Monday, April 14, 2014

12APR edition




Cathay Pacific has officially announced that it will be launching new nonstop flights to MAN-Manchester, UK effective 08DEC14 as the carrier looks to tap into the mass demand that exists between the Northern UK region and Hong Kong. CX revealed that flights will be operated 4 times per week using a B777-300ER using the below mentioned schedule:

Days: 1/3/5/7

CX 357 Dep HKG 0100 Arr MAN 0620
CX 358 Dep MAN 1200 Arr HKG 0755

Comments:

In 2013, over 100,000 O&D passengers flew between MAN and HKG along with an additional 400,000 to Thailand + mainland China and Australia. CX’s main competitors on this route will come from EK, EY, QR, LH and KLM who also offer competitive one stop service options to a majority of destinations in the Austral-Asia region. With regards to SQ, CX will have a competitive advantage as it will be offering one stop flight options to MAN versus 2 stop for SQ who operate via MUC to MAN. Demand for CX’s new MAN service is expected to boom from the get go and one should not be surprised to see it become daily from IATA S15 onwards. 


Turkish Airlines has announced many capacity changes to its long haul route network for the IATA S14 season of which the main highlights are as follows:

ISB – capacity increased from 4 weekly B738s to 4 weekly A332s effective 22JUN

KTM – frequencies increased from 4 weekly to daily nonstop flights using an A332 effective 31MAY

LHE – capacity increased from 3 weekly B738s to 3 weekly A332s effective 24JUN

LOS – capacity increased from daily B739ER to daily A332 effective 26MAY

NBO – frequencies increased from daily to 11 weekly nonstop effective 16JUN using a B739ER

CMB – frequencies increased from 4 to 5 weekly via MLE using an A332

CAN – capacity increased from daily A343 to daily B773ER

ICN – capacity increased from AUG with all 11 weekly nonstop flights operated by an A333IGW

KUL – frequencies increased from 4 weekly to daily nonstop effective 28APR

IKA – frequencies increased from triple daily to 4 times daily


Etihad Airways has officially announced many capacity changes to its route network for the current IATA S14 season of which the main highlights are as follows:

ATH – frequencies increased from daily to 10 weekly nonstop flights i.e. from daily A320 to daily A332 + 3 weekly A320 effective 02JUL

DME – frequencies increased in a major manner gradually i.e. from daily A320 to double daily A320 effective 01JUN followed by a further increase to triple daily A320s from 01OCT

CTU – frequencies increased from 5 weekly to daily nonstop using an A332

HYD – capacity increased from daily A320 to daily A332 effective 15JUL

MLE - capacity increased from daily A320 to daily A332 effective 01OCT

MAN – capacity increased from daily A332 + daily B773ER to double daily B773ER effective 02JUN

HKT – new daily nonstop service to be launched effective 26OCT using an A332


Qatar Airways has officially revealed many capacity and frequency changes to its route network for the IATA S14 season of which the main highlights are as follows:

ATH – capacity increased to daily A332 + daily A321

MEL – capacity increased from daily B772LR to daily B773ER

CDG – capacity increased from triple daily A346s to daily B773ER + double daily A346s

DME – capacity increased from double daily A320 to daily B787 + daily A320

PEK – capacity increased from daily A332 to daily B773ER

JIB – new 3 weekly nonstop service from May using an A320

SHJ – frequencies increased from double to triple daily A320s

MED – frequencies increased from 5 weekly to daily A320s

ELQ – frequencies increased from 4 to 8 weekly A320s

HND – new nonstop daily flights using a B787


ANA of Japan has announced that it has placed a major order for 70 aircraft with Boeing and Airbus as part of its fleet renewal plan for the 2020-30 decade. The breakup of the order is as follows:


14 Boeing 787-900s
20 Boeing 777-900Xs
6 Boeing 777-300ERs
23 Airbus A321-200NEOs
7 Airbus A320-200NEOs

The B779s ordered are to replace the 6 domestic 514 seater B773As along with to replace some high volume long haul routes currently flown by the B773ERs which has a 18% capacity reduction versus the B779. The 30 A320/321NEOs will be replacing 18 current A320s + 12 B737-700s. 


