In The Sky: February

February In The Sky
Travel News 21 Feb 2018

Delta adds new domestic routes

U.S. based carrier Delta has announced new services from Cincinnati to Austin and Phoenix, commencing later this year. The routes will operate six days a week between Austin and Cincinatti starting May 1, with the Cincinnati to Phoenix service beginning November 4. The airline is also extending its seasonal service between Cincinnati and Seattle, making it a year-round fixture after March 2. This expands the Delta hub in Cincinnati to a peak-day schedule of 82 departures to 36 different destinations.


United introduces new boarding rules

In an effort to deal with the so called ‘boarding crush’, United Airlines is trialing a new procedure from their Los Angeles hub aimed at easing the problem of overcrowding at the gate. The new regime aims to streamline the process by removing the practice of marking different lines for different groups of passengers. Only the first two boarding groups will have designated boarding queue. General passengers will remain seated until they are specifically requested to board. If the test is successful, the plan could be rolled out to more United locations across the country.

Wow Air to end Miami service.

Low-cost, Iceland-based carrier Wow Air has announced they will suspend their service between Miami and Reykjavik, effective on April 7. This is the first time the expanding airline has closed one of its U.S. routes since it started serving flights to the country in 2015. The route Miami-Reykjavik service has been operating in April of 2017 on a thrice-weekly basis, with the latest announcement stating this will be reduced to twice weekly until its closure. Conversely, Wow is adding six new destinations for the summer season, including New York Kennedy, St Louis, Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Dallas. The airline says the Miami route may resume as a seasonal offering at a later date. 


Singapore Airlines deploy 787 to Osaka

Asian carrier Singapore Airlines have announced that they will be assigning the first of its freshly-arrived Boeing 787-10 aircraft to their Osaka service. The new planes are expected to arrive from the production facility in South Carolina during March, with 50 on order with the U.S. aircraft manufacturer. Although Osaka will be their first scheduled route, Singapore say they will also be employing the 787-1-s on some flights between Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur for crew training purposes.


Lufthansa unveils new livery

German flag carrier Lufthansa has revealed new livery for its fleet of aircraft. The makeover will involve a new blue paint-job while retaining Lufthansa’s iconic crane logo on the tailfin. The decision was taken in order to modernize the company’s image, and reflect its growing status as one of the largest airlines in Europe and the world.