New routes launched during the last week
(Tuesday 8 June – Monday 14 June):

Route of the Week:
China Airlines’ Taipei Songshan to Shanghai Hongqiao

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Taipei’s Mayor Hau Lung-Bin and CAL’s Chairman Philip Wei (centre) and their fellow dignitaries showed a symbolic boarding pass for the inaugural flight on China Airlines between Taipei Songshan and Shanghai Hongqiao.

  • China Airlines was one of three airlines to launch flights between Taipei Songshan (TSA) and Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) on 14 June. The Taiwanese carrier will fly the route six times a week with 737-800 aircraft. The services complement the airline’s existing operations between Taiwan Taoyuan and Shanghai Pudong. Until 14 June, all flights between Taiwan and Shanghai had to serve Pudong.

Cake of the Week:
Air Canada’s Montreal to Brussels

The celebration event for Air Canada’s new route between Montreal and Brussels was celebrated on 14 June, a day after the arrival of the first aircraft. The raspberry cake featured an elk, a Canadian bear as well as the rare white spotted owl and was cut by Gina Verkouter, AC Sales Manager Belux; Philippe Durieux, AC Country Manager; and Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport. Cutting the ribbon were Louis de Lorimier, Canadian Ambassador to Belgium and the EU, and Claude Morin, VP Global Sales of Air Canada. As if the celebrations weren’t grand enough, guests were treated to a generous lobster buffet lunch.

When the first Air Canada aircraft, a Star Alliance-branded unit, arrived, passengers were welcomed with the usual Belgian chocolates. The following day, for the official opening, the airport fire brigade saw the flight off, this time an aircraft in the conventional Air Canada livery.

  • Air Canada on 12 June launched a daily service from Montreal (YUL) to Brussels (BRU), where the airline’s Star Alliance partner Brussels Airlines provides connectivity within Europe and to Africa. The 211-seat 767-300ER service, which is scheduled as a one-stop service from Toronto Pearson, competes with Air Transat’s three weekly flights from Montreal during the summer season, while Jet Airways flies non-stop between Brussels and Toronto. Until now, the two cities were the two largest French-speaking cities in the world without year-round non-stop flights. The service will be operated daily in summer and four times a week in winter. Marcel Forget, Air Canada’s VP Network Planning, commented: “The introduction of the only year-round non-stop service between Montréal and Brussels, headquarters of the European Commission and Parliament, and other international organizations, is great news for customers travelling on business, for leisure as well as freight forwarders.”
Aigle Azur

Aigle Azur evidentally operated an A319 for the inaugural flight from Lille to Tlemcen in Algeria. The aircraft is here seen next to characteristic terminal at the northern French airport.

  • The French airline Aigle Azur began flying between Lille (LIL) in northern France and Tlemcen (TLM) in northwestern Algeria on 14 June. This is the airline’s third route to the Algerian city, which it already serves from Paris Orly and Marseille. The new weekly service will be operated with the airline’s A320s.
  • Air Arabia launched its first Iraqi route on 8 June when two weekly A320 flights to Najaf (NJF) began from the airline’s Sharjah (SHJ) base. Sherif Attia, Air Arabia’s COO Sharjah, commented: “Iraq has great potential as a destination for business and personal travellers, as well as long term growth potential for religious and cultural tourism. Air Arabia’s entry into the country will only boost such prospects.”
  • Air Arabia Maroc launched flights between Casablanca (CMN) and Malaga (AGP) on 14 June. The A320 operator will fly the route – its shortest so far at only 460 kilometres – three times a week. Competition currently comes from Iberia’s four and Ándalus’s three flights a week, but less than a week after the low-cost carrier’s launch, the national carrier Royal Air Maroc will also begin serving the airport pairs with daily flights.

