Breaking News!

MONDAY MAY 16, 2022

Our AI 2022 Chicago tours are now sold out. Thank you for your overwhelming support of the show!

 Note: All tour participants must be registered AI attendees.

BASIC RULES FOR ALL TOURS

All tour participants will provide ID type/number and nationality at time of booking.

ID will be checked prior to bus boarding or by TSA.

Tower tours will clear TSA airport security.

All tour participants subject to security inspection by CDA.

Tour booking will cut off June 15 to allow for vetting.

Maximum 48 participants each ORD tour, 15 per hangar tour, 8 per tower tour.

No items other than cameras or small purse allowed on any tour.

Airport bus has limited seating.

10-16 years old only with escort.

Covid rules in force at time of tour will be enforced.

In case of inclement weather or other airport operational issues, tours may be shortened, postponed or cancelled.

All Airliners International 2022 ORD tours are graciously provided courtesy of the Chicago Department of Aviation, United Airlines and American Airlines. Please be respectful of all tour escorts, and thank them. Show them how much we appreciate them.

Tour booking will open Wednesday May 11 2022 at 5PM Eastern. You MUST BE a registered attendee of AI 2022 ORD to book any tour. CLICK HERE

Tour Schedule:

ORD ramp tours:                                

Dep Hotel    Arr ORD    Dep ORD   Arr Hotel

ORD 1 Wednesday June 22 2022:       

2:00PM        2:20PM        4:30PM      5:00PM

ORD 2 Thursday June 23 2022            

2:00PM        2:20PM         4:30PM       5:00PM

ORD 3 Friday June 24 2022                

10:00AM     10:20AM       12:30PM      1:00PM

ORD 4 Friday June 24 2022                

12:00N        12:20PM        2:30PM       3:00PM

Night Maintenance tours:                 

Wednesday June 22 2022

Dep Hotel    Arr ORD    Dep ORD   Arr Hotel

UA 1                                                    

10:00PM     10:20PM    Midnight     12:20AM

AA 1                                                    

10:00PM     10:20PM    Midnight      12:20AM

UA 2                                                    

11:00PM      11:20PM    1:00AM        1:20AM

AA 2                                                    

11:00PM      11:20PM    1:00AM        1:20AM

Thursday June 23 2022

Dep Hotel   Arr ORD    Dep ORD   Arr Hotel

UA 3                                                     

10:00PM      10:20PM    Midnight      12:20AM

AA 3                                                     

10:00PM     10:20PM     Midnight      12:20AM

UA 4                                                     

11:00PM      11:20PM     1:00AM        1:20AM

AA 4                                                     

11:00PM      11:20PM     1:00AM        1:20AM

Friday June 24 2022

Dep Hotel    Arr ORD    Dep ORD   Arr Hotel

UA 5                                                     

10:00PM      10:20PM     Midnight      12:20AM

AA 5                                                     

10:00PM      10:20PM     Midnight      12:20AM

UA 6                                                     

11:00PM      11:20PM      1:00AM        1:20AM

AA 6                                                     

11:00PM      11:20PM      1:00AM        1:20AM

Ramp Tower / Station Operations tour:

Wednesday June 22 2022

Meet at ORD / Tour over

UA OPS 1 

9:00AM 11:30 AM

AA OPS 1

9:00 AM 11:30 AM

UA OPS 2

2:00 PM 4:30 PM

AA OPS 2

2:00 PM 4:30 PM

Thursday June 23 2022

Meet at ORD / Tour over

UA OPS 3

9:00 AM 11:30 AM

AA OPS 3

9:00 AM 11:30 AM

UA OPS 4

2:00 PM 4:30 PM

AA OPS 4

2:00 PM 4:30 PM

Friday June 24 2022

Meet at ORD / Tour over

UA OPS 5

9:00AM 11:30 AM

AA OPS 5

9:00 AM 11:30 AM

UA OPS 6

2:00 PM 4:30 PM

AA OPS 6

2:00 PM 4:30 PM

ORD Ramp tour

Shuttle bus will leave Hilton O'Hare Rosemont at assigned time, please be early to board. Shuttle bus will travel to ORD AMC building for transfer to an ORD ramp bus, limited seating available, most attendees will be standing for this tour. You will be escorted around the ramp side at O’Hare airport, with stops at the Central Deice Facility to tour the O’Hare’s specialized snow removal equipment including the Airport Fire Rescue FedEx 727, and at a location appropriate to the landing pattern of the day to get off the bus for viewing and photography. Tour duration is 3 hours, approximately 2 hours on the ramp bus. Please read the additional security instructions below. In case of inclement weather or other airport operational issues, tours may be shortened, postponed or cancelled.

