Monday, January 23, 2017

Emirates announces EWR-Newark via Athens


Emirates
has officially announced that it will be launching new services to EWR-Newark airport effective 12MAR17. Flights shall be flown on a daily basis using a Boeing 777-300ER operated via Athens
with full 5th freedom traffic rights across the Atlantic.

This will result in EK operating 5 daily flights into the New York marketplace i.e. 4 to JFK (1 is via MXP) + 1 to EWR (via ATH).

The schedule of this new service is as follows:

EK 209 Dep DXB 1050 Arr ATH 1530
EK 209 Dep ATH 1730 Arr EWR 2200

EK 210 Dep EWR 2345 Arr ATH 1600+1
EK 210 Dep ATH 1800 Arr DXB 2340
 

Etihad boosts Rome capacity


Etihad Airways has officially announced that it will be significantly increasing the capacity offering on its daily Rome (FCO) bound services flown nonstop from Abu Dhabi (AUH) from the on set of the IATA Summer 2017 season.

Currently, EY operates a daily A330-200 on the route seating 262 passengers in a dual class layout. However effective 27MAR, this flight shall receive a major capacity upgrade to a daily 412 seater Boeing 777-300ER. This represents a 57% increase in seat capacity as well as enables EY to carry an additional 3 tons of cargo in the belly per flight.  

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Saudia increases Los Angeles


Saudia Airlines has officially confirmed that due to rising demand for its LAX-Los Angeles bound flights operated nonstop from Jeddah, it will be increasing its frequencies on the route effective 02JUL.

Currently, SV operates 3 times per week nonstop using a B77W, however these shall be increased to 5 times weekly using the same aircraft type from July 2017 onwards. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Air India announces Washington DC and Copenhagen

Air India has officially announced via its twitter account feed that it will be launching 2 new long haul destinations during the upcoming IATA S17 season. They are as follows:

Washington DC-Delhi nonstop to be operated using a B777 effective July 2017 three times per week

Copenhagen-Delhi nonstop to be operated using a B787 effective May 2017 four times per week

Both airports are major Star Alliance hubs hence AI will be code sharing with UA and SK on both these routes to gain additional feeder support.



Cathay Pacific increases Toronto

Cathay Pacific has officially announced that due to surging demand for its YYZ-Toronto bound flights, it will be boosting its presence on this route effective 24JUN17.

Currently, CX operates 10 times per week nonstop from HKG to YYZ using a B77W however from 24JUN onwards these shall be increased to double daily nonstop using the same aircraft type. CX recently signed a broad based code share agreement with Air Canada which will in turn help boost their Canada wide coverage via domestic code sharing.



Sunday, January 15, 2017

Qatar Airways increases Vienna and Stockholm

Qatar Airways has officially announced that it will be boosting its presence in VIE-Vienna, Austria after it successfully managed to obtain a more liberal bilateral agreement with its Government. Presently, QR flies a daily service between VIE and DOH using a B788 however from 15AUG, frequencies are being increased to 12 times per week nonstop with the 5 additional flights operated with an A332.

In addition, QR also confirmed the following:

LAS - new nonstop flights to be launched effective 08JAN18 operated 4 times per week nonstop with a B77L

ARN - frequencies increased to double daily nonstop effective 29MAR17

HEL - capacity increased from daily A320 to daily B788 effective 16SEP



Saturday, January 14, 2017

Cathay Pacific announces Barcelona

Cathay Pacific has officially announced that it will be launching new services to BCN-Barcelona effective 02JUL17. CX will operate 4 times per week nonstop from HKG using an A350-900 with the below mentioned schedule:

Days: 1/3/5/7

CX 321 Dep HKG 0020 Arr BCN 0735 
CX 322 Dep BCN 1350 Arr HKG 0805+1 


Market demand overall from BCN to Japan, Asia, Australia and South Korea is larger from BCN versus MAD as well as P2P to HKG more importantly. 

Comments:

In April 2015, I had written about how good it would be for CX to seriously consider adding BCN to their route network and now it has become reality--link http://airline-news.blogspot.com/2015/04/cathay-pacific-considering-barcelona.html

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Qatar Airways increases Beirut frequencies

Qatar Airways has officially announced that due to increasing demand from both its home market as well as its network, it will be increasing its frequencies to BEY-Beirut effective 16JAN.

Currently, QR operates a triple daily service using one A330 + double daily A320s. However from 16JAN onwards, frequencies are boosted to four daily with double daily A330s + double daily A320s.

Flights will be departing DOH at 0220/0810/1450 and 2040 respectively with the 0810 and 1450 services being flown using the A330s.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Turkish increases Karachi and Kuwait capacity

Turkish Airlines has officially announced that it will be significantly increasing capacity on its Kuwait and Karachi bound services from the on set of the IATA S17 season.

KHI will be boosted by upgrading its current daily nonstop service from a B738 to a daily A333 where as KWI will be done in stages:

a) Effective 27MAR, IST-KWI increases from 2 to 3 daily with one daily service operated by an A332 whilst the remaining 2 are with an A320

b) Effective 27JUN, IST-KWI increases from 3 to 4 daily + from 10JUL, SAW-KWI increases from daily to double daily B738s

Saturday, January 7, 2017

China Southern announces North America expansion

China Southern Airlines based out of Guangzhou has officially revealed details of its North America expansion plans from June 2017 which are as follows:

YYZ - frequencies increased from 3 to 5 weekly nonstop effective 24JUN using a B77W

JFK - frequencies increased from 10 weekly to double daily B77Ws effective 20JUN

SFO - frequencies increased from 4 to 6 weekly nonstop using a B77W effective 21JUN


Etihad increases Riyadh frequencies

Etihad Airways has officially announced that it will be increasing its frequencies to RUH-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia effective 01FEB17 as the carrier has secured attractive evening slot timings ensuring more destinations in its network are connected in both directions conveniently via AUH.