Surrounded by airberlin flight attendants are Thomas Schnalke and Christoph Blume, Düsseldorf International’s MD and CEO; rock legend Peter Maffay; Stefania, Mara and Giorgia from Apassionante; film maker Til Schweiger; Joachim Hunold, CEO airberlin; and Ami Tzubery, Director of the Israeli Tourist Office. Peter Maffay and Apassionante will perform at an airberlin-sponsored concert in Tel Aviv today, while Til Schweiger will make some film clips about airberlin in Israel.

  • airberlin launched two weekly flights from Düsseldorf (DUS) to Tel Aviv (TLV) on 11 June. The A330-200 flights will operate on Tuesdays and Fridays. This is the airline’s fourth route to Israel, with two of the three previous services (from Cologne/Bonn and Munich) launched this year. Competition comes from Sun D’Or’s weekly flights.
  • AirTran launched two Florida routes into Grand Rapids, MI (GRR) on 12 June. Both the flights from Fort Myers, FL (RSW) and Tampa, FL (TPA) are operated twice-weekly, on Saturdays and Sundays only. The 717-operated routes are uncontested, but Allegiant Air serves St Petersburg/Clearwater Airport in the Tampa Bay Area.

Crew and passengers on Alitalia’s first flight to Amman were greeted with flowers and a beautiful cake. Maysoon Neshiewat, Alitalia’s station manager Jordan, and Fabio Campitelli, GM Alitalia Jordan joined the captain of the first flight in cutting the ribbon.

  • Alitalia on 10 June launched four weekly flights between its Rome Fiumicino (FCO) hub and Amman (AMM) in Jordan, the country analysed last week. The A320 services will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, competing with Royal Jordanian’s five weekly flights. Alitalia last operated the route in 1998, when it moved the operation over to Milan Malpensa. As of 2004, the airline has not been serving Amman from either hub.
American Eagle

Augusta Regional Airport welcomed American Eagle with this magnificent cartoon cake.

The nice clouds on this cake caught’s eyes. As Scranton/Wilkes Barre got two daily flights to Chicago O’Hare, the first flight was welcomed with a fire-truck salute. We are informed that advance bookings are very good.

American Eagle arrived to Allentown

When American Eagle arrived to Allentown, the new Chicago service was welcomed with a fire-truck salute. ERJ145s will operate the route 20 times a week in competition with United.

  • American Airlines launched nine new routes in the last week, six of which are operated by its regional subsidiary American Eagle. The airline’s move into the most competitive route, between Los Angeles (LAX) and Reno (RNO), was commented by Nevada Senator Harry Reid: “This is great news for Reno because more flights mean more people who will stay in our hotels, visit Lake Tahoe and take advantage of our top-notch entertainment. It’s also good news for a few of the airline’s employees who will now be put back to work after losing their jobs because of the struggling economy. I appreciate American Airlines for making this investment in northern Nevada.”
Date Origin Destination WF* A/c Competition (WF*)
10-Jun-10 Chicago O’Hare, IL (ORD) Vancouver (YVR) 7 B738 United (35)
10-Jun-10 Chicago O’Hare, IL (ORD) Allentown, PA (ABE) 20 ERJ145 United (28)
10-Jun-10 Chicago O’Hare, IL (ORD) Scranton/Wilkes Barre, PA (AVP) 14 ERJ145 United (14)
12-Jun-10 Chicago O’Hare, IL (ORD) Pensacola, FL (PNS) 2 ERJ145 United (2)
10-Jun-10 Dallas/Ft Worth, TX (DFW) San Salvador (SAL) 5 B738 TACA (4)
10-Jun-10 Dallas/Ft Worth, TX (DFW) Fayetteville, NC (FAY) 14 ERJ140
10-Jun-10 Dallas/Ft Worth, TX (DFW) Augusta, GA (AGS) 14 ERJ145
10-Jun-10 Los Angeles, CA (LAX) Reno, NV (RNO) 21 ERJ140 Alaska (25), United (21), Southwest (20)
12-Jun-10 Miami, FL (MIA) Tulsa, OK (TUL) 2 B738
*WF: Weekly Frequency
  • Cebu Pacific, the airline that was just confirmed to be the Philippines’ largest, launched three weekly flights between Manila (MNL) and Pagadian (PAG) on 9 June. The service, which is operated with A319 aircraft, complements the airline’s Cebu flights, which were launched at the end of April and then were the first services to the airport on the island of Mindanao since 2008.
China Eastern Airline Group, Jun Li

