Annual survey ranks Taiwan-based airline as one of world’s best

TAIPEI, TAIWAN (July 9, 2012) – Invited to vote for the world’s best among air carriers, hotels, destinations and more, Travel + Leisure readers have ranked EVA Air among the Top 10 International Airlines in the 17th annual T+L World’s Best Awards survey.  Travel + Leisure asked readers to rate airlines on characteristics that included cabin comfort, in-flight service, customer service and value. Complete results of the prestigious poll will be published in Travel + Leisure’s August 2012 World’s Best Awards issue and are posted now on the magazine’s website at

Emphasizing quality service and safety throughout operations worldwide since it launched its first flight in 1991, EVA has earned previous honors, awards and distinctions for its innovative premium economy cabin, fine wines and more from international business and leisure travelers, industry experts and opinion leaders.  And it has ranked as one of the world’s safest airlines since 2004.

The airline is in the process of transforming all Boeing 777-300ERs it flies to New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Paris, Amsterdam and London with luxurious new Royal Laurel Class, a top cabin that has lie-flat seats, stowage space for everything from reading glasses to shoes within easy reach and privacy panels that passengers can use to create cozy cocoons for rest or work.  At the same time, it is updating onboard entertainment systems throughout the aircraft with multi-function AV-input outlets, USB and iPod ports and software such as Media Player, Photo Viewer and PDF Reader for the convenience of passengers traveling with personal electronic devices.  A slideshow of EVA’s new Royal Laurel Class is available at

Along with the warm, friendly service EVA is known for, it is also giving passengers a different kind of in-flight experience with its cheerfully liveried Hello Kitty Jets.  It operates the shorter-haul Hello Kitty Jets on flights between Taipei and both Tokyo airports, Narita and close-in Haneda, Chitose (Sapporo), Fukuoka, Hong Kong, Seoul,  Guam and Shanghai’s close-in Hongqiao International Airport.

EVA links a network of major business and leisure destinations worldwide, including dozens of cities in China and throughout Asia.  From Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver, it offers more trans-Pacific flights from North America to Taipei with more, easy onward connections to major business and leisure centers than any other airline. Travelers can check schedules and book flights at

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. – East Granby manufacturer Nufern is
the first Connecticut business to avail itself of the state’s new Bradley
Development Zone near Bradley International Airport. The state’s
quasi-public Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) has approved Nufern’s final
application to be eligible for a host of tax incentives offered to companies
that expand and support economic growth around the Airport.

Nufern, a global company that designs and manufactures specialty
optical fibers, fiber lasers, and amplifiers, is expanding its facility from
65,000 to 95,000 square feet.

“The Bradley Development Zone incentives helped Nufern gain corporate
support for an expansion in Connecticut.  Working through the application
was straightforward and transparent.  We admire the CAA team for
implementing the program so efficiently,” said Martin Seifert, President of

“Nufern’s inaugural status is a significant step for the Bradley Development
Zone, an important initiative,” said CAA Chair Mary Ellen Jones. “The CAA is
pleased to be able to respond quickly to the opportunities associated with
the Bradley Development Zone and ensure this job-growth program moves

East Granby First Selectman James M. Hayden – who also serves as chair of
the Bradley Development League – today applauded Nufern and the CAA for its
positive first step. “East Granby is delighted that Nufern continues to
invest in our town and in Connecticut by adding a 30,000 square foot
addition to their current building,” said Hayden. “Nufern’s investment adds
jobs, adds to the local tax base and adds to the growing number of high tech
businesses in town. We are pleased that East Granby-based Nufern is the
first company to utilize the new Bradley Airport Development Zone and its
incentives and look forward to their continued success.”

