New airline routes launched (03 June – 09 June 2014)

Air India’s Delhi to Milan and Rome

Air India’s new Italian services from Delhi to Milan and Rome involve the airline operating ‘triangle’ routes on a daily basis using the airline’s new 787 Dreamliners. No other carrier connects Italy to India with non-stop flights. In Rome there was a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring (left to right); Ravi Shankar, Deputy Indian Ambassador in Rome; Rohit Nandan, Chairman & MD, Air India; Pankaj Kumar, Commercial Director, Air India; and Fausto Palombelli, Director of Aviation Marketing Development, Aeroporti di Roma (AdR). There was also a cake and photo opportunities for the flight and cabin crew. Meanwhile, at Milan Malpensa Airport officials celebrated the route launch with a splendid cake and drinks reception.

  • Air India has returned to the Italian market after over a decade away with the introduction on 6 June of flights from Delhi (DEL) to both Milan Malpensa (MXP) and Rome Fiumicino (FCO). Flights will operate daily on a ‘triangle’ basis allowing both non-stop and one-stop services, depending on the day of week. The two routes, which are both around 6,000 kilometres in length, will be served by the airline’s new 787 Dreamliners. Fausto Palombelli, Director of Aviation Marketing Development, Aeroporti di Roma (AdR), said: “The permanent connection to Rome, inaugurated by Air India stresses the importance of the Italian market for the Indian carrier and once more confirms Rome’s attraction. This new flight consolidates and reinforces the development and expansion strategy of flights towards new markets with a high commercial potential that AdR started with success, also thanks to the important infrastructure development works that are raising the quality of services offered in the main national airport.”

TAP Portugal’s Lisbon to Belem and Manaus

On 3 June, TAP Portugal celebrated with this fantastic cake the opening of two new destinations in Brazil from Lisbon Airport, namely Manaus and Belem. Following the cake cutting, passengers on the inaugural flight received scarfs of Portugal’s football team.

  • TAP Portugal, the biggest carrier for European World Cup fans heading for Brazil, expanded its presence in the South American country with two new routes launched from its Lisbon (LIS) base on 3 June. The Star Alliance member inaugurated the 6,972-kilometre sector to Manaus (MAO) with thrice-weekly flights (Tuesdays, Fridays, Sundays), utilising its 268-seat A330-200s. Furthermore, these services continued to Belem (BEL). There is no competition on any of the two new airport pairs.

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Aegean Airlines launched its first service to Cologne Bonn

On 3 June Aegean Airlines launched its first service to Cologne Bonn Airport. The twice-weekly service (Tuesdays and Fridays) from Thessaloniki was welcomed by Tobias Lyssy, Head of Business Development & Airline Marketing, Cologne Bonn Airport (left).

  • Aegean Airlines launched five new European routes during the last week, two from Athens (ATH) and three from Thessaloniki (SKG). All routes are between 1,100 kilometres and 1,700 kilometres in length, and will be served with between two and four weekly flights using the airline’s narrowbody Airbus aircraft. Proving that Aegean Airlines is not afraid of competition, all five routes are already served by other carriers. Beirut (BEY), Cologne Bonn (CGN) and Rostov-on-Don (ROV) are new destinations for the Greek carrier, which recently celebrated 15 years of operations.
Launch date From To WF (Aircraft) Distance Competition (WF)
6 June Athens (ATH) Beirut (BEY) 3 (A320) 1138km Middle East Airlines (5)
4 June Athens (ATH) Zurich (ZRH) 4 (A320) 1642km SWISS (21)
5 June Thessaloniki (SKG) Berlin (TXL) 2 (A319) 1527km airberlin (3)
3 June Thessaloniki (SKG) Cologne Bonn (CGN) 2 (A319) 1680km germanwings (7)
6 June Thessaloniki (SKG) Rostov-on-Don (ROV) 2 (A320) 1542km Ellinair (1)

Air China launched its second service to Munich on 6 June when it began operating four times weekly from Shanghai Pudong. Preparing to cut the ribbon at Munich Airport were (left to right): an Air China representative; Michael Kerkloh, CEO, Munich Airport; the Chinese consul in Munich. The airline already serves the Bavarian hub daily from its Beijing base. Star Alliance partner Lufthansa already links Shanghai and Munich with daily flights.

