Saturday, July 30, 2011

News between 23-30JUL


Singapore Airlines has officially revealed changes to its Middle East flying schedule for the IATA W11 season which sees major capacity adjustments across the board. The main highlights are as follows:

AUH - frequencies increased from daily to 9 times per week.

KWI - all flights suspended.

CAI - frequencies reduced from 4 to 3 times per week via Dubai

DXB - frequencies reduced from double daily to 11 weekly.

RUH - capacity reduced from 4 weekly B 773 to 4 weekly A 333s.


Swiss
has officially announced that it shall be launching new nonstop flights to PEK-Beijing, China effective 11FEB 2012 to capitalize on the growing business and tourism traffic that is being witnessed out of Western and Central Europe bound to/from China. LX shall be using an Airbus A 340-300 to operate this service on a daily basis.
LX also confirmed that it will be increasing capacity on its ZRH-EWR (Newark) route from the on set of the IATA S12 season by replacing its daily nonstop service operated a B 737BBJ with a larger Airbus A 340-300.


Thai Airways and China Southern Airlines have officially revealed the cabin configuration of their soon to be delivered Airbus A 380s. The main highlights are as follows:

TG - total of 507 seats in a 3 class configuration i.e. 12F/60J/435Y.

CZ - total of 506 seats in a 3 class configuration i.e. 8F/70J/428Y.


Turkish Airlines
has officially announced that it shall be launching new nonstop flights to DMM-Dammam, Saudi Arabia effective 12SEP 2011. TK will be operating the new service 3 times per week using an Airbus A 319. It will be targeting the high volume KSA-IST market along with oil/gas traffic bound to Central Asia, Western Europe, Russia and USA. TK's President also officially announced that his airline plans on launching a new African route in Summer 2012 i.e. Kigali, Rwanda which would be operated 4 times per week using a Boeing 737-800. Flight schedules will be revealed at a later date. Lastly, TK too revealed initial capacity changes for its long haul route network for the IATA S12 season which are as follows:

GRU - frequencies to be increased from 4 to 5 weekly nonstop flights using a B 773ER.

HKG - frequencies to be increased from 6 weekly to daily nonstop flights using a B 773ER.

CAN - frequencies to be increased from 3 to 4 weekly nonstop flights using a B 773ER.


Emirates
has officially announced that it will be implementing capacity + frequency increases across its network during the course of the IATA W11 season. The main highlights are as follows:

KUL - capacity increased from triple daily B 773s to daily A 380 + double daily B 773s.

CAI - frequencies increased from 12 to 13 times per week using B 777s.

MXP - capacity increased from daily A343 + daily B773 to double daily flights using a 3 class configured B 773 only.

TUN - frequencies increased from 5 to 6 times per week.

FCO - capacity increased from daily A 332 + daily B 773 to daily A 380 + daily B 773.

KRT - frequencies increased from 4 to 6 times per wee using A332s only.


Air France has officially announced that it shall be reducing its frequencies to MIA-Miami, USA for the IATA W11 season. Currently, AF operates a daily nonstop flight out of its CDG-Paris hub using a Boeing 747-400, however this shall be reduced to 6 times per week using the same aircraft type for the entire W11 season.


Oman Air
has officially announced that it will be majorly increasing its presence in Bahrain and Doha from the on set of the IATA W11 season. Frequencies to BAH shall be increased from triple daily to 31 weekly with flights being operated using E75s. DOH on the other hand also gets a frequency increase from triple daily to 5 times daily with flights being flown using a mixture of E75s and B 738s.


Jetblue
has officially announced that it has struck a deal to sell 11 of its yet to be delivered factory fresh Embraer E190 aircraft in 2013. B6 ordered 46 E90s few years ago and took delivery of 35 of them. With the carrier recently also ordering many more A320NEOs and converting existing A320 orders to A321s, the carrier does not seem to require additional E90s for its long term growth.



Egypt Air
has officially announced that it shall be increasing frequencies to CAN-Guangzhou, China effective 01OCT 2011. Frequencies shall be raised from the current 4 to 5 times per week nonstop using a Boeing 777-300ER for all the flights.



Air Canada
has officially announced numerous capacity changes to its long haul route network for the IATA W11 season of which the main highlights are as follows:


YOW/FRA
- frequencies increased to 6 times per week using a B 763ER.


YYZ/CPH
- frequencies reduced from 4 to 3 times per week using a B 763ER.


YYZ/PVG
- capacity reduced from daily B 773ER to daily B 772LR.


YYZ/TLV
- frequencies reduced from 4 to 3 times per week using a B 763ER.


YYZ/NRT
- capacity increased from daily B 772LR to daily B 773ER.


YUL/BRU - frequencies increased from 4 to 5 times per week using a B 763ER.

YUL/FRA
- capacity reduced from daily B 773ER to daily A 333.


YUL/GVA
- frequencies increased from 4 to 5 times per week using a B 763ER.

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