The Atlantic Update – Wednesday 25 April 2018

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British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (Image Credit: Heathrow)

Hello and welcome to the The Atlantic Update for Wednesday 25 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.

BA and Virgin Atlantic cancel Boeing 787 flights

A recent Federal Aviation Administration Directive on Boeing 787 aircraft with certain models of Rolls Royce engine is having an impact on flight schedules and operations for both BA and Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow.

BA has cancelled select flights from London Heathrow to Baltimore, Newark and San Jose. It has also cancelled flights to Los Angeles, including one daily flight, for the entirety of May 2018.

Here are known BA cancellations in recent days:

BA281 from London Heathrow to Los Angeles, and the return BA280, is cancelled on Sunday 22 April 2018.

BA279 from London Heathrow to San Jose, and the return BA278, is cancelled on Monday 23 April 2018.

BA185 from London Heathrow to Newark, and the return BA184, is cancelled on Tuesday 24 April 2018.

BA229 from London Heathrow to Baltimore, and the return BA228, is cancelled on Wednesday 25 April 2018.

BA189 from London Heathrow to Newark, and the return BA188, is cancelled on Thursday 26 April 2018.

BA281 from London Heathrow to Los Angeles, and the return BA280, is cancelled for the period Tuesday 1 May 2018 to Thursday 31 May 2018.

Here are known Virgin Atlantic cancellations in recent days:

VS7 from London Heathrow to Los Angeles, and the return VS8, is cancelled on Sunday 22 April 2018.

VS45 from London Heathrow to New York JFK, and the return, VS46, is cancelled on Tuesday 24 April 2018.

There have also been some equipment changes to Virgin Atlantic flights. For example, VS107 from London Heathrow to Seattle has been operated with an Airbus A330 in recent days.

This issue has been affecting both airlines for some time, particularly Virgin Atlantic which has had to lease in aircraft, and is likely to run for some months.

New transatlantic routes

A number of new transatlantic routes launch in the coming week:

BA will launch its new route from London Heathrow to Nashville from Friday 4 May 2018. This has been subject to extensive promotion online and around London. No doubt something will be planned for the inaugural flight.

BA will launch a new summer seasonal service Gatwick to Toronto three times a week from Tuesday 1 May 2018 to Friday 26 October 2018.

WestJet will launch a new summer seasonal route from Gatwick to Halifax with the Boeing 737 MAX 8 from Monday 30 April 2018 to Saturday 27 October 2018.

Delta will reinstate its summer seasonal service from Heathrow to Portland from Friday 4 May 2018 to Saturday 6 October.

Delta will also suspend Heathrow to Philadelphia from Thursday 3 May 2018.

Farewell to Virgin America

Shortly before publication, the last Virgin America passenger flight will have taken off at 21:32 PDT.

Flight VX1948 from San Francisco to Los Angeles will be the last Virgin America coded passenger flight. Another flight VX1947 at 21:35 PDT from Los Angeles to San Francisco will be dedicated to the employees who helped launch Virgin America.

From Wednesday 25 April, all former Virgin America flights will operate under Alaska Airlines flight numbers. Alaska Airlines will also operate through a single reservation system, Alaska Airlines website, app and call centre. The Virgin America website will be closed and the Virgin America brand will be progressively removed from airports and aircraft.

American Airlines Stand Up To Cancer Livery

American Airlines has unveiled an Airbus 321 aircraft in a special livery.

It features graphics featuring Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War heroes, images of Stand Up To Cancer researchers and American Airlines employees who are cancer survivors.

Also of note this week:

Delta has released the first video in a six part series on the design of a new uniform “Designing Delta”. (Delta)

Southwest Airlines updates on the impact on its operation of inspections to CFM engine fan blades on its Boeing 737-700/-800 Fleet. (Southwest Airlines)

United has taken delivery of the first of ten Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft to be delivered this year. (United)

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