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Delta’s new Flights & Starbucks in Flights

Delta In Flight Serves Starbucks Coffee

Delta begins brewing Starbucks coffee on board all of its flights around the world. Starbucks Coffee The move continues Delta's effort to partner with high-quality, like-minded brands in an effort to enhance the overall traveling experience for customers.

Delta will serve Pike Place Roast and VIA Ready Brew Italian Roast decaf in recyclable co-branded cups.

With the expanded partnership with Starbucks, Delta and Delta Connection partners will serve Starbucks coffee on more than 5,000 flights per day.

Delta Opens Exclusive Arrivals Lounge at London-Heathrow

The Arrivals Lounge offers a number of amenities tailored to suit customers arriving in London from overnight flights. Customers are invited to freshen up in one of eleven private showers featuring amenities by New York's Malin+Goetz and take advantage of on-site butler services including clothes press and shoe shine.

Meanwhile, multiple breakfast offerings are available including Starbucks Coffee, lighter fare such as fresh fruit, pastries, yogurt and cereals and prepared to order a la carte items. Wifi is available throughout the Arrivals Lounge, plus a business center and a selection of the day's newspapers. Staff are also on hand to assist with any future Delta travel plans.

"The Arrivals Lounge is a unique offering in the Delta portfolio and re-affirms the importance we place on London Heathrow," said Perry Cantarutti, senior vice president, Europe, Middle East and Africa. "This new arrivals facility, when combined with multiple premium departure areas, Delta Sky Clubs and shower facilities offered throughout the Delta system, reinforces our commitment to London and the premium traveler."

BusinessElite customers also have private car access to the Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Wing on departure at Terminal 3, which enables them to go from car to Clubhouse in less than 10 minutes. The pre-booked service allows passengers to use the Private Security Channel, beating the queues and leaving more time prior to boarding.

Delta to Fly Boeing B717 on West Coast Shuttle

Delta Air Lines will introduce Boeing 717 aircraft on eight of the 15 daily flights between Los Angeles International and San Francisco International airports in June, offering 40 percent more seats on its hourly nonstop Delta Shuttle.

Delta Air Lines and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to nearly 370 destinations on six continents. For more information visit news.delta.com. "Our Delta Shuttle on the West Coast is designed to connect Silicon Beach to Silicon Valley and make doing business between Los Angeles and San Francisco easier, more enjoyable and more productive," said Ranjan Goswami, Delta's vice president of Sales – West. "As we continue to grow in Los Angeles, upgrading to fuel-efficient 717s on a majority of our daily Shuttle flights is a logical next step in strengthening our position in this important market."

Delta launched its hourly nonstop Delta Shuttle product from Los Angeles to San Francisco in September 2013, adding a California perspective to its long relied-upon New York-based Shuttle.

The mainline 717s seat 110 passengers and offer access to power from every seat. The remaining seven daily West Coast Shuttle flights will continue to be operated by Delta Connection partner Compass Airlines using 76-seat Embraer E175 aircraft.

All Shuttle flights offer access to First Class and Economy Comfort seating and feature wifi service, as does nearly every domestic Delta flight out of Los Angeles.

In December, Delta introduced regional craft beers to bring local options to customers on domestic flights. Delta's West Coast Shuttle features beers from Lagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma, Calif.) and Stone Brewing Company (Escondido, Calif.). Customers flying the Delta Shuttle between Los Angeles and San Francisco also enjoy:

  • Check-in as close as 30 minutes prior to departure
  • Dedicated check-in counters exclusively for Shuttle customers
  • Gates located near security
  • Complimentary newspapers
  • Complimentary onboard snacks provided by Luvo, a California-based lifestyle food brand, offering great-tasting, good-for-you food
  • Complimentary beverages in-flight, including craft beer and wine in all classes of service

The 717 upgrade on the West Coast Shuttle is the latest in a series of investments in Los Angeles by the airline. Last month, Delta announced plans to begin daily nonstop service to Shanghai in July. Pending foreign government approval, seasonal service from Los Angeles to Managua, Nicaragua, will also begin this summer.

