New airline routes launched (17 October 2017 – 23 October 2017)

Hainan Airlines’ Chongqing to New York JFK 

Hainan Airlines New York JFK

Seen speaking at the launch in Chongqing before Hainan Airlines’ inaugural departure to New York JFK is Hainan Airlines President Sun Jianfeng. The carrier will serve the 12,186-kilometre sector twice-weekly, with flights operating on Wednesdays and Fridays until 30 October using 787-8s. From this date services will then be flown on Mondays and Fridays from the Chinese city, with the aircraft being upgraded to the carrier’s 787-9s when referring to OAG schedules.

  • Hainan Airlines launched flights to its ninth North American destination on 20 October, the day it inaugurated a 12,186-kilometre link between Chongqing (CKG) and New York JFK (JFK). The carrier will also connect Chengdu to the New York airport, with flights on the latter route scheduled to begin on 26 October. “We’re excited to be offering the only non-stop flights between the US East Coast and the major cities of Chengdu and Chongqing,” commented Hainan Airlines President Sun Jianfeng. “These new services represent the airline’s 13th and 14th non-stop transpacific routes, following our West Coast launch earlier in the year. The opening of the routes is expected to significantly enhance exchanges and collaborations concerning culture, the economy, and politics between the two countries and to further improve both Chengdu and Chongqing’s status as key global economic centres.” As stated by Jianfeng, these routes mean that Hainan Airlines now offers 14 non-stop city pairs between China and North America. The link from Chongqing to JFK will be operated by Hainan Airlines twice-weekly, with services initially being offered on Wednesdays and Fridays, flown by the Chinese carrier’s 787-8s. From 30 October, the Wednesday rotation will be moved to Mondays, with the aircraft type switching to the larger 787-9 when analysing OAG schedules. With the welcome addition of Chongqing, and soon Chengdu, to JFK’s departure boards, it now means that the US airport is connected to six destinations non-stop in China, with Beijing (Air China), Shanghai Pudong (China Eastern Airlines), Guangzhou (China Southern Airlines) and Fuzhou (Xiamen Airlines) already being served. Interestingly no US carrier currently offers flights to China from JFK, however United Airlines links New York Newark to both Beijing and Pudong, with Air China also linking Newark to Beijing. In total there will be 49 weekly flights between both New York airports and China this winter. See how New York JFK Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

China Eastern Airlines’ Shanghai Pudong to Cebu

China Eastern Airlines’ GM (Philippines) Chen Li Wei, Manila Station Manager Zeng Hua Liang and Senior Airline Representative Kenneth Lee celebrated the inaugural service from Shanghai Pudong to Cebu on 18 October with flight crew. Chen Li Wei, and Zeng Hua Liang were joined for a ribbon cutting by Aines Librodo, GMCAC Head of Airline Marketing, while the event was graced by a route launch cake.

  • China Eastern Airlines commenced daily services from Shanghai Pudong (PVG) to Cebu (CEB) on 18 October. OAG schedules show that flights on the 2,325-kilometre sector will be operated by the Chinese carrier’s A320s until 27 October. There then follows a break in China Eastern service until 18 January 2018, when daily frequencies resume. There is currently no direct competition on this route, although OAG schedules data suggest Juneyao Airlines will start serving the airport pair three times weekly from 31 October. China Eastern already serves Manila and Clark in the Philippines from Pudong. See how Cebu Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

The rest of this week’s new routes (A – Z by airline)

Ernest Lviv

Seen giving their thumbs-up approval, while also posing with cake, to Ernest’s new link between Milan Bergamo and Lviv are: Andriy Moskalenko, Deputy Mayor for Development, Lviv City Council; Tetyana Romanovska, Director, Lviv Airport; Chady El Tannir, Business Development Director, Ernest; and Ilza Xhelo, Commercial Director, Ernest.

  • Ernest commenced flights between Milan Bergamo (BGY) and Lviv (LWO) on 20 October, meaning that Ukraine has now become the airline’s third country market after Italy and Albania. The 1,162-kilometre link between the Italian and Ukrainian city will be flown by the carrier twice-weekly (Fridays and Sundays) on its sole A320. The carrier also has an A319 in its fleet, while a further two A320s are expected to join the other two aircraft soon. No other airline competes directly on this new airport pair, and no carriers link Lviv to either Milan Malpensa or Linate airports when analysing OAG schedules. Ernest will continue to expand its operations to Ukraine, with a second route from Bergamo to Kiev Zhuliany starting 9 December, with the Ukrainian capital also expected to gain connections to Naples and Venice Marco Polo. Lviv will also see direct flights to the latter two destinations when referring to Ernest’s booking engine. See how Lviv Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

Germania is basing another aircraft at Berlin Schönefeld this winter, meaning the start of new services to Sharm El Sheikh, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria, as well as increased capacity to Hurghada. The first flight left the Berlin airport for Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt with 201 passengers on board on 20 October.

