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.

Patient Airlift Services PALS

“Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store; maybe Christmas means a little bit more.” Zoey Kohler, age 18, of Ohio, has a rare, incurable cancer. Her Christmas wish; was to see New York City, and boy, did Patient AirLift Services deliver! Santa’s sleigh was an incredible King Air arranged by Talon Air, Inc. owner Adam Katz. 18-year-old Zoey touched down in Farmingdale, Long Island, with her best friend, mother, and grandmother with the goal of making memories to last a lifetime. Zoey may have a personal agenda, but she’ll have to make room to see Cats the Musical, which was…

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo together with New York-based hotel investment firm MCR, the seventh-largest hotel owner-operator in the U.S., broke ground today on the widely-lauded conversion plan to rehabilitate the legendary TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport into a world-class 505-room hotel. Closed to the public since 2001, Eero Saarinen’s internationally-revered Midcentury Modern landmark will be ushered into a new life, mirroring its 1962 design aesthetic and delivering an on-site airport hotel to New York’s premier international gateway. “JFK Airport is one of largest international transit hubs in the world and a key driver of New York’s economy,” Governor…

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The first delivery of an A321 aircraft from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility to Delta Air Lines took place today, in Mobile, Alabama. On hand for the occasion were executives from Airbus and Delta Air Lines, a team of Delta employees from the airline’s Minneapolis-St. Paul station, and representatives of the more than 370 employees at the facility. Bob Lekites, Executive Vice President-Customers, Airbus Americas said, “Airbus is committed to giving our customers the right products for a marketplace that needs modern, efficient and passenger-friendly aircraft. Delta has recognized our commitment to our customers, and has determined we were the…

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NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen thanked members of New York’s Long Island business aviation community for their grassroots efforts to stop proposals in Washington, DC for creating a privatized ATC system funded by user fees, and told them their efforts would again be needed in the new year as the issue was sure to come up again in the next session of Congress. Bolen was the featured speaker at the Long Island Business Aviation Association’s (LIBAA’s) annual holiday dinner and meeting on Dec. 7, which drew more than 100 attendees. Congress has been debating reauthorization of funding and programs…

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BlissJet Team

Bliss Jet, based in New York, said they will start service in January between New York’s LaGuardia Airport and London’s Stansted Airport, offering seats on “shared private jets.” The company says they will offer seats on a variety of business jets, carrying 10 to 14 passengers, at a price less than $12,000 – not much more expensive than a full gate first class seat. “We are offering all the advantages of a private jet experience without the expense,” said Bliss Jet CEO David Rimmer. Flights will depart from New York on Sunday nights, arriving in London Monday morning. Return flights…

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Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology honored the President and Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce North America, Marion C. Blakey, for her role as a trailblazer and advocate for the aviation and transportation industries, and her dedicated support of Vaughn College at the annual event on Thursday, November 10. The Gala’s theme this year was “Inspiring Students, Launching Careers,” highlighting successful students and alumni and Vaughn’s role in providing opportunities for students during college and beyond. Lou Young, long-time CBS broadcast journalist and eight-time Emmy Award winner served as the master of ceremonies. Rolls-Royce donated four helicopter T-63 turbine engines…

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Eli Kay, a consummate financial professional with two decades of experience managing complex private and municipal budgets, will join JFKIAT, LLC. – the company which manages Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport – as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). “We are eager to welcome Eli and all of his experiences to Terminal 4,” said Gert-Jan de Graaff, President and CEO of JFKIAT. “I am confident he will be instrumental in managing the company’s finances while furthering key relationships with stakeholders and business partners. I look forward to seeing what he will accomplish in the years to come.” Eli Kay,…

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Hawaiian Airlines, Hawai’i’s largest and longest-serving carrier, has unveiled new uniforms for more than 5,000 front-line employees including Airport Customer Service, Cabin Service, Cargo, In-Flight, Line Service, Maintenance, Ramp, and Supply. The new designs are a collaboration among Affinity Apparel, renowned Hilo-based design firm Sig Zane Kaiao, and a committee of 40 front-line Hawaiian employees representing a variety of job functions. Employees from each work group revealed the uniforms on Nov. 11 at the airline’s Runway to Runway fashion show during HONOLULU Fashion Week Presented by Hawaiian Airlines at the Hawai’i Convention Center. The print’s theme, Kū Mākou or Together…

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Boom Technology today unveiled the XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator, a subscale prototype of the Boom supersonic passenger airliner. On display for the first time ever at Boom’s Hangar 14 at Centennial Airport, the XB-1, nicknamed “Baby Boom,” will be unveiled this evening at an exclusive VIP event for airline and aerospace executives and media. The XB-1 is the world’s fastest civil aircraft ever made, and it will demonstrate in flight the key technologies for affordable supersonic travel. “60 years after the dawn of the jet age, we’re still flying at 1960s speeds,” said Blake Scholl, chief executive officer and founder of…

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In a continuing effort to produce the best-trained flight crews in the regional airline industry, Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (RJETQ/OTC) has taken delivery of a new state-of-the-art Cabin Trainer at the Indianapolis Training Center, where thousands of Pilots and Flight Attendants will use the facility each year. The 15-ton, 60-foot-long Cabin Trainer is a scaled-down version of an Embraer 170/175 interior, complete with a cockpit, galley, two-class seating, lavatory, emergency escape slide and more. Among the facility’s special features: smoke-generating machines to simulate fires throughout the cabin (and extensive ventilation system to clear the entire facility within minutes); ultrasonic “fire…

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