Tuesday, October 2, 2007
One can place a bet on a bunch load of Boeing 777-300ERs being ordered to replace most of BA's B 744s as it would provide fleet commanlity with its B 772ERs. The other main competitor for this future order is the A 350-1000X which doesnt stand a chance as it can be delivered only after 2014-15 which not only is too late for BA but also will not provide cost savings in terms of fleet maintainence.
CDG - suspended indefinitely effective Nov 23rd due to high operational costs and losses.
EWR - to be flown nonstop 3 times a week from TPE using a B 773ER.
SEA - to be reduced from daily flights to 4 weekly terminator flights flown nonstop from TPE using a B 773ER.
LAX - to be increased from 17 to 20 flights a week effective December. The 3 extra flights will be flown by a B 773ER.
CAI - new 5 times a week service flown nonstop using a B 763ER effective June 4th 2008.
NBO - new 4 weekly service to be flown via DKR using a B 763ER effective 2nd June 2008.
CPT - new 3 weekly service to be flown via DKR using a B 763ER effective 3rd June 2008.
LOS - new daily service from JFK to be flown daily using a B 763ER effective 9nd June 2008. DL already flies daily ATL-LOS with the B 763ER.
BOM - to be served with a B 777-200LR instead of -200ER to avoid pay load restrictions.
EDI - new daily service to be flown using a B 752ER effective 1st May 08.
MAN/BRU/AMS/FRA - all 3 cities to be downgraded from a B 763ER to a B 752ER.
TLV - new daily flights to begin with a B 763ER effective 10th March 08.
NCE/DUB/BCN - all to be increased to daily flights for Summer 2008.
Not since the days of PAN AM, have we seen such a major expansion undertaken by an American carrier in Africa which is very pleasing to see. The only thing that one cannot comprehend here is why would DL send a B 757-200ER from JFK to FRA when LH flies triple daily on the route using more luxurious wide bodied aircraft with a superior premium cabin especially. This move is bound to back fire for DL on the JFK-FRA sector. It should just stick to its double daily ATL-FRA flights rather than fly another one from JFK just for prestige purposes.
SIN - frequencies increased from daily to 9 weekly all using an A 333.
MNL - frequencies increased from 11 weekly to double daily using an A 321 daily + 3 weekly B 744 + 2 weekly B 772 + 2 weekly B 763.
BKK - increased from daily to 11 weekly i.e. 5 weekly A 333 + 4 weekly B 772 + 2 weekly B 763.
LAX - increased to 12 times a week nonstop from ICN.