Kenya Airways has announced many capacity increases across its route network for the IATA S14 season of which the main highlights are as follows:

LAD – frequencies increased from 2 to 3 weekly services using a B738

LOS – capacity increased to a daily B777-300ER

CAN – capacity increased to daily nonstop using a B773ER which will be a same plane service to Lagos from August 

DXB – frequencies increased from 01AUG from daily to double daily nonstop i.e. daily B772ER + daily B738

DAR – frequencies increased from 4 to 5 times daily using an E90

JNB – capacity increased from triple daily B738 to daily B787 + double daily B787

ABV – new 4 weekly nonstop flights to be launched from 03JUN using a B737-700


Ethiopian Airlines have revealed many capacity changes to its medium and long haul route network for the IATA S14 season of which the main highlights are as follows:

KAN – new 4 weekly flights to be launched from May using a B757-200 operated via ENU

LHR – frequencies increased from 6 weekly to daily nonstop flights using a B787

NBO – frequencies increased from double daily to 4 times daily using a B738

ACC – capacity increased from daily B763ER to daily B787

LBV – frequencies increased from 5 weekly to daily nonstop flights using a B738

FIH/BZV - capacity increased from daily B763ER to daily B787

DLA/SSG - capacity increased from daily B763ER to daily B787


Emirates has officially revealed many capacity changes to its medium and long haul route network for the IATA S14 and W14 seasons respectively of which the main highlights are as follows:

DFW – capacity increased from daily B772LR to daily A380 effective 01OCT

ATH – frequencies increased from daily to double daily effective 01AUG i.e. daily A332 + daily B773ER

ORD – new daily nonstop flights to be launched effective 05AUG using a B772LR

AMM – frequencies increased from double to triple daily flights using a mixture of B772s and A332s

OSL – new daily nonstop flights to be launched using a B773ER effective 02SEP

KBP – frequencies reduced from daily A345 to 4 weekly A345s operated nonstop

PVG – capacity increased to daily A380 + daily B773ER

NBO – capacity increased from double daily A345 to daily B773A + daily A345


Finnair has officially announced that it will be the first scheduled European carrier to be operating flights into Phuket and Krabi, Thailand from Nov 2014 onwards as the carrier looks to take advantage of high volume traffic from Europe to these two destinations who currently have to transit via BKK or fly one stop direct on Air Berlin/Etihad, Qatar Airways and Emirates. AY’s schedule is as follows:

HKT – 3 weekly nonstop flights using an A343 effective 14DEC

KBV – 2 weekly nonstop flights using an A343

BKK – frequencies increased from double daily to 17 weekly nonstop effective 30DEC  

Saturday, February 8, 2014

08FEB edition





Emirates has officially announced that it will be launching medium haul 2 new destinations in Africa from August as the carrier strives to be the carrier of choice from Asia and the Middle East to all corners of the continent. The two new routes are to Abuja and Kano in Nigeria respectively which shall be operated on a daily basis using an A340-500 effective 01AUG14. From 01JAN15 though, this route gets a capacity upgrade to a daily B773ER. The service is flown as a triangular i.e. DXB-ABV-KAN 4 times per week + 3 times per week DXB-KAN-ABV-DXB. In addition, two other routes are seeing capacity increases during the IATA S14 season by EK which are as follows:

DUB – frequencies increased from daily to double daily nonstop using a B773ER effective 01SEP

DME – capacity increased to double daily A380s effective 01AUG


Kenya Airways has revealed details of its upcoming first new Boeing 787-800 aircraft (9 on order + 4 firm options) which is scheduled to enter long haul service from 01JUN. The first major route to get this new airplane type shall be CDG-Paris operated on a daily basis nonstop. KQ’s B788s will seat 234 passengers in a two class configuration i.e. 30 business + 204 economy class. The airline also announced many capacity increases for its medium haul network for the upcoming IATA S14 season of which the main highlights are as follows:

BOM – frequencies increased to double daily nonstop i.e. daily B772ER + daily B737-700

