Posts Tagged ‘New York’


[Yahoo News] Friday’s unimaginable massacre in Newtown, Conn., that left 28 people dead is still incomprehensible for many of us. As a nation, we mourn the loss of life and innocence, particularly of the 20 children from Sandy Hook Elementary School. Two of the young victims’ funerals will be held today, for Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner.

News of what JetBlue did traveled through Twitter and all over social media.

News of what JetBlue did traveled through Twitter and all over social media. Photo: Wikipedia

Noah’s family wanted letters from his friends and family buried with him, and now thanks to social media and the compassion displayed by one airline, the Pozner family’s wish will be granted.

On Sunday, Noah’s aunt, Victoria Haller, tweeted to Delta and JetBlue asking for help getting letters from her 5-year-old son, who lives in Seattle with her, to Connecticut in time for today’s funeral. Both airlines responded. Delta tweeted back a phone number to its cargo department. JetBlue tweetedHaller back asking for her number so they could get in touch with her.

Using the hashtag #LoveForNoah, Haller tweeted, “My friends at JetBlue really took a risk taking on this huge responsibility and we will all be eternally grateful. #LoveForNoah.” JetBlue quickly sprang to action and got the letters from Haller’s family onto the red-eye flight from Seattle to New York to make it to Noah’s funeral in time. JetBlue tweeted to Haller, “Again, we here at JetBlue find it a privilege and an honor to have been a part of this. #LoveForNoah from our family to yours!”

News of what JetBlue did traveled through Twitter and all over social media. People were impressed by the airline’s response and sent messages such as, “well done JetBlue” and “the smallest thing makes the biggest difference.”

The Trending Now team spoke with a JetBlue representative who confirmed Haller’s story. We hope that this act of kindness from JetBlue will help bring some sort of solace to Noah’s family…..

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17th Dec, 2012


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[Reuters] U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines said it had bought Singapore Airlines‘ 49 percent stake in Britain’s Virgin Atlantic for $360 million (223.7 million pounds) and agreed a transatlantic joint venture with Virgin.

The airlines said they would file an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation for competition clearance

The airlines said they would file an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation for competition clearance: Photo: Wikipedia

Virgin and Delta on Tuesday said under the joint venture they would share costs and revenues on routes between Britain and North America.

The pair plan to cooperate on services between New York and London, with a total of nine daily round-trip flights from London Heathrow to John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport.

“Our new partnership with Virgin Atlantic will strengthen both airlines and provide a more effective competitor between North America and the U.K., particularly on the New York-London route, which is the largest airline route between the U.S. and Europe,” said Delta Chief Executive Richard Anderson.

The airlines said they would file an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation for competition clearance and that the deal would need to be reviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Union’s competition regulator.

The deal will enable Delta to expand at London’s Heathrow airport, a lucrative hub for corporate passengers where landing slots are generally hard to acquire. Virgin is the second-largest carrier at Heathrow after IAG’s British Airways.

Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport, is operating at close to full capacity after Britain’s coalition government blocked its expansion in 2010.

British entrepreneur Richard Branson said he would…….

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Reuters
11th Dec, 2012



[LBC] American Airlines (AA) has been forced to cancel dozens of flights so it can fix seats which could come loose on its fleet of Boeing 757 jets.

AA: Seat coming loose on its fleet of Boeing 757 jets.  Photo: Wikipedia

AA: Seat coming loose on its fleet of Boeing 757 jets. Photo: Wikipedia

The move is affecting thousands of passengers who were due to fly on almost 100 flights on Thursday and Friday. American says all the planes should be back in service by Saturday.

The decision to take 48 of its 757s out of service followed two separate incidents in which passenger seats came loose mid-flight.

An American Airlines flight from Boston to Miami was forced to make an emergency landing in New York on Saturday.

On Monday a second AA flight from New York to Miami returned to John F Kennedy International Airport after loose seats were discovered. No injuries were reported in either incident.

AA said both planes had recently undergone maintenance work that required seats to be removed and reinstalled.

