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New routes launched during the last three weeks (Saturday 19 December – Friday 8 January):

Route of the Week:
Jin Air’s Seoul Incheon to Bangkok

Seoul: The launch of a Route – Jin Air’s jean-clad crew lead the send-off party from the Incheon check-in desks. This wins anna.aero Route of the Week for enterprise because it competes with three other carriers, including its Korean Air parent!
  • Jin Air, Korean Air’s low-cost subsidiary, has started its first international route, almost a year and a half after the airline began operations. The airline now flies daily from its Seoul Incheon (ICN) base to Bangkok (BKK) on 180-seater 737-800s in competition with parent Korean Air (17 weekly departures), Thai Airways (twice-daily), Asiana Airlines (daily) and Jeju Air (twice-weekly). Jin Air’s CEO Kim Jae-kun considers the low-cost alternative to the network carriers to be viable, in part because of the weakened Korean economy, as both business and leisure passengers have become more price sensitive.
The welcome at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport: Jae-kun Kim, president and chief executive of Jin Air (centre with plane) flanked by Mrs Juthaphorn Rerng-ongsa, deputy governor international marketing Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Sansern Ngaorungsi, executive director East Asia Region TAT. anna.aero would like to applaud Noonsongyi Han (“Mali”), a supremely efficient marketing officer at TAT’s Seoul office, for supplying these images.

“CAK” of the Week:
AirTran/Skywest’s Akron-Canton (CAK) to Milwaukee

Brandi Honey, SkyWest’s manager – marketing. “With these flights from CAK customers will enjoy all the benefits of AirTran Airways’ vast route network through their Milwaukee hub.”
  • AirTran has launched a new route out of Milwaukee (MKE), operated by SkyWest. Akron/Canton (CAK) in Ohio will be served 20 times weekly. The airline has also transferred its Indianapolis (IND) route from its mainline operations to SkyWest, meaning that both routes are operated using 50-seater CRJ200s. AirTran’s SVP marketing and planning Kevin Healy commented: “This unique partnership and expanded service is an exciting next step for our Milwaukee focus city.”

OK, we were flexible of the rules for this award this week: Ohio’s Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) laid on a biker breakfast for passengers on the first SkyWest Airlines’ non-stop flight to Milwaukee (20 times weekly in marketing partnership with AirTran). Besides being the home of Harley-Davidson, Milwaukee is being promoted to CAK’s passengers for its proximity to Northern Chicago: “Giving CAK passengers easy, affordable access to two great cities as well as AirTran Airways’ growing hub at MKE.” To further celebrate the new service, airport officials announced the upcoming Milwaukee Mancation and Harley-Davidson Giveaway including airfare and hotel for two to Milwaukee, tickets the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks game and a tour of a Milwaukee Brewery plus a Harley bike for a year courtesy of Liberty Harley-Davidson located in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Contestants have to nominate their favourite man (great dad, awesome buddy, biggest Harley fan, etc…) at akroncantonairport.com/harleymancation.

Team CAK celebrate the link to the home of Harley: Akron-Canton Airport president & CEO Rick McQueen and (behind Rick) Kristie Van Auken, SVP and chief marketing & comms officer. AirTran’s director corporate comms, Cynthia Tinsley-Douglas: “Customers in the greater Cleveland region are now literally just over an hour flight from one of our biggest operations with connections to more than 20 cities.”
  • Aegean Airlines has started two more routes from its Athens (ATH) hub. Tel Aviv (TLV) is now served with daily A320 services. The route is already served by three airlines. Local competitor Olympic also offers daily services, while El Al serves the Greek capital thrice weekly and with its leisure subsidiary Sun D’Or once weekly. Belgrade (BEG) will also be served daily; however, using Avro RJ100s. The new Olympic Air used to operate the route until recently and the route is still served thrice weekly by Jat Airways.
  • Argentinean vacationers have been given a greater offering with three new routes to the Brazilian coast. Aerolineas Argentinas has commenced a weekly service from Buenos Aires (EZE) to Salvador de Bahia (SSA) using a 737-700, while LAN Argentina has started weekly A320 services to Florianopolis (FLN) from both Buenos Aires (EZE) and Córdoba (COR).
  • North American winter sun seekers have also been rewarded over the Christmas and New Year period, with seven new routes having been launched to Mexico and the Caribbean, all operating once weekly each. Five routes are started by Air Canada, while AeroMexico and Delta have launched one each.
Airline Origin   Destination   Freq. A/c
AeroMexico Puerto Vallarta PVR St Louis, MO STL

