Friday, August 14, 2015

Korean Air reveals B748 configuration

Korean Air has officially disclosed the configuration of its soon to be delivered inaugural Boeing 747-800 of which the airline has ordered 10 units of. The layout is as follows:

6 first class + 48 business class + 314 economy class seating a total of 368 seats in total. 

KE should have configured their B748s with only a dual class layout to realize better commercial performance. This would mean a layout of 48J + 384Y totaling 432 overall which would have been better for high density routes to YVR, YYZ, SYD and ORD. In total, KE has 10 B748s on order which is enough to use on these 4 routes.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Emirates increases Melbourne capacity

Emirates has officially announced that it will be increasing capacity on its popular daily Dubai-Singapore-Melbourne service effective 01MAR16. Currently, this route is operated using the B777-300ER but from 01MAR onwards it will be upgraded to an A380 on a daily basis. 

A large portion of passengers it gets on this flight originates from Colombo as it connects its daily DXB-CMB-SIN service conveniently via SIN in both directions to MEL. Overall, EK will therefore fly to MEL triple daily i.e. daily B77W + double daily A380 !

Delta reduces Dubai flights

Delta Airlines has disclosed that due to low yields, it will be reducing its services into Dubai effective 01OCT15 as despite seeing above 80% seat factor on its Atlanta-Dubai nonstop service, the service realizes a big loss. DL is unjustifiably blaming the GCC carriers for this when it has a monopoly position on this route but fails to acknowledge the extreme low pricing tactics of TK, OS, LH, KL and RJ from USA to DXB which in turn hurt its bottom line even more. 

Effective 01OCT15, DL will henceforth be reducing ATL-DXB from current daily nonstop to 4 weekly only using a B777-200LR exclusively.

Qatar Airways increases Bangkok capacity

Qatar Airways has announced that due to high demand for its flights to Bangkok from Europe in particular during the winter season, it shall be significantly increasing capacity on this route effective 25OCT15. Currently, it operates DOH-BKK four times daily i.e. daily A380 + triple daily B77W, however from the on set of the IATA W15 season, it will be flying 19 weekly A380s + 9 weekly B77Ws. 

Another reason is due to QR not being able to find viable alternate routes for its 500 seater A380s as Europe cannot sustain it during the IATA Winter season, India is bilaterally restricted, the airplane is too large for USA plus no other Asian city in its network is feasible with this aircraft type in terms of consistent high demand. Beijing and Shanghai could justify an A380 commercially (since its bilaterally constrained) but filling it at 80% consistently will be a huge challenge for QR + it would fore go a lot of belly cargo currently on board its B77W.


Turkish increases Kuala Lumpur but reduces Kathmandu

Turkish Airlines has revealed that due to high demand from Europe to Kuala Lumpur during the IATA Winter season as well as a big decline in MAS's presence on the continent, it will be increasing frequencies on the IST-KUL route effective 25OCT. Current daily nonstop flights will be increased to 10 weekly nonstop using an A333 exclusively. 

With regards to Kathmandu, TK has disclosed that it will be reducing its presence in the Nepal market from current daily nonstop to 4 weekly only using an A332. KTM does not see high volume demand year round from West Asia and Europe like KUL does plus has strong competition from QR, AI, 9W and WY. 

EL AL to order 28 Boeing 787s

EL AL, the national carrier of Israel has officially announced its long term fleet renewal plans which have been approved by its Board of Directors few days ago. The main highlights are as follows:
  • A total of 28 Boeing 787s will be ordered i.e. 15 firm + 13 options
  • They will replace 6 B763ERs + 6 B744s + 6 B772ERs
  • The B788s will replace the B763ERs where as the B789s will replace the B744s + B772ERs
  • No mention of the larger B787-10X was outlined however it is expected to order this variant too to operate its high demand multiple daily flights into JFK.

Emirates announces Panama City-Dubai nonstop

Emirates has officially announced that it will be launching the world's longest nonstop flight effective 01FEB16 utilizing the Boeing 777-200LR. EK revealed its newest long haul destination shall be Panama City (PTY) in South America which would be flown on a daily nonstop basis out of its Dubai hub. 

The flight schedule is as follows:

EK 251 Dep DXB 0805 Arr PTY 1640
EK 252 Dep PTY 2230 Arr DXB 2315+1 

EK already has an interline deal with PTY based COPA Airlines which operates a similar hub & spoke business model. It will through this new service offer convenient access via PTY to all the major South American metro cities through Copa's extensive network. It is expected that eventually both EK and Copa will enter into a more deeper code sharing relationship once the new PTY flight matures.


Saturday, August 8, 2015

Iberia orders additional 8 A359s + 5 A332s

IAG Group (owner of BA and IB) officially announced that it has firmed up options it held with Airbus for 8 A350-900s + 5 A330-200s for its affiliate Iberia Airlines of Spain as it looks to rapidly fuel its long haul growth potential. 

The aircraft will also be used to replace the gas guzzling A343s + A346s as well as to launch potential new routes which have been identified as Tokyo, Doha, Johannesburg, Toronto, Guadalajara, Managua, San Juan de Puerto Rico, Brasilia and AsunciĆ³n. 

In December 2015, IB will take delivery of its first new A332 which has 288 seats on board i.e. 19 business class (flat beds) + 269 economy !

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Kenya visa on arrival facility finished

Please note that from 01SEP15 onwards, Kenya is no longer giving visas on arrival to any nationality.

All foreign passport holders are required to purchase an e-visa from their govt website which takes 4-5 days to process.

The link can be seen here

To apply for the e-visa click here

Press Release

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. 

News link:

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 !