Thursday, May 14, 2015

Air India adjusts Australia bound services

Air India has revealed that as part of its long haul route restructuring process, it will be adjusting its services to Australia in the following manner:

  • Currently it operates 5 weekly DEL-MEL-SYD-DEL flights in a triangular manner using a B787-800.
  • Effective 16MAY onwards, DEL-MEL + DEL-SYD will each be operated as an independent nonstop terminator service 3 times per week using a B787-800 too.

American Airlines increases Chicago-Tokyo flights

American Airlines has officially announced that due to increasing demand for its Tokyo bound operations out of its ORD-Chicago hub, it will be increasing services effective 07SEP15 onwards in the below mentioned manner:
  • Currently it operates 5 times per week nonstop using a B777-200ER
  • Effective 07SEP, these shall be increased to daily nonstop using a smaller Boeing 787-800

Qatar Airways increases Bangkok capacity

Qatar Airways has officially announced that it will be significantly increasing capacity on its popular Bangkok route by adding a second daily A380 nonstop service effective 16SEP. This capacity upgrade results in an extra 182 seats being offered in each direction. 

The DOH-BKK-DOH flights that would be A380 operated are as follows:

QR 836 dep DOH 0215 and QR 830 dep DOH 2100 which return back into DOH airport at 1155 and 2330 each respectively.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Cathay Pacific looking at Tel Aviv flights


According to Israeli media, Cathay Pacific is seriously examining launching new nonstop flights from Hong Kong to TLV-Tel Aviv effective Summer 2016. The carrier would launch services using its soon to be delivered Airbus A350-900s and is expected to be operated 3-4 times per week maximum.

Source: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4653983,00.html

Comments:

Another surprise pulled off by CX but something that holds a bit of merit. In 2014, 72,000 pax flew TLV-HKG-TLV with the average fare being $1900 round trip which means that there is good yield to be exploited here on point to point traffic alone.

The other big Asian markets that CX can tap into via HKG for TLV are as follows:

BKK...105K
ICN...22K
PVG...10K
NRT...12K
PEK...9K
SIN...13K
MNL...5K
TPE...5K
SYD...11K
MEL...12K

Please note that demand to TLV from MNL is not only 5,000 pax annually as majority of them who go on holy pilgrimages buy a return ticket to AMM or IST and then a seperate ticket to TLV on TK or RJ. Hence the number stated above of 5,000 does not reflect the real bigger picture. CX's new potential service can definitely help further stimulate this demand on the MNL-TLV-MNL market sector along with Australia-TLV !

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Qatar Airways new Airbus A340-600 configuration

Qatar Airways has officially announced that it will be reconfiguring its entire fleet of 4 Airbus A340-600s into a more commercially viable high density layout. Currently, QR's A346s have a 3 class configuration seating 306 passengers i.e. 8F + 42J + 256Y

The new layout seats 372 passengers in a two class configuration i.e. 24J + 348Y thus representing an overall increase of 21% in capacity but more importantly 36% increase in the economy cabin. The first route earmarked for high density A346 is a daily DOH-KUL-DOH rotation. 

Comments:

This is a much required move and makes the operating economics of the aircraft more attractive especially when fuel prices are low and its purpose is to be utilized on capacity constrained routes. I would suggest QR deploy this aircraft variant on DOH-CAN + DOH-HKG on a daily basis each respectively. 

 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Turkish Airlines announces Miami

Turkish Airlines has officially announced that they will be launching new daily nonstop flights to MIA-Miami, USA effective 25OCT15. A 349 seater Boeing 777-300ER shall be used to operate the new flight offering excellent two way connections to GCC, Africa, Southeast Europe, Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.