These new routes build on Delta's expansion of international and domestic service from Los Angeles in recent months, including London-Heathrow in October; Dallas and Austin, Texas in November; and Vancouver, Canada in December.

New York Celebrates Japan Week

Japan Week is a promotional tourism event organized by Japan National Tourism Organization that will be held in Grand Central Terminal February 18-20, 2015.

Delta Offers Daily Service between JFK and Tokyo

Delta will be an exhibitor at the event to promote its convenient daily nonstop service to Tokyo-Narita. The service is operated using Boeing 777 aircraft. As on all of Delta's trans-Pacific flights, the Tokyo – Narita service from New York – JFK features full-flat bed seats in BusinessElite – each with direct aisle access.

Delta's BusinessElite service includes a five-course gourmet meal, paired with a wine menu curated by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson. The in-flight experience is completed with Westin Heavenly In-Flight bedding, which includes exclusively designed pillows and comforters, as well as Tumi amenity kits with products from Malin+Goetz.

The flights also feature Economy Comfort seating and in-flight on demand entertainment in every seat throughout the aircraft, including an extensive library of movies, TV shows, music and games.

Delta’s New York to Iceland Service Returns

Delta Air Lines will once again be offering nonstop daily flights between Reykjavik’s Keflavik International Airport and New York John F. Kennedy International Airport for the 2015 summer season.

Starting May 2, the U.S. airline has scheduled a Boeing 757 aircraft on the route, which is operated in conjunction with Delta’s joint venture partners Air France and KLM.

“Figures from the Icelandic Tourism Board show that there was an almost 30 percent rise in the number of U.S. visitors to Iceland in 2014 compared to the previous year,” said Perry Cantarutti, Delta’s senior vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

“Delta is proud to help facilitate this growth while also allowing increased choice for Icelanders travelling to the U.S., with improved facilities at New York-JFK and over 60 convenient onward connections to destinations throughout the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean.”

Delta’s Iceland services feature up to 24 seats in a premium cabin with a wide range of dining options. Customers flying in Economy Comfort, Delta’s premium economy service, benefit from up to four additional inches of legroom and 50 percent more recline than Delta’s standard international Economy class seats, as well as priority boarding. Throughout the aircraft, all passengers will have access to on-demand in-flight entertainment.

As one of Delta’s hub airports, New York-JFK has a number of amenities for passengers, including multiple food and retail outlets. Terminal 4 has recently been extended by 11 gates, allowing for streamline travel for those connecting at New York-JFK. Terminal 4 is also home to Delta’s largest Sky Club, featuring an open air Sky Deck rooftop terrace and specially-selected food and beverage options. All business passengers enjoy complimentary access to the Sky Club.

Popular Flights Return in 2015

Delta is pleased to offer the return of popular seasonal services in 2015, including the following:

  1. Atlanta – Barcelona seasonal service resumes June 1
  2. Los Angeles – Managua seasonal service begins June 5
  3. New York-JFK – Nice seasonal service resumes March 28
  4. New York-JFK – Shannon seasonal service resumes May 1
  5. New York-JFK – Prague seasonal service resumes June 1
  6. New York-JFK – Istanbul seasonal service resumes June 16
  7. Minneapolis-St. Paul – Honolulu seasonal service begins Oct. 25 More

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SkyTeam Opens Luxurious new Exclusive Lounge in Sydney

The latest in the growing collection of SkyTeam Exclusive Lounges recently opened its doors at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport. In this luxurious new facility, travelers can unwind in comfort.

The Sydney Exclusive Lounge provides everything needed from complimentary internet connectivity and delicious snacks and beverages to a wellness center and a lush, green botanical wall.

New Air France Medium Haul Offer in Europe

Air France recently introduced a new medium-haul offer on flights within Europe with two classes of service compared to three.

