CRW Recipient of ACI-NA Excellence in Airport Marketing, Communications, and Customer Experience Award

CRW Recipient of ACI-NA Excellence in Airport Marketing, Communications, and Customer Experience Award

West Virginia International Yeager Airport (CRW) was recognized for best in Public Relations Programs among small airports at the 2022 Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) Marketing and Communications Conference held in Vancouver, Canada.

The ACI-NA Excellence in Airport Marketing, Communications, and Customer Experience award recognizes how a public relations program can be a planned effort to improve the Airport’s image in the public eye. CRW Airport was awarded for the “It Starts at Home” rebranding campaign and its public relations tactics.

“It’s an honor to have our Airport recognized alongside our peers in the aviation industry for our outstanding efforts surrounding our rebranding campaign. I am proud of the Marketing Department’s work and the work of the entire CRW team,” said Airport Director and CEO, Dominique Ranieri.

As CRW Airport began celebrating its 75th year of operation, the Central West Virginia Airport Authority team had a new vision. The goal for the overall public relations program was to refresh the CRW brand in a way that positioned CRW Airport as a reliable, convenient Airport that is not only close by but also a cemented part of the broader community.

“We are very proud to receive this prestigious award from ACI-NA. We are thankful for the support of our community and travelers that Fly CRW who have helped us reach and celebrate this special achievement,” said Paige Withrow, Marketing Manager.

Since its formation in 1990, the Excellence in Airport Marketing, Communications, and Customer Experience Awards have recognized the quality of work, abundance of talent, and creativity within the marketing, communications, and customer experience fields of the airport industry.

ACI-NA is an organization that represents airports and other aviation-related businesses in the United States and Canada. Airports across North America submitted entries in 20 categories in communications, marketing, and customer experience for this contest.

The award is given in three categories: Large Airport, Medium Airport, and Small Airport. The 2022 winners for Public Relations Programs are Vancouver International Airport (Large Airport), Memphis International Airport (Medium Airport), and West Virginia International Yeager Airport (Small Airport).

West Virginia International Yeager Airport, Marshall University unveil new exhibit on Chuck Yeager

West Virginia International Yeager Airport, Marshall University unveil new exhibit on Chuck Yeager

West Virginia International Yeager Airport, Marshall University staff and special guest Victoria Yeager today unveiled a new exhibit dedicated to Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, in partial observance of the 75th anniversary of Yeager’s becoming the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound on Oct. 14, 1947.

“We are thrilled to showcase the historical achievements of Gen. Chuck Yeager at West Virginia International Yeager Airport for all those passing through the airport to see,” said Airport Director and CEO Dominique Ranieri. “Gen.Yeager’s influence on our airport and on the aviation community at large is undeniable.”

The exhibit, which is located in the airport’s observation area, includes artifacts that were donated to Marshall University by Yeager in December of 1986.

Lori Thompson, Marshall’s head of special collections, said that among the materials in the display are a framed copy of “Bell XS-1 Makes Supersonic Flight,” from Aviation Week, December 22, 1947; a plaque presented for years of dedicated service from the U.S. Air Force; a sculpture on a wooden base commemorating the 50th anniversary of breaking the sound barrier in 1997; and a plaque presented by the Charleston Gazette-Mail for “West Virginian of the Year.”

“Gen. Yeager, the most notable aviator in the world, meant so much to aviation and to West Virginia,” said Bill Noe, Marshall’s chief aviation officer. “We at Marshall are pleased to join the airport in presenting this exhibit.”

The long-term goal is to have a rotation of shows about Yeager that draw from the university’s archives, said Dr. David Pittenger, a professor at Marshall who also works with the flight school. These shows will be curated by a Marshall student studying history under the supervision of Thompson and other members of the faculty.

Yeager, for whom the airport is named, was a United States Air Force officer, flying ace and record-setting test pilot.

75th Anniversary of Chuck Yeager Breaking the Sound Barrier

75th Anniversary of Chuck Yeager Breaking the Sound Barrier

Today is a special day for West Virginia International Yeager Airport as it marks the 75th anniversary of Brigadier General Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier. Yeager made history in 1947 when at just 24 years old, his Bell X-1 broke the speed of sound over a lake in Southern California. That feat earned him the distinction of the “Fastest Man Alive.”

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of breaking the sound barrier and in conjunction with the Airport’s 75th anniversary, CRW is in the process of opening a new exhibit dedicated to General Yeager. In addition, the Airport is partnering with Marshall University to display artifacts that have previously been held in the University’s archives. The materials were donated to Marshall University in December 1986 by General Yeager.

