70 new routes launched during the last week
(Saturday 31 May – Friday 06 June 2008)

Image: Tiger Airways new Singapore-Bangalore service

  • Tiger Airways began Singapore-Bangalore services on 1 June. It is the airline’s second Indian route after Chennai. Flights are operated four times per week using an A320. Competition on the route comes from Air India and Singapore Airlines.

  • Vueling has launched services from Ibiza to Bilbao – its third Bilbao route and its second within a week from its just-opened Ibiza summer base. The three times weekly service is operated with an A320. Besides Ibiza-Bilbao, Vueling has also begun Seville services and will soon operate to Alicante (from June, 13th). With these three new routes, Vueling now offers eight destinations from Ibiza. The others are: Barcelona, Madrid, Milan, Paris and Valencia.

Image: Vueling launch new services from Ibiza to Bilbao

  • Air Canada has begun a daily service between Ottawa and Frankfurt. The route is operated with a 767-300.

Image: Air Canada new air service between Ottawa and Frankfurt

  • Air One CityLiner has launched twice-daily services to Brussels from Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa. Both are operated using a CRJ900.

Image: Air One launch new daily services to Brussels from Rome

  • Despite all the gloom for Alitalia, there was much party atmosphere as the Italian flag carrier started a new service from Rome Fiumicino – to Los Angeles. Flights are operated five times per week. Toasting the cake are Los Angeles World Airports’ Deputy Executive Director Paul Haney, Consul General of Italy, Nicola Faganello and Alitalia executives Pierandrea Galli, Paola Magnani and Thierry Aucoc. (All pix LAWA Media.)

Image: Alitalia celebrate new service from Rome Fiumicino – to Los Angeles

Image: American Airlines launch Chicago O’Hare-Moscow Domodedovo
American Airlines has launched Chicago O’Hare-Moscow Domodedovo services; it is the only airline to offer direct flights between the two cities. Chicago is the second US destination, after Houston, on the Domodedovo route network.
  • American Airlines has launched Chicago O’Hare-Moscow Domodedovo services, which are operated six times per week using a 767-300. Sergey Rudakov, Director of Domodedovo Airport Complex, said: “It was two years ago when we first said we were going to develop the American vector. And the day has finally arrived. Today, we “opened America”, and in partnership with the world’s largest air carrier, at that. Our objective now is to ensure connections of all Russian airlines with American Airlines flights using the Domodedovo airport transfer system.”American Airlines is currently the only carrier operating direct flights between Moscow and Chicago, which is the second US destination, after Houston, in the Domodedovo route network. The airline has also inaugurated a Fort Lauderdale-Kingston service. The daily flights are operated with a 148-seat 737-800.
  • Image: GuitarAmerican Eagle has begun Dallas/Fort Worth-Buffalo services. The seasonal route will be operated daily with a CRJ700 until 2 September. Buffalo Niagra has some nice slogans. These include “Emerging from a distinguished past, moving towards the future.” It also has one for its on-airport art gallery: “Where Buffalo Niagara shows off”. This week at The Gallery the new travellers from DFW will be able to enjoy a current exhibition called “The Joanne Faletta Guitar Competition.” Highlighting the event is special art work from Hugo Rodriquez.
  • Belle Air has launched a twice-weekly Tirana-Ancona service.
  • Logo: BAABritish Airways has begun London Gatwick-Ibiza. The daily service to the Brits’ favourite party island is operated with a 737-300 and replaces the GB Airways route now operated by easyJet. Meanwhile, British Airways CityFlyer has begun London City-Dublin services. Flights are operates 21 times per week with an RJ85. The airline now has 12 aircraft based at LCY.
Image: CEO Richard Anderson and executive VP Glen Hauenstein present Delta’s plans for expansion in New York this summer
Delta CEO Richard Anderson and executive VP Glen Hauenstein present Delta’s plans for expansion in New York this summer.
  • Delta launched several new routes, including a three-times weekly service between New York JFK and Georgetown (Guyana) on 1 June. The launch was brought forward from 2 July. Flights depart JFK at 01:10. Delta has also begun a daily service from Salt Lake City to Paris Orly, using a 767-300; a six times per week service between Atlanta and Stockholm using a 767-300; a four times weekly service from New York JFK to Malaga; and three daily services – Los Angeles-Kona, Los Angeles-Lihue, and Salt Lake City-Arcata/Eureka (this route is operated by subsidiary SkyWest using a CRJ200).
  • JAT Airways has launched a three-times weekly Belgrade-Thessaloniki service, with an ATR72. It has also launched a twice-weekly Belgrade-Oslo service, which it operates using a 737-300.

Image: Airport Terminal

  • Air Asia launched services from Kuala Lumpur to the new destination of Kuantan on 1 June. The daily service is a 40-minute flight and is operated with an A320.
  • Mexicana has launched two new routes from Mexico City to Calgary and Edmonton – the airline’s fourth and fifth Canadian destinations. Both routes are operated with A319s – Calgary four times per week and Edmonton three times per week.
  • MyAir has launched Brindisi-Paris CDG services. The route is operated four times per week with a CRJ900. The airline has alsobegun operating a twice weekly service from Brindisi to Geneva, also with a CRJ900.
  • Northwest has begun a daily London Heathrow-Seattle service, which it operates using an A330. Competition on the route comes from British Airways. It has also launched a daily service from Detroit to Salt Lake City using an A319. Northwest already serves Salt Lake City from Minneapolis/St Paul.
  • Meanwhile, Northwest subsidiary Mesaba has launched three new daily routes – Detroit-Escanaba, Escanaba-Iron Mountain and Minneapolis/St Paul-Iron Mountain.
  • Pinnacle Airlines, also a Northwest subsidiary, has launched two new daily services – Detroit-Chattanooga and Minneapolis/St Paul-Lexington (this is a seasonal route until 18 August). Both routes are operated using a CRJ200.

