JetBlue Pushes Back Transatlantic Launch
- Ethiopian Airlines will add its fourth destination in India, Chennai, this summer. The carrier will offer thrice-weekly flights from its Addis Ababa base with Boeing 737-8 aircraft from July 2. Chennai joins Bangalore, Delhi, and Mumbai in Ethiopian’s Indian network.
- Turkish Airlines added Juba, South Sudan, to its map last week. The carrier offers thrice-weekly flights to its Istanbul base with 737-8 aircraft. Turkish joins Ethiopian and EgyptAir among Star Alliance airlines serving the South Sudanese capital.
- Spanish discounter Volotea has unveiled its second new base of the year: Lourdes, France. The airline will base an Airbus A319 at the airport with new service to Paris Orly and Strasbourg from July 1, Naples and Palermo from July 2, and Venice from July 3. Volotea opened a base in Lille, France, in April and, with the addition of Lourdes, will operate eight bases in the country.
- Copa Airlines continues to invest in Colombia. The Panamanian carrier will begin thrice-weekly flights to Santa Marta on Colombia’s Caribbean coast from Panama City on June 28. The city is Copa’s third new destination in the country since the pandemic began — the others being Armenia and Cucuta — and bring its total to 11 connected to its Tocumen hub. All in, Copa’s capacity to Colombia is scheduled up nearly 16 percent this year compared to 2019, per Cirium.
- Breeze Airways could land in Long Beach soon. The Utah-based startup received a takeoff and landing slot at the Southern California airport from the city on June 2, according to Long Beach. American Airlines also received a slot, both of which were returned by Delta Air Lines in April. No word yet on where Breeze could fly, but with just one flight a day, its options are limited.
- Airbus delivery woes have forced JetBlue Airways to push back the launch of its long-planned transatlantic flights from Boston. The airline will begin Boston-London Gatwick flights two weeks late on August 4, and Boston-London Heathrow flights a month late on September 20. JetBlue cited “unexpected production delays” of the A321LR aircraft that it will use on the routes. JetBlue is not the only airline changing its schedule due to aircraft delivery delays. American Airlines suspended a number of routes and cancelled some destinations due to Boeing’s 787 issues, and lessors have repeatedly called out both Airbus and Boeing for delivery delays.