The new exhibit (located in the Airport Observation Area) will be unveiled to the public on October 24, 2022. Special visitor – Victoria Yeager will be in attendance. Some of the items selected to be on display include a plaque presented for “West Virginian of the Year” by the Sunday Gazette-Mail and a coin issued in commemoration of the First Man to Fly Faster than Sound.

“We are thrilled to showcase the historical achievements of General Chuck Yeager at West Virginia International Yeager Airport for all those passing through the airport to see,” said Airport Director & CEO Dominique Ranieri.“ General Yeager’s influence on our airport and on the aviation community at large is undeniable.”

 

WEST VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL YEAGER AIRPORT RECEIVES $1 MILLION FOR SECOND PHASE OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT

WEST VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL YEAGER AIRPORT RECEIVES $1 MILLION FOR SECOND PHASE OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT

Today during a special meeting of the Board of Members, the Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority (CWVRAA) accepted a $1,044,049 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The funding will support the completion of Phase 2 of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed airfield, safety, and terminal improvement project.

This Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being completed to evaluate the potential environmental effects of the project as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The proposed projectbeing studied would establish standard 1,000-foot-long by 500-foot-wide runway safety areas at both ends of Runway 5-23 and runway extension to meet the takeoff runway length needs of the existing and forecast future aircraft fleet mix at CRW. Additionally, the proposed project would improve the efficiency of operations in the terminal area and modernize the terminal complex to improve the passenger experience and provide a modern and efficient terminal.

Three West Virginia Airport’s received more than $8.7 million as part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program.

We would like to thank Senator Manchin, Senator Capito, Congressman Mooney, and the FAA for their continued support as we work to improve CRW’s infastructure to allow us to attract additional air service and welcome visitors to West Virginia,” said CRW Airport Director and CEO,Dominique Ranieri.

The CWVRAA also formally accepted the Small Community Air Service Development Program (“SCASDP”) Grant to recruit, initiate, and support new air service to Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW) or George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) awarded to CRW last month.

WEST VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL YEAGER AIRPORT SELECTS NEW AIRPORT DIRECTOR AND CEO

WEST VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL YEAGER AIRPORT SELECTS NEW AIRPORT DIRECTOR AND CEO

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The Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority (CWVRAA) today announced that Dominique Ranieri, currently West Virginia International Yeager Airport’s (CRW) Assistant Airport Director and Chief Operating Officer, has been selected as the Airport’s new Director and Chief Executive Officer. Ranieri will assume the new role immediately.

“The core team at CRW has created some significant momentum in recent months, Dominique will step in and continue that momentum. The Board has full confidence in her ability to facilitate a seamless transition. She has been involved in every major decision and project and will now lead those efforts,” said CWVRAA Board Chairman, Ed Hill.

Ranieri is the first female CEO in the Airport’s 75-year history. She has served as COO for several years, successfully leading nearly every function of the Airport. “The Airport is in a strong position and we will continue to work hard for the people of West Virginia, as we make improvements to our facility, develop air service, facilitate the education of America’s future aviators attending Marshall University’s Bill Noe Flight School, and support the West Virginia National Guard’s 130th Airlift Wing.” said Ranieri.

“I am humbled by the confidence placed in me by the Board of the Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority. I would like to thank the Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority Board of Members and Chairman, Ed Hill, for their support. I would like to specifically thank and recognize Kanawha County Commission President, Kent Carper, Commissioner Ben Salango, Commissioner, Lance Wheeler, and Charleston Mayor, Amy Goodwin” said Ranieri. “CRW is so fortunate to work closely with our local, State and Federal representatives. Thanks to the support of Senator Joe Manchin, Senator Shelley Moore Capito, Governor Justice, Tourism Secretary, Chelsea Ruby, and the many others who work tirelessly for the future of our City and State—CRW’s future is bright.”

Prior to joining the Airport in 2017, Ranieri practiced law in West Virginia, working at two national law firms. In 2022, Ranieri became a Certified Member (C.M.) of the American Association of Airport Executives, a designation signifying diverse knowledge of the primary functions of airport operations. Governor Justice recently appointed Dominique to the West Virginia Consolidated Public Retirement Board. She was honored as one of The State Journal’s Generation Next: 40 Under 40 in 2021. Ranieri’s diverse skill set and experience, coupled with growing up in an aviation family, enables her to bring strategic vision and focus to CRW.

About West Virginia International Yeager Airport (CRW): For 75 years, West Virginia International Yeager Airport has served as an economic engine in the Mountain State. CRW was named after Brigadier General Chuck Yeager, a West Virginia native known best for being an American patriot, a World War II fighter pilot, and becoming the first pilot in history to exceed the speed of sound. CRW offers competitive airfare to destinations worldwide with nonstop flights to leisure and business destinations aboard American, Delta, United, and Spirit Airlines. For more information visit yeagerairport.com, check us out on YouTube and Instagram, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.