Entries in New York (16)

Monday
Aug042014

China Southern starts Guangzhou-New York route

This Wednesday the world's sixth largest airline by passengers carried, China Southern, will commence a four-times weekly round-trip service between Guangzhou and New York City.  The round-trip route will be flown between the China Southern operational hub at Baiyun International Airport (IATA: CAN; ICAO: ZGGG), and New York's Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, using the Boeing 777-300ER.

Information gathered from the online airfare aggregator site www.kayak.com shows that the New York-bound flights leave Baiyun International at 1:40 in the morning local time on all four days of the week, and are scheduled to arrive at Kennedy International at 5:15 in the morning New York time, the same day.  The return flights are scheduled to leave Kennedy International at 11:15 in the morning New York time on all four days of the week, and land in Guangzhou at 3:15 in the afternoon the next day.

Friday
Jun242011

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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Saturday
Jun182011

Delta Air Lines codeshare with Air Nigeria update

The codeshare agreement recently negotiated by Delta Air Lines and Air Nigeria is being gradually rolled out over the next few weeks.  The codeshare will be one-way, and will be very limited in scope, extending to only two round-trip routes, both operated by Delta.  Earlier this week, one of those routes went into effect, according to press releases from both airlines.  That route is Delta's round trip between its hub at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (IATA: ATL; ICAO: KATL) in Atlanta and Murtala Muhammed International Airport (IATA: LOS; ICAO: DNMM) in Lagos, the largest Nigerian city.  On July 4 this year, Delta's round trip between Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) in New York and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (IATA: ABV; ICAO: DNAA) in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, will become part of the codeshare.

High-ranking representatives of both airlines were happy with the agreement.  Kinfe Kahssaye, CEO of Air Nigeria, praised the agreement as an important step toward positioning Nigeria as the primary African gateway between Africa and North America.  Delta's senior Vice President for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Perry Cantarutti, said that Africa is "an important part of Delta's international network strategy."  Delta is the only United States-based airline with two Nigerian destinations in its network.

Negotiations between venture capitalist Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group and the Nigerian government produced Virgin Nigeria Airways in 2004.  Virgin Nigeria Airways commenced operations in 2005, using the aforementioned Murtala Muhammed International Airport as its main hub.  In late 2009, Virgin Nigeria Airways rebranded itself as Nigerian Eagle Airlines.  Then in 2010, it rebranded itself again, as Air Nigeria, following acquisition by new owner Jimoh Ibrahim.

Delta Air Lines was founded as Huff Daland Dusters (a crop dusting company) in Louisiana in 1924.  It changed its name to Delta Air Service, and commenced operations as a passenger airline five years later.  Delta relocated its main offices to Atlanta, Georgia in 1941.  It completed a merger with Northwest Airlines in 2008.  Consolidation was accomplished in 2010.  It is the world's largest airline by fleet size, number of destinations, and passenger revenue.

original stories

Delta Starts Codeshare Flights with Air Nigeria (Delta Air Lines)

Delta Starts Codeshare Flights with Air Nigeria (Air Nigeria)

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Wednesday
Jun012011

Delta inaugurates New York-Iceland non-stop route

Delta Air Lines, the world's largest airline by passengers carried, is now the first United States-based carrier in 40 years to operate regular service between the New York metro area and Iceland non-stop.  Late this evening, at 11:35 EDT, the inaugural flight for this new route is scheduled to depart from Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) in the New York borough of Queens.  The flight will be operated with the Boeing 757-200, according to Delta's press release on the subject, and is scheduled to arrive at Keflavík International Airport (IATA: KEF; ICAO: BIKF), at 9:20 in the morning the next day, local time.  The return flight is scheduled to leave Keflavík daily at 10:50 in the morning, local time, and arrive back in New York at 12:55 in the afternoon, local time.

Keflavík International is 31 miles (50 kilometers) west of the Icelandic capital city, Reykjavík.

Delta's senior vice president for New York, Gail Grimmett, mentioned the airline's emphasis on incorporating "unique destinations" and "growing but underserved global markets" into its list of destinations, suggesting that this new route targets both business travelers and leisure travelers.  Grimmett pointed out that Delta is now the only airline in the SkyTeam Alliance to offer a New York-Iceland route.

