Norwegian has launched its first long haul services from Spain with three US cities – Los Angeles, New York and Oakland (commenced Jun-2017) – and plans one more – Miami, set for Aug-2017. Its next long haul route from Barcelona is likely to be Buenos Aires, but this reflects only a small part of Norwegian's ambitions in Argentina.
Level's first flight to Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) will take off tomorrow, Saturday, at 16.40 hours, from Barcelona-El Prat Airport. It'll be the first non-stop service between both destinations.
UK long-haul specialist Virgin Atlantic has set up a new subsidiary to operate services to the Caribbean.
The new subsidiary, Virgin Atlantic International (VAI), has been granted an air operator’s certificate by the UK Civil Aviation Authority and is expected to begin operations by the end of December, using two of Virgin Atlantic’s Airbus A330-300s.
VAI will be used “to operate certain Caribbean services on Virgin Atlantic’s behalf,” Virgin Atlantic said in a brief statement. The new company will use the parent company’s pilots and cabin crew and there will be no discernible difference in the service compared to that of Virgin Atlantic.
Virgin Atlantic declined to give further details of the new operation. “It’s not something we’re talking about,” spokeswoman Anna Catchpole said. “It’s commercially sensitive, so we can’t release the reasons behind [the new company]. It’s an internal thing.”
Virgin Atlantic has a substantial roster of Caribbean and West Indies destinations, including Antigua, Barbados, Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica and St Lucia.