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Private Jet Provider, Jet Linx, Launches in St. Louis

Lambert Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge addresses audience during JetLinx press conference Wednesday.

The conversion of some former Missouri Air National Guard (MOANG) facilities at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is underway for the creation of a new base for Jet Linx, a company that offers private jet services for its members.

Renovations have begun on two former military buildings to create a private terminal and hangar for Jet Linx St. Louis, LLC, an affiliate of Jet Linx Aviation of Omaha, NE. Currently, there are eight other Jet Linx locations across the country: Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Omaha, San Antonio and Scottsdale. The renovations sit on two acres west of Lambert’s Terminal 1 on the south side of the airfield. The St. Louis Airport Commission and the City of St. Louis approved a 10-year lease with the Jet Linx St. Louis, LLC. Following renovations, operations at the new Jet Linx facilities are scheduled to begin in September.

The MOANG facilities at Lambert were downsized in 2009 with a majority of operations relocated to Whiteman Air Force Base. In the past two years, Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge led an effort to explore new private uses for some of the facilities which were under a long-term lease by the government. MOANG leaders agreed to relinquish a portion of its leasehold and relocate additional military operations to other St. Louis facilities making it possible for new uses in a portion of the MOANG complex at Lambert.

“Working with Jet Linx and the Missouri Air National Guard on this exchange was a great example of government and private sector co-operation on a venture that benefits Lambert and the St. Louis Region,” Hamm-Niebruegge said.

“We are thrilled to be investing in the economic development of St. Louis and the continued expansion of Lambert International” said Jim Mauzé, Base President of Jet Linx St. Louis, “We pride ourselves on local operations and see tremendous potential for growth now and in the future.”

News Flash: Lambert Photo of the Week

Passengers stop in the new Ebony News retail store to peruse the many magazines, books and souvenir items available for purchase.

The rollout of new themes and retail stores by the Hudson Group continues with the opening of Ebony News in Terminal 1 on Concourse C next to the C1, C3 gates. Hudson News teamed up with media icon Ebony Magazine to create a newsstand in Lambert Airport for travelers. Ebony was created by the late John H. Johnson more than 60 years ago. Mr. Johnson has since passed on, but his legacy thrives today under the leadership of his daughter, Linda Johnson Rice. Hudson and its business partners will operate 14 retail locations once it completes its build-out stores.

Goooaaal!: Lambert Photo of the Week

One of the world’s most recognizable sports franchise, Real Madrid players arrive in St. Louis to take on another soccer giant, F. C. Internazionale at the Edward Jones Dome.

Two of the most elite soccer clubs in the world will face off against each other in the European Soccer Match in St. Louis. Local and International media representatives were on hand to greet Real Madrid players’ arrival to Signature Flight Support. Real Madrid will take on F. C. Internazionale, better known as Inter Saturday, August 10 at the Edward Jones Dome. The match will mark the first men's soccer match at the Edward Jones Dome.  Real Madrid features some of soccer's biggest stars including Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos and Mesut Ozil.

 

 

 

 

Game Time: Lambert Photo of the Week

(Pictured left to right) Mika Wellner, Nicolas Goebert, Terra Levins, Liz Levins, Maggie Levins and Rob Levins pose for a family "team" photo. Wellner and Goebert will play in the 2013 International Games sponsored by the Ballwin Athletic Association and the City of Ballwin.

Lambert Airport’s Terminal 1 is bustling with activity as baseball players and participants arrive from around the world for the 2013 International Games. The City of Ballwin and Ballwin Athletic Association welcomed teams from Japan, Australia, Europe and the local area for the 2013 International Games, August 3 - August 11. The Levins will host Wellner and Goebert, both from Europe during their stay in St. Louis. Terra Levins said Goebert stayed with them last year. She added, "We call him our returning son. You really grow to love these kids, they become a part of your family." Approximately 80 students arrived in St. Louis to play in the popular International Games. 

Pez Please: Lambert Photo of the Week

Passenger Paula Underwood couldn’t resist stopping in the newest Hudson Group retail shop, Natalie’s Candy Jar, in Terminal 2 to purchase a tasty treat.

The newest retail shop to open by the Hudson Group will satisfy the sweet tooth of any passenger.  Natalie’s Candy Jar opened Wednesday to rave reviews. The well known brand, Natalie’s, has every treat you can dream of with over 300 varieties of conventional, nostalgic, proprietary and hard to find candies plus candy related gift items. Passenger Paula Underwood made a sweet purchase before catching a flight to Tulsa, OK. Underwood called Natalie’s Candy Jar “fun and convenient."  Passengers can find a large bulk selection of chocolates, sours, gummies, jubes and jells. There’s also a large selection of sugar-free treats and nuts for the health conscious traveler.

 

Second Wave of New Stores by Hudson Group Now Open at Lambert

The second wave of retail stores by the Hudson Group (JG-St. Louis JV) adds a sweet taste and a lot of color for passengers coming through Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.  Natalie’s Candy Jar and Maxiga stores are the latest retail shops to open to rave reviews since Hudson Group became the primary news, gifts and specialty concessionaire in February.

