John Lennon has an aircraft named in his honour
Start spreading the news……New York, New York service takes off from JLA
25 May 2007
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The Flyglobespan’s 189-seater Boeing 757 "Across the Universe".
Video: YOKO launches JLA to JFK flights:
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Yoko Ono today visited John Lennon Airport once again to join in celebrations to mark the departure of the first scheduled airline service from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to New York.
Ms Ono joined invited guests, Airport Management and passengers to celebrate the departure of the inaugural Flyglobespan flight to New York's JFK Airport. The aircraft used by the airline on this route has been specially painted with the Airport's logo including the famous self portrait drawing by John Lennon and the strapline “above us only sky”. The aircraft has been named 'Across the Universe', following a suggestion by Ms Ono who was on hand to cut the ribbon at a special ceremony at the aircraft steps ahead of the first passengers boarding the flight.
Ms Ono, who has attended the Airport on a number of occasions following the rebranding to John Lennon Airport in 2001 said,
"As you all know, John had a tremendous fondness for both of these cities. He would have been delighted that there is now a direct flight between these two historic cities - across the Universe, so to speak. It's a great day for both Liverpudlians and New Yorkers. Best wishes from me to you. Yoko.”
She added: "In 2001, I was asked if I would allow the airport to be named after John, and I didn’t hesitate.
"I feel at home when I come to Liverpool and I like visiting John’s old school at Dovedale and seeing the children there.
"John loved Liverpool very much, and he said New York was in many ways so similar."
Robert Hough, Chairman of Peel Airports said:
“We are delighted that Yoko Ono could join us today in celebrating this important connection from JLA. Liverpool and New York already have strong, historic links established through many years of maritime trade. The Port of Liverpool, also now owned by Peel, is currently the top UK port for UK-USA and UK-Canada container trade. Today opens up new opportunities for Liverpool and the region and it is fitting this has taken place in the 800th anniversary of the City of Liverpool. Many US tourists are already attracted to the region and all it has to offer and we are pleased to strengthen this link further today in the run up to the City's Capital of Culture celebrations”.
The first airlink with New York from Liverpool takes off almost 100 years to the day that the first passenger sea link departed from Liverpool.
The Adriatic was a 25,000 tonne passenger ship belonging to the “White Star Line Steamers” fleet. Carrying 3,000 passengers in 1907 and taking several days to reach New York, today's flight is a milestone in Liverpool's historic links with New York - and a testament to modern technology with a flight time of only 6 hours and all modern comforts for passengers.
Tom Dalrymple Chairman of Flyglobespan said:
"I am immensely proud that Flyglobespan is linking two such exciting cities.
"I am very pleased that we are able to offer such competitive fares on our daily scheduled JFK route allowing the people of Liverpool to enjoy one of the world's most exciting and dynamic cities flying from their local airport."
New York flights cut Jun 20 2007
Jun 20 2007
by Adrian Butler, Liverpool Echo
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LIVERPOOL’S daily direct flight to New York is about to be scrapped after just one month, bosses announced today.
Flights straight from John Lennon to JFK airport will be cut to as few as four a week in a month’s time, after airline flyglobespan has struggled with numbers.
It comes after a week when technical problems have caused massive disruption to the airline, with long delays and cancelled services.
It emerged one flight, which was cancelled after technical problems, only had 26 passengers booked to travel.
Options now being looked at also include routing some flights to stop off in Ireland on the way to New York.
A spokesman today said: “We are committed to the service, but at this moment, there is not enough demand to justify a direct, daily service.
“At this moment in time, it looks like within a month or so they are going to cut up to three flights a week. They are looking to go down to four or five times a week.”
When it was launched last month, the daily service was hailed as a symbol of Liverpool’s rebirth.
Inaugurating the first flight, Yoko Ono said: “This is a great day for both Liverpudlians and New Yorkers.”
But since then technical problems with the airline’s 189-seater Boeing 757 have meant stand-in aircraft have had to be used.
A JLA spokesman said they were “frustrated” at the disruption being caused so soon after the service was launched.
The disruption reached its height over the weekend, with nearly all of the daily flights experiencing delays of up to four hours, and some being cancelled.
However, customers have reported problems with the low-cost service almost from day one.