Route of the Week:
Frontier’s Oklahoma City to Tampa
|Roy Williams, CEO Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Frontier’s VP strategy and planning Daniel Shurz and Will Rogers World Airport’s director Mark Kranenburg celebrate the new Frontier Airlines route. Fancy dress and a fancy cake also added to the party spirit.|
- Following the route launches from last week by Frontier Airlines and sister airline Midwest, Frontier has now launched another route from Oklahoma City (OKC) to Florida. Tampa (TPA) will be served twice-weekly with an E190. Notable is that the Embraer aircraft used for this route and those launched last week will be shared by the two co-owned airlines in an interesting scheduling solution. Bob Westgate, the airline’s senior director of planning and scheduling, explained the details to anna.aero in an e-mail: “In the morning the aircraft flies OMA to Florida as Midwest before turning back mid-day as a Frontier flight Florida to OKC. This is balanced by an early afternoon Frontier OKC to Florida flight before the aircraft concludes its day as a Midwest flight Florida to OMA.”
Cake of the Week:
Belavia’s Minsk to Riga
|That’s right, she’s holding it, not wearing it. The chairman of Riga Airport Krisjanis Peters (second left) leads the celebrations to mark the launch of Belavia’s new Minsk-Riga route. He is joined by Alexander Gerasimenko, Belarus’ ambassador to Latvia (far left) and representatives from Belavia as they present the all-important cake.|
- The Belarusian state-owned carrier Belavia has this week launched a service from its Minsk (MSQ) base to the Latvian capital Riga (RIX). The service will operate thrice-weekly on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays with the airline’s 50-seater CRJ200s. The service is code-shared with airBaltic, which already operates daily flights between the two capitals on its Fokker 50s.
- China Airlines of Taiwan has commenced a twice-weekly service between Taipei (TPE) and Miyazaki (KMI) in southern Japan using 737-800s. This is the second international service to start to Miyazaki, whose only other international route is with Asiana to Seoul Incheon. The Taipei route has, however, been operated by local Taiwanese rival EVA Air until the end of September 2009.
|Nice one Jet Airways – good to see an Indian airline competing with another ‘MEB 3’ service.|
- Jet Airways has launched daily flights between Delhi (DEL) and Doha (DOH) using 737-800s. The airline already offers daily flights to the capital of Qatar from both Mumbai and Kochi. “Doha has been among the more popular destinations in Jet Airways’ international network”, commented the airline’s acting CEO Nikos Kardassis. The route will be operated in competition with Qatar Airways’ also daily flights. The Gulf carrier does, however, offer more capacity with its larger A330s.
|Better connections for the Danish mainland: Norwegian’s new domestic route not only improves Karup’s connection with the capital, but feeds Norwegian’s onward services from its Copenhagen base.|
- Norwegian has entered a former monopoly market for Cimber Sterling by launching 16 weekly domestic services between Copenhagen (CPH) and Karup (KRP) in Jutland, the Danish mainland. “The fantastic reception we have had in Denmark confirms our view that it is absolutely right to extend the Danish route network”, commented Johan Bisgaard Larsen, press and marketing manager Norwegian Denmark. The competitor Cimber Sterling has until now been the airport’s only scheduled airline operator, with 49 weekly frequencies on the Copenhagen route. Although Cimber Sterling operates more frequencies, its aircraft capacity used on the route average 68 seats, compared to Norwegian’s all 737 operations with 148 seats.
|With Bari added to Ryanair’s network from Karlsruhe-Baden, Ryanair is now rapidly closing the gap to airberlin as the airport’s busiest airline.|
- Ryanair’s new base at Bari (BRI), covered in last week’s airline analysis, has seen the addition of another route. Karlsruhe-Baden (FKB) will be served twice-weekly, making Bari the ninth Ryanair base to serve the airport on the German border to France. Trapani will become the 10th base in May. Despite this extensive network, Ryanair is not the busiest airline at Karlsruhe-Baden. airberlin operates domestic routes to Berlin Tegel and Hamburg, as well as international routes to Palma and Vienna, which provide more daily flights and seats than Ryanair.
|Ribbon-tying rather than ribbon-cutting: Jönköping Airport’s Hazze Sandström (centre) ties a knot as a symbol of the cooperation between SAS, represented by network manager Carl-Johan Hellner (left), and Skyways, represented by CEO Peter Browall (right), on the new route to Copenhagen.|
- The Swedish regional airline Skyways has launched a new route from Jönköping (JKG) in southern Sweden to Copenhagen (CPH) using Fokker 50s ten times weekly (twice-daily on weekdays). The route used to be operated by SAS, but was suspended in 2008. Since then, passengers have been forced to travel to Copenhagen overland, which is a train journey of more than three hours. The new route is operated in partnership with SAS, which provides onward connections from its Copenhagen hub. Skyways already serves Stockholm Arlanda thrice-daily from Jönköping Airport, which only recently was sold to the local municipality by state-owned airport operator LFV. Hazze Sandström, the airport’s MD commented: “The new service to Copenhagen will improve connectivity to and from Jönköping and provide a much needed international hub for business and leisure traffic.”
|We are very grateful to Paul Zheng, Brand Planning Supervisor Tianjin Airlines, for this snowy picture in Tianjin. We don’t know who to thank for the great shot of the aircraft in Qingdao – but we’ll thank you anyway while we applaud the introduction of this essential air service to a city which supplies so much fantastic Tsingtao beer to world markets.|
- Tianjin Airlines has launched three new daily services from its Tianjin (TSN) hub. The first route operates to Wenzhou (WNZ) via Qingdao (TAO), while Tianjin also will be linked with Dalian (DLC) and Ordos (DSN) in Inner Mongolia. All three routes are to be operated with the airline’s E-190s.
- WestJet has launched another route from the soon-to-be Olympic city of Vancouver (YVR). Sun-thirsty Canadians will be able to visit Phoenix (PHX) on the thrice-weekly flights which operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. US Airways already serves the route with two daily A320 flights. WestJet serves the Arizona city year-round from Calgary and seasonally from Edmonton, Winnipeg and now Vancouver.
Other events this week…
|Soon to be a common sight: Zurich will be the third airport in Europe, after London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle, to have regular A380 flights.|
- This week, the A380 has for the first time flown to Zurich (ZRH) for trials and certification ahead of Singapore Airlines’ scheduled use of the aircraft on its Singapore (SIN) to Zurich route from 28 March. The airline’s 12 weekly 777-300ER flights will be replaced with daily A380 services, resulting in an almost identical capacity served at much greater efficiency. The arrival of the superjumbo to the Swiss financial capital drew more than 22,000 spectators. Click here to see video coverage from the Swiss A380 event.