World’s airlines already announced over 900 routes for 2013; Barcelona Airport #1 in the world for new services
Despite the global economic malaise, 2012 was a record-breaking year for route development. In 2013, Ryanair and Southwest are amongst the airline “usual suspects” with the most additional services on their respective new routes list.
Heathrow becomes airport #50 for 787; average sector 3,400km – 25% of its 15,000km range capability!
Most of the eight airlines operating the Boeing 787 are keeping them close to base while they build-up familiarity with the new airframe. At 5,245 kilometres, Qatar Airways’ Doha to London 787 route which touched down for the first time on 14 December, is only using around one-third of the aircraft’s 15,000 kilometre range capability.
anna.aero’s publisher is investing in our industry by getting on a plane for Christmas (London Gatwick-Dubai on Emirates). The next anna.aero e-flash is on January 9 2013 when you will also be able to read about all the launches which took place over the long vacation.
ROUTEFLASH: Turkish Airlines yet-to-announce further nine routes incl. Alicante, Seville, Rotterdam, Kuala Lumpur, Kathmandu
Following on from this week’s Top Story where we discovered 27 soon-to-be announced Turkish Airlines routes, anna.aero sources have been in touch again to reveal nine further spokes that are on Turkish Airlines’ drawing board for 2013.
anna.aero reports from Friedrichshafen in southern Germany, which last week saw the arrival of Santa onboard Monarch Airlines’ inaugural flight from London Gatwick.
anna.aero reveals from a top-level source which points on the map will be added to the nearly 200 destinations already connected to the Istanbul Atatürk hub in the near future.
In terms of routes, what does it mean if the world’s biggest airline becomes a half-shareholder of the second largest airline at the world’s busiest international airport?
Last week Ryanair blamed Budapest Airport’s “increased charges” for deep 40% capacity cuts involving axing 10 routes and withdrawing two based aircraft. On closer examination anna.aero found indicators that the main reason seems to have been ‘good’ old-fashioned under-performance.
We went to IATA’s 131st Slot Conference in Toronto to produce two editions of anna.aero’s stunningly popular show dailies. These included our survey of “The Top 10 Most Desired Routes” by exhibiting airports which yielded over 200 potential city pairs – here for you to browse today in electronic format.
In a landslide win, Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport takes home the Cake of the Week award for S7’s new route to Fergana, as anna.aero’s readers decide in the second vote for winter season route launch cakes.
Announcement: Two major recruits to the anna.aero team. Which two familiar industry faces are making sure you read top quality airline network intelligence each week? And who will lead the editorial team from the end of this month?
This week, we have another eight cakes baked to celebrate the last week’s 91 route launches and again we are so overwhelmed that we let you, our readers, decide on which is the winning cake.