Tag Archives: Puerto Rico

Delta will boost available seats between Atlanta-San Juan, anticipating heavy holiday travel

Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-302 N822NW (msn 1627) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946076.

Delta Air Lines made this announcement:

Holiday travel to San Juan is on the rise and Delta Air Lines is prepared to accommodate increased demand by upgauging the aircrafts used to serve the Atlanta-San Juan route. The route will operate one of its four daily flights with an Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

The airline will transition to the Airbus A330-300, from December 21 to March 31. The 293-passenger aircraft includes 34 seats in First Class, 40 Comfort + seats, and 219 Main Cabin seats.

  • DL 559 will operate daily and will depart ATL at 9:40 am

Delta continues to support Puerto Rico’s local economy by bringing people together to promote the unique attractions the island has to offer. Recently, the airline’s employees earned $726,000 in profit-sharing and were compensated for 1,000 hours of volunteer work. This year the airline sponsors Saborea Puerto Rico for the fifth year, an annual event that showcases the island’s culinary talent. In 2018, Delta transported more than 750,000 people to and from Puerto Rico.

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-302 N822NW (msn 1627) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946076.

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JetBlue returns to pre-hurricane levels of service as it celebrates 16 years in Puerto Rico

JetBlue Airways introduces a new tail design (Highrise)

JetBlue Airways, Puerto Rico’s largest airline, marked the return of its full flight schedule on the island after last year’s hurricanes by celebrating with customers, crewmembers and partners at San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU).

JetBlue’s return of capacity, which coincides with its 16th anniversary of service in San Juan, came six months earlier than originally planned, given the improved demand for travel to Puerto Rico as the island continues to recover from Hurricane Maria and welcomes new visitors.

To support the increase in service, JetBlue has hired 50 new crewmembers for its San Juan operation, with the new crewmembers joining the airline just in time for the summer peak season. Along with JetBlue’s nearly 500 crewmembers based in Puerto Rico, they will support JetBlue’s up to 48 daily flights between Puerto Rico and 13 cities in the U.S. and the Caribbean (a).

In the days after Hurricane Maria made landfall, JetBlue introduced the 100x35JetBlue initiative, with 35 ways and 100 days – and beyond – of caring for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. The initiatives provided immediate first needs for the community, while also focusing on long-term, productive partnerships with key entities, such as the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), to encourage the return of tourism, contribute to the local economy, and invest in the island’s future. JetBlue has gradually increased its flights as demand has grown from ‘visiting friends and relatives customers’ who travel back and forth to the island. JetBlue has also been working with PRTC to encourage visitors to return to Puerto Rico and to offer world-class hospitality both in the air and on the ground through JetBlue’s hospitality training for industry workers.

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Investing in Puerto Rico’s Future

JetBlue’s long-term 100x35JetBlue initiatives continue within the community, most recently with an announcement this week that as part of its 16th anniversary celebration of service to Puerto Rico, the JetBlue Foundation has pledged $100,000 worth of grants to STEM education programs on the island. Grants from the JetBlue Foundation will help further the airline’s efforts to invest in the island’s future and place aviation fields top-of-mind as career choices for students. The JetBlue Foundation will award $100,000 to qualified schools and organizations to fuel learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The JetBlue Foundation is currently accepting letters of inquiry for grants through June 29, 2018. To help other STEM and aviation-focused organizations navigate the application process, Inter American University of Puerto Rico, a previous JetBlue Foundation grant recipient, will offer a grant writing workshop. The school will share best practices that helped them receive a grant in 2016 for its “Girls in Aviation” program which aims to spark an interest in STEM for girls ages 10-17. The workshop will take place on June 22 at the Inter American School of Law in Hato Rey. Guests can RSVP at askjbfoundation@jetblue.com. RSVPs are required for attendance. For grant criteria or to submit a letter of inquiry, interested organizations can visit jetbluefoundation.org/grants. Grant recipients will be announced in fall 2018.

In addition, this summer the JetBlue Foundation and the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) will host their second annual Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy initiative in San Juan, introducing students ages 14 to 18 to careers in aviation.

JetBlue’s hurricane recovery efforts also include projects aimed at restoring the island’s natural resources and beauty. JetBlue’s recent “Green Up” campaign included two Puerto Rico-based conservation organizations customers could vote to select to receive “Green Up” grants, with Centro de Restauración: Vida Marina Center for Coastal Restoration and Conservation at the University of Puerto Rico at Aguadilla having been chosen to receive a $15,000 grant.

