Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Airline News Oct 10-17
Turkish Airlines has officially confirmed that it will be significantly increasing capacity to YYZ-Toronto from Dec 27th 2010 onwards. Currently, it operates a 250 seater A 330-200 on the 3 weekly IST-YYZ service however after Christmas due to averaging a very high load factor on this sector, a larger 349 seater Boeing 777-300ER shall be used to fly this route. This translates into a 40% increase in capacity by TK on the Toronto route.
Egypt Air has officially announced that it will be increasing capacity to both Bangkok and Guangzhou, China from Dec 15th 2010 onwards in a significant manner. Currently, MS operates a CAI-BKK-CAN flight using a B 772ER however the latest changes announced make both cities receive dedicated terminator services. Capacity to BKK is increased to a daily nonstop terminator flight operated with a B 772ER where as CAN also receives a nonstop service from CAI with a B 772ER but 4 times per week only.
SAS has officially confirmed that it shall be launching 2 new long haul routes from the on set of the Summer 2011 time table. The main highlights are as follows:
CPH / PVG - new 5 weekly nonstop services to be operated using an A 343.
OSL / EWR - new daily nonstop services to be flown using an A 333.
Emirates has officially announced that it is seriously pondering to further place an order for 30 additional Airbus A 380s as it sees a requirement of 120 such aircraft over the next decade as part of its fleet plan. It did not originally place this order because of space constraints at the current DXB airport however this shall not be the case with the new JXB-Jebel Ali Airport which EK and other carriers hope to move to within the next 6 years.
British Airways has officially confirmed that it will be reducing capacity to NRT-Tokyo, Japan from the on set of the IATA Summer 2011 timetable. Currently, it operates a daily nonstop flight using a Boeing 747-400 on the LHR-NRT sector however from end March a smaller Boeing 777-300ER will be used to fly this sector which shall have its latest on board F and J class seat product.
Iberia has officially announced that it shall be adjusting capacity to the Americas for the Summer 2011 season with the main highlights are as follows:
MAD/IAD - all flights suspended.
BCN/MIA - new 3 weekly nonstop flights to be flown using an A 343.
MAD/LAX - new 3 weekly nonstop flights to be flown using an A 343 which shall be increased to 4 times per week effective June 27th using the same aircraft type.
Oman Air has officially confirmed that it is not going ahead with a planned increase of upgrading flights to CDG-Paris from 4 to 5 weekly A 333s from Nov 1st but instead will increase capacity to Cairo, Egypt effective Dec 18th onwards. Flights to CAI are currently flown on a daily basis using a B 737-800 which shall later on see from Dec 18th two weekly A 333s + 5 weekly B 738s aka 15% increase in capacity.
Royal Brunei has officially announced that it shall be launching new nonstop flights to Melbourne, Australia effective March 29th 2011. BI will be operating 4 times per week from its BWN hub using a Boeing 777-200ER. In addition, the airline too confirmed that it will be reducing frequencies to Perth which is currently flown 4 times per week using an A 320. The new winter schedule calls for a 3 weekly nonstop service but operated with a larger B 772ER.
Korean Air has officially announced that it will be increasing frequencies on its services to Singapore from Nov 22nd 2010 onwards. Services shall be increased from daily to 11 times per week nonstop using a B 773A daily + 3 weekly B 744s + weekly A 333.