The schedule is as follows:

TK 077 Dep IST 1330 Arr MIA 1930
TK 078 Dep MIA 2130 Arr IST 1630+1

Monday, May 4, 2015

Qatar Airways announces massive USA expansion

Qatar Airways has officially revealed major plans to expand its presence in the USA marketplace in 2016 with 3 new destinations being announced along with a frequency increase to an existing destination. The main highlights are as follows:

LAX - new daily nonstop flights using a B772LR effective 01JAN16

ATL - new daily nonstop flights using a B772LR effective 01JUL16

BOS - new daily nonstop flights using an A359 effective 16MAR16

JFK - frequencies increased to double daily (new flight is on an A359) effective 01MAR16. The new JFK schedule is mentioned below:

QR 703 Dep DOH 0130 Arr JFK 0725
QR 704 Dep JFK 1025 Arr DOH 0600

Comments:

There are a couple of valid reasons (IMO) why the launch of these USA destinations is pushed into 2016:

1. A359 delivery timetable (obvious for BOS route)

2. More importantly, QR realizes that they face a severe capacity bottle neck situation with regards to their India bound flights in terms of capacity being offered. Their team now has almost a year to sort this out and ensure that they get more access into India in order to allow its entire network to feed it by making the departure timings cater to two different hub wave banks at DOH airport rather than the present one only (2000-2130 departure in particular). If this is not resolved by the time BOS comes online in particular, it will be very difficult attracting decent S/F across their USA services !

FYI I expect JFK to become a double daily A359 operated service by Summer 2016 season in order to make it easier both for crew rotations + selling capacity.

On another note, I dont see how and why ATL was chosen ahead of SFO


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Malaysia Airlines outlines fleet restructuring plans

Malaysia Airlines has finally revealed initial details of its restructuring plan as part of its radical down sizing initiative after the terrible twin crashes it incurred in 2014. 

The main highlights are as follows:
  • 6 A380s for sale or dry lease
  • 2 B744Fs for dry lease only
  • 4 B772ERs for sale only
  • 4 A332Fs for sale or dry lease
Media in Malaysia is reporting that according to their sources, the next European long haul route to be cut shall be CDG-Paris !

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Kenya Airways to retire its entire Boeing 777 fleet

Kenya Airways has officially announced that as part of its on going cost cutting measures attributed to a large loss it incurred in 2014 and also to reduce its current debt of US$ 6 billion, its entire B777-200ER + B777-300ER fleet shall be grounded from September 2015 onwards. 

It acknowledged that it over estimated the usefulness of the Boeing 777-300ER in its fleet as the aircraft has proven to be way too big (from a capacity stand point) to be deployed on any of its long haul routes such as Amsterdam, Guangzhou, London and Mumbai. The carrier is keen to dispose of these assets as soon as possible as it’s a big financial drain on its balance sheet.

Currently, KQ has 3 B77Ws (400 seats) + 4 B772ERs (322 seats) in its fleet and all 7 aircraft will be retired at the conclusion of the summer peak season. Flights flown presently with the B777s will be replaced by KQ's B787-800s which seat 234 pax in a dual class layout i.e. 30J + 204Y. 

KQ has at present 6 B788s operating with 3 more units held as optional purchases. The airline is very happy with the performance economics of its B787 fleet and shall be basing its long haul operations for the next three years around the B788 fleet exclusively. 




Monday, April 27, 2015

27APR news edition




Vietnam Airlines has revealed the configuration of its soon to be delivered Boeing 787-900 and Airbus A 350-900 that will be entering service with the carrier in June. The breakdown is as follows:

·         A total of 19 B789s have been ordered with those dedicated to long haul flights having a 3 class layout i.e. 274 seats (28J + 35W + 211Y). The regional configured B789s meant exclusively for intra-ASEAN and possible future flights to Middle East has a dual class layout seating 311 pax i.e. 28J + 283Y!

·         As far as the A359 goes, a total of 14 units have been ordered with all having a 3 class layout seating 305 pax i.e. 29J + 36W + 240Y. 

