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JetBlue to move Long Beach operations to Los Angeles (LAX)

JetBlue Airways today announced it will make Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) its primary base of operations in greater Los Angeles, advancing its focus city strategy and building relevance for the airline in one of the busiest markets in the world.

To enable the shift, the airline will move service currently operated at Long Beach Airport (LGB) to LAX, along with its Long Beach crew and maintenance bases, beginning in October.

The move consolidates JetBlue’s popular transcon and West Coast service into LAX, initially operating more than 30 daily flights with service between LAX and 13 destinations including four Mint routes – New York-JFK, Boston, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and new Mint service to Newark launching July 23. JetBlue flights at LAX will continue to operate from Terminal 5. New LAX markets will be available for purchase tomorrow, July 10.

With support from Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), JetBlue plans to embark on a strategic expansion over the next five years with plans to reach roughly 70 flights per day by 2025. This will include multiple new markets, both domestic and international, some of which have never had nonstop service to and from LAX.

“Since it first touched down at LAX in 2009, JetBlue has continued to invest in and expand its presence at our airport, and we are excited that the airline has chosen to grow its LAX operation beginning in October,” said Justin Erbacci, CEO, LAWA. “With seven new routes and more than 30 daily flights, JetBlue will be an important part of LAX’s comeback from historic lows in passenger traffic, and our guests now will have even more choices.”

LAX is the busiest origin and destination (O&D) market in the world, meaning more people start or end their journey at LAX – versus connect through – than any other airport. Its 24/7 operations and customs and immigration facilities also allow JetBlue more flexibility in future flight and destination scheduling.

Effective October 7, 2020, JetBlue will operate nonstop service between LAX and seven new markets:

  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
  • Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) [seasonal]
  • Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS)
  • Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO)
  • Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

New markets will complement existing nonstop service between LAX and:

  • Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) *MINT*
  • Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF)
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) *MINT*
  • New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) *MINT*
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) *MINT* [Launching July 23]
  • Orlando International Airport (MCO)

JetBlue’s final day of operations in Long Beach will be October 6. Service to Portland International Airport (PDX) will not transition to LAX. JetBlue will continue to serve Portland, Ore. from New York-JFK, Boston and, starting in October, Fort Lauderdale.

All LAX, non-Mint routes will be operated using JetBlue’s Airbus A320 or all-Core A321 aircraft offering the airline’s 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.

JetBlue began serving LAX in 2009 and launched its highly acclaimed Mint service in 2014. Currently, more than 150 JetBlue crewmembers are based at LAX. That number will grow substantially to nearly 700 with the added flights announced today and with the move of crew and maintenance bases from Long Beach to LAX.

Elsewhere in greater Los Angeles, JetBlue will continue to serve Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) and Ontario International Airport (ONT), which are key to the airline’s broader LA strategy. JetBlue is appreciative of the support received from airport leadership and elected officials in both Burbank and Ontario.

JetBlue aircraft photo gallery:

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Qatar Airways to bring the Airbus A350-1000 to Los Angeles

Qatar Airways has announced that its ultramodern Airbus A350-1000, equipped with the luxurious, award-winning Qsuite, will be available on flights to and from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) starting May 1, 2020.

The world’s most technologically advanced passenger aircraft will also commence service on Qatar Airways’ second JFK flight starting February 28, 2020. The award-winning airline first launched the A350-1000 on its New York to Doha route on October 28, 2018, marking the historic entry of the A350-1000 aircraft on U.S. routes.

One of the latest additions to the Airbus family of twin-aisle, widebody jetliners, the A350-1000 offers 327 seats across two cabins – 46 Qsuite Business Class seats and 281 extra-wide 18-inch seats in Economy Class. Similar to the A350-900 – for which Qatar Airways was also the global launch customer – the high-performance A350-1000 boasts an advanced airframe with extensive use of composite materials. Coupled with a fuselage innovatively built with carbon-fiber reinforced plastic, the jetliner burns less fuel, reducing harmful effects to the environment. On the inside, LED mood lighting mimics a natural sunrise and sunset to help reduce the effects of jet lag.

Qatar Airways aircraft photo gallery:

Hong Kong Airlines to further consolidate its network to tackle escalating market challenges, will drop Los Angeles

Delivered on February 27, 2018

Hong Kong Airlines has made this announcement:

Hong Kong Airlines has been operating in a challenging business environment for some time. In addition to strong competition and overcapacity in the market, the recurring protests in Hong Kong since June have also affected travel demand, further impacting its business and revenue.