The Bradley Airport Development Zone extends tax incentives to
airport-related business firms utilizing the Airport for distribution,
manufacturing and other specified businesses that develop or acquire
property in the Zone and foster job growth. A business qualifies for tax
incentives associated with the program if it acquires an idle facility or
constructs, substantially renovates, or expands one and uses the facility
for specified uses. Eligible uses include manufacturing, as well as research
and development related to manufacturing and work to significantly service,
overhaul or rebuild machinery and equipment for industrial uses.  Incentives
are offered to eligible businesses located in East Granby, Windsor, Windsor
Locks and Suffield.

The CAA worked cooperatively with the Department of Economic and Community
Development, Bradley Development League, Metro Hartford Alliance and
municipal leaders to develop policies and procedures for the Development

The Connecticut Airport Authority was established in July 2011
to develop, improve and operate Bradley International Airport and the
state’s five general aviation airports (Danielson, Groton-New London,
Hartford-Brainard, Waterbury-Oxford, and Windham airports). The CAA Board
consists of 11 members with a broad spectrum of experience in
aviation-related and other industries as well as government. The goal of the
CAA is to make Connecticut’s airports, specifically Bradley International
Airport, more attractive to new airlines and bring in new routes, which
supports Connecticut’s overall economic development and growth strategy.

Experienced Executive Director to help strengthen Connecticut’s airports.

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. – June 20, 2012 – The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) today announces its selection of Kevin A. Dillon, A.A.E., as its Executive Director, the leadership role that  brings dedicated focus to the CAA’s mission of making Connecticut’s airports a key economic catalyst for the state.  Dillon is an experienced aviation executive with more than 36 years of experience in successful airport management, business and route development.

“With the appointment of a talented executive like Kevin Dillon, the Connecticut Airport Authority is clearly moving forward on its objective to drive economic development and growth in and around our airports,” said Governor Dannel Malloy. “Kevin knows the industry, he knows New England, and I welcome him wholeheartedly to Connecticut.”

“We are delighted that Kevin Dillon, with his diverse experience and demonstrated capabilities, will lead the CAA,” said Mary Ellen Jones, chair, Connecticut Airport Authority. “His focus on operational excellence, route service development, customer satisfaction and community engagement will help us build on the strengths of Bradley International Airport and our five general aviation airports.”

“I am very excited about this wonderful opportunity, and the chance to work with the Connecticut Airport Authority,” said Dillon. “Bradley International Airport and the general aviation airport system are critical to the state economy, and I am pleased to play a role in moving these important aviation facilities forward.”

Dillon is transitioning from his current role as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) to his new position as Executive Director of the CAA. He will join the CAA full-time in mid-July and report directly to the CAA Board of Directors. Dillon has been President and Chief Executive Officer of RIAC since February 2008, where he’s been responsible for T.F. Green Airport and the five general aviation airports in Rhode Island. He has extensive operational experience and has held senior-level positions at some of the largest aviation organizations in the U.S. His previous positions include Deputy Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Airport Director for Manchester-Boston Airport, Director, Aviation Operations at the Massachusetts Port Authority, and several managerial roles at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey including Acting General Manager of LaGuardia Airport. Dillon has a track record of building positive relationships with airport communities and stakeholders. He has demonstrated success in route and business development, including the development and implementation of significant capital plans and enhanced retail and concession programs which substantially increased airport revenues. He has a Bachelor of Science in Management and Communications from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. He also serves on the Policy Review Committee of the American Association of Airport Executives.

The Connecticut Airport Authority was established in July 2011 to develop, improve and operate Bradley International Airport and the state’s five general aviation airports (Danielson, Groton/New London, Hartford Brainard, Waterbury-Oxford, and Windham airports). The board consists of 11 members with a broad spectrum of experience in aviation-related and other industries as well as government. The goal of the CAA is to make Connecticut’s airports, specifically Bradley International airport, more attractive to new airlines and bring in new routes, which supports Connecticut’s overall economic development and growth strategy.

On May 18, 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a study called General Aviation Airports: A National Asset. The FAA conducted the 18-month study to capture the many diverse functions of general aviation (GA) airports.  As a result, the general public will have a better understanding of GA airports in the community and within the national air transportation system.

