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Delta to offer more flights from new York and Los Angeles to Europe, open a new service from Tampa to Amsterdam

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Air & Sea

Delta is expanding its trans-Atlantic network for summer 2019 with new routes plus additional frequencies. The airline will launch its first nonstop flight from Tampa Bay, Fla., to Amsterdam, Netherlands. The year-round service, which launches on May 23, will be Delta’s 11th Amsterdam route from the U.S. and second from Florida, following the launch of its Orlando service earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Delta is also expanding its hub-to-hub flying between the United States and Europe with services from Los Angeles International Airport to both Amsterdam and Paris Charles de Gaulle increasing to daily operations beginning June 16, 2019.

“Delta is putting great focus on our international expansion and Europe is an important part of this,” said Roberto Ioriatti, Delta’s Vice President — Trans-Atlantic. “Our new Tampa Bay flight and extra capacity on other key routes from our LAX and JFK hubs offer our customers more choice and convenient connections throughout the United States and Europe in connection with our partners.”

The LA to Paris service will be the third route to the French capital to be operated using the upgraded Boeing 777 aircraft, featuring the Delta One suites and Delta Premium Select. The two new cabins will feature on select flights from Atlanta and Minneapolis effective Dec. 13. Paris is also the second European hub where customers can enjoy Delta’s new products, after their debut on the airline’s flagship A350-900 aircraft on the Detroit to Amsterdam route. All flights between the U.S. and mainland Europe are operated in conjunction with joint venture partners Air France, KLM and Alitalia.

Capacity from New York-JFK will also grow next summer with the launch of a second daily nonstop flight to both Paris and Tel Aviv, Israel. For Paris, the additional flight brings the total number in conjunction with Air France, KLM and Alitalia to seven a day. The Tel Aviv service, meanwhile, has been timed as a daytime departure from Tel Aviv, completing the existing night-time departure to offer customers more choice. Both flights will be operated using A330-300 aircraft on the route, with flat-bed seats in the Delta One business class cabin. Delta has also recently upgraded its Main Cabin meal service to provide a restaurant-style dining experience in the sky complete with menu card and full drinks selection.

Select flydubai flights to operate from Terminal 3 at DXB

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Air & Sea

Dubai-based carrier flydubai has announced that flights to 10 of its destinations will move from its current operating base of Terminal 2 and relocate to Terminal 3 at Dubai International (DXB). Other services will continue to operate from Terminal 2, Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC).

This next step follows earlier announcements regarding the innovative partnership with Emirates, which goes beyond codesharing to a number of initiatives spanning commercial, network planning, airport operations, the alignment of the frequent flyer programmes and an enhanced customer journey.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of flydubai, said: “last July, we announced the extensive codeshare partnership which has seen Emirates and flydubai work closely together to offer customers unmatched opportunities to travel. As part of this next phase flights to 10 flydubai destinations will operate from Terminal 3 optimising connectivity for their passengers from the world’s busiest airport.”

From 02 December 2018, flights to Belgrade, Bishkek, Bucharest, Catania, Dushanbe, Helsinki, Krakow, Prague, Rostov-on-Don and Salalah will operate from Terminal 3, Dubai International. Flights to these destinations before 02 December will continue to operate from Terminal 2.

Passengers booked to travel to these destinations will be able to check-in for their flight at the Business Class and Economy Class desks in the departures area of Terminal 3. Business Class passengers will be able to use fast track on the ground and enjoy other Business Class services, whilst transiting passengers will have a smooth and quick transit time.

Destinations have been chosen to help improve the connection between Emirates and flydubai. Further flights operating from Terminal 3 will be added in the summer schedule in 2019.

Passengers who have booked to travel to these destinations from this period will receive communications from flydubai in advance of their date of travel informing them of the change in flight number and terminal.

Singapore Airlines to re-launch world's longest route

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Air & Sea

Singapore Airlines (SIA) will launch the world’s longest commercial flights in October, with non-stop services between Singapore and New York using the new Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range).

Flights are to be launched on 11 October 2018, to Newark Liberty International Airport. The route will initially be served three times a week, departing Singapore on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Daily operations will commence from 18 October after an additional A350-900ULR aircraft enters service.

SIA is the world’s first customer for the new A350-900ULR, with seven on firm order with Airbus. The aircraft will be configured in a two-class layout, with 67 Business Class seats and 94 Premium Economy Class seats. Tickets will be made available for sale progressively across the various booking channels, starting from tomorrow.

Flights will cover a distance of approximately 9,000nm (16,700km), and travelling time will be up to 18hrs 45min. Singapore Airlines served the Singapore-Newark route until 2013, when services were suspended after the aircraft used at the time, Airbus A340-500s, were returned to Airbus.

“Singapore Airlines has always taken pride in pushing the boundaries to provide the best possible travel convenience for our customers, and we are pleased to be leading the way with these new non-stop flights using the latest-technology, ultra-long-range Airbus A350-900ULR,” said Singapore Airlines’ CEO, Mr Goh Choon Phong.