Night Maintenance Tour

Shuttle bus will leave Hilton O'Hare Rosemont at assigned time, please be early to board. Shuttle bus will travel to O’Hare Airport North gate for security check, then to the United Airlines and American Airlines maintenance hangars. You will do a walking tour of overnight maintenance activities in each airline’s hangar, escorted by UA or AA personnel. Tour duration is just over 2 hours. Please read the additional security instructions below. In case of inclement weather or other airport operational issues, tours may be shortened, postponed or cancelled.

American Airlines Ramp Tower /Ops Center tour:

You will observe what it takes to organize operation of one of the major airline hubs in the world. Photos and questions will be allowed, but please be respectful of the employees at work. Be as unobtrusive as possible.

Tour participants will travel to designated meetup spot at ORD airport terminal. Hotel shuttles will be busy, please go early, or you can ride the CTA Blue line to the airport. Participants will be escorted thru TSA security and to the American Airlines ramp control operations at O’Hare airport.

After tour you are on your own to return to the Hilton.

United Airlines Station Operations and Ramp Tower tour

Join us for a rare opportunity to observe a behind the scenes view into the operation of United’s hub at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. A description of the activities performed at these locations will be provided and the participants will be allowed to ask questions and take photos.

Tour participants will travel to designated meetup spot at ORD Terminal 1. Hotel shuttles will be busy, please go early, or you can ride the CTA Blue line to the airport. Participants will be escorted through TSA security and to the United Airlines Operations Center and Ramp Tower at ORD. There will be a significant amount of walking and stair climbing. There is no elevator to the Ramp Tower and will require climbing about 70 steps.Tour will take about 1-2 hours after passing through security. After tour completion, the participants will be escorted to the concourse and then will be on their own to exit the airport and return to the Hilton.

IMPORTANT SECURITY INSTRUCTIONS FOR O’HARE AIRPORT TOURS

We would like to thank the Chicago Department of Aviation for allowing these very rare tours. Security will be strict, below you will find rules to follow that will make the tours run smoothly.

Please respect the security officers just as if you were getting on a flight. You must show the same ID you registered with to board the bus. The AI crew will check as you board the bus, and the security personnel will check again. Security for the tours will be done as you enter the airport. We will start boarding the buses at the Hilton North side each day at 30 min before tour departure. Please be prompt. Tour bookings will end June 15th, after that date no tour additions or changes will be accepted. Children 10-16 years old are allowed with adult escort.

Any items you carry on the bus will be hand checked by airport security. You will not be allowed to bring anything larger than a purse or very small camera bag. Pack any carry-on's under airport rules. The less you bring, the faster loading will be for you and all of your fellow tour participants. If in doubt, please leave it in your room. You might be walking on rough ground and concrete. Please no sandals or open toe shoes. Covid mask policy in effect at the date of tour operation will be enforced.

There will be no bathroom facilities available for any of the tours. It might be hot and sunny, please plan ahead. We will have water available for the return trip if security will allow.

Thanks to The Chicago Department of Aviation, 1st Deputy Director Mr. Andrew Velazquez III, General Manager – ORD Airfield Operations Mr. Keith T. Wisniewski, Mike Fox and Bob Beach of United Airlines, Tony Markowski of American Airlines, and all of the airport and airline staff members showing this gracious courtesy to us all at AI 2022 ORD

Our Saturday Night Banquet Special Guest is confirmed, Mr Howard (Howie) Franklin. For 18 years Howie was an Air Force One Flight Steward, serving five Presidents, on the 707 and the 747. His topic will be: "All you ever wanted to know about Air Force One". Click here for more info!