The airline has been making operational adjustments from time to time to respond to the changing market conditions. Cost-savings measures were also concurrently implemented to mitigate the financial impact on the airline. However, as challenges in the market continue to escalate, Hong Kong Airlines will further consolidate its network to respond to the current situation.

Los Angeles

Hong Kong Airlines will discontinue its scheduled services to Los Angeles from February 8, 2020. The last Hong Kong Airlines flight from Hong Kong to Los Angeles will be HX068 on  February 6, 2020, while the last flight from Los Angeles to Hong Kong will be HX069 on the same day (all times local). Alternative travel arrangements will be offered to passengers who are already booked on Hong Kong Airlines flights to and from Los Angeles after the service ends.

The airline will closely monitor the market demand and decide if the suspension or flight consolidation needs to be implemented earlier.

Consolidation of other services

Hong Kong Airlines will trim its current scale of operation by around 6%, and will further adjust frequencies to some destinations in its network. Affected passengers will be also be offered alternative arrangements to minimise disruptions to travel plans, especially during the holidays season.

Hong Kong Airlines would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused to its customers. The airline will continue to monitor the situation closely and adjust its business plan accordingly to ensure that it remains commercially viable and sustain its long-term growth.

Route Map:

Top Copyright Photo: Hong Kong Airlines Airbus A350-941 B-LGD (msn 187) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944020.

Hong Kong Airlines aircraft slide show:

Air Premia is coming to Los Angeles

Air Premia is planning to use its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the Seoul (Narita) – Los Angeles route starting in 2021 according to Forbes. This will be the first long-haul route for the new carrier.

Air Premia believes this market is underserved.

Air Premia will take delivery of its first Dreamliner next year.

Read the full story from Forbes.

Air Premia labels itself as a “hybrid service carrier”:

“A hybrid carrier that combines reasonable price and premium service”.

All images by the new airline.

Delta: Building a world class terminal: Delta employees, partners mark the start of demolition at LAX

Delta Air Lines has made this announcement for LAX:

First phase of $1.86 billion Delta Sky Way project is now underway
  • The Delta Sky Way project will modernize, upgrade and connect Delta’s LAX terminals
  • Employees and partners celebrated the construction milestone
  • Delta has invested more than $7 billion in airport projects since 2006

Demolition has officially started on Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport, commencing the first phase of construction on the $1.86 billion Delta Sky Way project.​

Delta employees along with representatives from Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), contractor Hensel Phelps, and design firms Gensler and Arup gathered for a celebratory event to mark the milestone in the project, which will modernize, upgrade and connect Terminals 2, 3 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal (Terminal B). The event was held in an area of the terminal that is now closed to the public as construction gets underway and included a ceremonial wall demolition. Attendees also signed a steel girder that will be placed in the final facility.

Delta leaders, including Mary Loeffelholz, Vice President – LAX Corporate Real Estate; John Fechushak, Vice President – LAX Operations; and Scott Santoro, Vice President – Los Angeles and West Sales; were in attendance and recognized the airline’s LA-based employees for the role they play in taking care of customers during the construction and bringing the final facility to life.

Delta is investing $1.86 billion to create the airport facility our customers, employees and this city deserve and that will serve Angelenos for decades to come,” Loeffelholz said. “As demolition commences, it’s important to recognize that our employees are critical to the success of this project. They take care of our customers each day and will continue to have our customers’ backs during construction.”

“LAWA is excited to partner with Delta Air Lines to build world-class facilities that will enrich the experience for all who visit LAX,” said LAWA Chief Innovation & Technology Officer Justin Erbacci. “By integrating new technologies and the best of passenger amenities, we can create an exceptional guest experience that is safe, efficient and enjoyable.”

Delta Sky Way to offer customers a world-class airport experience

Soft demolition is underway on the central headhouse, which is the facility that houses check-in, baggage claim, the security screening checkpoint and more. The building will be demolished in July 2019, while excavation of the facility will be underway this fall. The Delta Sky Way project kicked off in May 2018, following the LAWA Board of Airport Commissioners’ approval of the largest tenant improvement award in its history. The funding approval was followed by a series of projects that enabled the larger demolition and construction to begin, such as the relocation of the Terminal 3 security screening checkpoint in fall 2018, setup of the temporary bus gates, and realignment of jet bridges. Delta partnered with the Satterfield & Pontikes and STV joint venture for much of the enabling work.