Comments:

It is quite silly having two different types of configurations for the B789 fleet as operationally it is not easy to handle from an aircraft rotation stand point. Since all the A359s have the long haul 3 class layout hence being given a particular set of routes, the same policy should have been implemented for the B789 i.e. have only a dual class configuration and fly it exclusively on regional routes + those long haul that do not require premium economy (W) class demand. FYI all of VN’s B789 + A359 business class seats will be flat beds.




Etihad Airways has officially announced that it will be major capacity changes across its network for the remaining part of the on-going IATA S15 season. The main highlights are as follows:

COK - frequencies increased from double to triple daily using an A321 double daily + A320 daily effective 15MAY

HYD - frequencies increased from double to triple daily using an A321 double daily + A320 daily effective 15JUN

DME - frequencies reduced from double daily to daily nonstop only using an A321 effective 15JUN

CCJ - frequencies increased from double to triple daily using an A321 daily + A320 double daily effective 01MAY
MCT – frequencies increased from three to four daily flights effective 15JUN


Malaysia Airlines has officially announced that as part of its on-going cost saving measures, it will be suspending its heavily loss making flights to Frankfurt effective 29MAY15. Currently, MAS operates 5 times per week nonstop using a B777-200ER. The top ten markets that MH has out of FRA are KUL, DPS, HKT, USM, SYD, AKL, MNL, MEL, CGK and PER.

Comments:

This is not unexpected one bit and one can place a bet that the next long haul route to be targeted by MH will be IST ! Who stands to gain most with this suspension announcement are both EK and QR especially as they are adding capacity to DPS, CGK and HKT in particular from June onwards so with MH pulling out of FRA, this in turn will definitely further boost their own S/F on these routes. FYI in 2014, MH carried 11,000 pax to DPS + HKT combined to/from FRA!


United Airlines has officially announced that it has placed an order with Boeing for 10 new Boeing 777-300ERs to be delivered from 2016 onwards in exchange for options it currently holds on its Boeing 787-900 order book. It ordered the B77W in order to be a capacity bridge aircraft for its aging fleet of 24 B747-400s which are slated to be retired by 2017-18. The original aircraft ordered by UA to replace the B744 was the Airbus A 350-1000 but that wont be available for many years. In addition, UA also revealed the below mentioned changes to its fleet strategy:
  • 10 B777-200s currently being used on trans-atlantic services will be re-deployed exclusively on domestic/Hawaii flights along with it being reconfigured to suit the USA market segment
  • All B757 flying on trans-atlantic routes into mainland Europe (excluding Ireland/UK) shall be discontinued
  • 21 Boeing 767-300ERs will get winglets installed and as a result shall get their lifespan in the UA fleet extended for a few more years

 
Air France has officially announced that due to high demand for its San Francisco bound flights, it will be increasing its presence in that marketplace accordingly. Effective 15JUN, its current 12 weekly flights will be increased to double daily nonstop operated with an A380 + B772ER.


Lufthansa has officially announced that due to high seasonal demand to Cape Town from Europe in the winter season, it will be increasing its flights accordingly. Currently, LH operates a 5 weekly nonstop service from Munich to Cape Town using an A340-600. These will be boosted to daily nonstop flights effective 25OCT.


A new Oman-Philippines bilateral accord has been signed of which the main highlights are as follows:
  • Bilateral frequencies allocation increased from 4 to 7 for each side with WY being allowed daily services exclusively from Oman's side
  • From Philippines side, Cebu Pacific got 4 slots and PAL 3 into MCT
  • Oman Air secured fifth freedom rights on BKK-MNL, KUL-MNL and JKT-MNL
  • Philippine based carriers secured 5th freedom rights in turn on India (any one city only)-MCT + Europe-MCT (any one city only)
WY is expected to boost MNL flights to daily in W15 season (NOV onwards) upon delivery of  additional A333s this year. Currently, their flights have 62% point to point traffic and 38% transit beyond MCT of which Paris (CDG) has been cited as the top feeder market for them in Europe on this route.