AMS – capacity increased from daily B772ER to daily B773ER

DXB – frequencies increased to double daily nonstop i.e. daily B763ER + daily B738

DEL – frequencies increased to daily nonstop using a B737-700



Qatar Airways has announced that it shall be increasing its capacity to Khartoum and Athens in IATA S14 season in the following manner:

KRT – frequencies increased from double daily to 17 weekly using an A320

ATH – capacity increased to daily A332 + daily A320


Etihad Airways has revealed many capacity increases to its overall route network for the upcoming IATA S14 season of which the main highlights are as follows:

JFK – frequencies increased from daily to double daily effective 01MAR using a B773ER

ISB – frequencies increased from daily to double daily i.e. daily A321 + daily A320

DUB – frequencies increased from 11 weekly to double daily i.e. daily B773ER + daily A332

IST – capacity increased from daily A321 to daily A345 effective 01SEP

LHE – capacity increased to 11 weekly i.e. daily B773ER + 4 weekly A320

PEW – frequencies increased from 2 to 5 weekly

Comments:

Considering that 9W was expected to take over operating the B773ER on this new service effective 01MAY but now cannot due to the U.S. FAA downgrading India from CAT1 to CAT2 status, it will be interesting to see how this scenario plays out as EY will likely have no other choice but to use 2 of its own B773ERs to operate this service. To help further feed this new route along with its 9pm departures out of Europe + morning GCC services, EY should consider increasing flights to Karachi and Dhaka from daily to 11 weekly at least with a 1000-1100 departure out of AUH versus 1600 in order to attract more long haul transfer traffic.


China Eastern Airlines (based out of Shanghai) has revealed that due to strong demand for its U.S. bound services, it shall be greatly increasing capacity to New York and Los Angeles during the IATA S14 season in the following manner:

LAX – effective 30MAY, frequencies increased from daily to double daily nonstop using an A332

JFK – effective 25JUN, frequencies increased from daily to 10 weekly nonstop using an A346


Jet Airways of India has officially announced that it will be launching new nonstop flights to CDG-Paris, France from its primary Mumbai hub effective 14MAY. Services will be operated on a daily basis using an A330-200. The flight schedule is as follows:

9W 124 Dep BOM 1200 Arr CDG 1750
9W 123 Dep CDG 2110 Arr BOM 0945+1

In addition, 9W too announced that it will be significantly increasing its capacity into Abu Dhabi as part of its strategic alliance with share holder Etihad Airways from 30MAR onwards in the following manner:
BLR – new daily nonstop flights to be operated using a B738

HYD – new daily nonstop flights to be operated using a B738

BOM & DEL – frequencies out of both cities to be increased from daily to double daily using a B738

All of the new changes mentioned above are timed to connect nicely via AUH in both directions to EY’s newly launched second daily AUH-JFK-AUH flight !

Analysis:

If 9W could not get DEL-MXP to work where it had a monopoly and where the O&D market size demand between those two cities was almost double of BOM-CDG + via DEL, 9W had good two way connections to SE Asia, there is no chance what so ever that 9W has in making BOM-CDG work even on an operating profit basis with or without Air France code share support! Another route which had higher O&D demand than BOM-CDG which 9W could not operate properly was BOM-JNB nonstop which has also been suspended. It would be in 9W’s best interest to use their newly configured A332s (18J/234Y) on less costlier, shorter, higher demand flights to SE Asia  rather than engage in more riskier services to CDG with an inconvenient arrival time of 1750. The pretext of trying to capture domestic India traffic via BOM to CDG is also not viable as Indians from DEL/South India etc do not like transiting via BOM to reach their final destination hence in turn would gladly choose, EK, QR, EY, WY, LH, BA, UL etc to reach their final destination.


Ethiopian Airlines CEO has officially revealed that the carrier is eager to place another major order for 30 new aircraft comprising of 20 narrow bodied and 10 wide bodied aircraft in Q1 2014. As far as the narrow bodied fleet is concerned, it will be a choice between the B738MAX and A320NEO of which the B738MAX is expected to win the battle for obvious reasons as the carrier currently has a strong B737NG fleet already in place. With regards to the all more glamorous wide body order, ET’s CEO disclosed that it will be 10 units for the Boeing 777-900X once they get a clearer understanding of which production slots they can be given.

