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.

Delta ramp agent and pilot

Beginning this month, eligible Delta Air Lines employees can earn up to $1,000 to fuel their emergency savings when they complete a financial education/coaching program and contribute to an emergency savings account. This new program, created in partnership with financial advisory organization Operation HOPE and workplace provider Fidelity Investments, aims to help Delta employees strengthen their financial well-being by addressing a common challenge seen nationwide.  “At Delta, we know that physical, emotional, social, and financial health are essential for our people to be at their best,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “This investment in the financial well-being of our employees…

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Paper cups on board Alaska Airlines flights.

Alaska Airlines announced the completion of its transition to paper cups for inflight beverages, eliminating more than 55 million plastic cups annually and replacing them with a more planet-friendly alternative. The change to paper cups makes Alaska Airlines the first U.S. airline to eliminate plastic cups. Combined with its Boxed Water™ partnership, these changes eliminate 2.2 million pounds of plastic waste from landfills annually, the equivalent weight of 24 Boeing 737s. “Doing the right thing is one of our core values, and nothing is more right and urgent than protecting the beautiful places that we connect our guests to through…

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Scott's Cheap Flights Announces Rebrand to Going

Scott’s Cheap Flights, a travel service that has saved its 2+ million members more than $500 million on flights, has officially rebranded to Going. “We knew it was time for a brand change that recognized both where we are today and could also grow with us into the future,” said co-founder and CEO Brian Kidwell. “The name Going has this sense of motion and excitement that fits perfectly for a travel company like ours.” Going began as a modest hobby after founder Scott Keyes uncovered a $130 roundtrip ticket from NYC to Milan in 2013. But what started as a simple, cheap flight…

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American Airlines Cargo is taking part in a global effort to transport life-saving medical and sanitation supplies to Haiti as the nation struggles to control a deadly cholera outbreak. In partnership with Airlink, a nonprofit humanitarian organization dedicated to bringing critical aid to communities in crisis, American is carrying more than 55 tons of medical supplies from Europe to Miami, where they will be staged for distribution to Haiti. “We’re proud to partner with Airlink to make a positive impact on the world,” said Greg Schwendinger, President of American Airlines Cargo. “At American, our mission is to care for people on…

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SSP America Opens Hunt & Fish Grill at LaGuardia Airport's Terminal B

SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, adds Hunt & Fish Grill to its growing portfolio at LaGuardia Airport’s new Terminal B. SSP America operates 12 restaurants at the terminal with two more in development. In addition to Hunt & Fish Grill, brand highlights include the Shelly Fireman’s Brooklyn Diner, Eli’s Essentials inspired by the legendary delicatessen Eli Zabar, and Mulberry Street, a concept created in partnership with the accomplished Chef Marc Forgione. Located in Terminal B’s Western Concourse, the Grill’s namesake is the iconic Hunt & Fish Club located…

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Alison Taylor To Retire from American Airlines

American Airlines Group, Inc. announced today that Chief Customer Officer Alison Taylor will retire from the airline. Taylor will remain in an advisory role and her day-to-day responsibilities will transition to Vasu Raja, Chief Commercial Officer, and Scott Laurence, Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships and International. “Alison’s career has been nothing short of legendary,” Raja said. “She has been an integral part of our leadership team since joining American in 2016, leading the work to create a world-class experience at every step of the customer journey. We will miss Alison, but we’re very happy for her as she and…

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Hawaiian Airlines Joins Embry-Riddle’s SkillBridge Program

Hawaiian Airlines today announced it had become the newest industry partner of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) SkillBridge program, which has successfully transitioned more than 380 servicemen and women into civilian careers since its inception in 2019. “Close to 70 transitioning service members around the country who started the program on Jan. 9 will graduate on March 10,” said Angela C. Albritton, director of Military Relations and Strategic Initiatives for Embry-Riddle’s Worldwide Campus. “We’re excited that these program participants will now have the opportunity to learn more about aviation maintenance opportunities at Hawaiian Airlines.” Approximately 200,000 service members…

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Loaded Handgun LGA

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers stopped 39 handguns at New York City area airport checkpoints in 2022, an increase from the 26 guns caught in 2021. TSA officers discovered each of the firearms during the routine screening of carry-on property at airport security checkpoints. The biggest jump in the number of firearms was seen at LaGuardia Airport, where TSA officers detected 11 handguns in 2022, up from four caught in 2021. It marked the highest number of guns stopped by TSA at LaGuardia. Westchester County Airport recorded an increase from zero to four guns stopped at the checkpoint from 2021…

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JFK Airport digital backwall Delta

Delta celebrated major milestones in airport infrastructure in 2022, as the airline debuted brand-new terminals at its New York-LGA and Los Angeles hubs and opened six new or upgraded Delta Sky Clubs across the globe. But we’re not finished yet, and exciting work is ahead in 2023 – all part of Delta’s $12 billion-plus investment in airports from coast to coast and commitment to transforming the travel experience on the ground and in the air.   Delta customers in New York City can expect to see upgrades and expansions at both of Delta’s local hubs this year as New York City’s…

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Ottobot Yeti Is Ready for Autonomous Deliveries for Retailers and eCommerce

Ottonomy.IO is exhibiting the Ottobot Yeti, the first autonomous delivery robot capable of unattended deliveries, at NRF 2023, retail’s big show, at the Javitz Center in New York. Ideal for first mile, last mile deliveries and locker integration, Ottobot Yeti enables completely unattended deliveries as the next pioneering step in autonomous deliveries for companies. According to Technavio’s Autonomous Delivery Market Report, The autonomous delivery robots market size is estimated to grow by USD 24.78 bn from 2021 to 2026. Autonomous delivery robots provide restaurants, retailers, e-commerce & logistic companies with an efficient and scalable delivery solution. Ottonomy.IO has created a…

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