Star Alliance is beefing up its presence on the U.S. East Coast with two new routes, one to Boston and one to Newark.
Austrian Adds Vienna to Boston Flight
Austrian will add a new flight from Vienna (VIE) to Boston (BOS) starting on March 29, 2020. The service will initially operate four days per week and increase to six days per week by the middle of April (no service on Mondays).
The route will operate according to the following schedule:
OS91 dep VIE 1:25PM – arr BOS 4:30PM
OS92 dep BOS 6:52PM – arr VIE 8:25AM+1
Austrian will utilize a 767-300 on the route, which I’ve reviewed in business class here. This flight will replace Austrian’s service to Miami, which it is suspending due to low demand. This new route is part of Austrian’s larger strategy to fight for survival in the face of fierce competition from budget carriers in Vienna.
Turkish Adds Istanbul to Newark Flight
Returning to Newark for the first time since 1994, Turkish Airlines will introduce service from Istanbul (IST) to Newark (EWR) on May 25, 2020.
Turkish has hinted at this flight for years, but has finally made it official. The route will operate according to the following schedule:
TK29 dep IST 6:35PM – arr EWR 10:30PM
TK30 dep EWR 12:25AM – arr IST 5:10PM
Turkish will utilize an Airbus A330 on the new route. I’ve reviewed it, though Turkish offers at least three configurations of this aircraft.
Turkish will use an A330-300 variant to Newark with business class seating like the 777-300ER (except no middle seats).
Newark is a logical addition for Turkish since it is a major hub for United Airlines, a “frenemy” Star Alliance partner. I expect an increased codeshare relationship which will offer United-originating passengers domestic connections in Turkey and Turkish-originating passengers onward connections in the USA.
Turkish already flies to JFK up to three times per day during peak season.
As we progress in an era in which the influence of airline alliances is waning, alliance networks still offer a compelling value proposition to passengers who wish to collect miles in a single account or enjoy limited status recognition like lounge access or priority boarding. Star Alliance remains the powerhouse alliance for transatlantic travel and these new routes from Austrian and Turkish only increase this advantage.
Are you excited to fly Austrian from Boston or Turkish from Newark?