New routes launched during the last week
(Tuesday 1 June – Monday 7 June)

Route of the Week:
Delta’s Seattle to Osaka Kansai and Beijing

Delta’s new route between Seattle and Osaka Kansai was celebrated with a sake cask-breaking ceremony, sake drinking and ribbon cutting. Port of Seattle’s CEO Tay Yoshitani led the toast. The sake was drunk from wooden ‘masu‘ cups made especially for the occasion. Each passenger was given a cup as a souvenir. Governor Chris Gregoire, thrilled to be at the event, commented: “These direct flights will continue to open doors with our business partners in Asia and create new trade, tourism and investment opportunities at a time when we need them the most. China and Japan are two of our top export markets.”

The great event was blessed by both a fire truck salute and Taiko Drummers. Seattle already has a daily Delta connection to Tokyo Narita and forward bookings are already very good for this new Osaka service.

The 767-300ER got itself a lucky wash as Delta began its Seattle to Beijing route. Passengers on the first flight were treated with pre-flight refreshments.

The flight crew happily appeared on picture before Roy Tschumi, Delta’s Station Manager, led the ribbon cutting ceremony and was then joined for a photo by Delta’s Seattle Chief Pilot, OC Miller. Airport volunteers handed out chocolate-covered fortune cookies to the embarking passengers.

  • Delta Air Lines launched eight new routes in the last week, of which an entire six were intercontinental services. Asian services dominated, with Detroit (DTW) seeing the launch of flights to Hong Kong (HKG) and Seoul Incheon (ICN), while Seattle (SEA) had flights added to Beijing (PEK) and Osaka Kansai (KIX). Delta already serves all destinations but Osaka Kansai from its Tokyo Narita hub. It does, however, already serve Osaka from Guam and Honolulu. From New York JFK (JFK) and Atlanta (ATL), there was rather an African focus, with flights launched to Abuja (ABV) and Accra (ACC) respectively. Notably, Delta already serves Accra from New York. Flights were also launched to Honolulu (HNL) from both Detroit and San Diego (SAN). The only launched routes to face competition are San Diego to Honolulu, which Hawaiian Airlines serves daily, and the flights between Seattle and Beijing, that are operated four times a week by Hainan Airlines, but Kazue Ishiwata, senior manager air service development at Seattle-Tacoma, points out that while Hainan Airlines’ service does very well with passenger load factors of over 80%, Delta’s first flights have still been nearly full or even overbooked.
Date Origin Destination WF* A/c
01-Jun-10 Atlanta, GA (ATL) Accra (ACC) 3 B763
02-Jun-10 Detroit, MI (DTW) Hong Kong (HKG) 5 B772
02-Jun-10 Detroit, MI (DTW) Honolulu, HI (HNL) 3 A333
01-Jun-10 Detroit, MI (DTW) Seoul Incheon (ICN) 5 B772
01-Jun-10 New York JFK, NY (JFK) Abuja (ABV) 3 B763
03-Jun-10 San Diego, CA (SAN) Honolulu, HI (HNL) 7 B757
04-Jun-10 Seattle-Tacoma, WA (SEA) Beijing (PEK) 5 B763
07-Jun-10 Seattle-Tacoma, WA (SEA) Osaka Kansai (KIX) 7 B763
*WF: Weekly Frequencies

Cake of the Week:
Alitalia’s Milan Malpensa to Miami

Simple, yet so delicious-looking: Kiwi fruit, cream and strawberries became “Il Tricolore”, the Italian flag, which is the winner during another week of great Cake of the Week competition. As Alitalia launched flights between Milan and Miami, Miami-Dade Aviation Director José Abreu and Marco Rocca, Italy’s Consul General to Miami, cut the ribbon, allowing passenger to board the SkyTeam-branded aircraft.

Alitalia now flies between Rome and Los Angeles, code sharing with its American alliance partner Delta. The route was celebrated by Sergio Berlenghi, Aeroporti di Roma’s Head of Planning and Airport Marketing Development; Marco Gobbi, Alitalia’s Product Manager Intercontinental; and the inaugural flight’s captain himself.

  • Alitalia launched four routes last week. Two of these are seasonal services from Alghero (AHO) in Sardinia, operating five times a week with 90-seat CRJ900s. The flights to Barcelona (BCN) and Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) will operate until 26 September. The airline also began operating two transatlantic routes. From Milan Malpensa (MXP), three weekly 767-300ER flights to Miami (MIA) were launched on 3 June. The services complement the airline’s six weekly flights from Rome Fiumicino (FCO), the airport from where Alitalia launched five weekly 777-200ER flights to Los Angeles (LAX) on 5 June. The route was last operated as a summer service in 2008, but will now be flown year-round.

