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.

Today U.S. airline workers rallied to protest the maiden Emirates airline flight into Newark, New Jersey from Athens, Greece. Supporters of the U.S aviation industry pointed to massive government subsidies by the United Arab Emirates and Qatar to their state-owned carriers – Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways – as a gross violation of international agreements with our country and a threat to 1.2 million American jobs. To date, Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways have received more than $50 billion in documented subsidies, putting U.S carriers at a competitive disadvantage. The newest Emirates flight will land Sunday night following the…

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Gogo has reached a major milestone by installing its 3,000th commercial aircraft with in-flight connectivity. Today, the company has 3,000 commercial aircraft and more than 4,200 business aircraft, totaling 7,200 aircraft installed. More than 130 of the 3,000 commercial aircraft are now installed with Gogo’s industry leading 2Ku technology that leverages Gogo’s global satellite network. “The demand for in-flight connectivity continues to grow at a rapid pace and we are quickly moving beyond connecting passengers to connecting flight attendants, pilots and eventually components on the planes themselves,” said Michael Small, president and CEO at Gogo. “To meet this demand, Gogo…

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Airbus Airspace Cabin

The Airspace by Airbus cabin – which offers a more relaxing and functional environment for passengers while optimizing the use of cabin space for airlines – remains on track for its introduction on the A330neo jetliner version. Inspired by the new family of Airbus cabins introduced on the A350 XWB, Airspace brings together design and layout features for an interior that is more relaxing, inspiring, beautiful and functional – resulting in a unique and leading passenger experience. Key cabin elements – such as the galleys and lavatories – will begin arriving this summer for the no. 1 A330neo to be…

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FedEx Corp. announced it has expanded its FedEx First Overnight® service to more than 4,400 zip codes across the U.S. With this expansion, the service now reaches more than 32,000 zip codes for next-business-day delivery, representing 92 percent of the business population in the U.S. “The expansion of FedEx First Overnight will help us continue to meet the growing demand of business-to-business customers requiring timely, next-day early delivery,” said David Payton, vice president of marketing at FedEx Services. “Whether it’s a healthcare company planning for an early morning surgery or a manufacturing facility in need of a critical component to…

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UPS Florida Drone Test

UPS announced that it has successfully tested a drone that launches from the top of a UPS package car, autonomously delivers a package to a home and then returns to the vehicle while the delivery driver continues along the route to make a separate delivery. UPS conducted the test on Monday in Tampa, Fla. with Workhorse Group an Ohio-based battery-electric truck and drone developer. Workhorse built the drone and the electric UPS package car used in the test. “This test is different than anything we’ve done with drones so far. It has implications for future deliveries, especially in rural locations…

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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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