Friday, July 18, 2014

04JUL edition





Virgin Atlantic has officially disclosed details of its Boeing 787-900 of which the main highlights are as follows:

·         Configured to seat 264 passengers in a 3 class layout i.e. 31 business class + 35 premium economy + 198 economy
·         VS states that its B789s will burn 27% less fuel per trip versus its A343s
·         First 3 routes are BOS, IAD and JFK respectively


Gulf Air has revealed that after successfully renegotiating the bilateral with Egypt, it has been authorized to increase its Cairo bound services from the current 10 to 12 per week. As a result, the frequency increase shall take place effective 23JUL using an A321 daily + an A320 five times per week with the new flights departing BAH in the evening on WED + SUN.


Air India has announced that it will be launching new services to DME-Moscow, Russia effective 18JUL. Flights will be operated nonstop 4 times per week using a B787-800 using the below mentioned schedule:

Days: 1/3/5/6

AI155 Dep DEL 0155 Arr DME 0615
AI154 Dep DME0820 – 1530DEL

Cebu Pacific has officially revealed that it will be launching 2 new long haul destinations from its Manila hub. The main highlights are as follows:
MNL/KWI – new 3 weekly nonstop flights to be operated effective 02SEP using a 430 seater A333
MNL/SYD – new 4 weekly nonstop flights to be operated effective 09SEP using the same aircraft type mentioned above.  SYD will be further increased to 5 weekly nonstop effective 10DEC.
Comments:
Kuwait is a route that has longed for many years a nonstop link to MNL and finally 5J is providing it for the local Filipino community based there. Market demand is also extremely high at over 170,000 pax in 2013 hence an ideal market for the airline to go after. To cater for peak season traffic in the winter, 5J should seriously contemplate making this a 4 weekly service permanently.

British Airways has revealed few capacity changes for its long haul route network for the upcoming IATA Winter 2014 season of which the main highlights are as follows:
ACC – frequencies increased to 11 weekly nonstop i.e. daily B744 + 4 weekly B763ER
BLR – capacity reduced from daily B744 to daily B772ER
FNA/ROB – frequencies reduced from 4 to 3 weekly
YUL – capacity reduced from daily B772ER to daily B763ER

Delta Airlines has unveiled many capacity changes to its long haul network for the IATA Winter 2014 season of which the main highlights are as follows:
DTW/PEK - capacity reduced from daily B772ER to daily A332 thus making this route the longest scheduled A332 operated service nonstop
DTW/CDG - capacity increased from daily B763ER to daily A333

DTW/PVG - capacity increased from daily B772ER to daily B744
DTW/NRT - capacity increased from daily B772ER to daily B744

ATL/FCO - capacity increased from daily B763ER to daily A333
ATL/SCL - capacity increased from daily B763ER to daily B764ER
HNL/KIX - capacity increased from daily A333 to daily B744

MSP/CDG - capacity increased from daily A332 to daily A333
JFK/AMS - capacity increased from daily B763ER to daily A333

JFK/NRT - capacity reduced from daily B744 to daily B772ER

JFK/CDG - capacity increased from daily A332 to daily A333
JFK/TLV - capacity reduced from daily B744 to daily B772ER

Cathay Pacific announced that due to on-going security plus commercial concerns for its Karachi bound flights, it has suspended operating to the city effective 29JUN14. CX flew 4 times per week via Bangkok to Karachi using an A333. The carrier gave no indication of a possible return date and would re-examine its possibility once the law and order situation stabilizes in Pakistan.
Comments:
This is a good opportunity for One World to maintain its market share eastbound by making Malaysia Airlines consider the possibility of re-launching Karachi flights operated with a B737-800 via Bangkok. Currently, MH 780 operating KUL-BKK arrives into BKK at 1855 and overnights there for 11 hours flying the return leg as MH 797 departing BKK at 0600 local time. A BKK-KHI-BKK flight takes approximately 9 hours to operate hence if this plane is scheduled to be as follows, then both parties (CX/MH) benefit greatly.
MH XXX Dep BKK 1955 Arr KHI 2240 (same schedule as current CX)
MH XXX Dep KHI 2340 Arr KUL 0630 (same schedule as current CX)
  
