Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Airline News Oct 18-24
Emirates has officially revealed many changes to its route network for the Summer 2011 season with capacity expansion both in Levant and Southeast Asia regions.
The main highlights are as follows:
KUL - frequencies increased from triple daily B 773ERs to 25 weekly B 773ERs aka 20% capacity increase or 2912 extra weekly seats round trip.
BKK - capacity increased with 2 daily A 380s + 2 daily B 773s versus 1 daily A 380 + 3 daily B 773s aka 2142 extra weekly seats on a round trip basis or 10% capacity increase.
DAM - capacity increased from double daily A 332s to 9 weekly A 332s + 2 weekly B 773s + 3 weekly B 772s i.e. 826 extra weekly seats on a round trip basis or 12% capacity increase.
AMM - capacity increased from 8 weekly A 332s + weekly A 343 + 2 weekly B 772s + 3 weekly B 773s to 2 weekly B 773s + 6 weekly B 772s + 6 weekly A 332s.
The states of Qatar and Syria this week concluded signing a new broader bilateral accord that gives further access to Qatar Airways into the Syrian market. The main highlights of it are as follows :
- frequencies to DAM can be increased to triple daily.
- new daily flights to ALP can be flown.
- open skies to all other Syrian cities.
- open skies for freighter flights to all Syrian cities.
Currently, QR operates double daily services to DAM with A 320s with departures at 1230pm and midnight from DOH.
Sri Lankan Airlines has officially announced that it shall be increasing frequencies to Karachi, Pakistan from the on set of the IATA Winter 2010 timetable. UL will be operating an additional 4th weekly nonstop service using an Airbus A 320 due to high load factors over the past few months which has spurned this decision in KHI's favor.
Malaysia Airlines will be launching new 3 weekly nonstop flights to RUH-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia effective Dec 17th 2010. MH will be operating a 290 seater two class configured Boeing 777-200ER for this new service.
Flight schedule is as follows:
MH 152 Dep KUL 2005 Arr RUH 2340
MH 153 Dep RUH 0110 Arr KUL 1400
MAS also operates 4 weekly B 772ERs to JED nonstop + 2 weekly DMM flights with an A 332.
Air France has officially announced that it shall be launching new flights to Phnom Penh (PNH), Cambodia from the on set of the Summer 2011 season i.e. March 28th. AF will be operating 3 weekly flights via Bangkok using an A 340-300. However, from May 9th onwards, capacity shall be increased to a B 772ER for this route. BKK will continue to be served on a daily nonstop basis using a B 772ER with 4 of out 7 weekly flights being a terminator service.
American Airlines has officially confirmed that it shall be launching new nonstop flights to PVG-Shanghai from its secondary LAX-Los Angeles hub effective April 5th 2011. AA will be operating the service on a daily basis using a Boeing 777-200ER.
Aeroflot has officially announced few changes to its long haul network for Summer 2011. The main highlights are as follows: HAN - frequencies increased from 3 weekly B 763ERs to 4 weekly A 333s. LCA - frequencies increased to double daily nonstop services.
US Airways has officially announced seasonal capacity increases for its European network for the peak summer season. For SU11, the main highlights are as follows:
CLT / FCO - capacity increased from May 3rd from daily B 762ER to daily A 333.
PHL / BCN - capacity increased from May 3rd from daily B 762ER to daily A 332.