or continue to their final destinations. “This new route will connect America’s largest metropolitan area and…

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Today U.S. airline workers rallied to protest the maiden Emirates airline flight into Newark, New Jersey from Athens, Greece. Supporters of the U.S aviation industry pointed to massive government subsidies by the United Arab Emirates and Qatar to their state-owned carriers – Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways – as a gross violation of international agreements with our country and a threat to 1.2 million American jobs. To date, Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways have received more than $50 billion in documented subsidies, putting U.S carriers at a competitive disadvantage. The newest Emirates flight will land Sunday night following the…

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