Delta Air Lines pilot John Magnusson made a blog post on Delta's official website earlier today, about his thoughts and feelings on being the pilot to fly the inaugural round trip.

The airline that became Delta Air Lines began flying passengers in 1929.  Delta relocated to Atlanta in 1941, and operates its largest hub at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta (IATA: ATL; ICAO: KATL).  It became the world’s largest airline by passengers carried when its merger with Northwest Airlines was completed last year.  Two other airlines fly non-stop between the New York metro area and Iceland.  Iceland's flag carrier airline Icelandair flies the route from Kennedy International and back, and the budget airline Iceland Express flies the route from Liberty International Airport (IATA: EWR; ICAO: KEWR) in Newark, New Jersey and back.

original stories

Delta Air Lines to Connect New York, Iceland (Delta Air Lines)

Captain's View: JFK Inaugural Flight to Iceland (Delta Air Lines)

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Saturday
Mar262011

SAS begins daily Oslo-Newark non-stop next Monday

The largest Scandinavian airline will start a new daily non-stop route between the Norwegian capital Oslo, and the New York metropolitan region next Monday.  It will operate between Gardermoen Airport (IATA: OSL; ICAO: ENGM) northeast of Oslo, and Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey, 15 miles southwest of Midtown, in the New York borough of Manhattan.

Results returned today by the online airfare booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights show that the daily round-trip route will be flown with the Airbus A330-300.  Westbound travelers are scheduled to depart Oslo at 11:00 in the morning local time, and arrive in Newark at 1:10 in the afternoon local time, the same day.  Eastbound travelers are scheduled to depart Newark at 7:00 in the evening local time, and arrive in Oslo at 8:20 in the morning the following day.

SAS stood at one time for Scandinavian Airlines System, though the airline no longer officially uses the full, former name.  It was founded in 1946, and its main offices are located in Solna, Sweden.  It operates a fleet of Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, and McDonnell Douglas aircraft to destinations in Europe, North America, and Asia.

Continental Airlines, which operates a hub at Liberty International, is the only other airline to fly this route non-stop.  It is in the process of merging with United Airlines.

original story (SAS)

Thursday
Mar032011

The Norwegian Pearl will leave from NYC starting October 2012

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) announced yesterday that a five-year-old ship in the line's Jewel Class of ships, the Norwegian Pearl, will sail from New York starting on October 14, next year.  It will replace the Norwegian Jewel, which will move to Miami, according to USA Today.  According to search results returned by the itinerary search engine at Norwegian Cruise Line's official website, the Norwegian Pearl currently cruises round-trip from Seattle and Vancouver to Alaska and back, and also from Miami to the Caribbean and back.  Cruisers can also reserve tickets for the Norwegian Pearl's repositioning cruises that travel from the Pacific Northwest to Miami, through the Panama Canal.

Moreover, late next year the Norwegian Gem, also a Jewel Class ship, will sail from its home port of New York on two extended itineraries.  According to Norwegian Cruise Line's announcement, the Norwegian Gem will operate four ten-day round-trip tours of the Canadian Maritimes and the Saint Lawrence River beginning September 8, 2012.  It is then scheduled to operate a series of nine-day round-trip tours of the Eastern Caribbean Sea, until April 2013.

Next October the Norwegian Dawn will also depart from Boston and Quebec City, on alternating seven-day tours of the New England coast and the Canadian Maritimes.  The recent announcement from Norwegian indicates that back-to-back cruises along these routes can be booked to form a 14-day itinerary.

original story (Norwegian Cruise Line)

Thursday
Feb032011

Air Berlin will commence year-round JFK routes this coming fall

Air Berlin, the second-largest airline based in Germany, announced Tuesday that it will begin year-round non-stop service between its two German hubs and the City of New York in the United States.  For the first time, Air Berlin will offer its non-stop service between Düsseldorf International Airport (IATA: DUS; ICAO: EDDL) in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, and Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: JKFK) in the American state of New York, throughout autumn and winter.

Historically, the airline, founded in 1978 and based in Berlin since 1985, has annually suspended many trans-Atlantic routes during autumn and winter, only flying those routes during spring and summer when its sometimes significantly lower than average fares stand out more clearly against those offered by other airlines, over the same travel period.  Air Berlin is expected to resurrect the Düsseldorf-New York route in mid-March this year, flying it in each direction three times a week until April, then four times a week until May, and then daily in each direction until late October, then four times a week again, through the rest of autumn, and winter.

