What we’re reading: Norwegian Air to launch London-US service, Alaska Air changing boarding process, United adding new seasonal service

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Norwegian Air to launch London-US flights

Norwegian Air Shuttle will begin service between London and the United States next summer.

Norwegian, which this year became the only European budget airline to fly transatlantic routes, will fly to New York, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale from London’s Gatwick airport, using Boeing 787 Dreamliners, it said on Thursday.

Alaska heats up boarding process for Q400 flights, increases service between Anchorage and Fairbanks

If you’re going to fly between Anchorage and Fairbanks, you won’t have to freeze during the winter months.

Beginning in March 2014, Alaska will use a jet bridge at Fairbanks International Airport to board and deplane passengers. Passengers currently have to board the plane outside, even in winter, during which average low temperatures range from −15° F (−26° C) to −25° F (−32° C).

United Airlines to add new seasonal routes, increase frequency on existing routes

United Airlines will add three new seasonal routes through next year from Chicago and San Francisco.

Beginning December 12, United will launch daily, nonstop service from San Francisco to Sun Valley, Idaho. The service will operate through March 30 of next year.

The carrier will also launch new nonstop service between Chicago and Gunnison/Crested Butte, Colorado on December 21, as well as service between Chicago and Steamboat Springs/Hayden, Colorado on February 15, 2014. Both routes will operate through March 29, 2014.

(Photo: Aero Icarus/Flickr Creative Commons)

  • Alaskan

    Looks like we Alaskans will have to freeze this winter when flying in and out of FAI. Also, while FAI lows may average from -25 to -15 F, it is quite common for temps to drop to the minus 40s (or lower) for a week or so sometime each winter. At those temps exposed flesh freezes quickly and hot coffee crystallizes when spilled before it reaches the ground. I’m not sure how AS will even keep galley liquids from freezing with the adjacent stairway door open to such temperatures. Boarding small children and disabled pax will be quite a challenge, too. They better make sure no line forms at the bottom of the boarding stairs and that there’s adequate space inside the plane to store the parkas, pac boots, etc. everyone will have to wear. I just love flying to HNL with all my arctic gear . . .