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JetBlue expands at LaGuardia in two terminals with significant growth made possible by its Northeast Alliance

JetBlue Airways today announced effective this Sunday, October 31 it will expand its footprint at New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) across two terminals, operate more daily departures than ever before with up to 35 daily flights and serve more than triple the number of nonstop destinations flown in 2019. JetBlue’s growth – aimed at delivering more competition and low fares to travelers – is made possible through its Northeast Alliance (NEA) with American Airlines.

Simple, Split Terminal Operations

Starting this Sunday, JetBlue will expand operations to two separate terminals at LaGuardia to make way for more flying and new destinations. The airline will continue to operate in the historic Marine Air Terminal (Terminal A) but will also be expanding into LaGuardia’s state-of-the-art Terminal B.

All Boston flights will operate at the Marine Air Terminal, while flights to and from all other destinations will operate at Terminal B. JetBlue will operate up to 12 daily departures to Boston at the Marine Air Terminal and up to 23 additional daily departures to other destinations from Terminal B. Terminal B is also home to American Airlines and will allow for convenient connections between the airlines within the same terminal.

JetBlue’s split operation at LaGuardia will continue until the airline fully relocates to Terminal B in the future.

The LaGuardia Terminal B redevelopment – now more than 85% complete – includes a new 1.3 million square foot terminal with 35 gates, an array of New York City-inspired shops and dining options, permanent pieces of art by leading artists and a one-of-a-kind water feature.

More Departures to More Destinations

In addition to expanding its footprint at LaGuardia, JetBlue will also expand its list of nonstop destinations and number of daily flights. Starting Sunday, October 31, the airline will introduce three all-new routes with daily service between LaGuardia and:

  • Jacksonville, Fla. (JAX), up to twice daily.
  • Sarasota, Fla. (SRQ), once daily.
  • Savannah, Ga. (SAV), once daily.

With the addition of new destinations and increased flying on select routes, JetBlue will now operate up to 35 daily departures at LaGuardia, more than ever before. Still, JetBlue intends to grow further in the months ahead. In 2022, the airline will operate more than 50 daily departures and add service to even more new destinations, again enabled by the NEA. In the first half of the year, JetBlue will introduce nonstop service between LaGuardia and:

  • New Orleans, La. (MSY), on sale and launching March 27.
  • Nashville, Tenn. (BNA), on sale and launching March 27.
  • Portland, Maine (PWM), on sale soon and launching summer 2022.

By summer 2022, JetBlue will serve 16 nonstop destinations from LaGuardia, more than even before.

Northeast Alliance Supercharges Competition

JetBlue’s expansion at LaGuardia is a direct result of the NEA with American, which creates a viable third competitor in the Northeast by, among other things, connecting JetBlue’s growing network to American’s through codeshare and reciprocal loyalty benefits. The NEA is already delivering countless benefits to customers and enabling the expansion of JetBlue’s low fares and great service.

JetBlue has announced nine all-new destinations and 32 new routes, enabled by the NEA. Together JetBlue and American have added 58 new routes, including 18 international flights that will launch by 2022 and increased frequencies on more than 130 routes giving more options and choices to customers. The airlines are now codesharing on 175 routes, giving the pair a combined schedule with the number of markets and seats that for the first time in JetBlue’s two-decade history allows it to offer its customers options that stack up against larger, dominant carriers.

In New York, JetBlue and American plan to operate close to 500 daily flights next month, 300 of which will be flown by JetBlue. Given a vastly expanded network and flying, the NEA is estimated to generate more than $800 million dollars in annual consumer benefits. JetBlue is also in the process of hiring 1,800 new Crewmembers as a direct result of the growth that the NEA is enabling – jobs that otherwise would not be created without this alliance.

JetBlue will continue to implement the NEA and deliver tremendous benefits of added competition to its customers.

JetBlue to keep its headquarters in New York, JFK Terminal 6 project to be developed

JetBlue Airways today announced plans to double down on its commitment to New York by maintaining its headquarters in the city and advancing plans to expand its flagship terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

These initiatives further strengthen JetBlue’s presence in New York, where it has already announced plans to substantially increase flying and bring more low fares and more jobs to JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark as part of its Northeast Alliance with American Airlines.

JetBlue Keeps Its Flag Firmly Planted in New York City

After an in-depth review and competitive bid process, JetBlue today announced its intention to keep its headquarters in New York City when its current office lease expires in 2023. The decision comes as the airline industry is recovering from the financial impact of the pandemic, which has also shifted how people will work in office environments in the future.