Air New Zealand has officially announced that it will be launching new 5 weekly nonstop flights to IAH-Houston, USA effective Dec 2015. All flights will be operated using a B777-200ER in code share with its fellow Star Alliance partner i.e. United 


Qatar Airways has officially announced that it will be significantly increasing capacity on its Larnaca and Athens bound routes effective 01JUN onwards as the carrier looks to take advantage of the peak summer travel season. 

The main highlights are as follows:

LCA - frequencies increased from 4 weekly to daily using an A320

ATH - frequencies increased from double to triple daily nonstop using an A333 + A321 + A320 each on a daily basis respectively. The new ATH service is scheduled in the below mentioned manner

QR 207 Dep DOH 1930 Arr ATH 0010+1
QR 208 Dep ATH 0110 Arr DOH 0540

Above schedule of QR 207 only connects GCC destinations along with NBO, DAR, EBL and KTM.

 
Emirates has officially announced that it will be increasing its presence in the Dhaka market segment by increasing frequencies effective immediately. Current double daily nonstop services are being raised to triple daily nonstop using a two class 430 seater B777-300ER exclusively. The airline has the highest market share out of Bangladesh to USA and Europe as well as a cult like following with Bangladeshi freight forwarders. Flights depart DXB at 0200/1030/1315 and arrive back at 0025/1305/2210 local time respectively. 

In addition, EK also surprisingly announced that it shall be launching new nonstop flights to MCO-Orlando, USA effective 01SEP. The airline will operate the Boeing 777-200LR on this new service in code share with its U.S. partner i.e. B6-Jetblue. 


The flight schedule is as follows:

EK 219 Dep DXB 0350 Arr MCO 1140
EK 220 Dep MCO 1420 Arr DXB 1230+1 


Turkish Airlines has revealed that as part of its seasonal capacity adjustments across its long haul network, it will be reducing its flights to NRT-Tokyo Narita airport from the on set of the IATA W15 season i.e. 25OCT. Currently, the airline operates a double daily nonstop flight using a B773ER + A333 on a daily basis each respectively. Effective 25OCT, TK will be reducing NRT-IST to 11 weekly nonstop using an A333 exclusively!



Saturday, April 25, 2015

Etihad announces major South India expansion

Etihad Airways has officially announced that it will be majorly increasing its presence in South India with the expansion of flights into Calicut, Hyderabad and Kochi in the below mentioned manner:

COK - frequencies increased from double to triple daily using an A321 double daily + A320 daily effective 15MAY

HYD - frequencies increased from double to triple daily using an A321 double daily + A320 daily effective 15JUN

CCJ - frequencies increased from double to triple daily using an A321 daily + A320 double daily effective 01MAY

  



Friday, April 24, 2015

Etihad reduces Moscow but adds Muscat flights

Etihad Airways has officially announced that due to a slow down of the Russian economy and its people travelling abroad both for business + leisure, it shall be halving its operations into DME-Moscow airport effective 15JUN onwards. Current double daily services using an A321 shall be reduced to a daily frequency only, arriving into DME at 0710 and departing back by 1255. EY's A321s seat 174 pax in a two class configuration i.e. 16J + 158Y!

In addition to the above, the airline confirmed increasing its frequencies to MCT-Muscat by adding a new 4th daily service using an A320 effective 15JUN.

