Global Aviation Services Delta, Air France announce year-round service from Nice to JFKJoint venture partners Delta Air Lines and Air France will offer year-round nonstop service between Nice Côte d’Azur Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.The flight is the only service to link the French Riviera region to the United States nonstop and previously ran for 10 months each year, with a temporary stop between the end of January and the start of the summer season in March.Operated daily by Delta in conjunction with Air France, the flight will continue four times a week throughout the winter season. Delta will use a 245-seat Boeing 767-400 aircraft on services between Nice and New York through December and a 210-seat Boeing 767-300 aircraft from January to March 2016.“We have transported more than 2 million passengers between Nice and the United States since 1991 and are delighted to respond to customer demand by extending this popular flight throughout the winter,” said Perry Cantarutti, Delta’s Senior Vice President Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Around 20 percent of passengers are flying to Nice on business and a year-round service will help support local industry both here and in the surrounding region.”Patrick Alexandre, EVP Commercial, Sales & Alliances at Air France-KLM added: “The extension of the nonstop Nice-New York flight, now operated all year round by our partner Delta Air Lines, is a further illustration of Air France-KLM’s desire to expand its presence, together with its partners, on the French Riviera. The leading airline group in Nice, Air France-KLM, in cooperation with Delta, is reaffirming its leadership in the region in a sustainable manner. Highly committed to promoting France abroad, especially Nice, Air France KLM and its partner Delta carried 120,000 American passengers to and from Nice in 2014, representing 320 per day!”The Nice-New York flight supports a number of high-profile events in the Côte d’Azur region, including the Cannes Film Festival, of which Air France is official airline, the Monaco Grand Prix and the Nice Jazz Festival.Passengers flying in Delta’s business class cabin, Delta One, enjoy a full range of premium products for a comfortable, relaxed, and productive in-flight experience. These include fully flat-bed seats in a 1x2x1 configuration with Westin Heavenly Inflight Bedding from Westin Hotels & Resorts. Delta offers fine dining on board with five-course chef-inspired menus accompanied by wines selected by Master Sommelier, Andrea Robinson.The Nice-New York-JFK flight is operated as part of the joint venture with Delta, Air France-KLM and Alitalia. With more than 250 daily trans-Atlantic flights operated by the four airline partners and a fleet of 129 aircraft, this partnership provides customers with the benefits of a vast route network offering more frequencies, competitive fares and harmonized services across the Atlantic. This industry-leading JV represents nearly 25 percent of total trans-Atlantic capacity. Fly Air France Fly Delta Airlines Source = Delta Airlines & Air France
St. Maarten — With breathtaking landscapes, turquoise waters and white sand beaches, St. Maarten wants to make it easy for elite travelers to plan their trip.To help in the planning process, the tourist board has set the Top 10 Attractions, according to a press release received by Elite Traveler.· 12 Metre Regatta – Renowned as “The Number One Shore Excursion in the Caribbean” , participants board America’s Cup-winning Stars & Stripes, Canada II or True North for a once in a lifetime adventure. The crew will teach guests how to operate the ship and assign each person a “crew member” position. Grind a winch, trim a sail, punch a stop watch, or just sit back and relax as you hit the raceway. Visit www.12Metre.com for more information.· Rhino Safari – Adventurers of all ages are guaranteed a thrill of a lifetime ride onboard a 10 foot inflatable motorboat along St Maarten’s magnificent coast line. Participants will follow a personal guide while making a stop at a wild reef for some spectacular snorkeling. For more information, e-mail RhinoSafari@StMaarten.com.· Horse Back Riding – A great way to enjoy the sights of St. Maarten, visitors can check out Lucky Stables (www.luckystables.shoreadventures.net), a top riding facility on the island, located on a 30-acre nature park in Cay Bay. The stable provides trails for horseback riding as well as horse and carriage rides, while its ideal beachfront location is perfect for taking a mid-day swim.· Deep Sea Fishing – Search the seas of St. Maarten for Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Skip Jack Tuna, Big Eye Tuna, Yellow Fin Tuna, Sailfish, Dorado, Mahi Mahi, Dolphin, King Fish, Barracuda, Spanish Mackerel, Wahoo and more. Enjoy the turquoise waters and sapphire blue Atlantic Ocean. St. Maarten offers visitors a variety of fishing experiences for experienced, avid and recreational fishermen. Excursions are available from operators throughout the island.· Sunset Cruise – Departing from the dock at SkipJack’s Restaurant in Simpson Bay, guests can board the ship for an hour and a half ride on the largest lagoon in the Caribbean. Enjoy the sights of Point Pirouette, Mullet Bay, and the luxurious houses of the rich and famous. On the return voyage, get an up close and personal look at the incoming flights as they fly right overhead. Visit www.SailStMaarten.com for more information.· Cheri’s Café – Located in the center of Maho, Cheri’s Cafe (www.cheriscafe.com) features live music and entertainment six nights a week. This popular nightspot is a must visit for those who love to dance beneath the stars.· Sunset Beach Bar – Sunset Beach Bar is St. Maarten’s most popular beach bar situated at the end of the runway of Princess Juliana’s International Airport. Visitors can watch planes take off and land overhead each and every day while enjoying tropical refreshments.· GuavaBerry Shop – Don’t miss historical Philipsburg’s world-famous Guavaberry Emporium. Guavaberry is the legendary liquor of St. Maarten and is produced on Front Street on the site of an abandoned 18th Century Jewish synagogue.· 37 Beaches – Kick back and relax on one of the 37 beaches in St. Maarten, all open to the public. Those on the windward Atlantic side offer more waves and are perfect for sailing or surfing, while those on the Caribbean side provide calm turquoise waters perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Some of the most popular include Mullet Bay, Pinel, Legalion, and Orient Beach.· Butterfly Farm – One of the most popular St. Maarten attractions, The Butterfly Farm(www.thebutterflyfarm.com) features hundreds of rare and exotic butterflies in a beautifully landscaped, quiet garden. At any given time, some 40 species of butterflies, numbering as many as 600, flutter inside the garden under a tented net. The farm offers informative guided tours, and is great fun for children of all ages.