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JetBlue expands its Mint service map

JetBlue Airways Airbus A321-231 WL N934JB (msn 6130) (Prism) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 926846.

JetBlue Airways (New York) on July 17, 2017 announced a series of expansion plans for the airline’s Mint premium experience, which will boost the number of Mint flights to more than 80 per day on up to 20 routes.

Starting in January 2018, JetBlue Mint® will land in new cities, launch new routes and expand on existing routes – introducing true premium travel to markets suffering from legacy options and offering all customers on the aircraft JetBlue’s new Airbus A321 core experience.

JetBlue announced it will offer Mint flights between Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport (LAS), advancing JetBlue’s plan to expand its leadership position in Boston where it is already the largest airline. Service will begin January 4, 2018 and seats are on sale today. Last fall the airline announced plans to reach 200 daily flights at Logan, and this spring reached 150 daily flights with nonstop service to more than 60 destinations – more than any other airline in Boston.

The launch of Mint service between Boston and Las Vegas will follow the start of previously announced service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Las Vegas which begins in November.

JetBlue will be the only U.S. airline to operate regularly scheduled flights that feature fully lie-flat seating on domestic routes in Las Vegas.

Mint Schedule Between Boston (BOS) and Las Vegas (LAS)
Beginning January 4, 2018

BOS – LAS Flight #1077 LAS – BOS Flight #1078
7:10 a.m. – 10:22 a.m. 7:45 a.m. – 3:44 p.m.
BOS – LAS Flight #177 LAS – BOS Flight #178

8:50 p.m. – 11:52 p.m.

11:32 a.m. – 7:31 p.m.

Start Dates for Seattle/Tacoma

JetBlue also announced the start dates for two Mint routes at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA). Service between Boston and Seattle will begin February 15, 2018. When this route launches, JetBlue will serve seven destinations with Mint service in Boston.

Mint Schedule Between Boston (BOS) and Seattle/Tacoma (SEA)
Beginning February 15, 2018

BOS – SEA Flight #597 SEA – BOS Flight #598
8:56 a.m. – 12:18 p.m. 1:29 p.m. – 9:47 p.m.
BOS – SEA Flight #197 SEA – BOS Flight #498
7:22 p.m. – 10:46 p.m. 11:56 p.m. – 8:11 a.m. (+1)

In addition to Boston service, JetBlue will also launch Mint service between New York-JFK and Seattle/Tacoma on April 15, 2018. Mint will initially be offered on one daily roundtrip, with a second daily roundtrip added later in 2018. JetBlue, which is New York’s Hometown Airline®, will offer Mint on ten routes at JFK when Seattle service begins.

Mint Schedule Between New York (JFK) and Seattle (SEA)*
Beginning April 15, 2018

JFK – SEA Flight #263 SEA – JFK Flight #264
10:42 a.m. – 1:58 p.m. 3:08 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

*Second daily roundtrip start date and schedule to be announced later in 2017.

Growth in the Golden State

JetBlue will also expand Mint in two key California markets. At Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) the airline is adding an additional daily Mint flight to New York, which will boost JetBlue’s service on the route to up to eleven daily flights – more than ever before. JetBlue recently relocated to LAX Terminal 5 which brought a vastly upgraded customer travel experience for JetBlue travelers. The addition of Mint has helped JetBlue grow its brand in Los Angeles, with the airline’s overall number of daily flights at LAX doubling since 2014.

At San Francisco International Airport (SFO) JetBlue is adding an additional daily Mint flight to Boston, which will boost JetBlue’s service on the route to up to five daily flights. The added Mint flight frequency will allow for a new afternoon departure from either Boston or San Francisco, offering travelers in both cities even more options to meet their schedules.

Covering the Caribbean

In the Caribbean, where JetBlue is a top carrier, the airline is adding second Saturday seasonal roundtrip Mint flights between:

  • New York-JFK and St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM)
    • Beginning January 13, 2018
  • Boston and Aruba’s Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA)
    • Beginning February 17, 2018
  • Boston and St. Maarten
    • Beginning February 17, 2018

Additionally, Mint service between both New York and Boston to Aruba will operate daily the week of the President’s Day holiday (February 15 – 26). All seasonal Mint routes in the Caribbean operates through April 2018.

JetBlue’s Airbus A321 With Mint Offers Every Customer A Better Flight

All customers will benefit from JetBlue’s new Airbus A321 with Mint aircraft, which features the airline’s new core experience for customers seated throughout the entire aircraft.

