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Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Sat Mar 11, 2017 6:17 pm

Hey Guys,
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As we have seen over the last two years, Jamaica have experienced steady growth in air arrivals out of Europe.. For this thread, we will highlight some the most recent announcements.

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Eurowings — a subsidiary of Lufthansa — will begin operating a twice-weekly scheduled service between Germany and Montego Bay, Jamaica.

 “The scheduled flights will operate every Monday and Friday from Cologne/Bonn, and will use their Airbus 330 aircraft which has 310 seats. Flights will run July 3 through to October 27, 2017, and will bring over 10,000 seats from Germany for the summer.
Eurowings has advised that they will extend the service into the winter.


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Weekly charter flights between Spain, Portugal and Jamaica will begin in June of this year.
Charters will be sold and operated by the Barcelo Group under their tour operator brands.
“The Portugal flights will be operated by Orbest from June 9 to September 29 and goes out of their capital city Lisbon, with an Airbus 330 aircraft that seats 388 passengers. The flight will make a stop in the Dominican Republic before continuing on to Montego Bay and vice versa. Meanwhile, the Spain flights will be operated by Evelop non-stop out of their capital city, Madrid into Montego Bay from June 4 to October 28 with an Airbus 330.

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Condor Airlines in their latest filing to JCAA, will be add a Tues FRA-MBJ-VRA-FRA flight operated from the period May 2, 2017-Oct 25, 2017.


Previously Announced:

Thomson and Virgin Atlantic will increase LGW-MBJ to 4 weekly.

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More news in old thread.
viewtopic.php?p=19401793#p19401793
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:49 pm

hummingbird wrote:
Hey Guys,
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As we have seen over the last two years, Jamaica have experienced steady growth in air arrivals out of Europe.. For this thread, we will highlight some the most recent announcements.

Image

Eurowings — a subsidiary of Lufthansa — will begin operating a twice-weekly scheduled service between Germany and Montego Bay, Jamaica.

 “The scheduled flights will operate every Monday and Friday from Cologne/Bonn, and will use their Airbus 330 aircraft which has 310 seats. Flights will run July 3 through to October 27, 2017, and will bring over 10,000 seats from Germany for the summer.
Eurowings has advised that they will extend the service into the winter.


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Weekly charter flights between Spain, Portugal and Jamaica will begin in June of this year.
Charters will be sold and operated by the Barcelo Group under their tour operator brands.
“The Portugal flights will be operated by Orbest from June 9 to September 29 and goes out of their capital city Lisbon, with an Airbus 330 aircraft that seats 388 passengers. The flight will make a stop in the Dominican Republic before continuing on to Montego Bay and vice versa. Meanwhile, the Spain flights will be operated by Evelop non-stop out of their capital city, Madrid into Montego Bay from June 4 to October 28 with an Airbus 330.

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Condor Airlines in their latest filing to JCAA, will be add a Tues FRA-MBJ-VRA-FRA flight operated from the period May 2, 2017-Oct 25, 2017.


Previously Announced:

Thomson and Virgin Atlantic will increase LGW-MBJ to 4 weekly.

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More news in old thread.
viewtopic.php?p=19401793#p19401793


The news is awesome as its how much that market has recovered since the recession in Spain and Portugal

Bartlett indicated that the flights out of Portugal and Spain are critical to the continued diversification of Jamaica’s tourism sector and is in line with deliberate and concerted efforts to gain a stronger foothold into the European markets.

http://www.janewshub.com/spain-and-port ... rt-summer/
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:28 am

jm079 wrote:
Bartlett indicated that the flights out of Portugal and Spain are critical to the continued diversification of Jamaica’s tourism sector and is in line with deliberate and concerted efforts to gain a stronger foothold into the European markets.


Now it's time to see Norwegian from Scandinavia and Edelweiss from Zurich. I also anticipate AB to covert to schedule services in W17.



Latest OAG filings.