We are instituting a new daily admission policy starting this year at Airliners International. Daily walk-in admission is $8 after 2PM Thursday, and all day Friday.

You can now purchase a $15 "Three Day Pass" on Thursday, after 2PM, for all three days (this does not include early access Thursday or access to tours).

 On Friday you can purchase the $8 daily admission, or a $10 "Two Day Pass" that also gets you in on Saturday.

There is a special reduced price for Saturday, only $4! A great rate to invite all your local friends on Saturday!

As usual, all children 12 and under are free with an accompanying adult admission all three days. Reminder: This daily rate is only for access to the trading halls. No booty bag, show memorabilia or tour eligibility. You can purchase a three day FULL REGISTRATION HERE

APRIL 26, 2022

We’re very close to releasing the AI 2022 ORD tour details! Once we have the final confirmation, we will send out an email blast with the tour information and when the tours will be available for sale online. We will have ORD ramp tours along with night maintenance tours of American Airlines and United Airlines’ hangars – and more! Thank you for your patience.

Not receiving our emails? Please drop Bill Demarest a note at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be added to our email list for the latest show updates.

APRIL 5, 2022

QUESTIONS ON HOTEL PARKING, TRANSPORTATION AND LOCAL ATTRACTIONS?

We have your questions answered by clicking HERE for complete information!

MARCH 22, 2022

Welcome to SPRING! At least in some parts of the world! Your AI 2022 ORD team has been busy making this year's show one of the best EVER!

Tour planning is moving forward. We know you're anxious to sign-up ASAP! Note: All tour participants must be registered AI attendees.

We had meeting last week with the airlines and O'Hare Airport to finalize tour times, rules and prices. Look for another email in a few weeks with booking details.

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We are instituting a new daily admission policy starting this year at Airliners International. Daily walk-in admission is $8 after 2PM Thursday, and all day Friday.

You can now purchase a $15 "Three Day Pass" on Thursday. after 2PM for all three days (this does not include early access Thursday or access to tours).

On Friday you can purchase the $8 daily admission, or a $10 "Two Day Pass" that also gets you in on Saturday.

There is a special reduced price for Saturday, only $4! A great rate to invite all you local friends on Saturday!

As usual, all children 12 and under are free with an accompanying adult admission all three days. Reminder: This daily rate is only for access to the trading halls. No booty bag, show memorabilia or tour eligibility. You can purchase a three day FULL REGISTRATION HERE

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Our room block at the Hilton Rosemont is almost sold out. We have NO MORE rooms for Wednesday June 22nd through Friday, June 24th. Rooms, as of this writing, are available at our rate on Saturday, June 25th. When you use the booking link, you MUST change the date to Thursday or later. If you are seeing a sold out message, try booking each day individually.

We are looking at a few overflow hotels, but the Rosemont area is filling up due to multiple other events that have booked over our weekend. Please BOOK NOW to ensure your stay at our show hotel. We still have availability at our $159 rate for a guaranteed airside view at the O'Hare Hilton. Click here to book.

Display tables in our three main ballrooms have sold out. We have expanded tables to our second floor space, the same area we are using for seminars and contests. If you would like a display table, or to be put on a waiting list for ballroom table cancellations, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.airlinersinternational.org.

We have the table layout on the website, and links below.

Registration

Hilton Rosemont overview

Grand Ballroom

Lindbergh Showroom

Yeager/Wright/Davis Ballroom

The AI crew will be attending all of the regional airline shows around the world, including the DFW show April 2nd. All show details are at the bottom of this email. Thank you all for supporting the local show promoters!

Thanks for your support of Airliners International,

Chris Slimmer / Bill Demarest

BTW, If you have any airline items you would like to donate to the show booty bags, send us an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Thanks.

 We have had questions about parking for AI 2022 ORD. If you are staying at the show hotel, we have a show parking rate of $15 per day.

You can park in the Williams Street Garage for $15.

The show hotel is a short walk from the Rosemont Blue Line station.

There is validated parking if you use any of the Parkway Bank Park District venues.

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