Wednesday, July 29, 2015

British Airways makes Vancouver daily A380

British Airways has officially announced that YVR-Vancouver will become the carrier's newest Airbus A380 destination effective 01MAY16.

BA will use the A380 on a daily basis nonstop along side 5 weekly B772ERs as during the summer season as a result of peak demand on this route, it operates 12 times per week versus daily in the winter season.

PIA to dry lease 3 additional B777s

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has confirmed via an officially released tender result document that it has accepted a bid to dry lease 3 additional Boeing 777-200ERs from Aer Cap leasing for an unspecified period of time. 

These 3 B772ERs are ex Vietnam Airlines aircraft and seat 325 pax in a dual class layout i.e. 35J + 290Y. They will be used to replace their aging B747-300 fleet which is being retired after the completion of Hajj 2015 season. 

Document link:

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Emirates announces major A380 increases

Emirates has unveiled a major expansion of its A380 operated services from this winter season onwards. The main highlights are as follows:

LON - LHR + LGW all become an exclusive A380 operation i.e. 8 daily

BKK - capacity increased to 4 daily A380s + 2 daily B77Ws

KUL - daily two class A380 (615 seater) along side triple daily B77Ws

Emirates makes Lisbon double daily

Emirates has officially announced that due to strong demand for its Lisbon bound flights over the past three years, it shall be boosting its presence on this route by adding a second daily frequency effective 01JAN16.

Both daily flights will be operated using the Boeing 777-300ER with the second daily flight schedule being as follows:

EK 193 Dep DXB 1440 Arr LIS 1920
EK 194 Dep LIS 2100 Arr DXB 0845+1

Monday, July 27, 2015

Air Canada increases Delhi

Air Canada has officially announced that it will be increasing its services to Delhi, India from Toronto effective October 2016 due to forecasted increased demand on this popular sector.

It will be launching flights this Oct with 4 weekly nonstop flights using a B787. These will be increased to a daily nonstop service using a B789 from next October onwards. 

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EVA Air increases Houston

Eva Air has revealed due to strong bookings for its recently launched Houston service, it will be increasing its presence on the route effective 04FEB16.

Currently, BR operates 4 weekly nonstop flights from TPE to IAH using a B777-300ER. These shall be increased to 6 weekly from FEB using the same aircraft type. Services are code shared with fellow Star Alliance member i.e. UNITED who provides key beyond feed from its mega IAH hub.

China Eastern announces Colombo

China Eastern Airlines based out of Shanghai has officially announced that it shall be launching a new long haul route i.e. Colombo, Sri Lanka effective 22SEP15.

MU will be operating 4 weekly nonstop flights from its PVG base to CMB using an A332 using the below mentioned schedule:

Days: 1/2/4/6

MU 231 Dep PVG 1410 Arr CMB 1900
MU 232 Dep CMB 2020 Arr PVG 0600+1

Friday, July 24, 2015

KLM reveals Boeing 787-900 cabin details

KLM has revealed details of its new Boeing 787-900 cabin configuration which is slated to enter service effective October 2015. KL will be using the first few units of this aircraft on flights to Kuala Lumpur, Abu Dhabi, Cairo and Bahrain followed by in 2016 to Chengdu, Tokyo, Shanghai, Xiamen, Rio De Janerio and Fukuoka.

The configuration of the B789s is in a 3 class layout seating 294 passengers i.e. 30 business + 48 premium economy + 216 economy.

British Airways suspends Entebbe and Almaty

British Airways has officially announced that due to below par performance, it shall be suspending loss making services to both EBB-Entebbe, Uganda and Almaty (ALA), Kazakhstan effective October 2015. 

BA currently operates 3 times per week nonstop to both EBB + ALA using a B767-300ER. EBB has been a struggle for the British carrier for the past two years with excess capacity and aggressive pricing from UK by competitors such as TK, QR, EK, KQ and ET in particular.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Thai suspends Rome and Los Angeles

Thai Airways has officially announced that as part of its continued long haul routes restructuring, it shall be suspending indefinitely its heavily loss making services to both Rome (FCO) and Los Angeles (LAX) effective 25OCT15.

FCO-BKK is currently operated 4 times per week nonstop using a B747-400 where as LAX-BKK is operated via Seoul (ICN) using a B777-300ER also four times per week. 

Emirates announces Bamako, Mali

Emirates has officially announced a new long haul route to Africa as part of its route network effective 25OCT15. 

EK will be launching services to BKO-Bamako, Mali in North Africa using an A340-300 operated 4 times per week with the flight extending onwards to DKR-Dakar, Senegal. The flight will depart DXB at 0720 and land back at 0730 the following date. The routing is triangular i.e. DXB-BKO-DKR-DXB !