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1357647
B6 FLL-KIN JUN 3>2.0 JUL 3>2 AUG 3>2 SEP 3>2.
Interesting to see them follow a similar pattern as AA. Trump Travel Effect???

NK FLL-KIN AUG 0.3>0.5 SEP 0.1>0.3 OCT 0>0.3

Looks like they are going year-round.
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Mon Mar 13, 2017 1:31 pm

hummingbird wrote:
jm079 wrote:
Bartlett indicated that the flights out of Portugal and Spain are critical to the continued diversification of Jamaica’s tourism sector and is in line with deliberate and concerted efforts to gain a stronger foothold into the European markets.


Now it's time to see Norwegian from Scandinavia and Edelweiss from Zurich. I also anticipate AB to covert to schedule services in W17.


I see Thomas Cook Scandinavia keeping the Norway route, I don't have the confidence in another carrier doing it.
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Tue Mar 14, 2017 5:45 pm

According to this link, Jamaica and Cuba has signed a Mult-Destination Marketing Deal that will include air services between both countries.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjxER5c ... ture=share

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Jamaica attracted approximately 20,000 German tourists last year, and Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has now mandated the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and other industrial officials to raise the figure to 50,000 by 2020.
Bartlett noted his decision while meeting with executives of the world’s largest tour company, TUI Group, in Berlin, Germany, over the weekend.
Bartlett said that his ministry and the JTB will be working closely with TUI to achieve the target.
TUI Group brought more than 150,000 tourists to Jamaica’s shores last year. It is the largest leisure, travel and tourism company in the world, and owns travel agencies, hotels, airlines, cruise ships, and retail stores.


http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Bar ... 2020_92329

http://www.eturbonews.com/77858/tourism ... ist-arriva

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Axe to grind??

Monitoring the websites of airlines servicing Guyana from North America, it looks like the average airfare between JFK and Georgetown, currently, and throughout much of the year, on CAL, Fly Jamaica, and Eastern Airlines, is about US$800 roundtrip. COPA Airline via Panama City fluctuates between US$1,000 to 1,200. CAL appears to be cashing in on its JFK/Georgetown non-stop flight, with an average of US$900 roundtrip.

Fly Jamaica, Eastern and Dynamic Airlines are all charter companies that are plying the lucrative JFK/Georgetown route. Their service has been marred by delays and cancellations. Eastern and Fly Jamaica have had fewer delays and cancellations in the past few months, and Dynamic Airlines is showing some improvements.


http://www.caribbeannewsnow.com/headlin ... 33779.html

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Two of the flights — BW011 from Montego Bay (Jamaica) to New York and BW528 from Trinidad to New York were cancelled yesterday while four flights are cancelled for today. They are BW521 from New York to Trinidad; BW524 from Trinidad to New York; BW525 from New York to Trinidad and BW010 from New York to Montego Bay, Jamaica
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http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20170313 ... rk-flights

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Rmjhjr wrote:
I see Thomas Cook Scandinavia keeping the Norway route, I don't have the confidence in another carrier doing it.


Thomas Cook serves ARN.

DY has a strong hub in OSL. OSL was previously served by TUI Group.


MBJ Shots.

Trans-Atlantic on parade.

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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:28 pm

hummingbird wrote:
Rmjhjr wrote:
I see Thomas Cook Scandinavia keeping the Norway route, I don't have the confidence in another carrier doing it.


Thomas Cook serves ARN.

DY has a strong hub in OSL. OSL was previously served by TUI Group.


My bad, I got the cities mixed up. But yeah, TUI has been serving that route doubled (Thomson directly while TUI via Dom Rep). That's another reason I don't see DY coming; otherwise why wouldn't they have served it themselves? Yeah, I know how big TUI is and all; still, I am certain DY could have tried; perhaps continuing on from PR?
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:37 pm

Rmjhjr wrote:
My bad, I got the cities mixed up. But yeah, TUI has been serving that route doubled (Thomson directly while TUI via Dom Rep). That's another reason I don't see DY coming; otherwise why wouldn't they have served it themselves? Yeah, I know how big TUI is and all; still, I am certain DY could have tried; perhaps continuing on from PR?