“The flights will offer our customers the fastest way to travel between the two cities – in great comfort, together with Singapore Airlines’ legendary service - and will help boost connectivity to and through the Singapore hub.”

The A350-900ULR will offer customers a more comfortable travelling experience with features such as higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra wide body and lighting designed to reduce jetlag. Its carbon composite airframe also allows for improved air quality due to a more optimised cabin altitude and humidity levels.

Singapore Airlines currently has 21 A350-900s in its fleet, with 46 more on order including seven of the ULR variant. The first A350-900ULR is due for delivery in September, with all seven due for delivery by the end of the year.

Singapore Airlines currently serves New York JFK, daily via Frankfurt. Other US destinations include Houston (five times weekly via Manchester), Los Angeles (daily via Seoul and daily via Tokyo), and San Francisco (daily non-stop from Singapore as well as daily via Hong Kong).

Non-stop Singapore-Los Angeles flights are also planned with the A350-900ULR, details of which will be announced at a later date.

Emirates serves now Dubai from three London airports

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Air & Sea

Emirates has celebrated the inaugural flight of its new daily service from Dubai (DXB) to London Stansted (STN).

The Emirates Boeing 777-300ER touched down just before 1400hrs local UK time on May 8, and marked London Stansted as the 7th airport in the UK from which Emirates operates. This brings to 10 the number of daily flights between Dubai and three different London airports, with Stansted joining Gatwick and Heathrow.

The aircraft deployed on the route is Emirates’ new three-class Boeing 777-300ER, featuring its state-of-the-art, fully-enclosed private suites in First Class, and refreshed Business and Economy Class cabins. With floor to ceiling sliding doors and sleek design features, the new First-Class suites take luxury to the next level. The aircraft also sports newly-designed seats and upgraded inflight entertainment systems in all cabins. The new offering was first unveiled at the Dubai Air Show in 2017 and this will the first time travellers are able to experience the updated product to and from the UK.

To celebrate the airline’s arrival to the airport, Emirates and Stansted airport held a launch event for local dignitaries and stakeholders, hosted by Hubert Frach, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations West, and Richard Jewsbury, Divisional Vice President, UK, alongside Stansted Airport’s CEO, Ken O’Toole.

“We decided to add London Stansted to our network because we saw an opportunity to directly connect the local community with some of the world’s most popular leisure and business destinations. Previously, London’s north east, and the wider 7.5 million people that live within Stansted’s catchment areas had to travel into the city, or further, to access airports with global reach. Now, this daily flight to Dubai connects passengers seamlessly to Emirates points across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia,” said Mr Frach.

“The new service also offers travellers into and out of the greater London area, more flexibility and convenience when planning their travel with Emirates, as they now have the choice of 10 flights a day across three airports,” he added.

Ken O’Toole, London Stansted’s CEO said: “Today is a truly significant moment in the history of London Stansted and we are delighted that our millions of passengers, based in London and the East of England, will see huge benefits from the direct connectivity between the airport and Emirates hub in Dubai and its vast array of onward connections.

“In 2018 Stansted is set to be the fastest growing London airport and a key enabler of economic growth for both the UK and East of England, and the addition of the new Emirates service will provide a further boost to our long haul ambitions and ultimately save local passengers valuable time and money that is associated with flying from other airports across London.”

London Stansted Airport will also be important for Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, allowing it to offer additional cargo capacity and choice to customers. The carrier connects cargo customers to over 155 cities across 85 countries in six continents and flies 140,000 tonnes of cargo in and out of the UK in an average year. The Boeing 777-300ER will offer local businesses about 20 tonnes of cargo capacity per flight.

The new gateway is the seventh UK airport that Emirates operates out of in the UK; with Edinburgh to follow in October. Other locations include London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester and Glasgow.

The daily flight from Dubai (DXB) to London Stansted (STN), EK33, departs Dubai at 0930hrs and arrives in London Stansted at 1410hrs. The return flight, EK34, departs London Stansted at 2110hrs and arrives in Dubai at 0705hrs the next day.

Delta launches summer service from Atlanta to Milan and Venice

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Air & Sea

Delta is growing its Italy network from Atlanta with the start of summer seasonal service from Atlanta to both Milan and Venice. The flights, which operate daily join those from New York-JFK-Venice and Detroit-Rome, which are already in operation for the summer.

A second daily nonstop flight from Atlanta to Rome begins next week, joining the year-round nonstop service. In total, Delta will operate up to seven flights a day from the U.S. to three airports in Italy this summer.

Customers flying to Italy can enjoy a range of new services from Delta this summer, including the opportunity for Delta One passengers to choose their meal in advance. Those traveling in the Main Cabin will receive new menu cards, servicewear and enjoy a complimentary glass of Italian-produced Prosecco sparkling wine​.

Following Delta's recent move from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3 at Rome Leonardo da Vinci Airport, customers enjoy a faster and smoother journey through our Italian hub. Terminal 3 is located closer to Delta's departures from E Gates, meaning customers now have a much shorter walk and more time to explore the terminal where they can take advantage of free Wi-Fi as well as a wide variety of retail outlets and restaurants.

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