Southwest to Add Cincinnati and Grand Cayman to Its Network

Southwest Airlines is planning to launch service on June 4 to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and to Grand Cayman’s Owen Roberts International Airport (subject to Southwest receiving requisite governmental approvals).

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San Diego to Be JetBlue’s Next Destination for Mint Premium-Class Service

JetBlue Airways will launch daily Mint service between its primary hub at New York JFK and San Diego International Airport on August 15, 2017.

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JetBlue Airways will launch six-times-a-day service on weekdays between Boston Logan International Airport and New York LaGuardia Airport on October 31. The airline will also offer two LaGuardia-Boston Logan round-trips on Saturdays and three round-trips on Sundays.

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Ethiopian Airlines will launch three-times-weekly scheduled service to Newark Liberty International Airport from Addis Ababa, via Lomé in Togo, on July 3. Ethiopian had announced in January that it would resume service to the New York metropolitan area in July but said it planned to serve New York JFK.

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The next tranche of routes will bring the Mint service to four cities for the first time – Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, San Diego and Seattle – while also increasing customer options from New York JFK, Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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TAP Portugal will launch new daily non-stop service to Lisbon from both Boston Logan International Airport and New York JFK, in June and July respectively.

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Philippine Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus to order six A350-900s and take purchase options on six more.

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TAM will initially offer three São Paulo-New York round-trips each week with A350-900s, later increasing its A350-900 utilization on the service to a daily round-trip.

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By the end of June Ethiopian expects once again to provide a link between New York and Africa, by launching a new three-times-weekly, one-stop service linking Addis Ababa with New York JFK via an intermediate stop in both directions at Lomé, the capital of Togo and the main base of its partner ASky Airlines.

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Etihad Airways will replace leased Jet Airways Boeing 777-300ERs on its Abu Dhabi-San Francisco route with its own 777-200LRs, and Jet Airways 777-300ERs on its Abu Dhabi-New York JFK route with its own 777-300ERs.

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Air France has announced two new international routes beginning in the first six months of 2016, one of which will see the carrier resurrecting the New York-Paris Orly route it first operated with jets in 1960.

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Less than a month after launching a seasonal weekly ‘Mint’ premium service on its New York JFK-Bardabos route, JetBlue Airways has announced it will offer the weekly Mint service on the route year-round.

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Star Alliance member Air China says it is adding the four-times-weekly Bejing-Newark service to its existing twice-daily Beijing-New York JFK service “in order to further meet the buoyant demand for air travel between China and the United States”.

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SIA’s new agreement with Airbus will see seven of the 63 A350-900s the carrier has on firm order upgraded to a new version called the A350-900ULR, which will have a range of up to 8,700 nautical miles and enable it to resume non-stop services linking Singapore with Los Angeles and New York.

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United Airlines plans to add daily transatlantic summer-season service on May 25 between Newark and Athens, Washington Dulles and Barcelona and Washington Dulles and Lisbon.

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The extra flights will complement Delta’s existing daily service to Tel Aviv, giving the airline a total of 11 round-trips a week on the New York-Tel Aviv route. New York-Tel Aviv is its third-largest transatlantic market, according to Delta Air Lines.

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Finnair’s first Airbus A350-900 will start long-haul service on November 21, when the aircraft flies from Helsinki to Shanghai.

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The New York-based airline is planning to operate five round-trips a week on its New York JFK-Palm Springs route, JetBlue offering flights every day from Thursday through Monday from January 14 through May 1, 2016.

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Its schedule calls for American Airlines to begin serving one of the routes in September, one in November and the other six in December.

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