Memphis International Airport Notes

June / July 2008

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Delta CEO Comes to Memphis to
Discuss Merger

Richard Anderson, CEO of Delta Airlines, was in Memphis on Thursday, June 12, to meet with local business leaders and talk about the merger between Delta and Northwest.

Anderson reiterated to the group that Memphis will remain a hub and that the combination of the two airlines' route networks will provide greater opportunity for future growth in air service from Memphis International. His discussion expanded upon the positive impact the merger will have not only on Memphis, but throughout Tennessee, the Mid-South Region, and the country as a whole. The merged airline will be a stronger, U.S.-based carrier, flying to more than 390 global destinations, providing more access to more cities around the world than any other carrier.… more »

Delta Northwest Merger

New Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Facility Named After Daniel Ward

Memphis International Airport has named its new $11 million fire facility the Daniel Ward Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Facility, in honor of Daniel Ward, the Airport Authority's longest-serving Commissioner. He was a staunch advocate and supporter of the Airport, particularly in the area of safety and security.

He was appointed to the original Board of Commissioners in 1969 when the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority was established. Ward served with distinction for 30 years until 1999, providing strategic vision for the growth and development of Memphis International Airport. Before serving on the board, he was a member of the City of Memphis Airport Commission.… more »

Ward Dedication

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Daniel Ward with wife Margie, son Marcus, daughters Muriel and Maria, and grandson, Daniel Austin in front of the dedication plaque of the Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Facility.


Full Scale Emergency Preparedness Exercise

Smoke and fire were seen at the airport last month, but it was for a good reason.

The Airport was conducting its triennial mass casualty exercise to review procedures and train the responders who would be called upon in an actual aircraft accident.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires all commercial airports to conduct a full-scale live drill every three years, to test their emergency procedures and review performance of the participants.… more »

Emergency Drill

Student Art Will Expand Airport's Taste of Memphis for Air Travelers

Local students from Memphis City and Shelby County Schools showcased their creative talent and love of their hometown when they took part in Memphis International's inaugural visual art contest entitled Memphis, Its Music, Sights and Sounds. The top 44 works of art have been selected and are on display in the Airport's busy passenger walkway connectors between concourses A, B, and C.

"This competition offered our local students an opportunity to express positive thoughts through art on canvas," said Richard V. White, Vice President of Properties and Business Development for Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. "We wanted them to focus on what is good about Memphis. The students not only recognized some of our greatest cultural assets, but in the process they showed remarkable artistic perception, creativity and potential. They exceeded even our high expectations."… more »


Master Planning For Airport's Future Enters Phase II

Air travelers using Memphis International Airport during the summer will be able to enjoy "A Walk Through Tennessee," a nature photography exhibit by fine art photographer Byron Jorjorian. The 29 large-format photographs are located along the walls of the moving sidewalks beyond the Terminal C security checkpoint. The photos depict memorable places throughout Tennessee.

Many of the areas depicted in the exhibit are protected with the help of The Nature Conservancy. The Tennessee chapter of The Nature Conservancy has become the largest and most effective conservation organization in the state.


Wilson Air Center is Simply The Best

Wilson Air Center received double accolades yet again this year, proving it is simply flying above the rest when it comes to customer service. Not only was Wilson Air Center - Memphis named the number one Fixed Base Operator in the country for the ninth consecutive year by Aviation International News, but Wilson Air was also named the number one Corporate Aviation Support Facility Chain in Professional Pilot magazine's 2008 Preferences Regarding Aviation Service and Equipment (PRASE) survey.


Continental Airlines Expands Service from Memphis

SkyTeam Alliance partner, Continental Airlines expanded its service from Memphis International Airport in May by adding two daily nonstop flights to Cleveland.

The new service to Cleveland compliments Continental's existing service from Memphis, which includes seven daily flights to Houston, and three daily flights to Newark. The new flights to Cleveland make a total of 12 daily departures from Memphis by Continental.

The twice-daily flights are operated by Continental Express with 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets. The approximate 2-hour flights depart Memphis at 7:40 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. Return flights depart Cleveland at 12:50 p.m. and 8:50 p.m. which makes it convenient for local business travelers to make the round-trip in one day.

Continental offers a range of fares on the new route including low excursion fares for vacation travelers, and unrestricted tickets with no penalties or change fees for travelers who want the utmost flexibility.


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