Entries in JFK (13)

Saturday
Dec112010

JFK now accessible more quickly from Staten Island and Brooklyn

New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is nearing the completion of an underground pedestrian tunnel directly connecting the New York subway's A, C, and F lines to the R line.  Called the Jay Street-Lawrence Street connector by www.ny1.com, the new tunnel is finished ahead of schedule according to a post made to www.ny1.com.  The tunnel allows subway riders to make a free transfer between the R line and the A, C, or F lines, at the Brooklyn subway stations formerly known as Lawrence Street-MetroTech, and Jay Street-Borough Hall.

The R line is all-important for Staten Islanders who use public transportation to reach Brooklyn.  The R is directly accessible at 86th Street in Brooklyn, from Staten Island, via the two local and one limited-stop Staten Island bus routes that run across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge (by far the longest connecting two boroughs in the city) to Bay Ridge in Brooklyn.  Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) is then accessible from the city's A line at the Howard Beach-JFK stationAirTrain JFK charges a fee of five dollars to transport riders from the Howard Beach subway station to the airport terminals.  AirTrain JFK from the Howard Beach station to the terminals is about a ten-minute ride, according to the MTA website.

From 86th Street in Brooklyn, it is now approximately a 65-70 minute subway ride to Howard Beach-JFK, with the new transfer between the R line and the A line at the newly merged Jay Street-MetroTech station.

As always, Staten Island and Brooklyn-based air travelers willing to pay more than the cost of one subway ride can still use the myriad other options to reach Kennedy International even faster than this if they wish.

New Jersey's Newark International (IATA: EWR; ICAO: KEWR) is in fact the closest large airport to Staten Island, the southernmost of New York's five boroughs.  It is 13 miles (21 kilometers) by road from the center of Staten Island.  Kennedy International is twice that distance by road from the same place.

original stories

Welcome to the New Jay Street/Metro Tech Station! (Metropolitan Transit Authority)

Long-Awaited Subway Transfers to Open In Brooklyn, Queens (www.ny1.com)

Meet Jay Street-MetroTech, Our Newest Subway Station (www.gothamist.com)

Thursday
Nov182010

AA flies between NYC & Rio, Cincy, Indy, Norfolk, Ft. Lauderdale

Today American Airlines launched five new non-stop routes, one international and four domestic.  All involve the American Airlines hub Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK), in New York.  The new routes involve Galeão International Airport (IATA: GIG; ICAO: SBGL) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (IATA: CVG; ICAO: KCVG); Indianapolis International Airport (IATA: IND; ICAO: KIND); Norfolk International Airport (IATA: ORF; ICAO: KORF) in the American commonwealth of Virginia; and Fort Lauderdale International Airport (IATA: FLL; ICAO: KFLL) in the American state of Florida.  Four of the five routes will operate daily, in each direction.  The New York-Fort Lauderdale route will operate twice daily in each direction.  Art Torno, American's Vice President - New York, indicated in a statement that these routes are aimed at both business travelers and leisure travelers.

American Airlines was founded in 1930 in New York, when dozens of smaller airlines combined to form American Airways.  It now operates 621 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 Dallas, 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 Dallas.

original stories

AA, American Eagle announce new flights (Yahoo News)

American Airlines and American Eagle Launch Nonstop Jet Service to Five Cities From New York's JFK Airport (American Airlines)

 

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)

Friday
Aug202010

Delta Air Lines plans sit-down restaurants at LaGuardia

Tomorrow, Delta Air Lines will open the first four of an eventual thirteen planned sit-down restaurants at its terminal at LaGuardia Airport in New York (IATA: LGA; ICAO: KLGA).  More "extensive security checks and flight delays" are cited by an expert on airline rules, as two reasons why airlines are making these changes.  LaGuardia will join a growing list of other airports around the country that boast recently upgraded airline terminal amenities.

"There's a wine bar at Philadelphia International Airport, a seafood restaurant at San Francisco International Airport, [and] an Asian bistro in Tucson International Airport," ABC News Online reported in its article on the subject.

Delta hired OTG Management to enact the changes, the same company that redesigned the JetBlue Airways terminal at Kennedy International (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) two years ago.  The remaining nine restaurants at LaGuardia Airport's Delta terminal will be open by next summer.

Tradition says inspiration for LaGuardia Airport came from a tirade launched by former New York mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, after landing in Newark, New Jersey, when his ticket said "New York."  LaGuardia demanded to be taken to Floyd Bennett Field, near where Kennedy International is now located, and discussed the need for a new airport in New York along the way.  LaGuardia Airport was constructed in the New York borough of Queens from 1937 to 1939.  As of 2009, Delta Air Lines had a plurality of the market share at the facility.

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 earlier this year.  Delta's largest hub is Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (IATA: ATL; ICAO: KATL) in Atlanta.  It is the world's largest airline by fleet size, number of destinations, and passenger revenue.

original story (ABC News Online)