“After further analysis by our engineering team, the company is taking additional preventative steps to enhance the locking mechanism features used to secure the seats to the aircraft floor,” AA said in a statement.

“American has instructed mechanics to pay particular attention to the seat lock plunger mechanism that secures the seat to the aircraft floor. Mechanics have begun taking steps necessary to ensure that no seat can become dislodged from its track.”

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is also looking into the incidents, which involved separate repair facilities.

The safety problems have added to a growing unease at the airline which has been hit by tensions with unions over cost-cutting and lay-offs since it filed for bankruptcy last November.

A recent spate of delays and cancellations have annoyed passengers, but aviation experts have warned just the hint of mechanical issues could frighten off customers and even threaten the airline’s existence…….

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[NY Daily News] The Indian government warned striking pilots of state-run Air India that it may hire replacements if they continue their nearly three-week walkout, after talks failed to make any headway.

"We can think of hiring new pilots," Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said late Frida"We can think of hiring new pilots," Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said late Friday

“We can think of hiring new pilots,” Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said late Friday.
Photo: Wikipedia

Over 200 pilots went on strike earlier this month over former Indian Airlines pilots, who moved to Air India when the domestic and international carriers merged in 2007, being trained for new Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes.

The strikers say the plan to allow the ex-Indian Airlines to pilot the Dreamliners could wreck their career prospects.

“We can think of hiring new pilots,” Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said late Friday after a 90-minute meeting with the Indian Pilots’ Guild ended without a breakthrough, the Press Trust of India reported.

Singh’s meeting was the first between the government and the pilots since the start of the strike, which has forced the cancellation or rerouting of flights to New York, Chicago, Tokyo and other international destinations.

The dispute with the debt-laden carrier has now spread to cover service conditions and wage agreements.

The government has fired more than 100 of the pilots but has said they could be taken back on a “case-by-case” basis if all striking pilots return to work.

The Air India pilots’ union insists its members will….

Read the full story at The NY Daily News…..


Saturday, May 26th 2012,
Original article © Agence France Presse 2012



[NEW YORK and ISTANBUL] JetBlue Airways, New York’s Hometown Airline, and Turkish Airlines, the fast growing global carrier, today announced an interline agreement to connect the carriers’ networks at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport.

This summer, Turkish Airlines plans to bolster its already robust schedule from New York by offering three daily nonstop flights to the thriving city of Istanbul

This summer, Turkish Airlines plans to bolster its already robust schedule from New York by offering three daily nonstop flights to the thriving city of Istanbul.  Photo: Wikipedia

 – New global connections available via New York, Washington, and Istanbul –
– Turkish to offer three daily nonstops from New York to Istanbul this summer –

Through this new partnership, customers will be able to transfer in either U.S. city between Turkish Airlines- and JetBlue-operated flights while enjoying one-stop ticketing and check-in plus hassle-free baggage transfer and other benefits. JetBlue offers connections to and from dozens of cities throughout the United States including Boston, Massachusetts; Buffalo/Niagara Falls, New York; Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina; Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

This summer, Turkish Airlines plans to bolster its already robust schedule from New York by offering three daily nonstop flights to the thriving city of Istanbul – the most of any airline serving the market. Turkish also offers daily nonstop service between Istanbul and the U.S. capital. The carrier’s transatlantic flights are operated in the comfort of its Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 fleet, offering travellers three classes of service, premium meal options, internet connectivity, and a wide array of personal in-flight entertainment choices.

Turkish Airlines has rapidly grown to become one of the world’s largest carriers, serving the most destinations of any European airline from a single airport. Its network touches nearly 200 cities across five continents, affording connecting travellers service throughout Europe, the Middle East, all corners of Africa, the Indian Subcontinent and Asia Pacific. JetBlue’s new relationship with Turkish Airlines expands travel options by opening up a number of exciting new destinations in Europe, Africa, and Asia that were previously unavailable through its other partner airlines.

