Author: Metropolitan Airport News

Produced by a team of aviation professionals, and enthusiasts our mission is to inform and update the more than 68,000 employees who work on the metropolitan New York airport properties, as well as the many others that provide goods and services in the surrounding communities.

HTS, a global leader in License Plate Recognition solutions has collaborated with DESIGNA Access Corporation (DESIGNA), to deliver a complete LPR solution for the 4 major Airports owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ). HTS is no stranger to Airport projects, with its recent successful completion of similar scopes of work in Sacramento International, Dallas Love Field, Rochester, Fort Lauderdale. “We are very proud to join forces with DESIGNA’s team, with their long list of successful Airport deployments around the globe” Said Sagy Amit, HTS’s director of Sales. “There was an immediate chemistry between our…

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They may not be replacing warehouse workers, at least not yet, but robotics are increasingly being introduced in warehouses to help workers pick orders and manage inventory. Logistics providers like DHL Supply Chain, Geodis, and Kenco and retailers like Amazon and Walmart are some of the companies leading the way in this area. DHL Supply Chain announced last month that it will begin a pilot to test using autonomous robotics at a facility in Tennessee on behalf of customers in the life sciences sector. The LocusBots, as they are called, will be tested as a picker companion for warehouse order…

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JFKIAT, LLC. – the company that operates Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport – recently announced it has entered into an agreement with dnata, one of the world’s largest air-services organizations, to provide ground handling services at the terminal. Beginning August 1st, dnata will coordinate ground handling services for a number of airlines at Terminal 4, including Etihad Airways, Volaris, and Air Serbia, with combined annual turnarounds of more than 2,000 flights. To support this growth, dnata will invest $3 million in infrastructure and resources, creating more than 100 new jobs. “This new license for dnata is the…

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Delta Air Lines is deepening its longstanding and industry-leading partnership with Air France-KLM Group with a €375 million investment to acquire 10 percent equity in the joint venture partner and a seat on the Air France-KLM Group Board of Directors. Additionally, Delta, Air France-KLM and Virgin Atlantic will launch a combined long-term joint venture, supported by a 31 percent investment by Air France-KLM in Virgin Atlantic, to offer customers the most comprehensive trans-Atlantic route network. “A dynamic global landscape means it’s more important than ever for Delta to deepen ties with our global partners to provide opportunities for mutual growth,”…

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The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today authorized $54.4 million to rehabilitate Runway 4-22 and associated taxiways at LaGuardia Airport to extend their useful life and ensure compliance with Federal Aviation Administration standards. Work on the 7,000 feet long and 150 feet wide runway will take place during nightly airport closures and extended weekend runway closures to minimize the impact on aeronautical operations. “Continued investment in LaGuardia’s infrastructure is necessary to maintain operational safety and achieve higher levels of efficiency,” said Port Authority Chairman John Degnan. “This project highlights the Port Authority’s long-term commitment to maintain state-of-the-art facilities that offer…

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Joining Special Honoree Lester Kappel for the ribbon-cutting ceremony are Pan Am Museum Foundation board members’ Kelly Cusack and Linda Freire. They are assisted by Jerry Poller whose father Dave Poller was a flight engineer on the B314 and Metropolitan Airport News’ very own Ed Garcia whose father, also named Edward Garcia, was a Pan Am Purser on the B314. Ed Garcia’s father was also a crew member of the historic first Air Force One flight that transported Franklin Delano Roosevelt to the Casablanca Conference in Africa.

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JetBlue released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the development of a terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK). This development initiative is aligned with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s vision plan to transform JFK International Airport into an airport equipped to meet the demands of the 21st century. In coordination with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s master plan process, JetBlue is seeking to lead the development of the former Terminal 6 site and potentially the Terminal 7 site. JetBlue will identify innovative development opportunities that meet the needs of travelers in the New…

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American Airlines team member Azriel “Al” Blackman, an Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Crew Chief based at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), celebrated 75 years of service with the airline today. At a ceremony at JFK today, the airline surprised him by dedicating a Boeing 777 in his honor. “I’m just honored to be here, I’m proud to be a mechanic. I’m proud to be part of the American Airlines team,” commented Blackman to a standing ovation. “On behalf of Al’s more than 100,000 team members, we are honored to celebrate him and his milestone 75 years of…

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At WAI’s 29th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, 103 individual scholarships equaling $569,965 will be awarded. As is the tradition, these scholarships are available for both flight training and scholastic funding with specific scholarships earmarked for nearly every aspect of the aviation and aerospace community. The scholarships will be awarded during WAI’s conference, held next year in Reno, Nevada, from March 22-24, 2018. Additional scholarships will be added in the coming months, and the total value of awarded scholarships typically reaches more than $600,000 annually. “These scholarships are so important to our members seeking flight training opportunities in order…

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When United Airlines’ Terminal C at Newark Liberty completes its $120 million re-imagining, 55 new restaurants and food markets will have opened their doors to serve more than 350,000 customers who travel through the terminal each week. It takes a small city to create these culinary experiences daily, and that city now includes Mélange Bakery Cafe, a 24-hour production bakery inside the airport, providing the freshest baked goods to travelers terminal-wide. Chef Jacques Torres, renowned for French pastries and fine chocolates, consulted on the development of the concept, along with two executive pastry chefs and a team of classically-trained bakers…

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