Virgin Atlantic Emergency Landing

Last night, Thursday, July 4, a Virgin Atlantic flight made an emergency landing at Boston Logan due to a fire on board during a New York to London flight. The initial report blamed the small blaze on a power bank. Luckily, the fire was small, so the plane safely landed and was evacuated with no serious injuries.


Cape Air Sustainability and Electric Planes

Cape Air has been heavily investing in developing a more ecologically sustainable business, leading to the Environmental Protection Agency awarding the airline the 2011 Environmental Merit Award. The push for a smaller carbon footprint has included everything from the construction of a solar panel arrangement to energy efficiency improvements in the headquarters building.  Now, this push for further improvements has driven to a reported purchase of Alice aircraft, a new electric plane made by Eviation and unveiled at the Paris Air Show.
        I am quite excited about this development. Although I still have questions about the charging infrastructure, I am excited to see this technological advancement. Given the shorter distances that Cape Air flies from Boston Logan, range likely will not be an issue. Hopefully these aircraft prove to be reliable and safe, paving the way for others, such as the upcoming hybrid Airbus plane.
        Alice still needs to pass certification be…

El Al will fly Boeing 787 to Boston

El Al Airlines, which flies three times weekly from Boston to Tel Aviv, has announced an aircraft change for the route. The airline currently operates a Boeing 777-200ER on the route, however, as of December 15, 2019, the airline will use the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on the route instead. This represents a decrease in capacity between the two cities, as the Boeing 777-200ER has 279 seats, as opposed to the Boeing 787-8's 238 seats.


Avianca Terminating Boston Routes

Avianca Holdings, the parent company of Avianca and Avianca El Salvador, is undergoing restructuring in order to curb losses as a company. Unfortunately, as part of the restructuring, they are terminating 11 medium haul routes. Therefore, as of May 1, 2019, Avianca will stop flying from Boston to Bogota, and as of June 1, 2019, Avianca El Salvador will stop flying from Boston to El Salvador. This is unfortunate because the routes are being terminated mostly due to financial issues of the airline and not a poor load factor. For fairly new routes, both had been doing fairly well, averaging between 80-90%. Hopefully, if Avianca solves their economic issues, they will eventually consider relaunching the routes.

Today In Boston Logan

Today, March 31, 2019, was certainly an eventful day at Boston Logan. As the winter airline schedule flipped to the summer schedule, Boston saw a plethora of new routes. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines launched their 3x weekly flight from Amsterdam. This flight is in addition to Delta's return to its summer schedule which includes 2x daily flights from Amsterdam as opposed to the single daily flight from Amsterdam during the winter. Additionally, Delta Air Lines has resumed its daily service to Dublin from Boston, the route will fly on a Boeing 757-200 until May 23, 2019, when the flight will switch to a Boeing 767-300ER. Also, SAS has resumed its seasonal service to Boston. Norwegian Airlines launched flights to Boston to Rome-Fiumicino Airport. This service is in addition to its service from London, Paris, and their upcoming flights to Madrid. Finally, Virgin Atlantic has added its second daily service to Boston from London-Heathrow Airport. The flight has a late arrival from Boston a…

2018 Passenger Count

Massport has released statistics for 2018, which proved to be a record year for Boston in many ways. In 2018 Logan Airport had 40,941,925 passengers compared to 38,412,419 passengers in 2017. This represents a 6.6% increase in passengers from 2017. It is amazing to think that Boston eclipsed 40 million passengers considering the airport hit 30 million passengers in 2013. Of the 40.9 million passengers, 7,583,887 passengers were on international flights compared to 7,199,595 passengers in 2017. This represents a 5.3% growth in international passengers in a year. This also means that international passengers represented 18.5% of travelers from Boston Logan Airport. The growth that Boston has achieved is truly incredible, hopefully there is more to come!

Royal Air Maroc Announces Boston

It is official! Royal Air Maroc will add service to Boston. Beginning June 22, 2019, Royal Air Maroc, Morocco's flag carrier airline, will fly three times weekly on a Boeing 787-8. The flights will depart Casablanca at 17:05 local time and will arrive in Boston at 19:30 local time. The return flight will depart Boston at 21:15, local time, and will arrive in Casablanca at 08:50, local time, the next day. The flight will operate on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays until October 1, 2019, when they will begin flying the route Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. This is Boston's second non-stop flight to Africa, however, the TACV flight to Praia, Cape Verde is only once weekly and offers very limited connection opportunities. Due to Royal Air Maroc's extensive destinations map in Africa, this will be one of the best ways to find connections to other parts of the continent. Congratulations and good luck to Royal Air Maroc on their new route to Boston!

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