The chief secretary of China Eastern Airline Group, Jun Li, spoke to the gathered press as the airline was one of three airlines to launch flights between Shanghai Hongquiao and Taipei Songshan.

  • China Eastern also launched services between Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) and Taipei Songshan (TSA) on 14 June. Flights operate daily with A321 equipment.
  • Continental Airlines launched two routes in the last week. On 9 June, two weekly services began operating between the airline’s Houston, TX (IAH) hub and Tuxtla Gutierrez (TGZ) in southern Mexico. The flights are operated with 50-seat ERJ-145XR aircraft by the airline’s regional brand Continental Express. Notably, this is the first international service to be operated to the Mexican airport, which becomes Continental’s 30th destination in Mexico. Continental also relaunched a daily service between Portland, OR (PDX) and Anchorage, AK (ANC) on 10 June. The airline last operated the route in 2002. The 737-800 service, which will operate seasonally until 6 September, faces competition from Alaska Airlines’ three daily flights. “We’re pleased to expand our service to Anchorage with another route from the Pacific Northwest,” said Jim Ferea, Continental’s MD scheduling. “The new flights will provide more convenience for our customers and will complement our existing Anchorage service from Seattle and Houston.”
  • Corsairfly, the leisure group TUI’s French airline, launched two weekly flights between Paris Orly (ORY) and Miami (MIA) on 11 June. The services will operate seasonally, with varying aircraft from the airline’s fleet, until 3 September. Although no there is no competing service from Paris Orly, both Air France and American Airlines fly each daily from Paris Charles de Gaulle.
  • Delta Air Lines was the busiest airline launching new routes in the last week. The 12 routes launched are all domestic, and while most are uncontested, two face considerable competition. The four daily flights between Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO), which at first were supposed to be five a day, face United, Southwest, Virgin America and American, all operating with higher frequencies. The New York LaGuardia (LGA) to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) flights, which start with as one daily flight the first day, increases to two the following day and then reaches 11 a day on 14 June, are operated in competition with United’s and American’s high-frequency flights. The Des Moines (DSM) service from Cincinnati (CVG) will be operated until 6 September.
Date Operator Origin Destination WF* A/c Competition
10-Jun-10 Delta Los Angeles, CA (LAX) Columbus, OH (CMH) 7 B738
10-Jun-10 Delta Los Angeles, CA (LAX) Hartford, CT (BDL) 6 B738
10-Jun-10 Delta Los Angeles, CA (LAX) Raleigh-Durham, NC (RDU) 6 A320
10-Jun-10 Delta Los Angeles, CA (LAX) San Francisco, CA (SFO) 28 EQV United (104), Southwest (73), Virgin America (42), American (42)
10-Jun-10 Atlantic Southeast Atlanta, GA (ATL) Greenbrier Valley, WV (LWB) 7 CRJ
10-Jun-10 Mesaba Cincinnati, OH (CVG) Austin, TX (AUS) 7 CRJ900
10-Jun-10 Comair Cincinnati, OH (CVG) Des Moines, IA (DSM) 6 CRJ
11-Jun-10 Compass Minneapolis/St Paul, MN (MSP) Norfolk, VA (ORF) 7 E175
10-Jun-10 Compass Minneapolis/St Paul, MN (MSP) Richmond, VA (RIC) 13 EQV
10-Jun-10 Pinnacle Memphis, TN (MEM) Amarillo, TX (AMA) 21 CRJ200
10-Jun-10 Pinnacle New York LaGuardia, NY (LGA) Greenbrier Valley, WV (LWB) 7 CRJ
12-Jun-10 Shuttle America New York LaGuardia, NY (LGA) Chicago O’Hare, IL (ORD) 70 E175 United (112), American (111)
*WF: Weekly Frequencies
  • easyJet launched three new Mediterranean routes from Liverpool (LPL) in the last week, each operating twice weekly with A319. On 11 June, flights launched to Bodrum (BJV) in Turkey, followed by Rhodes (RHO) in Greece the next day and Malta (MLA) on 13 June. Malta was last served from the airport by Air Malta in 2007.
EVA Air/Uni Air’s inaugural flight between Taipei Songshan and Shanghai Hongqiao