  • Air China made Munich (MUC) its fourth non-stop destination in Europe (after Frankfurt, Paris CDG and Milan Malpensa) from Shanghai Pudong (PVG), when it began operating four times weekly flights on 6 June. The 8,800-kilometre route will be operated by the airline’s A330-200s. The route is already served by fellow Star Alliance airline Lufthansa, who operate the service on a daily basis. Air China already serves Munich with daily flights from its main base at Beijing. See how Munich Airport’s fire truck water arch compares to others from around the world.

Air Europa serves Miami again after two-year break

Captured just after the aircraft was doused by Miami’s finest firefighters, the inaugural thrice-weekly service from Madrid continues onto Punta Cana in Dominican Republic. See how the Floridian FTWA measures up against others from around the world.

  • Air Europa has strengthened its growing hub operation at Madrid (MAD) this week, with the addition of a new domestic service to Alicante (ALC), as well as two further international points, namely to Miami (MIA) and Punta Cana (PUJ) in Dominican Republic. Started on 4 June, the US operation resumes after a two and half year gap, and will be flown thrice-weekly by the airline’s A330 fleet. The 7,120-kilometre sector will face some stiff oneworld competition in the form of American Airlines (daily) and Iberia (double-daily). The service continues onto Punta Cana, operating the 1,465-kilometre route against American Airlines (27 times weekly), LAN Airlines (weekly) and LAN Argentina (weekly). The double-daily, Swiftair, 68-seat ATR 72-operated domestic run started on 9 June and will face direct competition from incumbent Iberia, which flies the 356-kilometre sector 20 times weekly. See how this FTWA compares to the others sent in this week from around the world.

On Tuesday 3 June Air Moldova began weekly flights from Chisinau to Barcelona using one of its Embraer E190s. A strawberry-rich cake, speeches and balloons were all part of the celebrations for the new route, which is not served by any other carrier.

  • Air Moldova has added two new destinations to its network during the last week. On 3 June the airline began weekly (Tuesday) flights on the 2,230-kilometre route between Chisinau (KIV) and Barcelona (BCN), while on 7 June it began weekly (Saturday) fights on the 3,390-kilometre route to Nizhnevartovsk (NJC) in Russia. Both routes will be operated by the airline’s Embraer E190s and neither faces any direct competition. This brings to 21 the number of destinations served non-stop by Air Moldova from Chisinau, having also launched new services to Athens and Lisbon at the start of the summer season. However, compared with last summer, routes to Antalya and Madrid have been suspended.

airBaltic’s inaugural flight to Bucharest was celebrated at Riga Airport on 2 June with cupcakes served to passengers. Marking the event are (left to right): Janis Vanags, VP Corporate Communications, airBaltic; Christophe Viatte, Commercial Director, airBaltic; Aldis Mūrnieks, Chairman of the Board, Riga Airport; and Artūrs Kokars, Director Aviation Marketing, Riga Airport. 

  • airBaltic, the flag carrier of Latvia, increased its European offering with the launch of a new route from its Riga (RIX) hub to Bucharest (OTP) on 2 June. The 1,392-kilometre sector to the Romanian capital will be operated thrice-weekly utilising the airline’s 76-seat Q400s. There is no competition on this airport pair.

Allegiant Air celebrated the launch of twice-weekly flights to Los Angeles from Cedar Rapids Airport in Iowa on 6 June with an impressive cake and live music. 

  • Allegiant Air has launched six new routes from its focus city at Los Angeles, CA (LAX). Three of the six destinations are in the state of Montana. All routes will be operated just twice-weekly using the airline’s trusty MD-80s, and none will face any direct competition. This summer Allegiant will serve a total of 20 destinations with 50 weekly departures from Los Angeles.
Launch date From To WF (Aircraft) Distance Days of week flown
6 June Los Angeles, CA (LAX) Billings, MT (BIL) 2 (MD80) 1561 km Monday, Friday
6 June Los Angeles, CA (LAX) Cedar Rapids, IA (CID) 2 (MD80) 2496 km Monday, Friday
6 June Los Angeles, CA (LAX) Great Falls, MT (GTF) 2 (MD80) 1616 km Monday, Friday
5 June Los Angeles, CA (LAX) Kalispell, MT (FCA) 2 (MD80) 1633 km Thursday, Sunday
5 June Los Angeles, CA (LAX) McAllen, TX (MFE) 2 (MD80) 2121 km Thursday, Sunday
6 June Los Angeles, CA (LAX) Pasco, WA (PSC) 2 (MD80) 1370 km Monday, Friday
Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 10 June 2014.

