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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.

A Sweet Deal: Lambert Photo of the Week

"Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s" stars Robbie Montgomery and her son Tim were spotted with the Oprah network OWN film crew racing through Lambert Airport.

St. Louis is in the national spotlight every week thanks to a former backup singer for Ike and Tina Turner, Miss Robbie Montgomery. The star of "Welcome to SweetiePie’s" trekked her way with a film crew through Lambert Airport with her son Tim earlier this week. Miss Robbie, as she is affectionately called by family and friends on the show "Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s," is the Oprah network OWN’s most successful show to date. Miss Robbie’s sassy personality on the show has attracted millions of tourists to her restaurants in the popular Grove and Grand Center neighborhoods. Miss Robbie was heading to New York to close a deal for a cookbook featuring her favorite recipes.

Lambert Gets Jump Start to Summer with Increase in Passengers

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport reported an increase of 3.2 percent in total passengers for May 2013 versus May 2012.  This is the third straight monthly increase and the largest increase in passenger traffic in 2013.

In May, 1,259,582 passengers traveled through Lambert versus 1,124,115 in 2011. Year to date, more than five million passengers have traveled through the Airport for an overall increase of 1.3 percent versus the first five months of 2012.

Total passengers include both departing and arriving passengers. Enplanements for May were 593,402 passengers. Deplanements (arrivals) were 566,180.  

Total aircraft departures which include commercial passenger aircraft and cargo held statistically even at 7,520 (0.4% increase) over 2011.

Lambert currently serves 11 airlines (and related affiliates) which are operating 258 daily non-stop flights to 63 destinations.  In addition to daily scheduled flights, there are several weekly charter flights to Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Dominica Republic operating out of Lambert.

 For more details on the current air traffic, please click here.

History Departing: Lambert Photo of the Week

Solar Impulse pilot and co-founding CEO André Borschberg boards the plane Friday morning for the fourth leg of the "Across America" campaign.

History departed this week with the takeoff of Solar Impulse early Friday morning. The revolutionary aircraft, which can fly day and night without a drop of fuel, had an extended 10-day stay at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport as part of its "Across America" campaign. More than 8,000 people got to see the plane upclose during open house exhibitions at the Airport. Solar Impulse is a flying aviation lab of new technologies which is helping to promote science, engineering and environmental causes. The plane departed on it’s fourth leg of its cross-country mission bound for Cincinatti (pilot change) and then Washington, DC. Solar Impulse will end its U.S. trek in New York City in the next few weeks.

Custom Hamburger Concept, 'Grounded In', Makes Debut in A Concourse

Custom crafted gourmet burgers are at the heart of a brand new concept that is now open at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in Concourse A. Grounded In St. Louis was developed by HMSHost for Lambert to offer an upscale menu of burgers, sandwiches, salads- and even breakfast- with a counter service restaurant platform for quick and convenient take out.

“In the country’s heartland, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is the perfect location for us to roll out our latest restaurant concept, Grounded In, featuring an all-American favorite—the burger,” said Frank Sickelsmith, VP of Adult Beverage & Restaurant Development. 

“Grounded In is the perfect fit for Lambert because in today’s travel, many passengers don’t have the time for full sit-down service,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “The counter concept here allows passengers to quickly order, then grab and go to eat at the gate or take on the plane.”

The menu is all made to order with custom grounded burgers in the spotlight with options like the CholulaTM  (1/3lb. with hot sauce, pepper jack cheese on brioche roll), the Cubano (1/3lb. with Cherrywood ham, Swiss cheese on a brioche roll), or the Sunrise (1/3lb. topped with cheddar, bacon and a sunny side up egg). Those custom burgers all feature great sides like French fries with sea salt, sweet potato fries or battered onion rings with assorted dips.

Breakfast options include egg sandwiches, the “Chix Deluxe” (grilled chicken breakfast sandwich) or yogurt, fruit and granola as a health-conscious option.  The menu also features premium ice cream milkshakes with a variety of toppings.  

Meeting Lindbergh: Lambert Photo of the Week

Solar Impulse pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg had the privelege of holding the original flight suit worn by Charles Lindbergh on his trans-Atlantic flight to Paris in 1927.

