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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.

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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.

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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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Qatar Airways launches its new “Going Places Together” worldwide ad campaign

Qatar Airways (Doha) on December 9 launched its new “Going Places Together” worldwide ad campaign with this new video and press release:

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Qatar Airways successfully launched its new global brand campaign and tagline – Going Places Together – at a press conference in New York on December 9. The unveiling of the new campaign was well received by the international media and VIP guests who attended.
The press conference was hosted by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, who said, “This campaign is all about the coming of age for this airline – taking a life of its own with a future that blossoms into a treasure each and every day. It’s about going places – literally and figuratively. We value each journey we take with our guests on board, and the overall experience of going places together.”

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Qatar CEO Al Baker and model of the Airbus A350-900 (Qatar)(LRW)

Photo Above: Qatar Airways. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker celebrates landing of the first Airbus A350 in the US.

Drawing together a series of interconnected themes, the re-brand is a fresh and even more emotionally engaging direction for the airline, which has developed its messaging strategy to reflect its evolution as a brand and its global role as a leader in the airline industry.

One of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world, Qatar Airways has adopted the emotive and modern brand campaign to reflect its core values as a contemporary and innovative company that is really going places and wants nothing more than to inspire its passengers to do the same.

At the heart of the campaign is the concept of the airline connecting people both physically and emotionally with any of the 153 places on its global network on board one of its 173 state-of-the-art aircraft. The theme of connectivity extends to the warm welcome every passenger receives when they board a Qatar Airways flight from the friendly and helpful cabin crew who are hand-picked for their natural ability to make personal connections with every passenger they meet.

The new campaign, which debuted in Qatar’s newspapers, television and out-of-home on Tuesday, will now roll out across global media channels including platforms such as the New York Times, CNN, Financial Times and Times Square billboards.The campaign celebrations began in New York on Tuesday when Qatar Airways became the first commercial airline to land an Airbus A350 in the United States. Qatar Airways was the global launch carrier of the A350 and is the first to fly the aircraft to three continents; the airline’s fleet of seven A350s currently flies twice a day to Frankfurt, double daily to Munich and three times a day to Singapore from Doha.

An eighth A350 will join the fleet before the end of the year and is scheduled to fly daily to Philadelphia from January 1, 2016. As further A350s join the fleet throughout 2016 passengers will have the opportunity to experience this new-generation aircraft on flights to Boston launching on March 16, and the new second daily flight to New York from April 1 and Adelaide, Australia from May 2.

Editorial Note: As previously reported on our World Airline News Facebook page, the first Airbus A350 departure from New York (JFK) was marred by an aborted takeoff (see video below):

 

 

Air France to restore two long-range routes next summer

Air France Boeing 777-228 ER F-GSPY (msn 32305) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 907499.

Air France (Paris) will be enhancing its flight schedule for summer 2016 with two additional routes. Starting in June 2016, Air France will begin service from New York (JFK) to Paris-Orly, in addition to the four daily frequencies to Paris Charles de Gaulle.

Beginning in April 2016, Air France will operate three weekly flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport.

The daily New York-JFK to Paris-Orly service will be operated by Boeing 777-200 aircraft, equipped with 309 seats – 35 in Business, 24 in Premium Economy and 250 in Economy.

This route is part of the transatlantic joint venture with Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and offers customers the possibility of arriving at Paris’ second busiest airport. It also enables passengers to easily connect with Air France’s domestic network on arrival at Paris-Orly.

Flight schedule (in local time)

AF37: Leaves New York-JFK at 18:05, arrives at Paris-Orly at 7:05 the following day;
AF32: Leaves Paris-Orly at 11:00, arrives at New York-JFK at 13:10.

Air France is supporting the resumption of commercial exchange with Iran and will serve Tehran from Paris-Charles de Gaulle three times a week (on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) starting in April 2016.

Flight schedule (in local time)

AF738: Leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 10:30, arrives in Tehran at 18:40;
AF755: Leaves Tehran at 7:15, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 10:55.

Background of the New York – Paris Route

The route was launched on July 1, 1946, by Douglas DC-4. The flight lasted 23 hours 45 minutes and carried 33 passengers on board.

In 1960, Air France served New York from Paris-Orly by Boeing 707 in 8 hours 15 minutes.

In 1970, JFK airport welcomed Air France’s Boeing 747-100, then the Concorde (1977), a romance that lasted more than 25 years. In 2009, New York was the first to welcome the Airbus A380.

Background of the Paris – Tehran Route

On April 29, 1946, Air France launched a scheduled route Paris – Marseille – Tunis – Benghazi – Cairo – Beirut – Baghdad – Tehran, with a flight every two weeks.

