Memphis International Airport Notes

August 2007

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World's Largest Plane Flies a Heavy Load Out of Memphis

There was a lot of heavy lifting going on in June and July at the Memphis International Airport. The world's largest plane, the Antonov AN-225 made four trips to Memphis to help relocate an entire emergency power plant from Southaven, Mississippi to Kuwait City, Kuwait.

The AN-225 was needed to transport four 133-metric-ton gas turbines. Only one turbine could be transported per flight and it was a tight squeeze in the belly of the plane with only 10 centimeters of clearance at the top of the cargo deck. So how big is the AN-225? Its wing-span and length are both nearly the size of a football field. It has six jet engines and uses six crew members on the flight deck. The AN-225 has a maximum take-off weight of 1.3 million pounds, so it was the ideal plane to move the heavy turbines… more »


Antonov AN-225

Antonov AN-225

 

Frontier Airlines Announces Additional Memphis Flights and Frequencies, Including Non-Stop Ft. Lauderdale Service

Memphis travelers are about to get a lot more ways to enjoy Frontier Airlines' (NASDAQ: FRNT) low fares and industry leading customer service. By year's end, Frontier will have increased service to all three cities it currently serves from Memphis - Denver, Las Vegas and Orlando - and added a daily flight to a fourth destination: Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Frontier's Memphis service enhancements begin September 6:

  • Sept. 6, 2007: Flight to and from Las Vegas increases to five days per week with a convenient, new fall daytime schedule
  • Nov. 15, 2007: Daily service to and from Ft. Lauderdale begins, as does an additional, third flight to and from Denver
  • Dec. 15, 2007: Additional second flight to and from Orlando begins

The new flights and frequencies will bring Frontier's total non-stop flights to and from Memphis to seven, all of which will utilize Frontier's new Airbus aircraft with 24 channels of DIRECTV service and four pay-per-view movie choices in every seat.




 

Northwest's New Regional Jets Offer First-class Seats and Roomier Cabins

Northwest Airlines is adding 72 new 76-seat jets to its fleet through 2008. The airline's Mesaba subsidiary will be flying 36 Bombardier CRJ-900s, while Compass, Northwest's new subsidiary, will be flying 36 Embraer 175s.

The new jets are more fuel-efficient than the gas guzzling 69-seat Avros and older DC-9s which they are replacing. The CRJ900 airliner has the best economics of any airliner in its class, with seat-mile costs comparable to those of new generation narrow-body aircraft. Both jets have a very distinct first-class area which offers 12 roomier and more comfortable seats. Northwest officials hope business travelers will want to purchase the first-class seats, especially since many of the regional jets now travel much longer distances and passengers often spend two hours or more on board… more »



Bombardier CRJ-900

 

New Plasma Screen Directs Travelers Through Security

A new plasma screen has been placed at the Passenger Screening/Security Checkpoint in Terminal B. The plasma screen will explain to travelers in the security screening line what to expect during the screening process. The plasma screen will help minimize screening wait times by reminding passengers of the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Prepare for Take-Off Procedures, 3-1-1 For Carry-Ons, and Prohibited Items. If passengers follow these procedures, the security screening process will be much smoother.

Even though the new plasma screen should help speed things up through the security line, passengers are encouraged to continue to arrive 1 - 1 1/2 hours before their departing flight. This additional time will allow for parking, check-in, and travel to the gate, or a visit to a food, beverage, or retail concession after screening.



 

New Lighting Makes Baggage Claim a
More Attractive Place

In an effort to continue to increase customer satisfaction, the Memphis International Airport is undergoing a renovation of the ceiling tiles and lighting systems in the lobbies of Baggage Claims A, B and C as well as color-coding the Baggage Claim signs… more »




 

New Boeing 787 Dreamliner Officially
Made its Debut

Last month, the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner was officially introduced to the world at a Premiere event in Everett, Washington. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the world's first mostly composite commercial airplane and is both technologically and environmentally advanced.

The 787 Dreamliner will carry between 200 and 300 passengers on long haul routes between 3,500 and 8,500 nautical miles (6,500 to 16,000 kilometers). The 787 Dreamliner will allow airlines to offer passengers more of what they want: affordable, comfortable, nonstop, travel to more destinations around the world… more »


Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

 

Tennessee's No Smoking Legislation
Starts October 1

Starting October 1, smoking will be banned in all public places except those establishments which cater to patrons who are 21 years of age and older. What does this mean for visitors at Memphis International Airport?

There currently are two places where passengers can smoke in the terminal; Maggie O'Shea's, located in the B-Terminal ticket lobby and Blue Note Café, located in the corridor between concourses A and B. When the smoking law goes into effect on October 1, these restaurants will still allow smoking, however visitors must be 21 years or older to be allowed inside. There will be no exceptions and the age restriction will be strictly enforced. Both will also continue to offer no-smoking "patio" seating.




 

Airport Statistics Highlights

 

June 2007

June 2006

Year-to-date 2007

Year-to-date 2006

Total Passengers

982,312

967,747

5,336,234

5,468,321

Total Cargo Handled (lbs)

733,926,901

691,623,298

4,178,677,956

3,949,966,735

Total Aircraft Operations

31,041

32,496

187,146

192,544

For the full statistical report on Memphis International Airport, click here.

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