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OVER INDUSTRY OBJECTIONS, DOT PUSHES AHEAD WITH NEW YORK SLOT AUCTIONS Despite objections by the airlines and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, federal officials will be auctioning airport takeoff and landing slots at New York’s three...

bombardier flexjet — based in Dallas introduces the Flexjet 25 Expert Guide Edition* jet card, designed for holiday gift-giving. Each limited edition card from Bombardier Flexjet, the fractional jet ownership program of Bombardier Aerospace and Jet Solutions LLC, the air carrier operating the Flexjet 25 program under FAA Part 135, pairs the experience in private jet travel with an opportunity to have exclusive access to world-renowned authorities for private travel. Prices start at $107,900, and gift-givers who purchase a Flexjet 25 Expert Guide Edition jet card from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15, 2008 have an opportunity to choose one of six Expert Guide packages.

boston logan int’l airport — announces that the Massachusetts Port Authority, which runs the airport, okays airline rates and fees that will cut the expenses airlines are expected to face this fiscal year by an anticipated $13 million to $14 million. Massport will be able to pass on those savings by leaving about 35 vacant positions unfilled, reducing the hours of some offices and services, cutting back on discretionary spending, and other measures. It also acted on the airlines’ suggestion that Massport refinance its costs for building facilities. Massport’s most recent fiscal year ended June 30 with a $4 million surplus. So it will funnel that money back to carriers, which could receive up to a couple of hundred thousand dollars each.

boston logan int’l airport — and former Major League Baseball star Jerry Remy celebrate the grand opening of his new restaurant, Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill, in Terminal C. Event featured the unveiling of Terminal C’s new 11,000-sq. ft. Dining Terrace.

Branson (MO) Airport — the first privately financed and operated commercial service airport in the U.S., announces that construction on the airport’s 7,140x150-ft. runway is almost complete. Airport is scheduled to open next May with an air show featuring the country’s top air show performers.

civil aviation authority — the U.K. aviation regulator for Heathrow, Gatwick, and Stansted airports, expresses strong support for the break-up of BAA, the U.K. airports operator, and urges the sale of two of its airports in London and one in Scotland.

conde nast traveler — announces the airport in Portland, OR scored top marks as the favorite U.S.
airport for business travelers, while Singapore was the number one airport destination for international travel, according to a new survey. Tampa, Florida and Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., rounded out the top three domestic choices in the Conde Nast Traveler poll.

dhs — Dept. of Homeland Security plans to put all incoming air cargo through radiation detectors at the nation’s major airports to prevent terrorists from smuggling radioactive bombs into the U.S. Homeland Secretary Michael Chertoff says he is concerned about weapons of mass destruction getting into the country by air or by boat. Four major U.S. airports will be outfitted with radiation detectors before the end of the year, plan calls for the nation’s 30 largest airports to have detectors.

eclipse aviation — the manufacturer of the world’s first very light jet (VLJ), the Eclipse 500, announces that the Russian State Bank Vnesheconombank Supervisory Board has approved the construction of a factory in Ulyanovsk, Russia to assemble the Eclipse 500 jet. VEB expects to finance the project in full, with a total value of $205 million. VEB and the Ulyanovsk region administration will be among the shareholders of the enterprise.
eden hydrogen inc. — a U.S. subsidiary of Eden Energy Ltd. based in Chicago, is awarded funding to add Hythane® fueling capability to the existing hydrogen station at Los Angeles Int’l Airport (LAX) as part of a project to fuel a fleet of pick-up trucks used as utility vehicles at the airport. The total cost of the project is $288,000, funded primarily by a grant from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC), a Southern California agency that awards alternative fuel funding to clean transportation projects. Hythane® is Eden’s patented, near-zero emissions blend of hydrogen and natural gas which results in dramatic reductions in harmful emissions such as hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, NOx, and carbon dioxide while maintaining engine power and fuel mileage efficiency.

Edmonton int’l airport — opens the first airport-located Wok Box Fresh Asian Kitchen restaurant, offering dishes ranging from Chinese to Thai and East Indian to Malaysian.

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