New Air Service to the USA
—Miami is hot as Avianca Brasil (Oceanair Linhas Aéreas S.A.) has announced that it will launch daily passenger service between Miami International Airport and Sao Paulo on June 23, 2017. The flights will be served by Airbus A330-200 aircraft that seat 238 passengers. Miami will be the first U.S. destination and only the second outside of Brazil for the airline, which has operated freighter service at Miami since 2015.. MIA currently serves an average of 71 weekly non-stop passenger flights to eight cities in Brazil, which is the most of any U.S. airport. Avianca Brasil is the fifth passenger airline to schedule a launch into the Miami market this year. Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris began four weekly flights to Guadalajara and daily flights to Mexico City on February 1st. Volaris was followed three days later by Canadian airline First Air, which began charter passenger flights from Ontario on behalf of Celebrity Cruises. On April 6, low-cost transatlantic airline WOW air launched three-times-a-week service to Reykjavík, Iceland. Aer Lingus will launch first-ever service from Dublin, Ireland in September, with three weekly flights.
Airline Market Share From Mexico
Starting April 1st, Aeromexico began non-stop daily flights between Mexico City and Detroit. (Delta Air Lines also flies daily between the two airports). Detroit becomes Aeromexico’s 18th U.S. San Jose, California will become the 19th on July 1st. And starting 1 May the carrier will also offer daily flights between Monterrey and Detroit.
—British Airways recently launched service over a 5,365 mile route that will connect London Gatwick to Oakland, California. †
—On April 3rd, LOT Polish Airlines launched its first flight to the U.S. West Coast, beginning a four times weekly service between Warsaw Chopin Airport and Los Angeles (LAX). No other carrier currently operates on the nearly 6,000-mile connection. And starting April 28, the airline will begin a four times weekly service between Warsaw and Newark’s Liberty National Airport, a route it has served in the past. †
—Norwegian launched service March 28th between Copenhagen and Oakland –a 5,460-mile connection. The twice-a-week flight becomes Norwegian’s 8th mainland U.S. destination, joining Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York JFK and Orlando, Norwegian now provides 10 weekly flights between Europe and Oakland. †
—On March 29th, SATA Azores Airlines launched twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) operations between Barcelona and Boston. The 3,880-mile connection is flown via Porta Delgada, where passengers change from the A320 flying in from Spain to an A310 with continues onto the USA. Barcelona currently has four non-stop U.S. flights—to Miami, New York JFK, Philadelphia and Newark. †
—Surinam Airways returned to Orlando Sanford on April 3, launching weekly service from Aruba, with the flight originating from Paramaribo. Flights operate into Sanford on Mondays arriving at 16:30, with the return flight to Aruba departing on Tuesdays at 16:00. †
—Virgin Atlantic Airways has begun several UK-USA flights from Manchester. On March 28, the airline started three weekly service to San Francisco, the first ever direct route to Northern California from the North of England. The following day it started a twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) route to Boston, which will compete with Thomas Cook Airlines’ twice-weekly operation. And on May 25, the airline will begin daily flights to New York JFK from Manchester, as it replaces the existing Delta Air Lines service. †
† Source: anna.aero