St. Louis made aviation history again this week with the arrival of Solar Impulse. The revolutionary and high-tech aircraft can fly day and night without a single drop of fuel. Solar Impulse founders, co-chairmen and co-pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are leading the mission "Across America" with stops in five cities that includes St. Louis. St. Louis was chosen as the midwest U.S. stop because of the city’s great aviation history and its link to Charles Lindbergh. The Missouri History Museum allowed both pilots to hold aviation history and a piece of the great Lindbergh story when they held the famed pilot’s flight suit. Piccard met Lindbergh when he was 11 years old.

Laclede Group and Siemens Venture to Build First Station CNG Station at Lambert

The sustainability program at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is taking another big step with this week’s groundbreaking of a new public compressed natural gas fueling station.  St. Louis–based The Laclede Group and Siemens are launching Spire natural gas fueling solutions with its first station to be built at Lambert’s Super Park Lot C facility just off of Interstate 70 at Cypress.

Spire will be open to the public with a focus to serve the region’s growing number of company fleet vehicles operating on compressed natural gas (CNG.) Natural gas is less expensive and more environmentally friendly than gasoline.

“Natural gas is the right fuel in the right place at the right time. Natural gas, and specifically compressed natural gas is helping fleet managers save money every day,” said Susanne Sitherwood, President and CEO, The Laclede Group. “We are making history today. This station is just the first of many.”

The Airport currently operates two CNG stations for its Airport vehicles and parking shuttles and has been providing CNG fueling services for some St. Louis companies. Lambert reached out through a request for proposals process to facilitate the construction of a third fueling facility because of growing demand for fueling services in the region.

“With more than 50 percent of our fleet running on CNG and other alternative fuels, we truly believe in this project,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.  “We’re proud to be the first location, the flagship for Spire, giving companies and motorists in St. Louis easy access to CNG.”

The Laclede Group and Siemens will launch the Spire station by the end of the year.

St. Louis Makes Aviation History Again with Landing of Solar Impulse

 After a 21 hour flight, the revolutionary aircraft Solar Impulse touched down at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport helping to make aviation history again in St. Louis early Tuesday, June  4.

The plane, on a "Across America" tour, departed Dallas-Fort Worth for St. Louis on the third leg of its journey and touched down at 1:30 a.m.

Solar Impulse is using an inflatable mobile hangar for the first time in real time mission conditions during part of its stay at Lambert, which will include private and public events over the coming days. The revolutionary structure was conceived and designed by Solar Impulse for the around-the-world mission in 2015, but will now provide a shelter after last weekend’s storm that severely damaged the hangar reserved for Solar Impulse at Lambert.

“We brought the inflatable hangar to the USA for testing purposes and in fact it allowed the mission to stay on schedule. This exercise is now a proof of concept: rather than taking the airplane to a hangar, we have taken the hangar to the airplane,” said André Borschberg, Co-founder, CEO and pilot of Solar Impulse.

Bertrand Piccard, Chairman and Co-Pilot of Solar Impulse, commanded the cockpit for this leg of the journey, his longest flight in the single-seat cockpit to date. Co-founder, CEO and Co-Pilot Andre Borschberg greeted Piccard at the landing and then both greeted a VIP crowd who watched the early morning historic landing. 

The choice of St. Louis as the Solar Impulse Midwest stop pays homage to aviation history here with the city's deep connections to Charles Lindbergh. Lindbergh was a chief pilot for the Chicago to St. Louis U.S. Mail Route in the mid '20s. The city’s business leaders, including the namesake of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, Albert Bond Lambert, supported Lindbergh in his bid to make the first trans-Atlantic flight between New York and Paris in 1927 in the “Spirit of St. Louis.”

“It was particularly important for me to come to St. Louis because I was so inspired when I met Charles Lindbergh at Cape Canaveral during a launch of the Apollo when I was eleven years old. I’m truly moved to be able to land here today with Solar Impulse,” said Bertrand Piccard.

The public viewing of the plane is set for Thursday and Friday morning through a free registration process but availabilty will be limited. Visit http://www.solarimpulse.com/ for more info. 

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