Delta expands Boston and New York service with new flights to popular destinations

Sailboats on the Charles River in Boston. Boston is the capital and largest city in Massachusetts. 

  • New service from Boston to three of the largest markets: Charlotte, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Toronto  
  • New service from New York-LGA to Toronto  
  • A220 expansion and lie-flat seats on all Boston-Los Angeles flights to elevate onboard experience 

Delta Air Lines is building on its position along the East Coast as the airline fine-tunes its schedule for the months ahead. Delta customers residing in and around Boston and New York City will enjoy more choice, with service to four new markets and upgraded aircraft for an elevated onboard experience.

New routes, more A220 service and more lie-flat seats for Boston 

Delta is expanding its reach even further for Bostonians, with new convenient offerings from Logan International Airport (BOS) and an enhanced onboard experience for customers to enjoy.

Starting Oct. 4, Delta will:

  • Launch twice-daily service to Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW) operated on the Airbus A220-100
  • Launch three-times-daily service to Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) operated Embraer 175 aircraft
  • Upgrade nonstop service to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) on the A220-100 – also marking the A220’s official debut in CVG since it first joined Delta’s fleet in 2019

Additionally, on July 7, Delta will offer more onboard comfort for all cross-country flights from Boston to Los Angeles by upgrading service to the Boeing 757, which is equipped with the lie-flat Delta One cabin.

These additions for BOS follow Delta’s new service to Reykjavík, Iceland, beginning May 20, as well as new summer seasonal service to other leisure getaways like Hilton Head, S.C., Myrtle Beach, S.C., Traverse City, Mich., and Bangor, Maine. This summer, BOS customers have choice of an average 84 daily flights to 38 destinations, including weekend service to popular Cancún.

Delta’s A220 expansion from Boston complements existing service in other major business routes, such as New York-LGA to Dallas/Ft. Worth and Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Delta plans to further expand the A220 to other Northeast business markets this fall, including LGA to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and New York and Boston to Raleigh-Durham.

New Toronto service from Boston and New York-LGA 

Nonstop Delta service to Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) will also grow this year with new flights from Boston and New York-LGA, including:

  • Three-times-daily service from BOS to YYZ operated on Embraer 175 aircraft beginning Oct. 4
  • Twice-daily service from LGA to YYZ operated on Embraer 175 aircraft beginning Aug. 5

Delta also plans to boost LGA-YYZ to six times a day this fall as travel restrictions lift and transborder demand returns.

Italy reopens to leisure travelers on Delta’s COVID-tested flights

Venice, Italy

Delta Air Lines’ COVID-tested flights between the U.S. and Italy will open to all customers effective May 16, following the Italian government lifting entry restrictions enabling American leisure travelers to visit the country for the first time in more than a year.

“Delta was the first U.S. airline to launch quarantine-free service to Italy, and our COVID-tested flights have proved a viable means to restart international travel safely,” said Alain Bellemare, Delta’s E.V.P and President – International. “It is encouraging that the Italian government has taken this step forward to reopen the country to leisure travelers from the U.S. on our dedicated protocol flights and further supporting economic recovery from the global pandemic.”

Customers currently have several choices of nonstop COVID-tested services to Italy, including:

  • Five-times-a-week between Atlanta and Rome, increasing to daily May 26
  • Daily service between New York-JFK and Milan
  • Three-times-a-week from JFK to Rome, increasing to daily July 1

Additionally, Delta will launch three more nonstop routes this summer: New York-JFK to Venice beginning July 2, as well as Atlanta to Venice and Boston to Rome beginning Aug. 5 – making Delta the largest carrier between the U.S. and Italy. All Delta flights to Italy are operated in conjunction with partner Alitalia.

Existing service to Rome and Milan will continue to be operated by the 293-seat Airbus A330-300, while the additional routes will be operated by the 226-seat Boeing 767-300. All aircraft feature lie-flat Delta One seats, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin service and are equipped with Wi-Fi and personal seat-back screens with complimentary premium entertainment options.

To fly on Delta’s COVID-tested flights from the U.S. to Italy, all customers are required to complete mandatory testing, both before departure and on arrival, regardless of their vaccination status. After receiving a negative test, customers will not need to quarantine in Italy and can resume their travels.

Italy is the fourth European destination Delta will offer to leisure flyers this summer following Iceland and Greece (effective May 28), which customers can reach from multiple gateways across the U.S. Delta is also launching brand-new service to Dubrovnik, Croatia from New York-JFK beginning July 2.

Southern Airways Express adds more flights from Branson

Southern Airways Express on June 1 is adding another route from  the vacation destination of Harrison/Branson to Hot Springs, AR.

This is in addition  to the two existing routes to Memphis  and Dallas/Fort Worth.

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Boeing expands partnership with COOPESA to convert more 737-800s to freighters, FAA approves fix for 737 MAX electrical flaw

Boeing has announced a new partnership with a Costa Rica-based maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider to create additional conversion capacity for the 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter.