In route related news, ET announced that it shall be the first African airline to launch new nonstop flights to PVG-Shanghai, China effective 29MAR14. It will be flown on a daily basis using their new B787-800 thus finally providing PVG direct access to the growing Africa market. Other route network developments announced by the carrier for the upcoming IATA S14 season are as follows:

GIG – all flights suspended

NBO – frequencies increased from 3 to 4 daily nonstop

LBV – capacity increased to 5 weekly nonstop terminator flights using a B738

PNR -  capacity increased to 5 weekly nonstop terminator flights using a B737

HGH – flights currently flown via DEL to be suspended in favor of nonstop ADD/PVG

VIE – new daily nonstop flights to be launched effective 01JUN using a B763ER tagged on to ARN

Comments:

The B779X even by 2020 one reckons would be too big of an aircraft for ET to operate efficiently on any route year round. ET till 2025 do not need an aircraft anything bigger than the A359. Their long haul fleet by 2018 will be too complex i.e. B788s + A359s + B777s for what? Quite pointless having 3 different airplane types for a market segment requiring less than 35 units. They should just standardize it around the A359 and B788 plus think of adding a gradual second daily frequency into some Asian/EU markets to feed their second departure/arrival out of/to Addis Ababa otherwise a bottle neck situation will arise! Smart airlines such as Cathay Pacific, JAL, ANA and many North American carriers who have a much larger home + regional market demand for their long haul routes, have avoided large aircraft such as the A380 because they are correct in forecasting that more frequencies is the way of the future giving the passengers more scheduling flexibility plus in turn allowing different hub waves to be built at their respective airport bases versus clogging up everything during one certain departure/arrival time which leads to a problematic bottleneck!   


Iberia of Spain has officially announced that it has exercised a previously existing option with Airbus to convert 10 A330s that it had on order to firm units as the carrier looks to use these aircraft to replace its gas guzzling A343s on long haul services to USA and South America as soon as possible. All units are for the larger A333 which in IB’s configuration shall be seating 277 passengers i.e. 36J + 241Y.


Lufthansa has announced major capacity changes to its long haul route network for the IATA S14 season of which the main highlights are as follows:

MUC/DXB – frequencies reduced from daily to 6 weekly A333s

FRA/PVG – frequencies increased from daily to double daily i.e. daily B744 + daily A380

FRA/BKK – capacity increased to daily nonstop terminator A346 operated service

FRA/PEK – capacity increased from daily B744 to daily A380

FRA/BOS – capacity increased to double daily B744s

FRA/DXB – capacity reduced from daily B744 to daily A343

FRA/LAX – frequencies increased from daily to double daily operated by B748s only


Saudia Airlines has officially announced that it is going to be placing a major order this year for 50 aircraft comprising of both narrow and wide bodied airplanes as the carrier wants to ensure favorable delivery schedules from 2019 onwards to replace many of its planes that would be nearing retirement by that time. SV is expected to place an order for up to 30 A320/A321NEOs where as the remaining 20 units are likely to be a mixture of B777Xs and B787s.

Analysis:

Currently, SV’s wide bodied fleet has 15 A333s + 16 B744s + 23 B772ERs + 11 B773ERs + 8 B789s on order. For the 2020-30 period, what needs to be definitely replaced are the 16 B744s + 23 B772ERs. In order to ensure that it gets a good deal from Boeing as well as being able to standardize its long haul fleet across 2 different aircraft types only, SV should negotiate with the American manufacturer for them to buy their 15 A333s in exchange for a large B779X order which is the ideal aircraft for SV in the long run. It can fly to any U.S. city nonstop from JED/RUH + offers 400-500 seater capacity in a premium 3 class or 2 high class density version for different market segments such as LON/USA/CDG (prestige) and Indian Subcontinent/MNL/CGK (high density labor/VFR).  In this manner, the 2020-30 wide body fleet of SV would be solely revolving around 2 aircraft types only i.e. B789 + B779 which in turn shall bring major cost savings benefits in terms of operations, maintenance, spare parts and crew training etc.


