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Hawaiian Airlines arrives in Boston

Hawaiian Airlines Flight 90 flew into aviation history on April 5, inaugurating the nation’s longest interstate route when it left Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) on April 4 and touched down at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) on the morning of April 5, bringing with it a five-times-a-week dose of aloha to New England.

Prior to this flight, Boston was the largest U.S. market without nonstop service to Hawai‘i with some 250 people flying between eastern New England and the islands each way on any given day. Boston’s renowned educational and medical facilities are among the many attractions drawing Hawai‘i travelers to the Bay State. The route generated about $79 million in ticket sales last year.

A celebration of Hawaiian Airlines inaugural flight from Honolulu to Boston on 4/5/2019.

In addition to vacations, the route opens economic and cultural opportunities. The seafood industry, important in both states, will benefit. On board Flight HA89 as it departed Boston for Hawai‘i: nearly one-and-a-half tons of live lobster. Hawaiian fish and produce will also be regularly flown to New England.

At 5,095 miles, Hawaiian’s HNL-BOS route is the longest regularly scheduled interstate route in U.S. history. It will take nearly 10 hours traveling to Boston from Honolulu, and roughly 11.5 hours traveling from Boston in the morning and arriving in Honolulu in the afternoon. When the ship Thaddeus sailed from Boston to Hawai’i in 1819, it took the missionaries who were onboard 164 days to reach the islands.

For JetBlue fans, Hawaiian’s expanded codeshare with Boston’s largest airline lets customers earn and redeem TrueBlue points on Hawaiian flights. The relationship also opens a plethora of new cities with connections through Boston, including Washington, D.C. (DCA), Pittsburgh (PIT), Philadelphia (PHL), Baltimore (BWI), Cleveland (CLE), and Detroit (DTW), all of which currently cannot connect to Hawai‘i through JetBlue in New York.

Last year, about 127,000 people from New England – more than half of them from Massachusetts — visited Hawai’i, according to the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.

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JetBlue adds more routes and flights from Boston Logan

JetBlue Airways Airbus A321-231 WL N969JT (msn 7353) (Prism) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945820.

JetBlue Airways has announced the next phase of growth at Logan International Airport (BOS) as it advances toward its goal of 200 daily departures in the coming years.

Beginning this summer, JetBlue will add more flights on twelve popular routes while also expanding or adjusting schedules to offer hourly service to Washington, D.C. and the New York metro area. The move, which will benefit both leisure and business customers, is the latest in a series of growth announcements in Boston where JetBlue flies to more nonstop destinations, operates more flights and serves more travelers than any other airline.

 

More Flights to Top Destinations

JetBlue will phase in more flights over the summer and fall on twelve existing Logan routes stretching across the eastern half of the United States to/from:

With JetBlue’s low fares and award winning service on even more daily flights between Boston and these key markets, the airline advances its leadership position in New England and makes JetBlue’s Boston focus city even more accessible to travelers across the eastern half of the U.S.

Streamlined Schedules to Key Northeast Markets

JetBlue is also introducing enhanced schedules between Boston and two top northeast corridor business markets: Washington and New York City.

JetBlue is adding up to four additional daily flights between Logan and D.C.’s Reagan National Airport and will adjust its schedule to offer near-hourly weekday service – from 6 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. – between New England and the nation’s capital. The new service – with Boston flights departing at the top of the hour – is aimed at meeting the growing demand for travel between the two cities while also offering a customer-friendly, straight-forward departure schedule. Flights will be phased in beginning this summer with new flights on sale starting this weekend.

Similarly, JetBlue will also introduce near-hourly weekday service between Boston and the New York metro area with service between approximately 5:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. Logan flights will depart at the bottom of the hour for one of the three major New York area airports: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA) or Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). As New York’s Hometown Airline®, JetBlue’s unique service pattern is designed to meet the needs of travelers flying between Boston and anywhere across the New York metro area, whether it be Manhattan, the outer boroughs, Long Island or northern New Jersey. The flight schedule between New York and Boston will be phased in beginning this summer with new flights on sale starting this weekend.

Boston by the Numbers and Beyond

JetBlue first started service in Boston in January 2004, with 30 crewmembers, just one gate and 4,500 flights in the first year. But with the ‘JetBlue effect’ in action, the innovative airline shook up New England with its low-fare approach, driving down prices and introducing new nonstop destinations for Logan travelers.

Today, JetBlue – with award-winning service featuring the most legroom in coach (a); free Fly-Fi, the fastest broadband internet in the sky (b); complimentary and unlimited name-brand snacks and soft drinks; free, live DIRECTV® programming and 100+ channels of SiriusXM® radio at every seat – carries more customers than any other airline in Boston, operates nearly 55,000 annual departures at Logan and offers nonstop service to more than 70 destinations throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America. Boston is also home to some 3,400 crewmembers.