In addition to a fuller range of flexible fares to better meet the needs of business travellers, the inflight product is enhanced with new leather seating and more generous and higher quality meals.

KLM'S Leading Dutch Chef Jonnie Boer

KLM will serve meals created by the leading three-star Dutch chef Jonnie Boer in World Business Class on flights departing from Amsterdam between January 22 and October 26, 2015.

KLM continually invests in its inflight products. For example, the World Business Class cabin interior was completely revitalised across the Boeing 747 fleet. And the Boeing 777-200 fleet is currently being updated with a new cabin interior in both World Business Class and Economy Class.

What’s more, KLM has been serving World Business Class meals created by leading Dutch chefs for several years now. KLM continues to invest in its service on board by working with leading chefs and sommeliers. Past menus have been created by Sergio Herman, Richard Ekkebus, Mario Ridder and Richard van Oostenbrugge.

Changes for Delta and Airline Partners

Delta Launches Mobile Passport Pilot Program in Atlanta

Delta is partnering with Airports Council International-North America, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Airside Mobile to launch a pilot program in Atlanta this month called Mobile Passport.

Delta Launches Mobile Passport Pilot Program

Travel News for Delta Airlines, Southwest and US Airways

Travel News: Delta Airlines Launches Mobile Passport Pilot Program.

Mobile Passport is an application that expedites the entry process for U.S. and Canadian citizens by providing an automated process through CBP’s primary inspection area. The app enables customers equipped with a smart phone or tablet, to upload a self-photo and submit their Customs declaration form and passport information prior to inspection.

The app is currently available for download in Apple’s iTunes App Store and will be available in the Google play App Store later this fall. More

Delta Shuttle to Boston Departs from LaGuardia’s Terminal C Beginning Nov. 2

As previously announced, Delta will move New York operations of its Delta Shuttle between Boston-Logan International Airport and New York’s LaGuardia Airport from the Marine Air Terminal to Terminal C beginning November 2, 2014.

Boston Shuttle customers will enjoy new departure and arrival facilities at LaGuardia in Terminal C as well as upgraded service to Boeing 717 aircraft. The move is part of Delta’s strategy of adding bigger aircraft on more routes.

Air France Opens Upgraded La Premiere Lounge at Paris-CDG

On September 24, 2014, Air France reopened the refurbished La Première lounge at Paris-CDG with new lighting, new seating and an updated look reflecting the new La Première suites being introduced across the Boeing 777-300 fleet.

The lounge includes a spa and full service restaurant and was voted best First Class lounge in the world by Skytrax in July.

KLM Launches Amsterdam Schiphol Navigation Service

A new airport navigation function has been added to the KLM app for passengers transferring at Amsterdam Schiphol.

When arriving passengers with the KLM app on their smart phones have switched on Bluetooth and connected to the internet, they receive a notification asking them if they need help to find their next gate.

KLM is the first airline to use beacon technology to provide this indoor navigation service.

Alitalia Reminds Customers of Winter 2014-2015 Re-protection Guidelines

Alitalia issued its re-protection policy related to select winter 2014-2015 cancelled flights due to operational reasons. Passengers booked and holding a ticket issued on cancelled flights beginning October 1, 2014, through the end of the Winter 2014-2015 season will benefit from the repro policy.

Complete details regarding Alitalia’s policy for re-booking, re-routing, refunds, MilleMiglia award tickets, and ticket reissues can be found on Alitalia’s Agency website.

Delta flat beds, New Flights to Brazil and Caribbean

Starting in November, Delta will introduce new full flat-bed BusinessElite seats on flights between Atlanta and Zurich and between New York-JFK and Barcelona.

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Delta flatbed on new flights.

Delta Introduces Full Flat-Bed Seats on ATL-ZRH and JFK-BCN Routes

In the JFK-BCN market, Delta becomes the only U.S. carrier to offer a full flat-bed seat on the route. By mid-2014, Delta will be the only U.S. carrier to offer full flat-bed seating with direct-aisle access on its entire international widebody fleet.

