The Atlantic Update – Wednesday 18 April 2018

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Los Angeles Proposed People Mover (Image Credit: Los Angeles World Airports)
Los Angeles Proposed People Mover (Image Credit: Los Angeles World Airports)

Hello and welcome to the The Atlantic Update for Wednesday 18 April 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.

Southwest Airlines Incident

As has been widely reported, a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft has been involved in an incident.

Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, which was scheduled to operate from La Guardia New York to Dallas Love Field airport, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after crew reported issues with the number one engine. There was one fatality.

As investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board is underway. Southwest Airlines is providing updates at its Newsroom.
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The Atlantic Update – Wednesday 11 April 2018

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American Airlines Boeing 787 (Image Credit: American Airlines)

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American Airlines Boeing 787 Order

American Airlines has confirmed it has placed a new order for 47 Boeing 787 aircraft.

The order comprises 22 Boeing 787-800 aircraft which will be delivered from 2020 and 25 Boeing 787-900 aircraft which will be delivered from 2023.

The new Boeing 787-800 deliveries will replace the Boeing 767-300. The Boeing 787-900 will replace Airbus A330-300 and older Boeing 777-200 aircraft.

American Airlines has also cancelled an order for 22 Airbus A350 which was originally placed by US Airways. The two airlines merged in 2014.
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The Atlantic Update – Wednesday 4 April 2018

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Delta at London Heathrow
Delta at London Heathrow (Image Credit: London Heathrow)

Hello and welcome to the The Atlantic Update for Wednesday 4 April 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.

Delta celebrates 10 years at London Heathrow

Delta is celebrating 10 years of operations at London Heathrow.

Prior to the EU – US Open Skies agreement Delta, along with what were then Continental, Northwest Airlines and US Airways could only fly from London Gatwick.

Of course, following consolidation in the US airline sector, Delta is the only new US entrant at Heathrow to survive.

In terms of routes, Delta has reintroduced Detroit to London Heathrow (having been suspended by BA) and added Minneapolis to the Heathrow route network year-round.

Delta has also just reintroduced its summer seasonal route to Salt Lake City. Portland also returns for the summer season from Friday 4 May.

However, not all Delta routes have been successful. Delta will suspend Philadelphia from Thursday 3 May 2018.

Delta is also operating its A330-200 aircraft on London Heathrow – New York JFK and selected services to Atlanta and Detroit this summer.

Since moving to Heathrow, Delta also acquired a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic from Singapore Airlines and formed a transatlantic joint-venture with the airline.

The influence of Delta is likely to increase as it will soon become he single largest shareholder in Virgin Atlantic as Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is to sell a 31% stake in the airline to Air France KLM. It is known that Delta with merge its two joint-ventures with Air France KLM and Virgin into one. It is also expected that there will be further changes, particularly in the area of frequent flyer programmes.
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The Atlantic Update – Wednesday 28 March 2018

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BA New York JFK Terminal 7
BA New York JFK Terminal 7 (Image Credit: London Air Travel)

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BA New York JFK Terminal 7 Refurbishment

We passed through New York JFK Terminal 7 last week and got to see first hand the process of the ongoing refurbishment. Thanks to our driver, we also had an unplanned tour of the rest of New York JFK…

At Terminal 7, the “First Wing” check-in area for First Class passengers and Gold Card holders is complete. The Galleries First lounge is closed for refurbishment. The Galleries Club lounge is as yet untouched. Refurbishment is also underway in the Club World check-in area, the main security screening area and in the gate areas. As such, a number of retail outlets are currently closed.

Whilst the refurbishment is long overdue and will no doubt be a big improvement, it is going to be on a smaller scale to the refurbishment (at least in some respects) first proposed in 2008. Gone are the plans for a “drive through” check-in area for First Class passengers and Gold Card holders.

We also couldn’t help notice the more modern and capacious Terminal 8 which houses BA’s transatlantic joint-venture partner American Airlines and to which former resident of T7 Cathay Pacific has recently decamped.

On a more positive note, the construction of the new TWA Hotel is progressing and we’re hugely excited to be trying out the hotel when it opens in 2019.
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The Atlantic Update – Wednesday 21 March 2018

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Delta Air Lines - New York
Delta Air Lines – New York

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US East Coast Severe Weather

This is like Groundhog Day.