Beyond the numbers, JetBlue has also helped bring new gates to Logan’s Terminal C, added the airline’s award-winning Mint premium service with lie-flat seating on a variety of routes, and introduced an array of unique destinations not served by any other airline – including recently launched flights to Havana, Cuba; Steamboat Springs, Colo.; and Palm Springs, Calif.

Later this year, JetBlue will take delivery of new, fuel-efficient A321neo aircraft, bringing another wave of cabin and comfort improvements along with additional range capabilities. Then, starting in 2020, JetBlue will also steadily replace its Embraer E190 fleet with the larger and more fuel-efficient Airbus A220, providing more seats in the market at a lower operating cost, and an improved onboard experience.

JetBlue has also built a rich portfolio of agreements with other international airlines at Logan that help connect customers to global destinations. Travelers can connect to cities around the world on JetBlue partners such as Emirates, El Al, Aer Lingus, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways.

JetBlue’s commitment to Boston extends well beyond its presence at Logan. JetBlue is a proud sponsor of the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Celtics, the Boston Bruins, the Boston Marathon, TD Garden and the New England Patriots. The local JetBlue team has also contributed thousands of hours to support numerous community organizations in the greater Boston area.

Top Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A321-231 WL N969JT (msn 7353) (Prism) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945820.

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Royal Air Maroc is coming to Boston

RAM's first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in a special livery

Royal Air Maroc has announced the launch of new service to Boston Logan International Airport. As part of ongoing efforts to enhance its network and better serve its customers, Royal Air Maroc will begin nonstop service between Logan International Airport (BOS) and Casablanca Mohamed V (CMN) and will be operated by 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft which features a two-class cabin with 18 Business Class fully lie-flat seats in a 2-2-2 configuration.

The new route will commence on June 22, 2019 with three weekly flights.

BOS will be the fourth nonstop route to the USA and the seventh to the Americas.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Royal Air Maroc Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner CN-RAM (msn 64625) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 944635.

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JetBlue reflects on 15 years of operations in Boston

Since its arrival in Boston in 2004, JetBlue Airways has played an instrumental role in transforming air travel for the Commonwealth and customers traveling through Boston Logan International Airport. JetBlue, which today celebrates its 15th anniversary of operations at Logan, has significantly grown its footprint in the market, leading the way in number of nonstop destinations served, customers carried and total daily departures.

JetBlue’s Historic Growth in Boston

JetBlue first began service in Boston on January 7, 2004, with the airline operating about 4,500 flights from one gate in the first year. While every major U.S. airline had a sizable presence at the time, no single carrier was the clear market leader. With the ‘JetBlue effect’ in action, the airline shook up the market with its low-fare approach, driving down prices and introducing a slew of new destinations for Logan travelers. Fast forward 15 years, JetBlue has become the leading carrier in Boston, with nearly 70 nonstop destinations served, more than 150 daily flights and close to 55,000 annual departures, making up 30 percent of Logan’s overall traffic. JetBlue has also grown its roster of airline partners since entering Logan, offering up global destinations for customers on 20+ international carriers.

“When we first entered Boston, JetBlue was very young. Fifteen years later, it’s exciting to see how far we’ve come and where we’re heading,” said Marty St. George, executive vice president of commercial and planning, JetBlue. “Boston is our home, and we’re committed to providing the low fares, award-winning service and amenities that have made JetBlue the number one choice for travel at Logan.”

“Massport applauds JetBlue for their 15 years of offering exciting travel opportunities for the entire New England region,” said John Pranckevicius, acting CEO, Massport. “We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with JetBlue while providing our business and leisure customers with even more options for travel in the future.”

JetBlue in the Community

JetBlue prides itself on supporting the causes, teams and places its customers and crewmembers are most passionate about. Since 2011, JetBlue crewmembers have contributed more than 48,500 hours of service to a variety of causes and nonprofits throughout New England, such as KaBOOM!, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, Wings for Autism® and Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island, among many others.

JetBlue is also the proud official airline sponsor for all four major sports teams including the Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins and New England Patriots, along with the annual Boston Marathon and venues including TD Garden, The Wang Theatre, The Shubert Theatre and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Looking Ahead

JetBlue is on track to reach 200 daily departures in the coming years. Working closely with Massport, the airline continues to make investments to maintain its leadership position in its second-largest focus city. JetBlue plans to expand its footprint from 24 to 30 gates by 2021. Starting in 2020, JetBlue will also steadily replace its Embraer E190 fleet with the larger and more fuel-efficient Airbus A220, providing more seats in the market at a lower operating cost.

Delta adds more key markets for Boston customers: Chicago, Cleveland, Newark and Washington, D.C.

