I’ve let up on posting so often about new route announcements, because usually they just aren’t that interesting. But every so often an airline announces a new city and it seems to be worth mentioning.
- Remember AirTran’s promotion to let customers vote on their next city? Well, the results are in, and it looks like Phoenix is the big winner. AirTran says that service from Atlanta starts on Feb 15 with one daily flight. A second flight will begin on Feb 22 and a third flight on Mar 6. As the Arizona Republic notes, both US Airways and Delta fly the route five times a day currently.
- Frontier is also adding a new city to its route map with daily service from Denver to Hartford starting Mar 2. It’s an eastbound redeye with an early morning westbound return, so this appears to be utilization flying for the airline.
- Technically this is a new route, but in reality it’s an entirely new airline. As if MAXjet and Eos don’t provide enough premium-only service between New York and London, now Silverjet is going to join the mix on Jan 25. While MAXjet and Eos fly from New York/JFK to London/Stansted, this UK-based operation will go between Newark and London/Luton. They say they’ll have 100 flat beds on a 767-200, but considering MAXjet has 102 seats that don’t go flat on the same aircraft, I’m not sure how they’re going to pull it off. No pictures are available. You can see their website here.