Features of the A321 core interior include 10-inch television screens offering free entertainment, comfortable seats with the most legroom in coach (a) and power outlets accessible to all customers. JetBlue’s popular marketplace, a self-serve station full of free snacks, sodas and water for customers to enjoy at their convenience, is also available throughout the flight. And all A321 aircraft offer JetBlue’s free Fly-Fi high-speed broadband Internet service when flying over the contiguous U.S. (b), access to JetBlue’s Hub content on personal devices and first-run Hollywood movies.

Mint Service Map:

Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A321-231 WL N934JB (msn 6130) (Prism) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 926846.

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United to increase service on 11 routes to Hawaii

United Airlines Boeing 777-222 N768UA (msn 26919) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 908959.

United Airlines (UAL) has announced an increase of service on 11 routes connecting the continental U.S. and Hawaii, offering customers more flights between the mainland and the Hawaiian Islands than any other carrier.

Beginning December 20, United will increase service from its hubs in Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and San Franciscoto Hawaii. The airline will continue operating its daily nonstop service to Honolulu from all seven domestic hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., plus Guam and Tokyo.

Lie-flat seating from 5 United hubs

Beginning this summer, premium cabin customers on all overnight flights between Hawaii and Chicago, Denver, Houston, New York/Newark and Washington, D.C., will enjoy 180-degree flat-bed seats for a more relaxing and sleep-enhancing flight with custom-designed duvets and pillows provided by leading luxury specialty store and New York-bred retailer Saks Fifth Avenue.

Celebrating 70 years of service in Hawaii

The Hawaiian Islands are an important part of United’s history. With the maiden departure of a United DC-6 Mainliner from San Francisco to Honolulu in May 1947, United played a major role in helping to make Hawaii an easily accessible destination for tourism and business. In fact, United’s West Coast hubs in Los Angeles and San Francisco will remain the country’s largest gateways for connecting customers to Hawaii, and in December, United’s Denver hub will be another primary interior gateway to Hawaii, offering customers the ability to get to Hawaii from more than 90 destinations in the U.S. and Canada.

 

Denver International Airport (DEN)

Beginning December 20, service between Denver and Kona (KOA), Lihue (LIH) and Maui (OGG) will increase from seasonal to daily year-round service. The airline will continue its year-round daily service from Denver to Honolulu.

DEN to

Current

New Schedule

Starts

Honolulu (HNL)

Daily, year round

Daily, year-round

Now flying

Kona (KOA)

Seasonal only

Increase to daily, year-round

Dec. 20

Lihue (LIH)

Seasonal only

Increase to daily, year-round

Dec. 20

Maui (OGG)

Seasonal only

Increase to daily, year-round

Dec. 20

Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

Offering the only nonstop service between Chicago and Hawaii, United will increase service to Maui (OGG) to five times per week beginning December 20.

ORD to

Current

New Schedule

Starts

Honolulu (HNL)

Daily, year round

Daily, year-round

Now flying

Maui (OGG)

Saturdays only

Daily, year-round (except Tu/We)

Dec. 20

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

From Los Angeles, United offers nonstop service to more Hawaiian Island destinations than any other airline. In addition to United’s five times daily service to Honolulu, United will increase service between LAX and Hilo, Kona, Maui and Lihue beginning December 20. United is the only U.S. airline with nonstop service from LAX to Hilo, on the Island of Hawaii.

LAX to

Current Schedule

New Schedule

Starts

Honolulu (HNL)

5 flights daily

5 flights daily

Now flying

Hilo (ITO)

5 flights weekly

Increase to daily

Dec. 20

Kona (KOA)

Daily

Increase to 2 flights daily

Dec. 20

Lihue (LIH)

Daily

Increase to 2 flights daily

Dec. 20

Maui (OGG)

2 flights daily

Increase to 3 flights daily

Dec. 20

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

From San Francisco, United offers more nonstop service to more Hawaiian Island destinations than any other airline. In addition to its five times daily service between SFO and Honolulu, United will increase service to Kona, Lihue and Mauibeginning December 20.

SFO to

Current

New

Starts

Honolulu (HNL)

5 flights daily

5 flights daily

Now flying

Kona (KOA)

2 flights daily

Increase to 3 flights daily

Dec. 20

Lihue (LIH)

1 flight daily

Increase to 2 flights daily, year-round

Dec. 20

Maui (OGG)

3 flights daily

Increase to 5 flights daily

Dec. 20

There is no change to United’s full-year 2017 capacity guidance.

Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 777-222 N768UA (msn 26919) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 908959.

