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WestJet’s global network expanding to include London Heathrow from Calgary

WestJet has announced it will add nonstop service to London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) beginning in early Spring 2022.

As WestJet continues to increase global connectivity from Western Canada, the addition of nonstop service between Calgary and London-Heathrow signals confidence in the recovery of business and leisure travel between both destinations.

Flights will be operated with Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

With the addition of Heathrow to WestJet’s network this spring, WestJet will connect Calgary to 77 nonstop destinations throughout the year.  WestJet will also continue to offer non-stop flights between Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax to London, Gatwick.

Additional network details for travel between Calgary and London-Heathrow including frequency, timing and introductory pricing will be available, and for sale, in the coming weeks.

JetBlue arrives at London’s Gatwick Airport

JetBlue Airways today announced it has expanded its presence in the transatlantic market with new, nonstop service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and London Gatwick Airport (LGW).

LGW joins LHR as JetBlue’s entry points into the United Kingdom.

The first customer-carrying JetBlue flight from the U.S. touched down at Gatwick just before 8 o’clock this morning, local time. The flights – which operate four times weekly in October, then daily onward from November – arrive well timed for the long-awaited easing of U.S. entry requirements for travelers from the U.K. and other European destinations.

Schedule between New York (JFK) and London Gatwick (LGW)

JFK – LGW Flight #43

LGW – JFK Flight #44

7:50 p.m. – 7:55 a.m. (+1)

12:00 p.m. – 3:33 p.m.

Gatwick is the second busiest U.K. airport and provides JetBlue with an important presence where it can attract a new base of travelers. JetBlue will operate from the North Terminal.

Airbus Aircraft

The A321LR platform – offering the range of a wide-body but with the economics of a single-aisle aircraft – allows JetBlue to effectively compete, with award-winning service and low fares on flights between the U.S. and London. JetBlue converted 13 aircraft in its existing A321 order book to the LR version in April 2019 with the ability to convert more. Additionally, JetBlue has converted another 13 aircraft in its existing order book to the Extra-Long Range – or XLR – version of the A321.

The A321LR allows JetBlue to tap into new long-haul markets, like London, that were not previously accessible with the airline’s existing fleet. The LR’s range of up to 4,000 nautical miles is made possible by three additional center fuel tanks and the aircraft delivers 30 percent fuel savings and nearly 50 percent reduction in noise footprint compared to previous generations of aircraft. JetBlue is also the global launch partner for the new Airspace by Airbus cabin, bringing long-haul style to the A321 for the first time ever.

JetBlue’s A321LR is powered by two Pratt & Whitney GTF engines. The GTF engine, with its revolutionary geared fan technology, is transforming aviation by delivering game-changing economic and environmental performance. The Pratt & Whitney GTF engine also incorporates advances in aerodynamics, lightweight materials and other major technology improvements.

Air Astana to return to London Heathrow in September

Air Astana has announced it will resume the route linking Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana), the capital of Kazakhstan, with London Heathrow starting on September 18, 2021.

The route will be operated with Airbus A321LR aircraft.

The airline made this announcement:

Air Astana is ready to bring you to London for a business trip or study. We will perform this flight on the Airbus A321Neo LR twice a week from the city of Nur-Sultan from September 18.

JetBlue arrives in London

JetBlue Airways today (August 12) arrived for the first time in London (Heathrow) with its new Airbus A321-271NX WL.

The first flight was operated with N4022J.

Video:

JetBlue issued this statement:

JetBlue Airways today announced it has officially entered the transatlantic market with new, nonstop service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and London Heathrow Airport (LHR). The first customer-carrying JetBlue flight between the U.S. and the U.K. touched down at Heathrow just before 10 o’clock this morning, local time. The highly anticipated milestone – aimed at shaking up the transatlantic market with the airline’s award-winning service and attractive fares – marks the first time JetBlue has served a destination beyond the 100+ cities it flies to throughout the Americas. With new service in the United Kingdom, JetBlue now operates in 26 countries.

Photo: JetBlue’s inaugural flight from New York-JFK to London Heathrow Airport arrives in the U.K. on August 12, 2021, marking the first-ever transatlantic service by the U.S.-based travel company. (Photo: Business Wire)

Schedule between New York (JFK) and London Heathrow (LHR)

JFK – LHR Flight #007

LHR – JFK Flight #20

9:48 p.m. – 10:10 a.m. (+1)

2:05 p.m. – 5:28 p.m.