JetBlue’s crewmembers in San Juan volunteered more than 1,000 hours in the local community during 2017 and won the JetBlue “Blue City of the Year” Award. As winners of this honor, the team will get to donate $10,000 to their favorite charity.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by JetBlue): JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N537JT (msn 1785) (Highrise) SJU (Raul Sepulveda). Image: 936971.

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JetBlue and Atlas Air send more than 110 tons of supplies to assist in the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico

"Fewer Delays. Faster Flights. ontimeflights.org" sub-titles

JetBlue Airways (New York), the largest airline in Puerto Rico, in partnership with Atlas Air Worldwide, has transported more than 110 tons of much needed supplies to Puerto Rico to aid in relief and recovery efforts. JetBlue previously outlined its 100x35JetBlue commitment to launch 35 initiatives over 100 days – and beyond to support the immediate needs of crewmembers, customers, and communities in Puerto Rico.

As part of this initiative, JetBlue has collected generous donations from a variety of like-minded organizations including Food Bank For New York City, American Red Cross and the Afya Foundation. Atlas Air graciously donated and operated a 747 cargo aircraft to get supplies from New York to San Juan. JetBlue is supporting with the logistics and the intake and hand off of donated supplies in Puerto Rico.

JetBlue and Atlas Air crewmembers load a 747 aircraft with more than 110 tons of supplies to assist ...

Photo Above: JetBlue. JetBlue and Atlas Air crewmembers load a Boeing 747 aircraft with more than 110 tons of supplies to assist in recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.

 

“We’ve been sending relief supplies to Puerto Rico since the first day flights were allowed onto the island following Hurricane Maria,” said Icema Gibbs, director corporate social responsibility, JetBlue. “The amount of donated supplies has far exceeded our expectations and has surpassed the capacities of our commercial Airbus A320 fleet. Atlas Air, a fellow New York airline, sharing our commitment to assist the people of Puerto Rico, immediately stepped up to support, offering the use of one of their 747 cargo aircraft. We thank them for their incredible assistance and care for these communities.”

“Atlas Air Worldwide is pleased to have partnered with JetBlue in this humanitarian effort,” said Bill Flynn, president and CEO, Atlas Air Worldwide. “By joining with JetBlue and donating our aircraft and crew, the supplies that have been gathered and donated by Governor Cuomo and the generous people and organizations in New York will be delivered to Puerto Rico in the quickest and most efficient way possible.”

More than 220,000 lbs. (110 tons) of donations were collected through several organizations that have the ability to distribute the supplies throughout Puerto Rico. JetBlue, Atlas Air and New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo rallied their networks to provide support. This 747 aircraft was loaded with:

  • A variety of supplies from the Governor’s Office including food and other crucial supplies.
  • Supplies from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to assist as San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin Airport rebuilds its infrastructure, which will allow for more airlift and capacity into Puerto Rico’s capital.
  • Non-perishable food and critical supplies from the Food Bank For New York City to its sister food bank, Banco de Alimentos de Puerto Rico. Packages include bottled water, shelf stable food, and other needed supplies, like diapers and feminine hygiene products.
  • JetBlue and its crewmembers sending relief supplies to crewmembers and family in Puerto Rico.
  • Medical supplies from the Afya Foundation and American Red Cross

100X35 JetBlue – Honoring the popular reference to Puerto Rico’s 100×35 mile size, the effort will continue to roll out programs across the island providing airlift support, relief pricing, awareness and fundraising, people deployment, unmet needs, and rebuilding efforts.

How you can get involved – For a 100-day span, JetBlue will invite customers onboard every JetBlue flight to donate to JetBlue’s campaign at GlobalGiving benefitting hurricane impacted areas throughout the U.S. and Caribbean, with a $1 million goal. Additionally customers can also contribute at GlobalGiving.org/jetblue. JetBlue has committed to match donations to its GlobalGiving campaign dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000 through Nov. 15.

GlobalGiving will distribute the funds to non-profits making an impact in hurricane-affected areas. As JetBlue continues to serve these areas, the airline expects to adapt funding initiatives to ensure they are meeting the needs as are communicated from partners on the ground.

Top Copyright Photo: JetBlue has added “Fewer Delays. Faster Flights. ontimeflights.org” sub-titles to this Airbus A320.

JetBlue Airways: JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N595JB (msn 2286) (Barcode) SFO (Mark Durbin). Image: 939445.

