Emirates has officially announced that it will be launching 3 new destinations gradually from 01NOV 2012 onwards as well as increasing capacity on existing routes as the carrier looks to align capacity matching demand during the upcoming IATA W12 season. The main highlights are as follows:
WAW – new daily nonstop service using an A332 effective 06FEB 2013
ADL – new 4 weekly nonstop service using a B773ER effective 01NOV 2012; these shall be increased to daily from 01FEB 2013 onwards
LYS – new 5 weekly nonstop service using an A345 effective 05DEC 2012
RUH – frequencies increased from 17 weekly to triple daily
JED – capacity increased to double daily A380s + 4 weekly B773ERs effective 01JAN 2013
BEY – frequencies increased from double daily to 18 weekly effective 28OCT
DMM – frequencies increased from 7 to 10 weekly effective 28OCT
PER – frequencies increased from double daily to triple daily effective 01MAR 2013 using a B773ER double daily + daily B772LR
LHR – capacity increased with all 5 daily flights to be operated with an A380 effective 01FEB 2013
CDG – capacity increased to double daily A380s + 5 weekly B773ERs effective 01DEC 2012
DME – capacity increased to daily A380 + daily A345 effective 01DEC 2012
JFK – capacity increased to double daily A380 effective 01JAN 2013
FCO – frequencies reduced from triple daily to double daily
SAS has officially announced that it will be launching new nonstop services to SFO-San Francisco, USA effective 06APR 2013 onwards. SK will be operating the route 6 times per week from its primary Copenhagen hub using an Airbus A340-300 with the below mentioned schedule:
SK 935 Dep CPH 1225 Arr SFO 1445
SK 936 Dep SFO 1735 Arr CPH 1315+1
Oman Air has officially announced that it will be increasing capacity to both Colombo and Male from the on set of the IATA W12 season of which the main highlights are as follows:
MLE – frequencies increased from 4 to 5 weekly nonstop services using a B738.
CMB – capacity increased from daily B738 to 2 weekly A333s + 5 weekly B738s.
Malaysia Airlines has officially announced that it will be increasing capacity on 4 of its Indian subcontinent routes from September 2012 onwards in the following manner:
KTM – new 3 weekly nonstop flights to be launched using a B738
BOM – frequencies increased from daily to 10 weekly i.e. daily B772ER + 3 weekly B738
MAA – frequencies increased from daily to 11 weekly i.e. daily A332 + 4 weekly B738
BLR – frequencies increased from daily to 10 weekly with all flights operated with a B738
All of the above new flights depart KUL between 0900-1000 and arrive back into KUL between 1900-2000 respectively! In addition, MAS has also revealed that it is very interested to purchase a longer range A330 variant capable of operating nonstop from KUL to Western Europe with a full payload as it finds its Boeing 777-200ERs a bit too large for some of the routes.
MAS need not look further than the A332IGW of which Korean Air is a launch customer for. This aircraft operates long haul flights for KE such as ICN-NBO (15 hours block time) and SEA-ICN (13 hours block time) hence for MH it can easily operate KUL-FRA and KUL-FCO nonstop which have a block time of 12 hours 45 minutes each respectively. With MH part of One World, it might be worth looking into operating KUL-DUS nonstop so that via DUS it can code share with Air Berlin to all over Central, Eastern and Western Europe. KUL-DUS block time would be approximately 13 hours 10 minutes hence operationally possible on the A332IGW.
Fed Ex has officially announced that it has placed an order for 19 new Boeing 767-300ER freighters as the carrier looks to rapidly phase out its aging fleet of DC10Fs and A310Fs as they are more costlier to operate. Deliveries are expected to run between 2015-19 and it also includes converting 4 B772LR freighters previously ordered into B763ERFs !
Delta Airlines has officially announced that it will be making major capacity changes across its long haul network for the upcoming IATA W12 season of which the main highlights are as follows:
DTW/CDG - frequencies reduced from daily to 5 weekly flights using an A332
ATL/AMS - frequencies increased from daily to 12 weekly i.e. daily A333 + 5 weekly B763ER
JFK/AMS - capacity increased from daily A332 to daily A333
JFK/CDG - capacity increased from daily B763ER to daily A332
JFK/VCE - frequencies increased from 4 to 5 weekly flights using a B763ER
ATL/CDG - frequencies reduced from double daily to daily flights using a B763ER
ORD/CDG - frequencies reduced from 5 to 4 weekly flights using a B763ER
MSP/CDG - capacity increased from daily B763ER to daily A332
Fly Dubai has officially announced that it will be launching new flights to BSR-Basra, Iraq effective 08AUG 2012. FZ will be operating the service 4 times per week nonstop using its 189 seater Boeing 737-800. The schedule is as follows:
FZ 229 Dep DXB 0845 Arr BSR 0940
FZ 230 Dep BSR 1040 Arr DXB 1325