Boliviana de Aviación arrives in Miami

Arriving in sunny (what else) Florida on 6 June was the first flight from Santa Cruz in Bolivia operated by Boliviana de Aviación (BoA). The service will operate four times weekly using the airline’s 737-300s, and will include a technical stop in Panama City in both directions.

  • Boliviana de Aviación, the flag carrier of Bolivia, began scheduled services from Santa Cruz (VVI) in Bolivia to Miami, FL (MIA) on 6 June. The 5,150-kilometre route will be operated four times weekly by the airline’s 737-300s, and will include a technical stop in Panama City on both inbound and outbound trips. No other carrier currently serves this market.

Copa Airlines’ arrival in Montreal was celebrated with the traditional ribbon-cutting, cake, speeches and some dancing. Getting well and truly stuck into the cake were Fernando Fondevila, Regional Manager for North America, Commercial, Copa Airlines (left) and James C. Cherry, President and CEO, Aéroports de Montréal (AdM). Making a welcome speech was Laura Marin, Sales Manager Canada, Copa Airlines while the ribbon-cutting ceremony was also attended by Patricia Roquebert, North America Regional Marketing Manager, Copa Airlines (left) and Jose Bolivar Gonzalez Lalyre, Vice-Consul, Panama (second from right), along with Mounties and dancers.

  • Copa Airlines, consistently one of the world’s most profitable airlines by operating margin, has added Montreal (YUL) to its growing North American network. On 3 June it began four times weekly flights on the 4,070-kilometre route from Panama City (PTY). The route, not served by any other carrier, will be flown by the airline’s 737-800s. This is the airline’s second route to Canada, as it already serves Toronto with four weekly flights. See how Montreal Airport’s fire truck water arch compares to others from around the world.

On 4 June, Batumi Airport, which is operated by TAV Airports, welcomed the inaugural flight of Dniproavia from Dnepropetrovsk with flowers as well as traditional dances and music on the airfield.

  • Dniproavia expanded its Dnepropetrovsk (DNK) offering with the addition of weekly flights (Wednesdays) to Batumi (BUS) on 4 June. The 921-kilometre sector to the Georgian city on the Black Sea coast will be operated utilising the airline’s 49-seat ERJ 145s and will see a frequency increase to twice-weekly from 18 June. There is no competition on this airport pair. Dniproavia will also launch weekly operations from Kharkiv to Batumi on 18 June.

easyJet adds fourth Montpellier route

easyJet’s first service from Rome Fiumicino to Montpellier was greeted at the French airport by the traditional water arch salute. Rome joins London Luton, London Gatwick and Basel in having direct easyJet flights this summer to Montpellier. easyJet’s new service will be operated three times weekly by the airline’s A319s.

  • easyJet launched a fourth route from Montpellier (MPL) in the south of France, this time to Rome Fiumicino (FCO). The new 705-kilometre service will be operated three times weekly using the airline’s popular A319s, and will face competition from Alitalia’s twice weekly flights. easyJet already serves Montpellier from its bases at Basel (since 30 March 2014), London Gatwick (May 2008) and London Luton (July 2009). While Ryanair and Vueling embark on a battle at Rome’s biggest airport, it should be noted that easyJet will, this summer, operate non-stop to 33 destinations from Italy’s busiest airport, increasing its peak summer seat capacity at the airport by almost 20%. See how Montpellier Airport’s fire truck water arch compares to others from around the world.

eurolot adds two more routes to Heringsdorf

Munich Airport’s Director Traffic Development, Alexander Schroll (second from left) was a busy man this week attending several new route launches. On Saturday 6 June he welcomed eurolot’s new weekly service from Heringsdorf, operated by the airline’s Q400s.

  • eurolot has begun weekly (Saturday) flights between Heringsdorf (HDF) in northern Germany, Munich (MUC) and Vienna (VIE). The Q400 flight will operate a ‘triangle’ service HDF-MUC-VIE-HDF until the end of September. This brings to six the number of destinations served by the Polish regional carrier from Heringsdorf, the others being Krakow and Warsaw (both in Poland), and Bern and Zurich (both in Switzerland).

On hand to mark the start of Flybe’s Stobart Air-operated services from London Southend were the airport’s MD Roger Clements (left) and freshly appointed Stobart Air MD Julian Carr. Bringing the cakes (after bringing home the route development bacon) was Paul Haynes London Southend Business Development Manager.

Groningen Airport Eelde welcomed its first Flybe flight from London Southend on Thursday 5 June. Cupcakes were enjoyed by (from left to right); Marco van de Kreeke, CEO, Groningen Airport Eelde; Peter   O’Mara, Commercial Development Manager, Flybe; Monique Clarisse, Marketing & Sales Manager, Groningen Airport Eelde; and Jonas van Dorp, Business Development Manager, Groningen Airport Eelde.