United Airlines orders 10 Boeing 777-300ERs

United Airlines has officially announced that it has placed an order with Boeing for 10 new Boeing 777-300ERs to be delivered from 2016 onwards in exchange for options it currently holds on its Boeing 787-900 order book. It ordered the B77W in order to be a capacity bridge aircraft for its aging fleet of 24 B747-400s which are slated to be retired by 2017-18. The original aircraft ordered by UA to replace the B744 was the Airbus A 350-1000 but that wont be available for many years. In addition, UA also revealed the below mentioned changes to its fleet strategy:
  • 10 B777-200s currently being used on trans-atlantic services will be re-deployed exclusively on domestic/Hawaii flights along with it being reconfigured to suit the USA market segment
  • All B757 flying on trans-atlantic routes into mainland Europe (excluding Ireland/UK) shall be discontinued
  • 21 Boeing 767-300ERs will get winglets installed and as a result shall get their lifespan in the UA fleet extended for a few more years

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Turkish reduces Tokyo flights

Turkish Airlines has revealed that as part of its seasonal capacity adjustments across its long haul network, it will be reducing its flights to NRT-Tokyo Narita airport from the on set of the IATA W15 season i.e. 25OCT.

Currently, the airline operates a double daily nonstop flight using a B773ER + A333 on a daily basis each respectively. Effective 25OCT, TK will be reducing NRT-IST to 11 weekly nonstop using an A333 exclusively !

Air France increases San Francisco

Air France has officially announced that due to high demand for its San Francisco bound flights, it will be increasing its presence in that marketplace accordingly. Effective 15JUN, its current 12 weekly flights will be increased to double daily nonstop operated with an A380 + B772ER.

Lufthansa increases Cape Town flights


Lufthansa has officially announced that due to high seasonal demand to Cape Town from Europe in the winter season, it will be increasing its flights accordingly. Currently, LH operates a 5 weekly nonstop service from Munich to Cape Town using an A340-600. These will be boosted to daily nonstop flights effective 25OCT.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Malaysia Airlines suspends Frankfurt

Malaysia Airlines has officially announced that as part of its on going cost saving measures, it will be suspending its heavily loss making flights to Frankfurt effective 29MAY15. Currently, MAS operates 5 times per week nonstop using a B777-200ER. 

The top ten markets that MH has out of FRA are KUL, DPS, HKT, USM, SYD, AKL, MNL, MEL, CGK and PER.

Comments:

This is not unexpected one bit and one can place a bet that the next long haul route to be targeted by MH will be IST !

Who stands to gain most with this suspension announcement are both EK and QR especially as they are adding capacity to DPS, CGK and HKT in particular from June onwards so with MH pulling out of FRA, this in turn will definitely further boost their own S/F on these routes. FYI in 2014, MH carried 11,000 pax to DPS + HKT combined.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

new Oman-Philippines bilateral signed


A new Oman-Philippines bilateral accord has been signed of which the main highlights are as follows:
  • Bilateral frequencies allocation increased from 4 to 7 for each side with WY being allowed daily services exclusively from Oman's side
  • From Philippines side, Cebu Pacific got 4 slots and PAL 3 into MCT
  • Oman Air secured fifth freedom rights on BKK-MNL, KUL-MNL and JKT-MNL
  • Philippine based carriers secured 5th freedom rights in turn on India (any one city only)-MCT + Europe-MCT (any one city only)
WY is expected to boost MNL flights to daily in W15 season (NOV onwards) upon delivery of additional A333s this year. Currently, their flights have 62% point to point traffic and 38% transit beyond MCT of which Paris (CDG) has been cited as the top feeder market for them in Europe on this route.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Emirates increases Dhaka to triple daily


Emirates has officially announced that it will be increasing its presence in the Dhaka market segment by increasing frequencies effective immediately. Current double daily nonstop services are being raised to triple daily nonstop using a two class 430 seater B777-300ER exclusively. 

The airline has the highest market share out of Bangladesh to USA and Europe as well as a cult like following with Bangladeshi freight forwarders.

Flights depart DXB at 0200/1030/1315 and arrive back at 0025/1305/2210 local time respectively. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Air New Zealand announces Houston-Auckland nonstop




Air New Zealand has officially announced that it will be launching new 5 weekly nonstop flights to IAH-Houston, USA effective Dec 2015. All flights will be operated using a B777-200ER in code share with its fellow Star Alliance partner i.e. United