Saturday, February 26, 2011
Airline News Feb 19-25
Qatar Airways has officially revealed further changes to its route network for the IATA Summer 2011 season. The main highlights are as follows:
SYZ - new twice weekly nonstop flights to be launched effective June 5th using an A 321. These services shall be gradually increased to 5 times per week.
MAN - frequencies increased from daily to double daily nonstop flights using an A 332.
KHI - capacity increased from daily A 320 to daily A 332 effective May 1st.
FRA - capacity increased from 10 weekly A 332s to 6 weekly B 772LRs + 4 weekly A 332s.
TUN - capacity reduced from 5 weekly A 332s to 5 weekly A 320s.
SEZ - frequencies increased from 4 weekly to daily nonstop flights using an A 320.
Etihad Airways has revealed on the GDS that it shall be increasing its flights to PEK-Beijing, China from July 2nd 2011 onwards. Currently EY operate 5 weekly nonstop flights on the AUH-PEK sector using an A 332, however from July these shall be increased to daily services using the same aircraft type.
Oman Air has officially announced further changes to its route network for the IATA Summer 2011 season as the carrier continues to receive more aircraft to fuel its rapid expansion. The main highlights are as follows:
CMB - frequencies increased from 5 to 6 times per week using an A 333.
DAR - frequencies increased from 4 weekly to daily nonstop flights using a B 738.
MLE - frequencies increased from 5 to 6 times per week using an A 333.
Vietnam Airlines has officially announced many capacity and frequency increases to its Far East Asian network for the IATA Summer 2011 season from its secondary HANOI hub. The main highlights are as follows:
PEK - frequencies increased from 3 to 4 weekly nonstop flights using an A 321.
BKK - frequencies increased from daily from double daily nonstop flights using an A 321.
SIN - frequencies increased from daily to 11 weekly nonstop flights using an A 321.
According to the media in Sri Lanka, the national carrier i.e. Sri Lankan Airlines is reportedly in discussions with Boeing to purchase at least a 8-10 Boeing 777s to replace its fleet of Airbus A 340-300s as well to cater for future growth. Though Boeing has been pitching its largest B 773ER to UL, this aircraft type is deemed to be a bit too big for any of UL's worldwide routes hence it is expected that the carrier might opt for the Boeing 777-200ER which would seat approximately 330 passengers in a comfortable 2 class configuration.
Egypt Air has officially announced that in order to cut back on costs for 2011 due to a heavy toll that the on going Egyptian political crisis is having on its current flights and for the foreseeable future, it will be leasing out nearly 40% of its fleet to interested airlines for up to a year. The planes it is keen to dry or wet lease out are A 333s, A 332s and B 773ERs along with few A 321s, E170s and B 738s.
Lufthansa has officially disclosed the configuration details of its new Boeing 747-800s that are scheduled to be delivered soon to the carrier. It will seat a total of 386 passengers only with the layout being 8 first class + 80 business class and 298 in economy class. No initial long haul routes have been mentioned by LH but it is expected that JFK, Tokyo and Singapore would be the first recipients.
United Airlines has officially disclosed many capacity adjustments to its European service from the on set of the IATA Summer 2011 season. The main highlights are as follows:
IAD/CDG - frequencies increased from daily to double daily flights using a B 772ER + B 757 each daily respectively.
IAD/AMS - capacity reduced from daily B 772ER to daily B 757.
EWR/ZRH - capacity increased from daily B 762ER to daily B 763ER.