JetBlue plans to stay at its current home in the Brewster Building at 27-01 Queens Plaza North in Long Island City, where the company has been based since 2012 and is home to its iconic rooftop sign. JetBlue intends to negotiate and execute a lease over the next few months and then re-design its office space to be responsive to rapidly evolving workplace trends that have accelerated during the pandemic.

The Brewster Building was built in 1911 and is where the Brewster Aeronautical Company manufactured the Brewster F2A (a.k.a. The Brewster Buffalo), the first monoplane fighter airplane used by the U.S. Navy in World War II.

Orlando is home to JetBlue’s training facility and a number of corporate support functions. JetBlue subsidiary JetBlue Travel Products is based in Fort Lauderdale. JetBlue is one of the leading carriers in both markets.

A World Class Terminal 6 Begins to Take Shape

 

In addition to its corporate presence, the airline continues to further plans to bring more air service to New Yorkers across the region’s three airports. Its flagship Terminal 5 at JFK has been celebrated for its customer-friendly design and facilities, and Governor Cuomo today announced that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) will approve plans to develop a world-class terminal on the Terminals 6 and 7 sites.

The new Terminal 6 project will seamlessly integrate with Terminal 5, building on JetBlue’s award-winning customer experience while expanding the airline’s footprint farther into the north side of the airport. It helps secure JetBlue’s long-term future at JFK with opportunities for new gates starting in 2025, and offers partner airlines the ability to co-locate with JetBlue to improve connectivity for customers.

The Terminal 6 project will be developed and operated by JFK Millennium Partners (JMP), a private consortium comprised of JetBlue; Vantage Airport Group, an industry leading investor, developer and manager of award-winning global airport projects, including as a member of the consortium that built LaGuardia Airport’s new Terminal B; American Triple I (ATI), a 100% minority- and woman-owned investor, owner, developer, and manager of infrastructure assets and infrastructure focused companies that seek to spur economic growth and development in markets across the U.S.; and RXR Realty, a leading New York-based real estate operating and development company.

The $3.9 billion, 1.2 million square foot terminal is set to replace aging existing facilities, and will be designed to accommodate both wide-body gates and narrow-body gates, as well as bright and airy check-in halls and arrival spaces designed to enhance the customer experience. Customers will enjoy more than 100,000 square feet of commercial dining and retail amenities, lounges, and recreational spaces. The new terminal will also include critical infrastructure improvements to the airport’s roadways, optimizing traffic flow and transportation access at the airport, and incorporate the latest advances in both sustainability and security.

According to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the development of Terminal 6 is expected to result in over 4,000 direct jobs (both on-site and off-site) and direct payroll wages of $1.9 billion. The total economic activity impact from the project amounts to nearly $2.8 billion in total wages and $6.3 billion in total economic activity.

JetBlue will also expand its footprint at LaGuardia Airport beyond its current space at the historic Marine Air Terminal and partially move into the airport’s recently opened and state-of-the-art Terminal B later this year with plans to move completely in 2022. At Newark, JetBlue will also move, relocating to the new Terminal A in 2022.

JetBlue Loves New York

JetBlue plans to add more than 1,800 jobs at New York City airports thanks to new flights and destinations it is adding as a result of its Northeast Alliance with American Airlines. JetBlue plans to nearly triple its flights at LaGuardia and substantially increase flying at JFK and Newark. With this planned growth, JetBlue will continue to work with New York state to market the airline as New York’s Hometown Airline® and bring visibility for the high-quality, low-fare air service that it offers at eight airports across the Empire State.

As part of this commitment to work together, JetBlue and the state are planning to extend their joint branding agreement of the world-recognized I LOVE NY logo, an unprecedented partnership with the State’s iconic brand, and collaborate on showcasing the Empire State experience at locations within the airline’s JFK terminal. In partnership with New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC), JetBlue and NYC will partner to continue advancing shared priorities related to a diverse and inclusive workplace, including hiring and workforce development, and climate change.

 

CMA CGM Air Cargo to add New York-JFK and Atlanta

CMA CGM AIr Cargo is expanding again. Besides Chicago (O’Hare), the new cargo airline is opening new routes between Liege and New York (JFK) and Liege and Atlanta on March 28.

The expansion is permitted with the arrival of the second Airbus A330-200F freighter operated by Air Belgium (2nd).

Two more are on order.

