AIRLINES AND AIRPORTS

BA links Gatwick and Big Apple

British Airways started flying between Gatwick and New York’s JFK Airport on May 1.

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The daily service, operated by a Boeing 777 (with three classes of tickets available) departs Gatwick at 16.40pm, reaching JFK at 19.30.

Lynne Embleton, the airline’s Managing Director at Gatwick, said the route will also provide a further connection to New York for other European cities via Gatwick’s short-haul network.

“New York is British Airways’ flagship Atlantic route and will always be one of the most popular destinations for holidaymakers and business travellers alike,” she said.

The airline operated a Gatwick-New York for more than 25 years before pulling it in 2009 in favour of the Egyptian resort, Sharm El Sheikh.

British Airways is the only carrier to fly to the Big Apple from Gatwick, Heathrow and London City.

Norwegian is the only other airline that flies between Gatwick and New York.

Batraveltrade.com

American celebrates 90 not out

American Airlines celebrated 90 years of flying on April 15 by treating customers on its flight 90 from Chicago O’Hare to Heathrow to a special ‘send-off celebration’.

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The cockpit crew displayed a flag with the original American Airlines logo out the aircraft window on taxi out, in honor of an old tradition at American: the placement of the flags bearing the company logo, on its DC3s, was unique to the “Flagship Fleet” of American Airlines.

In addition, customers on the flight received a special gift from Chicago’s famous Garrett Popcorn Shops and a commemorative photo album.

American began operations on April 15 1926 when legendary aviator Charles A. Lindbergh, the chief pilot of Robertson Aircraft Corporation, stowed a bag of mail in his DH-4 biplane and took off from Chicago, bound for St. Louis.

Americanairlines.co.uk