Image: Armavia launch a twice-weekly service from Dusseldorf to Yerevan

  • Armavia has launched a twice-weekly service from Düsseldorf to Yerevan in Armenia operated with an A319. The flight time to the former Soviet republic, situated north of Turkey and bordering Iran, is four hours. Armavia operates a mixed fleet of regional jets, 737s as well as Airbus A319 and A320s. The A319, with 132 seats, will be deployed to Düsseldorf. In total Armavia serves 30 destinations in Europe and the Middle East transporting some 600,000 passengers in 2007 (+20%).
  • Logo: Bahrain AirBahrain Air has launched a service from Bahrain to Aleppo in Syria. The twice-weekly service is operated with an A320.
Image: Cathay Pacific’s ceremony to mark expansion of services to India
Cathay Pacific chief executive Tony Tyler and Eva Cheng, Secretary for Transport and Housing of the Hong Kong SAR Government, perform a traditional Indian lamp-lighting ceremony at an event to mark Cathay Pacific’s expansion of services to India.
  • Carpatair launched two new services to Kiev on 2 June, from Bucharest Otopeni and Timisoara. The Bucharest route is operated three times weekly and the Timisoara route six times weekly.
  • Cathay Pacific has launched a four times weekly service between Hong Kong and Chennai (Madras). The route was launched on 2 June and is operated with an A330.
  • Finnair has begun a five times weekly service between Helsinki and Seoul Incheon, which it operates using an A340-300.
  • Flyglobespan has begun a weekly service between Dublin and Vancouver. Flights began on 2 June and are operated using a B767.
Image: Flyglobespan’s first passengers on the Dublin-Vancouver route
Flyglobespan’s first passengers on the Dublin-Vancouver route. Left to right: Deirdre Prendergast of Dublin Airport, Jim, Kay and Alan Chawke with a Canadian Mountie and Shay Kenna of Flyglobespan. The Chawke family received a €100 voucher to spend at Dublin airport.
  • Korean Air has begun services from Seoul to Sao Paulo Guarulhos via Los Angeles. Flights began on 2 June and are operated three times weekly.
  • Logo: RyanairRyanair has launched four new routes this week – East Midlands-Malaga, Bremen-Haugesund (its second route to the Norwegian city), Dusseldorf Weeze-Edinburgh, and Stockholm Skavsta-Rostock-Laage – a new destination that will be served until 30 August. All routes are operated twice-weekly using 737-800s.
  • WestJet has begun operating a daily Calgary-New York Newark service using a 737-700.
  • Image: BlueAirWeb.com PlaneAdria Airways has launched a three times weekly service between Ljubljana and Oslo, which it operates using a CRJ900.
  • Romanian low-cost Blue Air has begun a twice-weekly service from Sibiu to Stuttgart. Services began just as Blue Air showed how adventurous it was by agreeing to buy three 737-900ERs (worth $240m) following further orders for two 737-800s earlier this year.
  • US Airways has launched three new daily services – Charlotte-Tucson, Charlotte-Sacramento, and Philadelphia-Sacramento.
  • AirBaltic has begun a new route from Vilnius to Simferopol, which is operated three times per week using a 737-500. This is the second AirBaltic service to this destination on the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula which is already served from Riga. Prices are advertised starting at an incredible $66 for the three hour sector.
  • Germanwings has launched a twice-weekly service between Cologne/Bonn and Reykjavik. Services began on 4 June and the route will be operated until 13 September.
  • Logo: Jet2.comJet2.com launched a weekly service between Newcastle and Rhodes on 4 June.
  • SmartWings has launched a weekly service between Brno and Palma de Mallorca, which it operates using a 737.
  • Southwest launched two new services from Denver on 4 June – to Portland and Indianapolis. Both are operated 14 times per week.
  • Logo: SterlingSterling has begun a twice-weekly service between Copenhagen and Olbia (Sardinia) using a 737-800.
  • United Express has launched five new routes this week. These include a daily service from Chicago OHare to Quebec City using an E170; Chicago O’Hare-Kalispell using a CRJ700; a daily Denver-Helena using a CRJ200; a daily Los Angeles-Tulsa service using a CRJ700; and San Francisco-Victoria using a CRJ700.
  • Allegiant Air has launched a three times weekly service from Bellingham, WA to San Francisco using an MD80.
  • Logo: Sky EuropeSkyEurope has begun operating a twice-weekly service between Prague and Rimini using a 737-700.


  1. Jef Jenner says:

    Pinnacle Airlines ( 9E / FLG ) is a Northwest Airlink, but is NOT a
    Northwest subsidiary.
    We are also a Delta Connection.
    We are publicly traded corporation.

    LEX-MSP did not survive the cuts. What we started yesterday was upgrading
    a MEM-LEX to a CRJ-200 from an XJ SF3.

    these in ref 06 Jun routes newsletter.

    Jef J.

  2. Jef Jenner says:

    ‘scuse me. MEM – LEX started 02 May.

  3. James Egan says:

    Greetings, today is the inaugural flight of Hainan Airlines direct service from Seattle to Peking China. This is their first flight to the United States.

  4. Joe Curry says:

    The biggest route omissions are Edinburgh direct to Florida and Edinburgh to a Middle East gateway for onward connections, why should these anomalies exist for Scotland’s busiest airport?

  5. Jacobin777 says:

    ORD-DME right now is with a Boeing 777-200ER….though I do expect it to become a B763 down the road.

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