1

MD80

Air Canada Montreal YUL Puerto Vallarta PVR

1

A319

Air Canada Montreal YUL Samana AZS

1

A319

Air Canada Ottawa YOW Providenciales PLS

1

A319

Air Canada Toronto YYZ La Romana LRM

1

A320

Air Canada Vancouver YVR Varadero VRA

1

B763

Delta New York JFK JFK Puerto Plata POP

1

B738

Image: Transavia
airBaltic is back in Vilnius: Over the Christmas period, three routes have been launched from there by the airline and it sees a lot of potential in Vilnius.
  • airBaltic has continued its expansion at Vilnius (VNO). Amsterdam (AMS) is now served six times weekly, Munich (MUC) four times weekly and Berlin Tegel (TXL) thrice weekly. Both Berlin and Munich were served by airBaltic back in 2008 but Amsterdam is a completely new service. Tero Taskila, airBaltic’s CCO states that the airline will consider launching further routes, as the lowered charges at Vilnius has made the airport more attractive. Read more in this week’s airport analysis on Vilnius.
Image: Transavia
Transavia.com has expanded in Denmark by adding a seasonal, weekly service to Geneva from Billund. This is the airline’s second route out of Billund, already serving Las Palmas weekly. The airline thus caters to both skiers and sunbathers from the Danish mainland this winter.
Blue1’s new route between Kittilä and Paris Charles de Gaulle has started off by flying French tourists to a snow-filled Christmas in Finnish Lapland. The airline already serves the ski resort north of the Arctic Circle from Helsinki and Moscow.
  • The European ski season has continued with a range of further route launches. The Alps attract most of the services, but also Kittilä (KTT) in northern Finland has seen the start of a seasonal ski route. Scandinavians have had the greatest new route offering, with Alpine services starting from Copenhagen (CPH), Billund (BLL), Stockholm Skavsta (NYO) and Stavanger (SVG). Baboo’s launch from Oxford was prominently featured in the last issue of anna.aero.
Airline Origin   Destination  

Freq.

