Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Malaysia Airlines orders 50 B737MAXs

Malaysia Airlines has officially announced that as part of its turn around strategy, it has decided to stick with Boeing aircraft for its narrow body fleet renewal process hence has gone ahead placing a US$5.5 billion order for 50 Boeing 737MAX aircraft. 

The order breakdown is for 25 firm + 25 options for both the B738MAX and B739MAX versions. Currently, MH operates 56 B738s in its fleet and these B738MAXs in particular will be used to replace the oldest B738s around once they get delivered. 

A dozen B739MAXs are expected to be part of the order and will be used on 6-7 hour routes that have medium density demand not requiring the use of a wide body aircraft.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Etihad makes JFK double daily A380 from 01JUN17

Etihad Airways has officially announced that it will be significantly increasing capacity on its popular New York JFK service which is currently operated on a double daily nonstop basis. 

Presently, EY flies a daily B773ER + daily A380 on this route however effective 01JUN17, both flights will exclusively flown with the A380 only. 


Monday, July 25, 2016

United increases Shanghai-San Francisco to double daily

United Airlines has officially announced that due to heavy demand forecasted in the near future for its popular San Francisco-Shanghai service, the airline will be increasing frequencies to a double daily basis effective 14OCT.

Currently, UA operates a daily B744 on SFO-PVG where as the new second daily service will be flown using the more efficient B789. In 2015, 299,000 passengers flew P2P PVG-SFO-PVG versus 445,000 for PVG-LAX-PVG.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Emirates increases Milan capacity

Emirates has officially announced that it will be increasing capacity to Milan from the on set of the IATA W16 season. Currently, EK operates a triple daily service with 2 B77Ws + an A380. 

Effective 30OCT16, capacity gets increased to double daily A380s (early morning + evening arrival into MXP) + the daily B77W.

On a daily basis, this means an additional 160 seats are added by EK on the DXB-MXP route per direction. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Singapore Airlines long haul W16 capacity adjustments

Singapore Airlines has announced significant structural changes to its long haul services to Europe and Houston from the on set of the IATA W16 season, of which the main highlights are as follows:

IAH (Houston) - all 5 weekly flights to be re-routed via Manchester using a B773ER

DME (Moscow) - to be operated as a nonstop terminator service but 4 times per week using a B773ER

MAN - all 5 weekly flights to be operated as nonstop SIN-MAN-SIN rather than via MUC and shall be extended to Houston with 5th freedom traffic rights

MUC - all flights to be operated on a daily basis by B773ER


EVA and China Southern suspend Istanbul

As a result of the recent political events in Turkey which include a failed coup plus a deadly bomb attack on Istanbul's Ataturk airport, the first real fall out (airline wise) has finally taken place with two long haul route suspensions:

  • Taiwan's Eva Air has confirmed that it will be suspending all TPE-IST 4 weekly nonstop flights effective 25JUL until April 2017
  • China Southern (Guangzhou based) has also confirmed that it has indefinitely suspended all 3 weekly nonstop Urumqi-Istanbul services effective immediately

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Emirates reduces long haul network operations

Due to primarily lower than anticipated revenue as a result of yield drop in many long haul market segments, Emirates has officially announced major network reductions across its network which are as follows:

BKK - frequencies reduced from 7 to 6 daily nonstop effective 01AUG

FCO - frequencies reduced from 3 to 2 daily nonstop effective 01OCT

OSL - frequencies reduced from daily to 5 weekly effective 01SEP

KHI - frequencies reduced from 7 to 5 daily effective 01AUG

SAW - all nonstop flights suspended effective 03AUG

LIS - frequencies reduced from double daily to daily nonstop effective 01SEP

LED -  frequencies reduced from daily to 5 weekly effective 02AUG

LAD - frequencies reduced from daily to 5 weekly effective 03AUG

CGK - frequencies reduced from 3 to 2 daily nonstop effective 01OCT

Farnoborough 2016 aircraft orders

The 2016 Farnborough Air Show which took place in the UK this week revealed 4 major aircraft orders worth mentioning as the industry is on the edge as a result of falling yields and revenues worldwide. 

The 4 main orders placed at the show were as follows:

  1. Virgin Atlantic announced a deal to purchase 12 Airbus A350-1000s which have been ear marked to replace their B747-400 / A340-600 fleet at both LHR + LGW. 
  2. Air Asia (the main Malaysia franchise) announced a mega deal to purchase 100 Airbus A321NEOs to be configured with 236 seats
  3. Egypt Air placed an order for 9 new Boeing 737-800NGs 
  4. Norwegian exchanged a previous order of 100 A320NEOs to include 31 A321NEOs part of the deal. It stated that it shall use these aircraft on Europe-U.S. East Coast trans-atlantic flights

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Emirates reduces Lagos frequencies

Emirates has officially announced that due to issues related to getting foreign exchange out of Nigeria, as well as the depreciation of the naira + downfall of the local economy, it will be reducing its flights into Lagos airport effective 01JUL16.

Currently, EK operates double daily services using a B777-300ER, however from 01JUL onwards this is going to be reduced to a daily flight only with the afternoon departure out of DXB along with the night time from LOS each respectively suspended until further notice. This flight will not return in IATA W16 season.

Qatar Airways increases Saudi Arabia and Najaf flights

Qatar Airways has been officially awarded 35 additional frequencies into the Saudi Arabian market by the latter's CAA of which the carrier has revealed the following:

JED - frequencies increased from current double daily to 4 daily nonstop effective 01AUG

RUH - same as above but no launch date provided as yet for additional flights

MED - an extra daily frequency awarded which has yet to be uploaded

In addition, QR also confirmed that it will be increasing its flights to NJF-Najaf, Iraq effective 01SEP16 with the launch of a new 3rd daily nonstop service. All 3 daily flights will be exclusively operated with the A320.

