Now Boarding: Air Travel Updates for Week of July 15

American launches new flights south; Delta extends service from Boston to Paris (Oui oui!); and Munich’s new terminal to open in April 2016. Here are this week’s air updates!


Delta Air Lines made its seasonal daily nonstop service between Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Boston Logan Airport (BOS) a year-round service, starting Oct. 25, 2015. The route will be a joint venture between Delta and Air France and will help connect more than 100 French companies who have offices in Massachusetts to Boston.

Delta gave more than 200 employees at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport a sneak peek of A350-900, which will join Delta’s fleet in 2017. The new aircraft has more shoulder space, overhead storage that can fit more than one roller-bag per passenger, and fully flat cabin door for extra legroom.


“I liked the width of the entry when boarding the Airbus,” said Ivelisse Sanchez, Executive Assistant—Reservation Sales and Customer Care, in a statement. “And I also like the extra room in the overhead bins and the board divider between the seats for added privacy, especially while sleeping.”

Delta cancelled an order for 20 used Embraer E190 and 40 new Boeing 737-900ER aircraft, following pilot rejection of a proposed contract. The E190 aircraft were scheduled to join the mainline fleet in late 2016; the 737-900ERs were scheduled to take the place of retiring aircraft in 2019.

American Airlines is adding eight new routes to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Latin American. This includes expanded service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Mexico City International Airport (MEX), starting Dec. 18 five times a week; General Rafael Buelna International Airport (MZT) in Mazatlan, Mexico, starting Nov. 7 on Saturdays and Sundays; and Sangster International Airport (MBJ) in Montego Bay, Jamaica, starting Dec. 18 on Fridays and Saturdays.

From Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) in Charlotte, North Carolina, American is adding flights to Curacao International Airport (CUR) and Gregorio Luperon International Airport (POP) in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, starting Dec. 19 on Saturdays.

From Dallas-Fort Worth Airport (DFW), American is adding flights to Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ), starting Dec. 19 on Saturdays; and Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito, Ecuador, starting on Dec. 18 five times a week.

From Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) in Chicago, new flights will head to Punta Cana International, starting Dec. 19 on Saturdays.  All new flights are subject to government approval.

Travel Weekly reports that the new satellite terminal of Munich Airport will be open in April 2016 with 27 adjacent aircraft park position, which will increase the airport’s passenger handling capacity to 11 million per year. The new terminal will be operated by both the airport and Lufthansa, the latter with holds 40% ownership, and it will have no public access, check-in, passport control, or security. All will take place in Terminal Two.

Last Week’s Highlights

Travel Weekly reports that Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) will see an increase in service this winter with American Airlines offering new service from Chicago (ORD) and Los Angeles (LAX), and a second daily flight from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW). Delta will be launching service from New York-JFK on Saturdays in December 2015, and February and March 2016. United will provide service from its Newark (EWR) hub, but in January, they will only fly on Saturdays.

JetBlue also announced new flights between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) and Turks and Caicos Islands’ Providenciales International Airport (PLS), subject to government approval. The airline began selling its newest Mint routes, including service Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO), and seasonal service from Boston to Barbados’ Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI). Additional routes also for sale include New York-JFK and Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB), and between Charleston International Airport (CHS) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

In a report by the DOT, Delta Air Lines excelled against the five airlines in its competitive set, arriving on-time 87.2 percent, having a completion rate of 99.8 percent, lowering complaints by 18 percent, and only mishandling 1.82 bags per 1,000 customers, besting all but two out of all U.S. carriers. (Delta’s competitive set included Alaska Airlines, American Airlines/US Airways, JetBlue Airways, Southwest, and United Airlines.)


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