Delta to Start Second Daily Flight between Atlanta and Sao Paulo

Delta is expanding its presence in Brazil with a second daily nonstop flight between Atlanta and Sao Paulo starting in March 2014.

The additional frequency will be operated with a 210-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft featuring 35 BusinessElite full flat-bed seats, 32 seats in Economy Comfort and 143 seats in Economy Class. More

Delta Offers New and Expanded Caribbean Service to Freeport, Port au-Prince and Aruba

Delta has announced the expansion of its service between Atlanta and Freeport in The Bahamas, from a Saturday-only schedule to daily service. The daily flight will operate from December 19, 2013, to August 18, 2014.

Delta also announced the introduction of new daily seasonal service between Atlanta and Port-au-Prince in Haiti. The flight will operate from June 5, 2014, to August 18, 2014. In addition, Delta announced the return of Saturday seasonal service between New York- LGA and Aruba, operating from December 21, 2013 to August 16, 2014.

LaGuardia Update: Road Closure Advisory for New York-Area Travelers Oct. 28–Nov. 2, 2013

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has advised that because of construction activity at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, a portion of LaGuardia Road will be closed between Monday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 2.

Affected portions include Parking Lot 5, the Terminal D inner roadway and the Terminal D middle roadway.

Air France Announces New La Première Dining Selections

Air France La Première customers departing Paris in October and November may enjoy new dining selections from Chef Jacques Le Divellec. Air France’s panel of chefs renews La Première dining selections monthly to ensure the best seasonal ingredients and ensure variety for frequent customers.

Air France’s aim is to offer customers in their first class cabin an exquisite dining experience that represents the best of French cuisine. Wines are especially selected by Air France’s sommelier to complement current menus. Since spring 2013, La Première customers have also been able to enjoy made-to-order salads and an additional hot dish as part of the snack on flights of more than six and a half hours.

Delta Partners: Virgin Air France KLM Alitalia

Thanks to recent government approval of Delta's partnership with Virgin Atlantic, travel professionals and their travelers may now benefit from a newly aligned flight schedule between New York-JFK and London-Heathrow.

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Delta and Virgin Atlantic's Newly Aligned JFK-LHR Schedule Now Available for Sale

The updated schedule which became available on October 5 across all major computer reservations systems, offers business travelers a greater variety of departure times to better suit their needs. 

Starting March 30, 2014
Delta and Virgin Atlantic will offer daily departures from New York-JFK to London-LHR at 7:40 a.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

From London-LHR to New York-JFK, Delta and Virgin Atlantic will offer daily service at 9:05 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 5:35 p.m. and 8:05 p.m. More informatiom

Air France Celebrates 80th Anniversary

In celebration of its 80th Anniversary on October 7, Air France kicked off a year of celebration marked by numerous events to commemorate. A dedicated Air France Anniversary website includes information about Air France's rich history. More information

Air France Wins Business Travel Awards

On September 26, Air France won 2 Business Travel Awards at the IFTM Top Resa, France's largest travel trade show in Paris.

Air France was awarded the 2013 gold prize in the category of the best mobile technology at the service of business travellers, along with a silver prize in the "best airline" category.

KLM Continues to Rollout New World Business Class Cabins

More KLM travelers are enjoying a brand new interior in World Business Class aboard long-haul intercontinental flights.

Dutch top designer Hella Jongerius has worked closely with KLM design teams to fully renovate the airline's World Business Class cabins; successfully combining top Dutch design with more personal space - making customers feel truly at home.

In the new World Business Class cabins, full-flat seats adjust to allow customers to "dream away" from departure to arrival. In total, 22 Boeing 747 aircraft will be converted through April 2014. After that date, the new World Business Class cabins will also be introduced on 15 Boeing 777-200 aircraft. More information

Alitalia & Delta: Fly to Milan with Full Flat-Bed Seats and Unlimited Bonus Miles

Delta and our joint venture partner Alitalia are the only airlines that offer two daily, nonstop flights between New York-JFK and Milan-MXP.

