Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Delta orders 125 C Series + 37 more A321s

Delta Airlines has officially announced placing a massive US$ 9 billion combined order at published prices with both Airbus and Bombardier for its small to medium capacity aircraft requirements going into the next decade. 

DL confirmed placing an incremental order for 37 Airbus A321s on top of an earlier order for 45 of the same aircraft type made over a year ago. These shall be used to rapidly replace its aging Boeing 757 fleet on domestic and Central America/Caribbean services.

In addition the airline announced placing a blockbuster order for 125 C Series aircraft from Bombardier that is expected to replace its aging MD88 fleet. The breakdown of the order is 75 firm CS 100s + 50 options enabling to switch to the larger and more popular CS 300 whenever required. 

Emirates increases Cape Town

Emirates has officially announced that it will be increasing its services into CPT-Cape Town, South Africa effective 04JUL16. Current double daily frequencies will be raised to triple daily nonstop using a B777-300ER exclusively. 

The schedule of the 3rd daily flight is as follows:

EK 778 Dep DXB 1050 Arr CPT 1830
EK 779 Dep CPT 2005 Arr DXB 0730+1

In 2015 alone, the P2P market demand between DXB and CPT was 88,000 passengers. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

KLM announces Colombo and Miami

KLM has officially announced major expansion of its long haul route network from the on set of the IATA W16 season of which the main highlights are as follows:

CMB - new twice weekly nonstop flights to be launched using a B789 effective 31OCT 

MIA - new 3 weekly nonstop flights to be launched using an A332 effective 30OCT

HAV - frequencies increased to daily nonstop service using an A332

KUL - frequencies increased from daily to 10 weekly using a B772ER daily + 3 weekly B789

YVR - frequencies reduced from 5 to 4 weekly nonstop using an A332


Colombo relaunch has caught everyone by surprise but its 2 weekly frequency means that it is primarily catering to tour operators who have witnessed a huge boom of outbound EU tourism into Sri Lanka since the end of the civil war in 2010.

The P2P demand between Scandinavia region to CMB-Colombo (round trip) in 2015 was as follows:

AMS - 26,000
ARN - 20,000
OSL - 19,000
CPH - 23,000

In addition, KLM will also get a lot of transfer traffic bound to UK, CDG, BRU, DUB, North America and Germany via AMS as the schedule is ideal for 2 way connections as seen below:

Days - MON/FRI
KL 873 Dep AMS 1330 Arr CMB 0350+1
KL 874 Dep CMB 0550 Arr AMS 1220 

Emirates increases Bangkok again

Emirates has officially announced that it will be increasing its flights to Bangkok, Thailand yet again effective 01JUL16 as the carrier looks to further poach away market share from its EU + GCC rivals.

The new 7th daily nonstop service will be operated by the B777-300ER (77W) which will make BKK see 3 daily B77Ws + 4 daily A380s. The schedule is as follows:

EK 350 Dep DXB 1950 Arr BKK 0520+1
EK 351 Dep BKK 0635 Arr DXB 0950

EK should seriously consider extending one of its BKK terminator flights to MFM-Macau if it can obtain 5th freedom traffic rights as there is a lot of demand from Europe to MFM especially out of LIS.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Air Canada announces Vancouver-Delhi nonstop

Air Canada has officially announced that due to high market demand plus the availability of wide boy Boeing 787-9s in its operational flying program during the winter season, it will be launching new nonstop flights from YVR-Vancouver to Delhi effective 20OCT16.

Services will be operated 3 times per week nonstop using the B789 using the below mentioned schedule:

Days: 2/4/6

AC 72 Dep YVR 2140 Arr DEL 0120+2
AC 73 Dep DEL 0630 Arr YVR 0655

The P2P demand between YVR and DEL in 2015 was 141,000 passengers and its main aim with this new flight is 3 fold i.e. catering towards the high P2P market segment + feeder traffic originating from Alberta province (YYC/YEG) + from U.S. West Coast (SEA SFO LAX LAS). 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Gulf Air announces Dhaka

Gulf Air has officially announced that it will be reinstating services into DAC-Dhaka, Bangladesh, effective 30MAY16 after a 3 year hiatus that was initiated due to Bahrain Govt directive to curtail losses by any means necessary. 

