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PEOPLExpress lands in Atlanta

PEOPLExpress (2nd) 737-400 (PEOPLExpress)(LRW)

PEOPLExpress (2nd) (Newport News/Williamsburg) touched down today (August 1) with its new service connecting Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport in Virginia.

“Atlanta was an important destination for the original PEOPLExpress in the 1980s and we’re delighted to return with the same great low fares and convenient non-stop service,” said Jeff Erickson, a long-time airline executive leading the start-up. “People have been very receptive and supportive of our service. From the very beginning, PEOPLExpress was designed to provide a fun, creative and innovative approach to air travel to dispel the myth that low air fares have to mean low service or an impersonal experience. PEOPLExpress is restoring the concepts of respect, value and excitement to the air travel experience. It’s time to Fly Smart!™”

The Boeing 737-400 service operates daily, arriving from Newport News at 11:50 a.m. and departing Atlanta at 12:50 p.m.

Airport officials today welcomed PEOPLExpress with a water cannon salute and ribbon-cutting at the gate.

PEOPLExpress launched service June 30 to Newark, N.J., Boston and Pittsburgh and added West Palm Beach, Florida, to its route map on July 14 and has carried nearly 20,000 customers in its first month of service. On Aug. 28, PEOPLExpress begins service to both St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida, and New Orleans.

PEOPLExpress has developed a low-cost, a la carte service model that enables customers to create a customized travel product reflecting their individual wishes and budgets. Customers can choose to fly at an ultra-low price with friendly and attentive service but minimal frills or they can opt to purchase extras they want to make their trip more enjoyable, such as priority boarding, pre-assigned seating or an upgrade to a Living Large™ seat with more personal space.

Top Copyright Photo: PEOPLExpress (2nd).

Bottom Copyright Photo: Atlanta Airport. The first flight arrives at the gate at ATL.

PEOPLExpress 737-400 arrives in ATL (ATL)(LR)

The new PEOPLExpress wants to start flying to Newark before July 1

PEOPLExpress (2nd) 737 (PEOPLExpress)(LR)

People Express Airlines (stylized as PEOPLExpress Airlines) (2nd) (Newport News/Williamsburg, Virginia) wants to start operations before July 1. No schedules have yet been announced.

The new airline has been in funding phase. The first route is planned to be from Newport News/Williamburg, VA (PHF) to Newark (EWR) with six flights a week using Boeing 737 aircraft. Previously in June 2013 PEOPLExpress announced its intention to acquire Xtra Airways (Boise) but this prospective deal appears to be on hold.

Jeffrey Erickson is the current CEO after founder Michael Morisi resigned from the position. Mr. Morisi remains as an advisor.

Founded in 2012 as we have previously reported, the new version of PEOPLExpress the prospective airline describes itself this way:

After an over 25-year absence, the airline synonymous with low-cost fares and a focus on customer service is preparing to return to the skies. By applying the attributes of value, integrity and ingenuity that the original PEOPLExpress™ was known for, we will address the rising level of consumer frustration and disappointment with air travel today, and we are confident that the new PEOPLExpress™ will once again become the airline of choice.

While reviving an iconic brand in aviation is a part of our heritage, we’re not looking to the past to find our success. Led by our experienced team of professionals, our forward looking product development efforts have helped us to develop a service product which we are confident will be warmly embraced by today’s air travelers and will ensure a total customer experience unlike any other. An experience where personal attention and technology each play a role and an experience that has been designed from the outset to surprise customers and surpass their expectations. We will be making travel exciting and fun again!

PEOPLExpress is about People – the people who work for us, and the people who fly with us. We are building the Smart Alternative.
Mission

Our mission is to provide affordable, nonstop jet air service between cities that are underserved by major carriers in the United States.
Description

PEOPLExpress will offer the best value and most enjoyable customer experience in air travel.

Note: People Express Airlines, Inc. has applications pending with the U.S. Department of Transportation and is not yet a certificated airline.

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PEOPLExpress Airlines (1st): AG Slide Show

Images: PEOPLExpress Airlines.

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United Airlines unveils a new look in celebration of 25 years at Newark Terminal C

United new uniforms

United Airlines (Chicago) today will celebrate the 25thanniversary of the airline’s Terminal C hub facility at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Travelers arriving and departing at Newark Liberty today will join United employees in an anniversary celebrationbetween 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the upper level United Airlines ticket counter, where customers will have opportunities to earn prizes, travel discounts and bonus MileagePlus miles, and see the airline’s new uniforms for the first time. The airline is also setting up a temporary exhibit during the two-hour period demonstrating how air travel has evolved since 1988.

United Terminal C EWR (PANYNJ)(LR)

Map of Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey).

