While aircraft manufacturers reported billions of dollars worth of sales at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow, which took place July 9 to 15, the number of firm deals dipped from last year. This year saw a proliferation of memorandums of understanding and letters of intent as compared with last year’s higher number of firm orders. Richard Aboulafia, a vice president at the consulting firm Teal Group Corp., attributes airline wariness to “a perpetual European crisis, sluggish U.S. numbers and much slower emerging market growth.” Read more here.

by Staff Airlines and Destinations July 16, 2012

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By BRIAN DOWLING and MARA LEE The Hartford Courant

Publication: The Day

Published 07/12/2012 12:00 AM
An ambitious expansion of Bradley International Airport, with an additional terminal and parking garage, would benefit the region’s economy while making travel smoother for Connecticut residents and visitors, according to a detailed new plan.

The plan – parts of which may not come about until demand materializes, which could take many years – includes a 19-gate terminal at the location of the old Murphy Terminal, which closed in 2010 as the oldest terminal at any major U.S. airport.

A parking garage with consolidated car rental facilities would rise where the surface lot is now located in front of the Murphy Terminal, and the airport would have its own power plant on site. To continue reading click here.


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 travelandleisure.com.

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 royallaurel.evaair.com.

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 evaair.com.

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.

HARTFORD, Conn. and SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (January 5, 2012) – JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU) today launched nonstop service between Hartford-Springfield’s Bradley International Airport (BDL) and San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU). Flights are on sale today through January 13, 2012 at www.jetblue.com/new as low as $139 (a) each way for travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between January 19 and February 15, 2012.

“We are proud to support the strong business and family ties between Hartford and San Juan with this new nonstop service,” said John Checketts, director of route planning for JetBlue Airways. “JetBlue thinks the flight should be an enjoyable part of the journey, from the most legroom in coach to unlimited name brand snacks, and your own personal entertainment choices. We would like to thank the communities in Connecticut and Puerto Rico for their strong support of JetBlue.”

“The mutual commitment between JetBlue and Bradley continues to grow. New travel options opening new destinations draw more customers, which benefits everyone,” said Mary Ellen Jones, Chair of the Connecticut Airport Authority. “With Connecticut’s special ties to Puerto Rico, I am confident that this non-stop service to San Juan will add another chapter to JetBlue’s success story in our state.”

“Puerto Rico had a 4.1 percent increase in tourists during the fiscal year 2010-2011, as measured by hotel registrations. For the 2011-2012 season, we expect better results with more visitors heading this way to discover why Puerto Rico does it better. JetBlue’s new non-stop service between Hartford-Springfield’s Bradley International Airport (BDL) and San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) now provides additional flight options to travelers from one of our top markets in the East Coast to our Island. The Puerto Rico Tourism Company welcomes this new service and thanks the airline for the additional seats,” said the Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Mario González Lafuente.


Groton New London Airport gains safety upgradeFederal Aviation Administration Regional Administrator Amy Lind Corbett and Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker visited in December and unveiled the newly installed emergency arresting system at Groton-New London Airport designed to stop planes that overshoot the runway. It is the first such system installed in Connecticut.

“With this system, we have taken another major step toward making this airport safer for everyone,” said DOT Commissioner Redeker. “This system has a 100 percent success record everywhere it has been installed and it is great news that we have been able to get it here in Groton.”

“With the installation of this system at Groton-New London, pilots and passengers will begin reaping the safety benefits of this technology immediately,” said Corbett, regional administrator for FAA’s New England Region.

The “Engineered Materials Arresting System,” or EMAS, is a bed of customized cellular cement material, according to Zodiac Aerospace’s Engineered Arresting Systems Corporation, the manufacturer. It is designed to crush under the weight of an aircraft, thus providing safe, predictable, controlled stop.

Mary Ellen Jones, chair of the new Connecticut Airport Authority, said the system is “consistent with the objectives of the Authority in keeping Connecticut at the forefront of technology and safety.”

The $9 million Groton-New London system, at both ends of the 5,000-foot main runway, is one of some 67 EMAS systems that have been installed at airports around the world. Other airports in the region, including JFK, LaGuardia, Newark and Boston Logan, have EMAS systems.

“The controlled deceleration achieved with EMAS reduces the risk of personal injury and damage to the aircraft. Yet, the bed remains accessible by rescue and recovery vehicles, so runway downtime is minimized,” according to a statement by Engineered Arresting Systems Corporation. “Winter weather conditions do not affect the system’s performance and snow can be easily removed.”

Funding for the EMAS project came almost entirely through the Federal Aviation Administration. The state contributed $790,000 for the project.

The EMAS system successfully stopped a plane on November 3, 2011, at Key West International Airport in Florida, with minimal damage. Four days earlier, another plane overshot the other end of the same runway, which did not have an EMAS system; although it stopped safely at the end of the airfield, the second plane was heavily damaged.

Mary Ellen Jones, Chair of the newly-formed Connecticut Airport Authority and Commissioner James P. Redeker today celebrated the grand opening of Traveltini Martini Bar in Terminal A, Concourse C, at Bradley International Airport.
“Traveltini is a fabulous addition to other wonderful concessions at Bradley Airport,” said Ms. Jones. “The martini bar has a very upscale feel and offers a quiet respite from the hustle-bustle inside the airport. Passengers can sit back, relax and enjoy a cocktail and selections off a casual menu.”

Commissioner Redeker added, “Bradley’s customers asked for new and interesting offerings at the Airport, and we heard their requests. Many months of planning and design occurred before the first martini could be poured…the result is a fantastic new venue for our customers. In addition, five new jobs were created with the opening of Traveltini.”

Bradley International Airport 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.