Month: April 2013
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU) announced new daily nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM) in Lima, subject to receipt of government operating authority. The flight will start on November 21st, 2013. Lima will be JetBlue’s 81st BlueCity and its fourth destination in South America. Sale fares for U.S.-originating flights to Lima are available today and until May 3rd, 2013, at www.jetblue.com/new for as low as $139 one-way from Fort Lauderdale and $199 one-way from the New York Metros and Boston, for travel between November 21st and December 19th, 2013. “JetBlue’s low fares and award-winning service have worked very well between Florida and Latin America,” said Scott Laurence, vice president of network planning for JetBlue Airways. “With Lima, our first destination in Peru and the southernmost destination in the network, we are confident in our penetration of South America. When you look at Lima’s wonderful offerings, including its rich culture, cuisine and great people, we believe both Florida and Lima residents will benefit greatly from the flight, whether visiting friends and relatives, vacationing or on business.”
LA HABANA, Cuba– On April 18th, the brand new Cubana de Aviacion Antonov An-158 arrived at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana. The first of six Ukranian airliners the Cuban flag carrier has purchased for its flights to the Caribbean and Central America. “Now Cubana doesn’t have to lease airliners that might be subject to the Embargo Law applied by the United States of America against Cuba”, declared Ricardo Santillan, the Vicepresident of Cuba’s Civil Aviation Institute. The first destinations will be Santiago de Cuba, Cancun, Managua, San Jose, Guatemala City and Santo Domingo. The An-158 is a regional jet aircraft designed by the Ukrainian Antonov Design Bureau and produced by Ukraine’s Kiev Aviation Plant AVIANT. Antonov has also outsourced production to Russia’s Voronezh Aircraft Production Association. Development of the plane was started in the 1990s, and the maiden flight of the first version (An-148) took place on December 2004 The plane completed its certification programme on February 2007. The An-158 has a maximum range of 2,500–4,400 kilometers has a stretched fuselage, compared to the An-148, and has a capacity for 99 passengers. Cubana de Aviacion operates routes to 16 destinations in the Americas, Caribbean and Europe.
MEXICO CITY, Mexico — Japanese flag carrier JAL (Japan Airlines) President Yoshiharu Ueki assured the airline will start future operations to Mexico City from Tokyo. JAL was founded in 1951 and operates a fleet of 279 airplanes to 220 destinations in 35 countries. The airline plans to extend its route system up to 25% until 2017.