Strong growth from the Scandinavian markets, especially Sweden. DY has a strong hub at OSL, so I can see a nonstop 1-2 weekly winter service.

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More flights.
ATLANTA, March 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - Vacation Express is ready to begin their seasonal, non-stop flights from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to Jamaica and Punta Cana. Weekly service to Jamaica runs from Saturday, May 27 to July 1, 2017, and flights to Punta Cana will depart every Monday starting May 15 through July 31, 2017.


http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases ... 41594.html

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MBJ Shots.

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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:32 pm

hummingbird wrote:
According to this link, Jamaica and Cuba has signed a Mult-Destination Marketing Deal that will include air services between both countries.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjxER5c ... ture=share

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Jamaica attracted approximately 20,000 German tourists last year, and Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has now mandated the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and other industrial officials to raise the figure to 50,000 by 2020.
Bartlett noted his decision while meeting with executives of the world’s largest tour company, TUI Group, in Berlin, Germany, over the weekend.
Bartlett said that his ministry and the JTB will be working closely with TUI to achieve the target.
TUI Group brought more than 150,000 tourists to Jamaica’s shores last year. It is the largest leisure, travel and tourism company in the world, and owns travel agencies, hotels, airlines, cruise ships, and retail stores.


http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Bar ... 2020_92329

http://www.eturbonews.com/77858/tourism ... ist-arriva

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Axe to grind??

Monitoring the websites of airlines servicing Guyana from North America, it looks like the average airfare between JFK and Georgetown, currently, and throughout much of the year, on CAL, Fly Jamaica, and Eastern Airlines, is about US$800 roundtrip. COPA Airline via Panama City fluctuates between US$1,000 to 1,200. CAL appears to be cashing in on its JFK/Georgetown non-stop flight, with an average of US$900 roundtrip.

Fly Jamaica, Eastern and Dynamic Airlines are all charter companies that are plying the lucrative JFK/Georgetown route. Their service has been marred by delays and cancellations. Eastern and Fly Jamaica have had fewer delays and cancellations in the past few months, and Dynamic Airlines is showing some improvements.


http://www.caribbeannewsnow.com/headlin ... 33779.html

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Two of the flights — BW011 from Montego Bay (Jamaica) to New York and BW528 from Trinidad to New York were cancelled yesterday while four flights are cancelled for today. They are BW521 from New York to Trinidad; BW524 from Trinidad to New York; BW525 from New York to Trinidad and BW010 from New York to Montego Bay, Jamaica
.

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20170313 ... rk-flights

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Rmjhjr wrote:
I see Thomas Cook Scandinavia keeping the Norway route, I don't have the confidence in another carrier doing it.


Thomas Cook serves ARN.

DY has a strong hub in OSL. OSL was previously served by TUI Group.


MBJ Shots.

Trans-Atlantic on parade.

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Caribbean Airlines has been saddled with a US$270,000 monthly bill for breaking its lease on two 767 jets that are now being used by Air Canada.

A report in the Trinidad Guardian newspaper quoted CAL officials as saying that the airline is still incurring payments on the 767s and this will continue until August this year.

Captain Jagmohan Singh, CAL’s Chief Executive Officer, has confirmed that US$135,000 is due for each plane, and although they were returned, the airline had to renegotiate with the lessors.

http://rjrnewsonline.com/local/cal-stru ... card-fraud
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:39 pm

jm079 wrote:

Caribbean Airlines has been saddled with a US$270,000 monthly bill for breaking its lease on two 767 jets that are now being used by Air Canada.

A report in the Trinidad Guardian newspaper quoted CAL officials as saying that the airline is still incurring payments on the 767s and this will continue until August this year.

