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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.


Mass turtle crossing delays flights at New York's JFK Airport

A large group of diamondback terrapins stopped takeoffs at New York's Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) yesterday morning.  The turtles' annual summer migration route runs from Jamaica Bay (which borders Kennedy International to the south) to a nearby beach, where they lay their eggs.  They attempted to cross runway 4L/22R en route to the beach.

A post to http://nycaviation.com explains that Kennedy International is "almost entirely surrounded by bays, creeks, swamps, and undeveloped land."  150 turtles made up the slow-moving caravan, according to a video from the Associated Press (below).  Any air traffic backlog created by the terrapins' migration route worked itself out by the end of the day.

original stories

JFK Airport Runway Closed Due to Turtles (NYC Aviation)

Flight delays as JFK airport runway taken over by turtles! (New York Daily News)

Turtles halt flights at JFK airport (The Daily Telegraph)

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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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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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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.]


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)


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)



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)


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)


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)


American and JetBlue launch partnership at JFK and Logan

Starting today, air travelers flying with either American Airlines or JetBlue Airways, on an itinerary involving one or both of Kennedy International Airport in New York (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) or Logan International Airport in Boston (IATA: BOS; ICAO: KBOS) will benefit from “more convenient connections and travel options” to and from those two airports, within the domestic and international networks of those two airlines.  The relationship resulting from this interline agreement will be limited to those routes unique to one or the other of the two airlines.  This will cause no route overlap whatsoever, according to a post made to the website of American Airlines yesterday.  Also, starting later this year, members of each airline’s frequent flyer program will be able to earn points with the other airline’s frequent flyer program when flying certain routes.  The routes for which frequent flyer points on the two airlines will be interchangeable, are listed in the press release on the American Airlines website.

On November 1 this year, the two airlines are scheduled to trade timeslots, in a transaction involving three airports, Kennedy International, Logan International, and Westchester County Airport in mainland New York State.

American Airlines was founded in New York in 1930, when dozens of smaller airlines merged to form American Airways.  It relocated its headquarters to Dallas, Texas in 1979, where the airline’s main offices remain today.  American’s largest hub is at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (IATA: DFW; ICAO: KDFW).

JetBlue is a low-cost airline which was founded in New York in 1998.  Its offices are located in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens, in the City of New York.  Its main hub is Kennedy International.  JetBlue is unusual among American-based carriers in that it is a non-union airline.

related stories

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)

Two airlines looking for awards in Hamburg next week made a deal (May 12, 2010)

United and Continental will probably merge (May 3, 2010)

original story (American Airlines)


JFK terminal evacuated after bomb scare, reopened

Terminal 1 at New York's Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) was evacuated earlier today because a bomb threat was called in to the facility at about 5:45 p.m. EDT.  After investigation of the threat, a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman confirmed that there was never a bomb on the premises.  Terminal 1 has since reopened.

original story (Chicago Tribune)


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)