When completed, the modern facility will offer more security screening capacity with automated security lanes, more gate-area seating, and a world-class concession program in partnership with Westfield Corporation, in addition to all the amenities that Delta’s customers have come to expect at LAX, including Delta ONE at LAX check-in space, new Delta Sky Club, and an integrated in-line baggage system.

Several key components of the project will be complete by the end of 2021, including the centralized lobby between Terminals 2 and 3; the centralized security screening area; consolidated baggage claim area; the new 25,000 sq. ft. Delta Sky Club with a Sky Deck overlooking Terminals 2 and 3; and the Terminal 3 concourse. The remaining components, including the secure connector between Terminals 3 and B and the renovated Terminal 3 satellite, will be complete by the end of 2023.

Delta has invested more than $7 billion in airport projects since 2006, and along with its airport partners, Delta will be involved in an additional $12 billion worth of facilities infrastructure projects in coming years, including improvements at several of its key hubs in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Salt Lake City and Seattle/Tacoma.

Air Italy’s first Los Angeles-Milan flight takes-off

Air Italy’s first nonstop service from Los Angeles to Milan Malpensa was inaugurated on April 3, taking off from Los Angeles at 6.50 pm, adding a third direct service to North America following last year’s launch of Milan-New York JFK and Milan-Miami.

The new Los Angeles-Milan IG944 service which will operate four times weekly was inaugurated by Air Italy’s Chief Operating Officer, Rossen Dimitrov, who thanked Joe Buscaino, Council Member Los Angeles City, Keith Wilschetz, Deputy Executive Director Los Angeles World Airport, Max Reyes, Office of Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti Infrastructure Manager and Silvia Chiave, General Consul of Italy in Los Angeles and gave a warm send off to the departing passengers and media representatives.

In celebration of this new service, there was a traditional cake and ribbon cutting ceremony as the departure of the A330 aircraft was marked with a celebratory water cannon.

Air Italy’s next and fourth US service to be inaugurated will be the four-weekly services between San Francisco and Milan, which will commence on April 10th with flights each Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Tuesday.

The new flights from Los Angeles are four times weekly (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, Monday) and are operated by Air Italy’s new Airbus A330-200 offering 24 seats in Business and 228 in Economy class.

All international flights to and from Milan Malpensa, including the new LAX service, can connect with domestic flights served by Air Italy between Milan and central and southern Italy, namely Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, Lamezia Terme, Cagliari, and Olbia.

Summer 2019 – Timetable North America

Milan Malpensa – Los Angeles – Milan Malpensa

(Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, Monday)

Milan (MXP) – Los Angeles (LAX) IG943 departure 1:00 pm arrival 04:50 pm

Los Angeles (LAX) – Milan (MXP) IG944 departure 06:50 pm arrival 03:55 pm (+1 day)

Milan Malpensa – San Francisco – Milan Malpensa

(Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Tuesday)

Milan (MXP) – San Francisco (SFO) IG937 departure 01:35 pm arrival 05:10 pm

San Francisco (SFO) – Milan (MXP) IG938 departure 07:10 pm arrival 04:05 pm (+1 day)

Milan Malpensa – New York JFK – Milan Malpensa

(Daily)

Milan (MXP) – New York (JFK) IG901 departure 01:15 pm arrival 04:40 pm

New York (JFK) – Milan (MXP) IG902 departure 08:30 pm arrival 10:50 am (+1 day)

Milan Malpensa – Miami – Milan Malpensa

(Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday – From May 1st, + Thursday)

Milan (MXP) – Miami (MIA) IG969 departure 12:55 am arrival 05:10 pm

Miami (MIA) – Milan (MXP) IG968 departure 07:10 pm arrival 11:05 am (+1 day)

All flights connect with: Rome (FCO), Naples (NAP), Lamezia Terme (SUF), Palermo (PMO), Catania (CTA), Olbia (OLB) and Cagliari (CAG)

United breaks ground on a new Technical Operations Center at LAX

United Airlines and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) on February 28 broke ground on a state-of-the-art Technical Operations Center (TOC) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) that will enable the airline to provide exceptional service for all of its aircraft fleets. The new facility will include two connected buildings – a ground service equipment and facilities maintenance building and a line maintenance hangar, including an engine support shop that will focus on the aircraft’s Dreamliner fleet. The commencement of this $352 million TOC pushes the airline’s investments at its Los Angeles hub to nearly $1 billion in recent years.