The airline is also expected to inaugurate non-stop service between Tegel Airport in Berlin (IATA: TXL; ICAO: EDDT) and Kennedy International in New York on May 1 this year.  The Berlin-New York route will be flown in each direction four times a week until October, when frequency will drop to three times a week, according to a timetable found on the airline's official website.

Air Berlin non-stop flights between Kennedy International and the two German hubs will be flown this year with an Airbus A330-200, according to results returned by the online airfare booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights.

related stories

Air Berlin makes codeshare agreements with Finnair and American (July 29, 2010)

Air Berlin begins Winter 2011 route to Spain's Costa Blanca (November 4, 2010)

American Airlines and Air Berlin codeshare is in effect (November 8, 2010)

Air Berlin starts flying between Berlin and Dubai non-stop (November 11, 2010)

original story (Air Berlin)

[This version corrects an earlier version which wrongly said that Air Berlin will start flying the seasonal Düsseldorf-New York route again in mid-April.  The route will be restarted on March 18.]

Monday
Dec272010

JFK, LGA, EWR, trains, buses all shut down for snow in NYC

On account of the first blizzard of winter 2010-2011, transportation and infrastructure in the City of New York is all but shut down this morning.  Reuters reported that "up to 29 inches of snow" fell on the area.  And the region's three largest airports, Kennedy International (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK), Newark International (IATA: EWR; ICAO: KEWR), and LaGuardia (IATA: LGA; ICAO: KLGA) have shut down, forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights, and stranding tens of thousands of post-Christmas travelers.

Earlier this morning a camera aimed at an intersection near Times Square showed absolutely no automobile traffic on the road, at an hour of the day when it is usually very crowded.  Moreover, the Associated Press reported that two subway trains operating near Kennedy International had been stranded overnight for "several hours" on the tracks.  Ice formation on the third rail, which delivers the electricity necessary to power the trains, caused the lengthy delay.

New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority advised travelers to expect delays on all bus routes, to expect limited service buses to make local stops, and to expect delays on subway routes.  All Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) service has been suspended indefinitely "in both directions."  Metro-North service is suspended indefinitely on the Hudson, New Haven, and Harlem lines; and there are service disruptions on the Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines.

AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark, which provide service from local transit hub and subway stops to the airport terminals, have also suspended service indefinitely, and are being temporarily replaced by bus service.

original stories

New York hard hit as winter storm slams northeast (Yahoo News)

East Coast storm strands travelers, vexes drivers (Yahoo News)

NYC subway stalled for hours in snow drifts (Yahoo News)

New York Metropolitan Transit Authority Official Website

Friday
Dec102010

American Airlines NYC sale ends December 13

A number of American Airlines (AA) flights to and from the City of New York are now on sale.  Travelers must fly during the period between January 4 and March 9 next year (inclusive) to benefit from this sale.  Those fares to and from New York which are on sale must be booked by December 13.  Fares listed on the sale page do not include baggage fees and certain taxes and other fees which can add a significant amount to the total price paid.

Other restrictions not mentioned here, also apply.

American Airlines flies through four airports in the New York metro area, namely Kennedy International (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK); LaGuardia (IATA: LGA; ICAO: KLGA); Westchester County (IATA: HPN; ICAO: KHPN); and Newark International (IATA: EWR; ICAO: KEWR).  But only certain fares involving Kennedy and LaGuardia are listed as being on sale on the airline's website.

American Airlines fares involving cities other than New York are also on sale.