The Airport

JetBlue’s presence at London Heathrow Airport gives the U.S.-based travel company visibility at an iconic global hub to build a new base of travelers in the U.K. and beyond. JetBlue will operate from Heathrow’s newest terminal – Terminal 2 – which offers travelers a modern airport experience with access to dozens of shops and restaurants. Heathrow travelers benefit from a variety of convenient ground transportation options including the Heathrow Express and London Underground, which offer rail connections with Central London.

Flights between New York-JFK and Heathrow operate daily in August and four times weekly in September on JetBlue’s new Airbus A321 Long Range (LR) aircraft with 24 redesigned Mint suites, 114 core seats and the sleek and spacious Airspace cabin interior.

Gulf Air restores its London route

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, restored its flagship double daily direct passenger flights to London Heathrow in line with the latest decision by the British authorities to add the Kingdom of Bahrain to their Amber List as of August 8, 2021. Being on the amber list will mean that citizens and residents of Bahrain will be able to quarantine at their choice of residence for 10 days as opposed to institutional quarantine for arrivals from red list countries.

Gulf Air began the summer season with flights to 80% of its pre-pandemic network and it continued to resume operations and restore services to cities of its original 2019 destination network. The airline has also announced that it has successfully launched all of its seasonal destinations for the summer of 2021 with direct flights to Mykonos and Santorini in Greece, Malaga in Spain and Alexandria and Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt as well as recently resuming Tbilisi in Georgia. The airline currently flies to and from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Kuwait, Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Medina, Muscat, Cairo, Amman, Casablanca, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Athens, Istanbul, Tbilisi, Larnaca, Bangkok, Manila, Singapore, Dhaka, Colombo, the Maldives and several destinations in India and Pakistan.

Back in May, the airline announced that all its flights would be operated by 100% vaccinated crew including pilots and flight attendants. The airline has started its internal vaccination campaign for its operating crew and front line staff since December 2020 and is proud to be one of the first airlines in the world to able to provide peace of mind to all passengers flying to any destination of its growing network.

PLAY launches its first flight

 

Play Airlines (PLAY) today (June 24) launched its first route from Keflavik to London (Stansted).

The route is operated four days a week.

Photos: by the airline and Stansted Airport.

Route Map:

Birgir Jónsson, CEO

Birgir has extensive experience in international management and operations. He was Ossur’s Regional Director in Asia, based in Hong Kong, CEO of Iceland Express and later Deputy CEO of WOW air. He lived and worked in Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary, where he was CEO of Infopress Group, one of the largest printing companies in Eastern Europe. He was CEO of Iceland Post and has also been involved in many projects in the field of restructuring and transformation across a diverse range of industries.

Birgir holds an MBA from the University of Westminster in London and a BA (Hons) from the University of the Arts London.

 

UK Civil Aviation Authority confirms regulatory approval for JetBlue

"Bid You A-Blue"

JetBlue Airways has completed the final step in its attempt to fly transatlantic to London.

The UK Civil Aviation Authority issued this statement:

The UK Civil Aviation Authority can confirm that it has on April 19 provided regulatory approval to the US-based airline, JetBlue, which will enable the airline to operate transatlantic routes between London, New York and Boston.

This approval marks the first scheduled foreign carrier permit that has been issued to a new operator since the UK’s exit from the European Union. All non-UK air carriers that wish to undertake commercial services to, from or within the United Kingdom are required to hold a Foreign Carrier Permit before any flight is undertaken.

Top Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A321-271NX WL N2039J (msn 9016) (Balloons) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 952583.

JetBlue aircraft slide show:

Jazeera Airways arrives in London

Delivered on October 18, 2019

Jazeera Airways nonstop service from Kuwait to London (Gatwick) daily started on October 27, 2019.

The new service is being operated with brand new Airbus A320neo aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: Jazeera Airways Airbus A320-251N WL 9K-CBB (msn 9002) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 948002.

Jazeera Airways aircraft slide show:

 

Route Map:

WestJet’s Dreamliner takes its first transatlantic flight

WestJet officially launched its new Dreamliner featuring its new long-haul Business cabin seats between Calgary and London, Gatwick with the departure of WS1. The sold-out flight, expected to land in Gatwick at 11:00 a.m. local time, was a first for WestJet’s new 787-9 Dreamliner. The return flight, WS2 departs London at 1 p.m. local time on Monday.

“The three years since WestJet’s inaugural flight from Gatwick have been a real success story, with thousands of business and leisure passengers enjoying the vital low-cost connections between the UK and Canada that these services have provided,” said Guy Stephenson, Gatwick Airport Chief Commercial Officer. “WestJet’s presence at Gatwick continues to grow, and it’s very exciting for us to be supporting the airline as it moves into this important new era. The launch of the 787 Dreamliner will offer around 24,000 more GatwickCalgary seats per year on the same number of aircraft, and its highly fuel-efficient engines will also help us in our ongoing mission to become the UK’s most sustainable airport.”

