American Airlines and British Airways to invest in JFK airport

Airport Technology | February 07, 2019

American Airlines and British Airways to invest in JFK airport
British Airways and American Airlines have reached an agreement to invest $344m in upgrading Terminal 8 in New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK).The companies will invest the money over the next three years to prepare for the co-location in 2022.The investment forms part of broader expansion efforts that include $12bn of private funding and $1bn of funding from Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ).Two new terminal complexes will be added as part of the modernisation of the airport.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said: “Only four months ago, we announced plans to transform JFK Airport into a state-of-the-art global hub, with new and unified terminals adding four million square feet and increasing the airport’s capacity by at least 15 million passengers annually.

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Airbus loves to reinvent its aircraft. They took their best-selling aircraft and created the NEO series, with so many improvements that their order book almost doubled overnight. But what if they took a gander at their other large aircraft? We already covered what it would be like if Airbus revisited the A380 and created the A380neo. But another aircraft that might have success as a NEO variant is the A340.

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Joby Aviation | July 30, 2021

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Joby and NASA Collaborate to Measure Noise Footprint of Electric Air Taxi

Joby Aviation | September 02, 2021

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CAE will Invest $1 billion in Innovation Over the Next Five Years to Develop Future Aviation Technologies

CAE | July 16, 2021

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Airbus loves to reinvent its aircraft. They took their best-selling aircraft and created the NEO series, with so many improvements that their order book almost doubled overnight. But what if they took a gander at their other large aircraft? We already covered what it would be like if Airbus revisited the A380 and created the A380neo. But another aircraft that might have success as a NEO variant is the A340.