American Airlines was founded in 1930 in New York, when dozens of smaller airlines combined to form American Airways.  It now operates 625 aircraft to 260 destinations, in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.  It is the second-largest airline in the world by the former measure, and is the world’s third-largest airline by the latter measure.  The company moved its main offices to Texas in 1979.  This relocation was criticized as a betrayal by then-New York mayor Ed Koch.  American’s main hub is Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (IATA: DFW; ICAO: KDFW), and its main offices are in Fort Worth.  Stock in American Airlines' parent company AMR Corporation, is traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

original stories

New York On Sale (American Airlines)

New York City Sale From American Airlines (Yahoo News)

Thursday
Nov182010

Emirates and JetBlue agree to JFK-focused partnership

The official airline of the emirate of Dubai, Emirates, has agreed to an interline partnership with the American-based low-fare carrier JetBlue Airways.  The interline agreement focuses on New York's Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK).  The intent of the partnership is that air travelers will be able to book travel via Kennedy International, with both carriers in a single reservation.  The largest Middle Eastern airline operates two daily flights in each direction between its hub Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB; ICAO: OMDB) and Kennedy International, with both the new Airbus A380, and the Boeing 777-300ER.  JetBlue announed that this interline partnership will include "one-stop check-in and and baggage transfer between the airlines."

Scott Resnick, JetBlue's director of airline partnerships, called Emirates "a perfect fit for JetBlue's growing portfolio of international partners," and acknowledged the much larger international carrier's reputation for a high level of customer service.  Emirates' Senior Vice President for Commercial Operations for Americas and Africa, Nigel Page, called it a "natural partnership," pointing out that both parties to this agreement have been "recognized for their best-in-class services."

Emirates is the official airline of the emirate of Dubai, one of the seven emirates making up the United Arab Emirates.  Emirates was founded in 1985, and operates 152 aircraft to 108 destinations on all six permanently inhabited continents.  Its largest hub is Dubai International, and its main offices are in Dubai.  Emirates is wholly owned by the Dubai-based Emirates Group, which itself is wholly owned by the Government of Dubai.

JetBlue Airways is a low-fare airline which was founded in New York in 1998.  It flies 160 aircraft to 62 destinations in North America and 1 in South America (Bogotá, Colombia).  Its offices are located in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens, in the City of New York.  Its main hub is Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK), where JetBlue claims to have a plurality of the passenger market share, according to this press release.  JetBlue company stock is traded on the New York-based NASDAQ Stock Market, and is identified by the ticker symbol JBLU.

related story

Emirates reactivates Dubai-New York A380 route (November 9, 2010)

original stories

JetBlue partners with Dubai-based Emirates (Yahoo Finance)

JetBlue Airways and Emirates Partner to Offer New Global Connections (JetBlue Airways)

Tuesday
Nov092010

Emirates reactivates Dubai-New York A380 route

After not flying it for more than a year, Dubai-based Emirates has reactivated its Dubai-New York route, operated by the Airbus A380.  A depressed American economy caused the largest carrier based in the Middle East to suspend the route last year.  The tone of a press release posted to Emirates' official website yesterday suggests that the reactivated route will be marketed primarily with business travelers in mind. 

Last week, Emirates launched twice daily service in each direction between Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB; ICAO: OMDB) and Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX; ICAO: KLAX).  It also launched twice-daily service in each direction between Dubai International and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas (IATA: IAH; ICAO: KIAH), a facility opened in 1969 and renamed for the 41st American President in 1997.  In New York, Emirates will again occupy its traditional place in Terminal 4 at Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) the New York metro area's largest airport by number of passengers served.

Safety-related questions about the A380 arose just last week when an aircraft of this model, operated by Australia's Qantas Airways, lost an engine over Indonesia while flying from Changi International Airport in Singapore (IATA: SIN; ICAO: WSSS) to Kingsford Smith Airport in Sydney (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY).  Qantas has grounded its fleet of six Airbus A380 aircraft, and research into the cause of the engine failure is ongoing.  As of this post, Emirates has indicated no plans to stop operating its fleet of 14 A380s in light of the announcement from Qantas.

Emirates is the official airline of the emirate of Dubai, one of the seven emirates making up the United Arab Emirates.  Emirates was founded in 1985, and operates four of the longest non-stop routes being commercially flown today, between Dubai and the cities of Houston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco in the United States; and between Dubai, and São Paulo in Brazil.  It operates 145 aircraft (both Airbus models and Boeing models) to 103 destinations on all six permanently inhabited continents.  The carrier became the first to fly the Airbus A380 to an American airport when it flew from Dubai International to Kennedy International in 2008.  In addition to its current fleet of 14 Airbus A380s, the airline has an additional 76 on order from Airbus.  Its largest hub is Dubai International, and its main offices are in Dubai.  Emirates is wholly owned by the Dubai-based Emirates Group, which itself is wholly owned by the Government of Dubai.

