In international route news, Aer Lingus will fly to three more U.S. cities in 2016, including one that has no transatlantic flights now; a new JetBlue code-share partnership will give its customers access to several points in the Caribbean; American will drop a transatlantic route next year; United adds a vacation island next month and plans lots of aircraft changes next year; and Delta unveils its European summer seasonal plans for 2016.
- Irish carrier Aer Lingus said this week it will add three new U.S. routes next year. In May, it will revive Dublin-Los Angeles service with five A330 flights a week; in early September, it will add daily year-round Dublin-Newark flights, also with an A330; and in late September it will begin daily 757-200 non-stops to an airport that currently has no transatlantic flights: Bradley International Airport near Hartford, Connecticut. The airline calls it “the single largest expansion of our transatlantic network since we commenced transatlantic flying in 1958.” (What’s service like? See our trip report on Aer Lingus business class.)
- On November 20, United Airlines plans to resume winter service to Bermuda from its Newark hub, operating flights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. In other news, United plans a lot of equipment changes on its international routes next year, starting in March. You can see a roundup of the changes here.
- Looking to cash in some Delta SkyMiles for a European vacation next summer? Delta recently issued a listing of all the summer seasonal routes to Europe that it plans for 2016, along with their stating dates. Plan ahead and book early– especially if you hope to redeem SkyMiles for these trips.
- JetBlue said it has started selling tickets via a new code-share agreement with Seaborne Airlines that will give its customers access to more more than a dozen Caribbean destinations via connections at San Juan’s Munoz Marin International, where JetBlue is the largest carrier. In the first phase, JetBlue’s B6 code goes onto Seaborne flights from San Juan to Anguilla, Tortola, Dominica, Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and St. Croix. After government approvals are obtained, the JetBlue code will appear on Seaborne’s routes from San Juan to Antigua, Martinique, Guadeloupe, and the Dominican Republic airports at La Romana, Punta Cana and Santo Domingo. Seaborne has a fleet of eight 34-seat Saab340B turboprops and two 15-passenger Twin Otter seaplanes.
- According to airlineroute.net, which tracks airline schedule changes, American Airlines will discontinue its summer seasonal service between Miami and Frankfurt next year, which it had planned to operate from May 12 through September 1. AA will still fly to Frankfurt from Philadelphia, Charlotte and Dallas/Ft. Worth.
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