JetBlue to offer free live streaming of Major League Baseball games

JetBlue Airways (New York) on the heals of the Virgin America Wi-Fi announcement, has responded with this announcement in the on-going “Wi-Fi Wars”:

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JetBlue today announced a new partnership with MLBAM, the interactive media and internet company of Major League Baseball, that will give JetBlue customers free in-flight access to MLB.TV – the #1 live streaming sports service – on their laptops and supported smartphones and tablets through the MLB.com At Bat mobile app. The agreement brings free, Internet streaming of live Regular Season baseball games 35,000 feet in the sky for the first time ever, and adds to JetBlue’s expanding catalog of onboard entertainment delivered over Fly-Fi, the industry’s fastest complimentary broadband Internet.

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All JetBlue customers traveling in the contiguous United States on Fly-Fi equipped aircraft will have complimentary access to MLB.TV, which offers more than 2,500 live and archived games on demand per season. While MLB.TV typically requires a subscription, JetBlue customers will receive free access while in flight through “The Hub,” JetBlue’s Fly-Fi content portal. For the first time ever, customers using Fly-Fi Hub can catch any Regular Season game being played by any of MLB’s 30 teams at any time.

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According to the airline, “With speeds up to 20 mbps per device, Fly-Fi offers a true Internet streaming experience that no other U.S. carrier is capable of providing. MLB.TV becomes the first live sports property to join JetBlue’s robust list of leading brands offering content on JetBlue flights including Amazon Prime streaming entertainment (coming soon), The Wall Street Journal, PBS, NatGeo, Vice, Harper Collins and Time, Inc. among others.”

Unlike other carriers that charge sky high prices for Wi-fi, JetBlue is keeping Fly-Fi free for all customers. Fly-Fi Hub content complements JetBlue’s signature seatback entertainment featuring live DIRECTV® programming and 100+ channels of SiriusXM® radio on every aircraft. JetBlue airs more channels of free sports on-board than any other domestic airline. The line-up includes ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPNU, NBC Sports, Fox Sports 1 and NFL Network.

Copyright Photo: Stephen Tornblom/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N605JB (msn 2368) in the special Boston Red Sox livery is seen taxiing at the New York (JFK) base.

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Swiss unveils its new Boeing 777-300 ER cabin and routes, three Airbus A340-300s to go to Edelweiss

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Swiss International Air Lines (Zurich) will usher-in a new era in the history of its long-haul aircraft fleet next January with the arrival of the first of its nine new Boeing 777-300 ERs. The new Swiss twinjets will seat 340 passengers, include three-classes of service, and offer wireless internet connectivity. The ‘Triple Sevens’ will be deployed on routes to and from the US west coast, South America, and Asia from the 2016 summer schedule onwards.

The new type will be initially introduced on the Zurich – New York (JFK) route on February 21, 2016 with four weekly flights. It will operate to JFK until March 25, 2016.

Zurich – Montreal (Trudeau) will follow on March 27, 2016, Zurich – Hong Kong on April 10, 2016 and Zurich – Los Angeles on June 9, 2016 per Airline Route.

The new aircraft will be deployed primarily on services to Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Bangkok (staring on July 8, 2016). San Francisco (staring on September 1, 2016), São Paulo (starting August 1, 2016) and Tel Aviv will also receive Boeing 777 service several times a week.

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As a part of its ‘Next-Generation Airline of Switzerland’ strategy, Swiss will begin the renewal of its long-haul aircraft fleet in 2016. A total of nine new Boeing 777-300 ERs (Extended Range) will be gradually assimilated into the fleet from the beginning of next year. This will result in the creation of 360 new cabin crew jobs in the future.

In Swiss configuration, the Boeing 777-300 ER will offer 340 seats: eight in First Class, 62 in Business Class, and 270 in Economy. The redesigned cabin interior of the new Swiss flagship will provide comfort and aesthetics to meet the most discerning of demands in all three seating classes.

The Swiss First seat can be transformed into one’s own private suite and includes a 32-inch screen, the largest in the industry. Swiss First guests will also enjoy electrically-adjustable window blinds and their own personal wardrobe.

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SWISS Business–more privacy and personal space (PRNewsFoto/Swiss International Air Lines)

The Swiss Business seating (above) offers optimum privacy and freedom of movement, while the seat cushion’s firmness can be individually regulated. The seats can be easily converted into a lie-flat bed that reclines into more than six- feet long in length (@6’7″).

Swiss Economy customers can also look forward to a new air travel experience with new seat-cushion technology and further innovations that include a large personal touchscreen. In addition to the regular cabin service, all SWISS Economy guests will be able to make use of a self-service kiosk offering a wide range of drinks and snacks.

All nine Boeing 777-300 ERs will also feature wireless internet via a broadband connection, enabling passengers to surf or send emails on their laptop, tablet or smartphone device.

The first delivery of six of the new Boeing 777-300 ERs will replace six Swiss Airbus A340-300s that will be returned to the lessor. Between 2017 and 2018, Swiss will receive an additional three Boeing 777-300 ERs. These new aircraft will replace three other A340-300s which will enter the fleet of Swiss’ sister carrier Edelweiss.

Swiss International Air Lines is Switzerland’s national airline, serving 106 destinations in 49 countries from Zurich and Geneva and carrying over 16 million passengers a year with its 95-aircraft fleet.