Sri Lankan Airlines suspends Frankfurt and Paris

Sri Lankan Airlines has revealed via filing on sabre gds system that it shall be suspending its loss making services to both Frankfurt and Paris from the on set of the IATA W16 season.

FRA-CMB is currently operated 5 times per week nonstop where as CDG-CMB is flown 4 times per week. Both routes are operated using a mixture of A332s and A333s. 

The closure is not unexpected as it was clearly hinted by the present UL CEO in Nov 2015 where he outlined that yields from EU to CMB + SE Asia were at an all time low along with it being pointless competing with TK + ME3. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Emirates increases Auckland nonstop to A380

Emirates has officially announced that it will be significantly increasing capacity on its recently launched Dubai-Auckland nonstop service from the on set of the IATA W16 season.

Currently, EK uses a 266 seater Boeing 777-200LR on the nonstop DXB-AKL route however effective 30OCT16 onwards, capacity will be upgraded by deploying the 3 class 489 seater Airbus A380 over here. In turn this shall make AKL served 4 times daily with all flights exclusively operated by the A380 aircraft.

Friday, May 27, 2016

United increases Tel Aviv from San Francisco

United Airlines has officially announced that due to high demand on its recently launched nonstop San Francisco-Tel Aviv service, it shall be increasing its offering on the route from the on set of the IATA W16 season.

Currently, UA flies SFO-TLV nonstop 3 times per week using a B788. These will be in turn increased to daily nonstop using the same aircraft type.

Vietjet orders 100 B737MAXs

In a major blow to Airbus, Vietnam's largest privately owned airline i.e. Viejet has placed an order for 100 Boeing 737-800MAX planes in the high density configuration that would seat 200 passengers. 

VJ's current fleet comprises of 5 A321s + 30 A320s + it already had a pending order with Airbus for 30 A321NEOs and 50 A320NEOs. With the placement of this new order, the carrier will not maintain its one family fleet type but rather will fly both side by side plus lease out units to franchises set up in other Asian countries.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

United suspends Lagos-Houston

United Airlines has officially announced that it will be suspending all of its current 6 weekly Lagos-Houston nonstop flights effective 29JUN16. UA has been voicing strong concerns over repatriating forex out of Nigeria for the past 6 months and now has pulled the plug as they dont want to risk another 'Venezuela' on their cash flow balance sheet.

A statement from UA is mentioned below:

"The IAH-LOS route has been underperforming financially for several years. Because of its importance to key Houston-based customers, we continued to invest in it; however, the recent downturn in the energy sector has caused these customers to spend less on travel. Additionally, various U.S. companies, including United, have not been able to collect revenue from tickets and cargo sold locally in Nigerian currency. As about half of the revenue generated by the route comes from Nigeria point-of-sale, this has made the route unsustainable.

We will be redeploying the aircraft to our popular SFO-TLV (Tel Aviv, Israel) route, which will expand from three-times-weekly to daily in October. Demand is high to TLV from both SFO and EWR, so adding capacity here makes sense."

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Oman Air confirms Guangzhou launch

Oman Air has officially announced that it will be launching new flights to CAN-Guangzhou, China effective 18SEP16. WY shall operate it 4 times per week nonstop using an A330-200 with a schedule geared primarily to feed its Europe network. The details are as follows:

Days: 1/3/5/7

WY 851 Dep MCT 0940 Arr CAN 2105
W3 852 Dep CAN 0910 Arr MCT 1245


Friday, May 20, 2016

Air Asia X announces Tehran and Mauritius

Air Asia X, the long haul arm of the famous Malaysian low cost carrier has officially announced that it will be launching 2 new routes from its primary hub base at Kuala Lumpur airport. The new destinations are Tehran, Iran and Mauritius each respectively.

KUL/IKA - new 3 weekly nonstop flights to be launched effective 21JUN16 with an A333

KUL/MRU - new 3 weekly nonstop flights to be launched effective 04OCT16 with an A333

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Air India announces Ahmedabad-London-Newark direct

Air India has officially announced that it will be launching new nonstop flights from Ahmedabad to London Heathrow which shall extend to EWR-Newark effective 15AUG16. This means AI's total flights into EWR will increase from daily to 10 weekly.

The new 3 weekly services will be flown using a B787-8 and shall have 5th freedom traffic rights between LHR and EWR too.

Days: 1/3/5

AI 171 Dep AMD 0500 Arr LHR 1015
AI 171 Dep LHR 1230 Arr EWR 1500
AI 172 Dep EWR 0020 Arr LHR 1205
AI 172 Dep LHR 1400 Arr AMD 0330+1

Oman Air announces Manchester

Oman Air has officially announced that it will be launching new nonstop flights to MAN-Manchester, England effective 01APR17. The schedule has not been announced as yet however it is expected to be an afternoon service similar to its current MCT-FRA-MCT schedule.

The main purpose of WY operating into MAN is to tap into the high volume but low yielding traffic potential from the Northern UK to Indian subcontinent, Bangkok and UAE.


British Airways announces Santiago nonstop

British Airways has disclosed via a media release that it will be launching new nonstop flights to SCL-Santiago, Chile effective  03JAN17. 

This new service will be operated 5 times per week using a Boeing 787-9 and shall in turn become the longest nonstop flight flown by the carrier i.e. 14 hours 20 minutes

Days: 2/3/5/7

Dep LHR 2200 Arr SCL 0940+1
Dep SCL 1845 Arr LHR 1205+1 

SCL is the primary hub of Lan Chile which is a fellow One World member hence BA is expected to generate a lot of feeder traffic supplied from other offline Latin American points on this new route.