September 5, 2008

Coffee Break – Governor to Speak at Tenn. Air National Guard Base Dedication

Gov. Phil Bredesen will be keynote speaker for dedication of a $245 million Tennessee Air National Guard base, the largest Air National Guard project in history, at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The base, new home of the 164th Airlift Wing (http:// , covers 118 acres at Swinnea Road and Shelby Drive at the southeast corner of Memphis International Airport.

Construction began in early 2005. The base and its supersize hangars accommodate the Airlift Wing's new mission flying the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy ( factsheet.asp?id=84/) , a 250-foot-long, 65-foot-high intercontinental transport aircraft with a 222-foot wingspan. The wing formerly flew C-141 Starlifters.

FedEx, which will expand into the old base, is contributing $77 million to the project, with the military funding the rest.

The old base is off Democrat on the airport's north side.

The dedication guest list includes members of Congress, Air National Guard director Lt. Gen Craig McKinley, 18th Air Force commander Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott III, Tennessee Adjutant Gen. Gus Hargett, wing commander Col. Harry Montgomery and Airport Authority chairman Arnold Perl.

FedEx upgrades services

FedEx Express announced improved services from Europe to key East Coast cities.

The improvements, effective Monday, included:

Next-business-day deliveries by 3 p.m. Eastern time for FedEx International Priority customers. This will provide an overnight delivery option, standard at no additional cost, to customers who previously had two-business-day service.

Later pickups, up to six hours, for European customers who already had next-business-day FedEx International Priority service. The upgrade affects customers in 17 countries shipping to cities that include New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore, Boston and Newark.

Later pickups for next-day deliveries for heavyweight shipments - more than 150 pounds of palletized freight - as part of the FedEx International Priority Freight service. It is available to Newark, New York and Philadelphia from gateway markets in Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, Spain, France, Netherlands and Sweden.

Pinnacle leads in on-times

Pinnacle Airlines led U.S. carriers in July with 85.56 percent on- time arrivals - about 10 percent better than the industry average.

Pinnacle posted the seventh-best showing, 76.69 percent on-time, from Jan. 1-July 31, among 20 airlines listed in a Bureau of Transportation Statistics report released Wednesday. Average was 73.73 percent.

Northwest Airlines was seventh in July (79.51 percent on-time) and 11th year to date (72.98 percent).


Well said

Andrew Grove:

"Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive."


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