Routes such as DAC, KTM and CMB were part of that drive in 2013 and now it is being relaunched with 5 weekly nonstop flights using a split schedule which is as follows:

Aircraft: A320 for all 5 weekly flights
Days: 1/3

GF 248 Dep BAH 0100 Arr DAC 0930
GF 249 Dep DAC 1030 Arr DAC 1325

Days: 2/4/6

GF 250 Dep BAH 2010 Arr DAC 0440+1
GF 251 Dep DAC 0540 Arr BAH 0835


This is a good move by GF as it is relaunching DAC in a low risk manner by operating 5 times per week using an A320 which will provide good network support as well as decent O&D yield bound to BAH and DMM in particular. However, the above mentioned split schedule is ok for the summer season but cannot be operated in Winter due to the dense fog in DAC + the A320 will face major payload restrictions out of DAC to BAH between NOV-MAR.

For the IATA W16 season, it is best to operate it as follows:

Days: 1/2/3/4/6
GF 250 Dep BAH 1030 Arr DAC 1900
GF 251 Dep DAC 2000 Arr BAH 2255

In this way, the flight operations will not be effected one bit due to fog which will be beneficial to the overall OTP performance of the carrier + it enables GF to operate a standardized schedule which in itself is a sales generating tool and also more comforting for travel agents and passengers to comprehend. Another important aspect with the above proposal is that it helps connect with GF 006 LHR-BAH which has historically struggled due to the lack of Indian subcontinent destinations it has good connections with which provide volume traffic in turn. The above mentioned schedule proposal also connects all of the prime GCC markets conveniently in both directions thus providing more network benefit potential.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Thai Airways increases Delhi-Bangkok

Thai Airways
has officially announced that due to high demand for its Delhi bound flights out of Bangkok from both a P2P + 6th freedom transfer traffic perspective, it shall be increasing frequencies on the route.

The current double daily frequencies are being increased to 19 weekly nonstop i.e. daily B788 + daily B773A + daily B772ER

In 2015, the point to point market demand between DEL & BKK was 422,000 passengers.

Garuda orders 14 A330NEOs (A330-900)

Garuda Indonesia
has officially confirmed that it has placed an order with Airbus for 14 new Airbus A330-900s (aka NEOs) as part of a deal that saw the airline cancel its existing order for 7 A330-300s. 

GA ordered 7 incremental aircraft in order for this NEO version type to fully replace its existing A333 fleet which numbers 15 units of which many are nearing 20 years of service. 

The A339 has the capability of flying to Western Europe nonstop from Jakarta with a full payload.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Asiana increases Los Angeles capacity

Asiana Airlines, the second largest carrier out of South Korea has disclosed that it will be significantly increasing capacity on its popular Seoul-Los Angeles nonstop route that is currently being operated twice daily. 

The current flights are operated using a B777-200ER daily + a daily A380. However, effective 31OCT16, all double daily flights shall be exclusively operated by the A380. The ICN-LAX route is one of the biggest trans-pacific P2P market segments with 595,000 passengers flying it in 2015 versus 323,000 for ICN-SFO!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Alitalia announces Beijing nonstop

Alitalia has officially announced that it will be launching new nonstop services to PEK-Beijing, China effective 18JUL16. 

The flights will be operated nonstop from its primary hub base i.e. FCO-Rome airport using an Airbus A330-200 four times per week. The schedule is as follows:

Days: 1/3/5/6

AZ 790 Dep FCO 1420 Arr PEK 0620+1
AZ 791 Dep PEK 0915 Arr FCO 1425

It marks a return for AZ into PEK after a 4 year gap. The 2015 P2P demand between PEK and Italy was as follows:

FCO/PEK - 136,000 pax
MXP/PEK - 102,000 pax

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Turkish increases Male

Turkish Airlines has officially announced that due to peak season demand to Male, Maldives that originates from Europe during the winter season, it shall in turn significantly boost its capacity in line with market demand. 

Currently, TK operates daily A332 operated service to MLE that extends onwards to Colombo. However from the on set of the IATA W16 season i.e. 29OCT, these shall be raised to 10 weekly IST-MLE with the new 3 weekly flights being nonstop terminators. All 10 weekly services will be exclusively flown using the A330-200.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Air France new A330 configuration revealed

Air France has officially disclosed a new cabin configuration for its entire Airbus A330-200 fleet as the carrier seeks to modernize the interior in line with passenger expectations on long + medium haul flights.

