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April 17, 2019

Air Travel: JetBlue Flies to Europe, More Max Cancellations

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It’s been another big week for air travel news in Europe

This week JetBlue confirmed its long-rumored plans to expand into the European air travel market with the announcement of its first transatlantic routes, which will run from both Boston and New York - JFK to London starting in 2021. JetBlue said that it plans multiple daily flights on the two routes, and that it is still evaluating exactly which London airport to fly into. The carrier will operate the flights on Airbus A321 long-range aircraft, which will offer a “reimagined” version of its premium Mint product designed for transatlantic flights, as well as a transatlantic update of its core cabin product offering. 

Also in Europe, this week marked the official launch of Air Italy’s new San Francisco - Milan service, just one week after the airline launched its new service between Milan and Los Angeles. The new flights out of San Francisco will operate four times weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Tuesday on Air Italy’s new Airbus 330-200 aircraft, offering 24 seats in the airline’s newly revamped Business class and 228 in Economy. From Milan, domestic connections will be available to destinations in central and southern Italy, including Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, Lamezia Terme, Cagliari and Olbia.

Finally, this week American Airlines announced it will cancel a number of flights through August 19 due to the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft after the tragic crash of one that had been operating an Ethiopian Airlines flight. The move will amount to the cancellation of approximately 115 flights per day, American said. The airline also reported that it is  “highly confident” that the Max will be recertified prior to August 19. The airline’s customer reservations team will contact affected customers directly via email or phone, and, if a flight is canceled and a customer chooses not to be rebooked, they can request a full refund at aa.com/refunds.


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