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for EVA Air/Uni Air’s inaugural flight between Taipei Songshan and Shanghai Hongqiao was for one of three airlines to launch flights between the two airports on the same day, the result of political negotiations across the Taiwan strait.

  • Uni Air, the regional subsidiary of Taiwan’s EVA Air, was the third airline to this week launch flights between Taipei Songshan (TSA) and Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) on 14 June. The airline operates the route with six weekly MD90 services.
  • Frontier relaunched daily A319 services between Denver (DEN) and New Orleans (MSY) on 11 June. The route faces competition from United’s thrice-daily flights and Southwest’s two flights a day. This is Frontier’s second route into New Orleans, which it also serves from Kansas City. The route used to be operated in the past, but was suspended 2005, shortly after Hurricane Katrina.
  • Hamburg International began operating weekly flights between Cologne/Bonn (CGN) and Erzurum (ERZ) in eastern Turkey on 14 June. The A319 route is the only international route at the Turkish airport.

Three days before its first flight to Johannesburg, Hellenic Imperial Airways, Official Carrier and Supporter of the Greek National Football Team, flew the team into Durban. Goal keeper Kostas Chalkias and Vasilis Torosidis seem thrilled to be on the 747-200. The whole team joined Talal Abureyal, owner, chairman & CEO of Hellenic Imperial Airways, for a group photo before coach Otto Rehhagel thanked the Jordanian businessman for the flight.

  • Hellenic Imperial Airways, the Greek 747-200 operator that mainly provides charter services, has launched a scheduled route, intending to fill the gap in the Greek long-haul market. On 8 June, the airline began flying three times a week between Athens (ATH) and Johannesburg (JNB), conveniently timed for the FIFA World Cup event in South Africa. From August, the frequency will be reduced to twice weekly. The route was operated for more than a decade by Olympic Airlines until September last year, shortly before the airline was transformed into the new Olympic Air, which operates short-haul only. Next in line for Hellenic Imperial are flights to New York, which are expected to begin this summer.
  • Hong Kong Airlines has begun its network expansion by launching two major routes on 11 June. The airline now offers daily links from Hong Kong (HKG) to both Bangkok (BKK) and Beijing (PEK) with the two A330-200 it just had delivered from Airbus last month. Both routes are highly competitive, with 11 carriers competing on the route to the Thai capital and five airlines, including sister airline Hong Kong Express, operating to the Chinese capital.

Welcoming Icelandair’s new service to Trondheim: Icelandair’s CEO Birkir Holm Gudnason (centre) was greeted with flowers by Merethe Storødegård, Director NHO Trøndelag, the local chapter of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise; Torstein Mørseth from the local chamber of commerce ‘Stjørdal Næringsforum’; Trondheim Airport’s director Lasse Bardal; county mayor Tore Sandvik; and the airport’s Manager Traffic Development, Nina J. Jensen.

