Southwest Airlines Captains Randy Hansen (left) and Rusty Jensen (right) wave to the crowd as “Missouri One” arrives at Lambert.
After 30 years of service in Missouri, Southwest Airlines surprised St. Louis with a gesture of dedication by unveiling the Missouri One Boeing 737-700 aircraft. Nearly two weeks of painting done in secret in Kansas City paid off, as the big reveal was made at both Kansas City International Airport (MCI), and later at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Thursday afternoon. Missouri One is detailed with images of the Missouri State flag, and is one of only ten planes with state flagship liveries in the Southwest fleet. Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly was aboard the debut flight and gave a brief presentation, followed by words from City of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. “Kansas City and St. Louis have been vital cities in our network for more than 30 years,” Kelly said. “I couldn’t think of a better way to show our love to our employees, customers and friends in the great state of Missouri than by dedicating this high-flying salute to them.”
Melanie Diane Gilmore embraces her brother for the very first time amidst family and news media outside the A Concourse.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport was the backdrop for a very emotional moment Thursday, and a truly incredible family reunion. Melanie Diane Gilmore (left) is 50 years old, and for her entire life, her family didn’t even know she was alive. Hours after giving birth, before even holding her child, Melanie’s mother was told her baby had died. For reasons unknown, Melanie was then adopted by another family, and currently resides with her husband and three children in Oregon. It was her children who uncovered the unbelievable story, and actually found the long-lost family members on Facebook, living in St. Louis. This image captures the first time Melanie and her brother met. Happily, she and her mother reunited that evening.
The exhibition showcases the vast collection of his hand-crafted robots that are created with everyday finds, from antique ceramic insulators to milkshake blenders. He’s also re-purposed discarded mechanisms like old phones, hair dryers, circuit boards and remote controls for parts, which find new life in his robots. Besides the collection within several art cases, the exhibition also features a 6-ft tall robot and an 8-ft welcome sign that allows passengers and guests to take their very own “robot selfie” as a little takeaway for visiting.
Christman has been building robots since 1952 when he was 6 years old. His first robot was an oatmeal box covered in tin foil and animated by wind-up toys that he had disassembled for their moving parts. Like many other children of the 1950s, he dreamt of making a robot that would do his chores for him.
Christman uses what he describes as “a form of gentle parody and genteel anarchy” in his craft while addressing robots as a serious contemporary issue, that of machines and automation eliminating the cultural usefulness and value of human labor. Christman sees the cuteness of robots as a “seductive quality of advancing modern technology.” Christman, through his alter-ego, Otto von Bismark Schnarr, currently displays his robots at the Robotorium exhibit in the City Museum in downtown St. Louis.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge are leading a delegation this week in Mexico City that has already yielded a major agreement to develop international cargo activity through St. Louis.
The St. Louis delegation, which also includes the World Trade Center of St. Louis, has been meeting with the Governor of the State of Mexico, Eruviel Ávila, as well as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, E. Anthony Wayne. The Governor of the State of Mexico announced Tuesday the intent to form an official partnership with St. Louis and Lambert Airport to develop an international cargo program with St. Louis as a key hub for the State of Mexico’s international imports and exports. The partnership would involve Toluca International Airport (TIA), which serves the largest industrial region in the country of Mexico.
“This advances the Airport’s strategic plan to establish and grow scheduled international cargo activity and it certainly advances our dual customs project that would be key to facilitating Mexican cargo shipments through St. Louis,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.
Governor Ávila pledged great support to promote the project, which still needs to be approved by the government of Mexico. During these meetings, U.S. Ambassador Wayne also pledged to support this important commerce development. The St. Louis delegation also shared letters of support for the project from Missouri Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt as well as U.S. Representatives for Missouri, Ann Wagner and WM. Lacy Clay.
"We are here on an important mission for St. Louis, Missouri, and the Midwest to improve logistics between moving cargo between St. Louis and Mexico," Mayor Francis Slay said. "I want to thank the honorable Governor Eruviel Ávila, for his warm welcome, and I am encouraged by his enthusiasm, support, and partnership to work with us to bring a dual-customs facility to St. Louis."
Mexico is the third largest foreign trade partner for the St. Louis region valued at more than $3.5 Billion in total trade (commodities). The delegations meeting in Mexico this week are still working on next steps and timetables for additional meetings that will focus on the details of a formal commerce agreement.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is proud to recognize and award three Outstanding Employees of the Quarter. Tina Graves, Administrative Assistant II with Materials Management, and Lead Airfield Operations Specialists Jonathan Longo and Norman Schlaack, all received honors at Lambert's Airport Commission Meeting.
Graves (left) was presented her award by Assistant Director of Finance and Accounting, Antonio Strong (right). When the Procurement Manager II retired recently, Graves did a superior job of taking on the additional responsibilities of that position to keep Materials Management highly functional and running smoothly.
