Alaska Airlines Announces Service to Portland, Oregon
Alaska Airlines announced on November 12, 2008, that it would begin flights from Long Beach to Portland, Oregon on February 8, 2009. The flights will use Alaska's Boeing 737 aircraft.
JetBlue Announces Three New Destinations from Long Beach
JetBlue Airways announced on February 12, 2008, that it would begin flights from Long Beach to Austin, Texas on May 1, 2008, and to San Jose, California and Seattle, Washington on May 21, 2008. The flights will use a mix of Airbus A320 and Embraer 190 aircraft.
ExpressJet Airlines Announces Long Beach Services
ExpressJet Airlines announced on October 8, 2007, that it would begin flights from Long Beach to Reno, Nevada; Fresno, California; and Monterey, California on November 11. The airline operates Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft.
Vision Airlines Obtains Commuter Slots
Arizona's East Valley Tribune reported on July 21, 2007, that Vision Airlines had obtained a couple of slots for service to Williams Gateway Airport in Mesa, Arizona, and service could begin by the end of the year. In addition, the airline filed a bid with the Department of Transportation to provide service from Merced, California and Visalia, California to Long Beach and North Las Vegas, Nevada.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that BAG Aviation Holdings may have lost its slots at Long Beach.
Commuter Slots Awarded to BAG Aviation Holdings and Horizon Air
The Long Beach Press-Telegram reported on December 15, 2006, that the twenty remaining commuter slots had been awarded. Seventeen were allocated to BAG Aviation Holdings, which will contract with Island Air to provide Dash 8 and Q400 service for the operation. Three were allocated to Horizon Air.
JetBlue to add Chicago Service
On Thursday, October 26, 2006, JetBlue Airways announced that it will add add twice daily service from Long Beach to O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois starting January 4, 2007.
American Slots Redistributed
The Long Beach Press-Telegram reported on April 5, 2006, that the slots that came available as a result of American's termination of service to Long Beach have been reallocated. One slot automatically reverted to JetBlue per the terms of the 2003 settlement. Of the remaining four slots, two went to JetBlue, one to Alaska Airlines, and one to FedEx.
Delta Announces Long Beach-Salt Lake City Service
Delta Air Lines announced service from Long Beach to Salt Lake City, Utah on January 3, 2006. Three daily round trip flights will be operated beginning March 6, 2006, by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines using Bombardier CRJ-200 jet aircraft.
The Long Beach Press-Telegram article on the subject published on January 4th noted that Smooth Flight had dropped their bid for 19 commuter slots, citing uncertainty over the airport's terminal expansion.
American to End Long Beach Service
The Long Beach Press-Telegram reported on December 15, 2005, that American Airlines will end service to Long Beach Airport in 2006. An exact timetable has not been released, though one of the airline's five flights to Dallas/Ft. Worth will likely end in January or February, with the remaining flights being discontinued on March 2nd.
There have been conflicting reports about the reallocation of the slots. Various sources have reported either one or three will revert automatically to JetBlue, which gave them up in a 2003 settlement. The remaining slots would likely be assigned by lottery, as both JetBlue and Alaska Airlines have expressed interest in them.
Smooth Flight, Delta Awarded Commuter Slots
The Long Beach Press-Telegram reported on September 3, 2005, that the 22 remaining commuter slots at Long Beach Airport had been awarded to Smooth Flight and Delta. Neither airline has announced destinations.
Smooth Flight intends to initially operate Beechcraft 1900 turboprop aircraft, with plans to upgrade to Bombardier Q400 aircraft.
Delta flights will be operated by Delta Connection affiliates SkyWest Airlines or Atlantic Southeast Airlines, using Bombardier CRJ-200 or Bombardier CRJ-700 aircraft.
America West to Add Flights to Las Vegas
America West Airlines announced on January 18, 2005, that it is adding service from Long Beach to Las Vegas, Nevada. The two daily flights will be operated by Mesa Airlines as America West Express using Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft, and will start on April 29, 2005.
The Grunion Gazette noted on January 27, 2005 that America West planned to apply for three commuter slots which would be used for CRJ-200 service to Phoenix, freeing up commercial jet slots for the flights to Las Vegas.
American to End New York Service
American Airlines announced on October 4, 2004, that it will be ending service from Long Beach to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on November 1, 2004. The airline will continue to offer 11 daily flights from Los Angeles International Airport to JFK.
An article in the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported that the airline was ending the service due to rising fuel costs, and that the aircraft used for the flights will be used to expand service at the airline's hub at Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport in Texas. The Long Beach Airport flight slots will be returned to the city.
Delta AirElite Bases New LearJet 60 at Long Beach
On Thursday, May 20, 2004, Delta AirElite Business Jets announced that it has added a new LearJet 60 to its fleet and based the aircraft at Long Beach Airport, as part of the company's expansion on the west coast.
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