Photo Of The Week
American Airlines’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner lands at Lambert Airport in view of Terminal 1.
We’ve had a lot of excited visitors and staff who have spotted American Airlines’ brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner making several surprise visits to Lambert this week. This is the first Dreamliner for American Airlines, and it has been making brief stops into Lambert while performing a series of test runs in preparation for its debut passenger flight on May 7 from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Chicago (ORD). This aircraft will start flying daily between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Beijing (PEK) on June 2, and begin flights between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Buenos Aires (EZE) on June 4. With a wingspan of nearly 200 feet (the length of four semi-trucks parked end-to-end), this massive 242 passenger aircraft has been quite a sight to see!
A Delta jetliner is deiced during Thursday’s winter snowfall.
Thursday morning, St. Louis was enveloped in beautiful snow flurries that lasted into the afternoon. People in the region were all bundled-up trying to stay warm and dry, and so were our planes here at Lambert! So, how DOES a giant aircraft stay warm and dry in winter weather? With a special deicing shower! To cover an entire jetliner quickly it requires 2-3 people at time, each on specialized hydraulic lifts. The spray is pressurized and heated, which causes billowing clouds of white steam as the hot spray hits the frozen air. The liquid itself is a dark orange color, which demarcates well on the aircraft. Depending on your view from the terminals, you may be able to catch a glimpse of this process next time you fly on a snowy day!
Two crew members fuel this American Eagle jet in freezing weather.
St. Louis has been extra cold and snowy this week with temperatures plummeting into the single digits. Here at Lambert we’ve got hundreds of incredible crew members who are out in the elements every day keeping our planes coming and going safely. Next time you’re flying, take a look out our terminal windows and watch these teams work. It’s fascinating! We spotted these two crew members bundled-up for the winter weather inspecting the fuel pump of an outbound American Eagle jetliner. Did you know that most passenger jets fuel-up through the wing? These under wing workers wear reflective gear and vivid, fluorescent vests to remain highly visible in varying weather conditions. We’ve got some great people taking care of our thousands of travelers each day, and whatever the weather, these crews are having a great time doing what they love.
Brenda Jones (center) accepting her Catch Us Giving prize of two airline tickets. With Michelle Hagan (left) and Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge (right).
We have thousands of team members who give their all every day to provide our guests with the very best Lambert experience. Each year, the public has the opportunity to nominate Lambert employees for the annual Catch Us Giving Awards for exceptional customer service. This week, Brenda Jones of HMSHost won two free airline tickets, presented by Air Choice One representative Michelle Hagan, and Lambert Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. We just love how excited Brenda was to win! And she deserved it. Have YOU had an awesome customer service experience here at Lambert? Tell us! Just fill out a Catch Us Giving comment card located throughout the terminals.
Brothers Ashton and Aiden are glued to the window watching planes come and go at Lambert on Friday.
It’s become a cliche kind of pic, a child glued to the window watching planes come and go. Now double that and you have the scene in Terminal 2 on Friday when 16-month-old Ashton and his 4-year old brother, Aiden, were watching all the fun stuff on the ramp at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Both were wowed by the small planes and the big planes. Aiden just wanted to see if his plane was the one landing. They were headed to San Francisco with their family on Southwest Airlines. We love it when we see others take in the the wonder of aiports and flying. If it means we need a little extra window cleaner, all the better. We know in th end, its left a great impression. For years to come.
Students from Forsyth School had fun flying their own plane toys at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport this week.
Field trips are part of the best things about growing up and going to school. We get lots of young and inquisitive visitors stopping by to see how planes fly and airports work. This week we had the pleasure to meet two dozen three and four-year olds from Forysth School in Clayton. With a handful of teacher escorts, the children traveled to Lambert on MetroLink. They watched out our windows to see planes move about the airfield. The highlight of their trip was to find Lambert’s STL 250 birthday cake at Terminal 1. After a few photo ops, the children each got a toy airplane to take home and remember their adventurous day. The toy planes got a lot of mileage in just a few minutes of excitement here at the Airport.
A passenger chose to make a business call outside Lambert’s Terminal 1 during an unusual January warm-up in the weather.
Sunshine and warm weather are often a cool mix, especially when it hits in January. Visitors and passengers were able to shed a few layers on Friday with temperatures hitting the low 50s. Of course, the last several weeks we’ve experienced the normal January temps that hover in the 30s during the day. One passenger took advantage of this great break in the cold to take a business call in the new courtyard outside Terminal 1. The milder temps are expected to stick around for several days.
Linda Jun and Loretta Davis welcome Mark Drury of Super Holiday Tours to St. Louis for this week’s 2015 American Bus Association’s Marketplace.
St. Louis is all about getting on the bus this week as the host to the 2015 American Bus Association’s Marketplace event. It’s bringing in thousands of delegates together from travel, motorcoach operators, tour operators and other tourism professionals from across North America. It’s not just a meet and greet event. It’s about connecting industry delegates to be able to book millions in deals linking destinations, hotels and tourism companies in the coming months and years. Bus travel is a major component for St. Louis tourism. The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission has coordinated a major lineup of events for the delegates to showcase the hospitality of the entire St. Louis region. Delegates have been greeted by an energetic welcome team at Lambert to kick off their experience here in St. Louis.
Jaclyn Robertson watches as her 9-month-old daughter, Kaylin, explore the Magic House’s St. Louis International Play Port at Lambert.
The holidays brought a lot of families together over the last few weeks. Many of them were able to cap off their trip to St. Louis with an exclusive experience through the Magic House’s St. Louis International Play Port. The play area in the C Concourse is just wrapping up its first holiday season. For parents, it offers a great opportunity to watch their children explore the world of travel with a hands-on experience. A plane, train, air traffic control tower and lots of cars give kids plenty to options to discover. Jacklyn Robertson of Anchorage, Alaska was able to play with 9-month old daughter, who is just tire-high, but loved crawing around as bigger kids jumped from exhibit to exhibit. The play area made its debut at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in May 2014.
Lester Bryant is counting down his bag tags after 50 years working for several companies at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
Baggage and bag tags. After 50 years, there’s no way to count how many Lester Bryant has touched at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. But he sure has touched a lot of hearts in his many jobs at the Airport. He’s winding down his fifth decade in his final job as a skycap for AirServ, handling curbside check-in for Southwest Airlines passengers at Terminal 2. He began his tenure as a ramp agent for TWA. He’s been such a warm fixture at the Airport, his co-workers simply call him “Dad.” He says his time here has been great, “Like an ocean cruise, with ups and downs, but I can now see the lighthouse and the shore.” The best part of the job, he says, has always been about meeting people.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.