On the route, Delta and Alitalia offer full flat-bed seating with direct-aisle access in BusinessElite and Magnfica Business Class as well as business class amenities including celebrity chef-inspired and award-winning menus, premium bedding and a full array of in-flight entertainment on-demand options to enhance the customer experience.

Delta also offers Economy Comfort premium economy seating and Alitalia offers the Classica Plus premium economy cabin. Economy also features on-demand video entertainment and Italian-inspired cuisine, and Alitalia Classica class offers personal USB ports at each seat. 

While our unparalleled service may make the trip feel short, travelers can enjoy the bonus miles long after their flight lands. Register, book and fly between New York-JFK and Milan-MXP through January 15, 2014, and SkyMiles members can earn unlimited bonus miles on the route. More information

Crossover Rewards: Travelers Earn Rewards Overnight, Over the Clouds or Both

Through the Crossover RewardsT program, Delta SkyMiles Diamond and Platinum Medallion members enjoy Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) benefits including priority check-in, 4 p.m. late checkout and free in-room internet access when staying at Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

Similarly, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Platinum elite members enjoy the benefit of Unlimited Complimentary Upgrades on the day of departure for Delta and Delta Connection operated flights within the United States. SPG Platinum elite members who are enrolled in Crossover Rewards can request their complimentary upgrade at time of check-in. SPG Platinum elite members also enjoy several additional benefits, including one free checked bag, Priority Check-In and Priority Boarding when flying on eligible Delta flights. To view a complete list of Crossover Rewards benefits. More information

Airlines News Updates Feb 2009

Airfares Show Some Decreases
Domestic airfares are starting to dip. The average domestic fare fell to $428.29 in December from $525.63 in November according to airfare tracking company Topaz International’s national database. And the average fare for the fourth quarter was $497.69, down from 526.18 for the third quarter.

Airfares have been climbing steadily throughout the year, hitting a high of $633.44 in June and trending downward subsequently.(Source: Topaz International Monthly Airfare Index).

IATA Figures Show Air Travel Continues Decline The International Air Transport

Association (IATA) reported that international traffic dropped 4.6 percent in December from December 2007, but that the 4.6 percent decline was far less dramatic than cargo’s 22.6 drop from the previous December.

Year-end leisure travel booked in advance kept passenger numbers from falling as dramatically as cargo. Still, a 1.5 percent cutback in supply could not keep pace with falling demand. That meant planes weren’t quite as full. “Airlines are struggling to match capacity with fast-falling demand.

Until this comes into balance, even the sharp fall in fuel prices cannot save the industry from drowning in red ink,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s general director. He pointed out that premium travel—the profitable front of the plane–declined 11.5 percent in November. (Source: IATA press release).

Air France-KLM Invest in Alitalia
Air France-KLM is taking a 25 percent minority stake in Alitalia. The partnership will be based on a multi-hub strategy, adding Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa to Paris Charles-de-Gaulle and Amsterdam Schiphol.

The airline said Alitalia’s acquisition for Air One has strengthened its position in the domestic market; the carriers say they will plan to create synergies using network optimization and revenue management. (Source: Air France-KLM press
release).

United, British Airways Keep Passengers Connected in the Air
Both United Airlines and British Airways are keeping their passengers connected in-flight on certain routes. United Airlines will begin offering in-flight internet service to customers on board its p.s. transcontinental service between New York and California starting in the second half of this year.

The service will be available in all classes for a flat $12.95 fee on all 13 of the Boeing 757s United flies between JFK and Los Angeles and San Francisco.

British Airways will launch text and mobile services on its all-business class service between London City Airport and JFK later this year.

Customers will be able to access the internet and send emails from laptops with GSM data cards as well as their mobile phones and PDAs. Voice service may be offered in the future, depending on customer demand and feedback. (Source: BA, United press releases).

California Fare Wares Mean Cheaper Flights
Southwest is expanding its California service, adding five new nonstops between San Francisco International Airport and John Wayne International Airport starting May 1 and kicking off the service with a $69 fare.

