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.

For thousands of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls, the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games represent the pinnacle of athletic achievement and the culmination of a lifetime of hard work and sacrifice. Today, customers on United flight 408 from Newark Liberty to Chicago O’Hare will get a surprise screening of the premiere of Destination: Team USA, a documentary produced by United Airlines and Tribeca Digital Studios. The film’s director, Adam Hootnick, Team USA hopeful Dartanyon Crockett and producers from Tribeca will be onboard for the screening. This film focuses on five athletes in particular, for whom the opportunity to represent…

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Etihad Airways’ equity partner Air Serbia today launched flights to the United States, a milestone achieved with the support of, and in collaboration with, several of Etihad Airways equity partner airlines. Air Serbia, in which Etihad Airways has a 49 per cent stake, launched its five-times-a-week scheduled flights between its Belgrade hub and New York JFK International Airport, marking a return of direct air links between Serbia and the USA after a 24-year absence. The route is being operated with an Airbus A330-200 aircraft. Etihad Airways, together with three of its seven equity partners – Jet Airways, Alitalia and airberlin –…

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Airline introduces 737-800 aircraft showcasing Heart interior with widest 737 economy seat in the market, bold new Employee-designed uniforms, and Heart galley Southwest Airlines Co. is bringing the Heart of their Employees front and center with the announcement of the carrier’s first-ever Employee-designed uniforms and Boeing 737-800 aircraft Heart interior featuring the new Heart galley and seat. “Introducing our new uniform designs and fully branded 737-800 Heart interiors into the fleet is an accomplishment directly resulting from our hardworking Employee design teams,” said Gary Kelly, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer for Southwest Airlines. “Southwest continues to enhance our unique…

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As the July 4 Independence Day holiday approaches, the Transportation Security Administration wants to remind travelers that fireworks and sparklers are not permitted on airplanes. Fireworks and sparklers are flammable and are manufactured from explosive materials. They are considered hazardous and forbidden on aircraft in checked baggage or carry-on bags. This applies to all varieties including, but not limited to: aerial repeater fireworks, aerial shell fireworks, bottle rockets, chasers, firecrackers, flying spinners, fountains, ground spinners, missiles, parachute fireworks, poppers, Roman candles, skyrockets, smoke fireworks, snakes, snaps, sparklers, strobes and wheels. Travelers are responsible for the items that they pack in…

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Diverting jet fuel tax revenues to fund surface and other infrastructure projects violates federal law and puts New Jersey at risk of losing federal resources Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today urged New Jersey lawmakers to reject proposed legislation to increase the effective rate of the jet fuel tax, making it almost 18 times its current level. A4A warns that any attempt to divert jet fuel tax revenue to fund roads, highways, bridges or any other non-aviation infrastructure projects, violates federal law and puts the state at risk of losing federal resources.…

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Following last week’s announcement of being the only airline awarded service to all nine Cuban destinations, Silver Airways has become the first U.S. airline to again sell regularly scheduled flights to Cuba with tickets for sale now at silverairways.com. Silver Airways, which operates more routes within Florida and between Florida and the Bahamas than any other airline, will be the first U.S. carrier to start service to Cuba with the inaugural flight departing Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Santa Clara, Cuba (SNU) on September 1, 2016. This will be the first regularly scheduled flight from the U.S. to Cuba in over…

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AFGE says Congress must lift arbitrary workforce cap and fund 6,000 additional security officers The American Federation of Government Employees, the union representing Transportation Security Officers at our nation’s airports, says recent Congressional actions to reduce passenger wait times are a good step but that the permanent solution remains hiring an additional 6,000 full-time screeners. Congress on Monday approved shifting $28 million within the Transportation Security Administration’s current budget to convert 2,784 part-time officers to full-time positions and accelerate the hiring of 600 additional officers by the end of the fiscal year. This follows a similar action in May that…

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Only Direct scheduled freighter service between Canada and Latin America Air Canada Cargo and Cargojet Airways Ltd., a subsidiary of Cargojet Inc. (TSX: CJT, CJT.A), (“Cargojet’) commenced service today with the first freighter flight to Bogota, Colombia and Lima, Peru, operated with a Cargojet B767-300F aircraft. The new Air Canada Cargo flights will provide 52 tonnes of net cargo capacity and will also include flights to Mexico City, starting this coming weekend. Under the arrangement, Air Canada Cargo plans to introduce dedicated freighter service to Europe from Toronto in the second half of 2016. “We’re very excited with today’s start-up…

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Routehappy, which powers merchandising content for flights, today announced Delta Air Lines will trial Routehappy Hub to manage and deliver targeted content to improve the flight shopping experience for customers in indirect channels. Delta will create rich content in Routehappy’s UTA (Universal Ticket Attribute) and UPA (Universal Product Attribute) standards. Delta will target its merchandised content by aircraft, class of service, airport, route and fare, showcasing relevant content to customers while they shop for Delta flights, offering a more retail oriented shopping experience. Routehappy Hub helps airlines manage their content, including highly targeted product descriptions, icons, photos, videos, and 360° virtual…

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With the aspiration of making weary business travel a relic of the past, United Airlines today unveiled its all-new United Polaris business class, the airline’s most significant product transformation in more than a decade, featuring a reimagined, sleep-enhancing, departure-to-landing experience for intercontinental travelers. United Polaris will change the game in international business travel with an exceptional level of relaxation and comfort throughout our customers’ journeys,” said Oscar Munoz, president and CEO of United. “This completely reconceived experience exemplifies the new spirit of United and the innovation, excitement and operational momentum across our airline.” Path-Breaking Design In setting out to create…

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