The launch of a new airline: The emerging Egyptian market is the next move for Sharjah’s Air Arabia. The new Alexandria-based joint venture launched two new routes on its first day of operations.

  • Air Arabia Egypt is the new airline launched as a joint venture between Air Arabia of Sharjah, UAE and Egypt’s Travco Group. The airline began operating on 1 June, launching two routes from its base at Alexandria’s Borg El Arab Airport (HBE). Khartoum (KRT) in Sudan is served three times a week, while Kuwait (KWI) gets four weekly flights. The new airline, like its siblings Air Arabia and Air Arabia Maroc, operates A320 aircraft.

Air Canada received a warm welcome to a sunny summer Athens: The airline’s seasonal services from both Montreal and Toronto will be able to connect to soon-to-be Star Alliance partner Olympic/Aegean’s network.

Cutting the ribbon for Air Canada’s new services to Barcelona are the airport director Fernando Echegaray, the First Deputy Mayor of Finance and Economic Development of the City of Barcelona, Jordi William Canes; Yves Dufresne, Air Canada’s VP Alliances and International Operations; and Josep Manuel Basanez, VP of the Chamber of Commerce Barcelona.

  • Air Canada embarked on a Mediterranean expansion on 3 June. From both Montreal (YOW) and Toronto (YYZ), the airline will serve Barcelona (BCN), the main base for fellow Star Alliance member Spanair, and Athens (ATH), where the soon-to-be Star Alliance airline Olympic Air/Aegean Airlines provides onward connections. Each of the four routes will operate three times a week during the summer season with 767-300ERs. All routes also compete with Air Transat’s services. Ben Smith, EVP and CCO, commented: “Both Barcelona and Athens are important ports of call for cruise lines, and also provide convenient connections for flights to other popular destinations throughout Greece and Spain. With these additions to our 2010 summer schedule, we are continuing to strategically deploy capacity to meet seasonal demand.”
  • Air Malta continued its Italian expansion by launching two weekly flights from Malta (MLA) to Naples (NAP) on 3 June. It also began flying three times a week to Damascus (DAM) on 7 June. Both routes are operated seasonally until 30 September with A319s.
The first passenger on the inaugural flight between Hong Kong and Kota Kinabalu

The first passenger on the inaugural flight between Hong Kong and Kota Kinabalu was Zaliha Zainuddin who was greeted by Kathleen Tan, regional head of commercial, with a giant boarding card.

  • AirAsia launched daily flights from its Kota Kinabalu (BKI) base in Malaysian Borneo and Hong Kong (HKG) on 1 June. Malaysia Airlines also serves the route daily, while Dragonair operates four times a week. AirAsia has served nearby Macau (MFM) since March 2007 and Shenzhen (SZX) since November the same year. Kathleen Tan, AirAsia’s regional head of commercial, said: “With the presence of growing Chinese ethnic population in Kota Kinabalu who are willing to spend more on leisure and a growing interest in East Malaysia to explore metropolitan cities like Hong Kong, we believe that this is a strategic move to create interest and stimulate tourism demand for both cities.”

The first Amman passengers were treated to an appropriately decorated cake: The yellow foreground shows a calligraphic treatment of the Arabic script عمّان (`Amman) merging into architectural arches. Natalie Marsans, Riga airport’s marketing adviser, and Jānis Vanags, airBaltic’s VP Corporate Communications cut the cake. Jānis then flew off to Amman, where a press conference was held.

The Lebanese national emblem, the green cedar, symbolised the new airBaltic route from Riga to Beirut. Natalie Marsans, Riga airport’s marketing adviser, Richard Roberts, airBaltic’s SVP Strategic Network & Fleet Planning, and Helena Rudusa, board member Riga International Airport, cut the cake.

airBaltic’s Madrid route was celebrated with a football theme – and a football cake! The delicious-looking cake is presented by Richard Roberts, airBaltic’s SVP Strategic Network & Fleet Planning, Natalie Marsans, Riga airport’s marketing adviser, and Jānis Ķuzulis, board member Riga International Airport. In Madrid, the aircraft and its passengers were greeted with a reception held by Julija Sovane, airBaltic’s Commercial Director for Spain; Rollands Lappuke, the Latvian Ambassador to Spain; and Miguel Ángel Oleaga, MD Madrid Barajas Airport.

