Emirates Dubai to Porto
Emirates SVP Commercial Operations Europe, Russian Federation and Latin America, Thierry Aucoc exchanged gifts with José Luís Arnaut, Chairman ANA Aeroportos de Portugal. Emirates currently serves the route using a 266-seat Boeing 777-200LR aircraft in a two-class configuration.
- Emirates on 02 July commenced four times weekly operations between Dubai (DXB) and Porto (OPO). According to OAG Schedules Analyser, the 6,069-kilometre route is expected to operate year-round, with no other carriers currently serving the pairing. Speaking at the launch was José Luís Arnaut, Chairman ANA Aeroportos de Portugal: “Emirates’ investment in this route is the result of joint efforts between the airline and ANA, as well as tourism and Northern Region stakeholder teams. We are therefore excited by this new service, as it shows the region’s development and attractiveness as both a business and leisure destination”.
Pobeda Riga to Moscow Vnukovo
The crew of the inaugural Riga – Moscow Vnukovo service celebrate as Pobeda launch 12 additional routes in their S19 flying programme compared to 2018’s. Also pictured is Riga Airport’s striking Cake of the Week winner.
- Pobeda on 05 July commenced twice weekly operations between Riga (RIX) and Moscow Vnukovo (VKO). The Aeroflot-owned low cost carrier will utilise its 189-seat Boeing 737-800 fleet on the 832-kilometre route between the two capitals, which is also served twice daily by rival UTair. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, the route will be operated seasonally by Pobeda until 25 October.
The rest of this week’s new routes (A – Z by airline)
Cutting the ribbon on Copa Airlines’ inaugural service to Paramaribo are (left to right): Timothy Mendonca, Acting CEO Airport Management Ltd; Bernardo Ordas, Copa Airlines Regional Sales Manager Central America and the Caribbean; Ranu Mathura, President of the Board of Directors of Airport Management Ltd; Vijay Chotkan, Minister of Public Works, Transport & Communication and Stephen Tsang, Minister of Trade, Industry & Tourism.
- Copa Airlines on 06 July commenced year-round operations between its hub in Panama City (PTY) and Paramaribo J.A. Pengel International (PBM). The 2,697-kilometre route will be operated twice weekly by the carrier’s 124-seat Boeing 737-700 fleet, with no other operator currently serving the city pair. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, the carrier serves a total of 79 international destinations in S19, three more than in S18 – this despite the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft forcing Copa and other operators worldwide to use existing 737NG aircraft to make up the shortfall.
Ethiopian Airlines crew celebrate the launch of flights from Addis Ababa to Marseille. According to OAG Mapper and the airline, Marseille is one of 16 European cities being served by Ethiopian in summer 2019, and the carrier’s 121st international destination.
- Ethiopian Airlines on 03 July launched thrice weekly services from the Star Alliance carrier’s hub in Addis Ababa (ADD) to Marseille Provence (MRS) via Milan Malpensa. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, Ethiopian is the sole carrier operating on the 5,018-kilometre route, served by its Boeing 787 fleet featuring the airline’s economy and “Cloud Nine” business class products. The route comes as the carrier previously extended its offering between Addis Ababa and Milan on 15 June with an additional three weekly flights.
Alice Biondi, Commercial and Marketing, Aviation at SAVE Group and the Pegasus crew cut the ribbon on the carrier’s inaugural service between Venice Marco Polo and Istanbul Sabhia Gocken.
- Pegasus on 05 July commenced year-round flights between Venice Marco Polo (VCE) and the carrier’s hub in Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW). The 1,461-kilometre route, which was previously unserved, is to be operated four times weekly by the carrier’s Boeing 737-800 fleet. According to OAG Mapper, Venice becomes the fourth Italian destination served by Pegasus in S19 from the Turkish capital, with existing destinations including Bologna, Milan Bergamo and Rome Fiumicino.