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Norwegian to launch London Gatwick – Boston service, expands in Spain

 

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian Long Haul) (Oslo) has announced it will launch four weekly flights from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) to London’s Gatwick Airport (LGW) in May 2016.

Last month, Norwegian announced flights from Boston to Guadeloupe and Martinique, which will commence on December 3, 2015, with twice weekly service to both destinations.

Flights between Boston and London will be served by the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The airline will start taking delivery of the new Dreamliners in 2016, with 35 seats in Premium and 309 seats in Economy.

Norwegian currently offers 25 nonstop routes from the U.S. to London and Scandinavia with its current fleet of Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners (above), providing more European routes than any other European airline.

Service from Las Vegas will commence on October 31, 2015; service from San Juan, Puerto Rico, will commence on November 1, 2015; and service from St. Croix, U.S. V.I., will commence on November 5, 2015.

Additionally, Norwegian will begin service from Boston, Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and New York/JFK to Guadeloupe Islands’ Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport(PTP) and to Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport (FDF) on December 3, 2015.

In other news, Norwegian’s international expansion continues. For the first time the company launches domestic flights in Spain from the Spanish major cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga to the Canary Islands.

From October Norwegian will offer seven Spanish domestic routes between the mainland and Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Fuerteventura for a total of 56 flights a week.

From Madrid, Norwegian will fly daily Boeing 737-800 flights to Gran Canaria and Tenerife. From Barcelona it will operate several flights a week to Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Fuerteventura. From Malaga it will fly two flights a week to Gran Canaria and Tenerife. Norwegian will offer 56 flights a week between the mainland and the Canary Islands starting on October 25.

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Air Canada to bring the Boeing 787 to Brisbane from Vancouver

Air Canada (Montreal) has announced the addition of new nonstop flights from Vancouver to Brisbane, Australia. Flights to Brisbane will initially operate three times weekly using Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners beginning on June 17, 2016, with the intention to increase to daily service, subject to obtaining the necessary government approvals.

This year to date, Air Canada has launched new international services from Montreal-Venice, Montreal-Mexico City, Toronto-Amsterdam, Vancouver-Osaka, with Toronto-Dubai and Toronto-Delhi launching this fall.

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Ethiopian today launches a new route to Manila

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) today (July 9) launched a new route to Manila via Bangkok. The extended route will operate three days a week with Boeing 767-300 aircraft with 24 seats in Cloud Nine and 211 seat in the Economy class. Ethiopian now serves 90 international destinations.

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The new Canadian North and First Air codeshare agreement starts on July 27

Canadian North Inc. (Yellowknife) and First Air (Ottawa) announced in May they had reached an agreement to codeshare on selected flights operated by both airlines in the far north region of Canada. The two carriers had previously planned to merge but later called off the merger. The codeshare agreement was their alternative to a planned merger.

The codeshare agreement will start on July 27 with significant changes for both carriers.

According to both Canadian regional carriers, “Introducing this codeshare will significantly improve flight schedules, provide greater choice for customers and continue to improve the sustainability of our airline. This agreement is less complex than a merger agreement, however many of the benefits envisioned previously in a merger scenario will be realized with it. Unlike a merger though, where a single merged firm sets prices post-merger, under this codeshare agreement each party will continue to independently set prices and compete for business.”

Canadian North continued;

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“Our airline operates in one of the most challenging geographical and economic environments anywhere in the world,” says Canadian North President Steve Hankirk. “With escalating costs, shrinking travel budgets and increasing competition, we must always be looking for new, more efficient ways of offering our scheduled service to northerners. This codeshare agreement is a breakthrough that brings even more choice to our northern customers and ensures our long term sustainability.”

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Above: Canadian North: “Our northern point of view” (click for full size view).

Canadian North has now published a new flight schedule in its reservation system allowing customers to make reservations through all booking channels. The first codeshare flight will take to the skies in late July. The following are highlights of the enhancements being made to the current flight schedule as a result of the codeshare agreement:

Iqaluit – Ottawa

The flight schedule will be enhanced by separating current flight times,
delivering additional choices for our customers, with early morning and
early afternoon departure times.

Cambridge Bay and the Kitikmeot

Daily Boeing jet flights between Yellowknife and Cambridge Bay will be
implemented, replacing the existing Dash-8 turboprop flights.

Edmonton, Yellowknife and the Mackenzie Valley

Daily jet service up and down the Mackenzie Valley will continue, and a
Monday and Friday non-stop flight will be added between Yellowknife and
Inuvik.

A Monday morning flight will be introduced from Yellowknife to Edmonton.

Trans Arctic

Combined service will continue with three days per week service.

Graph of the changes:

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Top Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Canadian North’s Bombardier (de Havilland Canada) DHC-8-106 Dash 8 C-GRGI (msn 304) taxies at the yellowknife base.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. First Air’s ATR 42-300 C-GKLB (msn 331) with the wolf on the tail is also seen at Yellowknife, a common connecting point for both carriers.

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United Airlines ground stoppage has been lifted

United Airlines (Chicago) earlier today had a full system-wide ground stoppage this morning  due to an unspecified computer problem. The stoppage reportedly affected all flights this morning for about an hour. This was the second computer glitch problem in two months.

The airline issued this short statement:

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“We experienced a network connectivity issue. We are working to resolve and apologize for any inconvenience.”

The FAA has now confirmed the ground stoppage has been resolved and lifted.

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