  • Flybe opened the first three of its planned seven-route operation at London Southend (SEN) this week, beginning services to Groningen (GRQ) in Holland, Münster/Osnabrück (FMO) and Rennes (RNS). The former is flown six times weekly, with the remaining two flown daily. The operation to Rennes, will however be increased to twice-daily from 1 September. All services began on 5 June, are all non-competed, and all operated by Stobart Air’s ATR 72s. In fact, the airline has specifically chosen many of its destinations at London Southend to be a unique offering in the London area – indeed only Antwerp and Newquay of the seven new routes are currently served from other London Airports. Julian Carr, MD, Stobart Air, said: “Today marks a significant step for Stobart Air, with the start of our new services here at London Southend Airport. Bookings for these new routes have been strong since they were first announced in April. We are seeing a growing response from both leisure and business passengers who are attracted by competitive prices, convenient schedules and the efficiency of London Southend Airport.” Roger Clements, MD for the London airport said: “This is a special day for London Southend Airport. Launching three new routes in a single day signifies the development that this airport is undergoing, and how far we have advanced. For many on these new routes, this is the first direct connection to London. It links a whole new audience to one of the world’s most important cities, and this is very significant.” See how this FTWA compares to the others sent in this week from around the world.

flydubai new route to Thiruvananthapuram make India its third biggest market

Speaking at a Glad Dinner in Delhi this week, Ghaith Al Ghaith, flydubai CEO was keen to highlight the importance of the Indian market for the carrier – in terms of number of points served (six), it is now the airline’s #3 market.

  • flydubai has added another Indian destination to its network on 3 June, with the commencement of thrice-weekly operations from its Dubai (DXB) hub to Thiruvananthapuram (TRV). The route will face some tough competition, predominantly from Emirates, which operates the city pair 12 times weekly, with IndiGo (daily) and Air India Express (four times weekly) being the alternate incumbents. The 2,945-kilometre sector will be operated by the airline’s 174-seat 737-800s. Commenting at the start of his recent trip to India, Ghaith Al Ghaith, flydubai CEO, said: “We are thankful to the Indian authorities for providing us with the opportunity to deliver more options to passengers who are looking to travel between India and the UAE. The interest in this delegation reflects the increasing levels of investment, trade and tourism between the two business-friendly countries and the flydubai network highlighting the importance of improving connectivity. We look forward to working closely with the authorities going forward.” For more on flydubai see this week’s airline profile.

Hunnu Air of Mongolia celebrated the launch of its first long-haul service from Ulaanbator’s Chinggis Khaan International Airport to Paris CDG with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on 9 June. Those present included airline executives, and the former French ambassador to the country, Yves Delaunay.

  • Hunnu Air, the new name for Mongolian Airlines, launched its first European service last week, with the introduction on 9 June of flights from Ulaanbator (ULN) to Paris CDG (CDG). The twice-weekly flights on the 7,040-kilometre route requires the airline’s A319 to make a technical stop in Ekaterinburg in Russia. The airline is planning to acquire an A330 to enable the service to operate non-stop from 2015. No other carrier currently operates this route.

Lufthansa expands its seasonal offering with two routes from Munich

On 5 June, Munich Airport celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the gate, the inaugural flight of Lufthansa’s daily flights to Toronto Pearson.

  • Lufthansa expanded its seasonal offering during the course of last week with two new routes, both of which were launched from Munich (MUC). With the longest sector being the 6,659-kilometre service to Toronto Pearson (YYZ) launched on 5 June and operated daily until 24 October by its 217-seat A330-300s, and the shortest being inaugurated with weekly flights (Sundays) on 8 June to Bodrum (BJV) in Turkey at 1,783 kilometres, the Star Alliance member will face competition only on the route to Canada, from Air Canada’s daily operations. In addition, the services to Turkey will be operated until 2 November, utilising a mixed fleet of the carrier’s 168-seat A320s and 200-seat A321s.

Meridiana launched thrice-weekly flights from Naples to Athens International Airport (AIA) on Friday 6 June. Celebrating the launch in Athens were (left to right): Katerina Pollatou, Head of Airline Marketing, AIA; Marina Papageorgiou, Head of Press Office, AIA; Ioanna Papadopoulou, Director, Communications & Marketing, AIA; and Harris Filos, Airline Developer, AIA. Joining Ioanna in cutting a ribbon was Giovanni Matassa, Director of Sales, Meridiana. Unfortunately, the water arch salute photo was received too late to enter this week’s “Arch of Triumph” competition.

