The Atlantic Update – Wednesday 6 June 2018

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Hello and welcome to the The Atlantic Update for Wednesday 6 June 2018, providing a weekly bulletin on developments on transatlantic travel between Europe and North America. The Atlantic Update is published every Wednesday morning at 06:00 BST.

BA takes London Heathrow – Calgary off sale for the winter

British Airways has taken its route from London Heathrow to Calgary off sale for the winter season from Sunday 28 October 2018 to Sunday 31 March 2019.

The airline has not officially confirmed the suspension. An official statement, with details for rebooking arrangements for affected passengers, should be released in the next couple of days.

The route launched in December 2006 with a Boeing 767 aircraft. It then switched to a Boeing 787 aircraft in July 2014.

BA does not have a local airline partner in Canada. Its codeshare partnership with WestJet ceased, for reasons never disclosed, in October 2016. In the absence of local codeshare partners, BA passengers would have to connect onto American Airlines’ services to Calgary from the US.

Primera Air cancels long-haul flights from Birmingham

Primera has cancelled its entire long-haul schedule from Birmingham International Airport for the summer.

Flights from Birmingham to Newark will be suspended from Thursday 21 June 2018. Toronto Pearson will not launch as originally planned on Tuesday 26 June 2018.

Whilst the finger of blame has been pointed squarley at Airbus for late deliveries of Airbus A321neo aircraft, this is indicative how hard long-haul operations are for relatively small airlines.

Air Canada Summer Schedule

Air Canada has now fully launched its summer seasonal schedule to Europe.

It is now flying its Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft from Dublin to Montreal four times weekly until Friday 12 October 2018. Air Canada’s Boeing 737 MAX 8 also operates from London Heathrow to Halifax and St John’s.

Other summer seasonal routes from Air Canada either now, or very shortly, in operation include Toronto to Shannon, Zagreb; and Vancouver to Paris, Zurich. Air Canada Rouge is also operating Montreal – Bucharest, Lisbon; and Toronto – Bucharest, Porto, Zagreb.

Delta Los Angeles Refurbishment

Delta has confirmed its plans, known as “Delta Sky Way at LAX”, to modernise and improve connectivity at its terminals at Los Angeles International Airport.

This includes a refurbishment of Terminals 2 and 3 which house Delta’s domestic flights and improved connectivity to the Tom Bradley International Terminal (Terminal B) from where Delta’s international flights depart. Delta’s transatlantic joint-venture partner Virgin Atlantic also operates from Terminal 2. (Delta)

Pride Month

June is officially Pride Month in the United States.

Many airlines have long supported Pride and highlighted their approaches to LGBT equality. Delta and Virgin Atlantic will also be sponsoring Pride in London, LA Pride and NYC Pride this year.

JetBlue is supporting a number of events and initiatives across New York, as well as Boston, Florida and California.

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