Assistant Director of Operations and Maintenance, Ronald Stella (right), awarded both Longo (left) and Schlaack (middle). Longo updated Lambert's latest Airfield Certification Manual amendment in a record time of 3 weeks, expediting a process that can often take two months or more to complete. Schlaack developed and formatted the new Lambert Airfield Condition Report, also in just 3 weeks, making it easily readable and containing more specific information that is distributed to Lambert's tenant airlines.
The Missouri National Guard at Lambert removes 1968 F-4 Phantom from display on Tuesday.
Lots of folks are saying their goodbyes to the three historic fighter jets that have been proudly displayed for two decades outside of the Missouri National Guard at Lambert. Two of the iconic jets flew for the last time this week, and for those close to their heritage, it became a very emotional moment. This tactical fighter jet served in the Vietnam War, and is a legacy piece for the 131 Bomb Wing. The stars painted near the cockpit memorialize the aircraft’s two confirmed enemy planes it brought down in combat. Even with most of the avionics removed, at 15 tons, it required a massive 100 ft. crane to lift the fighter jet from its display pedestal to an awaiting flatbed truck. All three jets will be dismantled and relocated to their final resting place in Whiteman Air Force Base Heritage Park. On Friday morning the F-100 was removed in similar fashion, and the F-15 will come down next week.
Jacqueline Taylor of Lambert’s Business Diversity Development Office shares information at the Business Diversity Forum.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is holding its first ever job fair to help fill dozens of vacancies for a wide range of airport jobs for the City of St. Louis. The job fair is free and open to the public. It will be held on Thursday, April 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the B Concourse of Terminal 1.
The Airport has more than 40 job openings. Attendees can also get information on other City of St. Louis civil service jobs with vacancies in over 40 job categories. The job fair will outline how to apply for jobs with the City of St. Louis. A limited number of computer terminals will be available to file online applications. No paper applications will be accepted during the event.
The Airport is looking to fill vacancies in multiple departments: airfield maintenance, electric shop, building maintenance, climate control (HVAC), materials management (supply chain), fleet maintenance, and information technology and airport police. Representatives from each department at the Airport will greet attendees, answer questions, and provide information on their career field and current job openings.
Attendees will receive complimentary parking in the Terminal 1 Garage. The B Concourse is located across from Starbucks in the lower level of Terminal 1.
For more information on the job fair, contact Lambert Airport Human Resources at 314-890-1335 or 314-426-8024.
Click here to view the complete list of Civil Service jobs vacancies with the Airport and the City of St. Louis.
Weddings at the airport? Absolutely. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has expanded its offerings of special event, business, and private gathering spaces with sweeping views of the airfield, expert catering services, and peak amenities.
View the full list of venues, rates, and amenities here.
The newest location is Lambert’s B Concourse, which provides the perfect backdrop for large gatherings with nearly 26,000 square feet of customizable space in a pre-secure area for easy access. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow a wash of natural sunlight during the day, and at night offer a view of the airfield’s glistening lights. Some of the many B Concourse rental features include private restrooms, A/V setup, stage setup, and separate breakout rooms. Events include 5 hours of parking. The B Concourse is less than 5 minutes walking distance from the Terminal 1 parking garage, and available for weddings, business gatherings, reunions, galas, banquets, conferences, and other special events. Rental rates are $1,500 for 5 hours on weekends, and $1,300 for 5 hours on weekdays.
The Lindbergh Conference Room is also a new meeting and event facility for St. Louis business gatherings. This 1,200 square foot space is located on the pre-security upper-level of Terminal 1, and boasts beautiful views of the airfield, space for up to 200 people, and convenient access from the entire airport complex and MetroLink. The facility is fully equipped for A/V needs with wireless and overhead microphones, HDMI and VGA plugins, electric outlets imbedded into an 18-seat conference table, front projector screen with six additional monitors, and complimentary Wi-Fi access. The Lindbergh Conference Room is available for $100/hour, or $600 daily. Catering is also available.
Lambert’s original event space, offered at the Missouri Vineyards and Norton conference rooms, are conveniently located pre-security on the Ticketing level of Terminal 1. Connected to the Missouri Vineyards restaurant, there are three distinct spaces for social events, small conferences or one-on-one meetings. The largest space offers elevated views of the airfield for up to 120 guests. Catering and discount parking are available. Operated by HMSHost, these areas can be rented for up to $95/hour or $500 daily.
Crew of American Airlines’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner chat underneath the plane as the sun rises at Lambert.
American Airlines is getting ready to launch their Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and Lambert has been a frequent stop during this period of training, testing, and certifications for the aircraft and crew as it prepares for its grand debut. Lambert has also been preparing for the new-age of aircraft that the Dreamliner ushers in. Lambert recently rehabbed two additional gates in the C Concourse; one being specifically equipped to accommodate the 787 for both scheduled, and unscheduled flights. This is the first Dreamliner for American Airlines, who begins passenger service in May out of Dallas/Fort Worth. This aircraft seats 242 passengers and has an impressive wingspan of 200 feet. It was a real treat this week when we were invited to see the Dreamliner up-close for the first time Monday morning and take photographs.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.