related stories

Qantas continues A380 engine inspection after mid-air failure (November 8, 2010)

Emirates CEO Clark stands by plans for more than 90 A380s (September 13, 2010)

Emirates wants even more (than 90) Airbus A380s (June 22, 2010)

Emirates orders 32 more Airbus A380 super jumbo aircraft (June 16, 2010)

original stories

Emirates offers a sky full of choices with jumbo-sized capacity boost to the USA (Emirates)

Emirates Restarts NYC Double-Decker Plane Flights (ABC News)

Tuesday
Sep212010

Bus lines compete with rail for frustrated business travelers

USA Today reported that bus lines operating on the American east coast have recently upgraded their services in an attempt to compete with Amtrak and the airlines for business travelers disillusioned by the various hassles of travel by air.  Greyhound, BoltBus, and RedCoach in particular have recently upgraded services, lowered price, or done both, to try to take as much business as they can from an airline industry hit hard by price increases on fuel, and decreased demand in recent years.  Greyhound for the last several months has boasted upgraded amenities on buses running several of its routes on the American east coast, and into Canada.  But between the two, (price and services) price is really the area where bus travel frequently has the advantage over both rail travel and air travel, in the United States.  According to USA Today, BoltBus offers the first passenger to book a certain route at a certain time on a certain day, a fare of $1.  Typically, price will increase with the number of tickets sold on a particular route, and will also increase as the intended date of travel closes in.

However, airlines, particularly US Airways which runs hourly air shuttles between Washington, D.C. and New York and between New York and Boston during the week, do not seem as concerned about any potential threat posed by bus lines running the same routes along the ground.  A spokesperson from US Airways noted that for business travelers, who are frequently on a tighter schedule than leisure travelers, a one hour ten minutes flight between New York and Boston beats a four hour bus ride between those two cities, even including the pre-flight and post-flight red tape at the airports.

Moreover, an Amtrak spokesperson pointed out that Amtrak's pricing on certain routes is meant to be competitive with airfare along those same routes.  Thereby, Amtrak seemed to suggest that they also are not worried about losing any of the business travel market share to bus lines, even as those bus lines upgrade their services to match or even to exceed what is offered on Amtrak, and very often for a significantly lower price.

The unpredictability of the traffic on the interstate highways of the American east coast is often cited as one reason why travel by rail is worth it to business travelers, when compared with taking a bus.  Moreover, Amtrak's Acela Express trains (comprised entirely of business class and first class seating) can accomplish the journey from Washington, D.C. to New York in 2 hours 45 minutes, something that MegaBus, another low-cost bus line operating on the American east coast, takes 4 hours 20 minutes to accomplish.  But a traveler might pay $15 or $20 to ride MegaBus between Washington, D.C., and New York; compared to $75 for a coach seat, anywhere between $100 and $150 for a business class seat, and between $200 and $300 for a first class seat, on Amtrak, along that same route.

The article appeared in the Travel section of USA Today, today.

original story (USA Today)

Monday
Aug302010

Ultimate Air Shuttle links Cincinnati with Chicago and New York

A North Canton, Ohio-based company in possession of nine Dornier 328-300 aircraft, and called Ultimate Air Shuttle, is now offering four times weekly service between Cincinnati and Chicago, and also four times weekly service between Cincinnati and the New York metro area.  In an effort to eliminate any hassle that might be associated with the much busier commercial airport in Hebron, Kentucky, Ultimate Air Shuttle instead uses Cincinnati's Lunken Airport (IATA: LUK; ICAO: KLUK) as its hub.

The service operates once daily on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday in each direction between Lunken Airport and Midway International Airport (IATA: MDW; ICAO: KMDW) in Chicago.  It is scheduled to leave Lunken Airport at 6:30 in the morning Eastern Time (5:30 Central Time) on each of those four days of the week, and is scheduled to arrive at Midway International at 6:30 in the morning Central Time (7:30 Eastern Time).  The shuttle service is scheduled to depart Midway International at 5:15 in the evening Central Time (6:15 Eastern Time), and arrive at Lunken Airport at 7:15 in the evening Eastern Time (6:15 Central Time).  A round-trip ticket costs 445 USD at the time of this post.  A one-way ticket in either direction costs 275 USD at the time of this post.

