Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Turkish Airlines announces long haul cut backs for W16

After suffering a half year loss of $644 million, Turkish Airlines has come to grips with reality by finally announcing major cut backs to its long haul network for the IATA W16 season. This is mainly due to the recent political chaos + terrorist incidents that have plagued the country for many months now. 

The main highlights are as follows:

ISB - frequencies reduced from daily to 5 weekly A332s


CAN - frequencies reduced from daily to 6 weekly B773ERs

JFK - frequencies reduced from triple daily to double daily A333s

LAX - frequencies reduced from 11 weekly to daily using a B773ER

IAD - frequencies reduced from 10 weekly to daily
  
BOS - frequencies reduced from daily to 4 weekly A333s

IAH - frequencies reduced from daily to 5 weekly B773ERs

MIA - frequencies reduced from daily to 6 weekly B773ERs

ATL - frequencies reduced from daily to 5 weekly B773ERs 

KIX - frequencies reduced from daily to 4 weekly A332s

GRU/EZE - frequencies reduced from daily to 5 weekly B773ERs

ABV - frequencies reduced from daily to 5 weekly B739ERs


TPE - frequencies reduced from daily to 5 weekly B773ERs

Comments:

It is surprising that double daily Karachi + double daily Kuala Lumpur services are not announced for reduction till now as both destinations in W16 do not warrant such high frequencies during this time of crisis at the airline.  



 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Kuwait Airways publishes India expansion plans

Kuwait Airways has officially published another round of expansion plans from the on set of the IATA W16 season. This time round its for the Indian subcontinent region of which the main highlights are as follows:

COK - frequencies increased from daily to 12 weekly nonstop flights exclusively operated by A320

DEL - frequencies increased from daily to 12 weekly operated by a mix of daily B777 + 5 weekly A320

ISB - frequencies increased to daily nonstop using an A320

DAC - frequencies increased from daily to 10 weekly nonstop using an A343 (effective 16FEB)

CMB - frequencies increased from 6 weekly to daily nonstop flights using an A332



Saturday, August 27, 2016

Qatar Airways announces another round of W16 changes

Qatar Airways has officially announced another round of capacity changes for its medium and long haul route network for the upcoming IATA W16 season of which the main highlights are as follows:

CGK - capacity reduced to triple daily flights exclusively operated by the B788

MAN - capacity reduced from 16 weekly A333s to 16 weekly B788s

CPT - capacity increased from daily B788 to daily B773ER

KHI - capacity increased from double daily A320/A321 to daily B788 + daily B772LR

PSA (Pisa, Italy) - frequencies increased from 4 weekly to daily nonstop using an A320

CEB - operational cost saving implemented by flying a daily B788 instead of A332

RGN - frequencies increased from 3 to 5 weekly using an A332

ADL - frequencies reduced from daily to 5 weekly nonstop using an A359

VCE - capacity increased from daily A332 to daily A333

GRU/EZE - capacity increased from daily B772LR to daily B773ER

 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Ethiopian increases Guangzhou frequencies

Ethiopian Airlines has officially announced that it will be taking head on more aggressively both Emirates and Qatar Airways on the Africa-Guangzhou market segment. EK and QR have recently announced upgrading their daily CAN flights to an A380 so to counter attack, 

ET has stated that effective 30OCT16, they will be expanding frequencies into Guangzhou airport.

Currently, ET operates a daily nonstop ADD-CAN service using a B777-300ER however from 30OCT16 onwards, frequencies shall be expanded to 10 weekly nonstop with the additional 3 flights all flying with a B788. The schedule of the incremental flights are mentioned below:

Days - TUE/THU/SAT

ET 616 Dep ADD 0945 Arr CAN 0030+1
ET 617 Dep CAN 1400 Arr ADD 1930

Comments:

The above mentioned new flights to/from CAN allow ET to also connect its European network via ADD to CAN in both directions. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Saudia announces major Indian subcontinent expansion plans


Saudia Airlines
has officially announced that it will be undertaking major expansion plans to the Indian subcontinent region as the carrier looks to poach away market share from the ME3 airlines + PIA/AI/9W/BG/WY with higher frequencies using wide body equipment exclusively to cater for the much sort after excess baggage allowance. 


The main highlights are as follows (effective 30OCT16):


JED/KHI - frequencies increased from 11 to 13 weekly using a B777

JED/LHE - frequencies increased from 11 weekly to double daily using a B777

JED/ISB - frequencies increased from 5 to 8 weekly using a B777

JED/DEL - frequencies increased from 5 weekly to daily B777s

JED/HYD - capacity increased from 3 weekly A333s to 3 weekly B773ERs

JED/BOM - frequencies increased from daily to 10 weekly flights operated by B777s exclusively

RUH/BOM - capacity increased from 3 weekly to daily flights using a B777  

RUH/DAC - frequencies increased from daily to 10 weekly flights using a B777


RUH/DEL - frequencies increased from 5 to 6 weekly using a B777


RUH/KHI - frequencies increased from 6 to 9 weekly using a B777

RUH/LHE - frequencies increased from 3 weekly to daily B777s

RUH/ISB - frequencies increased from 3 to 5 weekly using a B777

RUH/HYD - capacity increased from 3 weekly A333s to 3 weekly B773ERs

Other main high volume market segments where expansion has been confirmed by SV are as follows:

JED/KRT - frequencies increased to double daily using an A333

JED/MAN - frequencies increased from 4 to 5 weekly using a B777

JED/CAN - frequencies increased from 2 to 3 weekly using a B777

JED/ADD - frequencies increased from 3 to 4 weekly using an A333

JED/IST - capacity increased from daily A320 + daily A333 to double daily A333s

RUH/MNL - frequencies increased to daily nonstop using a B777


 


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Kuwait Airways announces long haul expansion plans



Kuwait Airways has finally published its long haul expansion plans which are in effect from the upcoming IATA W16 season as the carrier takes delivery of its new Boeing 777-300ERs. The main highlights are as follows:

LHR - frequencies increased from daily to 10 weekly using their new A332s exclusively


DAC - frequencies increased to daily nonstop using an A343 which will further be increased to 10 weekly nonstop with the same aircraft type effective 17FEB

JFK - frequencies increased to daily nonstop using a B777 effective 31OCT

GVA - all flights suspended 

MNL - frequencies increased from 6 weekly via BKK to daily nonstop terminator flights using an A343


FRA - capacity increased to 4 weekly B772s operated as a nonstop terminator service

BKK - capacity increased to 6 weekly nonstop terminator flights using an A332 with no extension to Manila

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Air Asia X announces Barcelona and Istanbul

Air Asia X, the long haul arm of the famous low cost carrier has officially announced its return to Europe with the launch of new flights to Barcelona and Istanbul each respectively.

It will operate the route on a daily basis using an A330-300 as KUL-IST-BCN v.v. effective 30OCT16 using the below mentioned schedule:

D7 001 Dep KUL1000 Arr IST 1500 // Dep IST1630 Arr BCN– 1920
D7 002 Dep BCN 2050 Arr IST 0120+1 // Dep IST 0250 Arr KUL 1930


Comments:

It is highly surprising to see a carrier launch a new daily service to IST this fall season considering the on going political unrest in Turkey. In addition, D7 is flying from the on set a daily service to 2 new long haul destinations by giving the market only 2 months advance awareness notice which is not enough. 

IST is a big market from KUL seeing 96,000 passengers in 2015 but that was when things were stable law and order wise in Turkey. As far as BCN is concerned, the demand from KUL in 2015 was 17,000 pax however the main aim for both these destinations is to feed on to other Air Asia flights via KUL to Austral-Asia. Demand from IST to SE Asia is very big however from BCN it isnt and considering its a two stop product on offer versus one stop on EK/QR/TK/LH/AF/KL/LX, BCN will be a tough nut to crack as these legacy carriers wont cede market share to D7 that easily !   

Emirates increases Guangzhou and Manchester capacity

Emirates has officially announced that it will be significantly increasing its capacity on both its Manchester and Guangzhou routes effective 01OCT16 onwards in the following manner:

CAN - capacity increased from daily B77W to daily A380 effective 01OCT16

MAN - capacity increased to an exclusive triple daily A380 service effective 01JAN17

Comments:

The capacity increase to CAN would enable EK to compete more effectively versus the low price tag of ET/KQ on the West/East Africa-CAN segment where demand is high but ultra price sensitive.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Air France announces Accra nonstop

Air France has officially announced that it will be launching new nonstop services into Accra, Ghana effective 28FEB17 onwards. Currently, this market is served by its sister carrier KLM nonstop from Amsterdam but having noticed the higher yields + more stable operating environment that Accra offers versus all other British West African states, AF has decided to expand its reach. 

It shall operate 3 weekly flights using a B777-200ER using the below mentioned schedule:

Days - 2/4/6

AF 780 Dep CDG 1530 Arr ACC 1950
AF 731 Dep ACC 2340 Arr CDG 0800+1


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Thai Airways announces Tehran-Bangkok nonstop

Thai Airways has officially announced that it will be launching new nonstop flights to IKA-Tehran, Iran from its Bangkok hub airport effective 01OCT16. 

Flights will be flown using a 292 seater B777-200ER (30J + 262Y) with the below mentioned schedule:

Days: 2/4/6/7

TG 527 Dep BKK 1530 Arr IKA 1930
TG 528 Dep IKA 2100 Arr BKK 0655+1 


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Jetblue orders 30 more A321s

Jetblue has officially announced that it has ordered 30 additional Airbus A321s as the airline is extremely happy with the current A321s in its fleet especially with its trademark MINT product service.

Under the terms of the new deal, B6 will take delivery of 15 additional A321CEOs between 2017-19 out of which 5 will be configured in the MINT premium layout. The remaining 15 are for the A321NEO of which B6 has the option of converting the order into the A321NEO LR version if market dynamics warrant it which would enable them to fly to UK and Ireland nonstop from BOS + JFK. 

In total once all aircraft are delivered, it will result in B6 having a fleet of 79 A321s. The MINT configuration is 16J (flat bed seats) + 143Y where as the normal A321 configuration is 190Y. 

Source: 

http://otp.investis.com/clients/us/jetblue_airways/usn/usnews-story.aspx?cid=981&newsid=37146

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.

Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-27/boeing-wins-malaysia-airlines-order-for-25-b737-max-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. 

Source: http://www.arabianbusiness.com/etihad-plans-increase-a380-services-new-york-s-jfk-640099.html

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

Source: http://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/gb/media-centre/press-release/article/?q=en_UK/2016/July-September/ne2116-160721

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.