Author: Metropolitan Airport News

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Construction of a new high-speed taxiway at John F. Kennedy International Airport as part of state-of-good-repair work on a key arrivals runway will help make operations at one of the nation’s busiest airports more efficient, reduce delays, and save travelers time, under a $215 million project approved today by the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners. The 10,000-foot-long Runway 13L-31R, which runs east/west on the airport’s north side and handles nearly 50 percent of JFK’s arriving planes, will be overhauled as part of the Port Authority’s major investment program in its airports. The work includes milling of runway pavement, laying new…

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U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the appointment of seven new members to the Federal Aviation Administration’s 13-member Management Advisory Council (MAC).  The MAC advises the FAA’s senior management on policy, spending, long-range planning, and regulatory matters. The MAC’s newest members continue to represent a cross section of public and private sector transportation and business leaders: Huntley Lawrence, Director, Aviation Department, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Philip Trenary, former CEO, Pinnacle Airlines Brian Wynne, CEO, Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) William Ris, former Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, American Airlines Donna…

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JetBlue today announced a multifaceted program to support both short-term relief and long-term recovery efforts on the island following the destruction from Hurricane Maria. 100x35JetBlue outlines the airline’s commitment to launching 35 initiatives over the next 100 days – and beyond – to support the needs of crewmembers, customers, and communities in Puerto Rico. The heartbreaking and devastating situation in Puerto Rico compels us to take action,” said Robin Hayes, president and chief executive officer, JetBlue. “Using our strengths as an airline, our partnerships, and our mission of inspiring humanity, we aim to make a positive impact on this island we call home. We know…

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Emirates best entertainment

Emirates clinched the Passenger Choice award for Best Entertainment at the 2017 APEX Passenger Choice Awards held in Long Beach, California, USA this week. Emirates’ president, Sir Tim Clark, was honored with the CEO Lifetime Achievement Award. Patrick Brannelly – Divisional Vice-President for Customer Experience (Inflight Entertainment & Connectivity) at Emirates, receives the Passenger Choice award for Best Entertainment at the 2017 APEX Passenger Choice Awards The airline also won Best Original Video for its Welcome to ice product video and was given a Five-Star Global Airline Official Airline Rating, the highest rating in the first airline rating program based…

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Alaska Air Cargo today began a new chapter in its business, introducing the first converted Boeing 737-700 cargo aircraft. The aircraft is the first of its kind in the world and was converted from an all-passenger to an all-freight aircraft. The aircraft is entering commercial service today, carrying goods from Seattle to the state of Alaska. “This one-of-a-kind aircraft marks the beginning of a new era at Alaska Airlines,” said Wayne Newton, Alaska Airlines vice president of airport operations and customer service. “With an all-freight fleet, our cargo business is now a stand-alone operation, allowing us to better focus on the needs of our…

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The Transportation Security Administration and Delta Air Lines jointly launched new automated security screening lanes in Terminal C at LaGuardia Airport (LGA) today, introducing state-of-the-art checkpoint technology to one of the busiest airports in the country. The automated screening lanes incorporate technology that enhances security effectiveness while decreasing the time customers spend in security screening. TSA and Delta Air Lines opened two automated screening lanes at LaGuardia Airport in Terminal C last week. Four more lanes will open in Terminal D during the next several weeks. “TSA continues to deploy state-of-the-art technologies to ensure that we focus on protecting passengers…

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JetBlue today revealed a refreshed and updated special livery dedicated to the New York Jets. In 2009, JetBlue was named the Official Airline of the New York Jets. A year later, the airline reaffirmed that commitment with an aircraft dedicated to the team. “JetGreen” was originally revealed in 2010 and became the first sports-themed aircraft to join JetBlue’s growing fleet. “New York is home turf for JetBlue and the New York Jets and we both have loyal fans that expect more of us than the other guys,” said Marty St George, executive vice president commercial and planning, JetBlue. “We both…

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United Airlines is lifting the curtain on a new Safety is Global safety video, which will be on board flights starting this month. The video follows United employees representing flight attendants, pilots, ramp operations, customer service representatives and tech ops through dream destinations around the world as they demonstrate the safety features of the aircraft. As part of this debut, United is giving customers an opportunity to win round-trip flights to their dream destinations in the United Dream Destination Sweepstakes. “A few years back, we made our safety demonstration more interactive, and entertaining to engage customers during the safety briefing, one…

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British Airways is set to mark a milestone aircraft delivery on Friday (September 29), as it welcomes the 25th Dreamliner into its fleet. The Boeing 787-8 aircraft will be making its maiden voyage to the airline’s Heathrow home with the flight number BA8625. It will depart Boeing’s Seattle factory on Thursday September 28 at 6.05pm local time and will land at Heathrow at 11.15am local time the following day. The three cabin aircraft, with the registration G-ZBJI, will be the ninth 787-8 to join the airline’s fleet. British Airways also has 16 787-9s.  Two further 787-9 aircraft and three 787-8…

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Acting Chief Security Officer John Bilich The Port Authority announced today that Acting Chief Security Officer John Bilich – a former NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Operations and chief investigator in the Manhattan and Brooklyn District Attorney’s Offices – has been named the agency’s permanent Chief Security Officer. Mr. Bilich, who was named Acting Chief Security Officer in December 2016, joined the Port Authority in March 2015 as First Deputy Chief Security Officer after serving as the chief investigator at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office. Before his service in the Brooklyn and Manhattan District Attorney’s Offices, he served for 24 years…

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