That followed Virgin America’s announcement that it was starting service between San Francisco and John Wayne International April 30 with a $59 introductory fare.

The airfare monitoring website FareCompare.com reported that American Airlines and United Airlines responded with $59 fares April 30 through June 10 and said that a year ago, the two were charging $125 for one-way fights. (Source: Southwest and Virgin America press releases, FareCompare.com blog).

JetBlue to Start Service Out of LAX to New York and Boston
JetBlue Airways will begin service out of Los Angeles International June 18. It is JetBlue’s third Los Angeles airport. It will offer two daily nonstops to New York’s JFK and two daily flights to Boston’s Logan International. (Source: Jet Blue press release).

Airlines News February 2007

Third Quarter Air Travel Index Hits 11 Year High:
The Air Travel Price Index (ATPI) for the third quarter of 2006 reached the highest third-quarter level recorded in 11 years, 7.5 percent higher than the previous third quarter high in 2005, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

The fare index rose 7.5 percent in the third quarter of 2006 from the third quarter of 2005, the biggest year-to-year rise since third quarter 2000.

While reaching a third-quarter high, the ATPI declined 2.6% from the record high set in the second quarter of 2006. Quarter-to-quarter changes may be affected by seasonal factors. (Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics press release).

FAA Reports Third Annual Drop in Air Traffic Control Staff:
Air traffic controller staffing levels have dropped for the third straight year, to a new low of 14,206, according to the most recent Federal Aviation Administration “Administrator’s Fact Book.”

The fact book reports that the overall total number of controllers working in its 300- plus facilities dropped from 14,227 at the end of fiscal year 2005 to 14,206 in fiscal year 2006. The figures are listed as being current as of October 31, 2006, taking into account hiring and attrition statistics a full month into the current fiscal year.

Controller staffing totals reached as high as 15,386 as recently as September 2003. But a year later, in October, 2004, the FAA reported that total had fallen to 14,736 as the long-expected controller retirement wave began to increase in size. (Source: National Air Traffic Controllers Association press release).

BA, Air France to Launch Clear at JFK:
Air France is sponsoring the Clear Registered Traveler program at John F. Kennedy International’s Terminal 1. This means all airlines from Terminal 1, and their passengers, can take advantage of the Clear program.

The program allows business traveler and other frequent fliers to pay an annual fee of $99.95 and provide background information about themselves to the Transportation Security Administration for pre-screening.

If approved, they get a biometric ID card that gives them expedited access through airport security checkpoints. Last month, British Airways opened its Clear Lane at JFKs Terminal 7. (Source: Air France press release).

Air Canada Relocates U.S. Transborder Flights to Pearson Terminal 1:
Air Canada has relocated all of its U.S. transborder Toronto flight to Terminal 1 at Pearson International Airport. This means all of Air Canada’s U.S. operations out of Toronto have been consolidated with its current domestic and international operations in the terminal.

Air Canada will no longer operate from Terminal 2. Air Canada expects this to dramatically improve the customer experience, reducing distances between gates and making connections much easier. (Source: Air Canada press release).

Virgin Atlantic Brings To Chicago an Antidote to Transatlantic Travel:
Virgin Atlantic announced their newest route from Chicago O’Hare to London Heathrow, aptly named The High Riser, to honor those pioneers who envisioned a city that could touch the sky, and for today’s jetsetters who elevate business to new heights. Daily service commences April 23, 2007.

Increased Air Passenger Duty Levied By The UK Government:
From February 1, 2007, the UK Government has increased Air Passenger Duty (APD) from £20 to £40 per passenger for Economy passengers, and £40 to £80 per passenger for Premium Economy and Upper Class passengers. The tax applies to every passenger (excluding infants and some transit passengers) leaving on a flight from any UK airport. APD is a government tax which has been paid by passengers since it was introduced 13 years ago.

The government says the extra APD raised will be targeted at helping our environment and tackling climate change.