  • Germania has based a second aircraft at Berlin Schönefeld (SXF), and is using the fresh capacity to re-start weekly services (Fridays) to Sharm El Sheikh (SSH) which launched on 20 October, thereby reviving a route between the German capital and the Red Sea resort that has not been available for four-and-a-half years. The following day the carrier also began services to Fuerteventura (FUE), a route that will operate on a twice-weekly basis (Tuesdays and Saturdays). Unlike the Egyptian sector, the Spanish city pair will see direct competition from Ryanair (twice-weekly) and Condor (weekly). Both routes will be flown by the carrier’s 737-700 fleet. Additional new features in Germania’s winter flight schedule from Schönefeld include increased capacity to Hurghada and a new route to Gran Canaria which launches next week. The airline is committed to a policy for growth at this base, as well as Berlin Tegel. “Germania will achieve 400% growth in Berlin,” commented Clauspeter Schwarz, Germania’s COO. “This is our response to market changes and a greater presence in the capital.” Additionally Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, CEO of Berlin Brandenburg said: “We are very pleased with the increased commitment of Germania to Berlin. The wider range of flight offerings, the development of its bases at our two locations, as well as the maintenance operations at Schönefeld make the airline a key partner for us.”

On 19 October, Pobeda flight DP 815, a new airline for Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, arrived at the German airport with 180 passengers aboard. Taking part in the extensive ribbon cutting ceremony among other VIPs and Pobeda representatives were: Manfred Jung, MD Baden-Airpark; Dr. Frank Mentrup, Lord Mayor of Karlsruhe; and Margret Mergen, Lady Mayor of Baden-Baden. All were accompanied by the “Black Forest girls”.

  • Pobeda, the wholly-owned LCC subsidiary of Aeroflot, is now flying to its third German airport –Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (FKB). The 189-seat, 737-800-operated service joins the airline’s existing routes to Cologne Bonn and Memmingen. The three times weekly service from Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) started on 19 October and will also allow passengers connecting flights to Sochi, the sister city of Baden-Baden. There is no direct competition on the 2,117-kilometre sector. See how Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

Sunrise Airways Orlando

Orlando Airport produced a cake to welcome the arrival of Sunrise Airways’ inaugural service from Port-au-Prince on 18 October. Seen conducting the cutting of the cake are: Philippe Bayard, CEO of Sunrise Airways; Jessy Menos, Minister of Tourism for Haiti; and Pierre Max Charles, Consul of Haiti in Orlando, with the three being watched over by Vicki Jaramillo, Senior Director Marketing and Air Service Development, Orlando Airport.

  • Sunrise Airways, which was founded in 2010, commenced flights between Port-au-Prince (PAP) and Orlando (MCO) on 18 October, with the 1,429-kilometre connection becoming the sole link between Haiti and the Floridian airport, and also the carrier’s first destination in the US. The airport pair will be served by Sunrise Airways four times weekly on the airline’s only 737-800 configured with 168 seats, which it acquired through a wet lease agreement with Travel Service according to the Haiti-based carrier. The airline plans to also utilise the aircraft on its new service from Port-au-Prince to Miami which is expected to launch on 14 November. Along with the 737-800, Sunrise Airways also has one A320, one Jetstream 31 and two Jetstream 32s. See how Orlando Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

Thai Lion Air Taipei

Thai Lion Air’s inaugural service from Bangkok Don Mueang to Taipei Taoyuan was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the latter airport on 20 October. The 2,485-kilometre route will be served by a mixture of the airline’s 737-800s and 737-900s. NokScoot Airlines and Tigerair Taiwan already serve the airport pair with daily flights.

  • Thai Lion Air began operations between Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK) and Taipei Taoyuan on 20 October. The 2,485-kilometre sector will be flown by the carrier daily on a mixture of its 737-800s and 737-900s. The Thai-based LCC faces direct competition on the airport pair from NokScoot and Tigerair Taiwan, with both already serving the connection daily. OAG schedules confirm that the Don Mueang link is Thai Lion Air’s only service to Taipei Taoyuan Airport. See how Taipei Taoyuan Airport’s FTWA compares to other from around the world


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