Friday, September 23, 2016

Air India announces Madrid-Delhi nonstop

Air India has officially published for sale across all major GDS systems, a new nonstop 3 weekly Delhi-Madrid service effective 01DEC16.

Flights will be flown using their 254 seater B787-8 using the below mentioned schedule:

Days - 2/4/6

AI 135 Dep DEL 1425 Arr MAD 2020
AI 136 Dep MAD 2150 Arr DEL 1110+1

In 2015 the P2P demand between Spain and India was as follows:

BCN-DEL 44,000 pax
BCN-BOM 26,000 pax

MAD-DEL 35,000 pax
MAD-BOM 21,000 pax

Thai Airways returns to Moscow

Thai Airways has officially announced that it will be resuming flights to DME-Moscow, Russia effective 15DEC16 as the carrier returns to sustained profitability. TG revealed that DME-BKK shall operate nonstop 4 times per week using a B777-200ER using the below mentioned schedule:

Days - 1/3/4/6

TG 974 Dep BKK 1050 Arr DME 1710
TG 975 Dep DME 1840 Arr BKK 0730+1 

In 2015 alone, the total demand between Moscow and Bangkok (P2P only) was 177,000 pax which was a sharp drop from 319,000 in 2014 !

Monday, September 19, 2016

Ethiopian announces Singapore nonstop

Ethiopian Airlines has officially announced that it will be launching new daily nonstop flights to Singapore (SIN) from its Addis Ababa hub effective 01JUN17. All services shall be flown using the 270 seater B787-8 as a nonstop terminator. The schedule is as follows:

Days - Daily

ET 638 Dep ADD 0030 Arr SIN 1515
ET 639 Dep SIN 0045 Arr ADD 0630


In my opinion, this is unjustifiable commercially as the demand between SIN and Africa is insignificant to warrant from the on set a daily B788 nonstop terminator flight. Yes ET has the luxury of onward SQ support to a variety of destinations but that still wont be able to fill even 60% of the flights on a year round basis.

I do not for see this new route of ET lasting long and doing business at even 45% SF ! If they are really keen on SIN, they should just launch with 4 weekly nonstop flights initially and then increase based upon performance.

I would rather see ET launching MRU (5 hour flight from ADD) with a B738 4/5 times per week with a B738 which would generate good feed for their EU and selected MENA destinations.

Turkish reduces Karachi frequencies

Turkish Airlines continues to role out frequency cut backs to its medium and long haul network as part of a short term cost cutting strategy designed to negate the powerful impact the recent political turmoil in Turkey itself had on its flight loads.

Currently, TK operates a double daily nonstop service to Karachi using a B738, however effective 30OCT16, these shall be reduced to a daily service only using the same aircraft type. The schedule is as follows:

TK 708 Dep IST 2030 Arr KHI 0445+1
TK 709 Dep KHI 0540 Arr IST 0900

Austrian Airlines announces Los Angeles

Austrian Airlines has officially announced that it will be launching new services to Los Angeles (LAX) airport effective 10APR17 as part of an overall expansion plan identifying high volume long haul flights that can effectively feed its Central/Eastern European route network year round. 

OS will fly 6 times per week nonstop from VIE to LAX using a B772ER using the below schedule:

Days - 1/2/3/4/5/6

OS 081 Dep VIE 1000 Arr LAX 1330
OS 082 Dep LAX 1505 Arr VIE 1200+1