Memphis International Airport Notes

December 2006

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Airport Wins North American Award for Spicing-up Concessions

Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) named Memphis International Airport as the Richard A. Griesbach Award of Excellence winner in the 2006 Airport Concessions Contest.

This award is the highest award an airport can receive for its concession program. Memphis International's Concourse B was selected as "Best Overall" among all airports. In addition, the food and beverage program received a first place award, and the retail specialty program won a second place award. According to one of the award judges, "The essence of Memphis is truly captured in the overall design… I would find it hard to even leave the airport. Great job."

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FedEx Orders 15 Boeing 777 Freighters

FedEx Express, a division of FedEx Corp, has placed an order with The Boeing Company for 15 new Boeing 777 Freighter aircraft with the option to purchase an additional 15 aircraft. FedEx has cancelled its order for 10 Airbus A380s. The decision to move forward with the Boeing 777s came after further delays in the delivery of the A380s were announced by Airbus.

The Boeing 777F is the world's largest twin-engine cargo aircraft with a range of more than 6,100 nautical miles and a revenue payload capacity of 171,000 pounds. It will be able to fly 2,200 more nautical miles and carry 8,500 pounds more than the MD-11F, which is FedEx's primary long-haul aircraft… more »

Boeing 777

Boeing 777 Freighter


Bob Wilson Inducted into Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame

In November, high-flier Bob Wilson, president of Wilson Air, Inc., was inducted into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame for his contributions to aviation.

Wilson served in the Tennessee Air National Guard (TANG) for more than 30 years. During his service with TANG he served as Aircraft Commander, Flight Commander, 155th Airlift Squadron Commander, Wing Chief of Safety and Director of Operations for the 164th Airlift Wing at Memphis International Airport. Wilson is an Air Force Command Pilot with over 12,000 hours of flight time in a long list of military and civilian aircraft… more »

Bob Wilson, president of Wilson Air, Inc.

Bob Wilson
President, Wilson Air, Inc.


Tips for Wrapping, Shipping and Holiday Travel

The holiday season is upon us and many people plan to either carry gifts in their luggage or to ship them to their destination. It is important to know how to pack and ship items properly to avoid damaging important gifts, because a broken picture frame or perished food just doesn't say "you're special."

Do not wrap gifts if you are going to pack them in checked or carry-on luggage… more »

Holiday Travel Tips


Check out our Annual Report

It has been a busy year for Memphis International Airport. The Annual Report highlights some of the activity over the last year including information on the Airport's economic impact, cargo leadership, Tennessee Air National Guard updates, our carriers, the Memphis experience at the airport, general aviation, and the awards and recognition given to the Airport over the last 12 months.

Copies of the Annual Report can be downloaded here. If you would like to receive a printed copy of the Annual Report, please e-mail

Annual Report

Memphis International Airport
Annual Report


Flight to Amsterdam Full Since Aircraft Changed to Airbus A330

The flight from Memphis to Amsterdam has been full since the aircraft changed to the A330 from the older DC-10 on October 29. The A330 is a more comfortable, spacious plane to travel in than the DC-10 which offered little in the way of passenger amenities and entertainment.

The A330 boasts a new in-flight entertainment system (IFE) which uses the latest in on-board technology, yet is simple to operate. Passengers can select what movies, shows, games and music they want. Movies and shows can be paused, rewound and fast-forwarded at the touch of a button, so passengers get to watch what they want and when they want.


Airbus A330


Airport Statistics Highlights


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