  • Meridiana launched several new routes in the last week. Of the eight new routes, five were to destinations in Greece, with the other three in Geneva (GVA), Moscow Domodedovo (DME) and Palma de Mallorca (PMI). easyJet provides direct competition on three of the routes, Ryanair on two, while SWISS joins easyJet in already serving the Olbia (OLB) market from Geneva. Six of the eight routes will be served with just a single weekly frequency during the peak summer season.
Launched From To WF (Aircraft) Distance Competition (WF)
8 June Bologna (BLQ) Palma de Mallorca (PMI) 1 (A320) 898 Ryanair (3)
7 June Milan Malpensa (MXP) Heraklion (HER) 1798 easyJet (3)
Milan/Bergamo (BGY) 1 (B734) 1736
6 June Kos (KGS) 1 (A320) 1754 Ryanair (3)
Mykonos (JMK) 1590
Naples (NAP) Athens (ATH) 3 (B737) 893
7 June Moscow Domodedovo (DME) 2363
8 June Olbia (OLB) Geneva (GVA) 1 (B737) 653 easyJet (3), SWISS (3)
Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 10 June 2014.

Celebrating the opening of its Madrid base with a cake and a ribbon cutting ceremony on 3 June, are Norwegian’s cabin crew (left to right): Daniel Otero; Ivan Olasagasti; Balder Pedersen; Lara Martin Cortizo; Paal Wollan; Augustin Alonso; and Fernando Velazquez.

Norwegian opens Madrid base with five routes

The following day, on 4 June, Norwegian’s inaugural flight from Madrid was welcomed with a special cake at Hamburg Airport.

  • Norwegian opened its newest base at Madrid (MAD) with five new routes launched during the course of last week, all which are operated by its 186-seat 737-800s. With the longest sector being the 2,953 -kilometre service to Helsinki (HEL) operated thrice-weekly, and the shortest being inaugurated to Hamburg (HAM) with four weekly flights at 1,783 kilometres, Norwegian will face competition on four of the new airport pairs. Commenting on the opening of the Madrid base, Bjørn Kjos, CEO, Norwegian, said: “We are very pleased that our base in Madrid is now operational. There is a great demand for direct flights between the Spanish capital and major cities in Europe. There is also a major passenger potential from the main airport in Madrid.”
Launch date Origin Destination WF A/C Competition (WF)
04 June Madrid (MAD) Hamburg (HAM) 4 B738 germanwings (7)
Helsinki (HEL) 3 Finnair (7)
03 June Oslo Gardermoen (OSL)
04 June Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) 4 SAS (3), Iberia (2)
03 June Warsaw Chopin (WAW) 3 LOT Polish Airlines (7)
Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 10 June 2014.

ORENAIR adds four new German routes

ORENAIR launched not one, but two new services to Munich on Friday 6 June. Weekly flights from Chelyabinsk and Samara were introduced using the carrier’s 737-800s. On hand to share in the celebrations with the airline’s flight and cabin crew was Munich Airport’s Director Traffic Development, Alexander Schroll (left).

  • ORENAIR has launched four new routes between airports in Russia and airports in Germany. Two routes involve Hannover (HAJ), while two involve Munich (MUC). The airline will operate each of the routes just once per week, and will not face direct competition on any of them.
Launched From To WF (Aircraft) Distance Day of operation
6 June Chelyabinsk (CEK) Munich (MUC) 1 (B738) 3436 km Friday
3 June Ekaterinburg (SVX) Hannover (HAJ) 3259 km Tuesday
7 June Novosibirsk (OVB) 4601 km Saturday
6 June Samara (KUF) Munich (MUC) 2725 km Friday
Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 10 June 2014.

On 5 June, Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport celebrated the inaugural flight of Turkish Airlines to Berlin Tegel with a cake cutting ceremony at the gate. This airport pair will be operated daily, using the airline’s 737-800s.

Two days earlier, the Star Alliance member was greeted with another special ceremony (including a cake and ribbon cutting), this time at Montreal Airport, for the inaugural flight from Istanbul Atatürk. 