Cathay Pacific has announced that it will be making major capacity adjustments across its long haul network for the IATA S14 season of which the main highlights are as follows:

AUH – all flights suspended

JED – all flights suspended

RUH – capacity to be increased as the route shall now be operated 5 times per week nonstop as a terminator service using an A333

BAH – frequencies increased to daily flights via DXB using an A333


Philippine Airlines has officially revealed few capacity enhancements to its route network schedule for the upcoming IATA S14 season of which the main highlights are as follows:

DXB – frequencies increased from 5 to 6 weekly nonstop flights using an A333

RUH – frequencies increased from 4 to 5 weekly nonstop flights using an A333

NGO – frequencies increased from daily to double daily i.e. daily A321 + daily A343

KIX - frequencies increased from daily to double daily i.e. daily A333 + daily A343

FUK – frequencies increased from 5 weekly to daily

HND – new double daily nonstop flights to be launched using an A321 + A330 each daily


Korean Air has officially announced that it will be launching new nonstop flights to IAH-Houston, USA effective 02MAY onwards as the carrier looks to tap into the growing Texas-SE Asia market segment by being the only carrier offering services from both DFW and IAH each respectively. KE’s new ICN-IAH flights will be flown 4 times per week using a B772ER and as a result of which many capacity changes for its other routes were announced as well which were as follows:

DFW – frequencies reduced from daily to 5 weekly using a B772ER

JFK – capacity increased to double daily nonstop flights all operated with an A380

LED – frequencies increased from 3 to 5 weekly nonstop using a B772ER

SEA - frequencies increased from 5 weekly to daily nonstop using a B772ER

DXB – capacity reduced from daily B772ER to daily A332

GRU via LAX – frequencies increased from 3 to 5 weekly using a B773ER

ZRH – capacity increased to 3 weekly nonstop terminator flights using an A332

CGK – frequencies increased from daily to 10 weekly

CEB – capacity increased from daily A333 to daily B744

HAN – frequencies increased from daily to 11 weekly

VIE – capacity increased to 3 weekly nonstop terminator flights using a B772ER

LAX – frequencies increased from 17 to 19 weekly nonstop using a mix of B777s




Tuesday, January 14, 2014

14JAN edition


British Airways has officially announced many capacity changes to its long haul route network for 2014 of which the main highlights are as follows:
CTU – frequencies increased from 3 to 5 weekly nonstop flights using a B788 effective 05MAY
HYD – capacity reduced from daily B772ER to daily B788 effective 30MAR
MEX – frequencies increased from 5 to 6 weekly nonstop flights using a B744
GRU – frequencies increased from daily to 10 weekly nonstop flights using a B744 exclusively effective 01SEP
HND – frequencies increased from 5 weekly to daily nonstop using a B772ER effective 04MAY
YYC – capacity increased from daily B763ER to daily B788 effective 05JUL

Qatar Airways has officially announced many capacity changes to its medium and long haul route network for 2014 of which the main highlights are as follows:
JNB – frequencies increased from daily to 10 weekly nonstop flights i.e. 3 weekly B773ERs + daily B788. The 3 new flights depart on Days 3/5/7 from DOH at 0655 and arrive back by 2355 using a B788.
DFW – new daily nonstop flights to be launched effective 01JUL using a B772LR
SIN – capacity adjusted to daily B773ER + daily B788 for entire S14 season
LCA – new 4 weekly nonstop flights to be launched using an A320 effective 29APR
MNL – frequencies reduced from double daily to 8 weekly effective immediately due to bilateral issues. Daily service to CRK remains un-touched.
SAW (Istanbul’s second airport) – new 4 weekly nonstop flights to be launched using an A320 effective 29MAY14. This will make in total QR offer 11 weekly flights to/from Istanbul combined.
RGN – capacity increased to 4 weekly A332s effective W14 season.
Comments:
With EK and EY adding more capacity into Manchester in 2014, QR is the weakest amongst the ME3 in this market segment with its 10 weekly service which used to at one time be double daily A332. It should seriously consider reinstalling the double daily service preferably using B788s exclusively in order to compete more effectively with its arch rivals on traffic bound to SE Asia and ISC in particular.