When the first airBaltic passengers were to fly off to the popular summer destination Visby on the Swedish island of Gotland, they were handed marzipan roses by Richard Roberts, airBaltic’s SVP Strategic Network & Fleet Planning, and Natalie Marsans, Riga airport’s marketing adviser.

  • airBaltic launched an entire six new routes this week. From the airline’s main Riga (RIX) hub, four of the routes launched, keeping the Latvian capital’s master bakers busy. Two of the routes are to Middle Eastern capital cities. Amman (AMM) will be served twice-weekly as of 1 June. The 4 hour 30 minute flights to the Jordanian capital will operate with 737s on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The following day, two weekly services to Beirut (BEY) began. The Lebanese capital is also served with 737s, operating on Wednesdays and Saturdays. 2 June also saw the launch of four weekly flights to Madrid (MAD). The 2,700-kilometre route is scheduled to last 4 hours and 20 minutes as it operates with 737s on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. A thrice-weekly service also launched to Visby (VBY) on the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, a route of 350 kilometres, on 4 June. The UNESCO World Heritage Site will be served with Fokker 50 aircraft. The Madrid and Visby services will be operated until the end of the summer season. airBaltic also launched two new routes to Stockholm Arlanda (ARN). From Oulu (OUL) in Finland and Tallinn (TLL) in Estonia, the airline will fly Fokker 50s five times a week (every weekday) as of 1 June.
  • Allegiant Air launched three routes out of Los Angeles, CA (LAX) on 3 June. It now serves Eugene, OR (EUG), Idaho Falls, ID (IDA) and Tri-Cities, WA (PSC) each twice-weekly with its MD80 series aircraft. From Phoenix/Mesa, AZ (AZA), two weekly flights were added to South Bend, IN (SBN) on 2 June. Eugene Airport director Tim Doll said: “We are very pleased with the continued success Allegiant Air has found in the Eugene market. Los Angeles has been an underserved market for quite some time and, once again, Allegiant Air is stepping up to provide a much needed nonstop service between EUG and LAX.”
  • The Japanese Star Alliance member All Nippon Airways on 1 June launched a domestic route between Osaka Kansai (KIX) and Asahikawa (AKJ) on the northern island of Hokkaidō. The service, which is operated with 737s, used to be operated by JAL until September last year, but has been left unserved since.

AnadoluJet’s rapid expansion – with three new routes from Ankara launched in the last week – was celebrated with a cake and press conference at Esenboğa Airport by Orhan Sivrikaya, Turkish Airlines’ Assistant GM; M. Sani Şener, President and CEO, TAV Airports Holding; Hamdi Topçu, Chairman of the Turkish Airlines board; and Sami Alan, Turkish Airlines’ Head of Regional Flights.

  • Turkish Airlines’ low-cost brand AnadoluJet launched six new routes in the last week. From Ankara (ESB), it began flying to Cologne/Bonn (CGN) on 1 June. The German route will operate twice-weekly, except during August when it will have three weekly frequencies, in competition with three weekly flights on germanwings and a weekly Pegasus flight. The Scandinavian capitals Copenhagen (CPH) and Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) became connected with both Ankara and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW). Three weekly flights will be operated between Stockholm and Ankara, while the Copenhagen service gets four frequencies a week, competing with two weekly flights on Pegasus. From Sabiha Gökçen, the Danish capital will be served three times a week, competing with Pegasus’ five weekly flights, while the capital of Sweden gets four weekly flights against the same number of weekly flights with Pegasus. From Antalya (AYT), the airline also began serving Damascus (DAM) twice-weekly on 7 June. At the press conference held in Ankara, Turkish Airlines’ Assistant GM Orhan Sivrikaya said that two-year-old Anadolujet aims to carry five million passengers in its third year. He added that “increasing Ankara routes’ annual capacity from one to five million is significant proof that the Anadolujet business model is supported by our citizens.”
  • Atlasjet began flying a new Turkish domestic route on 3 June. It now connects Istanbul Atatürk (IST) with Edremit (EDO), a route of only 220 kilometres, three times a week using A320s.
  • Avianova, the Russian low-cost carrier whose CEO interviewed last week, began serving Volgograd (VOG) from its Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) base on 2 June. The A320 operator will serve the city of one million with three weekly flights, operating on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Competition comes from daily services on Aeroflot and Donavia as well as indirectly on UTair to Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) and S7 to Moscow Domodedovo (DME).

