The Atlantic Update – Wednesday 24 April 2019

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Business Class, WestJet Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
Business Class, WestJet Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (Image Credit: WestJet)

Welcome to the The Atlantic Update for Wednesday 24 April 2019.

WestJet London Announcement

WestJet has been steadily building its presence at London Gatwick over the past few years.

At the moment it’s operating year-round routes to Toronto and Calgary. Later this summer it will resume seasonal routes to Vancouver and Winnipeg. At the end of April, WestJet will also launch a new route to Halifax, Nova Scotia. This was to be operated by the Boeing 737-800 MAX, but due to its grounding, will be operated by the Boeing 737 instead.

WestJet is also due to operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on London Gatwick – Calgary from the end of this month, replacing a Boeing 767. This will substantially increase its competitiveness on this route, with aircraft having its first international business class cabin and a substantially improved economy and premium economy cabin.

WestJet has been teasing an imminent announcement about London on its social media channels. It is also holding a press event at its Boeing 787 Dreamliner hangar in Calgary today at 10:45 MT / 17:45 BST.

The TWA Hotel New York JFK

The much anticipated TWA Hotel at New York JFK opens its doors on Wednesday 15 May 2019.

It has now published on its website CGI images of its rooftop pool bar and observation deck.

The 63ft by 20ft infinity pool is open year-round and offers views of runway 4L/22R at New York JFK. It is questionable whether this is the best environment for swimming, but the hotel does promise that the water is purified every 30 minutes. Non-hotel guests can also make reservations from Wednesday 5 June 2019. It will also be used for private events.

Also of note this week:

Andy Byford may leave his role as President of the New York City Transit Authority over clashes with New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo. (New York Times)

Delta starts work on its project to modernise Terminal 2 and 3 at Los Angeles International Airport. (Delta)

Renderings have been released of a controversial makeover of the Los Angeles County Museum Of Art. (Urbanize.LA)

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