A/c

Alitalia Turin TRN Moscow Sheremetyevo SVO

3

A319

Baboo Geneva GVA Oxford OXF

1

Q400

Blue1 Kittilä KTT Paris CDG CDG

1

M90

Cimber Sterling Copenhagen CPH Geneva GVA

1

B73G

Cimber Sterling Copenhagen CPH Salzburg SZG

1

B73G

Cimber Sterling Copenhagen CPH Verona VRN

1

B73G

Norwegian Stavanger SVG Salzburg SZG

1

B738

Ryanair Stockholm Skavsta NYO Turin TRN

1

B738

Transavia.com Billund BLL Geneva GVA

1

B738

  • Asiana has started twice-weekly services from South Korea’s second largest city Busan (PUS) to Shenyang (SHE) in northeast China on A320s. The Korean Star Alliance member will fly the route in competition with China Southern’s also twice weekly services.
Image: Blue Panorama Airlines
Brian Hammond from Jamaica Tourist Board, Remo Della Porta, VP commercial Blue Panorama Airlines and Raffaele Pasquini, head of airport marketing development Aeroporti di Roma, cut the ribbon for the first passengers to board the flight to Jamaica.
  • The Italian leisure carrier Blue Panorama Airlines has launched a weekly Montego Bay (MBJ) add-on to its Havana flights from Rome Fiumicino (FCO). The airline already serves the Jamaican holiday resort from Milan Malpensa. The route was launched in conjunction with a James Bond themed marketing campaign, highlighting the fact that the 007 novels were written in Jamaica.
  • China Southern has expanded its Central Asian network out of Ürümqi (URC) in northwest China by launching weekly services to Samarkand (SKD) in Uzbekistan. This is the third Uzbek route to be offered out of Ürümqi, with Fergana being served by Uzbekistan Airlines and the capital Tashkent by both airlines.
  • Although announced before the new US – Japan Open Skies Agreement, Continental Micronesia has reintroduced its route from Guam (GUM) to Osaka Kansai (KIX) as a year-round, daily service. The route was suspended in October 2003, but has been flown since as a charter service during high season.
easyJet – a long time dominant carrier at Belfast International – has now started serving the downtown George Best Belfast City Airport. Miss Northern Ireland, Cherie Gardiner (left) and Belfast-based model and TV presenter Katie Larmour lead the champagne launch party. They also escort easyJet’s Leo Jones up the steps – Leo was one of the stars of the TV series “Airline.” Photo: Bill Smyth. anna.aero also thanks Nicky Petrie of Pagoda PR for instant assistance with these images.
  • easyJet has moved its twice-daily London Luton (LTN) A319 service from Belfast International (BFS) to Belfast City (BHD). Paul Simmons, the airline’s UK Regional General Manager, says that the airline will evaluate passenger preferences between the two airports. The main share of easyJet’s Belfast operations will, however, remain at Belfast International.
These photos missed our deadline for Cake of the Week, but they will be submitted for our Cake of the Year contest, now only 11.5 months away. The captain of the first flight on Etihad’s relaunched Colombo route was kept busy with three ceremonies – ribbon cutting, cake cutting and lamp lighting.
  • Etihad has relaunched services from its Abu Dhabi (AUH) hub to Colombo (CMB). The 3,300 kilometre route is operated four times weekly using A320 aircraft, in contrast to the previous service that was suspended in September 2007, which was operated on A330-200s. The route is in competition with SriLankan Airlines’ daily flights, also using A320s.
The passengers arriving on Hamburg International’s inaugural flight from Berlin were welcomed to Sofia with traditional Bulgarian Christmas banitza, pastries filled with fortune slips.
  • Hamburg International has begun flying from Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) to Sofia (SOF). The service starts on a weekly basis (Thursdays), but is scheduled to increase to twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays) from March. There is currently no competition to and from Schönefeld, but Bulgaria Air serves Berlin Tegel with five weekly frequencies.
  • Jat Airways has launched a seasonal, weekly Saturday service from Belgrade (BEG) to Sweden’s second-largest airport; Gothenburg Landvetter (GOT). The route has only been operated over the Christmas holidays and ends this week. The airline points out that 85,000 Serbian nationals live in Sweden’s three largest cities alone, of which the other two – Stockholm and Malmö – already are served by the airline (the latter through Copenhagen airport). The Serbian 126-seater 737-300s will complement Gothenburg’s existing route to the Western Balkans; B&H Airlines’ weekly Sarajevo service. During the summer, Croatia Airlines also operates twice-weekly to Zagreb.
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Safique Alam Mehdi of the Bangladeshi Ministry of Civil Aviation & Tourism cut the ribbon to launch Jet Airways’ Dhaka-Mumbai service. Assisting him is Sudhakar Rao, GM Sales Bangladesh & Nepal Jet Airways
  • Jet Airways has started serving the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka (DAC) from Mumbai (BOM). The six weekly 737-800 flights will compete with Air India Express’s daily service, also on 737-800s, and complement Jet Airways’ Dhaka services from Delhi and Kolkata. Nikos Kardassis, Jet Airways’ acting CEO sees potential in the new route for both the busy India-Bangladesh market as well as connecting traffic from Bangladesh to the Gulf, North America, Europe and ASEAN over the airline’s primary Mumbai hub.
Image: Kingfisher
Not your usual guests of honour: The ribbon at each end of Kingfisher Red’s new route was cut by local air traffic controllers. In Raipur (left), Anil Rai inaugurated the route, while his colleague in Ranchi (right), Raju Raghavendra Kumar, had the honour at his end.
  • Kingfisher Airlines’ low-cost subsidiary Kingfisher Red has begun flying three times weekly between Ranchi (IXR) and Raipur (RPR). The service, which operates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with ATR-42s and -72s, for the first time connects the two cities by air.
  • Korean Air has also launched a route from South Korea to South East Asia. Busan (PUS) will now be linked twice-weekly on 737-800s with Siem Reap (REP) close to Cambodia’s major tourist attraction Angkor Wat. The airline already serves Siem Reap from its Seoul Incheon hub in competition with Asiana Airlines, while the new route is the only link between Busan and Cambodia.
  • Olympic Air has started serving Beirut (BEY) four times weekly from Athens (ATH). The route will be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays using Q400s until 11 January, when the airline switches to A319s. The route is operated in competition with Middle East Airlines’ thrice-weekly A321 service.
Image: SkyMark
Japan’s third-largest airline Skymark is expanding at Kobe with the launch of an Okinawa route. As JAL pulls out of the airport, Skymark will provide serious local competition to ANA.
  • The Japanese low-cost carrier Skymark Airlines (see this week’s airline analysis) has started a new route from its base at Kobe (UKB). Okinawa (OKA) will be served twice-daily on the airline’s 737-800s. The route is currently operated in competition with All Nippon Airways (thrice-daily) and JAL’s subsidiary Japan Transocean Air (twice-daily), but the latter has announced its withdrawal from Kobe in the coming months.

Comments

  1. Jerzy Jemiolo says:

    Estonian Avies Company (U3) started TLL-LED route on December 30, 2009, flyng four times weekly on J31. Avies is known as serving TLL with two Estonian Baltic Sea islands: Saaremaa (URE-Kuressaare), and Hiiumaa (KDL-Kardla).

  2. Edward K says:

    Russian company S7 (S7) started route Moscow Domodedovo (DME) (Russia) – Plovdiv (PDV) (Bulgaria) on December 25, 2009. S7 will fly once weekly. And it’s first scheduled flight from Plovdiv (PDV) airport.

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