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Photo Essay: Behind the Scenes at BMW of Manhattan

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Autobahn Alley, the area in Manhattan around 11th Avenue in the 50s and the home of numerous temples to which the faithful come to pay homage, is thriving. Unlike other cities, where more car dealerships were closing rather than opening, this replacement to Automobile Row, that stretch of Broadway in the West 50s that was home to such long-forgotten brands as Hornet and REO as well as many others that …

JetBlue, El Al to Begin Codeshare

JetBlue, El Al to Begin Codeshare

JetBlue Airways announced that it plans to begin a codeshare agreement with Israeli flag carrier El Al.  The two airlines filed for approval with the U.S. Department of Transportation, and are currently awaiting approval.
Once the agreement is approved, El Al will be able to place its code on JetBlue-operated flights to and from 35 destinations heading into or out of both Newark International Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy …

Boeing Delivers China Eastern Airlines’ First 777-300ER

Boeing Delivers China Eastern Airlines’ First 777-300ER

China Eastern Airlines announced it took delivery of its first Boeing 777-300ER on Wednesday.  The aircraft is the first of 20 777-300ERs that the carrier has on order.
China Eastern said it plans to use the plane on routes between North America and China.  The aircraft will enter service on China Eastern flights to Los Angeles and New York starting in November.
The airline’s 777-300ER is configured with three cabins.  The plane …

JetBlue Hits Million Devices Wi-Fi Milestone

JetBlue Hits Million Devices Wi-Fi Milestone

JetBlue Airways said Wednesday that over one million devices had connected to its Ka-based Wi-Fi service. In celebration of this, the 140 passengers aboard a flight bound for San Diego International Airport from New York’s JFK International Airport operating on a JetBlue plane with its special Wi-Fi livery were given a total of one million TrueBlue points.
JetBlue launched its Fly-Fi in-flight Internet service last December. The service promises broadband speeds …

JFK Skycaps to Receive Million Dollar Settlement

JFK Skycaps to Receive Million Dollar Settlement

Skycaps who worked at John F. Kennedy International Airport for less than the legal minimum wage will receive almost $1 million in restitution and damages, thanks to the intervention of New York State’s attorney general.
In the period from 2008 through 2014, Alstate Maintenance, a contractor, reportedly paid 40 skycaps $3.90 per hour.  The minimum wage for non-food service workers who receive tips is $5.65 and for others it is $8.
The …

Aeromexico to Begin Monterrey-JFK Flights

Aeromexico to Begin Monterrey-JFK Flights

Aeromexico announced it will launch new, non-stop service between Monterrey and New York City on December 8.  The service will operate daily, using Embraer 190 aircraft.
Flights will depart from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport at 3:00 p.m. and arrive at Monterrey International Airport at 7:17 p.m.  From New York, flights will depart at 8:50 a.m. and arrive in Monterrey at 1:51 p.m.
Aeromexico’s Embraer 190s are outfitted with 11 …

JetBlue CEO Barger to Retire

JetBlue CEO Barger to Retire

JetBlue Airways said that its CEO, Dave Barger, will retire in February and that Robin Hayes, the airline’s president, will succeed him.
Mr. Barger will continue on the company’s board of directors until February 2015 and Mr. Hayes will join the board at that time.
The incoming CEO is a former British Airways executive who became JetBlue’s president in 2013, with responsibility for the airline’s operations and commercial activities.  He previously served …