Friday, October 30, 2015

Air Canada expands Seoul and London services

Air Canada has officially announced that it is expanding its long haul foot print in Asia and UK from June 2016 as the carrier looks to fully capitalize on the major benefits the Boeing 787 fleet is bringing to the bottom line. 

To begin with, AC will be launching new daily nonstop services from YYZ-Toronto to ICN-Seoul effective 17JUN16 using a B788. The schedule is as follows:

AC 061 Dep YYZ 1335 Arr ICN 1620+1
AC 062 Dep ICN 1500 Arr YYZ 1450 

FYI in 2014, the demand (round trip) between YVR-ICN was 135,000 pax versus 105,000 for YYZ, 19,000 for YYC and 10,000 for YUL. 

With regards to the UK, AC revealed the following adjustments for S16 season:

YYC/LHR - frequencies reduced from 11 weekly to daily nonstop using an A333

YEG/LHR - all 3 weekly flights suspended 

YVR/LHR - frequencies increased from daily to double daily i.e. daily B773ER + daily B788


Adding a second daily YVR-LHR is a smart move in retaliation to the BA daily A380 product that is coming to YVR in S16 as passengers especially the higher yielding corporates prefer schedule flexibility majority of the time. 

For Seoul, AC continues to operate a daily service out of YVR-Vancouver too using a B788 with also a 1620 arrival into ICN and departure back at 1800. The above mentioned schedule to/from YYZ means that the aircraft sits in ICN for almost 24 hours which seems to be strange of a high value asset. One suggestion here is for AC to look at extending its YYZ-ICN flight into SIN as it should have 5th freedom traffic rights on this sector (considering SQ operated SIN-ICN-YVR in the past). 

There are other potential contenders too such as SGN but the main difference is that even though SGN and SIN have the same market size demand to/from YYZ+YVR combined in 2014 (i.e. 50,000 passengers), the pax yield of Canada-SIN is 40% higher!

The schedule for ICN-SIN-ICN would look like this:

AC 061 Dep ICN 1800 Arr SIN 2120 
AC 062 Dep SIN 0600 Arr ICN 1330

With this schedule to/from ICN, it allows a scissors hub to be created as both YVR and YYZ will be connected via ICN on a daily basis by AC in both directions.


EL AL confirms Boeing 787 order

EL AL of Israel has officially revealed the break down of its mega order for the Boeing 787 family which was originally disclosed in mid August to the public. The confirmation press release highlights the following:

  • 8 B787-8s + 9 B787-9s to be initially inducted
  • 7 B787-10s 
  • All 3 B787 family versions ordered as previously the largest B781 member was not part of the plan. 
  • The total order is for 26 aircraft

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Los Angeles increased by Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines has officially announced that it will be increasing its services into LAX-Los Angeles, USA effective 11JUL16 as the flights have proven to be very popular with its passengers. 

Currently, TK operates a daily nonstop service using a B777-300ER. However effective 11JUL16, these will be increased to 11 times per week using the same aircraft type. 

The schedule is as follows:

Days: 1/2/3/5/6/7

TK 009 Dep IST1420 Arr LAX 1815
TK 010 Dep LAX 2125 Arr IST 2030+1 

Days: 2/3/4/5/7

TK 013 Dep IST 0940 Arr LAX 1335
TK 014 Dep LAX 1655 Arr IST 1600+1

Monday, October 26, 2015

Birmingham announced by Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways has officially announced that it will be launching new nonstop services to Birmingham, UK effective 30MAR16 as the carrier looks to elevate its presence in all the major UK market segments. BHX was the vital missing link for it which is being largely welcomed by passengers heading to Amritsar, Dhaka, Colombo and North Pakistan in particular. 

QR will operate the flight using a split schedule 8 times per week with all services flown using the 254 seater Boeing 787-800. The flight schedule is as follows:

Days: 1/3/5/6

QR 035 Dep DOH 0125 Arr BHX 0645
QR 036 Dep BHX 0915 Arr DOH 1805

Days: 2/4/6/7 

QR 033 Dep DOH 0730 Arr BHX 1250
QR 034 Dep BHX 1500 Arr DOH 2350

The above mentioned schedule connects very well via DOH in both directions to MEL/SYD/Indian Subcontinent/GCC/KSA/SE Asia and East Africa.

Etihad upgrades Melbourne to A380

Etihad Airways has officially announced that it will be upgrading one of its two daily Abu Dhabi-Melbourne nonstop flights to an Airbus A380 effective 01JUN16. Currently, both flights are flown using a 3 class B777-300ER exclusively. 

The extra capacity comes on the heels of EY's renewed aggressive focus on the Kangaroo route as it seeks to poach away higher number of premium class passengers bound from EU/UK to MEL with their flagship A380 product.