At New York's JFK Airport, Turkish Airlines operates from Terminal 1

At New York’s JFK Airport, Turkish Airlines operates from Terminal 1

In the United States, Turkish Airlines also serves Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.

Known for its award-winning customer service, JetBlue offers Turkish Airlines transfer travellers a premium experience that includes all-leather seating, unlimited free snacks and drinks, plus the most legroom in economy class (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch) as well as the most free live entertainment of any U.S. airline. JetBlue also operates one of America’s youngest and most fuel-efficient airline fleets, with 172 Airbus and EMBRAER aircraft.

At JFK Airport, Turkish Airlines operates from Terminal 1 while JetBlue operates from nearby Terminal 5, a quick ride away on the airport’s free AirTrain service. JetBlue’s Terminal 5, the newest at JFK, offers customers an impressive airport experience complete with unique retail and dining options. Learn more about T5 at http://www.jetblue.com/travel/jfk.

“Turkish Airlines has quickly established itself as one of the world’s leading airlines, and we are pleased to be partnering with them during this impressive period of growth,” said JetBlue Chief Commercial Officer Robin Hayes. “With service from Washington plus three daily flights from JFK to Istanbul and beyond, our new partnership with this respected carrier will allow JetBlue customers to travel virtually anywhere on Earth with a single ticket.”

Turkish Airlines’ Chief Investment and Technology Officer, Ahmet Bolat, Ph.D. added, “We believe that this new partnership will boost traffic between Turkey and the U.S. with JetBlue’s wide-ranging network via New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport. We’re very excited to bring JetBlue service to Turkish Airlines’ customers.”

About JetBlue Airways
JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline(TM) with other focus cities in Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, and Orlando. Known for its award-winning service and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch) as well as super-spacious Even More Space seats. JetBlue is also America’s first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights, with meaningful and specific compensation for customers inconvenienced by service disruptions within JetBlue’s control. Visit www.jetblue.com/promise for details. JetBlue serves 71 cities with 700 daily flights. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For information call +1 800-538-2583 (+1-801-449-2525 from Istanbul and other foreign cities), TTY/TDD +1 800-336-5530, or visit www.jetblue.com.

About Turkish Airlines
Established in 1933 with a fleet of only five airplanes, Star Alliance member, Turkish Airlines is today a four star airline with a fleet of 179 aircraft (passenger and cargo) flying to 191 cities around the world, comprised of 40 domestic and 151 international destinations. One of the fastest growing airline companies, Turkish Airlines has received several “Passengers Choice Awards” from the consumer ranking group, Skytrax. Based on 2011 results, Turkish Airlines has been chosen as the winner in 3 categories, “Best Airline Europe”, “Best Premium Economy Seats” for its Comfort Class seats and “Best Airline Southern Europe”. It has also received awards for its catering and holds a coveted 4-star designation, putting the airline in a small group of top quality carriers. Turkish Airlines was also given the Skytrax designation of “World’s Best Economy Class On-board Catering” in 2010, and Skyscanner’s “Best On-board Food 2011”. Long haul Business Class passengers also enjoy the Flying Chef service on-board. For more information visit www.thy.com.


SOURCE JetBlue Airways
15th May, 2012



[San Francisco Chronicle] After many years of planning is preparing to start their landmark nonstop passenger and freight service from John F Kennedy Airport in New York to St. Petersburg Russia.

Balia will offer nonstop passenger and freight services from John F Kennedy Airport in New York to St. Petersburg Russia

Balia will offer nonstop passenger and freight services from John F Kennedy Airport in New York to St. Petersburg Russia. Photo: Baltia.com

Baltia staff are presently working on the rigorous FAA Air Carrier Certification process.

Baltia is the newest airline in the United States since Virgin America completed its FAA Certification and took to the skies in 2006.

Igor Dmitrowsky, President and CEO of BALTIA, has spent years pursuing his vision and passion to bring this airline to fruition.

