KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will expand its global network to include Austin, Texas.
Starting in May 2020, the state capital of Texas will be accessible three times a week with a nonstop KLM flight from Amsterdam. The flights will be operated using Airbus A330-300 equipment, seating 292 passengers per flight.
Austin will become the 19th North Atlantic destination to be served directly by KLM. The new KLM flights expand the Air France-KLM transatlantic network and strengthens the joint venture portfolio with Delta Air Lines. To open Austin as a new destination, changes have been made to the long haul KLM network to free up slots at Schiphol.
KLM will operate flights between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Austin on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from May 4, 2020. The Airbus A330-300 flights offer 30 seats in World Business Class, 40 Economy Comfort and 222 Economy class.
The flight schedule will be as follows:
KL0667 will depart from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol at 12:40 p.m. and arrive at 4:10 p.m. local time in Austin (Austin-Bergstrom International Airport).
KL0668 will leave Austin at 6:00 p.m. local time and arrive the next day at 10:25 a.m. in Amsterdam at Schiphol.
Just in time for summer travel, the newest Delta Sky Club and first at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport will open for business on May 21.
On the mezzanine level of the Barbara Jordan Terminal, this 9,000 sq. ft. Delta Sky Club conveniently located near the Delta gates features:
Covered Sky Deck, an outdoor patio that can be enjoyed year-round
Full-service bar that includes seasonal cocktails and wine, selected by Delta’s Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson, which will be stored in a temperature-controlled custom glass tower, along with the Agave Experience — an extensive selection of tequila and mezcal that can be sampled in individual pours or tasting flights — on the premium bar menu
Beer to try from around Texas, like Thirsty Planet Thirsty Goat, Hi Sign Violet the Blueberry Blonde and Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower, and rotating, seasonal food offerings inspired by the region, like handcrafted tacos and barbecue dishes
Unique, eclectic interior style inspired by Austin with warm walnut surfaces, metal finishes and rich fabrics
Select artwork from well-known and up-and-coming artists with connections to Texas
Comfortable seating areas, high-speed Wi-Fi and power outlets at nearly every seat
“We’ve put care into every detail — from the curated, local artwork to the Club design to the seasonal food and beverage offerings,” said Claude Roussel, Managing Director — Delta Sky Club. “We look forward to welcoming guests traveling through Austin — they will be wowed by the experience and incredible service.”
Virgin America (San Francisco) has announced new nonstop option between Dallas Love Field (DAL) and Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) as of December 1, 2015.
Las Vegas is currently the eighth largest market from Dallas Love Field in terms of guest traffic and the sixth largest destination from all Dallas airports combined (QDF). Virgin America will also be the only airline offering a red-eye from Las Vegas to Dallas, allowing Dallas-originating travelers to maximize their time taking advantage of everything Vegas has to offer before returning home.
In order to make aircraft available at its two Dallas Love Field gates to support the new Dallas-Las Vegas service, Virgin America will end its scheduled service between Love Field and Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), effective November 30, 2015.
Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-112 M526VA (msn 3347) arrives in Las Vegas.
British Airways (London) will resume daily Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner service on the London (Heathrow) – Calgary route now on December 5, 2015 per Airline Route. The Boeing 767-300 will be assigned to the route from October 25 until December 4.
In other news, BA has announced the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will be assigned to the London (Heathrow) – Delhi route from October 25 according to Airline Route.
Additionally the new type will be assigned to the London (Heathrow) – Abu Dhabi – Muscat route starting on November 17.
The 787-9 will also now operate on the London (Heathrow) – Kuala Lumpur route starting December 21 and the new London (Heathrow) – Austin route starting February 22, 2016.
Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. British Airways currently operates eight Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners. The first 787-9 Dreamliner will be registered as G-ZBKA (msn 38616). BA has 16 on order. Boeing 787-8 G-ZBJC (msn 38611) departs from London (Heathrow).
Condor Flugdienst (Frankfurt) has announced in the summer of 2016 it will be flying between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) and Frankfurt International Airport (FRA). The seasonal flights are scheduled to operate on Mondays and Thursdays from June 27, 2016 through September 1, 2016. Austin is the third addition to Condor’s network in the United States within one year after launching nonstop service between Providence (PVD) and Portland (PDX) to Frankfurt, Germany this summer.
Flights are scheduled to depart Austin at 7:55 p.m. (1955) and arrive in Frankfurt at 1:10 p.m. (1310) the following day. Flights are scheduled to depart Frankfurt at 1:25 p.m. (1325) and arrive in Austin at 5:55 p.m. (1755), all times local. Flights will operate on Condor’s Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft with 259 seats (18 Business/35 Premium Class/206 Economy).
On an annual basis, 7 million passengers fly with Condor to around 75 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa and America.
Since 2013, the German airline Condor is part of the Thomas Cook Group Airlines to which the Thomas Cook Airlines UK, Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium and Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia also belong.
40 aircraft are in the Condor fleet: 12 Airbus A320s, 3 Airbus A321s, 13 Boeing 757-300s and 12 Boeing 767-300s.
Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-38E ER D-ABUS (msn 30840) in the new 2013 livery arrives back at the FRA base.