The Atlantic Update – Wednesday 31 October 2018

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Artist Impression of The Underline Miami
Artist Impression of The Underline Miami (Image Credit: The Underline)

Hello and welcome to the The Atlantic Update for Wednesday 31 October 2018, our weekly bulletin on transatlantic travel between Europe and North America.

BA Airbus A380 Transatlantic Operations

Now that the summer travel season has ended, there are a number of changes to BA’s Airbus A380 transatlantic operations.

There are also many changes for the summer of 2019. The aircraft is, by some margin, our preferred option for any direct transatlantic flight from London. This may of course change when both BA and Virgin Atlantic introduce the Airbus A350-1000 next year.

It should be noted that these are subject to change according to commercial and operational demands.

Boston

Three times weekly Airbus A380 flights on Monday, Friday and Sunday have now ended. The A380 will return daily on flights BA213 & BA212 for the entirety of the summer season from Sunday 31 March 2019 to Saturday 27 October 2019.

Chicago O’Hare

Daily Airbus A380 flights have now ended. The A380 will then return daily on flights BA297 & BA296 for the entirety of the summer season from 31 March 2019 to 27 October 2019.

Los Angeles

Flights BA283 & BA282 have now switched from an Airbus A380 to a Boeing 747. BA continues to operates the Airbus A380 daily on flights BA269 & BA268.

From 31 March 2019, BA269 & BA268 will operate with the Airbus A380 on Monday, Friday and Sunday only.

Miami

The Airbus A380 has returned to one of BA’s now three daily flights to Miami, BA208 and BA209, until Sunday 14 April 2019.

San Francisco

Daily Airbus A380 flights have now ended. Flights BA286 & BA287 are operated with the Airbus A380 on Monday, Thursday, Saturday until Saturday 30 March 2019. It then resumes a daily service from 31 March 2019 to Sunday 27 October 2019.

Vancouver

Daily Airbus A380 flights have now ended. The route has reverted back to a Boeing 747. The A380 will then resume daily from Sunday 5 May 2019 to Monday 30 September 2019.

Miami’s High Line

Following the phenomenal success of The High Line New York, a model example of bringing redundant infrastructure back into use, many cities around the world have tried to come up with their own version.

Miami’s is the The Underline.

This is, initially at least, a ten mile park under the Miami Metrorail track. The first phase breaks ground tomorrow. The Miami Herald takes a look at the project’s ambitions.

On a related note, voters in the US go to the polls next Tuesday 6 November 2018.

Given the febrile political climate attention is inevitably focused on Washington and whether the Democrats will gain control of the House of Representatives and Senate. There are also a number of regional ballots.

Residents of Miami Beach are being asked to approve the issue of a $439 million bond to fund a vast number of infrastructure improvements.

Projects of interest to visitors include a new hotel near to Miami Convention Centre, improvements to many parks, an expansion of the Art Deco museum on Ocean Drive, and an extension of the Beachwalk from 79th Street to 87th Street.

United Mobile World Congress Flights

United has confirmed it will operate special flights from San Francisco to Barcelona for the 2019 Mobile World Congress.

The two Boeing 777 operated flights depart San Francisco on 23 February and 27 February and Barcelona on 24 February and 28 February.

Also of note this week:

The 63,000 people who run Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airport. (The Guardian)

How TransitMatters is disrupting Boston’s transport system. (Politico)

The New York Times is not known for the quality of its reporting outside New York. London is a case in point. It was also heavily criticised for an article earlier this year on Los Angeles. In a rare show of humility for the New York bubble, it looks to Chicago to see how it can fix its well documented problems with the Subway. (New York Times)

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