The US East Coast is once again set to be beset by severe weather today, Wednesday 21 March.

At the time of writing, American Airlines and BA have cancelled all flights from all London airports to Newark and New York JFK. BA has also cancelled some flights to Boston and Philadelphia. BA has also retimed some flights to Philadelphia and Washington Dulles.

Virgin Atlantic and Delta have cancelled all flights from London Heathrow to Boston and Newark and almost all flights to New York JFK.

United has cancelled and retimed some flights from London Heathrow to Newark.

Nowergian has also cancelled all flights from London Gatwick to New York JFK.
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The Atlantic Update – Wednesday 14 March 2018

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Delta Air Lines - New York
Delta Air Lines – New York

Hello and welcome to the The Atlantic Update for Wednesday 14 March 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 GMT.

US East Coast Severe Weather

The US East Coast has once again been beset by severe weather. On this occasion by Winter Storm Skylar.

There has been significant disruption to US East Coast airports, particularly in Boston and New York.

Delta has cancelled approximately 400 flights and expects to resume a normal schedule today, Wednesday 14 March 2018. JetBlue has proactively cancelled a similar number of flights up to Thursday 15 March 2018.

Both BA and Virgin have implemented flexible rebooking policies allowing passengers due to travel up to Wednesday 14 March to rebook up to Saturday 17 March 2018.

Norwegian moots Canadian flights

Norwegian is in the process of securing regulatory approval to operate flights between Europe and Canada, reports Canada’s public broadcaster CBC.

Whilst Norwegian is at pains to emphasise that it has not yet announced any planned routes, this is interesting for a number of reasons. Norwegian has traditionally pursued growth in untapped markets. Canadian airports are not known for low charges and fees. There are already well established low cost airlines operating between Europe and Canada, namely Air Canada Rouge, WestJet and Air Transat. Both WestJet and Air Canada are due to start operating the Boeing 737-800 MAX to Europe later this year, which Norwegian also has on order. WestJet launches London Gatwick – Halifax on Monday 30 April 2018. It’s hard to see what competitive advantage Norwegian will have here.

Virgin Atlantic unbundles its long-haul economy

ICYMI, Virgin Atlantic has, in a slightly overcooked announcement, confirmed it is to follow its transatlantic joint-venture Delta and launch two new economy products, Economy Delight and Economy Light.

This means that the concept of “basic economy” is firmly established in transatlantic travel, albeit airlines are adopting slightly different policies which is inevitably going to cause confusion amongst passengers.

More details here.

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The Atlantic Update – Wednesday 7 March 2018

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BA World Traveller cabin on LGW based Boeing 777 aircraft
BA World Traveller cabin on LGW based Boeing 777 aircraft (Image Credit: British Airways)

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US East Coast Weather

Due to severe weather expected on the US East Coast on Wednesday 7 March, a number of transatlantic flights have been cancelled or delayed.

At the time of writing, BA and Virgin have cancelled some flights from London to Boston and New York. Some flights also have revised departure times.

Airlines have implemented flexible rebooking policies, typically allowing those due to travel on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 March to move their flights to an alternative date up to Sunday 11 March.
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The Atlantic Update – Wednesday 24 January 2018

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Virgin Atlantic welcomes its first A330-200 aircraft

Virgin Atlantic is to lease four Airbus A330-200 aircraft whilst it reshuffles its fleet as its Boeing 787 aircraft undergo maintenance to their engines.

Last week, Virgin welcomed the first aircraft “Daydream Believer” which will enter into service in March 2018. Three more aircraft “Scarlett O’Hara”, “Honky Tonk Woman” and “Strawberry Fields” will join the airline before the spring of this year.

These aircraft do not currently have Virgin Atlantic’s premium economy cabin, which will be fitted later this year. They also have a different Upper Class configuration, albeit with all 19 seats having direct aisle access. Virgin, never one to miss a branding opportunity, has dubbed these the Love Suite, the Freedom Solo Suite, and the Corner Solo Suite.

The new aircraft will first enter service on 1 March 2018, operating Manchester – New York. They will also operate on routes from Manchester to Atlanta, Barbados, Boston and San Francisco throughout the summer, as well as London Gatwick to Antigua, Barbados, and St Lucia. Full details are available from Virgin Atlantic.
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