Natalie’s Candy Jar offers passengers traditional chocolates and candies and a taste of nostalgia.  The store’s philosophy is simple:  fresh and delicious chocolates and candies, upscale confectionery gift items and superior customer service.  Natalie’s offers passengers a large variety of tasty treats with over 300 conventional, proprietary and hard to find candies as well as candy related gift items.  The store also features a large bulk selection and a generous assortment of sugar-free treats and nuts for the health conscious passenger. 

The well-known brand candy store opened Wednesday, July 24 in Terminal 1 on Concourse C and Terminal 2, completing the second wave of the Hudson Group’s retail transformation at Lambert Airport.  Natalie’s Candy Jar has already proven to be a hit with passengers.  “We’re very happy with the reception the store has received from passengers and airport personnel.  Everyone was in the store the first day looking and buying and that’s what we want,” said Rick Raby, Hudson Group General Manager. 

Colorful and fun are two words defining another new retail shop in Terminal 1 on Concourse A.  Passengers will be sure to find that whimsical, one-of-a-kind gift in Maxiga, which opened July 4.  Lambert is home to the first Maxiga outside of New York City.  Maxiga carries tech novelties, stationery, kitchen accessories and kids’ toys.  Passengers will find gift items that are both fun and functional. 

“We’re excited about the latest stores to open by the Hudson Group.  They’re fun, bright and bring yet another dimension to our growing efforts to expand our retail options for passengers,” said Lambert Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.  

Hudson and its business partners will operate 14 retail locations once it completes its build-out stores.  Other stores that were opened in the first phase include Hudson News & Gifts, Spectacles, Bliss, Discover St. Louis and Kids Works.  The third and final phase is currently under construction.  The stores in this phase include Eddie Bauer, Ebony News, CNN Newsstand St. Louis and other Hudson news & gift locations.  

Confident Cat: Lambert Photo of the Week

The Clockwork Cat sculpture displayed on the Entertainment Stage in Terminal 1 (mid-level, exit 12) at Lambert Airport was created by renowned sculptor Harry Weber as part of his Harry and Hanley Project.

Lambert Airport is proud to display its latest artistic exhibit on the Entertainment Stage in Terminal 1. The Clockwork Cat is part of The Harry & Hanley Project by renowned sculptor Harry Weber and some of St. Louis’ leading local artists. The feline on display at Lambert is one of 20 unique larger-than-life dog and cat sculptures celebrating the Animal Protective Association’s (APA) 90th anniversary.  Passengers can’t help stopping to gaze at the colorful feline. The Clockwork Cat sports a bowler hat, monocle, and a pocket watch (stuck forever at tea time, 4pm) nicely tucked in his vest. It will be auctioned at the APA’S 90th anniversary birthday bash on September 14th.

 

Protect and SERVE: Lambert Photo of the Week

Airport Detectives Marlon Brown (far right) and David Treaster serve passengers at Chili’s in Terminal Two as part of the week-long Special Olympics Tip-A-Cop fundraiser.

Lambert Airport police showed passengers a different side of service this week as part of the first statewide Tip-A-Cop event to benefit Special Olympics Missouri. Lambert Officers and Detectives served passengers at Chili’s, Pasta House, Mosaic and Beers of the World from July 8-13th. Nearly half of Lambert’s Officers and Detectives volunteered their time to this worthy event. Lambert passengers tip well! So far, the department has raised $6921 and they’re still counting! The funds will go to support more than 16,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics Missouri’s training and athletic competition.

Magnificent Maxiga: Lambert Photo of the Week

Founder and owner of New York City-based Maxiga stores Mark Szlendak sets up his newest store which is set to open in Lambert’s A Concourse on July 4.

A blast of color and whimsy is the trademark for Lambert’s newest store set to open on July 4 in Concourse A. Maxiga came to life in Manhattan. St. Louis will be its first store outside of New York City. Maxiga, the newest specialty airport concept offered by Hudson Group, promotes itself as a place to find unique gifts for fun and functional life. The fun is quite evident with clocks featuring loveable animals and moving eyeballs, animal toothpick holders, yellow submarine coin banks, hip bags and hipper chandeliers. The store is packed with tech novelties, stationery, kitchen accessories as well as kids toys and accessories. Oh, and there’s lots of ducks. Fun and functional ducks.

Window Seats: Lambert Photo of the Week

Julian Bush and Dr. Jane Turner relax in the new American Airlines Admirals Club at Lambert.

Some of the best window views of the airfield at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport have returned with the opening of the renovated American Airlines Admirals Club this month. The renovations came about after the April 2011 tornado that hit Lambert. The modern and sleek 6,800 sq.ft club at the entrance of the C Concourse features stone flooring, wood paneling and multiple touches of art. The club features a self-serve coffee bar, a cyber café, a business center and a conference room. Power outlets are provided at every seat along with free Wi-Fi. For the non-power set, there’s also a daily collection of newspapers to enjoy before flights. To see more pictures of the club, click here.

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