Boeing will open two 737-800BCF conversion lines with Cooperativa Autogestionaria de Servicios Aeroindustriales (COOPESA) in Alajuela, Costa Rica. The first of the new conversion lines is expected to open in early 2022, with the second anticipated later that year. Boeing forecasts 1,500 freighter conversions will be needed over the next 20 years to meet growing demand. Of those, 1,080 will be standard-body conversions, with nearly 30% of that demand coming from North America and Latin America.

Currently, Boeing converts 737-800 passenger airplanes to freighters at three locations: Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services (BSAS) in Shanghai, China; Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company Limited (GAMECO) in Guangzhou, China; and Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Co. Ltd. (STAECO) in Jinan, China.

To date, the 737-800BCF has won more than 180 orders and commitments from 15 customers on four continents. In March, Boeing re-delivered the 50th 737-800BCF since entering into service in 2018.

In other news, the FAA has approved Boeing’s fix of the 737 MAX electrical problem. This will pave the way for over 100 impacted aircraft to return to service and   be delivered.

 

Wizz Air announces 32 new routes from Rome to 19 countries

 

Wizz Air has announced a total of 32 new routes from Rome (Fiumicino) to holiday destinations in 19 countries. FCO will become the fifth base in Italy for the airline. Routes will start mostly in July with four based Airbus A321neos.

The new routes are:

London (Luton) starting on July 1, 2021

Liverpool starting on July 1, 2021

Eindhoven starting on July 2, 2021

Sofia starting on July 2, 2021

Tel Aviv starting on July 16, 2021

Casablanca starting on July 16, 2021

Marrakech starting on November 2, 2021

Mykonos seasonal starting on July 1, 2021

Santorini starting on July 1, 2021

Corfu starting on July 2, 2021

Zakynthos starting on July 15, 2021

Heraklion starting on July 16, 2021

Larnaca starting July 1, 2021

Fuerteventura starting on July 15, 2021

Tenerife Sur starting on July 3, 2021

Sharm el Sheikh starting on July 15, 2021
Hurghada starting on July 17, 2021
Alexandria starting on July 18, 2021
Kharkiv starting on July 18, 2021
Pristina starting on July 18, 2021
Antalya seasonal starting on July 15, 2021
Bodrum seasonal starting on July 18, 2021
Keflavik starting on July 16, 2021
Tirgu Mures starting on July 1, 2021
Costanta starting on July 2, 2021
Satu Mare starting on July 17, 2021
Dubrovnik seasonal starting on July 1, 2021
Split seasonal starting on July 2, 2021
Faro starting on July 4, 2021
Nice starting on July 2, 2021
Prague starting on July 2, 2021
Tallinn starting on July 2, 2021

Alaska Air Group orders nine new E175 aircraft for operation with Horizon Air

Embraer has agreed the sale of nine new E175 jets to Alaska Air Group and its subsidiary Horizon Air. The E175 aircraft will fly exclusively with Alaska Airlines under a Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA).

Alaska Airlines, a new member of the oneworld Alliance, currently has 62 Embraer E175 jets in their fleet, operated by Horizon Air and SkyWest Airlines. The 76-seat aircraft will be delivered in Alaska’s livery and three-class configuration, starting in 2022.

SkyWest Airlines orders eight new E175 aircraft for operation with Alaska Airlines

Embraer has agreed to the sale of eight new E175 jets to SkyWest, Inc. for operation with Alaska Airlines, adding to the 32 SkyWest E175 jets SkyWest already flies for Alaska. The E175 aircraft will fly exclusively with Alaska Airlines under a Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA).

Alaska Airlines, a new member of the oneworld Alliance, currently has 62 Embraer E175 jets in their fleet, operated by Horizon Air and SkyWest Airlines. The 76-seat aircraft will be delivered in Alaska’s livery and three-class configuration, starting in 2022.

SmartLynx Airlines Malta to add 5 Airbus A330 freighters

SmartLynx Airlines Malta has announced an important addition to its Airbus fleet. Currently operated Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft, the fleet will be joined by Airbus A330 aircraft type with a goal to become leaders of long-haul market.

5 Airbus A330 aircraft will be modified to Zero LOPA by removing passenger seats and preparing aircraft for cargo flights. The planes are planned to be added to SmartLynx Airlines’ fleet during May and June.

According to IATA, in April 2021, air cargo demand reached an all-time high and was up 9% compared to pre-COVID levels (Feb 2019). The increased market demand for long-haul cargo operations prompted SmartLynx Airlines to grow their fleet and introduce the modified aircraft, able to transport cargo shipments, including vaccines and medical supplies, on long-haul flights.

The global aircraft leasing platform CDB Aviation will be leasing out several Airbus A330 aircraft to SmartLynx Airlines. 

The updated A330 aircraft will carry cargo for existing and future clients to and from Asia, USA and Europe, with a volume capacity of 260 m3 and a maximum cargo weight of 50,000 kg.

Earlier this year, SmartLynx Airlines has already showed its flexibility and forward-thinking attitude, making the necessary Zero LOPA modifications on two of the fleet’s A321 units to meet the growing demand for cargo transportation and became one of the first carriers to introduce A321F to operations.