For the inaugural Bucharest flight, Carpatair used its Saab 2000 aircraft, as it was welcomed by the Verona airport fire brigade. Giambattista Sassera, Carpatair’s Representative for Italy; Nicolae Britcaru, Director Ground Ops; Nicoleta Dobre, Manager Sales; and Fabio Bortolazzi, President Verona Airport, celebrated the new route with a cake.

  • Carpatair launched three weekly flights between the Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) and Verona (VRN) in the north of Italy. The flights will be operated with Fokker 70s on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The airline already serves Verona from its main Timisoara hub. Paula Ardelean, Carpatair’s VP Sales and Marketing, said: “By increasing the number of international flights departing from Italy for Bucharest-Otopeni, Carpatair is implementing a mid-term development strategy, which also involved the acquisition of three Fokker 70 planes at the end of last year.”
Air China

Air China now serves 1,725-kilometre route between Shanghai Pudong and Jiuzhaigou Huanglong daily with 757 aircraft.

  • Air China launched a new domestic route on 1 June. The airline now links Shanghai Pudong (PVG) with Jiuzhaigou Huanglong (JZH) in western China. The flights are operated daily with 757 equipment. The uncontested route complements the Star Alliance member’s existing route from Beijing, Chengdu and Chongqing.
  • Cimber Sterling launched a weekly flight from Copenhagen (CPH) to Larnaca (LCA) on 7 June. From 29 June, the 737-700 route will face competition from Norwegian, which also will fly once-weekly.
  • Croatia Airlines launched three weekly flights between Zagreb (ZAG) and Athens (ATH) on 1 June. The three weekly flights will connect the Star Alliance member’s A319s with the hub of its soon-to-be alliance partner Olympic Air/Aegean Airlines.
  • CSA Czech Airlines on 1 June launched two weekly A319 flights from Prague (PRG) to Astana (TSE), the capital city of Kazakhstan. The service complements the airline’s existing service to Almaty, which it has operated since 2008.
  • Etihad launched flights to its second Iraqi destination on 1 June, when two weekly A320 services from Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Erbil (EBL) began. As in the case of the airline’s Baghdad operations, the airline is already operating cargo-only services to the northern Iraqi city. James Hogan, Etihad’s CEO, commented: “Etihad is delighted to be the first UAE carrier to operate both Baghdad and Erbil. The response to our services to Iraq has been overwhelmingly positive and we are expecting a high volume of traffic on this new route. Iraq is a key market for Etihad and will be an important focus for the airline in 2010.”
flydubai’s first flight to India

Before flydubai’s first flight to India, to the northern destination of Lucknow, took off, the airline’s CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith appeared with cabin crew in front of a decorated archway representing the rich mughal architecture that Lucknow is well-known for.

  • flydubai launched flights to its first Indian destination on 2 June. It now links Dubai (DXB) with Lucknow (LKO) in northern India three times a week with its 737-800s. The route competes with Air India Express’s also four weekly services.
  • Frontier Airlines, the sub-brand of Republic Airways, began flying between Denver (DEN) and Santa Barbara (SBA) on 4 June. The 13 weekly flights to the southern California city operate with 99-seat E-190s twice-daily except Sundays, when a single frequency is offered. Competition comes from United Airlines, which offers 19 weekly frequencies. “The new service is offered by a quality airline with a superior national reputation,” said Karen Ramsdell, Santa Barbara Airport Director. “The nonstop service will provide significant economic advantages for our region.”
  • Fuji Dream Airlines launched two domestic routes from Shinshu-Matsumoto (MMJ) in Central Japan, taking over from JAL, which pulled out of its three routes to the airport. On 1 June, the day after JAL’s last flights, the independent E-170 and E-175 operator took over the routes to Fukuoka (FUK) and Sapporo Chitose (CTS), code-sharing the flights with the previous operator. Both routes are operated with daily flights.

The first passengers arriving on the resumed route with Garuda Indonesia to Amsterdam were greeted with wooden Tulip souvenirs, while the group of dignitaries cut the ribbon and celebrated with Nasi Tumpeng, the celebratory dish consisting of cone shaped yellow rice with number of side dishes such as fried chicken, omelette strips, fried dried anchovies, whole boiled eggs fried in sauce and red chillies cut into flower shapes. Pieter Verboom, CFO Schiphol Group, also handed over a Delft Blue plate customised for the occasion to Emirsyah Satar, CEO Garuda Indonesia, as a memory of the flight.

