Thursday, April 6, 2017

Emirates increases Bali to double daily nonstop

Emirates has officially announced that due to rising demand from both Europe and GCC for DPS-Bali, Indonesia, it shall be expanding its presence on this sector by increasing frequencies effective 02JUL17.

It currently operates a daily two class B77W on the route which shall be upgraded to a double daily service. The double daily flights schedule is as follows:

EK 360 Dep DXB 0125 Arr DPS 1430 - new flight
EK 398 Dep DXB 0830 Arr DPS 2140

EK 399 Dep DPS 0005 Arr DXB 0500
EK 361 Dep DPS 1630 Arr DXB 2130 - new flight

Demand between DPS and the main target markets of GCC/EU in 2016 was as follows:

DXB 52,000
JED 17,000
LON 152,000
CDG 126,000
AMS 191,000
FRA 74,000
MXP 17,000
FCO 13,000
ZRH 49,000
MUC 41,000
BRU 24,000
DME 39,000
CPH 37,000
JFK 11,000

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Boeing reveals B777-9X configuration options

Boeing has officially released technical data info including various LOPA configuration options for its upcoming new B777-9X aircraft that is to be the natural replacement to all the B77Ws / B773s existing worldwide presently.


The standard configuration options on offer by Boeing are as follows:
  • 2 class - 414 seats i.e. 42J (flat beds 85 inch seat pitch) + 372Y (32 inch seat pitch)
  • 3 class - 349 seats i.e. 8F + 49J + 292Y

From the LOPA provided by Boeing, according to my calculations if I amend it a bit, one can get the below 3 and 2 class configurations each respectively:

Y class (3-4-3) remains 32 inch seat pitch and J class remains 85 pitch (flat bed) using the same design as per Boeing

3 class OP1 - 389 seats (8F/35J/346Y)

2 class OP1 - 408 seats (42J/366Y)
2 class OP2 - 431 seats (35J/396Y)
2 class OP3 - 454 seats (28J/426Y)

Single class all Economy (32 inch seat pitch) - 526 seats

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Air India to lease 7 Boeing 787-9s

Air India's Managing Director has officially disclosed plans of its long haul expansion after obtaining approval from its Board of Directors. The main highlights are as follows:
  1. Seven (7) Boeing 787-9s to be dry leased to boost expansion
  2. Copenhagen-Delhi shall be launched effective August 2017
  3. New long haul routes will be Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas and one city in Canada
  4. Frequencies to Sydney and Melbourne to be increased
  5. New nonstop flights to Tel Aviv, Nairobi and Mauritius are being seriously evaluated
  6. Amongst the above 3 mentioned U.S. routes, at least one route shall be launched in 2017 (most likely to be LAX)

Hawaiian releases its A321NEO configuration

Hawaiian Airlines has officially disclosed the configuration of its soon to be delivered Airbus A321NEOs. They will be exclusively deployed on flights between HNL-U.S. West Coast cities and Vancouver.

HA revealed that its A321NEOs will seat 189 passengers in a 3 class layout i.e. 16J + 45W + 128Y. The longest flight it is expected to operate is to Las Vegas from HNL which is a 6 hour 30 minute journey.  

British Airways increases Mauritius

British Airways
has officially announced that due to higher demand for Mauritius during the European winter season, it shall be increasing its presence on this market segment effective 29OCT17.

Frequencies will be increased from 3 to 5 weekly nonstop using a B772ER.

Demand between MRU and London P2P in 2016 was 243,000 passengers (LHR + LGW combined)