AirEuropa and Seaborne Airlines to codeshare

Air Europa (stylized as AirEuropa) (Palma de Mallorca and Madrid) continues its expansion throughout the Caribbean by connecting its daily flight between Spain and the Dominican Republic with its neighbor, Puerto Rico. The Globalia Group Airline and Seaborne Airlines (San Juan), a Puerto Rican airline, have reached a codeshare agreement to cover the route Santo Domingo – San Juan, Puerto Rico, which will allow for daily flights to and from the islands and, as a result, the connection of both capitals with the Adolfo Suarez Airport in Madrid (Barajas).

This will permit Air Europa passengers to fly to Puerto Rico every day, by making a short stop in Las Americas Airport in Santo Domingo. This route will be added to the two direct flights that Air Europa has been operating between Spain and Puerto Rico since June 2014.

Seaborne is a company with over 20 years of experience in the Caribbean and an excellent security and operational performance history. For the Santo Domingo – San Juan route, it has an available fleet of 8 SAAB 340Bs, Swedish-made aircraft that can carry 34 passengers.

The codeshare agreement between Air Europa and Seaborne will take effect March 29.

Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-343 EC-LXR (msn 1097) arrives at Palma de Mallorca.

AirEuropa aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Seaborne Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

 

Sun Country to fly twice-weekly Fort Myers-San Juan flights next summer

Sun Country Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) will operate twice-weekly flights between Fort Myers, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico from May 3 through August 23, 2015. The seasonal non-hub route will be operated with Boeing 737-700 aircraft per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-73V N711SY (msn 30245) completes the final approach to the runway at Las Vegas.

Sun Country Airlines aircraft slide show:

Current Route Map:

Sun Country 11.2014 Route Map

Seaborne Airlines today starts San Juan-St. Maarten flights

Seaborne Airlines (San Juan) starting today begins new nonstop daily service from Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) to The Princess Julianna International Airport (SXM) in St. Maarten becoming the 19th airport Seaborne has launched during its expansion throughout the Caribbean.

Nonstop Daily Flights:

San Juan, PR (SJU) Departure Time 6:45 pm

St. Maarten (SXM) Arrival Time 7:45 pm

St. Maarten (SXM) Departure Time 8:00 am

San Juan, PR (SJU) Arrival Time 9:10 am

Fares from San Juan to St. Maarten begin as low as $88 one way, taxes and fees included.

Copyright Photo: Raul Sepulveda/AirlinersGallery.com. Seaborne has embraced the Pacific Coastal livery as its own with its SAAB 340 fleet. The carrier has modified the tail emblems to more appropriate Caribbean animals. SAAB 340B N353SA (msn 351) sits on the San Juan ramp.

Current Route Map: Seaborne’s expanding route system with an enlarged SJU hub:

Seaborne 3.2014 Route Map (large)

 

Seaborne Airlines to move its headquarters to San Juan, will add more routes and a new name

Seaborne SAAB 340B (Grd)(Seaborne)(LR)

Seaborne Airlines (St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands) announced yesterday that it has reached agreement with the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to relocate its corporate headquarters from St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands to San Juan, Puerto Rico, as part of a multi-faceted arrangement. Under the agreement, Puerto Rico will take an equity position in the airline and have two seats on the Board of Directors of the parent company of Seaborne, Coastal International Airways. Seaborne Airlines has committed to the creation of 400 jobs in Puerto Rico. 150 of the 400 positions will be added in Puerto Rico in the first quarter of 2014. This will bring total Seaborne employment in Puerto Rico to 250 people. The move is contemplated to be complete by March, 2014.

Seaborne will also add a number of routes important to Puerto Rico’s tourism and export growth. On December 12, the carrier started service from San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport to La Romana in the Dominican Republic. On January 15, the carrier will add service from San Juan to St. Kitts and Nevis. On February 14, Seaborne plans to begin service from San Juan to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. On March 1, new service from San Juan to St. Maarten, Seaborne’s 16th airport will launch. These San Juan routes are being serviced by four additional SAAB 340B, 34-seat aircraft. Seaborne anticipates having a fleet of 16 SAAB 340Bs based in Puerto Rico.

There will be no change to the existing routes, or Seaplane operations in the U.S. Virgin Islands, is planned as a result of this agreement.

The agreement also calls for rebranding of Seaborne’s San Juan-based operations.

Copyright Photo: Seaborne Airlines.

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IBC Airways Metro III crashes in Arecibo, Puerto Rico

IBC Airways (Miami) Swearingen SA227AC Metro III N831BC (msn AC-654B) crashed in the Sabana Hoyos district of Arecibo, Puerto Rico on December 2 per Aviation Safety Network. The Metroliner was on a cargo flight from Santo Domingo to San Juan. The two pilots were tragically killed.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Sister ship SA227AC Metro III N871BC sits at the Miami base.

IBC Airways: AG Slide Show