Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Boeing 787-9 configurations of new operators


Over the past few months, many airlines have become new Boeing 787-9 operators who in turn also revealed the cabin configurations for these aircraft. They are as follows:
  • Air China - 30J + 34W + 229Y = 293 seats
  • American Airlines - 30J + 48W + 207Y = 285 seats
  • Air France - 30J + 21W + 225Y = 276 seats
  • Saudia - 24J + 274Y = 298 seats
  • United - 48J + 88W + 116Y = 252 seats
  • Vietnam - 28J + 35W + 211Y = 274 seats
  • KLM - 30J + 48W + 216Y = 294 seats

Friday, September 23, 2016

Air India announces Madrid-Delhi nonstop


Air India has officially published for sale across all major GDS systems, a new nonstop 3 weekly Delhi-Madrid service effective 01DEC16.

Flights will be flown using their 254 seater B787-8 using the below mentioned schedule:

Days - 2/4/6

AI 135 Dep DEL 1425 Arr MAD 2020
AI 136 Dep MAD 2150 Arr DEL 1110+1

In 2015 the P2P demand between Spain and India was as follows:

BCN-DEL 44,000 pax
BCN-BOM 26,000 pax

MAD-DEL 35,000 pax
MAD-BOM 21,000 pax

Thai Airways returns to Moscow


Thai Airways has officially announced that it will be resuming flights to DME-Moscow, Russia effective 15DEC16 as the carrier returns to sustained profitability. TG revealed that DME-BKK shall operate nonstop 4 times per week using a B777-200ER using the below mentioned schedule:


Days - 1/3/4/6

TG 974 Dep BKK 1050 Arr DME 1710
TG 975 Dep DME 1840 Arr BKK 0730+1 


In 2015 alone, the total demand between Moscow and Bangkok (P2P only) was 177,000 pax which was a sharp drop from 319,000 in 2014 !

Monday, September 19, 2016

Ethiopian announces Singapore nonstop


Ethiopian Airlines has officially announced that it will be launching new daily nonstop flights to Singapore (SIN) from its Addis Ababa hub effective 01JUN17. All services shall be flown using the 270 seater B787-8 as a nonstop terminator. The schedule is as follows:

Days - Daily

ET 638 Dep ADD 0030 Arr SIN 1515
ET 639 Dep SIN 0045 Arr ADD 0630


Comments:

In my opinion, this is unjustifiable commercially as the demand between SIN and Africa is insignificant to warrant from the on set a daily B788 nonstop terminator flight. Yes ET has the luxury of onward SQ support to a variety of destinations but that still wont be able to fill even 60% of the flights on a year round basis.

I do not for see this new route of ET lasting long and doing business at even 45% SF ! If they are really keen on SIN, they should just launch with 4 weekly nonstop flights initially and then increase based upon performance.

I would rather see ET launching MRU (5 hour flight from ADD) with a B738 4/5 times per week with a B738 which would generate good feed for their EU and selected MENA destinations.


Turkish reduces Karachi frequencies

Turkish Airlines continues to role out frequency cut backs to its medium and long haul network as part of a short term cost cutting strategy designed to negate the powerful impact the recent political turmoil in Turkey itself had on its flight loads.

Currently, TK operates a double daily nonstop service to Karachi using a B738, however effective 30OCT16, these shall be reduced to a daily service only using the same aircraft type. The schedule is as follows:

TK 708 Dep IST 2030 Arr KHI 0445+1
TK 709 Dep KHI 0540 Arr IST 0900


Austrian Airlines announces Los Angeles

Austrian Airlines has officially announced that it will be launching new services to Los Angeles (LAX) airport effective 10APR17 as part of an overall expansion plan identifying high volume long haul flights that can effectively feed its Central/Eastern European route network year round. 

OS will fly 6 times per week nonstop from VIE to LAX using a B772ER using the below schedule:

Days - 1/2/3/4/5/6

OS 081 Dep VIE 1000 Arr LAX 1330
OS 082 Dep LAX 1505 Arr VIE 1200+1


Saturday, September 10, 2016

PIA orders 8 Boeing 787-9s

Pakistan's flag carrier i.e. PIA has officially confirmed that it has placed an order with Boeing for 8 B787-9s as part of an exchange deal.

Originally in Feb 2012, PIA firmed up an order for 5 Boeing 777-300ERs but over the past month, Boeing had offered a replacement solution for the carrier with the Boeing 787 aircraft family. After long negotiations both parties agreed to swap the 5 B77Ws for 8 B789s.

Comments:

A very smart move initiated by Boeing for PIA's long term benefit. In order to realize its full potential, PIA by 2020 should sell off its entire fleet of 6 B772ERs and replace them with the more efficient B789. In this way, its wide body fleet from 2020 onwards would consist of:

2 B77Ls + 3 B77Ws + 8 B789s  

The B789 should have a configuration of 24 J (flat beds) + 279 Y (3-3-3 layout) seating a total of 303 passengers comfortably and carrying 12 tons of cargo in the belly.

In this way each aircraft type has a specific role in terms of destination being served i.e. the 3 B77Ws should be exclusively used for LHR + JED/RUH, the B77Ls for YYZ, the B789s for JFK, EU, GCC and SE Asia + KHI-LHE/ISB shuttle at peak times. 1 B789 needs to be dedicated for 3 weekly JFK nonstop services as the cost savings incurred using this aircraft type year round versus the B77W/B77L is quite significant to the financial bottom line. 

The only thing left for PIA to do in terms of fleet modernization is to order 5 A321NEOs as this aircraft type is ideal for a variety of PAK-GCC medium demand destinations as well as SE Asia, ISC and selected domestic trunk routes at off peak times.  

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