Friday, April 21, 2017

Jet Airways announces Europe expansion plan

India's Jet Airways has officially disclosed plans to expand its European footprint with its 2 major partners i.e. KLM and Air France who will provide value able feed for these new services.

9W revealed that from the on set of the IATA W17 season, it shall be launching new daily nonstop flights to Amsterdam from Bangalore using an A333 which will conveniently connect to its Amsterdam-Toronto service in both directions. This new route will be code shared with KLM and BLR pax will easily be able to connect to a multiple of EU/UK + North American destinations using the Dutch carrier for the onward segment. In 2016, the total P2P market demand between BLR and AMS was 34,000 passengers and this route is expected to be favored by high yielding business class passengers going to Europe and North America in particular.

In addition to the above, 9W too announced plans to launch new 5 weekly nonstop flights from Chennai (MAA) to Paris using an A333 effective 30OCT. This new service will be code shared with Air France who will provide onward support to North America and Europe/UK. In 2016, the P2P market demand between MAA and CDG was 105,000 passengers which is quite impressive but low yielding as its mainly VFR and French tourists visiting the city of Pondicherry.   

The flight schedule of these new services are as follows:

Days - Daily
Aircraft - A333 (293 seats - 34J flat beds + 259Y)

9W 236 Dep BLR 0225 Arr AMS 0835
9W 235 Dep AMS 1050 Arr BLR 0040+1

Days - 1/4/5/6/7

Aircraft - A333 (293 seats - 34J flat beds + 259Y)

9W 128 Dep MAA 0145 Arr CDG 0810
9W 127 Dep CDG 1010 Arr MAA 0015+1

Norwegian announces London-Singapore nonstop

Norwegian Airlines has officially announced that it will be increasing its presence out of London Gatwick with a new long haul nonstop service to Singapore.

DY will launch the new route effective 28SEP operated 4 times per week using a 344 seater B789 which shall be further increased to 5 weekly from the on set of the IATA W17 season. 


London-Singapore is a huge P2P market segment with 570,000 pax flying in 2016.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Qatar Airways increases Bali frequencies

Qatar Airways has officially announced that it shall be increasing its presence in the popular Bali-DPS market segment effective 07MAY17.

Currently, QR operates double daily nonstop flights on the DOH-DPS route catering largely to EU/UK passengers. However from 1st May onwards, frequencies shall be raised to triple daily nonstop using an A333 + B77W + B788 each respectively.

The new daily service is scheduled as follows:

QR 964 Dep DOH 1745 Arr DPS 0810+1 788
QR 965 Dep DPS 0930 Arr DOH 1405 788

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Dhaka flights suspended by Oman Air

Oman Air has officially announced another round of major capacity reductions as it looks to reduce its losses and redeploy its aircraft on more popular routes. The carrier revealed the following:

DAC - all daily flights suspended effective 01JUN. 

This has come as a big surprise considering the large P2P traffic that already exists between MCT and DAC which numbered over 200,000 pax in 2016. WY currently operates a daily B738 between MCT and DAC as well as a daily B738 to CGP (Chittagong). Flights to CGP remain un-touched as its another huge P2P market out of MCT with over 150,000 passengers flying last year. 

In addition to suspending DAC, WY also revealed the following effective 01MAY:

DOH - frequencies reduced from 4 to 3 daily flights 

AUH - frequencies reduced from 4 to 2 daily flights only

All of the above changes are now published and visible on Sabre GDS system.

Emirates reduces USA flights

As a result of a big drop in bookings to USA on its flights, Emirates has officially announced a huge cut back in frequencies to 5 of its online destinations which are effective from May 2017:

BOS - frequencies reduced from double daily to single daily B77W

SEA - frequencies reduced from double daily to single daily B77W

LAX - frequencies reduced from double daily A380 + B77W combo to daily A380 only

FLL - frequencies reduced from daily to 5 weekly B77Ls

MCO - frequencies reduced from daily to 5 weekly B77Ws