Entries in route (19)

Thursday
Jun232011

Condor commences long-awaited Frankfurt-Seattle route

Today, the Germany-based airline Condor started a route between Frankfurt and the American city of Seattle, Washington.  The route will be operated with the Boeing 767-300ER.  The Seattle Times reported that the route will be flown twice weekly, on Monday and Thursday.

On Monday, the flight is scheduled to leave Frankfurt-Main Airport (IATA: FRA; ICAO: EDDF) at 3:30 in the afternoon, local time.  It is scheduled to arrive at Seattle/Tacoma International Airport (IATA: SEA; ICAO: KSEA) 10 hours 50 minutes later, at 5:20 in the afternoon, local time.  The Monday return flight is scheduled to depart Seattle at 7:20 in the evening, local time, and arrive back in Frankfurt at 2:50 in the afternoon the following day, local time.  On Thursday, the schedules for both directions of the route are simply shifted forward in time by a little more than an hour.

Condor's sales and marketing manager for North America, Janet Gorecki-Mackanin, pointed out Condor's partnership with Sea-Tac, Washington-based Alaska Airlines.  She explained that travelers on Condor will now have convenient access to points up and down the American west coast, through Alaska Airlines.  The Port of Seattle, which operates Seattle/Tacoma International, also expressed enthusiasm for the new route.

The business entity that became Condor was founded in 1955, and commenced operations the following year.  Condor's largest hub is at Frankfurt Airport.  Its main offices are in the Frankfurt suburb of Kelsterbach.

In other news, Asiana Airlines subsidiary Air Busan commenced service today, between its hub at Gimhae International Airport (IATA: PUS; ICAO: RKPK) in Busan, South Korea, and Narita International Airport (IATA: NRT; ICAO: RJAA) 35 miles (57 kilometers) east of Tokyo.  This route was originally scheduled to commence two months ago, but was delayed because of the earthquake and tsunami that recently struck Japan.

original stories

No-frills Condor Airlines to begin Seattle-Frankfurt flights (Seattle Times)

Port of Seattle Welcomes Condor Airlines non-stop Service to Frankfurt (Port of Seattle)

Germany's Condor to Launch Seattle-Frankfurt Service in June (www.airlinesanddestinations.com)

Air Busan Confirms Revised Tokyo Start Date (www.routesonline.com)

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Thursday
Jun162011

Air France starts seasonal Paris-San Francisco route in A380

Earlier this month, Air France commenced a seasonal non-stop round trip in the Airbus A380, between Charles de Gaulle Airport (IATA: CDG; ICAO: LFPG) in Paris, to San Francisco International Airport (IATA: SFO; ICAO: KSFO).  The route is flown twice a day on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday; and is flown once a day on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, according to search results returned by the airline ticket booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights.  The westbound flight is scheduled at 11 hours 10 minutes long, and the eastbound flight is scheduled at 10 hours 25 minutes long, according to www.kayak.com.

Air France-KLM Group teamed with Delta Air Lines in a trans-Atlantic joint venture, in 2008.  Air France's press release on the seasonal Paris-San Francisco route explains that it is conducted "in partnership with Delta," even though Delta currently has no Airbus A380 airplanes in its fleet.

The seasonal route is scheduled to terminate on September 4 this year, according to Air France.

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Wednesday
Jun012011

US Airways starts Philadelphia-Quebec City route tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Tempe, Arizona based airline US Airways will start flying three non-stop flights in each direction, between Philadelphia International Airport (IATA: PHL; ICAO: KPHL) and Jean Lesage International Airport (IATA: YQB; ICAO: CYQB) in Quebec, the capital city of the eponymous Canadian province.  The thrice-daily departures from Philadelphia are scheduled to happen at 9:30 in the morning, 2:49 in the afternoon, and 8:35 in the evening, local time.  The thrice-daily departures from Quebec City are scheduled to happen at 6:25 in the morning, 12:15 in the afternoon, and 5:30 in the evening, local time.

The departure times from Quebec City differ slightly from what was initially planned, when US Airways first made this announcement this past February.  The estimated flight time is between 1 hours 45 minutes, and 2 hours, in both directions.  According to search results returned by the airline ticket booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights, the route will be flown with a Canadair regional jet, operated by the US Airways regional affiliate Air Wisconsin.

With the introduction of this service by US Airways, the entire state of New Jersey is now within a two-hour drive of an airport that offers non-stop service to the Quebec provincial capital city.  (Continental Airlines flies the route non-stop from Newark.)  Philadelphia and Quebec City are both located in the Eastern Time Zone of North America, and both observe daylight saving time.

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.  Philadelphia is the airline's primary international hub.

related story

US Airways starts Charlotte-Madrid and Charlotte-Dublin routes (May 16, 2011)

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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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Monday
May162011

Icelandair inaugurates Keflavik-D.C. non-stop route

Tomorrow, Icelandair, the flag carrier airline of Iceland, will commence a four-times weekly seasonal round-trip service between its hub at Keflavik International Airport (IATA: KEF; ICAO: BIKF) and Dulles International Airport (IATA: IAD; ICAO: KIAD) west of Washington, D.C.  The flights are scheduled to depart (in both directions) on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday until September 13, according to results returned by the airline ticket search engine at www.kayak.com/flights.  The same source lists the Boeing 757-200 as the aircraft the route will be operated with.

When the route was announced last October, the airline's General Manager over the Americas, Thorsteinn Egilsson, applauded the decision, and recalled that Icelandair "called [the D.C. area] home for 15 years."  An Icelandic visitor to the aviation message boards at www.airliners.net, writing under the handle "northernlights," explains that in the early 1990s, Icelandair inaugurated a route between Keflavik and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (IATA: BWI; ICAO: KBWI).  The route was established to serve the civilian travel needs of United States Navy servicemen and their families, as they traveled between their bases in Virginia and Maryland, and their facility at Keflavik International, which was operated by NATO, and officially known to American Naval service personnel as the United States Naval Air Station Keflavik (NASKEF).

In September 2006, the United States Navy stopped using the facility, and ownership of NASKEF was turned over to the Icelandic Defense Agency.  Passengers on the Keflavik-Baltimore round trip route had largely been American Naval servicemen and their families.  Demand for the route decreased considerably upon the closure of NASKEF, and the route was dropped by Icelandair.

Icelandair flies year-round between Keflavik and the North American destinations of New York and Seattle.  It flies seasonally between Keflavik and the North American destinations of Minneapolis, Orlando, Toronto, and Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada).

original stories

Icelandair Announces Flights from Washington, D.C. (Icelandair)

Washington D.C. Gets a Taste of Iceland (Icelandair)