Friday, January 27, 2017

Oman Air announces India expansion plan

Oman Air has officially published on sabre its expansion plan for India as a result of it receiving 6,000 additional weekly seats bilaterally recently. The main highlights are as follows effective 05FEB17:

MCT/DEL - frequencies increased from double to triple daily flights using a B738

MCT/CCJ - frequencies increased from daily to double daily flights using a B738

MCT/LKO - frequencies increased from 11 weekly to 14 weekly (split schedule) using a B738

MCT/BOM - capacity increased from double daily B739 to daily A332 (2 class) + daily B739

Saudia announces India expansion

The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been recently awarded 8,000 weekly incremental bilateral seats into India and hence Saudia Airlines has announced part 1 of its expansion plan for the upcoming IATA S17 season.

The main highlights are as follows:

RUH/TRV - new 3 weekly nonstop flights to be launched effective 04APR using an A333

JED/TRV - new 2 weekly nonstop flights to be launched effective 04APR using an A333

JED/HYD - frequencies increased from 3 to 5 weekly nonstop flights using a 413 seater B773

JED/BOM - capacity increased from daily B772 to daily B773

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

United Airlines looking to replace B767 fleet

United Airlines has disclosed that it has started the process of wanting to replace its fleet of 50 Boeing 767s (35 B763ERs + 15 B764ERS) as the carrier wants to retire these aging aircraft by 2020. It’s B763ERs are 22 years old in 2017 and their B764ERs are 16.



In the article link above, it states that there could be a possibility that UA might restructure its order of A350-1000s (A351s) to potentially include A330NEOs as the capital acquisition costs are lower for this aircraft versus the B787-9 (789).
From an objective view point, UA should not consider ordering the A330NEO under any circumstances because it unnecessarily adds another fleet type mix into their portfolio when it is totally not required. Unlike Delta who already operate a size able A330 fleet, switching over to the A330NEO is not an issue for them but for UA it is because they have no experience what so ever in operating this aircraft currently.

The most suitable B763ER/B764ER replacement for UA is an aircraft that they already operate i.e. the B789. UA’s B763s seat 214 pax where as their B764s seat 242. On the other hand, their B789s accommodate 252 pax + 3 tons more cargo + it can fly up to 15 hours nonstop without any payload restrictions unlike its B767s which are limited to maximum 12 hours (B763ER only). If pricing is an issue, they can get Boeing to give them a good deal for an incremental order of 50 B789s units by getting them to price match the competition if possible.

As far as the 35 A350-1000 order is concerned, if UA is having second thoughts on this aircraft type being in its fleet, the best alternative scenario is as follows:

·         Exchange with Airbus 35 A351s for 70 A321NEOs
·         Use the 70 A321NEOs to fully replace its 56 B757s on domestic and regional routes + on selected EWR-Ireland/secondary UK services
·         The A321NEOs can also be configured in its P.S. configuration for EWR-LAX/SFO which the B757s currently operate on
·         70 A321NEOs will replace 56 B757s with the remaining 14 aircraft balance being used to facilitate growth or replace its 14 oldest A320s
·         If more wide bodied aircraft are required, then it can easily place a top up order for more B77Ws and B789s as a high density configured B781 is perfectly suited to replace their high density configured 364 seater B772A.

·         In this above suggested scenario, there is one less fleet type mix for UA to worry about as the wide bodies would revolve around the B777/B787 families only whereas the narrow body has both the B737 and A320 family line

Monday, January 23, 2017

Emirates announces EWR-Newark via Athens

has officially announced that it will be launching new services to EWR-Newark airport effective 12MAR17. Flights shall be flown on a daily basis using a Boeing 777-300ER operated via Athens
with full 5th freedom traffic rights across the Atlantic.

This will result in EK operating 5 daily flights into the New York marketplace i.e. 4 to JFK (1 is via MXP) + 1 to EWR (via ATH).

The schedule of this new service is as follows:

EK 209 Dep DXB 1050 Arr ATH 1530
EK 209 Dep ATH 1730 Arr EWR 2200

EK 210 Dep EWR 2345 Arr ATH 1600+1
EK 210 Dep ATH 1800 Arr DXB 2340

Etihad boosts Rome capacity

Etihad Airways has officially announced that it will be significantly increasing the capacity offering on its daily Rome (FCO) bound services flown nonstop from Abu Dhabi (AUH) from the on set of the IATA Summer 2017 season.

Currently, EY operates a daily A330-200 on the route seating 262 passengers in a dual class layout. However effective 27MAR, this flight shall receive a major capacity upgrade to a daily 412 seater Boeing 777-300ER. This represents a 57% increase in seat capacity as well as enables EY to carry an additional 3 tons of cargo in the belly per flight.