  • Garuda Indonesia returned to Europe in the last week. The airline, which had been part of a blanket ban by the EU on Indonesian airlines, again serves Amsterdam (AMS) from Jakarta (CGK) as of 1 June. The daily A330-200 flights operate via Dubai (DXB) and offer 222 seats. The airline last served Amsterdam in 2004, then via Singapore.
  • Gazpromavia, the Russian airline owned by the world’s largest natural gas company, on 3 June launched two weekly Yak-42 flights between its Moscow Vnukovo (VNO) hub and Gelendzhik (GDZ), a resort town on the Black Sea, whose newly modernised airport only opened the week before.
Gulf Air’s CEO Samer Majali

Gulf Air’s CEO Samer Majali cut the ribbon for the airline’s first Alexandria flight together with the first passenger, greeting travellers as they boarded the airline’s A320. Passengers were given a pen and a commemorative certificate singed by Mr Majali and the operating captain and first officer, in celebration of this event.

  • Gulf Air launched a thrice-weekly service between Bahrain (BAH) and Alexandria (ALY) on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast on 2 June. This is the airline’s second Egyptian destination, already serving the country capital Cairo. The Alexandria route, which will be operated with A320s, faces competition from Bahrain Air’s five weekly flights.
  • Hawaiian Airlines launched a daily 767-300 flight from Kahului (OGG) to Oakland, CA (OAK) on 5 June. The service is the airline’s second to Oakland, which it also serves from Honolulu, and competes with Alaska Airlines’ four weekly flights.

Passengers arriving to Winnipeg were welcomed by the Winnipeg choir Solskrikjan that sang Icelandic folk songs and passengers were treated beautifully crafted biscuits representing the new link between Iceland and Canada – the puffin and maple leaf.

Iceland Express was welcomed to Winnipeg by Winnipeg Airports Authority Firefighters.

Also in Rotterdam, the airport was delighted to welcome Iceland Express and its crew. The Icelandic low-cost carrier will serve the Dutch airport once a week this summer.

  • Iceland Express, the Icelandic low-cost carrier, made a great expansion in the last week, launching six new routes. The airline, which is analysed in this week’s issue of, began flights to both European and now also North American destinations from its Reykjavik (KEF) base.
Date Destination WF* A/c Competition (WF*)
04-Jun-10 Gdansk (GDN) 1 B73G
05-Jun-10 Milan Bergamo (BGY) 1 B73G MXP: Icelandair (1)
01-Jun-10 Newark, NJ (EWR) 4 B73G JFK: Icelandair (10)
01-Jun-10 Oslo (OSL) 2 B73G SAS (12), Icelandair (10)
03-Jun-10 Rotterdam (RTM) 1 B73G
02-Jun-10 Winnipeg (YWG) 2 B73G
*WF: Weekly Frequencies

Icelandair’s new route to Brussels was celebrated with a gigantic chocolate cake. Indeed, there were both many passengers and dignitaries to feed and the opportunity was also taken to have some shots of Icelandic “brennivin”; schnapps. Brussels Airport’s CEO, Arnaud Feist, and Icelandair’s CEO, Birkir Holm Gudnason, cut the ribbon. The Icelandic Minister of Tourism, Katrin Juliosdottir, handed over a jar of volcanic ash to Arnaud Feist. In the background, the Belgian Minister for Transport, a delighted Etienne Schouppe, is seen admiring his own jar of ash. Other dignitaries present included the Icelandic ambassador to the EU and Belgium, the Icelandic ambassador to NATO, representatives of the Chamber of Commerce, as well as of the Iceland Tourist Board.

  • Icelandair launched a twice-weekly service between Reykjavik (KEF) and Brussels (BRU) on 4 June, responding to both Belgian and Icelandic tourist demands, transfer traffic flows between Brussels and North America, as well as increased political links and business traffic due to Iceland’s recent application to join the EU. The route will operate seasonally until 13 September.
  • Kenya Airways launched a new service between Nairobi (NBO) and Juba (JUB) in southern Sudan on 7 June. The daily E-170 route complements the airline’s Khartoum services and faces competition from an entire four other airlines. Jetlink Express serves the route with twice-daily flights, followed by daily services on East African Safari Air. Marsland Aviation and African Express Airways operate each twice-weekly.
  • Kuban Airlines, the Russian airline based in Krasnodar, on the Kuban River, in the south of the country, launched a new German route in the last week with its 124-seat 737-300s. From Sochi (AER), the resort city on the Black Sea coast, twice-weekly services to Hannover (HAJ) were launched on 2 June. The flights will operate seasonally until 10 September.
  • nasair, the Saudi Arabian low-cost carrier, launched three new routes on 1 June. It now serves Sharm El-Sheikh (SSH) in Egypt from both Riyadh (RUH) and Jeddah (JED). Each route operates twice a week with 110-seat E-190 aircraft and competes with Saudi Arabian Airlines’ twice-weekly flights on each of the routes. From Riyadh, three weekly flights were also launched to Kochi (COK) in Kerala, southwest India. The route, which is operated with A320s, also faces competition from Saudi Arabian Airlines’ twice-weekly flights.
  • Expanding Oman Air launched four weekly services between Muscat (MCT) and Dar Es Salaam (DAR) on 1 June. The 737-800 service is a relaunch of Oman Air’s own flights on the route that were operated between 2004 and 2006.
  • The Russian airline Orenair launched a weekly service between Chelyabinsk (CEK) in the southern Urals and the German city of Düsseldorf (DUS) on 6 June. The service will operate seasonally until 12 September with 737-500 aircraft.
  • Pegasus Airlines began flying between Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) and Billund (BLL) in continental Denmark on 3 June. The service will operate twice a week with 737-800s.