Etihad Airways has officially announced many incremental capacity upgrades throughout its route network for 2014 of which the main highlights are as follows:
PER – new daily nonstop flights using an A332 effective 15JUL
DFW – new 3 weekly nonstop flights to be launched effective 03DEC using a B772LR
MAA – frequencies increased from daily to double daily effective 01JUL i.e. daily A321 + daily A320
COK – frequencies increased from daily to double daily effective 01JUN i.e. daily A321 + daily A320
BLR – frequencies increased from daily to double daily effective 01JUL using an A320 exclusively
HYD -  frequencies increased from daily to double daily effective 01OCT using an A320 exclusively
FCO – new daily nonstop flights to be launched effective 15JUL using an A332
JAI – new daily nonstop flights to be launched effective 01APR using an A320
CCJ – frequencies increased from daily to 11 weekly effective
EVN – new 4 weekly nonstop flights to be launched effective 02JUL using an A320
MAN – capacity increased from double daily A332 to daily B773ER + daily A332 effective 01JUN
CTU – frequencies increased from 4 to 5 weekly nonstop flights using an A332 effective 01FEB

Japan Airlines has revealed that due to increasing demand and cooperation with its One World partner American Airlines, it shall be increasing its services to New York’s JFK airport effective 30MAR. Currently, daily nonstop flights are flown from NRT using a B773ER. These shall be increased to double daily with the additional frequencies being solely flown using a B787-800. Other changes announced by JAL capacity wise across their network for 2014 are as follows:

Ethiopian Airlines has officially announced many capacity changes to its intercontinental route network effective immediately catering in line with demand. The main highlights are as follows:
DMM – all flights suspended effective immediately
CAN – capacity to be increased to daily B773ER effective 16FEB14 with same plane service extended to LAD
LAD – capacity increased from 3 weekly B772LR to 3 weekly B773ER
LOS/PEK via ADD – daily same plane service using a B772LR
ET also announced that in order to further grow its profitable cargo business, it has placed an order for 4 new B772LR freighters which will be used to replace its existing B757F + MD11Fs once delivered in 2015.

Turkish Airlines has officially announced that due to high demand, it shall be increasing its services to both Seoul (ICN) and Kuala Lumpur (KUL) from the on set of the IATA S14 season in the following manner:
ICN – frequencies increased from daily to 11 weekly i.e. daily A343 + 4 weekly A333
KUL – frequencies increased from 4 weekly to daily nonstop service using an A332

Cathay Pacific officially confirmed that it has finally placed an order for an aircraft that it considers the ideal replacement option for its fleet of Boeing 747-400s. A total of 21 Boeing 777-900Xs were ordered by the airline that shall be delivered from 2021 onwards. The B779s will be used on long haul flights to UK, USA and Canada where as the A351s it also has ordered shall be more used as a regional aircraft replacing its older B777-300As on ASEAN routes initially. In addition, CX also placed another order for 3 more B773ERs + 1 more B748F. Its B748 fleet once fully delivered shall number 14. As far as its route network is concerned, CX announced the following capacity adjustments for 2014:
KIX – frequencies increased from 4 to 5 daily flights with the new service being operated daily using a B744 effective 16FEB
BNE – frequencies increased from 11 weekly to double daily using an A333 exclusively effective 30MAR

India’s new start up airline owned by the TATA Group + Singapore Airlines has officially revealed that it has selected the Airbus A320 to launch its services from Q3 2014 as it has placed an order with leasing companies for 20 units of this type. It will be configured in a two class configuration and shall be initially based out of DEL airport with flights to BLR and BOM respectively.

