United Cuts Cleveland Route, Delta Adds Cleveland

United is terminating its route between Boston and Cleveland and Delta is beginning service from Boston to Cleveland. United Airlines will be terminating its 3 times daily service between the two cities as of March 7, 2019. Less than an hour after United's announcement, Delta announced they will be starting service from Boston to Cleveland 3 times daily beginning April 1, 2019. I would not be surprised to learn that Delta had no intention of starting the route yet, but seeing United leave the route, they decided to quickly add the route to not let JetBlue further strengthen its position on the route. Although it is sad to see United remove the route, it's great that there will be a carrier to pick it up.


Massive Delta Expansion

Delta Air Lines has been rapidly expanding from Boston Logan Airport, with a goal of growing a large focus city. The airline has announced several new important regional routes from Boston. The routes are as follows, Boston to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington D.C. 6 times daily starting September 8, 2019; Boston to Chicago O'Hare 5 daily flights beginning September 8, 2019; Boston to Newark, New Jersey 4 flights daily starting September 9, 2019; and Boston to Cleveland 3 daily flights from April 1, 2019 (more on that in a separate post). All flights will be serviced by Delta Connection Embraer E170s. That is an increase of 18 daily flights from Boston. These flight addition hold more significance than it seems. All of the markets are major business markets, and markets in which Delta is weaker in than its competitors: United Airlines (in Newark, Chicago, and Cleveland) and American Airlines (in Chicago and Washington D.C.). Delta is adding these flights to st…

Possibility of Royal Air Maroc Adding Flights to Boston

For a while there has been speculation that Royal Air Maroc, the flag carrier of Morocco, will be joining the OneWorld Airline Alliance. This has been all but confirmed now and is being covered by major aviation news outlets. In a recent article by The Points Guy, he wrote about the future routes to North America by the airline. The airline has announced it will begin flights to Miami as of next year, however, the article has a paragraph about new destinations that says, "Miami will be added next April and Boston in July, according to the airline." That sentence surprised me, because although I have long thought that this is a route that will be served, no official announcement has been made. Royal Air Maroc codeshares with JetBlue, so people could use Boston as a transit airport en route to Morocco. Additionally, this route could be used by people who need to arrive at some other destination in Africa, using the robust African network, a continent that has limited service f…

American Airlines Adds A321T on Los Angeles - Boston Route

American Airlines has announced they will fly an Airbus A321T between Boston and Los Angeles starting April 2, 2019. This is a very premium configured Airbus A321, with First class and Business class featuring lie-flat seats, and only 72 economy seats. This is done on the highly competitive route where United, JetBlue, Delta and now American Airlines featuring lie-flat seats in business class. This is fantastic news and a huge upgrade for business class passengers compared to the non-lie-flat recliner business class offering on American Airlines Boeing 737-800. The catch is that American Airlines operates 7 daily flights between Boston and Los Angeles, however, only two daily frequencies will be flown on the A321T, and other frequencies will continue to be flown by aircraft with no lie-flat seating in premium classes.


Norwegian Announces Flights from Rome and Madrid to Boston

Recently I wrote that in the Massport's Board Meeting powerpoint, on a slide about new routes, there was a mention of Norwegian Airlines adding flights to Rome from Boston, hinting at the possibility of the route being announced soon. The official announcement has been made and came with an extra twist. Norwegian Airlines will inaugurate seasonal service to Madrid and Rome from Boston next year. Both routes will be flown on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner,. The route to Rome will be flown four times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, beginning March 31, 2019. Madrid will be serviced three times weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, starting May 2, 2019. With these route additions, Norwegian will fly to four transatlantic destinations from Boston. This move also breaks up the monopolies held by Alitalia and Iberia, on their routes to Rome and Madrid respectively. I find the addition of Madrid very surprising, this will be the 3rd carrier to announce their intenti…

Norwegian Airlines Potential Route to Boston from Rome

I love trying to find potential new routes that could come to Boston Logan Airport before they are announced publicly. Recently, while looking through the Massachusetts Port Authority September Board Meeting released online, on slide 10, the slide about "New and Expanded Service at Logan", under "Expanded Service" it listed "Norwegian Airlines-Rome (March 2019)". As of yet there has not been any official announcement from either Massport or the airline, but clearly, Norwegian Airlines is considering adding this route at one point or another. I do not doubt that we will see this route in the future, however, I do doubt that the airline will begin service to Rome in March 2019, considering the route has not been announced yet.

Delta Making Flights to Aruba Year-Round

Almost half a year has passed since Delta Air Lines started the seasonal route from Boston to Aruba. The airline has announced the intentions to make this route year-round, not just seasonally, as planned originally. Delta flies the route once a week, on Saturday, on a Boeing 737-900. Although it is great to see Delta switching the service to year-round, I really hope that the airline will add another weekly frequency, because, at the moment, it just seems uncompetitive compared to JetBlue's 12 weekly flights.