  • Turkish Airlines, which in the previous week added a new destination in Bulgaria, continued to expand its network with the addition of two new routes during the course of last week. On 3 June, the Star Alliance member launched thrice-weekly operations from Istanbul Atatürk (IST) to Montreal (YUL), using its 289-seat A330-300s. Two days later, on 5 June, the airline inaugurated the 1,775-kilometre sector from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) to Berlin Tegel (TXL), which will be served daily utilising its 150-seat 737-800s. While the sector to Canada is already served by Air Transat with weekly flights, Turkish will face competition on the new route to Germany from germanwings’ twice-weekly services.

United Airlines launched a new daily service between the capitals of the US and Spain, with the commencement on 6 June of flights between Washington Dulles and Madrid, using the airline’s 757s. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebratory cake were part of the festivities at Madrid Airport.

United Airlines’ new service from San Francisco (SFO) to Chengdu in China, which launched on Monday 9 June, was celebrated by a big ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Californian airport. Sharing the moment were (left to right): Ivar Satero, Chief Operating Officer, SFO; Anita Lee, wife of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee; Dave Hilfman, SVP Worldwide Sales, United Airlines; Yuan Nansheng, General Consul, People’s Republic of China; Captain Andrew Raymer, Pilot, United Airlines; Mike Hanna, VP SFO, United Airlines; Ed Lee, Mayor of San Francisco; Jake Cefolia, VP Atlantic & Pacific Sales, United Airlines; and Dan Chan, Sichuan Face Changing Opera  Performance.

  • United Airlines had a busy week launching a dozen new routes from various bases. These included two new long-haul routes; one from Washington Dulles, DC (IAD) to Madrid (MAD) in Spain, and another from San Francisco, CA (SFO) to Chengdu (CTU) in China. The Madrid route was previously served on United’s behalf by Aer Lingus. The seven new domestic routes are operated on United’s behalf by its regional airline partners including CommutAir, ExpressJet, GoJet and SkyWest. Direct competition is provided on only two of the 12 routes.
Launched From To WF (Aircraft) Distance Competition (WF)
5 June Chicago (ORD) Bangor (BGR) 7 (CR7) 1574 km
5 June Chicago (ORD) Erie (PA) 14 (ERJ145) 641 km
5 June Chicago (ORD) Flint (FNT) 21 (ERJ145) 359 km American Airlines (21)
5 June Denver (DEN) Devils Lake (DVL) 11 (CR2) 1027 km
5 June Denver (DEN) Jamestown (JMS) 11 (CR2) 922 km
7 June Houston (IAH) Aruba (AUA) 1 (B739) 3151 km
5 June Jamestown (JMS) Devils Lake (DVL) 11 (CR2) 132 km
5 June Newark (EWR) Binghampton (BGM) 20 (DH2) 225 km
5 June Newark (EWR) Santiago (STI) 7 (B739) 2377 km JetBlue Airways (7)
9 June San Francisco (SFO) Chengdu (CTU) 3 (B788) 11056 km
5 June Washington (IAD) Madrid (MAD) 7 (B757) 6143 km
5 June Washington (IAD) Nassau (NAS) 2 (CR7) 1542 km
Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 10 June 2014.

US Airways starts new Brussels service from Charlotte

Despite being operated by US Airways aircraft, from a well established US Airways base, the new route between Charlotte and Brussels was being promoted at its launch as an American Airlines service. Present for the ribbon-cutting were (left to right); Mr Javier Equisoain-Blanco, American Airlines Sales Manager Benelux; Ms Gisèle Meynaerts, American Airlines Station Manager at Brussels Airport; and Mr Léon Verhallen, Head of Aviation Marketing at Brussels Airport. The flight will operate four times weekly over the summer season until 17 August.

  • US Airways has expanded its transatlantic network from Charlotte, NC (CLT), with the introduction on 5 June of four times weekly flights to Brussels (BRU). The 6,770-kilometre service will be flown by US Airways’ 767-200s, but is being marketed as an American Airlines route. The service terminates on 17 August. Also last week, US Airways launched three new domestic routes from Philadelphia, PA (PHL), all of which will be flown either by Air Wisconsin or Republic Airways, using mostly 50-seat CRJs. None of these airport pairs face direct competition.
Launch date From To WF (Aircraft) Distance Competition (WF)
5 June Charlotte, NC (CLT) Brussels (BRU) 4 (B762) 6771 km
5 June Philadelphia, PA (PHL) Charleston, SC (CHS) 24 (EQV) 885 km
5 June Philadelphia, PA (PHL) Lexington, KY (LEX) 20 (CRJ) 835 km
5 June Philadelphia, PA (PHL) Memphis, TN (MEM) 21 (CRJ) 1407 km
Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 10 June 2014.

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