The Atlantic Update – Wednesday 21 March 2018

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Hello and welcome to the The Atlantic Update for Wednesday 21 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

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

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 (Image Credit: British Airways)

Hello and welcome to the The Atlantic Update, 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 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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Hello and welcome to the first edition of The Atlantic Update, 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.

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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