CEO, "Baltia aims to provide the ultimate flying experience to its passengers and bring joy and excitement to flying"

CEO, “Baltia aims to provide the ultimate flying experience to its passengers and bring joy and excitement to flying”

“Baltia aims to provide the ultimate flying experience to its passengers and bring joy and excitement to flying”, he stated. Because Baltia is thoughtfully organized and efficient, the new airline is expected to be profitable from the start.

As a JFK based airline Baltia will provide hundreds of new employment opportunities in New York.

Baltia will take passengers back to the hay days of air travel with passenger service being…..

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San Francisco Chronicle
Monday, May 7, 2012



[Guardian] In a bird strike of a different breed, Byrdie the Rhodesian ridgeback bolted from her crate before her flight could take off.

A man attempts to retrieve the pup after it escaped from its cage at LaGuardia airport in New York City. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A man attempts to retrieve the pup after it escaped from its cage at LaGuardia airport in New York City. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A pooch named, appropriately enough, Byrdie, took flight at New York’s LaGuardia airport on Wednesday – but not in the way her owner intended.

The 30lb Rhodesian ridgeback bolted from her crate as she was being loaded onto her Memphis-bound Delta Air flight Wednesday, shutting down all traffic at the bustling hub for 10 minutes.

Authorities tried unsuccessfully to collar the 14-month-old pup, who took off down the tarmac and refused to to be corralled. Desperate Port Authority cops finally pulled the dog’s owner, Austin Varner, off the flight and drove her onto the runway.

“Your dog escaped,” a Delta employee told Varner, according to the New York Post. “We have got her kind of surrounded, but can’t catch her.”

“Get me out there,” Varner reportedly…….

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The Guardian
26th April, 2012



[Mail Online] A JetBlue flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Westchester County Airport, New York last night after two geese smacked into its windshield.

The JetBlue flight made an emergency landing at Westchester County Airport

The JetBlue flight made an emergency landing at Westchester County Airport

Pilots were forced to ground the craft – an Embraer 190 – after hitting the birds shortly after takeoff at 6.45pm.

The bird strike is the second to ground a New York flight in less than a week, after a Delta plane was forced to turn back to JFK Airport last Thursday.

A spokeswoman for JetBlue said the affected plane was flight 571 to West Palm Beach, which had 54 passengers and four crew members on board.

One of the pilots radioed controllers immediately after hitting the birds, saying, ‘We got to come back. We hit two big geese. We are declaring an emergency.’

The plane travelled just six miles from the airport before turning back, and passengers found themselves back on the tarmac a mere seven minutes after leaving it.

Nobody was injured as a result of the incident, but the weighty birds were less…..

Read the full story at The Mail Online……


By Rebecca Seales
25 April 2012



The FINANCIAL — JetBlue Airways, New York’s Official Hometown Airline opened its new corporate headquarters in Long Island City, Queens.

The move, announced in 2010, keeps nearly 1,000 jobs in New York

The move, announced in 2010, keeps nearly 1,000 jobs in New York

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Senator Charles E. Schumer and other top government leaders joined JetBlue’s President and CEO Dave Barger in cutting the ribbon on the airline’s innovative new home, the latest addition to the vibrant Long Island City community.

The decision to keep its headquarters in New York City was announced in 2010, setting JetBlue on a journey to combine into one main corporate support center its former Forest Hills, Queens office where more than 900 crewmembers and business partners worked, with its Darien, Conn. office where approximately 70 crewmembers worked.

JetBlue’s crewmembers from Darien, who provide transactional financial support for the airline, now work alongside colleagues in Long Island City, bringing 70 jobs to the Empire State.
“Since our start up in New York in 1998 and our first flight from JFK in 2000, JetBlue’s home, heart and soul have always remained in New York,” said Mr. Barger.

“Now in our second decade, we are growing jobs with this new office, serving seven Empire State destinations with more daily seats between New York City and upstate than any other airline, and growing the regional economy with competitive fares. JetBlue is proud to stay here in New York, grow here in New York and continue being New York’s hometown airline.”

See the full story at The FINANCIAL….


http://finchannel.com
09/04/2012