Photo: The first WestJet 787 at LGW.

Tail 901, WestJet’s first Dreamliner, named Clive Beddoe, also carried the founder and chairman himself.

On May 17, WestJet will launch its inaugural direct Dreamliner flight between Calgary to Paris with its final transatlantic flight between Calgary and Dublin on June 1.

WestJet’s Dreamliners carry 320 guests in a three-class cabin configuration including the airline’s newly revealed Business cabin featuring 16 private pods with lie-flat seats, an upscale Premium cabin and an updated Economy cabin.

WestJet is Calgary’s largest airline, and by June 2019, will offer flights to 68 nonstop destinations with over 1,000 flights per week from YYC. More Calgarians choose WestJet for their air travel than any other airline.

Details of WestJet’s new nonstop service:

Route

Frequency

Departing

Arriving

Effective

Calgary – London
(Gatwick)

Daily

7:20 p.m

11 a.m. +1

April 28, 2019

London (Gatwick) –
Calgary

Daily

1:30 p.m

3:40 p.m

April 29, 2018

In other news, WestJet Encore will drop the Halifax – Boston route on June 2, 2019.

All photos by WestJet.

Qatar Airways arrives in London at Gatwick Airport

Qatar Airways’ inaugural flight from Doha to London Gatwick touched down on May 22 at London Gatwick Airport, where it was welcomed with a celebratory water salute. The new double daily service, operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, makes London Gatwick the award-winning airline’s sixth gateway into the United Kingdom and second gateway to London.

The new route will provide even more flexibility and convenience to passengers travelling to London, and will offer enhanced connectivity for passengers flying from the United Kingdom to Qatar Airways’ extensive global route network of more than 150 destinations. Over the summer period, flights to London Gatwick will further increase to 16 services per week on the popular route.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways is delighted to be expanding its reach in both London and throughout the U.K. Earlier this month, we launched direct flights to Cardiff, the capital of Wales, clearly demonstrating our continued commitment to this market. We are very proud of our strong and extensive trade ties with the U.K. and look forward to offering our loyal passengers the chance to explore the newest and most exciting destinations within our global network.”

Gatwick Airport Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Stewart Wingate, said: “I am delighted to mark the start of this double daily service to Doha today as Qatar Airways’ extensive route network offers passengers more choice of onward destinations, including those across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Qatar Airways is also one of the world’s premier airlines and provides a level of service that is sure to prove popular with our passengers.

“This new route also strengthens Gatwick’s growing long-haul network, which has more than 60 routes and we hope to grow it further still in coming months.”

This summer Qatar Airways will operate 95 flights to the U.K. per week, including six daily departures to London Heathrow, 16 weekly departures to London Gatwick and Manchester, and daily flights to Cardiff and Edinburgh, alongside seven flights per week to Birmingham.

The Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner features 22 seats in Business Class, and 232 in Economy Class. In addition, lower altitude-equivalent pressure, improved air-quality and optimal humidity coupled with large, electronically dimmable windows create dramatic vistas and provide passengers with extra natural light. Full-spectrum LED lighting also helps them adjust to changing time zones, allowing them to arrive at their destination feeling refreshed.

The airline recently revealed a host of forthcoming global destinations in line with its expedited expansion plans, including the announcement that Qatar Airways will be the first Gulf carrier to begin direct service to Luxembourg. Other exciting new destinations to be launched by the airline include Tallinn, Estonia; Valletta, Malta; Cebu and Davao, Philippines; Langkawi, Malaysia; Da Nang, Vietnam; Bodrum and Antalya, Turkey; Mykonos, Greece and Málaga, Spain.

Flights Schedule:

Doha – London Gatwick Flight Schedule:

Doha (DOH) to London Gatwick (LGW) QR 327 departs 08:30, arrives 13:30 daily

Doha (DOH) to London Gatwick (LGW) QR 329 departs 02:10, arrives 07:10 daily

Doha (DOH) to London Gatwick (LGW) QR 331 departs 15:00, arrives 20:00 Fri, Sat (from 15 Jun to 29 Sep)

London Gatwick – Doha Flight Schedule:

London Gatwick (LGW) to Doha (DOH) QR 328 departs 15:25, arrives 00:05 daily

London Gatwick (LGW) to Doha (DOH) QR 330 departs 09:00, arrives 17:40 daily

London Gatwick (LGW) to Doha (DOH) QR 332 departs 21:30, arrives 06:10 Fri, Sat (from 15 Jun to 29 Sep)

Photo: Qatar Airways.