Ovation's weekly client e-newsletter, the Informed Traveler, keeps readers updated on travel industry news and trends.
Following is a recap of June's Top 5 (most clicked by Ovation clients) e-newsletter stories.
American Airlines is broadening its European reach with new routes to destinations that are becoming more in demand for travelers, reports Skift. As of this summer, travelers will have access to nonstop seasonal service from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to Berlin-Tegel Airport (TXL) in Germany, Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ) in Italy, Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) in Croatia and daily seasonal service to Edinburgh Airport (EDI) in Scotland. There will also be new daily summer seasonal routes between Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Athens International Airport (ATH) in Greece, as well as routes between Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Dublin Airport (DUB) in Ireland and Munich Airport (MUC) in Germany.
Delta Air Lines has named Boston Logan International Airport as one of its newest hubs, in a rare growth move by a U.S. network carrier establishing a new connecting complex, reports FlightGlobal. Delta has announced eight new markets from Boston to-date this year, including Chicago, Lisbon and Washington, D.C., which will bring its schedule at Logan to up to 150 peak day flights. The airline's capacity in Boston is scheduled to increase 14.5% year-over-year in 2019, compared to a roughly 4% increase systemwide. Boston will also act as a secondary transatlantic gateway for Delta.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $840m in grants for infrastructure projects at airports across the U.S., reports Airport Technology. The 432 grants will be distributed among 381 airports to boost safety, capacity and emergency response capabilities. FAA’s funding will support projects such as runway reconstruction and rehabilitation, maintenance of aprons, taxiways and terminals, as well as the building of firefighting facilities. U.S. Department of Transportation secretary Elaine Chao said, “This significant investment in airport improvements will fund construction and rehabilitation projects that will help maintain high levels of safety in U.S. aviation.”
After installing satellite connectivity on its entire fleet of more than 700 narrowbody aircraft flown on domestic routes, American Airlines now offers high-speed Wi-Fi and live TV on more aircraft than any other airline, reports Forbes. The carrier offers satellite-based Wi-Fi, which allows travelers to stream video without buffering or interruptions, as well as upload and download files. Upgraded bandwidth capacity ensures a quality connection even if every passenger accesses inflight internet at the same time. Additionally, every satellite-equipped aircraft can now stream live TV, giving more passengers access to 12 channels on their personal devices free of charge. American is also the only U.S. airline to offer live TV on international flights.
Delta Air Lines did not record a single cancellation on its mainline network throughout the month of May, including a stretch between April 29th and May 19th of zero cancellations on its entire domestic network, reports Travel Weekly. Over those 20 days, Delta and its regional partners flew nearly 114,000 Delta-branded flights. Systemwide, cancellations were down 48% year over year through June 5th. Erik Snell, Delta's Senior Vice president of Operations, said that a variety of operational initiatives have driven the improvements, including creating task forces and bringing in consulting technicians to develop strategies for improving tech operations.