Delta Air Lines is expanding its Boston Logan International Airport service  with new multiple daily nonstop flights to four top markets from Boston: Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Newark-Liberty International (EWR) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) beginning Sept. 9, 2019, as well as Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) on April 1, 2019.

Delta’s investment in Boston Logan deepens

Delta and partners will offer up to 152 daily departures from Logan with these additions, an increase of nearly 30 daily departures compared to 2018.

Additionally, in partnership with Massport, Delta plans to assume operations at all gates at Logan’s Terminal A by the third quarter of 2019.

Delta also plans by 2020 the expansion of its Delta Sky Club near gate A18, including new showers, expanded seating and a reimagined food and beverage area.

Delta’s unmatched global network takes Boston to the world

Together with its SkyTeam and joint venture airline partners, Delta will serve 58 destinations effective fall 2019.  Delta and its partners offer the most international seats from Boston including new and expanded services beginning this spring:

  • New Delta-operated service to Lisbon and Edinburgh
  • New nonstop Seoul-Incheon service operated by partner Korean Air
  • An additional Amsterdam flight by partner KLM
  • A daytime London-Heathrow flight operated by partner Virgin Atlantic
  • Delta-operated London-Heathrow service on upgraded and larger Airbus A330 aircraft
  • Dublin service on larger 767 Delta-operated aircraft

Delta also operates daily international service to Amsterdam, Bermuda, London-Heathrow and Paris-Charles de Gaulle. In addition to new service, Delta is expanding with new daily frequencies from Boston to Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Nashville, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.

Summary of 2019 Daily Market Expansion

Starting April 2019, Delta and partners are adding three international and four domestic destinations for Boston customers, with frequency increases in another seven markets.

Destination Date Market Increase
Amsterdam, Netherlands March 31 KLM launches new service
London-Heathrow April 1 Additional daylight trip by Virgin Atlantic
Cleveland April 1 Delta launches new 3x daily service*
Pittsburgh April 2 Delta increases from 4x to 5x trips
Seoul-Incheon, South Korea April 12 Korean launches 5x weekly service
Jacksonville, Fla. April 14 Delta increases from 2x to 3x trips
Nashville, Tenn. April 15 Delta increases from 3x to 4x trips
Edinburgh, Scotland May 23 Delta launches seasonal daily service
Lisbon, Portugal May 23 Delta launches seasonal daily service
Indianapolis June 8 Delta increases from 3x to 4x trips
Philadelphia June 8 Delta increases from 4x to 6x trips
Chicago O’Hare Sept. 9** Delta launches new 5x daily service
Newark, N.J. Sept. 9 Delta launches new 4x daily service
Washington, D.C. (Reagan National) Sept. 9** Delta launches new 6x daily service

*Service will be available for sale on Dec. 22, 2018

**First full day of operations; first flight on Sept. 8

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Korean Air is coming to Boston

First flight on December 9, 2017

Korean Air is launching new nonstop service between Boston and Seoul on April 12, 2019 in cooperation with joint venture partner, Delta Air Lines.

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The new Boston flight, along with new Minneapolis/St. Paul-Seoul service that Delta is launching in 2019, are the first additions to the joint venture’s Seoul-Incheon network since the two carriers launched their partnership in May.

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The Boston-Seoul service will be operated on Korean Air’s new 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft featuring six First Class sleeper suites, 18 Prestige business class sleeper suites, and 245 seats in economy class.

First Class features farm-to-flight meals with food grown at the airline’s own farm on Jeju Island, a 23-inch high-resolution monitor, luxurious duvet and bedding, in-flight comfort clothing by Gianfranco Ferre, and DAVI-branded amenity kits with five different luxury cosmetic products. First class customers also can enjoy the exclusive benefits of a dedicated check-in lounge and First Class lounge at Incheon Airport.

Korean Air’s Prestige Suites offer private 21-inch wide flatbed seats spaced 75 inches apart with direct aisle access. Onboard, Prestige customers enjoy Korean Air’s award-wining food and wine program and a premium DAVI amenity kit.

Meanwhile, Korean Air’s economy class is among the industry’s most comfortable, with 33-34 inches between seats, a 10.6-inch high-resolution personal monitor and a variety of meal options.

With the launch of Boston and Minneapolis/St. Paul, Korean Air and Delta will offer up to 29 flights a day between 14 gateways in the U.S. and Asia. From Korea alone, the joint venture partners will offer over 115 weekly flights to 13 U.S. destinations, an increase of over 10% from summer 2018. By combining both airlines’ schedules, customers have matchless travel options while enjoying improved reciprocal frequent flier benefits.

Korean Air’s new nonstop service between Boston and Seoul:

 
Route Flight Number Departure Arrival Aircraft Days of Operation
Boston(BOS) – Incheon(ICN) KE090 13:30 16:50*1 (+1 day) B787-9 Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun
Incheon(ICN) – Boston(BOS) KE089 09:30 10:30 B787-9 Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun

Date and schedule is subject to change (starts April 12, 2019).

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Korean Air): Korean Air Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner HL8085 (msn 34814) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 940284.

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Delta continues Boston expansion with more flights to top destinations

Delta Connection-Endeavor Air Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N302PQ (msn 15302) JFK (Jay Selman). Image: 403616.

Delta Air Lines has announced it will give Boston customers more flights and enhanced service in 2018, with new daily service to Charleston, S.C. as well as additional flights to four top business markets beginning on June 8. New Saturday seasonal service to Aruba will also begin on June 9.

New Service to Charleston

Delta will offer one daily round-trip to Charleston International Airport on a CRJ900 aircraft with seating for 12 in First Class, 20 in Delta Comfort+ and 44 in the main cabin, featuring a two-by-two seating configuration and complimentary entertainment via Delta Studio in addition to in-flight WiFi access:

 

Departs Arrives Aircraft
BOS at 10:40 a.m. CHS at 1:05 p.m. CRJ900
CHS at 1:35 p.m. BOS at 3:55 p.m. CRJ900

 

Additional frequencies to Jacksonville, Kansas City, Nashville and Pittsburgh

In response to healthy demand from Boston business customers, Delta will increase flights on June 8 to these four markets. These additional flights will offer convenient morning and evening travel options for Boston business customers. The new service is denoted with an asterisk.

 Departs Arrives Aircraft
BOS at 7:05 a.m. JAX at 10:15 a.m. CRJ900
*BOS at 3:40 p.m. JAX at 6:50 p.m. CRJ900
JAX at 10:45 a.m. BOS at 2:15 p.m. CRJ900
*JAX at 7:25 p.m. BOS at 10:55 p.m. CRJ900

 

Departs Arrives Aircraft
BOS at 6:30 a.m. MCI at 8:51 a.m. CRJ900
*BOS at 6:05 p.m. MCI at 8:26 p.m. E175
*MCI at 6:35 a.m. BOS at 10:27 a.m. E175
MCI at 7:20 p.m. BOS at 11:12 p.m. CRJ900

 

Departs Arrives Aircraft
BOS at 8:35 a.m. BNA at 10:28 a.m. CRJ900
BOS at 2:50 p.m. BNA at 4:47 p.m. CRJ900
*BOS at 7 p.m. BNA at 8:57 p.m. CRJ900
BNA at 6:30 a.m. BOS at 10:12 p.m. CRJ900
*BNA at 11:10 a.m. BOS at 2:48 p.m. CRJ900
BNA at 5:20 p.m. BOS at 8:58 p.m. CRJ900

 

Departs Arrives Aircraft
BOS at 8:15 a.m. PIT at 10:05 a.m. CRJ900
*BOS at 12:50 p.m. PIT at 2:20 p.m. CRJ900
BOS at 7:55 p.m. PIT at 9:45 p.m. CRJ900
PIT at 6 a.m. BOS at 7:40 a.m. CRJ900
*PIT at 3:10 p.m. BOS at 4:50 p.m. CRJ900
PIT at 5:40 p.m. BOS at 7:20 p.m. CRJ900

*denotes new frequency

All Boston flights with First Class seating

Delta is enhancing existing service to Buffalo, N.Y. also effective June 8. Delta will offer customers larger CRJ900 aircraft with seating for 12 in First Class, 20 in Delta Comfort+ and 44 in the main cabin, featuring a two-by-two seating configuration and complimentary entertainment via Delta Studio in addition to in-flight WiFi access.  With this upgrade, all Delta Boston flights will feature First Class service.

Seasonal leisure service expansion

Delta will offer Saturday service nonstop to Aruba beginning on June 9 through Aug. 18 on Boeing 737-800 aircraft with seating for 16 in First Class, 36 in Comfort+ and 108 in the main cabin. Additionally, previously announced seasonal weekend service to New Orleans begins Feb. 10, and Savannah begins March 3. Nonstop daily service to West Palm Beach and twice daily service to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood began Dec. 21 with daily Fort Myers service running daily through April 8.

Delta’s leading global network in Boston

Recent Boston service investments bring Delta to 113 peak-day departures by this summer, an increase of 20 departures compared with summer 2017 and 30 departures over summer 2016. Delta and its partners serve 50 total destinations from Boston, including 18 international destinations and the largest transatlantic network.

Delta is the No. 1 carrier between Boston and New York, connecting business travelers with the Delta Shuttle, operated by Delta and its connection partner Republic Airline, with hourly service 16 times daily on week days between Logan Airport and New York City’s LaGuardia Airport as well as offering eight daily flights to New York-JFK.

Copyright Photo: Delta Connection-Endeavor Air Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N302PQ (msn 15302) JFK (Jay Selman). Image: 403616.

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