Airlines: January 2007

Airlines FAA Institutes Temporary Measures to Ease LaGuardia Congestion
The Federal Aviation Administration is implementing temporary measures to control congestion at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

The temporary measures permit 75 scheduled and six unscheduled arrivals and departures per hour from 6 a.m. through 9:59 p.m., from Monday to Friday, and the same number of hourly flights from noon to 9:59 p.m. on Sunday. The FAA has regulated traffic into LaGuardia over the past 40 years because of the airport’s limited capacity and high demand because of its proximity to Manhattan. (Source: FAA).

JetBlue to Give Passengers More Space on Its A320s JetBlue Airways will remove a row of seats from its Airbus 320 fleet and reconfigure the cabin with at least 36-inch pitch in rows 1-11, and at least 34-inch pitch in rows 12-25. Aircraft modifications should be complete by March 2007. (Source: JetBlue press release).

American Upgrades Boeing 767-200
American Airlines is spending $20 million to upgrade its Boeing 767-200 aircraft. The upgrade includes updated First and Business Class seats, a lighter and brighter cabin interior, and new audio and video on-demand personal entertainment devices in First and Business Class.

The upgrade also increases the number of First Class Seats from 9 to 10 on each aircraft. American will enhance its lounge admittance policy in conjunction with the opening of the new Flagship Lounge and second Admirals Club lounge at the new JFK terminal by this summer.

First Class passengers flying on transcontinental routes on three-class aircraft will have access to American’s Flagship Lounges, usually reserved for international premium class customers. In addition, Business Class passengers traveling on transcontinental routes on three-class aircraft will have access to American’s Admirals Club lounges. American has a Flagship Lounge facility and Admirals Club lounge at Los Angeles International Airport and a new Admirals Club in Concourse C in New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. (Source: American Airlines press release).

Delta Adds Boston Service
Delta Air Lines this spring will offer business travelers more choices for nonstop service between Boston’s Logan International Airport and key business markets throughout the Northeast. Delta and Montana-based Big Sky Airlines have signed a memorandum of understanding for Big Sky to operate Delta Connection carrier service beginning in the second quarter of 2007.

As part of the agreement, Big Sky initially will fly eight 19-seat Beech craft 1900D aircraft, an 18 percent increase in departures. Specific routes and frequencies will be announced later this winter. (Source: Delta press release).