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Hellenic Imperial to start Gatwick, JFK today; Kuwait tomorrow

The Greek airline Hellenic Imperial Airways is flying four times a week between its hub at Eleftherios Venizelos Airport (IATA: ATH; ICAO: LGAV) in Athens, and Kennedy International Airport in New York (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK), starting today.  The route will be operated with the Airbus A340-300.  It is scheduled to depart from Athens at 5:30 in the afternoon local time, and arrive in New York at 9:30 in the evening, local time.  It is scheduled to depart New York at 11:30 in the evening local time, and arrive back in Athens at 5:00 in the afternoon the following day, local time.  The creation of this route makes Hellenic Imperial the only airline based in Greece to currently operate its own aircraft, non-stop, to the United States.

The airline will operate from Terminal 1 at Kennedy International.

Hellenic Imperial also announced that, starting today, it will fly thrice weekly between Athens and Gatwick Airport (IATA: LGW; ICAO: EGKK) south of London.  This route will be also operated with the Airbus A340-300.  Initially, the round-trip service will be operated three times a week, but this will be increased to six over the next few months, according to the U.K.-based Online Regional Travel Group.

Additionally, starting tomorrow, Hellenic Imperial will fly between Athens and Kuwait (IATA: KWI; ICAO: OKBK), the capital of the eponymous Middle Eastern nation.  According to www.flight965.com, this round-trip service will operate two times a week.  It did not give any further details.  When these routes were first announced, the Athens-London round trip was first scheduled to commence on July 1.  But the start date of this route was changed to June 24, to match the start date for Hellenic Imperial's Athens-New York route.

The Dutch airline Arkefly starts non-stop twice-weekly service between Schiphol Airport (IATA: AMS; ICAO: EHAM) in Amsterdam and Miami International Airport (IATA: MIA; ICAO: KMIA) in the American state of Florida today, according to a reader blog at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer website.  The route will be flown with the Boeing 767-300ER.

The British budget airline EasyJet also restarts a seasonal service today between mainland Spain and the Canary Islands.  It operates four times a week, on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, according to a timetable printed on EasyJet's website.  It operates between Barajas Airport (IATA: MAD; ICAO: LEMD) in Madrid, and Lanzarote, the furthest east of the Canary Islands (IATA: ACE; ICAO: GCRR).

original stories

Hellenic Imperial Gatwick-Athens (www.countryconnect.co.uk)

Hellenic Imperial to launch Athens - London Gatwick late-Jun 2011 (www.airlineroute.net)

New scheduled route between Athens - New York to start on June 24th, 2011 (Hellenic Imperial Airways)

Hellenic Imperial Airways plans Athens - New York JFK launch from late-June 2011 (www.airlineroute.net)

Hellenic Imperial Airways to start visiting Kuwait! (www.flight965.com)

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Another Dutch royal will christen a Holland America ship

Holland America announced last Monday that Máxima of the Netherlands will dedicate the cruise line’s newest ship, the MS New Amsterdam, on July 4 in Venice, Italy.  The Argentine-born Princess of the Netherlands will become the latest of many members of the Dutch Royal Family to inaugurate a ship from the Holland America line.

The fourth Holland America ship to bear this name since 1906, the newest New Amsterdam will be registered at the largest seaport in Europe, the Port of Rotterdam.  The MS New Amsterdam is currently on order and is being constructed at an Italian shipyard.  It will disembark from the Port of Venice on a massive, 22-day grand tour of the eastern Mediterranean Sea following the ceremony.  The itinerary includes one stop further south in Italy, and stops in Greece, Croatia, Montenegro, and Turkey.  As of May 2, availability of cabins and the prices of the various cabin classes for this inaugural voyage – or inaugural trek, rather – were not accessible without logging in to the Holland America website.

The MS New Amsterdam will be the second-largest ship currently in the Holland America fleet, behind her sister ship the MS Eurodam.  The MS New Amsterdam will feature many design elements characteristic of the ship’s namesake, the city founded by Dutch colonists in 1625 as New Amsterdam, and known as New York since 1674.

Holland America is a cruise line that I would like to travel with at least once just as soon as I am able, and no later.  Below is a link to the original story from the website of Holland America.  Please comment and share your experiences traveling with Holland America.  They are supposed to be excellent, but I have no personal experience with them, so please share.  General comments are also welcome.

original story (Holland America)