Author: Metropolitan Airport News

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Ryanair Boeing 737-800

Boeing and Ryanair celebrated the delivery today of the airline’s 450th Next-Generation 737-800. This significant milestone has been reached in less than two decades, with the Irish low-cost carrier taking an average delivery of 25 737-800s per year since 1999. “Ryanair is proud to partner with Boeing and has operated an all-Boeing fleet since 1994,” said Ryanair’s Chief Operations Officer, Mick Hickey. “Our current order of 737-800s and the 737-MAX 200 ‘Gamechanger’ will allow us to grow our fleet to 585 aircraft and our passenger numbers to 200 million per annum by 2024, maintaining our position as Europe’s largest, and…

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Delta Air Lines Boeing 767

Delta Air Lines will offer a new daily nonstop flight between New York-JFK (JFK) and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, beginning Dec. 21, 2017, subject to U.S. Department of Transportation approval. The airline’s strategic alliance with GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes will extend the reach of this service to 23 destinations within Brazil and provides seamless connections at Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG) in Rio de Janeiro. “We listen to our customers and continuously strive to offer them increasingly convenient ways to travel, both for business and leisure,” said Luciano Macagno, Delta’s Director-Brazil. “It is exciting to have the opportunity to…

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Emirates will introduce a new service to enable customers to use their laptops and tablet devices until just before they board their flights to the US. Emirates customers traveling to the US via Dubai will be able to utilize their laptops and tablet devices on the first part of their journeys, and also during transit in Dubai. They must then declare and hand over their laptops, tablets, and other banned electronic devices to security staff at the gate just before boarding their US-bound flight. The devices will be carefully packed into boxes, loaded into the aircraft hold, and returned to…

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Alaska Airlines and Virgin America

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 Mint experience

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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LaGuardia Gateway Partners

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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