AF confirmed that the business class seats will all be full flat bed seats by 2018 summer where as the new layout is as follows:

30 business class - flat beds
21 premium economy
175 economy class

Total - 226 seats in a 3 class layout
Fleet size - 15 units AF has of the A332


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Etihad increases Johannesburg

Etihad Airways has officially announced that as a result of its failed partnership accord with South African Airways plus the need to boost its Johannesburg presence versus the increasing threat to its market share from Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Ethiopian and Qatar Airways in particular, it will be boosting its services into JNB effective 01JUL16.

Currently, EY operates a daily nonstop AUH-JNB-AUH service using an A330-200 however from 01JUL, this shall be raised to 10 weekly nonstop using the same aircraft type. The 3 new flights are scheduled as follows:

Days: 2/4/6

EY 602 Dep AUH 0145 Arr JNB 0825
EY 601 Dep JNB 0945 Arr LOS 2015

This new increased schedule allows key feeder markets such as PEK, PVG, ICN and NRT to be finally connected with JNB in both directions!

Thai increases Mumbai flights

Thai Airways has officially announced that due to surging demand for its Mumbai bound flights as well as the need to remain competitive versus Air India and Jet Airways on the BOM-BKK route, it will be boosting its services effective 02JUN16.

Currently, TG operates a daily B744 nonstop between BKK and BOM. However from June onwards, these shall be raised to 10 weekly nonstop with the 3 new weekly frequencies operated by the B777-200ER. 

Traffic demand in 2015 between BKK and BOM stood at 296,000 passengers P2P.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Austrian suspends Tokyo

Austrian Airlines has officially announced that due to declining yields and profitability, it shall be suspending all its services to NRT-Tokyo Narita airport effective 03SEP16.

OS currently operates a daily nonstop service using a B772ER from its Vienna hub into Tokyo but has felt the increasing pressure of EK, QR and TK into its market share on this route. 

In 2015, the P2P demand between VIE and Tokyo (HND + NRT) stood at 97,000 passengers hence a windfall for LH/LX/EK/QR/TK to tap into.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Air Canada increases Delhi frequencies

Air Canada has officially confirmed that it will be increasing frequencies to DEL-Delhi, India effective 30OCT. Currently, it operates 4 times per week using a B789 nonstop and from the W16 season, these will be raised to daily using the same aircraft type. 

AC has been witnessing good loads on this recently launched service and with oil prices being low + using a fuel efficient aircraft to operate a low yielding route like this one, its sustainability is viable. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Air India increases Milan

Air India has officially announced that due to increasing demand for its Milan bound flights versus Rome, it shall be adjusting capacity accordingly for its Italy bound services from the on set of the IATA S16 season.

MXP/DEL - frequencies shall be increased from 3 to 4 weekly nonstop using a B788

FCO/DEL - frequencies shall be reduced from 4 to 3 weekly nonstop using a B788

The point to point demand between India to MXP/FCO in 2015 was as follows:



Emirates upgrades Vienna to A380

Emirates has officially announced that it will be increasing capacity on its popular Vienna service effective 01JUL16 as the carrier looks to take full advantage of the increasing point to point demand being now monopolized by them after the suspension of Austrian Airlines from this route. 

The rotation that has been increased in capacity from a daily B77W to A380 is EK 127/128 which departs DXB at 0855 and VIE at 1505 each respectively. The point to point demand between VIE and DXB in 2015 was 158,000 passengers which is quite impressive.

Friday, March 11, 2016

British Airways reduces Lagos capacity

In a clear sign of the downward trend that the Nigerian economy (along with all other oil based countries) is experiencing, British Airways has officially announced that it has reduced capacity on one of its most popular routes i.e. Lagos-London effective immediately which has been carried forward into the IATA S16 season. 

BA used to operate a daily B744 seating 347 pax where as its current B772ERs seat 226 which translates into a capacity drop of 35% !

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Oman Air looking to Airbus A350s

Oman Air is considering placing an order for up to 13 Airbus A 350-900s as part of a deal to replace its Airbus A330-200/300 fleet from 2020 onwards. Currently, WY operates 6 A333s + 4 A332s + 4 B788s + 6 B789s.



One does not see no justification for this as WY already will be having nearly 10 B787s (788s and 789s) by the time the A359s would get delivered. They dont have such a large fleet to warrant diversification. It is best to stick to one airplane family to meet their needs because if they required the larger capacity A359 to service any route, then they can instead easily order the B787-10 (781). 

In this way, their 2020-30 wide body fleet is revolving totally around the B787 family rather than A359 + B787. A standardized fleet in turn will result in synergies that translate into cost savings and better efficiency operationally.