Thursday, September 3, 2009
Kuwait Airways has revealed that it will be reducing its presence in India for the IATA Winter 09-10 season in the following manner:
DEL - frequencies reduced from daily to 4 weekly AB6s.
COK - frequencies reduced from 5 to 3 weekly AB6s.
It will be interesting to see if Air India Express fills in this gap left by KU by adding new flights with B 738s on both these sectors.
The states of Nepal and Qatar have managed to sign a new air bilateral accord which will allow Qatar Airways to increase its flights to Kathmandu, Nepal from the current 11 times per week to 4 daily flights effective 2010. In addition, rights have been secured for Qatar Airways Cargo to fly daily all freighter flights. This will now allow QR to connect KTM conveniently in both directions via DOH to its USA bound flights.
Emirates has officially revealed that it is seriously contemplating reinstating daily Airbus A 380 service into New York JFK by summer 2010 as it projects demand and yield to rise from that period onwards. Its CEO also confirmed that it will now "go slow" on any further USA expansion which will not see any newly added flights in 2010 but maybe in 2011-12.
Air Canada has officially announced that it will be launching new nonstop flights from Canada to Barcelona and Athens from June 12th 2010 on a summer seasonal basis only. The way in which these flights will be flown are as follows:
BCN - 3 weekly flights each flown from YYZ and YUL respectively using B 763ERs.
ATH - 3 weekly flights each flown from YYZ and YUL respectively using B 763ERs.
Turkish Airlines has officially confirmed that from the on set of the IATA Winter 09-10 season, it will be increasing its flights to Athens, Greece from the current 18 weekly to triple daily In addition, it has also revealed that it shall be increasing its BGW-Baghdad flights from the current 5 weekly to daily nonstop using a Boeing 737-800.
Olympic Airways of Greece has officially confirmed that it will be suspending all of its long haul flights effective Oct 1st 2009 thus resulting in the termination of its Toronto, Montreal, New York JFK and Johannesburg flights that were operated with a dedicated fleet of 4 Airbus A 340-300s. The carrier will instead focus on its domestic and intra-EU network.
Delta Airlines has further revealed major capacity and frequency adjustments across its long haul international route network for the upcoming IATA Winter 09-10 season. The main highlights are as follows:
ATL / FRA - capacity reduced from daily B 764ER to daily A 332.
ATL / MAD - frequencies reduced from daily B 764ER to 4 weekly B 764ERs.
ATL / MXP - frequencies reduced from daily B 763ER to 4 weekly B 763ERs.
ATL / BCN - frequencies reduced from daily B 764ERs to 4 weekly B 763ERs.
ATL / FCO - capacity adjusted from daily A 333 to daily B 764ER.
ATL / AMS - capacity reduced from daily A 333 to daily B 763ER.
ATL / CPH - frequencies reduced from daily B 764ER to 4 weekly B 763ERs.
ATL / DUB - frequencies reduced from daily B 764ER to 6 weekly B 763ERs.
ATL / DUS - frequencies reduced from daily B 764ERs to 5 weekly B 763ERs.
Oman Air has officially announced major expansion in its Winter 09-10 schedule for its Middle East and Asia network as it continues to build itself along the lines of EK/QR/EY. The main highlights are as follows:
CMB - frequencies increased from 4 weekly to daily.
JED - frequencies increased from daily to 10 weekly flights.
AMM - frequencies increased from 4 to 8 weekly flights.
AUH - frequencies increased from double to triple daily flights.
BAH - frequencies increased from 18 weekly to triple daily.
DOH - frequencies increased from 18 weekly to triple daily.
DXB - frequencies increased from 5 to 6 daily.
Lufthansa has officially confirmed that it will be adjusting capacity out of its Munich hub for some of its long haul routes for the Summer 2010 IATA season. They are as follows:
MUC / SIN - capacity reduced from daily A 346 to daily A 343.
MUC / PEK - capacity reduced from daily A 346 to daily A 343.
MUC / BOS - capacity increased from daily A 343 to daily A 346.
South African Airways has officially announced that it will be increasing its flights to Lagos and Accra from the on set of the IATA Winter timetable. Currently, LOS is flown 6 times per week where as ACC is flown 4 times per week via LOS. However, from Oct 26th 09, both cities will be seeing daily flights using a Boeing 747-400 routed as JNB-LOS-ACC-LOS-JNB.