Cathay Pacific increases Colombo to daily nonstop

Cathay Pacific has officially announced that due to heavy demand for its Colombo bound flights, it shall be increasing capacity on the route from the on set of the IATA W15 season by operating a daily nonstop service to/from HKG. Currently, CX flies 4 times per week nonstop + 3 times per week via BKK with 5th freedom traffic rights. CX will be deploying a two class A330-300 on the daily nonstop flights using the below mentioned schedule:

CX 611 Dep HKG 2010 Arr CMB 2325  
CX 610 Dep CMB 0040 Arr HKG 0825

Top markets for CX feeding CMB via HKG are Japan, China and U.S. West Coast.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Thai increases LHR and FRA in W15 season

Thai Airways has officially announced that it will be increasing its frequencies to Frankfurt and London Heathrow for the IATA W15 season as the carrier looks to take advantage of the peak season movement when Europeans fly to SE Asia to beat the cold weather on their own continent. 

TG will be operating double daily LHR-BKK services using an A380 + B773ER on a daily basis each respectively where as FRA-BKK will be flown 13 times per week using an A380 daily and B773ER six times per week.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Austrian Airlines suspends Dubai

Austrian Airlines has officially announced that due to poor performance, it shall be suspending all of its services to/from DXB effective 14SEP. 

Currently, OS flies 5 times per week VIE-DXB-VIE using a B767-300ER where as Emirates offers a double daily flight using a 3 class B777-300ER.

Monday, July 13, 2015

BA reveals Boeing 787-900 routes + cabin details

British Airways has officially released details of its upcoming Boeing 787-900 routes plus cabin configuration as the carrier will be putting this latest aircraft into their operational schedule effective 25OCT15. 

The cabin layout initially will consist of 216 seats in a four class configuration with 8 first class + 42 business class + 39 premium economy and 127 economy. The 8 first class seats will be debuting BA's new F class seat product. 

The first route for BA's B789 shall be Delhi (one of two daily flights) followed by Kuala Lumpur, Muscat and Abu Dhabi. 

New first class product pictures:

Friday, July 10, 2015

Air China announces Newark-Beijing nonstop

Air China has officially announced that it shall be launching new nonstop flights from its Beijing hub (PEK) into Newark (EWR) airport in USA (New York's second major international gateway) as well as fellow Star Alliance member United Airlines major hub on the East coast.

CA will operate 4 times per week nonstop using a B777-300ER effective 25OCT with the below mentioned schedule:

Days: 1/2/4/6

CA 819 Dep PEK 0935 Arr EWR 1005
CA 820 Dep EWR 1225 Arr PEK 1455+1

Thursday, July 9, 2015

SWISS reveals Boeing 777 configuration and pics

SWISS has officially revealed data of its upcoming Boeing 777-300ER cabin configuration as well as pictures of the new first + business class product that it plans to install on board. 

The aircraft will be laid out in 3 classes seating 8 first class + 62 business class + 270 in economy. It shall be delivered to the airline in JAN 2016 with the first route being New York JFK.

The initial 6 B77Ws will directly replace 6 A343s on daily JFK + daily YUL (Montreal) + daily Hong Kong + daily LAX flights. Following this, the other routes getting the B77W from Q316 are BKK, GRU (Sao Paulo), SFO and TLV. 

Press release:

Cabin pics:

Istanbul suspended by Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines has officially announced that it shall be suspending (as previously correctly predicted by me) its loss making service to IST-Istanbul, Turkey effective 25AUG15.

Currently, MH operates 3 times per week KUL-IST nonstop using a B777-200ER. In turn, it will continue to code share on TK's daily IST-KUL service which is operated by an A332. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Fed Ex looking to order 60 new Boeing freighters

Industry insiders are reporting that Fed Ex is reportedly in final stages on placing a massive order with Boeing for 60 brand new freighter aircraft. These comprise of 50 B767-300ERFs + 10 B777-200LRFs. 

The airline is looking to rapidly phase out its aging wide body freighter fleet which comprises of 71 AB6Fs + 61 DC10Fs + 60 MD11Fs. 


TAM and LAN CHILE reveal A359 and B789 cabin layouts

The LATAM group of airlines consisting of LAN CHILE and TAM of Brazil have officially revealed details of the configuration of their upcoming B787-900s and A350-900s. The details are as follows:

  • TAM has ordered 27 A359s which will seat 348 pax in a dual class layout i.e. 30J (flat beds) + 318Y
  • LA has ordered 16 B789s which will seat 292 pax in a dual class layout i.e. 36J (flat beds) + 256Y
TAM also announced that the first two routes for its A359s shall be GRU-MIA followed by GRU-MAD both operated on a daily basis from JAN 2016 onwards.