CX can code share on the MH operated service by having a flight flying at virtually the same original schedule that it used to do. MH benefits by increasing the utilization of its airplane rather than sitting on the ground for nearly 12 hours at BKK airport doing nothing plus there is no requirement of crew layover in KHI too as one set of MH based crew already in BKK can operate BKK-KHI-BKK easily! MH too gains by virtually having guaranteed revenue via the CX code share who would easily on their own fill up half of the B738 through its own sales channels.
Lastly, the PAK-KUL market has also witnessed increased demand in 2013 overtaking BKK too. In the past 12 months, 84,000 passengers flew from LHE to KUL + 69,000 from KHI, 29,000 from PEW and 26,000 from ISB.

Emirates has officially announced major capacity increases for its route network for the IATA W14 schedule of which the main highlights are as follows:
IAH – capacity increased from daily B77L to daily A380
SFO – capacity increased from daily B77W to daily A380
JNB – frequencies increased from 3 to 4 daily nonstop flights (new flight departs DXB at 2320) all operated with a B773ER
BAH – frequencies increased from 3 to 4 daily flights
KWI – frequencies increased from 5 to 6 daily flights
DOH - frequencies increased from 6 to 7 daily flights
MCT – frequencies increased from 2 to 3 daily flights

Air Astana of Kazakhstan has disclosed its fleet renewal plans until 2024 focusing on low risk organic growth across Europe and Southeast Asia in order to boost both foreign investment plus inbound tourism into the Central Asian region. The main highlights are as follows:
·         5 B757-200s + 4 A321-200s to be replaced by 11 A321-200NEOs
·         New A321-200NEOs will have a premium layout with 22 flat bed business class seats + 137 economy class seats
·         New routes identified are Paris, Shanghai and Chengdu
·         Airline is very interested in the upcoming Boeing 797 program which is expected to be the official replacement aircraft type for the B757 family. The CEO has stated that if launched, he would definitely be a launch customer.

Sri Lankan Airlines has officially revealed details of its soon to be delivered new Airbus A 330-300IGWs of which the airline has 6 units on order. UL’s A333s will accommodate 297 pax in a 2 class layout seating 28 business class + 269 economy class and its launch route shall be to Frankfurt.

Friday, June 13, 2014

12JUN edition




Canada and the Philippines have officially agreed to further liberalize the air bilateral accord between the two countries in light of increased year on year demand. The main highlights of this new deal are as follows:
a)      Frequencies increased from 7 to 14 per week
b)      5th freedom traffic rights available to PAL on YVR-JFK and YYZ-JFK five times per week only
c)       Air Canada allowed to fly to SYD/MEL via MNL with 5th freedom traffic rights
PAL in turn has indicated that its new upcoming service to New York JFK is desired to be operated via YVR-Vancouver using a B773ER effective Nov 2014.

Cathay Pacific has officially announced that it shall be launching new daily nonstop flights to ZRH-Zurich effective 29MAR15. All services will be operated using a 4 class configured Boeing 777-300ER with the below mentioned schedule:
CX 383 Dep HKG 0015 Arr ZRH 0655
CX 382 Dep ZRH 1330 Arr HKG 0645+1

Emirates has officially revealed many changes to its route network for the remainder of the 2014 calendar year of which the main highlights are as follows:

BRU – new daily nonstop flights using a B772LR effective 05SEP

KHI – new 6th daily flight effective 01AUG departing DXB at 2235 using an A332.

BOS – capacity increased from daily B772LR to daily B773ER effective 01AUG

FRA – capacity increased from triple daily B773ER to daily A380 + double daily B773ER effective 01SEP

SEZ – frequencies increased from 12 weekly to double daily using an A345 effective 26OCT

SIN – frequencies increased from 4 to 5 daily flights using an A380 twice daily + a B773 three times daily


Delta Airlines have placed further orders for Airbus A321-200s as the airline is very happy with the performance economics of this aircraft type especially on trans-continental domestic routes within the U.S. landscape. DL confirmed that they ordered an additional 15 units bring their total A321 order to 45.


