According to International air travel from the Americas increased 9% in 2017, boosted by the US market in particular and a generally stronger economic environment.
Air travel to destinations outside the region (+11%) grew faster than to destinations within the region (+7%), led by travel to Europe (+14%).
Demand remains solid for January-April 2018, with international reservations up 9% compared to the same four months in 2017. Bookings for interregional travel (+11%) remain stronger than for travel within the Americas (+7%), with flight reservations to all world regions growing in double digits.
Domestic reservations (mostly corresponding to the US and Brazil) are 6% higher for the first months of 2018, after growing 4% in the entire year 2017.
NEW A220 AIRCRAFT FOR DELTA
Delta has announced it will be the first US airline to take delivery of the A220, formerly known as the «C Series,» which will feature a modern interior with a spacious, wide-body feel, and best-in- class fuel performance. From January 2019, Delta will be upgrading its fleet to replace less-efficient aircraft with highly efficient and state-of-the-art aircraft like the A220 as well as new Boeing 737- 900ERs, Airbus A321s, Airbus A350s as well as Airbus A330-900neo and Airbus A321neo. Delta’s A220s will feature 18.6» wide Main Cabin seats – the widest Main Cabin seats in Delta’s fleet – in a two-by- three layout. Each customer will also have personal power ports and complimentary premium entertainment on individual seat-back screens.
AMERICAN AIRLINES ADDS SOUTHERN DESTINATIONS
American Airlines is adding new international flights to Cuba, Dominican Republic, Honduras and Mexico and more domestic options from DFW in 2019.
The company will add a sixth destination in Cuba with a new daily flight from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Antonio Maceo Airport (SCU) in Santiago de Cuba starting May 3.
The airline will also start new service from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Durango International Airport (DGO) in Mexico starting June 6. American will be the only U.S. carrier to serve DGO and SCU.
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES – HAWAII NON-STOP
Oakland Metropolitan Airport (OAK), San Diego International Airport (SAN), Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), and Sacramento International Airport (SMF) are set to gain direct Hawaii services in Southwest’s flight schedules following FAA authorization. In May 2018, Southwest announced its initial plan to serve four airports in the Hawaiian Islands: Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu(HNL), Kahului Airport on Maui (OGG), Lihue Airport on Kauai (LIH), and Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA) on the leeward side of The Island of Hawaii.
Photo: New Delta A220 aircraft in paint shop – soon ready to fly