Syed Shakeel Shan, representative of the Pakistani consulate in Barcelona, cut the ribbon for PIA’s new route to the Catalonian city. Director General of Ports, Airports and Coasts of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Oriol Balaguer; head of the Office of the Director of the Barcelona Airport, Gloria Rodriguez; Director General PIA Spain, Liquat Ali Mir; and PIA’s station manager, Ehtesham Atique Khan.

  • PIA Pakistan International Airlines launched two weekly flights from Barcelona (BCN) to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) on 2 June. The Wednesday flights originate in Lahore, while the Saturday flights depart Karachi. All flights are operated with 777-200s. This is the airline’s second destination in the US, already serving New York JFK.

Marimar del Mar Laveda, Qatar Airways’ country manager Spain and Portugal; Paul Johannes, Qatar Airways’ VP Commercial Europe; and Fernando Echegaray, Barcelona airport director cut the ribbon before being joined by Fahad Al-Mana of the Qatari Embassy in cutting the delicious-looking cake.

  • Qatar Airways launched a daily A319 service between its Doha (DOH) hub and Barcelona (BCN) on 7 June. The airline already serves Madrid, making the Barcelona route its second Spanish destination. Notably, Qatar Airways is the only of the MEB3 airlines to serve Spain, although Emirates will commence services to Madrid in August.

Ahmed Al Haddabi, SVP Airport Operations Abu Dhabi Airports Company, gives a welcome gift to Captain Ziad Hanandeh, President and CEO of Royal Falcon Airlines of Jordan.

Royal Jordanian

After a seven-year hiatus, the capitals of Jordan and Malaysia are again connected. Royal Jordanian now operates three times a week via Bangkok.

  • The Jordanian airline Royal Falcon Airlines began operating two weekly flights between Amman’s Marka Airport (ADJ) and Abu Dhabi (AUH) on 1 June. This is the airline’s second destination in the UAE, having launched flights to Sharjah in March this year. The Tuesday and Saturday flights are operated with the airline’s B737-400 aircraft. Ahmad Al Haddabi, Abu Dhabi’s SVP Airport Operations, said: “It is with great pleasure that we welcome Royal Falcon Airlines’ inaugural flight to the city of Abu Dhabi. Royal Falcon Airlines marks a welcome addition to the increasing number of airlines that choose Abu Dhabi International Airport as a new destination in their network. The new service will be offering more travelling options to passengers flying from and to Jordan.”
  • Royal Jordanian Airlines launched a thrice-weekly service between Amman (AMM) and Kuala Lumpur (KUL) on 2 June. The flights will operate via Bangkok (BKK) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays using 283-seat A330-200s. The Malaysian and Jordanian capitals were last connected by the airline in 2003.

Ryanair at Cork

Cork stood for the major part of Ryanair's new route launches this week. The first was to Lanzarote, here seen celebrated by Aoife Horgan, Cork Airport Marketing, who saw off Captain Tim Wortley, along with First Officer Pablio Rial and cabin crew members Andrew McGeachy, Mary Flynn and Anna Fabbri.