“We are pleased to celebrate United’s long history at our Newark hub – a premier global gateway and a powerful economic engine,” said Jeff Smisek, United’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We continue to make investments in our terminal facilities, our services and our people to ensure United’s Terminal C remains a great place for our customers and co-workers.”

“Thanks to the Port Authority’s strong partnership with United, Newark Liberty has become not only a world-class airport but also an important driver of economic growth, jobs and development for the entire region,” said Port AuthorityChairman David Samson. “The continued investment in Newark Liberty’s facilities will ensure that the airport, and Terminal C specifically, remains a modern, premier gateway for travelers.”

As part of the event, Smisek will outline the airline’s plans for further investments at Terminal C, including:

  • a redesign of the airline’s check-in facilities
  • installation in gate areas of flight-information displays that offer customers more detailed information about their flights
  • construction of a widebody maintenance hangar that economic development officials anticipate will drive $52 million in economic activity in the region
  • a new checked-baggage screening system.

In addition: 

  • Nearly two dozen United pilots, flight attendants, customer service agents and ramp workers will participate in an in-terminal fashion show that will debut the new uniforms that United employees worldwide will wear beginning onJune 25. This is the first time that all employees at the new United will wear the same uniforms.
  • Buddy Valastro, co-owner of the Hoboken, N.J. bakery Carlo’s Bakery and star of the TLC program “Cake Boss,” will join the program to present a cake made specifically for the occasion.
  • At 1:15 p.m., the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner to fly from any of the three New York-area airports since the aircraft re-entered service will depart for Houston.
  • This afternoon, United will send photos of iconic locations throughout Manhattan via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, meeting up with the company’s friends and followers in social media.

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United in New York/Newark: The Hub for Wall Street

With more than 13,000 local employees, United is the New York area’s largest airline, offering more flights and more seats from the region to more destinations around the world than any other airline in history.

Since the first flight from Terminal C – the 6:15 a.m. departure of Continental flight 839 to Denver from gate 72 on the morning of May 22, 1988 – flights to and from the facility have enabled investment and economic development for theNew York metropolitan area, including Newark. In 1988, Continental offered service to 57 airports from Newark Airport.United today offers more than 400 flights each day from Newark Liberty to more than 150 destinations in North andSouth America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, giving New York-area travelers more flights and more destinations via United and United Express than any other airline.

Newark Liberty’s location and rail links make it the most convenient hub airport for travelers originating in north and central New Jersey, parts of New York City including Wall Street, and southern New York State.

The airline also offers New York-area travelers more flat beds in premium cabins and more extra-legroom economy seats than any other airline. In addition, the airline boasts:

  • the most saver-style award seats for frequent flyers among the largest U.S. global carriers, according to the 4thannual Switchfly Reward Seat Availability Survey published this month by IdeaWorksCompany.
  • more aircraft offering satellite Wi-Fi and live television than any other U.S. airline.

Terminal C History

Copyright Photo: Dave Campbell/AirlinersGallery.com. The Boeing 737 and the pictured 727-200 were the mainstay aircraft in the PEOPLExpress fleet. Former Braniff Boeing 727-227 N553PE (msn 20774) poses for the camera at Chicago (O’Hare).

In 1985, People Express Airlines (PEOPLExpress) and the Port Authority agreed to remodel the existing Terminal C facility. After its 1987 mergers with Peoplexpress and New York Air (New York), which itself had a large Newark presence, Continental Airlines completed the terminal redevelopment project in conjunction with the Port Authority.

Copyright Photo: Fernandez Imaging/AirlinersGallery.com. The New York Air operation is pictured at nearby LaGuardia Airport.

In 2001, Continental Airlines (Houston) opened the Global Gateway, a $3.8 billion public-private partnership. The centerpiece of that project was the third concourse in Terminal C, “C-3,” designed to be bright and airy with gates constructed to enable international travelers to arrive at Terminal C – rather than solely at Terminal B – adding convenience and quicker connections.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Continental’s McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10 N68046 (msn 47800) in the 1984 livery.

The Global Gateway also introduced the only rail station at a New York-area airport located in close proximity to the terminals, enabling Newark Liberty travelers direct AirTrain rail access to New York City’s Pennsylvania Station, New York State, New Jersey, Connecticut and Philadelphia.

Continental and the Port Authority also outfitted Terminal C with new roadways, parking garages, expanded electronic ticketing facilities, new terminal designs to facilitate more efficient security screening and an automated baggage handling system.

Top Copyright Photo: United Airlines. Crew members showcase the new uniforms.

United Airlines: AG Slide Show

Continental Airlines: AG Slide Show

Peoplexpress: AG Slide Show

New York Air: AG Slide Show

Route Map: How the Newark Hub has grown (click on the map for the full-size view):

UNITED AIRLINES NEWARK LIBERTY HUB