Author: Metropolitan Airport News

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Aviation Partners, Inc. (API) and Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) announced today that its unique Blended Winglet and Split Scimitar Winglet technologies have now saved the world’s commercial and business jet operators an estimated 7 billion gallons of jet fuel, resulting in a corresponding global reduction of 74 million tons of CO2 emissions. Blended Winglets are additions to the airplane wing that are significantly more efficient than standard wing tips. These winglets reduce the drag caused by wingtip vortices, the twin tornados formed by the difference between the pressure on the upper surface of an airplane’s wing and that on the…

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Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport recently celebrated the inaugural flight of China’s Xiamen Airlines from Fuzhou to New York City. The inaugural flight was celebrated at T4 with a ribbon cutting and commemorative remarks by Mr. de Graaff; Zhang Qiyue, the Consul General of China in New York; Michael Moran, General Manager of JFK for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; and Cai Shunchu, Xiamen Airlines’ Deputy General Manager. The ceremony included an authentic Chinese lion dance. The route will be operated with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with 287 seats, and will have three…

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The quality of the inflight dining experience has always been an important focus for Cathay Pacific – the airline has long sought collaborations with renowned partners, restaurants, and chefs in order to provide its customers with innovative dishes and beverages as part of its philosophy of a Life Well Traveled. To that end, Hong Kong’s home carrier is delighted today to announce the launch of Betsy Beer, the world’s first hand-crafted bottled beer specially brewed to be enjoyed at 35,000 feet. Named after “Betsy”, Cathay Pacific’s first aircraft, a Douglas DC-3 which flew passengers around the region in the 1940s…

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UPS announced the induction of 1,575 drivers into its elite “Circle of Honor,” raising to 9,349 the number of drivers who have not had an avoidable accident for 25 years or more. Nearly 10 percent of the UPS driver workforce has gone 25 years or more without a crash. Collectively, the 9,349 drivers have logged nearly 14 billion miles and more than 266,554 years of safe driving through their careers. That’s enough miles to travel to the moon and back nearly 29,000 times – or to circle the earth at the equator 553,000 times. The number of active Circle of Honor…

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JetBlue today announced eye-catching additions to the airline’s fleet with the very first special livery for an Embraer 190 and a new tailfin design that will appear on multiple aircraft this year. The airline is introducing the new paint schemes as it celebrates its 17th anniversary this month. “Our design team has done an outstanding job of visually telling a JetBlue story through their fresh and creative lens,” said Jamie Perry, vice president marketing, JetBlue. “Whether looking to the skyline of our hometown for inspiration or creating a storyline to bring a paint scheme to life, the team keeps surprising…

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Despite profit projections of $35.6 billion in 2016, airlines must shift focus to the revenue and profit potential emerging from mobile commerce, according to the latest monthly industry brief from CellPoint Mobile, “Mobile Commerce and Payment Innovation Across the Airline Sector.” Airlines that embrace mobile commerce strategies and payment solutions benefit by establishing permanent, internal links to currently untapped direct-channel and ancillary sales, according to the brief, and they create a company-wide mentality that aligns more closely with their passengers’ mobile-centric behaviors. The revenue potential is vast, with eMarketer predicting global digital travel outlays of $817 billion by 2020. According…

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The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today approved the agency’s largest ever $32.2 billion 2017-2026 Capital Plan, which reflects the agency’s continuing return to its core transportation mission and is expected to generate hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions in overall economic activity for the region. The plan allows for $11.6 billion in major redevelopment projects to advance at the region’s major airports during the next decade, including the $4 billion LaGuardia Terminal B replacement, the largest transportation public-private partnership in the United States. It also provides for the advancement of work on Terminal A at Newark Liberty International…

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Flight diversions due to inflight medical emergencies make up a tiny portion of the millions of flights operated annually, but it is costly for airlines. With more people traveling by air, the actual number of inflight medical events has been gradually increasing over the years. Emirates, the largest airline by international traffic, operates over 3,500 departures a week, or more than 194,000 flights in 2016. In those 12 months, the airline handled more than 60 flight diversions due to medical emergencies. A single flight diversion can cost Emirates anything from US$50,000 to over US$600,000, depending on the nature of the…

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A new partnership was born this week when officials from the Transportation Security Administration at LaGuardia Airport handed over 10 bags and two boxes filled with more than 400 articles of clothing to the Brooklyn Vet Center to distribute to homeless veterans in need of the dozens of coats, hats, scarves, gloves and other clothing that passengers have left behind at the busy airport’s checkpoints. Items left at TSA checkpoints are collected and stored for 30 days in hopes that the owners will contact TSA’s Lost and Found Office to claim their lost items. Unfortunately, much of what is lost…

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Port Authority issued a Request for Proposals for preliminary engineering and other planning work for a new AirTrain connection to LaGuardia Airport. The expert firm’s work will represent a critical next step in advancing the LaGuardia AirTrain project. The RFP is open to all qualified firms and responses are due in four weeks. By 2030, the number of passengers at LaGuardia is expected to increase by more than 6 million passengers annually and the AirTrain is a key pillar of the airport’s strategy to accommodate this growth. “The millions of passengers who…

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