Air Moldova’s Chisinau to Brussels route
On 11 October Air Moldova commenced flights to Brussels from its Chisinau base, with this becoming the only link between the capitals of Moldova and Belgium. Posing with the inaugural crew of Air Moldova’s first flight to Brussels are Marcel Moulijn, Air Moldova Supervisor, and Jan Van de Reyd, Aviation Marketing Manager, Brussels Airport.
- Air Moldova commenced flights between Chisinau (KIV) and Brussels (BRU) on 11 October. The 1,828-kilometre Moldova-Belgium capital pairing will be flown by the carrier twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays) on its E190 fleet. The route will face no direct competition. With this latest launch, Air Moldova now serves 20 destinations from Chisinau based on OAG schedules, with it currently having six aircraft in its fleet – one A319, two A320s, one A321 and two E190s.
FlyPelican’s Newcastle to Coffs Harbour
On 17 October, Australian regional airline FlyPelican commenced services from Newcastle to Coffs Harbour. Our man on the ground in Newcastle, the airport’s Executive Manager Commercial and Aviation Business Development Matthew Findlay says that Coffs Harbour is famous for its big banana – hence why one is adorning the cake. Cutting the baked beauty were: FlyPelican CEO, Paul Graham; Newcastle Lord Mayor, Nuatali Nelmes; The Hon Scott Farlow MLC; and Newcastle Airport CEO, Dr Peter Cock.
- FlyPelican, the Australian regional airline, started its fifth route from its biggest base in Newcastle (NTL) on 17 October. Adding to its existing services to Canberra, Sydney, Ballina and Dubbo, it now also flies to Coffs Harbour (CFS) on a five times weekly basis. Operated by its Jetstream fleet, the 300-kilometre sector, will face no direct competition. “The commencement of today’s service shows the desire of this region to be connected not just to the world and other states, but to other cities in NSW. There’s now no need to jump in the car to get to Coffs Harbour. It’s possible to start your trip at Newcastle Airport and arrive in Coffs Harbour within the hour,” said Newcastle Airport CEO, Dr Peter Cock.
The rest of this week’s new routes (A – Z by airline)
- LATAM Airlines, a carrier recently analysed by anna.aero, commenced flights between Santiago (SCL) and Los Angeles (LAX) on 16 October. The 8,980-kilometre sector will be served by the oneworld member thrice-weekly (Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays) on its 787-8s. Flights leave the Chilean capital at 23:05, arriving into the Californian hub at 06:20 the following day. The return flight then departs Los Angeles at 15:15, landing back into Santiago at 06:00 the next morning. The route will face no direct competition. Santiago is the second destination to be linked to Los Angeles by LATAM, with the carrier already serving the US city from Lima with a twice-daily service on a mix of its 767-300s and 787-8s.
Cutting the ribbon at Warsaw Chopin on 17 October, heralding the start of LOT Polish Airlines’ first flight to Seoul Incheon, are: Mariusz Szpikowski, Airport Director, Warsaw Chopin; Radoslaw Milczarski, CEO, LOT Polish Airlines; Witold Waszczykowski, Poland’s Foreign Affairs Minister; and Mikołaj Wild, Undersecretary of State.
- LOT Polish Airlines commenced flights on its latest Asian route on 17 October, a connection between Warsaw Chopin (WAW) and Seoul Incheon (ICN). The 7,723-kilometre link will be flown by the Star Alliance member thrice-weekly (Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays) on its 252-seat 787-8s. For the airline this becomes its third destination in Asia. It already links the Polish capital to Beijing and Tokyo Narita. Along with these destinations, the carrier’s other long-haul routes from the Polish capital include Chicago O’Hare, New York JFK and Toronto Pearson. For 2017, a further two new long-haul routes are planned by LOT from Chopin, with it planning to add flights to Los Angeles on 3 April, while a second offering to New York, in the form of a thrice-weekly service to New York Newark starting 28 April, is also planned. See how Seoul Incheon’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.
- SCAT Airlines of Kazakhstan has begun a weekly (Saturday) service between Almaty (ALA) and Sanya (SYX), the Chinese leisure destination on Hainan Island. The 4,110-kilometre route will be flown by the carrier’s 757-200 fleet and faces no competition. The inaugural flight was on 15 October and marked the airline’s first scheduled service to China and first international route from Almaty. The outbound flight leaves Almaty at 01:00 arriving in Sanya at 09:35. The return journey leaves the Chinese airport at 11:40 getting back to the former Kazakh capital at 16:40. SCAT Airlines’ current fleet comprises 16 aircraft; four 757s, six 737s and six CRJ 100s. The carrier operates some 60 weekly departures per week from both Almaty and Astana and now serves a total of 12 destinations from Almaty, of which 11 are to other points in Kazakhstan.
- Sichuan Airlines has become the sixth Chinese carrier to serve the US. On 17 October the airline began a twice-weekly (Mondays and Thursdays) service from Chengdu (CTU) via Hangzhou (HGH) to Los Angeles (LAX). The carrier will operate A330s on the route. No other carrier operates the 10,577-kilometre route between Hangzhou and Los Angeles. For the Chinese airport, located less than 200 kilometres from Shanghai, it is the second non-stop route to the US as United Airlines already operates thrice-weekly to San Francisco. On the route between Chengdu and Los Angeles, competition comes from China Eastern Airlines which operates thrice-weekly via Nanjing.
- Silver Airways commenced its second route to Cuba from Fort Lauderdale (FLL) on 13 October, a connection to Camaguey (CMW). The 566-kilometre link will be flown by the US carrier five times weekly on its Saab 340 fleet facing no incumbents. Camaguey becomes the second Cuban connection for the airline from Fort Lauderdale, with it having launched flights to Santa Clara on 1 September. The airline plans to open a further seven routes to Cuba from Fort Lauderdale before the end of 2016, namely to Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo, Cienfuegos, Holguin, Manzanillo, Santiago de Cuba and Varadero.