Qatar Airways has revealed many capacity changes for the remainder of the year to its medium and long haul route network of which the main highlights are as follows:

ICN – capacity increased from daily A332 to daily B773ER effective 02SEP

LHE – frequencies increased from daily to double daily effective 01JUL i.e. daily A333 + daily A320

VIE – capacity increased from daily A320 to daily A332 effective 01SEP

DME – capacity increased from double daily A320 to daily B788 + daily A320

CDG – capacity increased from triple daily A346 to daily A380 + double daily A346

CGK – frequencies increased from double daily to 18 weekly i.e. daily B773ER + 11 weekly A333

MED – frequencies increased from 5 weekly to daily using an A320

In addition, QR confirmed that its 3rd A380 route from IATA W14 season shall be nonstop to New York JFK.

Comments:

There are two routes that QR need to look into that can generate good volume across certain parts of their network. First one is MRU-Mauritius operated 5 times per week using a B787. Main market segments to feed MRU would be CDG, UK, Germany, Italy, India, HKG, DXB, SIN, ICN, NRT and China. Unlike a majority of other leisure market segments, what seperates MRU from the likes of BKK, HKT, DPS, HNL etc is the fact that the yields for MRU are much higher due to lower competition + greater income level of both the locals + the tourists visiting the island on a year round basis. The second route for QR to attack is CGP-Chittagong, Bangladesh. Currently, only FZ and WY operate here but with narrow bodied aircraft. In the winter, both would be facing payload restrictions hence cannot carry the maximum number of passengers intended. The main market segment for QR at CGP is GCC, KSA and UK. Over here, a daily A333 operated service would suffice nicely as cargo potential is there as well to be exploited.


Etihad Airways has revealed few changes to its route network for 2014 of which the main highlights are as follows:

AMM – frequencies increased from 18 weekly to triple daily effective 01JUL

BEY – same as above effective 01JUL

LCA – frequencies increased from 3 weekly to daily effective 01JUL

As far as its upcoming Boeing 787-900 is concerned, EY confirmed that the first two aircraft shall be used operating a daily same plane service routed Washington-Abu Dhabi-Mumbai effective 01JAN15.


Lufthansa has announced that it shall be reconfiguring its classic Boeing 747-400 fleet (currently 19 units) to a standard two class configuration and operate them on routes that have minimal first class cabin demand. The new configuration will seat 389 passengers versus 330 currently. In the business class cabin, there will be 67 seats along with 322 in economy class. The routes that shall see this aircraft from IATA S15 season onwards are daily Dubai, Toronto, Osaka, Tokyo, Vancouver and Seoul all operated from Frankfurt. Other changes revealed by LH for the upcoming IATA W14 season are as follows:
FRA/BKK – capacity reduced from daily A346 to daily A343

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

FRA/EZE – capacity increased from daily B744 to daily B748

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


Eva Air of Taiwan has officially announced that they have placed an additional order for 6 Boeing 777-300ERs as the carrier is extremely happy with the economic benefits of this aircraft type. In addition, their CEO revealed that they will be ordering the Boeing 787-1000X to be the official replacement aircraft for its entire A330 (11 A332s + 3 A333s) fleet from 2020 onwards with an initial order for 5 units. With regards to its cargo fleet, the B772LRF has been chosen to be its preferred type replacing 9 B744Fs + 3 MD11Fs.  


Fly Dubai of UAE has revealed major expansion plans for its route network for this summer season onwards of which the main highlights are as follows:

ADE – new 3 weekly flights effective 01AUG

KDH (Kandahar) – new 2 weekly flights effective 25JUL

VKO (Moscow’s 3rd airport) – new daily nonstop flights effective 23SEP

India – effective 01JUN, new 4 weekly flights to DEL + 3 weekly to COK + 3 weekly to TRV