This week’s route highlights are:
- Allegiant Air launches a new twice-weekly service from Rapid City, South Dakota (RAP) to Mesa, Arizona (AZA) using MD90s.
- China Eastern begins flying from Shanghai (PVG) to Brisbane (BNE) using an A340. Flights will operate twice per week, departing Shanghai on Thursdays and Saturdays. Return journeys will stop at Melbourne. China Eastern already serves Sydney and Melbourne from Shanghai.
- Silverjet, the all-business class airline based at London Luton (LTN), starts flying daily to Dubai (DXB) from 18 November using a 767. Previously the airline’s only route has been to New York Newark. It claims this is the world’s first all-business class non-transatlantic route. Fares start from just £999 return.
- Tiger Airways commences domestic operations in Australia with the start of services from its Melbourne (MEL) base to the Gold Coast (OOL), Mackay (MKY) and Rockhampton (ROK). Gold Coast services will operate three times per day, while Mackay and Rockhampton will be served four times per week.