Transaero Airlines of Russia has officially revealed that it has placed an order for 4 new Boeing 747-800 passenger jets as the carrier looks to gradually replace its aging fleet of 20 B747-400s by 2020. The B748s will be seating 550 passengers in a two class configuration where as the 4 previously ordered A380s of the airline will accommodate 652.

China Southern Airlines has officially announced that it shall be launching new nonstop flights to JFK-New York airport from its Guangzhou hub base effective 06AUG14. All flights are to be code shared with fellow Sky Team partner i.e. Delta Airlines and will be operated 4 times per week using a Boeing 777-300ER with the below mentioned schedule:
Days: 1/3/5/7
CZ 399 Dep CAN 0140 Arr JFK0545
CX 400 Dep JFK 1115 Arr CAN 1515+1

Lufthansa has officially announced that it will be increasing capacity on many of its long haul routes for the upcoming IATA S14 season of which the main highlights are as follows:
ACC – capacity increased from 5 weekly B737s to 5 weekly A333s
HND – new double daily nonstop service to be launched i.e. daily each from FRA and MUC using a B744 and A346 respectively

Sunday, November 24, 2013

24NOV edition






The 2013 Dubai Air Show kicked off amidst much fan fare as the 3 big Middle East carriers tried to outdo one another with major orders announced on opening day. Apart from this, the show lacked any further significant orders from any airline. The main highlights from the show in terms of orders being placed were as follows:

a)      Emirates – placed an order for 115 B779Xs + 35 B778Xs + 50 options for both variants
b)      Qatar Airways – placed an order for 50 B779Xs + 13 A330-200 freighters
c)      Etihad Airways – placed an order for 8 B778Xs + 17 B779Xs + 30 B787-1000s + 1 B777-200LR freighter + 26 A321NEOs + 10 A320NEOs + 40 A359s + 1 A330-200 freighter + 10 A351s
d)      Fly Dubai – placed an order for 100 B738MAXs + 11 normal B738NGs
e)      Ethiopian Airlines – placed an order for 8 Bombardier Q400s
f)       Iraqi Airways – placed an order for 16 Bombardier C Series 300 (5 firm + 11 options)

Comments:

The EY order for 26 A321NEOs is a smart move as the carrier can use this aircraft as well to operate instead of a wide body to selected European routes where there is lack of premium demand + cargo plus it can standardize many of its ISC bound services to an A321. One can assume that the 8 B778Xs would be part of an exchange deal with Boeing buying back 5 of the B772LRs that EY will soon obtain from Air India. Some of these aircraft are also part of a ‘group order’ deal as the 10 A320NEOs are slated to go to Air Serbia and one shall not be surprised to see few B779Xs go to Jet Airways and Virgin Australia from 2021 onwards to replace their B773ERs.  

The order placed by Emirates is not one for expansion but rather more so to entirely replace its existing B777-300/-300ER fleet in particular. The B779X though has the capability to operate nonstop from DXB to SFO/LAX/GRU/SYD without any payload issues in either direction.  


Emirates has officially announced many capacity increases especially with regards to its A380 deployment for the upcoming IATA Summer 2014 season of which the main highlights are as follows:

MUC – capacity increased to double daily A380s

CDG – capacity increased with all 20 weekly flights operated with the A380

CPT – capacity increased to double daily B773ERs

HKG – capacity increased to triple daily A380 + daily B773ER (EK 386/87 only)

BKK – capacity increased to triple daily A380 + triple daily B773ER

AMS – capacity increased to daily A380 + daily B773ER

ATH – capacity increased from daily A345 to daily B773ER


Austrian Airlines has officially announced that it will be increasing its flights to Delhi, India effective 14APR14 as the carrier looks to feed its additional USA services to IAD, ORD and EWR next summer with support from India. DEL-VIE flights will be operated on a daily basis from the previously mentioned effective date using a Boeing 767-300ER.