  • Ryanair launched nine new routes in the last week. Seven depart Cork (ORK), while two are to Zadar (ZAD). Notably, Cork gets a service to the new ‘billi’ low-cost terminal in Bordeaux (BOD).
Date Origin Destination WF*
01-Jun-10 Bari (BRI) Zadar (ZAD) 2
02-Jun-10 Bremen (BRE) Zadar (ZAD) 2
01-Jun-10 Cork (ORK) Alicante (ALC) 3
02-Jun-10 Cork (ORK) Bordeaux (BOD) 3
01-Jun-10 Cork (ORK) Faro (FAO) 3
01-Jun-10 Cork (ORK) La Rochelle (LRH) 3
05-Jun-10 Cork (ORK) Lanzarote (ACE) 1
02-Jun-10 Cork (ORK) Malaga (AGP) 4
02-Jun-10 Cork (ORK) Reus (REU) 3
*WF: Weekly Frequencies
  • SAS Scandinavian Airlines launched a domestic service between Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) and Visby (VBY) on island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, a popular summer destination. The daily service, which launched on 6 June, will operate seasonally until 5 September with 737-600 aircraft. Competition comes from Skyways’ 23 flights a week and indirectly on Skyways and Gotlandsflyg from both Stockholm Bromma and Stockholm Skavsta airports.
  • SmartWings, the Czech low-cost carrier, launched two Italian routes out of its Prague (PRG) base. On 28 May, it began flying to Catania (CTA) in Sicily three times a week, followed by a weekly service to Olbia (OLB) on 5 June. The airline operates 131-seat 737-500s.

The first passengers got the honour of cutting the ribbon for Sun Country Airlines’ first flight between Austin and Cancun.

  • Sun Country Airlines, the American low-cost carrier, launched a twice-weekly service between Austin, TX (AUS) and the Mexican resort of Cancun (CUN) on 2 June. Flights will operate seasonally until 7 August on Wednesdays and Saturdays with 737-800 aircraft. “Sun Country is excited to expand our offerings in Texas and begin service from Austin to Cancun. With the addition of this new market, customers in Austin and surrounding areas will now enjoy low fares and the award-winning customer service we are known for,” said Stan Gadek, president and CEO of Sun Country Airlines.
  • Swiss International Air Lines launched six weekly flights between Zurich (ZRH) and San Francisco (SFO) on 2 June, using A340-300s. The flights, operating daily except Tuesdays, are to the second Californian destination for Swiss, which already flies daily to Los Angeles. The Zurich-San Francisco route was last operated by Swissair until October 2001, i.e. shortly after 9/11.

TAP Portugal’s new route between Lisbon and Marrakech was celebrated with a full belly dancing display in the presence of a snake charmer (no snake is, however, to be seen). Moroccan tea was also on offer for passengers and passers-by at Lisbon airport. For those keen to see more, there is a YouTube video from the event to watch.

  • TAP Portugal has continued its African expansion strategy. On 1 June, the Star Alliance member launched flights from Lisbon (LIS) to Algiers (ALG) and Marrakech (RAK). Each of the routes will be served three times weekly with 45-seat ERJ-145s operated by Portugália. The Algerian capital is served on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, while Marrakech gets its connections with the capital of Portugal on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The African market is the only one where TAP has consistently grown since 2001.
  • Thai Airways took the opportunity to relaunch flights to South Africa as the FIFA World Cup is about to takes place in the country. The route used to be operated until as recently as January 2009. On 2 June, the airline again began operating four weekly 777-200ER services between Bangkok (BKK) and Johannesburg (JNB), where its Star Alliance partner South African Airways provides connectivity. The 292-seat aircraft will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Transaero, Russia’s second-largest carrier that recently met with, for the first time began serving the Chinese capital Beijing (PEK). The two weekly flights from the airline’s Moscow Domodedovo (DME) hub complement the airline’s existing flights to Sanya on the holiday island of Hainan. Competition on the Beijing route is indirect, with three airlines serving Moscow Sheremetyevo. Air China and Aeroflot flies daily, while Hainan Airlines operates three times a week.
  • began serving Reykjavik (KEF) with a weekly service from Paris Orly (ORY) on 7 June. Competition comes from two airlines serving Paris CDG; Icelandair flies 10 times weekly and Iceland Express twice a week.
  • Ukraine International launched two routes in the last week. Internationally, it connects Donetsk (DOK) with Dubrovnik (DBV) on the Croatian coast with a weekly 737-500 service as of 5 June. The flights will operate seasonally until 18 September. On 2 June, the airline also launched a domestic route from Donetsk. It now serves Lviv (LWO), the historical city in the west of the country, with two weekly frequencies.
  • Ural Airlines was the next Russian carrier to serve Gelendzhik (GDZ) on the Black Sea coast. Its three weekly A320 services from Moscow Domodedovo (DME) add to a range of airlines launching flights to the newly renovated airport.

