Author: Metropolitan Airport News

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TAP Portugal is investing more than $73 million in a new onboard cabin for the airline’s A330 fleet. Seven A330s will be retrofitted by the end of the year. The first A330 to be completed, named João Gonçalves Zarco, has commenced flying between the U.S. and Lisbon this week. This A330 upgrade program represents TAP’s commitment to improving comfort and improving its onboard product for passengers in all classes, bringing the cabins into line with that of the A330neo, which will soon be joining the fleet. TAP’s proud Portuguese identity is recognizable through the aircraft interior, thanks to partnerships with…

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As the preferred airline in Hollywood since the 1930s, American Airlines partners with many great organizations throughout Los Angeles, New York and the entertainment industry, one of them being Film Independent. In February, American announced a new award in partnership with the Film Independent Spirit Awards. The Bonnie Award — which will be presented for the first time in 2018 — is named after Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo, the first woman to fly for a major U.S. carrier when she was hired by American in 1973. It will be presented along with a $50,000 grant to an up-and-coming female film director…

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Boeing marked a milestone today as the first 737 MAX 9 made its debut in front of thousands of Boeing employees. The 737 MAX 9 is the second member of Boeing’s industry-leading 737 MAX family, with a maximum capacity of 220 passengers and a range of 3,515 nautical miles. The airplane now begins system checks, fueling, and engine runs on the flight line. Once completed, the airplane will begin flight testing in the coming weeks – the final phase of verification of the operational characteristics and overall performance of a new airplane. “The 737 MAX team continues to do a…

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ANA, Japan’s largest airline, announced today that it has selected “FLYING HONU” as the theme for its limited edition livery to be used on the carrier’s Airbus A380, which will be introduced on the Tokyo-Honolulu service, launching in spring 2019. The new route marks ANA’s first introduction of the Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger airliner. The aircraft’s final design was selected from among 2,197 submissions from around the world, which were received by ANA during an open design contest conducted from Oct. 7-Nov. 30, 2016. An in-house selection committee awarded the grand prize to Chihiro Masuoka of Tokyo, for…

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Quantas Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Qantas has revealed its next generation Premium Economy seat, which will debut on the airline’s fleet of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners from October. Wider and with more functional space overall, the new seat has a unique recline motion that provides a class-leading level of comfort. When the rear of the seat reclines, several sections shift to support your body as you move into a more relaxing position. Other key features of Premium Economy on the Qantas Dreamliner include: A separate cabin of 28 seats, configured in a two-three-two layout to improve aisle access for middle passengers. A seat that is almost…

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JFK-Terminal-4-Retail

Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport – home to more than 20 million annual passengers – announced the opening of three new offerings for travelers – PANDORA, Brooks Brothers, and CORSA Collections – in one expansive, elegant walk-through retail space. The 4,000-square-foot store, operated by Paradies Lagardère, boasts both fashion and accessories to make for a pleasant and relaxed shopping experience. “We’re thrilled and appreciative to grow our partnership with Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, and debut PANDORA, Brooks Brothers, and CORSA Collections,” said Gregg Paradies, President and CEO of Paradies Lagardère. “Terminal 4 is…

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Alaska Airlines 737-800 with Split Scimitar Winglets

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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Cathay Pacific Betsy Beer

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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