Over the last century, GA airports have evolved from unpaved landing strips to aviation hubs. This in-depth analysis highlights the pivotal role GA airports play in our society, economy, and the entire aviation system. The FAA has conducted previous commercial service airport studies, and now has analyzed both aviation segments with the completion of this GA study.

This strategic tool will help the FAA, state aeronautical agencies, and airport sponsors make planning decisions. The FAA worked with aviation-industry stakeholders including state aeronautical agencies, aviation associations, aviation user groups, airport directors, airport authorities, airport planners, academia, other federal agencies, and local councils of government.

GA airports can serve many different functions and advance the public interest, ensuring that Americans nationwide have access to medical flights, search and rescue, disaster relief, aerial firefighting, law enforcement, community access, commercial and industrial activity, flight instruction, and air cargo. The study also aligns the 2,455 GA airports based on their existing activity levels — national, regional, local, and basic.

The categories reflect the current aviation activity at the airport, such as the number and type of based aircraft, number of passenger boardings, and the type of flights.

  • national airports give communities access to national and international markets
  • regional airports connect communities to statewide and interstate markets
  • local airports provide access to intrastate and interstate markets
  • basic airports link communities with the national airport system and support general aviation activities

The FAA plans to further study some GA airports to better understand their role. The FAA will begin working in the fall of 2012 with airport sponsors and state aeronautic divisions to identify the activities these 497 airports support, and how they serve the public interest.

The study does not affect an airport sponsors’ eligibility to receive federal funding, and does not remove any airports from the federal five-year planning document called the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems.

The FAA will incorporate findings of the study into existing GA airport guidance. The United States has the largest and most diverse network of airports in the world and general aviation is a critical component. GA airports do more than relieve congestion at other airports, and in 2009 contributed $38.8 billion to the economy.

The legislation creating the Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) was signed into law last summer with the goal of transforming Bradley International and the state’s five general aviation airports into vibrant economic drivers for the state. The law was just the first step of many to unlocking the full potential of the state’s airports.

Since October 2011, when the CAA Board had its inaugural meeting, Board members have been diligently working to build a structure to ensure it can contribute to Connecticut’s overall economical development and growth strategy.

“As a quasi-public agency, the CAA Board has the independence and flexibility to be responsive to the airport’s stakeholders as well as economic opportunities for the airports. Our goal is to make Connecticut’s airports, especially Bradley International Airport, more attractive to passengers, cargo operators, airlines and others so that we can  bring in more flights, more routes and more businesses,” said CAA Chairwoman Mary Ellen Jones.  “We’ve been actively engaged with airlines, airport concession operators and business and community groups to achieve this objective.”

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Bradley International Airport (BDL) has joined Twitter and is encouraging travelers to sign up for automatic, informative tweets on weather delays, travel tips and events at New England’s second-largest airport. Anyone can follow BDL tweets by going to or clicking on the familiar Twitter bird icon now featured on the airport’s home page,

“When people are traveling, up-to-date information is critical. Bradley customers can now ensure that they’re getting the latest through our tweets,” said Mary Ellen Jones, Chairwoman of the Connecticut Airport Authority, which oversees Bradley along with the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT). “Travelers should also check with their air carriers regarding specific flights, but the addition of Twitter will help round out Bradley’s overall customer communication and service efforts.”

Often, weather or other conditions in a distant city can have a direct impact on flights arriving from or departing for that city. So, a typical tweet might be, “Denver Airport is experiencing some delays due to weather in the Denver area. Contact your airline for the latest information.”

“Receiving Bradley tweets could not be easier – just sign up and stay up to the minute,” said DOT Commissioner James P. Redeker. “Whether you’re heading out or trying to get home, you can never have too much information about your flight. Please go to the Bradley website and sign up today!”

Please note that BDL will be sending tweets only, not responding to tweets from individuals.