The service also operates once daily on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday in each direction between Lunken Airport and Morristown Municipal Airport (IATA: MMU; ICAO: KMMU), 32 miles west of Midtown Manhattan.  It is scheduled to leave Lunken Airport at 6:30 in the morning Eastern Time on each of those four days of the week, and is scheduled to arrive at Morristown Municipal at 8:00 in the morning Eastern Time.  The shuttle service is scheduled to depart Morristown Municipal at 5:15 in the evening Eastern Time, and arrive at Lunken Airport at 7:00 in the evening Eastern Time.  A round-trip ticket costs 595 USD at the time of this post.  A one-way ticket in either direction costs 345 USD at the time of this post.

In addition, Ultimate Air Shuttle can arrange for the ground transportation of its travelers between Morristown Municipal and New York's Penn Station at 31st Street and Seventh Avenue, for an additional round-trip cost of $49.95 at the time of this post.  Travelers with the company who choose this form of ground transportation between Morristown Municipal and New York Penn Station must make both their air and ground transportation reservations by phone, rather than online.  (See the company's website for the phone number to call.)

Ultimate Air Shuttle has business travel in mind, with departure and arrival times planned so as to offer maximum convenience to Cincinnati-based business travelers in particular.  It offers business travel-friendly amenities to travelers who choose their service.  The company charges no baggage fees, according to its website.  In addition, with fast-paced and always-changing schedules of business travelers in mind, Ultimate Air Shuttle does not charge ticket cancellation fees, date change fees, or transfer fees, according to the company's website.

Ultimate Air Shuttle has a partnership with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.  All prices, times, and dates were accurate as of the time stamp at the top of this post.  Please visit Ultimate Air Shuttle's website for full details about its service.

Ultimate Air Shuttle official website

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber official partner website

Thursday
Aug122010

Turkish Airlines and US Airways codeshare effective September 1

Starting September 1, Turkish Airlines will begin a codeshare agreement with US Airways.  According to the agreement, US Airways will place its codeshare symbol (US) onto Turkish Airlines flights between Ataturk International Airport near Istanbul (IATA: IST; ICAO: LTBA), and three European destinations served by Turkish Airlines.  Those three are Munich and Frankfurt in Germany, and Zurich in Switzerland.

US Airways will also place its codeshare symbol onto Turkish Airlines flights between Ataturk International and Kennedy International in the New York borough of Queens (IATA; JFK; ICAO: KJFK), and O’Hare International northwest of Chicago, Illinois (IATA: ORD; ICAO: KORD), both in the United States.

Within the Republic of Turkey, US Airways will also place its codeshare symbol onto Turkish Airlines flights between Ataturk International and the domestic destinations of Adana, Ankara (the national capital), Antalya, and Izmir.

In return, air travelers with Turkish Airlines will “gain access to Charlotte (IATA: CLT; ICAO: KCLT), Philadelphia (IATA: PHL: ICAO: KPHL), and Phoenix (IATA: PHX; ICAO: KPHX) via US Airways, flying from Frankfurt (IATA: FRA; ICAO: EDDF), Munich (IATA: MUC; ICAO: EDDM), Zurich (IATA: ZRH; ICAO: LSZH), Chicago, and New York,” according to the press release posted to the Turkish Airlines official website.

Turkish Airlines was formed in 1933.  As of this post, it flies to 161 destinations with 142 aircraft.  Its largest hub is Ataturk International Airport in the Yesilkoy neighborhood of Istanbul, on the western side of the city.  The airline’s main offices are located very near the airport.