United Airlines begins flight operations at LaGuardia Airport’s new Terminal B Eastern Concourse on June 2

United Airlines has made this announcement:

This weekend United customers traveling through New York-LaGuardia Airport will experience new gates on the Terminal B Eastern Concourse, following the first phase of the $4 billion, 1.3-million-square-foot redevelopment project of Terminal B, operated by LaGuardia Gateway Partners. With soaring ceilings up to 55-feet high and plenty of natural light, customers will have thirteen new shops, restaurants and services in the concourse to visit; all inspired by the best of New York – from the iconic Shake Shack and local Irving Farm Coffee Roasters to an outpost of New York’s famous toy store, FAO Schwarz.

The new concourse features ample gate seating, with charging stations throughout the seating area along with free unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi, offered by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Additional features include a “park area” complete with greenery and benches, an airport themed children’s play area which contains a 16-foot interactive display and restrooms with spacious stalls and above sink shelves that will keep belongings dry while washing hands.

As part of the terminal redevelopment, United will open its newest United Club on June 2. Conveniently located after security near United’s gates, the new club offers a private oasis of 10,500 square feet with sweeping views of the tarmac. The Club, which is 30 percent larger than the prior LGA United Club location, combines the sleek styles of New York City with the modern touches travelers desire and features more than 200 seats.

Customers can enjoy an expanded food menu including distinctly New York selections such as the iconic New York Bagel provider, Ess-a-Bagel, which will be paired with assorted cream cheese, jams and smokehouse salmon spread, a Greek salad bar and rotating hot foods including oven-baked Neapolitan ziti, fast-fired pesto and goat cheese flatbread, bite sized reuben corned beef with sauerkraut and more. Menu options will rotate throughout the day with hot and cold entrees available all-day. Additional amenities include complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, wellness rooms and phone booths.

All photos by United Airlines.

 

Kuwait Airways starts nonstop service to New York, will add three seasonal routes

Kuwait Airways Boeing 777-300ER 9K-AOC (msn 62561) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 937401.

Kuwait Airways (Kuwait City) on January 11, 2019 started flying nonstop to New York (JFK). The flight previously stopped at Shannon Airport in Ireland.

Kuwait Airways is also adding new summer seasonal flights.

The airline will serve Malaga, Spain with two flights per week from June 3 until September 12, 2019.

The company will also fly to Trabzon, Turkey with three flights a week from June 1 until September 12, 2019.

The airline will also fly to Vienna, Austria with three flights a week from June 2 until September 8, 2019.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Kuwait Airways Boeing 777-300ER 9K-AOC (msn 62561) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 937401.

Kuwait Airways aircraft slide show:

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Kenya Airways to start New York flights on October 28

Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 5Y-KZE (msn 36042) ZRH (Ton Jochems). Image: 942202.

Kenya Airways, as planned, will launch its new nonstop flights from Nairobi to New York (JFK) on October 28, 2018.

The airline will operate its state of the art Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a capacity of 234 passengers.

The new route will depart every day from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport hub in Nairobi at 23:25 arriving at JFK airport in New York at 06:25 the following day. From New York the flight will depart at 12:25 landing at Nairobi at 10:55 the following day. The duration will be 15 hours east bound and 14 hours west bound.

Top Copyright Photo (all other by Kenya Airways): Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 5Y-KZE (msn 36042) ZRH (Ton Jochems). Image: 942202.

Kenya Airways aircraft slide show:

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American Airlines to consolidate operations at New York’s LaGuardia Airport

American Airlines customers will enjoy an improved experience at New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) starting December 9, 2017 when the carrier consolidates its operations to one terminal.

Upon the move, all American flights from LGA will be located in Terminal B. Since December 2013, flights have been split between Terminals B and C. This consolidated operation means all customers will check in at Terminal B and American will operate flights from each of the terminal’s four concourses.”

To ensure smooth travels for passengers, American’s customer assistance representatives will be stationed throughout Terminal B to guide customers and answer questions.

The terminal move at LGA is just another example of the customer experience improvements American is bringing to hubs across its network. Earlier this week, Philadelphia International Airport’s Terminal B debuted new food and dining options. Additionally, American is in the process of building five new gates at its Chicago O’Hare hub and is investing more than $1.6 billion to improve the experience at Los Angeles International Airport.

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2013

Above Copyright Photo: American Eagle (2nd)-Envoy Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N543EA (msn 10323) LGA (Ken Petersen). Image: 924029.

American operates more than 170 daily flights to 41 destinations in the United States and Canada from LGA. In addition, the American Airlines Shuttle offers business travelers frequent and convenient access between LGA and Boston (BOS) and Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) with dedicated check-in areas, departure gates and baggage carousels at each airport.

With nearly 6,000 team members who live and work in New York, American proudly supports a variety of community and civic programs important to the city, including City Year New York, PENCIL and The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

Map: American Airlines.

