Hainan Reduces Beijing Serivce

Hainan Airlines has filed some changes for their routes this upcoming winter, to reflect decreased passenger count during the winter months. One of the changes, is Boston's route to Beijing, it will be decreased from daily flights to 5 times weekly effective October 28, 2018. There are no indications of when or if this flight will return to daily.

British Airways Increases A380 Service

Great news from British Airways. Starting March 31, 2019, the airline will fly their Airbus A380-800, daily as opposed to 3 times weekly like they do now. I look forward to seeing the giant plane in Boston.

Lufthansa Munich Route Change

Minor change, however noteworthy enough to write about it. Lufthansa has changed the aircraft the will use on the Munich to Boston route from an Airbus A350-900XWB to an Airbus A340-600 effective March 31, 2019. This change means that the route will have first class available again because the A350 does not feature first class.

JetBlue Changes

JetBlue has announced a route shake-up that will affect its operations at Boston. The airline will terminate its multiple daily flights between Boston and Washington-Dulles Airport effective January 7, 2019. This is an interesting move, as it is giving United a complete monopoly between Boston and Washington-Dulles. The airline is, however, going to continue flying between Boston and Washington-National, the secondary airport of Washington D.C. Additionally, JetBlue will add a new daily flight from Boston to Rochester, New York beginning January 8, 2019, on an Embraer E190. With the addition of this destination, JetBlue is ending the monopoly that American Airlines has held on the route. Finally, JetBlue will increase service on nine existing routes between Boston and Aruba; Nassau, The Bahamas; Orlando, Florida; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Santiago, Dominican Republic; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Sarasota, Florida; Tampa Bay, Florida; and West Palm Beach, Florida.


Qatar Airways Aircraft Change

Qatar Airways are changing the aircraft they are using this winter on their route from Doha to Boston from an Airbus A350-900 to a Boeing 777-300ER from December 1, 2018, to January 31, 2019. I do not know the reasoning for an aircraft change, but this is a large increase in capacity from 283 seats currently to 335 on the Boeing 777-300ER. I am interested if this will become a regular visitor at Boston and the reasoning behind the switch.


Primera Air Goes Bankrupt

Primera Air has gone bankrupt and ceased operations. Unfortunately, this means none of the announced routes will come to fruition. Primera Air blamed their bankruptcy on late deliveries of aircraft from Airbus and the associated costs of leasing aircraft to make up for the undelivered aircraft. It is a shame, the company didn't make it, I was really excited to see the new markets such as Brussels and Berlin that the company was going to open next summer. Hopefully, some airline will decide to try to fill in the markets left open after the demise of the airline. I will miss seeing their gorgeous livery in Boston.


Delta Adds Seasonal Lisbon Flights

Delta has added daily seasonal flights from Boston to Lisbon. Starting May 23, 2019, the flight will operate daily on the Boeing 757-200. The flight is scheduled to depart Boston at 21:45 (local time) and arrive in Lisbon at 09:15 (local time) +1 day. The return flight is scheduled to depart Lisbon at 10:45 (local time) and arrive in Boston at 13:15 (local time). This will be Delta's fifth scheduled transatlantic route from Boston. Additionally, Delta is ending the monopoly held by TAP Air Portugal on the route. This is part of Delta's broader strategy of growing Boston into a mini-transatlantic hub by expanding its presence in Boston. Also, Delta is also going up against JetBlue, which has a large codeshare partnership with TAP Air Portugal, by competing on the route they are attracting more customers in the Boston region, an essential part of the airline expanding its presence in Boston.