Delta testing reduced seat recline on A320s
Delta is testing whether less seat recline will increase customer comfort via a trial on its 62 Airbus A320s. Delta said it has no plans to add seats or reduce space between rows, but to protect flyers' personal space and minimize disruption "to multitasking in-flight." First-class recline went from a maximum of 5.4 inches to 3.5 inches. It went from 4 inches to 2 inches in Comfort Plus and standard economy.
United to fly nonstop Cape Town-Newark
United will fly from Newark to Cape Town, South Africa, starting in December. If approved by the DOT, it would be the only nonstop service between Cape Town and the U.S. and mark United's return to Africa after a hiatus of three and a half years. United plans to put a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with 48 Polaris business class seats and 88 Economy Plus seats on the route. United last flew to Africa in June 2016, between Houston and Lagos, Nigeria.
Another delay for NOLA's new terminal
New Orleans' Louis Armstrong Airport delayed the opening of a $1 billion terminal from May 15 until an unspecified date in the fall. "The fact is, it is not ready, and there is more work to be done to get us there," said mayor LaToya Cantrell. It is the second delay this year of the 35-gate terminal; it had been set to open in February.
RCCL plans $300M Miami headquarters
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. plans to build a $300 million headquarters at PortMiami. The 10-story, 350,000-square-foot building is designed to suggest a cruise ship, with floor-to-ceiling windows and tiered balconies. Renderings show a soccer field on the roof of the parking garage and plans filed with the county call for a day care center and a fitness facility.
TUI to introduce river cruises in 2020
German tour operator TUI will launch a river cruise company in 2020. TUI said it had purchased three passenger ships but did not say which ones. TUI River Cruises will sell flexible packages offering different food and drink options and excursions. The company offered very little detail on the ships but said they would have some private balcony suites.
N.Y.-Ecuador flight is JetBlue's longest ever
JetBlue will launch its longest route so far, a daily flight between New York JFK and Guayaquil, Ecuador, on Dec. 5. JetBlue will be able to operate the almost-3,000-mile route thanks to the addition of the Airbus A321neo to its fleet, which it takes delivery of this spring. The aircraft can fly 500 nautical miles farther than older-generation A321s and is 20% more fuel-efficient.