Etihad Airways has officially announced many route network updates for 2014 of which the main highlights are as follows:

ZRH – new daily nonstop services to be launched effective 01JUN14 using a 3 class A333

MED – new daily nonstop flight to be launched using an A320

MUC – frequencies increased from daily to double daily effective 01FEB14 using an A333


Gulf Air has officially announced that it will be reinstating two previously terminated destinations as the carrier looks to gradually grow its route network within a 5 hour flying radius of Bahrain. Services to Mashad in Iran and Trivandrum in India shall be re-launched effective 15DEC13 operated in the following manner:

MHD – 4 weekly nonstop flights using an A320

TRV – 5 weekly nonstop flights using an A320


Air France has revealed many capacity changes to its long haul Summer 2014 schedule of which the main highlights are as follows:

KUL – frequencies increased from 3 to 4 weekly nonstop flights using a B772ER

GIG – frequencies reduced from double daily to 11 weekly i.e. daily B773ER + 4 weekly A332

JKT – new daily services to be launched via SIN using a B773ER

SFO – frequencies reduced from double daily to 12 weekly i.e. daily A380 + 5 weekly B772ER

ABJ – capacity reduced to 10 weekly nonstop flights using a B772ER exclusively

PNR – frequencies increased from 5 to 6 weekly nonstop flights using an A332


KLM has officially announced many capacity changes to its long haul route network schedule of which the main highlights are as follows:

LOS – capacity reduced from daily A333 to daily A332

CPT – frequencies increased from 4 to 5 times per week using a B772ER

IAH – frequencies increased from daily to 9 weekly nonstop

FUK – frequencies increased from 3 to 4 weekly nonstop flights using a B772ER

JRO/DAR – capacity increased from daily A332 to daily A333

JFK – frequencies increased from double daily to triple daily


Jetblue has officially announced that it has placed a follow up order with Airbus for 35 additional A321s as the carrier is extremely buoyed with the prospects that this aircraft can bring to the airline’s bottom line in terms of revenue growth and yield on high density medium haul routes. The breakdown calls for 20 A321NEOs and 15 A321s with Sharklets. In addition, the airline also firmed up options it previously held on 18 A320s to 18 A321s thus bringing its total A321 order book to 80 units i.e. 50 current versions + 30 A321NEOs.


Qatar Airways has officially announced that it shall be launching new services to EDI-Edinburgh, Scotland effective 02MAY14. Five weekly nonstop flights will be operated by QR using a B787-800 with the below mentioned schedule:

Days: 1/3/5/6/7

QR 27 Dep DOH 0800 Arr EDI 1315
QR 28 Dep EDI 1445 Arr DOH 2340

Above mentioned schedule allows excellent connections in both directions via DOH to GCC, DEL, China, BKK, MNL, ICN, SIN, CGK, KUL, MEL, KHI, JNB, BEY and COK.  


South African Airways officially announced for the financial year ended 2012, it posted a net loss of US$ 143 million and in order to engage in cost cuts, it has opted to suspend flying to EZE-Buenos Aires (effective March 2014) and has requested the South African Government to consider its request to also consider suspending Mumbai and Beijing of which the latter is its biggest loss maker at US$ 30 million per year. However, due to the government’s desire to maintain online flying links with the BRICS (Brazil Russia India China) member states, its request was denied to suspend PEK. Currently, SAA operates a daily A332 to BOM and a 3 weekly nonstop A346 to PEK. It has also attributed its large losses to operating the A343s and A346s on their EU/USA/Australia long haul flights versus a more efficient twin engine aircraft.


Turkish Airlines has officially announced that it will be launching new services to YUL-Montreal, Canada effective 03JUN14 as part of a new bilateral signed between Canada and Turkey to further liberalize access. The new bilateral permits TK to operate to Canada 9 times per week and it will do in the following manner:

YUL – new 3 weekly nonstop flights to be launched effective 03JUN14 using an A332

YYZ – frequencies increased from 5 to 6 times per week using a B773ER effective 29MAR14


Air New Zealand has revealed the configuration of its soon to be delivered Boeing 787-900s which will feature a 3 class cabin i.e. business, premium economy and economy. In total, 302 seats will be on board i.e. 18 business class (flat beds), 21 premium economy and 263 economy class. The first routes to be operated by this aircraft type are nonstop from its main Auckland hub to Shanghai and Tokyo.