Captain Jagmohan Singh, CAL’s Chief Executive Officer, has confirmed that US$135,000 is due for each plane, and although they were returned, the airline had to renegotiate with the lessors.

http://rjrnewsonline.com/local/cal-stru ... card-fraud


Bit off more than they could chew? It's always a great thing to be ambitious; it's better to be smart about it.
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:20 pm

Check Out these shots.

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OAG Filings.

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AA DFW-MBJ AUG 0.9>1.1 SEP 0.3>0.7 NOV 0.7>0.9

BW JFK-GEO APR 1.0>1.1
BW JFK-KIN JUL 1.5>1.3 AUG 1.4>1.3

UA EWR-MBJ AUG 1.6>2

WN BWI-MBJ AUG 1.3>1.6
WN HOU-MBJ AUG 1.0>0.7 SEP 1.0>0.6 OCT 1.0>0.6
WN MCO-MBJ AUG 1.0>0.8 SEP 1.0>0.7 OCT 1.0>0.7
WN MDW-MBJ AUG 0.7>0.9

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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:58 am

jm079 wrote:
Caribbean Airlines has been saddled with a US$270,000 monthly bill for breaking its lease on two 767 jets that are now being used by Air Canada.

A report in the Trinidad Guardian newspaper quoted CAL officials as saying that the airline is still incurring payments on the 767s and this will continue until August this year.

Captain Jagmohan Singh, CAL’s Chief Executive Officer, has confirmed that US$135,000 is due for each plane, and although they were returned, the airline had to renegotiate with the lessors.

http://rjrnewsonline.com/local/cal-stru ... card-fraud


Ouch! Was expecting that to happen.

Rmjhjr wrote:
Bit off more than they could chew?


So it would seem.

** Great photos as usual hb/Rmjhjr. I never get tired of viewing them.
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:19 pm

DL's A321 is sched to appear in MBJ from ATL. A first time visit.
N303DN
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL317

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OJ operated a KIN-CCS flight with their B752 on Friday night.
https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/n524at/

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American Airlines celebrates this year its 40-year anniversary in Jamaica. The airline began flying to Jamaica on March 2, 1977, with one daily flight from New York-JFK to Montego Bay (MBJ) and Kingston (KIN) on a McDonnell-Douglas DC-10 aircraft.
At the time, the airline employed 14 people in Jamaica. Today, American Airlines employs 94 people in the country and operates almost 90 nonstop weekly flights from KIN and MBJ to the United States.

The airline currently operates 21 weekly flights from KIN to Miami as well as 67 weekly flights from MBJ to seven destinations in the United States - Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami and Philadelphia. 

http://hospitalityjamaica.com/achieve1.html

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"The return of non-stop service on Vacation Express from Dallas Fort Worth to Montego Bay this summer will assist the destination in attracting increased visitors from the west/southwest," said Paul Pennicook, Jamaica's Director of Tourism. "Visitors wishing to experience our rich heritage and diverse culture and cuisine are encouraged to take advantage of the special offers now available."
Jamaica has become an even more enticing destination for travelers with the introduction of three brand-new, all-inclusive resorts on the island. Royalton Blue Waters is located in Montego Bay and Royalton Negril and Hideaway at Royalton Negril are on the popular beaches of Negril. All three resorts offer Royalton's All-In Luxury® concept which features luxurious benefits to all guests, including the exquisitely comfortable DreamBedTM, free high-speed Wi-Fi resort-wide, 24-hour room service, the Sports Event GuaranteeTM and more.
Flights to Jamaica will be operated by Swift Air, LLC. on a Boeing 737 aircraft. The value-packed flights will enable travelers to sit back and relax while enjoying a complimentary non-alcoholic beverage and snack. Each traveler will be permitted one free carry-on bag and the option to purchase add-ons like Preferred Seating starting at $20 or Elite Plus starting at $39 each way and can bundle options which include checked luggage for the best value. Flights to Punta Cana will also be operated by Swift Air, LLC.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/vacation-express-brings-dallas-fort-111700607.html

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The Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 flight VS65 was heading to Jamaica's Montego Bay when it was struck just moments after take-off.
The pilots were reportedly then forced to swerve the jet around and land back at Gatwick.

