Copyright Photo: AeroMexico Boeing 737-852 WL XA-ZAM (msn 35120) (Samsung Galaxy S7 edge) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 934987.
Beginning on February 12, 2017, Southwest Airlines will fly nonstop daily between Oakland and both San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos, Mexico and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
In addition, beginning on March 9, 2017, Southwest will add daily service between Houston (Hobby) and Omaha and between New York/Newark and Ft. Lauderdale./Hollywood.
Also starting on March 11, 2017 and furthering its network development of the carrier’s near-international service, Southwest has published new nonstop service to operate seasonally on Saturdays between Denver and Belize City, Belize.
Also on March 11, 2017, Southwest launches nonstop service to operate seasonally on Saturdays and Sundays between Dallas Love Field and Jacksonville.
This coming weekend, on Sunday, August 7, 2016, Southwest will inaugurate international service from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Nassau, The Bahamas.
Copyright Photo: Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-8H4 SSWL N8658A (msn 36899) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 931547.
Cathay Pacific Airways has announced an expansion of its freighter services in the Americas with the addition of a twice-weekly scheduled service to Portland International Airport (PDX) launching on November 3, 2016, subject to government approval. Portland will be Cathay Pacific’s 18th cargo station in the Americas.
The new Portland service will operate on a Hong Kong – Anchorage – Los Angeles – Portland – Anchorage – Hong Kong routing every Thursday and Saturday, using Cathay Pacific’s newest and biggest freighter, the Boeing 747-8F.
Cathay Pacific was the first Asia Pacific airline to take delivery of the Boeing 747-8F in 2011 and currently has 13 of this aircraft type in its cargo fleet.
Copyright Photo: Cathay Pacific Airways Cargo Boeing 747-867F B-LJA (msn 39238) (Hong Kong Trader) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 909099.
Southwest Airlines has extended its schedule through March 8, 2017 and also announced two new, weekly nonstop offerings to operate during the winter season, Southwest will operate on Saturdays beginning January 7 through March 4, 2017, between Dallas (Love) and Reno; and for travel on Saturdays beginning December 17, 2016, through March 4, 2017, between Newark and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Other markets in the schedule extension include weekend service between Ft. Myers and Buffalo, Flint, Providence, and Washington (Reagan National), and Kansas City, daily.
Other weekend service links Orlando and Detroit, Flint, Richmond and Omaha. The carrier also intends to fly nonstop on Saturdays between Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood and Minneapolis/St. Paul.
In addition, Southwest has optimized its flight schedules to bring additional flights for football fans traveling with their favorite team in mid-September by adding special nonstop service out for sale today between Oakland and New Orleans (weekend of September 9-12, 2016) as well as Columbus and Oklahoma City (weekend of September 16-18, 2016).
Copyright Photo: Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-76V WL N559WN (msn 30249) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 933692.
Emirates on July 1, 2016 launched its second daily Airbus A380 flight to Los Angeles. A6-EON had the honors and was decorated in a new special “Official Airline of the Los Angeles Dodgers” livery for the occasion.
Previously on February 20, 2016 Emirates announced that it has become the Official Airline Sponsor of the Los Angeles Dodgers. This new deal expands Emirates’ international footprint as a supporter of sports and culture, marking the airline’s entry into the world of baseball, a sport with deep roots in American history and culture.
As the Official Airline partner, Emirates will have home plate and foul pole signage and will open a new Emirates Lounge, a 70 person hospitality space for Emirates and guests. In addition, Emirates will feature in-game activations, occasional ceremonial first pitches and fan appreciation activities. To extend the partnership, the Dodgers will be sponsoring the Dubai Little League All Star Travel Teams, which will now go by the name the Dubai Dodgers.
This new partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers continues Emirates’ momentum in the realm of sport, with the airline having made its mark on soccer as a sponsor of some of the world’s premier teams including AC Milan, Real Madrid, Arsenal FC, Olympiacos FC, Hamburger SV, and Paris Saint-Germain. In recent years, Emirates has also expanded its presence in tennis with a sponsorship portfolio that includes the US Open, the Emirates Airline US Open Series, the Australian Open, the Emirates Airline Australian Open Series as well as the French Open. Emirates is also the Premier Partner of the ATP which provides net branding at every men’s event globally and the Emirates Rankings. In the U.S., Emirates also is the main sponsor of the New York Cosmos, the USA Rugby Team and the San Francisco Symphony.
As the world’s largest international airline, Emirates helps bring people closer together, not only through the provision of air transport services, but also by supporting global sports and cultural events that have the ability to connect people from all walks of life via a shared passion. With the Los Angeles Dodgers partnership, Emirates is showing its commitment to California by supporting a great local team that many people in the state and beyond are passionate about.
Emirates first launched services between its hub in Dubai and Los Angeles in 2008 with a Boeing 777-200 LR aircraft. As demand grew, in 2013 Emirates began flying the revolutionary double-decked A380 aircraft to serve LA travelers.
Starting July 1, 2016, Emirates added a second daily A380 service to Los Angeles, offering a total of 980 seats per day flying from Los Angeles International Airport to Dubai. This will create more choice for travelers flying abroad, and opportunities for many more international travelers to visit California.
Copyright Photo: Emirates Airline Airbus A380-861 A6-EON (msn 188) (Official Airline of the Los Angeles Dodgers) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 933630.
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SKYTRAX, an international air transport standards and quality rating organization, awarded EVA Air its prestigious 5-Star Airline ranking during a ceremony in Taipei, Taiwan on June 15, 2016. The 5-Star ranking is SKYTRAX’s highest global airline quality rating and the result of direct and professional analysis of as many as 800 different areas of EVA’s product and service delivery.
SKYTRAX initiated a thorough evaluation of EVA in May 2015. The airline rating organization sent auditors to fly the airline and analyze airport and onboard products in addition to frontline staff service on the ground and in the air. These auditors flew multiple EVA flights from different gateways and sampled all of the carrier’s cabin classes during the year-long process of certifying the 5-Star Airline Rating.
SKYTRAX began rating EVA in 2008, awarding it four stars from the start and recognizing the airline’s high product standards and staff services across different cabin classes inflight and at the airline’s home-base airport, Taoyuan International Airport just outside of Taipei, Taiwan. EVA was among only 37 carriers worldwide to hold the SKYTRAX 4-Star Airline Rating in 2015.
SKYTRAX ranks airlines in five categories, from 1-star through the top 5-star designation. Its evaluations are recognized as a global benchmark for airline quality. SKYTRAX also ranked EVA as one of the “World’s Top-10 Best Airlines” and the number one airline for “Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness” for 2015, based on its annual quality satisfaction survey of travelers worldwide.
EVA joins an elite group of carriers consistently recognized as the best of the best. The other seven 5-star airlines are All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Hainan Airlines, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines.
Copyright Photo: EVA Air Boeing 777-35E ER B-16726 (msn 44552) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 931610.
Delta Air Lines has announced its Brussels-Atlanta service will resume from March 2017, doubling its network from Belgium. The U.S. airline currently operates a daily year-round service between Brussels and New York-JFK.
The service, which will begin on March 26, 2017, will be the only nonstop flight between the Belgian capital and Atlanta and will operate daily throughout the summer.
All flights from Belgium are operated in conjunction with joint venture partners Air France, KLM and Alitalia.
The route will be operated using a 225-seat Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Boeing 767-332 ER WL N1608 (msn 30573) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 926310.