The Atlantic Update – Wednesday 12 December 2018

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Welcome to the The Atlantic Update for Wednesday 12 December 2018.

This is our last update for 2018. The Atlantic Update will return on Wednesday 16 January 2019.

A look to 2019

There’s a lot to look forward to in 2019.

At Heathrow, BA will launch new direct routes to Pittsburgh and Charleston. We should also at least some indication of BA’s plans for long-haul growth at Gatwick, where transatlantic routes are likely to feature.

American and BA may also announce a significant reshaping of their joint-venture, both in terms of allocation of routes and Heathrow operations.

Delta will combine its transatlantic joint-ventures with Air France-KLM and Virgin into one.

JetBlue may also announce plans for transatlantic flights to London.

In New York, BA will complete its refurbishment of New York JFK Terminal 7. BA’s San Francisco lounge will also receive a long awaited refurbishment.

We’re also looking forward to the planned opening of the TWA Hotel at New York JFK. This will radically upgrade JFK’s hotel options, both in terms of convenience and quality. This week it was announced that chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten will run a lounge and restaurant, to be known as the Lisbon Lounge and Paris Cafe, in the hotel. (New York Times)

Another New York hotel opening we’re looking forward to is the Equinox Hotel in Hudson Yards. Equinox operates a number of very well-appointed gyms in the city, so this should impress.

Finally, in Los Angeles, we’re looking forward to the opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

Also of note this week:

Delta announces an expansion in Boston with new domestic routes to Chicago O’Hare, Cleveland, Newark, and Washington Reagan. (Delta)

Why the New York Subway may be getting faster. Greeted with understandable cynicism from New Yorkers. (New York Times)

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