United Airlines breaks ground on new Technical Operations Center at LAX

The new TOC will consolidate two facilities that United currently operates at LAX that are located a mile and a half apart, improving efficiency with not only moving aircraft around the airport but with transporting employees, parts, tools and other supplies – ultimately leading to a more efficient operation for customers. The TOC will be located near the airline’s terminal and stand at 407,408 square feet. The facility’s hangar will be able to accommodate up to six narrow-body or two widebody aircraft at a time, supporting United’s 150 flights that depart from LAX every day. The TOC will help United’s growing operation in Los Angeles by continuing to deliver an on time, safe and reliable operation.

United tapped AECOM Hunt to be the prime contractor for the project, and selected FSB as lead architect for the facility. The airline is also partnering with AvAirPros, which is providing project management services during construction of the TOC.

United is also investing in additional maintenance facilities at key airports around the country. Tampa airport authorities recently approved a ground lease for a new hangar that will have room for two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The airline is also continuing construction on an expansive new technical operations center at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, which consolidates the airline’s maintenance operations in a complex that provides greater efficiency and flexibility. United is also moving into a new hangar in Portland, Oregon and working with the City of Chicago to create a new hangar as part of the O’Hare Modernization Program.

Hainan Airlines to launch Xi’an-Los Angeles service on December 31

Hainan Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2728 (msn 34938) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944785.

Hainan Airlines Holding Company, Ltd. (Hainan Airlines) plans to launch nonstop service between Xi’an and Los Angeles on December 31, 2018. It will be the first scheduled service between Xi’an and Los Angeles and the only intercontinental route between Xi’an and the United States.

The Xi’anLos Angeles service is scheduled to take off from Xi’an at 9:10 pm every Monday and Thursday BJT, and land at Los Angeles at 18:10 pm PT after being in the air for 12 hours and 10 minutes.

The new route will be serviced by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.

Hainan Airlines already has several routes that originate in Xi’an, with services to Tokyo, Rome, Sydney and Melbourne.

Hainan Airlines has to date launched 18 North American routes covering Seattle/Tacoma, San Jose, Los Angeles, New York (JFK), Chicago (O’Hare), Boston, Las Vegas, Toronto (Pearson), Calgary, Vancouver, Mexico City and Tijuana.

Hainan Airlines’ Xi’an-Los Angeles Flight Schedule (All times are local):

Flight No.

Aircraft

Schedule

Departure City

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Arrival City

HU493

Boeing 787

Monday/Thursday

Xi’an

 9:10 pm

6:10 pm

Los Angeles

HU494

Boeing 787

Monday/Thursday

Los Angeles

11:20 pm

5:10 am+2

Xi’an

The airline is also starting Paris (CDG) – Chongqing service on December 19, 2018.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Hainan Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2728 (msn 34938) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944785.

Hainan aircraft slide show:

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Ethiopian flight from Addis Ababa to Los Angeles to transit via Lome

Named "Walia Ibex"

Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it has changed the ultra-long haul route from Addis Ababa to Los Angeles to transit through Lome, Togo as of December 17, 2018 and will start new route from Addis Ababa to Dublin via Madrid as of December 15, 2018.

The new route will be the only and first of its kind to connect West Africa with the West Coast of the USA with a direct flight.

The new route to LAX via LFW will be operated as per below schedule:

 

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Flight

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Eff Date

Frequency

Dept Apt

Dept Time

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Arvl Apt

Arvl Time

fleet

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ET 0504

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17-Dec- 18

MON,WED,SAT

ADD

8:20

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LFW

11:10

ET 788

…….

LFW

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12:25

LAX

19:35

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ET 788

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ET 0505

17-Dec- 18

MON,WED,SAT

LAX

21:35

LFW

19:35

ET 788

…….

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LFW

20:50

ADD

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5:40

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ET 788

And the new route to DUB via MAD will be operated as per below schedule:

Flight

Eff Date

Frequency

Dept Apt

Dept Time

Arvl Apt

Arrv Time

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fleet

ET 0712

15-Dec-18

.2.4.6.

ADD

23:50

MAD

5:20

ET 788

…….

MAD

6:20

DUB

8:00

ET 788

ET 0713

16-Dec-18

..3.5.7

DUB

16:45

MAD

20:30

ET 788

…….

MAD

21:30

ADD

7:00

ET 788

Top Copyright Photo: Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner ET-AOT (msn 34748) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940816.

Ethiopian aircraft slide show:

Routes in Africa: