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WestJet adds Boston to the Calgary hub

WestJet guests will get the chance to pack more business and leisure into their travel itineraries with new seasonal daily nonstop service between the airline’s home in Calgary and Boston, Mass., starting on May 14, 2020.

In May 2020, WestJet will offer 19 U.S. destinations into and out of YYC including Atlanta, Portland, Austin, Los Angeles, Houston, Phoenix, Palm Springs and more.

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
Calgary-Boston Daily 9:45 a.m. 4:15 p.m. May 14, 2020
Boston-Calgary Daily 5 p.m. 8:15 p.m. May 14, 2020

 

Delta adds new Boston-Rome service, celebrates all Terminal A gate operations at Boston’s Logan Airport

Delta Air Lines made this announcement:

  • Boston’s No. 1 global carrier boosts trans-Atlantic seats by more than 30 percent in 2020, including new service to London-Gatwick and Manchester, and second daily Paris service
  • This month, the airline assumes operations at all gates at Logan’s Terminal A, growing Delta’s airport footprint ahead of launching service to additional domestic markets

Delta Air Lines is continuing to build on a memorable year in Boston with the announcement of new summer service between Boston and Rome, part of the airline’s 2020 plans for expanded flying from three of the airline’s hubs to 10 popular trans-Atlantic destinations.

The new flights were announced at Logan International Airport as Delta, which recently designated Boston as its newest hub, officially assumed operations at all gates in Logan’s Terminal A, making the airline the terminal’s sole operator for the first time since the facility opened in 2005.

Boston’s fastest-growing global carrier, now with more gates in Terminal A

Delta’s expanded presence in Logan Airport’s Terminal A supports the airline’s network growth over the past several years and positions it for more flying yet to come. In 2020, Delta will launch four new trans-Atlantic flights from Boston, including new seasonal service to Rome, the carrier’s second daily flight to Paris and new service to London-Gatwick and Manchester. The carrier will also extend seasonal service between Boston and Edinburgh and Lisbon, two popular destinations added in 2019.

Additionally, Delta has nearly doubled its daily departures out of Boston since 2015. Later this month, Delta will launch new service to Chicago O’Hare, Newark-Liberty and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport beginning Sept. 29, 2019.

Terminal A is the only terminal at Logan to offer CLEAR and the only airport facility with multiple club locations for a single airline. One of those Delta Sky Clubs will expand significantly by early next year to include new showers, which will open later this fall, as well as additional seating and a reimagined food and beverage area. Meanwhile, the gate areas are being refreshed with a modern look and feel to include new carpet, new seating and finishes, and more power. And Massport is partnering with Delta to implement a range of new food and beverage concepts throughout the facility.

Altogether, Delta and its partners serve more than 50 destinations from Logan International, offering customers the most international seats with flights to up to 18 international destinations. In 2018, Delta launched flights connecting Boston with Lisbon and Edinburgh, KLM increased Amsterdam service, Virgin Atlantic added a daytime Heathrow flight, and Korean Air launched service to Seoul-Incheon.

Beginning this winter, all of Delta’s flights connecting London Heathrow with Boston and New York will be operated using the carrier’s newly retrofitted Boeing 767-400 aircraft, featuring all four branded seat products including a more private Delta One experience.

And beginning in 2020, all of Delta’s trans-Atlantic flights over six and a half hours will feature the carrier’s premium Delta One experience, which includes a dedicated in-cabin flight attendant; a 180-degree flat-bed seat; extra-wide inflight entertainment screens; and seasonally rotating, chef-designed Delta One menus with the option to pre-select first choice of entrée, paired with wines hand-selected by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson

Emirates brings the Airbus A380 to Amman and Boston

Emirates has made this announcement:

Emirates’ first scheduled Airbus A380 services have just touched down in Boston and Amman for the summer season peak.

The first scheduled A380 service landed in Amman on June 1 at 1555hrs local time and the second A380 service from Dubai to Boston landed at 1350hrs local time. Led by Captain Arif Al Reyami and Jordanian First Officer Laith Saudi, the A380 Amman service was greeted by a traditional water cannon salute.

Emirates will operate its A380 aircraft to and from Amman until October 26 to cater to the increased demand for travel during the peak summer period. The airline has adjusted its schedule on one of its three daily flights (EK 903/904) with the A380.

Emirates A380 operations to Boston also coincide with high customer demand during the peak summer and winter travel season and will see overall capacity increase around 45% between  June 1 to September 30, 2019 and December 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020. The move to deploy the popular A380 on both routes demonstrates the airline’s flexibility to optimise the usage of its fleet to cater to passenger demand within its network.

Emirates has been flying to Jordan for over 33 years, and has carried over 5 million passengers to and from Amman. Emirates has been serving Boston since 2014, consistently growing passenger demand over the past five years to and through Dubai. With the A380 being introduced for the summer, travellers have more choice to explore unique A380 destinations on the Emirates network, as well as experience the ultimate in travel comfort on the airline’s flagship aircraft.

The Emirates A380 flying to Amman is set in a three-class configuration, and will have 427 seats in Economy Class on the lower deck over the months of June and July, 76 flat-bed Business Class seats and 14 luxurious First Class Suites. First and Business Class customers can catch up, network and enjoy an extensive range of beverages and delicacies in the Onboard Lounge.

The Emirates A380 flying to Boston is also set in a three class cabin configuration, offering 14 private suites in First Class, 76 seats in Business Class, and 426 spacious seats in Economy Class. First Class passengers can relax and revitalize in one of the two A380 Shower Spas, and First and Business Class passengers are welcome in the Onboard Lounge to enjoy canapés and beverages prepared by the onboard bartender.

The Emirates A380 to Boston will operate until September 30, 2019 and will then resume on  December 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020. Emirates flight EK 237 leaves Dubai at 0815hrs and lands in Boston at 1350hrs. EK 238 departs Boston at 2310hrs and arrives in Dubai at 1925hrs the next day.

All photos by Emirates.

 

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.

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.

JetBlue Airways aircraft slide show:

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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.

RAM aircraft slide show:

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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.