  • Icelandair continued the expansion of the Reykjavik (KEF) network on 10 June, when the airline launched services to Trondheim (TRD) in central Norway. Flights will operate twice a week with 757s and are an add-on to services to Bergen, flying Reykjavik-Bergen-Trondheim-Reykjavik. The route, which served Icelandair’s fourth Norwegian destination, will operate seasonally until the end of August. In addition to point-to-point traffic, the airline targets transfer traffic to North America and cruise passengers embarking in Trondheim.
  • launched three weekly flights between Casablanca (CMN) and Venice (VCE) on 14 June. The route, operating with 737-800 aircraft, used to be served by MyAir until its bankruptcy in July last year. Indirect competition comes from Air Arabia Maroc’s three weekly flights to Venice Treviso.
  • The Russian airline S7 launched two new weekly services from its Moscow Domodedovo (DME) hub in the last week, both with A319s. On 11 June, the soon-to-be oneworld member began serving Palma de Mallorca (PMI), which will be operated until 24 September. The following day, flights were launched to Vienna (VIE), with the flight originating in Novosibirsk (OVB), operating via Moscow Domodedovo. Competition on the non-stop international sector comes from Transaero’s and niki’s daily flights and Austrian Airlines’ three daily operations. The seasonal service will operate until 30 October.
  • Silk Air, Singapore Airlines’ regional subsidiary, began serving Chennai (MAA) in India from its Singapore (SIN) hub on 14 June, using A320s. The daily service adds to its parent’s also daily flights, which compete with Air India, Tiger Airways, Air India Express and Jet Airways, all operating at least once a day.

When Sun Country Airlines arrived into London Stansted from Minneapolis, passengers were greeted with this cake which featured a fantastically realistic 3D replica of the Minneapolis landmark Spoon Bridge and Cherry statue and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden backdrop. Cutting the cake is Stan Gadek, president and CEO of Sun Country Airlines.

  • Sun Country Airlines launched a transatlantic service on 11 June. The American low-cost carrier now flies between Minneapolis/St Paul (MSP) and London Stansted (STN) once a week, arriving into London on Saturday mornings and departing again on Sunday at noon. The 162-seat 737-800s, which require refuelling stops in Gander (YQX), will operate seasonally until 15 August. Delta Airlines serves London Heathrow from Minneapolis/St Paul and indirectly competes with its daily flights.
  • Turkish Airlines launched a new African service on 14 June. The airline now flies three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, with 155-seat 737-800s from Istanbul Atatürk (IST) to Dar Es Salaam (DAR) in Tanzania via Entebbe (EBB) in Uganda. Both destinations are new to the airline. The Turkish Ambassador to Tanzania, Sander Gurbuz, noted: “For those who want to proceed to other European destinations, the departure and arrivals have been made very convenient.”
  • United Airlines launched five routes in the last week, all on 9 June. The only international service is from Washington Dulles, DC (IAD) to Quebec City (YQB), which is operated daily branded as United Express with Trans States Airlines’ ERJ-145s. Also from Dulles, a daily service began to Colorado Springs, CO (COS) with SkyWest’s CRJ700s. Two seasonal services also began to Anchorage, AK (ANC). Both San Francisco, CA (SFO) and Denver, CO (DEN) will serve the Alaskan city with daily flights until 30 August. From San Francisco, 757s will be used in competition with Alaska Airlines’ also daily flight, while from Denver A319s will be operated, facing both Alaska Airlines’ daily flights and Frontier’s eight weekly services. Also from Denver, a twice-daily service to Minot, ND (MOT) launched, operated by SkyWest’s CRJ200s. This is United’s only route to the airport, having previously suspended operations there in 1998. The only other carrier at the airport is currently Delta Air Lines.
  • Vueling, the Spanish low-cost carrier, launched a route to Tel Aviv (TLV) from its Barcelona (BCN) base on 14 June. Flights will operate twice a week with the airline’s A320 aircraft. The route, which was dropped by Iberia in March 2009, faces competition from El Al’s six weekly flights, Sun d’Or’s and Arkia Israeli’s each three flights a week and Spanair’s two weekly operations, which launched only in the beginning of May.
  • Wataniya Airways continued its European expansion when it launched services to Rome Fiumicino (FCO) from its Kuwait City (KWI) base on 9 June. The three weekly A320 flights compete with Kuwait Airways’ four flights a week to the Italian capital.
  • The Ukrainian carrier Wind Rose Aviation launched a weekly service from Kiev Borispol (KBP) to Pula (PUY) on the Croatian coast. The flights, which launched on 12 June, will be operated with 118-seat E-195LRs.