JetBlue to move to the Marine Air Terminal at LaGuardia

JetBlue Airways, New York’s Hometown Airline®, on October 20, 2017 announced it has reached an agreement with multiple parties to move its operations at New York’s LaGuardia Airport to the historic Marine Air Terminal, bringing JetBlue customers greater convenience and an improved ground experience while the Central Terminal undergoes reconstruction.

JetBlue will be the main tenant at the Marine Air Terminal, an aviation landmark, occupying four gates once the transition is completed in December – just in time for the start of the busy holiday travel season. This move will alleviate traffic and congestion as construction on the Central Terminal gets underway. JetBlue plans to move back to the Central Terminal when construction is completed.

While honoring the historic design of the Marine Air Terminal, JetBlue will add its own modern touches creating an airport experience in line with the award-winning service its customers receive onboard. With the needs of both business and leisure travelers in mind, including customers traveling on JetBlue’s popular Boston-LaGuardia route, customers can:

  • Avoid the congestion of the Central Terminal area
  • Request pick-up and drop-off points right at the Marine Air Terminal curb
  • Secure taxis with shorter lines and less congestion
  • Park conveniently next to the terminal
  • Access multiple city bus services

Once the move is completed, JetBlue customers arriving at the Marine Air Terminal, the airport’s closest terminal to Manhattan, will be welcomed by hospitality-trained crewmembers in an open concept, self-service focused lobby, designed to provide personal, helpful and simple touches.

The Art Deco Marine Air Terminal is one of aviation’s most historic landmarks. When it opened in 1940, it housed operations for seaplane service with aircraft departing from the East River. Over the years it has also served as a private jet terminal.

Map Above: LaGuardia Airport.

Below Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N569JB (msn 2075) (10th Anniversary) LGA (Ken Petersen). Image: 924210.

JetBlue's special 10th Anniversary livery

 

Delta to serve Havana, Cuba, from New York-JFK, Atlanta and Miami

Delta to serve Havana, Cuba, from New York-JFK, Atlanta and Miami

Delta Air Lines will begin serving Havana, Cuba, this fall from New York-JFK, Atlanta and Miami as a result of today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Delta applauds and thanks the DOT for awarding the airline the ability to resume operating daily, nonstop scheduled service to the Caribbean island for the first time in almost 55 years.

All routes are subject to Cuban regulatory approval. Delta will begin selling seats to Havana this summer.

Delta inherited passenger service to Havana, Cuba, from its merger with Chicago and Southern Air Lines (C&S) on May 1, 1953, offering nonstop flights from New Orleans. Political instability and profitability issues ultimately led Delta to suspend service on December 1, 1961.

From 2002-2004 Delta operated charters between New York-JFK and Havana. In October 2011, Delta began operating up to a dozen charter flights to Havana per week with daily service from Miami and weekly service from Atlanta and New York-JFK. It operated almost 500 trips before suspending service on December 29, 2012. Most recently, in 2015, Delta performed three ad hoc charter flights including one that carried the Minnesota Orchestra back to Cuba for its first performance on the island in more than 85 years.

Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-832 WL N3765 (msn 30819) JFK (Stephen Tornblom). Image: 921237.

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KLM celebrates 70 years of flying to New York

KLM celebrates 70 years of flying to New York

Copyright Photo: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 747-206B PH-BUD (msn 20398) JFK (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 931335.

Exactly 70 years ago today. May 21, 2016, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines became the first European airline to initiate scheduled service between Amsterdam and New York.

On May 21, 1946, KLM operated its first flight with a Douglas DC-4 to what is now John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York (JFK). After the Second World War, KLM was the first European airline to initiate service between Europe and America.

To mark this auspicious occasion, passengers flying from Amsterdam to New York (KL641) will on May 21, 2016 will be served the recently introduced BOLS cocktail “The Flying Dutchman”. The cocktails will be shaken live on board by BOLS cocktail shakers.

Additionally, all passengers will receive the booklet “Boterballentijd”, specially written for KLM by Ronald Giphart. The book gives a fictional account of the inaugural flight.

New York

In 1946, KLM started with a daily flight to New York. In cooperation with our partner Delta Air Lines, KLM now operates four flights a day between Amsterdam and John F. Kennedy Airport. On this route, KLM and Delta Air Lines each operate two flights a day. In addition, Delta operates daily service between Amsterdam and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). Each year, KLM brings around 400,000 passengers to “New Amsterdam”, making it KLM’s top North-Atlantic destination. Together, KLM and Delta bring more than 750,000 passengers each year between Amsterdam and New York.

Read more on the KLM blog.
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