Saturday, May 31, 2008

Cathay Pacifc

Cathay Pacific will be suspending its 3 weekly Toronto bound flights that are flown via Anchorage, Alaska from Hong Kong. The flight numbers are CX 828/829. This change will take place effective late Oct 2008. CX will continue to however offer daily nonstop service on this key route using their flagship Boeing 777-300ER.

CX will also be suspending 4 flights on its Vancouver route by reducing it from triple daily to 17 weekly flights effective Oct 26th 2008. The reduced flights are CX 835/836 which will be flown 3 times a week only using an A 343.


will be increasing its frequencies to key Indian destinations effective July 2008. This is being made possible due to the recent bilateral enhancements allowed for UAE carriers to increase capacity to India from their respective hub airports. The additional operational highlights for EK in India are as follows:

HYD - increased from 11 to 18 times a week. From July, 5 additional flights will be flown using an A 332 four times a week + one B 773. From Oct, two more weekly flights will be flown using a B 772.

DEL - increased from 14 to 18 times a week. From July, all 4 additional flights will be flown using a B 772.

BLR - increased from 8 to 15 times a week. From July, 2 additional flights will be flown using a B 772 and from Oct, the remaining 5 flights will be added using a B 772 as well.

Besides increasing India, EK's Chairman has recently announced publicly in an interview that one new USA destination, Algiers plus one new Far East Asia destination will be added to the network this year. According to many, ORD-Chicago will be the new USA destination being flown nonstop from DXB using a B 777-300ER.

Delta Airlines

Delta Airlines is once again striving itself on being recognized as the premier international carrier from USA as it announced new 4 weekly nonstop flights from its Atlanta hub bound for KWI-Kuwait from Nov 7th 2008 onwards. This new flight will be flown using a Boeing 777-200ER.

In addition to launching ATL-KWI, DL is also increasing its ATL-DXB nonstop flights to daily effective Oct 6th. All DXB bound flights are too flown using a B 772ER. DL's new ATL-KWI flight timings are as follows:

Days of service: Tue/Thu/Fri/Sat

DL 158 Dep ATL 2100 - 1905+1
DL 159 Dep KWI 2330 - 0700+1

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines
will be increasing its A 380 operated flights to London Heathrow from this July. SQ will now use the A 380 11 times a week instead of daily with SQ 318/321 getting the A 380 on days 1-3-5-7.

Air France

Air France has announced many changes to its long haul route network for the upcoming Winter 08-09 season. The main highlights are as follows:

SEA - reduced to 5 weekly A 332s from daily flights.

BOM - capacity increased to 5 weekly B 773ERs + 2 weekly B 772ERs; previously was daily B 772ERs.

BLR - capacity increased from daily A 332 to daily B 772ERs.

IKA - capacity reduced from 4 weekly A 343s to 4 weekly A 332s.

SFO - capacity reduced from daily B 744 to daily A 343.

- reduced to daily B 744 from daily A 343 + daily B 744.

JFK - reduced to 4 daily flights from 6.

ICN - capacity reduced to 3 weekly B 773ERs + 4 weekly B 772ERs.

MRU - frequencies increased to daily B 744s from 4 weekly B 744s.

- reduced to 5 weekly flights from daily.

IAD - reduced to double daily B 772ERs from triple daily.

YUL - reduced from triple daily to double daily i.e. daily B 773ER + daily A 343.

MEX - reduced to 12 weekly B 772ERs from double daily (daily B 744 + daily B 772ER)

HAV - increased to daily B 744s from 5 weekly.

SCL - increased from 5 weekly B 772ERs to daily.

EZE - capacity increased to daily B 773ER from daily B 772ER.

PEK - reduced to 10 weekly B 773ERs from double daily B 773ERs.

DXB - increased to 13 weekly flights from 12 i.e. 6 weekly A 332s + daily B 772ERs.

BKK - capacity increased from daily A 343 to daily B 744s.

GIG - frequencies increased to daily B 744 + daily A 332.

Northwest Airlines

Northwest Airlines has finally released its flight schedule for its new daily nonstop flights to PVG-Shanghai, China from its main DTW-Detroit hub. The flight will be flown using a Boeing 747-400 and the timings are as follows:

NW 089 Dep DTW 1545 Arr PVG 1830+1
NW 090 Dep PVG 0845 Arr DTW 1025

Iran Air

Iran Air will be increasing capacity on its popular Tehran-Heathrow route by deploying its Boeing 747-100 from mid June onwards. It will be replacing the A 300-600R that is currently being used 4 times a week on this sector.

Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways has officially confirms that it will be launching new flights to MAA-Chennai and CCJ-Calicut in India. Both cities will be served daily from Abu Dhabi using an A 320-200. This is being made possible with the recent UAE-India bilateral enhancements.