Currently, EY operates a double daily service between AUH and RUH but from 01FEB, these will be increased to triple daily with flights departing AUH at 0155/1015 and 2100 each respectively. The new service departs AUH daily at 2100 using an A320.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Qatar Airways increases Phuket and Islamabad capacity


Qatar Airways
has officially announced many capacity upgrades to its IATA S17 medium and long haul route network of which the main highlights are as follows:


HKT - frequencies increased from 11 weekly to double daily nonstop

ISB - capacity increased from daily A320 + daily A330 to daily B77L + daily A330

BRU - capacity increased from daily B788 to daily A359

LOS - capacity increased from daily A332 to daily A333

BLR - capacity increased from daily A333 to daily B77W

Monday, December 26, 2016

Cathay Pacific increases Vancouver

In a move that seems to be directly aimed at Hong Kong Airlines impending launch of their own daily nonstop HKG-YVR services, Cathay Pacific has officially announced that they shall be increasing their Vancouver bound flights from the current double daily to 17 weekly nonstop effective 28MAR17.

The 3 additional flights will be operated using their new A350-900 in a 2 class configuration with the schedule being as follows:

Days - TUE/THU/SAT

CX 856 Dep HKG 1100 Arr YVR 0755+1
CX 855 Dep YVR 0925 Arr HKG 1345

P2P demand between YVR and HKG over the past 12 months has been 340,000 passengers i.e. an increase of 23% year over year


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Oman Air announces major Asia expansion plans

Oman Air has officially revealed expansion plans for its Southeast Asia route network effective 01MAY17. The main highlights are as follows:

BKK - frequencies increased from double daily to 18 weekly operated exclusively by the B787 

CAN - frequencies increased from 3 weekly to daily i.e. new 4 weekly via SIN + 3 weekly nonstop

CGK - frequencies increased from 3 weekly to daily nonstop


Air China announces USA expansion

Air China has officially announced its North America expansion plan from the on set of the IATA S17 season which is as follows:

*All flights to operate nonstop from its primary Beijing (PEK) hub

IAD - frequencies increased from 5 weekly to daily using a B77W

YUL - frequencies increased from 4 to 6 weekly using a B789 & B77W

EWR - frequencies increased from 4 to 5 weekly using a B77W

IAH - frequencies reduced from daily to 5 weekly using a B77W

Cathay Pacific to suspend Riyadh

Cathay Pacific has disclosed via filing on Sabre GDS that it will be suspending all flights to RUH-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia effective 05MAR17 as the airline is feeling the pinch of low oil prices hurting corporate travel demand to/from KSA bound to Austral-Asia. 

CX currently operates 4 times per week nonstop to RUH using an A333 with MNL being its top feeder market on this flight.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Australia and Rome increased by Singapore Airlines


Singapore Airlines has officially announced that it will be increasing its presence in FCO-Rome, Italy effective 03JUL17. It currently operates 3 times per week using a B772ER which shall now be increased to 4 times per week nonstop using the same aircraft type.

P2P demand between SIN and FCO has increased to 58,000 passengers over the past year and its main feeder markets are Australia, MNL, BKK, KUL and Indonesia.

As far as its Aussie bound services are concerned, SQ disclosed the following:

SYD - frequencies increased from 4 to 5 daily effective 19JUN

MEL - frequencies increased from 4 daily to 31 weekly effective 17JUL

BNE - frequencies increased from 3 to 4 daily effective 22AUG

Emirates upgrades Casablanca to a daily A380

Emirates has officially announced that CMN-Casablanca shall be its newest Airbus A380 destination operated on a daily basis effective 27MAR17.

EK had originally planned to boost its CMN-DXB service to double daily B77Ws from September 2016 but that plan was axed as part of major cost cutting initiatives undertaken by the carrier due to heavy drop in profits. 

The O&D demand between DXB and CMN in 2016 was 106,000 passengers alone with CMN being a very popular destination amongst GCC residing Arabs during the summer holiday season especially.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Singapore Airlines announces Stockholm

Singapore Airlines has officially disclosed that it shall be launching new 5 weekly services to Stockholm (ARN), Sweden effective 30MAY17.

All flights will be operated via DME-Moscow using their new A350-900. ARN is a secondary hub of fellow Star Alliance member SAS and it has high demand to SE Asia especially Thailand and China.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Melbourne new Qatar Airways A380 destination

Qatar Airways has officially announced that due to strong demand for its Melbourne bound flights, it shall be increasing capacity on this sector effective 30JUN17 onwards.

Currently, it operates a daily B77W between DOH and MEL however effective 30JUN this shall be upgraded to a daily A380. In turn it results in a daily capacity increase of almost 50% in the passenger cabin. 

QR will be banking on good feed from its new route i.e. Dublin to provide value able support from next summer onwards on these upgraded MEL flights as well as more from LHR, MAN, DXB, BEY, IKA, AMM, ATH, CDG etc.