Author: Metropolitan Airport News

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A Hainan Airlines’ Dreamliner, adorned with Po, the main character in the Kung Fu Panda film, and the famous panda’s friends, took off on the inaugural flight for its new service HU7181, from Haikou to Beijing, on the morning of May 29, 2017. As the Chinese airline’s third Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in the fleet to receive the “King Fu Panda” makeover, the eye-catching yellow-colored airplane started its maiden flight to the cheers of the crowd. The flight carried a special passenger, Hannah Foss, a young designer from the state of Alaska. When Hannah Foss submitted her “Kung Fu Panda”-themed Dreamliner…

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Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport – one of the world’s most active air terminals, with over 21 million annual passengers passing through its doors – raised more than $87,000 in coin donations throughout 2016. JFK International Air Terminal (JFKIAT), the company which operates Terminal 4, partnered with concessions operators to set up more than 30 coin collection boxes throughout the terminal at cash registers and in high traffic areas of the building. Eye-catching signage is used to encourage passengers and staff to donate loose change to various charities. With majority of passenger traffic bound for international destinations,…

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Today American Airlines debuts its newly-renovated Flagship Lounge and brand new Flagship First Dining at New York John F. Kennedy International Airport. In addition to the JFK lounge opening today, new or renovated Flagship Lounges are planned for: Chicago O’Hare (ORD) (new location within ORD)Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) (new)Los Angeles (LAX)London Heathrow (LHR)Miami (MIA) (new)Philadelphia (PHL) (new) American began renovating its Flagship Lounges and announced its plan for Flagship First Dining last year as part of a $200 million investment in the luxury travel experience. Flagship Lounge Starting today, American is expanding access for Flagship Lounges to include Business Class…

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Pictured with Detective Tanya Duhaney of the 113th Precinct’s Community Affairs Department is Dolores Hofman, Program Manager, of the Queens Air Services Development Office (ASDO). Dolores collected gowns, cocktail dresses, shoes, pocketbooks, jewelry, dress clothes for the young men, and even a tuxedo! These items were donated to students from local high schools, who could not afford to buy outfits for their proms and/or graduations, on May 6, 2017! Queens ASDO’s goal is to promote the local purchase of goods & services from Queens businesses by the aviation community at LGA & JFK airports. The program is funded the Port…

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On Friday, May 5, the I-95 Corridor Coalition group visited Newark Liberty International Airport for an “Aviation Day – Freight Academy” tour. The day began with a welcome speech by the General Manager Diane Papaianni followed by a presentation on Freight Movements by Michael Bednarz. Afterwards the team traveled landside to the FEDEX facility for a demonstration of the sorting and ramp sections. The team concluded back in Building 1 where everyone departed for the day. The Freight Academy is for qualified applicants selected from government agencies across the country. The Academy is a comprehensive immersion program for public agency…

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JetBlue, New York’s Hometown Airline, has a long history of supporting those who serve their communities. Today public servants from New York and abroad joined forces for a good cause. JetBlue and the British Metropolitan Police Department partnered for their eighth annual plane pull at New York’s JFK Airport. “Bobbies” from London’s police department competed against teams including JetBlue crewmembers and members from local authorities including the NYPD and FDNY to raise funds for childhood cancer research. Proceeds from the annual plane pull benefit The J-A-C-K Foundation and families impacted by pediatric brain cancer, as well as fund research to…

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Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today announced it expects a record 234.1 million passengers* — or approximately 2.54 million per day — will travel worldwide on U.S. airlines between June 1 and August 31, a growth of 4 percent over last summer’s 224.8 million travelers. Accordingly, airlines are adding 123,000 seats per day across their networks to accommodate the 100,000 additional daily passengers expected to fly on U.S. carriers during this period. “Rising U.S. GDP, a steadily improving economy, an all-time high household net worth and historically low airfares are proving to…

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Icelandair Boeing-757-200 Livery 2

The Vatnajökull plane is part of Icelandair’s transatlantic fleet providing passengers with a guaranteed experience of the Vatnajökull glacier. All Icelandair planes are named after Icelandic volcanoes and this special livery joins the Hekla Aurora, created in 2015 and inspired by the northern lights, as the second hand crafted piece of artwork to adorn one of their fleet. So now when you fly transatlantic or take a stopover you can explore another natural phenomenon before you even land. Icelandair commissioned this plane as part of their celebrations for their 80th anniversary this year. The plane is being spray painted by…

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Aviation maintenance and engineering company PEMCO World Air Services (PEMCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of Air Transport Services Group, Inc., has launched its Passenger-to-FlexCombi™ and Passenger-to-Freighter conversion programs for the Boeing Next Generation 737-700 aircraft. The programs will be marketed as B737-700FC (FlexCombi™) and B737-700F (Freighter). “We’re excited to finally announce the launch of our 700-series conversion programs for the Boeing 737,” said PEMCO Director of Conversion Programs Mike Andrews. “Over the past several months, we have worked closely with our customers to fully understand their requirements and implement a comprehensive solution.” The launch customer for the PEMCO B737-700FC is…

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British Airways today unveiled details of its multi-million pound re-design for New York JFK Terminal 7, the airline’s flagship US airport. New CGI images give customers a first glimpse of what the terminal will look like following a more than £52 million ($65 million) investment, which will transform the airport experience for the thousands of customers that use it each week. The New York airport modernisation project follows a series of recent investment announcements by the airline, including a £400 million upgrade to Club World, the introduction of Club Europe cabins on domestic flights, new world-class lounge refurbishments, a new…

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