Take-offs & Landings
Norwegian latest LCC to try its luck basing aircraft in Helsinki; three 737s will operate 13 routes next summer
Helsinki and LCCs. Not, so far, a marriage made in heaven. But Norwegian is getting serious and hopes to succeed where Buzz, clickair, FlyMe, Flying Finn, Sterling, vbird and Volareweb (remember all of them?) failed. What competition will it face on its planned network?
Sooner or later someone had to back down. With up to five carriers competing on some leisure routes from Copenhagen it was inevitable that not all would succeed. Good news for Cimber Sterling and Norwegian as Transavia.com plans to close its Danish base by April.
British Airways adds Tokyo Haneda, Buenos Aires now non-stop; Alitalia and Air France also adding long-haul routes
It seems that Europe’s flag carriers have suddenly (re-)discovered South America but what other new long-haul destinations have they recently announced and who will they be competing with?
Allegiant adds more low-frequency leisure routes to Arizona and Florida; will add 16 seats to all 150-seat MD80s
What do Americans like to do in winter given half a chance? Enjoy some sun and play golf according to Allegiant which has announced seven new routes in just a matter of days. But which cities will benefit from these new routes?
Air India is currently the second biggest non-German carrier at Frankfurt (as measured by seat capacity) but all that will change this winter as it dismantles its scissor hub leaving just a single route. How does it compare with Jet Airways’ similar operation at Brussels?
Leeds/Bradford based Jet2.com has announced Glasgow as its second base in Scotland and eighth overall. How often will it serve each destination, what competition will it face and which is the only route on which it may have a monopoly?
Flybe steps in to replace some Ryanair capacity at Belfast City; re-launches Bristol and Liverpool, adds East Midlands
Flybe is stepping in to start three of the five routes that Ryanair will soon be axing. But two of the routes it has previously flown back in 2006. What is unusual about the new East Midlands service?
Air France doubles international network from Toulouse with addition of two new German routes to Hamburg and Düsseldorf
Air France may be the biggest carrier at Toulouse Blagnac airport but it currently only operates two international routes (both to Italy). From November it will add two German routes. On which one will it face low-cost competition?
Wizz Air’s Belgrade base; Spicejet goes international; Blue1 adds European routes; Frontier expands operations in Omaha
How is Wizz Air scheduling its new Belgrade base? How much competition will Spicejet face on its first international route? Which new aircraft type is Blue1 using for expansion? And how many routes does Frontier already operate from Nebraska’s biggest airport?
Delta ramps up Raleigh-Durham; CSA Czech Airlines prunes Prague and pulls out of UK; Ryanair’s ‘Best’ no longer acceptable; Zagreb announces expansion plans
Delta takes on Southwest from Raleigh-Durham, CSA Czech Airlines abandons UK market, Ryanair says farewell to Belfast and Zagreb looks at providing capacity for future growth.
Russia’s Avianova adds new westernmost market; Turkish Airlines to serve third US destination, while Etihad enters new country market
Although Avianova doesn’t plan to go abroad anytime soon, its newest announced market is embedded among EU member states. But why is there a gap in that very market? Turkish Airlines, whose CEO recently told anna.aero about its aggressive expansion plans, will add five weekly flights to a US destination. But which? And which country market is Etihad entering that Emirates and Qatar Airways already serve?
Our popular Take Offs & Landings feature is back: Two airlines have announced the same route between Alexandria and Abu Dhabi, but which major airline will make Cairo its first African destination? Which UK base is Ryanair not downscaling this winter? And which two European airports suddenly get a lot of attention by easyJet?