The nonstop Paris-Tehran route was suspended in October 2008.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. The restored Paris (Orly) – New York (JFK) route will be operated with Boeing 777-200 ER aircraft including the pictured 777-228 ER F-GSPY (msn 32305) arriving at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Norwegian launches its U.S. flights to Martinique and Guadeloupe

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) Boeing 737-8JP WL LN-DYU (msn 39008) (Jorn Utzon) (Wireless Internet on Board) TFS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 930281.

Norwegian Air Shuttle’s (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) inaugural flight from Boston to the French Caribbean island of Martinique will take off today, while the first flights from New York and Baltimore/Washington to Martinique and Guadeloupe also departing this week.

 

Norwegian will be the only airline to offer free WiFi and live TV service between the U.S. and Caribbean using its Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which already operate on 29 routes from the UK to Europe.

Flight information for French Caribbean routes

From New York (JFK) to Guadeloupe– 3 weekly flights
From New York (JFK) to Martinique – 3 weekly flights
Boston (BOS) to Guadeloupe – 2 weekly flights
Boston (BOS) to Martinique – 2 weekly flights
From Baltimore / Washington (BWI) to Guadeloupe – 2 weekly flights
From Baltimore / Washington (BWI) to Martinique – 2 weekly flights

Norwegian recently launched the UK’s only direct flights to the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico and announced brand new low-cost flights to Boston from 2016 serviced by its state-of-the-art Dreamliner aircraft.

In other news, Norwegian retired its last Boeing 737-300 Classic in November.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8JP LN-DYU (msn 39008) with “Wireless Internet on Board” sub-titles and the image of Jorn Utzon on the tail, arrives at Tenerife Sur.

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JetBlue adds more Cuban charters from New York

JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 WL N834JB (msn 5782) (Blueberries) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 930228.

JetBlue Airways (New York) and Cuba Travel Services (CTS) today announced the start of their second weekly roundtrip charter flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and José Martí International Airport (HAV) in Havana. The added flights will operate on Tuesdays and become JetBlue’s sixth weekly roundtrip charter route between the U.S. and Cuba. In July, JetBlue became the first major airline to fly to Cuba from New York when it launched weekly flights on Fridays.

Since government restrictions were eased earlier this year, JetBlue has doubled its number of charter flights to Cuba and has positioned itself as a leading airline to the island nation with its award-winning service. Once scheduled service is allowed, Cuba will play an important role in JetBlue’s growing network in Latin America and the Caribbean.

JetBlue first began operating charters to Cuba in 2011 and now flies to Havana and Santa Clara from New York (JFK), Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood, and Tampa. All flights are operated on 150-seat Airbus A320 aircraft with JetBlue crew members.

In other news, JetBlue also announced that it has joined the White House’s American Business Act on Climate Pledge, which includes more than 154 companies from across the American economy demonstrating an ongoing commitment to climate action and voicing support for a strong outcome to the Conference of Parties 21 (COP21) Paris climate negotiations.

Finally, JetBlue is considering a new approach to its pilot training program. Read the full story from the WSJ: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Fred Freketic/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 WL N834JB (msn 5782) prepares to depart from John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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JetBlue Airways partners with Amazon

Named "This Magic MoMint"

JetBlue Airways (New York) and Amazon (Seattle) today announced that unlimited streaming entertainment on Amazon Video is available beginning this week on over 150 JetBlue aircraft equipped with free Fly-Fi broadband Internet, just in time to entertain travelers during the holiday travel season.

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Amazon Prime members can sign-in or sign-up to instantly access tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, including Amazon Originals such as the critically-acclaimed new series The Man in the High Castle, the multi Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series, Transparent, and the Emmy award-winning kid’s series Tumble Leaf, at no additional cost to their membership. In addition, all JetBlue customers can rent or purchase titles in the Amazon Video store, including new release movies and day-after TV programming.

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As part of the multiyear year agreement, Amazon on JetBlue has been integrated into The Hub, JetBlue’s entertainment portal that customers access on their personal devices. Amazon on JetBlue offers a high-quality and reliable streaming experience for customers choosing from thousands of titles 35,000 feet in the air.

The collaboration will involve a broad array of benefits for customers, including activities in JetBlue’s flagship Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. In 2016, TrueBlue loyalty program members will be able to earn TrueBlue points for their purchases in more than 40 categories on Amazon while inflight or on the ground through other JetBlue marketing channels.

Customers will also be able to watch Amazon Originals such as the just-launched series The Man in the High Castle as well as the second season of the Emmy and Golden Globe winning series Transparent which airs on December 11, among others, on JetBlue’s seatback televisions.

Copyright Photo: Fred Freketic/AirlinersGallery.com. JetBlue Airways’ Airbus A321-231 N946JL (msn 6425) in the Prism tail design prepares to depart from the John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) hub.

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