News for The Americas

Air Canada launches Montreal-San Diego service

23 May, 2022

Air Canada launched (21-May-2022) three times weekly Montreal-San Diego service on 21-May-2022. The service is the first nonstop service between the cities. [more - original PR]

Delta launches A321neo operations with Boston-San Francisco service

23 May, 2022

Delta Air Lines operated (20-May-2022) Boston-San Francisco service with an A321neo aircraft on 20-May-2022, marking the equipment's entry into service. Features of Delta's A321neos include:

  • 194 seats (20 First Class, 42 Delta Comfort+ and 132 Main Cabin);
  • New domestic first class seat design including more space, sturdier tray table and more stowage space;
  • Enhanced memory foam seat cushions in all cabins;
  • 50% greater entertainment offering compared to other aircraft in fleet;
  • WiFi available for purchase;
  • Powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines.

Delta SVP fleet and techops supply chain Mahendra Nair said the introduction of the A321neo into its fleet is "an important commitment on our Flight to Net Zero, our journey to decarbonise aviation". The aircraft will also be used to operate Boston-San Diego and Boston-Denver services, effective 11-Jul-2022, and "select trips" to Seattle commencing 20-Jul-2022. As previously reported by CAPA, the carrier has purchase commitments for 155 A321neos, with delivery scheduled through 2027. [more - original PR] [more - original PR - Pratt & Whitney]

Northern Pacific Airways requests US DoT authorisation to operate international scheduled services

20 May, 2022

Northern Pacific Airways submitted (17-May-2022) an application to the US Department of Transportation requesting Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity and exemption authority to operate scheduled passenger, freight and mail services between the US and all countries with which the US has an Open-Skies agreement. Northern Pacific, a proposed LCC to be based at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, is also requesting blanket route integration authority. The carrier plans to operate scheduled services to South Korea and Japan from Anchorage using Boeing 757 equipment. [more - original PR]

United Airlines opens new United Club at New York Newark Liberty International Airport

20 May, 2022

United Airlines opened (19-May-2022) its new United Club at Terminal C3 of New York Newark Liberty International Airport. The 30,000sqft lounge is the largest United Club in the US, offering 480 seats, modern shower suites and a barista-staffed cafe. The opening aligns with the upcoming Memorial Day long weekend, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year in the US. [more - original PR]

Delta Air Lines and Sky Express enter interline agreement

20 May, 2022

Delta Air Lines and Sky Express entered (19-May-2022) an interline agreement to increase connectivity between North America and Greece, effective immediately. Delta Air Lines passengers flying from North America are now able to travel on Delta services to Athens, then connect to 34 destinations across Greece and Cyprus via Sky Express on a single ticket, with baggage transferred to the final destination. Delta Airlines SVP alliances Perry Cantarutti stated: "Greece is one of the most sought-after destinations this summer for American travellers and with trade and tourism flows increasing between our countries, Delta's partnership with SKY express gives our customers more versatility when it comes to planning the perfect Greek getaway". Sky Express commercial director Yiannis Lidakis stated: "With one of the youngest fleets and an unrivalled network, this arrangement with Delta will allow customers across the US to connect to the magical charm of the Greek islands". [more - original PR] [more - original PR - II]

Japan Airlines to operate 44% of planned intl schedules in Jul-2022, 68% in Aug/Sep-2022

19 May, 2022

Japan Airlines (JAL) announced (18-May-2022) its international flight network for Europe, Melbourne and Taipei in Jul-2022, as well as flight plan for North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Oceania and Hong Kong in Aug-2022 and Sep-2022. During Jul-2022, JAL's international operation rate will be 44%, increasing to 68% in Aug-2022 and Sep-2022. Key highlights are as follows:

  • Tokyo Haneda-Sydney: Additional frequencies in Jul-2022;
  • Tokyo Narita-Boston, Tokyo Narita-Vancouver, Tokyo Narita-Bengaluru: Resuming in Aug-2022, including daily on Boston service;
  • Europe: Continue to operate detours due to the situation in Russia and Ukraine;
  • Tokyo Haneda-Helsinki: Increase to four times weekly in Jul-2022;
  • Tokyo Haneda-London: Increase to 11 times weekly in Aug-2022. [more - original PR]

Singapore Changi Airport recovers to 35% of Apr-2019 levels in Apr-2022

18 May, 2022

Singapore Changi Airport, via its official website, reported (17-May-2022) the following traffic highlights for Apr-2022:

  • Passengers: 1.9 million, -65% compared to Apr-2019;
  • Cargo: 141,000 tonnes, -10.0%;
  • Aircraft movements: 15,100, -52%.

ALAFCO delivers first of four A350s to ITA

13 May, 2022

ALAFCO delivered (12-May-2022) the first of four A350 aircraft to Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA Airways), at Rome Fiumicino Airport on 11-May-2022. The aircraft is configured in a two class layout with 33 seats in business and 301 in economy. The lease period for all four aircraft is 12 years. The carrier will commence service with the aircraft in early Jun-2022, on its new routes from Rome to Los Angeles, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo. [more - original PR] [more - original PR - Airbus]

ACCC grants interim authorisation for proposed Virgin Australia/United Airlines codeshare

12 May, 2022

Australia's Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) granted (12-May-2022) interim authorisation for a proposed codeshare pricing arrangement between Virgin Australia and United Airlines. Interim authorisation allows United Airlines to set the fares at which Virgin Australia may sell the services operated by United Airlines, whether those services are sold as a standalone itinerary or as part of an itinerary that includes flight segments operated by Virgin Australia. ACCC commissioner Stephen Ridgeway stated: "The ACCC's preliminary view is that this proposed codeshare arrangement with United Airlines is likely to result in a public benefit as it will help Virgin Australia re-establish its international network… it appears that Virgin Australia is unlikely to be able to operate its own long haul international services in the short term". [more - original PR]

easyJet, Neos partner for connecting services between Italy, US and Dominican Republic

12 May, 2022

easyJet announced (11-May-2022) a partnership with Neos to improve connectivity between Italy's southern regions and the main non-European markets served by Neos. From 16-Jun-2022, easyJet will provide connecting services from Catania, Naples and Palermo to Neos' passengers departing for New York JFK and Santo Domingo, with a stopover at Milan Malpensa. The partnership will initially operate as a trial phase to validate and improve integration and flow exchange processes between easyJet and Neos, with plans to extend the collaboration to other routes and destinations in future. [more - original PR]

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