Cutting the ribbon for US Airways’ new flight to Halifax is Darrell Dexter, Premier of Nova Scotia. He is joined by Anton K. Smith, U.S. Consul General; Michael Schmeltzer, MD Passenger Sales US Airways; Stephen Raeder, MD Customer Service US Airways; and Tom Ruth, Halifax International Airport Authority President & CEO.

Passengers were treated with Mexican snacks and refreshments

Passengers were treated with Mexican snacks and refreshments in Charlotte’s D Concourse before taking off on US Airways’ new Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos services.

  • US Airways launched four new routes in the last week. From Philadelphia (PHL), daily 757-200 flights to Anchorage (ANC) began on 1 June. Notably, these are the first non-stop Alaskan flights from the US east coast. The service will operate seasonally until 7 September. The same day also saw the launch of 21 weekly services to Halifax (YHZ) in Canada. The 50-seat CRJ200LRs are operated by Air Wisconsin and are the first flights for US Airways into the Nova Scotia airport. “This new service to Philadelphia, three times a day, will provide both business and leisure travellers with more options, more choice, and direct access to another key U.S. market and major airline hub,” said Jerry Staples, HIAA VP Marketing & Business Development. “We have been working with US Airways on this route development for some time and are delighted to see it become a reality.” From US Airways’ Charlotte (CLT) hub, two Mexican routes were launched on 5 June. Puerto Vallarta (PVR) is served five times weekly and San José del Cabo (SJD) four times a week. Both are operated with 124-seat A319s.
  • UTair was one of many Russian airlines to launch services to Gelendzhik (GDZ) in the last week. The airline launched daily TU-134 flights from its Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) base on 1 June.

The first ever service between Uzbekistan and Spain was welcomed to Madrid. Cutting the ribbon are Jahangir Mirzabekov, Uzbekistan Airways' representative in Spain; Santiago Chamorro, the Spanish Ambassador to Central Asia; and Baxtier Irmatov, Uzbekistan's Ambassador to Spain, while José Sanz, Deputy Director of Madrid Barajas Airport, spoke to the gathered dignitaries.

  • Uzbekistan Airways launched two weekly flights between Tashkent (TAS) and Madrid (MAD) on 4 June. The two weekly A310-300 flights alternate between operating Tashkent-Geneva-Madrid-Tashkent and Tashkent-Madrid-Geneva-Tashkent. Notably, these are the first scheduled flights between Uzbekistan and Spain ever.
  • Wataniya Airways launched four weekly flights between Kuwait (KWI) and Alexandria’s Borg El Arab Airport (HBE) on 1 June. The A320 operator faces competition from newly launched Air Arabia Egypt’s also four weekly flights (see above) as well as Jazeera Airways’ 10 flights a week. Wataniya then launched its first European service the following day. The airline now flies three times a week, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, to Vienna (VIE).

As WestJet began serving Samaná in the Dominican Republic, Patricia Gauthier from WestJet hands over an aircraft model to Enrique Pacheco, MD Aerodom (Airport Authority).

  • WestJet launched flights to a new destination on 5 June. It now serves Samaná (AZS) in the Dominican Republic with one weekly flight from Toronto (YYZ). Flights compete with Air Canada’s weekly service.

Route launches from previous week

  • Flybe also launched a weekly service between Durham Tees Valley Airport (MME) and Jersey (JER) on 29 May. The route was operated by flyglobespan during the summer season of 2008.

Pictures from previous weeks’ route launches

For the launch of Ryanair’s service between Krakow and Malta, all departing passengers were welcomed with champagne, juices and special cakes made with a unique Maltese recipe.

We now have pictures from Oman Air’s Lahore and Islamabad launches from six weeks ago. We hope to get this week’s Dar Es Salaam pictures in due course as well.


We now have photo coverage from airberlin’s service between Munich and Constanta on the Romanian Black Sea coast. The service launched on 18 May.

bmibaby’s mascot Tiny travelled down to Cornwall to have a look if it is any good for the people in the East Midlands Airport catchment area. We reckon from the pictures that it gets Tiny’s approval.

Other recent cake celebrations

Continental Airlines

Continental Airlines has flown to Belfast International for five years, a great reason for celebrating with a cake. Since the route was launched, 500,000 passengers have flown on the services. Cutting the cake is Jim Summerford, Continental Airlines’ VP EMEA, flanked by local MP William McCrea and John Doran, MD Belfast International Airport.


  1. Vanni Gibertini says:

    Are you sure the DTW-HNL is operated with a 757? It’s almost a 10-hour flight, it looks awfully long for a 757.

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