Wizz Air’s first flight to Belgrade arrived from Dortmund with 126 passengers and took off again with 140 revenue passengers. The low-cost carrier, which soon also will add London Luton services to the Serbian capital, will operate the German route on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

  • The Central European low-cost carrier Wizz Air launched five routes in the last week with its A320s. The flights between Dortmund (DTM) and Belgrade (BEG) are the airline’s first flights to the Serbian capital. Launched on 12 June, the route will be operated three times a week. The following day, the airline began flying twice a week between Gdansk (GDN) in northern Poland and Tampere (TMP) in Finland, another first destination for Wizz Air. The airline also launched three Romanian routes on 12 June. From Bucharest Baneasa (BBU), it began flying to Pisa (PSA), which in spite of the vast number of routes between Romania and Italy is the first service between the Romanian capital and the Tuscan airport. From Cluj Napoca (CLJ) in Transylvania, two flights a week began to Zaragoza (ZAZ) in northeastern Spain and another two weekly flights to Düsseldorf Weeze (NRN) on the German border to the Netherlands.
  • Yakutia Airlines, the airline based in the Russian Far East, launched an international route between Omsk (OMS) in southwestern Siberia and Hannover (HAJ) in Germany. The four weekly flights will be operated seasonally until 30 August with 757 aircraft and compete with Yamal Airlines’ weekly flight. Yakutia’s only other route to Omsk is from its main base in Yakutsk.

Pictures from other celebrations in the last week

When Delta’s flight from Seattle arrived at Osaka Kansai – last week’s Route of the Week – even more grand celebrations were held. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held by the captain on the first flight; Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau’s CEO Tom Norwalk; Osaka Vice Governor Shinsaku Kimura; Kansai International Airport Corp President Shin’ichi Fukushima; Ministry of Transport, Osaka Aviation Bureau Chief Hiroaki Tomita; and Delta MD Sales and Affairs Asia Pacific Jeff Bernier. After drinking from the sake barrel with business executives and government officials from the local area, Bernier was presented with an autographed baseball from the Seattle Mariners star Ichiro Suzuki.

CAPTION: When Ryanair based another aircraft in Porto, the airport celebrated with a cake. The airline now has four aircraft based at the northern Portuguese airport. Here seen celebrating are Fernando Vieira, Porto Airport Director; Daniel Carvalho, Ryanair European Press Office Manager; Joana Henriques, Ryanair Portugal Marketing Executive; Álvaro Leite, Marketing Aviation Manager Porto Airport; and Luis Fernandez, Ryanair Spain and Portugal Marketing Manager.

Bratislava Airport officially opened its brand new, airy and shiny terminal on 9 June.

At Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, a 72 square metre TV has been put up to show the FIFA World Cup from South Africa to all football fans outside the airport entrance.

Both the Serbian and South Korean football teams transferred at Munich Airport on their way to South Africa. The Serbian players are here seen welcomed with Gingerbread Hearts for luck by the airport, while the South Korean players joined together for a group picture, showing off their new good luck charms.

Glasgow Prestwick’s first charter flight for the season

Glasgow Prestwick’s first charter flight for the season, to Dalaman in Turkey, took off on 8 June. Ainsley Fortune, three-year-old Jayden and Gran Shona were the first passengers.


  1. Mohamed maideen says:

    Excellent presentation.Very informative and up to date.Good job by the team.

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