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest- ... 747-flight
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TORONTO, March 22, 2017 /CNW/ - Sunwing will be offering a summer service to three popular Caribbean destinations from Vancouver via Toronto for a third consecutive year. From May 17 to September 03, 2017 inclusive, West coast travellers can enjoy convenient access to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Montego Bay, Jamaica and the island of St. Maarten.  From June 1st until September 1st, 2017, flight connections to Punta Cana are available on Thursdays and Sundays, and Montego Bay is accessed via weekly service departing each Saturday from June 3rd until September 3rd, 2017. Plus, vacationers headed to St. Maarten can take advantage of regular Wednesday service between May 17th and August 31st, 2017.

http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/su ... 33104.html
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:07 pm

hummingbird wrote:
DL's A321 is sched to appear in MBJ from ATL. A first time visit.
N303DN
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL317


I missed it.

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hummingburd wrote:
American Airlines celebrates this year its 40-year anniversary in Jamaica. The airline began flying to Jamaica on March 2, 1977, with one daily flight from New York-JFK to Montego Bay (MBJ) and Kingston (KIN) on a McDonnell-Douglas DC-10 aircraft.
At the time, the airline employed 14 people in Jamaica. Today, American Airlines employs 94 people in the country and operates almost 90 nonstop weekly flights from KIN and MBJ to the United States.

The airline currently operates 21 weekly flights from KIN to Miami as well as 67 weekly flights from MBJ to seven destinations in the United States - Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami and Philadelphia. 
http://hospitalityjamaica.com/achieve1.html


Those DC-10s were pure awesomeness!!! Shiny and big and beautiful and everything great. Not to mention the A306 out of Miami as well and those 727 doing the night stay-over.

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hummingbird wrote:
"The return of non-stop service on Vacation Express from Dallas Fort Worth to Montego Bay this summer will assist the destination in attracting increased visitors from the west/southwest," said Paul Pennicook, Jamaica's Director of Tourism. "Visitors wishing to experience our rich heritage and diverse culture and cuisine are encouraged to take advantage of the special offers now available."
Jamaica has become an even more enticing destination for travelers with the introduction of three brand-new, all-inclusive resorts on the island. Royalton Blue Waters is located in Montego Bay and Royalton Negril and Hideaway at Royalton Negril are on the popular beaches of Negril. All three resorts offer Royalton's All-In Luxury® concept which features luxurious benefits to all guests, including the exquisitely comfortable DreamBedTM, free high-speed Wi-Fi resort-wide, 24-hour room service, the Sports Event GuaranteeTM and more.
Flights to Jamaica will be operated by Swift Air, LLC. on a Boeing 737 aircraft. The value-packed flights will enable travelers to sit back and relax while enjoying a complimentary non-alcoholic beverage and snack. Each traveler will be permitted one free carry-on bag and the option to purchase add-ons like Preferred Seating starting at $20 or Elite Plus starting at $39 each way and can bundle options which include checked luggage for the best value. Flights to Punta Cana will also be operated by Swift Air, LLC.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/vacation- ... 00607.html


When this is about start please send me a reminder.

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hummingbird wrote:
The Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 flight VS65 was heading to Jamaica's Montego Bay when it was struck just moments after take-off.
The pilots were reportedly then forced to swerve the jet around and land back at Gatwick.
http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest- ... 747-flight


I noticed there wasn't a Sunday flight but they will have back to back flights Tuesday and Wednesday. Guess that downed plane really hampered operations. And with only 8 747s it's hard to find replacement.

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