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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 Airways and Seaborne Airlines launch their new codeshare agreement

JetBlue Airways (New York) and Seaborne Airlines (St. Croix and San Juan) on October 21 began selling flights under a codeshare agreement that will offer customers increased travel options and new destinations throughout the Caribbean. Connections will be made via San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), where JetBlue is the largest carrier.

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Initially, JetBlue has placed its ‘B6’ designator code on eight Seaborne Airlines routes allowing JetBlue customers to reach more destinations in the Caribbean on a single itinerary:

Anguilla (AXA)
Tortola, British Virgin Islands (EIS)
Dominica (DOM)
Nevis (NEV)
St. Kitts (SKB)
St. Maarten (SXM)
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (STT)
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (STX)

Seaborne-JetBlue codeshare

Following receipt of all necessary government approvals, JetBlue will place the ‘B6’ designator code on the remainder of the Seaborne Airlines network to include:

Antigua (ANU)
Fort-de-France, Martinique (FDF)
La Romana, Dominican Republic (LRM)
Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe (PTP)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ)

In other news, JetBlue today also announced its intent to expand the airline’s service to Barbados by adding a daily roundtrip flight between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) in Barbados.

The new daily roundtrip service is set to begin in April 2016, subject to government approval, with seats going on sale in the coming weeks. JetBlue’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood focus city will become the third JetBlue city with nonstop flights to Barbados. Service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) launched in 2009 and service from Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) will begin this fall.

Top Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. SAAB 340B N341CJ (msn 341) with the image of a sea turtle on the tail, taxies at the San Juan hub.

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Seaborne 10.2015 Route Map

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SkyWest today starts operating Embraer ERJ 175s for Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) today inaugurates service between Seattle/Tacoma and Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Seattle/Tacoma and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Portland, Oregon and St. Louis. Alaska (2014) logo

Alaska SkyWest Schedule

The daily flights will be operated by SkyWest Airlines (St. George) with 76-seat Embraer E175 jets (above and below) featuring 12 seats in first class and 64 in coach, and boasting cabin dimensions on par with a 737.

Alaska SkyWest ERJ 175 N170SY (90)(Grd) SEA (Alaska)(LR)

Photo Above: Alaska Airlines.

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Onboard amenities will include Alaska Beyond Delicious, featuring food and beverages sourced with items from iconic Pacific Northwest brands, and Inflight Internet access. By mid-July the planes will also be equipped with Alaska Beyond Entertainment, which offers free and premium entertainment direct to customer devices, First class customers will also enjoy power outlets at each seat.

In other news, Alaska Airlines has also announced it is doing away with the standard fee for the first checked bag for Alaska Airlines Visa Signature consumer cardholders.

Top Copyright Photo: Raul Sepulveda/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N171SY (msn 17000485) was delivered via San Juan.

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SkyWest gets ready for Embraer 175 operations for Alaska Airlines with the first delivery

SkyWest Airlines (Alaska SkyWest) (St. George, Utah) has taken delivery of its first new Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) in preparation of its new Embraer-operated Alaska SkyWest service. The pictured N170SY (msn 170900483) was handed over on June 1 in Brazil.

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) as previously reported, will begin offering daily nonstop service starting on July 1, 2015 between the Seattle/Tacoma hub and Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Seattle/Tacoma and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Portland, Oregon and St. Louis.

The 76-seat E175 jet will feature 12 seats in first class and 64 in coach, and boasts cabin dimensions on par with a Boeing 737. Onboard amenities include Wi-Fi Internet access, streaming inflight entertainment and 110 volt power in every first class seat. Food and beverage will include hot meals and picnic packs for purchase, in addition to Northwest microbrews and wine.

SkyWest has purchased seven Embraer E175 aircraft to fly on behalf of Alaska under a capacity purchase agreement (CPA). The first three aircraft will arrive in the summer of 2015, and the remaining four will be delivered in the first quarter of 2016.

Copyright Photo: Raul Sepulveda/AirlinersGallery.com. N170SY passed through San Juan yesterday on its long delivery route.

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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.

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