Delta and Korean Air to expand partnership

Delta Air Lines Boeing 777-232 LR N709DN (msn 40559) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 904715.

Delta Air Lines and Korean Air have reached an agreement to deepen their historic partnership, with an expanded trans-Pacific network that will increase travel choices and boost competition between the U.S. and Asia.

The airlines signed a memorandum of understanding to implement a joint venture arrangement, which will offer customers access to the most comprehensive route network, industry-leading airline products, world-class airport facilities and a seamless customer experience.

Highlights of the agreement, subject to regulatory approvals, include:

The intent to create a fully integrated trans-Pacific joint venture arrangement, with both airlines sharing the costs and revenues on flights and coordinating schedules for seamless, convenient connections.

A combined network, serving more than 290 destinations in the Americas and more than 80 in Asia, providing customers of both airlines with more travel choices than ever before.

Enhanced frequent flyer benefits, providing customers of both airlines the ability to earn and redeem miles on Delta’s Sky Miles and Korean Air’s SKYPASS programs.

Upon the signing of the final joint venture arrangement, Delta and Korean Air will work together to implement all aspects of the enhanced co-operation including expanded codesharing, frequent flyer programs and joint growth in the trans-Pacific market, with co-location at key hubs with seamless passenger and baggage transit experience.

Delta will be launching new nonstop service between Atlanta and Seoul in June 2017, a flight that complements Korean Air’s existing service, providing customers in the U.S. with greater access to destinations across Asia.

At the same time Korean Air will continue to expand its U.S. – Korea network in summer 2017 with the introduction of a third roundtrip between Los Angeles and Seoul, as well as a second flight between San Francisco and Seoul.

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Boeing 777-232 LR N709DN (msn 40559) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 904715.

Delta:

Bottom Copyright Photo: Korean Air Airbus A380-861 HL7612 (msn 039) LAX (Sam Chui). Image: 908571.

Korean Air:

Korean Air Airbus A380-861 HL7612 (msn 039) LAX (Sam Chui). Image: 908571.

American begins a strategic relationship with China Southern Airlines

China Southern Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2733 (msn 34927) LHR (Antony J. Best). Image: 921994.

American Airlines on March 28, 2017announced it has committed to make a $200 million (US) equity investment in China Southern Airlines, creating a strong foundation for a long-term relationship between two of the world’s biggest carriers. China Southern is the largest airline in China and is the ideal carrier for American, the largest airline in the world, to build a relationship within this critically important market.

 

China Southern’s primary hub is located in Guangzhou (CAN) with the majority of its transpacific flights positioned there, while American flies to Beijing (PEK) and Shanghai (PVG) from its hubs in Chicago (ORD), Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) and Los Angeles (LAX). The carriers are planning to give travelers not only the amenities, features and the products that they want at different price points, but also a bigger network that serves the markets to which they want to travel.

Later this year, the two carriers expect to begin codeshare and interline agreements that will give customers access to many more destinations in China, as well as North and South America. American customers will be able to access nearly 40 destinations beyond Beijing and more than 30 destinations beyond Shanghai. China Southern customers will gain access to almost 80 destinations beyond LAX, San Francisco (SFO), and New York’s Kennedy Airport (JFK) in North and South America. The expected codeshare routes are anticipated to include the ability to earn and redeem AAdvantage® Miles, through-bag checking and the ability to book travel on a single ticket. The planned routes operating under the interline agreement are anticipated to include through-bag checking to the traveler’s final destination.

American currently offers daily service from DFW to Hong Kong (HKG), PEK and PVG; LAX to HKG and PVG; and ORD to PEK and PVG. All flights to PEK and PVG are operated on the airline’s state-of-the-art Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (below), while its HKG flights are operated using its flagship Boeing 777-300. American also has Chinese-speaking flight attendants and offers fully lie-flat seats in first and business class cabins on all of its transpacific flights between China and the U.S.

American Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N807AA (msn 40625) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 933327.

Above Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N807AA (msn 40625) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 933327.

American Airlines aircraft slide show:

Top Copright Photo: China Southern Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2733 (msn 34927) LHR (Antony J. Best). Image: 921994.

China Southern Airlines aircraft slide show:

Southwest to fly from Oakland to Cabo and Puerto Vallarta starting on February 12, 2017, extends schedule through late April with new routes

Southwest to fly from Oakland to Cabo and Puerto Vallarta starting on February 12, 2017, extends schedule through late April with new routes

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.

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Cathay Pacific to add freighter service to Portland, Oregon

Cathay Pacific to add freighter service to Portland, Oregon

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.

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