The earliest direct predecessor to US Airways was called All American Aviation, and was founded by the du Pont family in 1939.   After a series of name changes, it settled upon US Air in 1979.  It re-branded itself as US Airways in 1997.  US Airways maintains hubs in the American cities of Charlotte, Philadelphia, and Phoenix.  Moreover, Washington, D.C. is a focus city for the airline, through Reagan National Airport (IATA; DCA; ICAO: KDCA) just south of the central business sector of Washington, D.C., in Arlington, Virginia.  The airline’s main offices are in Tempe, Arizona.

related stories

Brussels Airlines and Continental Airlines codeshare (August 7, 2010)

American and JetBlue launch partnership at JFK and Logan (July 20, 2010)

BA-Iberia merger approved by the EU (July 14, 2010)

Alitalia joins network of Air France/KLM and Delta (July 5, 2010)

Qantas and China Eastern codeshare more flights (June 25, 2010)

JAL and AA take another step toward anti-trust immunity (June 24, 2010)

United Airlines and Jet Airways agree to codeshare (June 18, 2010)

Malév and Etihad sign a codeshare deal (June 9, 2010)

The United-Continental merger is not yet a sure thing (May 19, 2010)

original story (Turkish Airlines)

Saturday
May152010

No bomb was found on the Riga-Berlin Air Baltic flight

Yesterday at about 12:30 in the afternoon local time (6:30 a.m. EDT) a Fokker 100 made a somewhat hasty landing at Berlin-Tegel Airport (IATA: TXL; ICAO: EDDT) after its operating airline Air Baltic received a threat that a bomb was aboard the plane.  The flight, Air Baltic 217, was intended for Berlin-Tegel anyway.  But it was moved to the front of the landing queue for safety reasons, and as a result wound up on the ground five minutes early.  The captain taxied to a secure area of the airport and the airplane was searched by a bomb squad.  All 74 passengers and four crew members are safely on the ground in Berlin.

Air Baltic is a low-cost airline, and is the flag carrier of Latvia.  The line was founded in 1995, and is based in Riga, the Latvian capital.  Its hub, at which it possesses a plurality of the market share, is Riga International Airport (IATA: RIX; ICAO: EVRA).  Kennedy International Airport in New York (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) is the only American airport currently accessible from Riga, non-stop.  Uzbekistan Airways uses Riga International as a stopover point to refuel on its journey from the Uzbek capital of Tashkent, to New York.

Here are a few news sources which have reported on the bomb scare.

Regarding flight BT217 Riga-Berlin (Air Baltic)

Bomb Threat on Air Baltic flight to Berlin (ABC News)

Bomb threat in Riga-Berlin flight this afternoon (Alfa Media)

Wednesday
May122010

Delta is expanding at both Kennedy and LaGuardia

In its ongoing campaign to become the number one airline in the New York metro area, Delta Air Lines is adding and expanding service to dozens of destinations both domestic and international, the company announced via its website yesterday.  Expansion by the world’s largest carrier (by number of passengers) will occur at both Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) and LaGuardia Airport (IATA: LGA; ICAO: KLGA).  The facilities at JFK are the focus of the company’s international expansion.  And LaGuardia, which does not currently regularly schedule departures or arrivals to or from outside North America, is the focus of the domestic expansion.  (Delta and Continental depart LaGuardia seasonally to Bermuda and Aruba respectively.  These places are considered part of North America.)

Air travelers with Delta will be able to access three more cities in the United States from LaGuardia (Nashville, St. Louis, and San Antonio) once the airline’s domestic expansion, involving both major airports in the borough of Queens, is complete.  Service between the City of New York and seven other American cities will be expanded.  Service between the City of New York and two Canadian cities, Toronto and Montreal, will also be expanded.

Internationally, Delta currently flies two year-round, daily round-trip itineraries between JFK and London Heathrow.  That number will be increased to three this September, the airline announced.  The round-trip flight added this September between JFK and Heathrow will be outfitted specifically for business travelers, and will feature full-flat beds in BusinessElite class.

Delta flights between JFK and various popular European, Eurasian, Middle Eastern, and Asian destinations will be flown with larger planes starting next month, allowing for greater passenger capacity.  Moreover, Delta will commence the only non-stop service between JFK and two northern European destinations, Copenhagen and Stockholm, later this month.

Delta commenced operations as a commercial carrier in 1929.  It has been headquartered in Atlanta since 1941.  In 2008, Delta announced a merger with Northwest Airlines, which was completed earlier this year.

related stories

Delta now praises DOT for approving non-stop flights to Haneda (May 8, 2010)

Delta is offering a free checked bag to AMEX SkyMiles members (May 5, 2010)

Delta is angry at DOT and FAA for rejecting its time slot proposal (May 5, 2010)

original story (Delta Air Lines)