A few quick updates this morning:
– Icelandair will launch Newark – Iceland (Keflavik) service 4x/week beginning in late October to supplement its 9X weekly service to JFK.
– Emirates will launch daily JFK – Milan service beginning October 1st, which I only find surprising because I thought it was the Italian government’s goal in life to protect Alitalia.
– If you were wondering (you weren’t) what was going to happen to Kingfisher’s aircraft now that the airline has stopped flying, here’s the answer: it turns out that they spent the past year stripping parts from 15 of its leased A320s to keep its other aircraft running. When its lessors went to repossess the airplanes, they found that they were no longer in working condition (as many of their parts were now missing). I’ll give them credit for being scrappy.
– United has planned to resume 787 flights on May 31st with Houston-Denver service. Denver – Tokyo begins June 10th. Houston – Lagos; LA – Shangahi; and LA – Tokyo all get pushed out til August. No word on when Houston – Auckland will launch (that was a joke).
– Spirit continues to build out DFW service with new daily flights to Minneapolis and Philadelphia. They now fly to 21 destinations from Dallas.