Friday Morning Quick Hits

I’ve had the flu this week, which has really put a dent in my posting. I thought I’d make up with it with some randomness this morning:

- JetBlue will launch daily nonstop service from JFK to Albuquerque beginning April 22, 2013. I believe it’s the first red-eye from New Mexico to New York City. (Correct me if I’m wrong, pls).

- Frontier giveth and Frontier taketh away. They will cancel Allentown-Orlando service beginning April 7, 2012, which will eliminate all service to the Lehigh Valley area. However, what Trenton makes the world takes and in this case Trenton takes Frontier’s planes and sends them quite infrequently to Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Ft. Myers and New Orleans beginning in late January and early February (details here). They’ll also double their twice-weekly service from Trenton to Orlando to run 4 days a week. Trenton needs a little love.

- Delta has wrapped up retrofitting its 16 Boeing 747s with lie flat seats. I’m a United guy, and I cannot keep up with which planes Delta has retrofitted and which it has not. Even they can’t help clear it up: “Delta previously completed installation of the full flat-bed modification on its Boeing 777 and 767-400ER aircraft types. To date, 13 767-300ER aircraft have received the modification and three more will be complete by month’s end. In total, approximately 50 percent of Delta’s widebody international fleet has received the upgrade.” In other words, your next international flight may or may not have a flat bed.

- Delta has somehow convinced the DoT to allow it to move its Detroit – Haneda service to serve the Tokyo airport from Seattle instead. I pretty much assumed that United’s San Francisco – Haneda application would’ve taken the slot, but what the hell do I know?

- JetBlue is going to compete with Alaska and United on the Seattle – Anchorage route beginning next May.

- Take a guess at which airline flies to more countries than any other. Guess. Think about it for a moment, no rush…No, it’s not Emirates. Nor Pan Am (they went out of business 20 years ago, but good guess!) Answer? Turkish Airlines. They now fly to 90 countries. Who knew?


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