The Atlantic Update – Wednesday 20 November 2019

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British Airways Boeing 787-9 First Class (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Boeing 787-9 First Class (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.

BA To Operate Boeing 787-10 To Atlanta

BA has confirmed it will take delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 aircraft in January 2020.

BA has 12 aircraft on order, and 6 will arrive next year. The first route will be London Heathrow – Atlanta from February 2020, which is currently operated with a mixture of Boeing 787-9 and Boeing 777-200 aircraft.

As expected, the aircraft will be in a four class configuration with 8 seats in First, 48 in Club World, 35 in World Traveller Plus and 165 in World Traveller. The First seat will be the same as is currently on Boeing 787-9 aircraft, as pictured above.

Virgin Atlantic To Operate Airbus A350-1000 to Los Angeles and San Francisco

Virgin Atlantic has also confirmed it will operate the Airbus A350-1000 daily to Los Angeles and San Francisco from April and May 2020 respectively. However, these are not yet showing in online timetables.

Virgin has also launched a new codeshare partnership with WestJet at London Gatwick. Virgin has placed its code on WestJet’s year-round services from Gatwick to Calgary and Toronto, and summer seasonal services to Halifax and Vancouver.

All routes operate with WestJet’s new Boeing 787 aircraft, except Halifax which is currently scheduled to operate with the Boeing 737 Max.

Aer Lingus’ Summer 2020 Schedule

Aer Lingus has confirmed details of its transatlantic summer schedule from Dublin.

Some routes will benefit from increased frequencies. Miami will operate 3 times weekly, Orlando 6 times weekly and Seattle daily. Los Angeles and Minneapolis St Paul and Washington will operate with Airbus A330-300 aircraft. All Boeing 757 aircraft will also be replaced with Airbus A321 Long Range aircraft.

Interestingly, there’s no mention of Montreal. Aer Lingus was due to launch this route last year, but it was postponed due to late delivery of aircraft. This route appears to have now been put on the back burner.

The West Hollywood Edition Hotel Opens

The latest Marriott “Edition” hotel has, finally, opened in West Hollywood, Los Angeles.

The hotel based on a concept developed for Marriott by Ian Schrager is on West Sunset Boulevard and features 190 guest rooms and, thankfully for Los Angeles, a hotel guests only rooftop pool.

US Thanksgiving Holiday

A quick reminder the next Thursday, 28 November, is Thanksgiving Holiday in the US and this is, of course, an exceptionally busy period for travel.

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