Bradley International Airport, located in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, is the second largest in New England and serves an extensive geographic area, as its customer base covers the entire Northeast including Western Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey.  According to the most recent economic impact analysis, Bradley contributes $4 billion in economic activity to the state of Connecticut and the surrounding region, representing $1.2 billion in wages and 18,000 full-time jobs.

With a solution designed to improve travel safety and the passenger experience,  NCR Corporation announced its authentication technology was selected by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for use in a pilot that aims to automatically verify passenger identification documents and boarding passes.

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A restored B-29 Superfortress at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks.

Connecticut led much of the aerospace industry’s rapid development throughout the second half of the 20th century, so it’s fitting that New England’s largest aerospace museum is located here in the state.

The New England Air Museum, spanning three large hangars of exhibits adjacent to the Bradley International Airport, is home to over 80 restored military and civilian aircraft. Many of the exhibited planes and components were designed or manufactured in the state.

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Oxford, CT, March 13, 2012 – Key Air, a leading national provider of worldwide private jet charter, best-in-class aircraft management and FBO services is pleased to announce it has recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Pentastar Aviation for an East Coast maintenance base and related support services. Pentastar Aviation is a well known provider of maintenance services that include heavy inspections, structural repairs and modifications, as well as avionics/systems installations. The planned strategic alliance will provide for the opening of a Pentastar Aviation-operated repair station to be located at Key Air’s expansive, state-of-the-art FBO facility at Waterbury-Oxford Airport (OXC). The MOU, commencing on May 1, 2012, affords Key Air’s managed clients and FBO tenants a broader array of services than previously available.

“We are excited about our alliance with Pentastar. They are a great national brand known for their quality maintenance services and we are pleased to have them open a maintenance center at our Waterbury-Oxford FBO.” states Bob Marinace, President and CEO of Key Air. “Our managed clients and tenants will directly benefit from having a provider of all levels of maintenance, inspections and installations right here in the Northeast.”

Aircraft based locally to the Waterbury-Oxford Airport, as well as Key Air’s managed fleet will be offered preferred rates for services performed at both the new Pentastar location as well as their headquarters operations in greater Detroit. Pentastar Aviation and Key Air expect to announce finalization of their alliance, as well as the timetable for launching the new Pentastar-OXC facility, later this spring.

“Upon finalization of the agreement with our colleagues at Key Air, we look forward to providing East Coast customers with the technical expertise, passionate customer focus and attention to detail that have made Pentastar’s maintenance, repair and avionics services so trusted in our industry.” added Edsel B. Ford II, Pentastar Chairman and Owner.

The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Conn. will hold its annual SPACE EXPO on Sunday, April 1, 2012.  The theme of the event is “Celebrate the Year of the Solar System”.

 More than 15 exhibitors from across New England will participate in the event including Hamilton Sundstrand Division of United Technologies, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Aldrich Astronomical Society, McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, the CATO Rocketry Club, NASA, One Giant Leap, Arunah Hill Natural Science Center and the Talcott Mountain Science Center. 

 Most of the activities will be hands-on. Visitors can meet an astronaut, try on a real space suit, pilot a space craft simulator, touch a meteorite, learn about the atmosphere of Mars, and build a rocket and much more.  Charles Bourland, co-author of The Astronaut’s Cookbook, will be sharing his career experience with NASA developing menus for our astronauts.

 There will be several guest appearances and presentations throughout the day including two by NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio, a native of Waterbury, Conn.  Mastracchio was selected for NASA’s astronaut program in 1996 and is a veteran of three space flights, having flown on the Atlantis, Endeavour and Discovery space shuttles on which he has logged nearly 40 days in Space.  In addition to his two presentations, he will be available to talk with visitors.

 The Space Expo will run from 10 AM to 4:30 PM.  For the convenience of visitors, a food vendor will be on hand all day.  The New England Air Museum is located by Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn.  For further information call the Museum at (860) 623-3305 or visit

This event is being co-sponsored by the Connecticut College Space Grant Consortium and Hamilton Sundstrand Division of United Technologies.