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.

Travelers who want to board an airplane will soon need a star on their driver’s license, indicating that it is a REAL ID-compliant credential or they will need another form of approved identification to board their flight or enter a secure federal facility. New Jersey’s REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards have a small star in the upper right corner to indicate that it meets new federal regulations that establish minimum security standards and New York’s REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and ID cards have a star inside a black circle, also in the upper right corner. Additionally, New York…

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All-new for 2022 was the School Sisters of Notre Dame annual fundraiser. Instead of the annual Mardi Gras party, the sisters shook things up and went with a Shuffle Into Spring theme. The event was held at Villa Russo in Richmond Hill and honored Cheryl Jones from Royal Waste Services. The crowd had a roaring great time with the high-energy DJ that featured Radio Bingo, a new twist on the classic game that got everyone dancing in their seats and out onto the dance floor. The event was very well attended by the airport community, fans of Cheryl Jones, and supporters of…

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JetBlue announced it has enhanced its proposal to the Board of Directors of Spirit to acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Spirit for $33 cash per share. The enhanced proposal offers Spirit shareholders both superior financial value and greater certainty than the Frontier transaction: Divestiture commitment: If necessary, JetBlue would agree to divest assets of JetBlue and Spirit up to a material adverse effect on Spirit, with a limited carve-out for actions that would adversely impact JetBlue’s Northeast Alliance (NEA) with American Airlines.Remedy package to address NEA and regulatory concerns: JetBlue would offer a remedy package that includes the divestiture…

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Aviation High School and SUNY Empire State College representatives formally signed a new partnership that will credit Aviation High School graduates who earn their Federal Aviation Administration airframe or powerplant license with 28 to 29 college credits towards a bachelor’s degree in transportation management or labor studies, roughly the equivalent of one year of college before enrolling in courses at SUNY Empire State College. This new Aviation High School partnership was brought together with the help and support of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the United Federation of Teachers, and the American Federation of Teachers. Visit the…

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Unifi recently secured full ground handling contracts at six new stations for Breeze Airways. The locations include Los Angeles, CA, Nashville, TN, Jacksonville, FL, Las Vegas, NV, San Bernardino, CA, and San Francisco, CA. The new stations bring Unifi’s total locations with Breeze to 17, expanding their position as the airline’s largest provider of ground handling services. “We are extremely proud and happy to expand our partnership with Breeze Airways to support them across more locations in their rapidly expanding network,” commented Gautam Thakkar, Unifi’s CEO. Unifi provides full ground handling for Breeze Airways at the following locations: Akron, OH;…

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SWISS is using artificial intelligence and Google Cloud technology to further enhance its flight operations. Its aim in doing so: is to interlink all the relevant data from its various operating units to make its flight operations more stable, more efficient, and more sustainable, too. The endeavors should also help minimize the impact of any irregularities on SWISS’s traveling guests. Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) has been working under a broader strategic partnership to use Google Cloud technology to develop a platform that facilitates the planning and steering of the airline’s daily flight operations. The new platform will help the…

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The American Airlines Cadet Academy and American Airlines Credit Union announced a new partnership, bringing an additional suite of new financial options for incoming candidates accepted into the Cadet Academy program. “We’re extremely excited to partner with American Airlines in providing tuition financing along with personalized care and service to this specialized group of students,” said Lori Hall, Credit Union Senior Vice President, Member Experience. “Our comprehensive financial wellness program is tailored to assist the next generation of pilots in balancing their technical skills with the financial education needed to succeed in their future careers.” As part of the Credit…

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ClimateCare has expertise in climate and sustainable development and was selected by Menzies to further its Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) commitments. The partnership will enable Menzies to compensate for unavoidable carbon emissions with a portfolio of socially responsible projects as the company works towards becoming carbon neutral by 2033, its 200th anniversary. Menzies is supporting three projects: providing clean cookstoves in Bangladesh, afforestation initiatives in Mexico, and rainforest protection measures in Indonesia. They align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals that Menzies has committed to advance as a signatory of the UN Global Compact. Menzies is focused on removing…

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JetBlue Airways announced the appointment of Jeff Winter as the carrier’s new vice president, JetBlue University. He will report to Warren Christie, JetBlue’s head of safety, security, fleet operations, and JetBlue University. Based in Orlando, Fla., Winter will oversee the company’s award-winning training programs and facilities. Jeff Winter, Vice President, JetBlue University From locations in Orlando, New York, and Salt Lake City, JetBlue University offers new hire and recurrent training for JetBlue’s airports, customer support (reservations), flight operations, inflight, system operations, and technical operations (maintenance) crewmembers, as well as pilot training services for a variety of other airlines around the…

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Airport hospitality specialist OTG has named Jill Myers as the company’s Vice President of Business Diversity and Community Engagement. Jill Myers, Vice President Business Diversity and Community Engagement, OTG Myers, who has worked in the airport hospitality industry for over 30 years, was most recently OTG Vice President Global Retail Brand Development. Earlier in her career, she held senior positions with Stellar and HMSHost and managed large real estate projects. Myers was also a legislative aide in the Georgia House of Representatives. Jill Myers assumes the role of Vice President of Business Diversity and Community Engagement at OTG Her new…

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