Thursday, July 2, 2015

Emirates looking at Philadelphia as next USA destination

Emirates CEO, Mr Tim Clarke gave a clear cut hint to the U.S. media yesterday whilst presenting his rebuttal to the on going "subsidy claims" that the American carriers have lodged against the top 3 Arab carriers (EK/QR/EY). 

Mr Clarke, mentioned specifically that EK is looking to make Philadelphia its 11th U.S. destination as currently it flies to 10 (LAX/SFO/MCO/JFK/IAD/BOS/DFW/IAH/IAD/BOS). 

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Malaysia terminates A380 flights to Paris

Malaysia Airlines has announced another round of cost cutting measures of its medium and long haul route network effective August 2015. 

The main highlights are as follows:

CDG - capacity decreased from daily A380 to daily B772ER effective 04AUG

PVG - frequencies reduced from double daily to daily nonstop flights only using an A333

DPS - capacity downgraded to triple daily flights operated exclusively by the B738

Qatar Airways increases Colombo capacity

Qatar Airways has officially announced that it shall be increasing its capacity on its triple daily DOH-CMB route from the on set of the IATA W15 season as the carrier looks to take advantage of peak demand during this period which originates from EU, USA and GCC. 

Currently, QR operates double daily B773ERs + a daily B788 but from 25OCT, this becomes a standardized triple daily A340-600 flown service with a high density configuration of 372 seats (24J + 348Y).

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Korean Air announces A380s to Sydney

Korean Air has officially announced that due to peak demand being witnessed on its Sydney bound flights, it shall be increasing capacity on the route effective 01DEC15 onwards to daily Airbus A380 operated nonstop from ICN-Seoul.

The flight is also popular with EU pax taking KE via ICN on this Kangaroo route. Last year (2014), a total of 280,000 passengers flew point to point ICN-SYD-ICN versus only 45,000 for ICN-MEL-ICN !

Monday, June 29, 2015

Air China announces Mumbai-Beijing

Air China has officially announced that it shall be launching new 4 weekly nonstop flights from its Beijing hub to Mumbai, India effective 25OCT15. All flights shall be flown using their new A333s with the below mentioned schedule:


CA 889 Dep PEK 1940 Arr BOM 0100+1
CA 890 Dep BOM 0230 Arr PEK 1120

CA's A333s seat 301 pax in a 3 class configuration i.e. 30J + 16W + 255Y.


FYI in 2014, the O&D demand between PEK and BOM was 18,000 pax only hence this means the flight will be very reliant on connecting traffic to other East Asian cities via PEK along with USA/CAN (West Coast).

Major India-China markets in 2014 were as follows:

CAN-DEL-CAN...115,000 pax
PVG-DEL-PVG...89,000 pax
PEK-DEL-PEK...70,000 pax
PVG-BOM-PVG...65,000 pax
PVG-BLR-PVG...30,000 pax
PVG-MAA-PVG...19,000 pax
PEK-BOM-PEK...18,000 pax
CAN-BOM-CAN...18,000 pax