These are the new destination and routes that have been announced and/or commenced this week, running through March 31, 2017. Useful links also included.
- The Times of India are breaking with a story that Air India are to operate a new 3x weekly non-stop flight between New Delhi (DEL) and Washington DC Dulles International Airport (IAD) following the successful launch of their non-stop services to San Francisco (SFO) and New York (JFK). Flights will begin in June 2017 and will be operated by the airline’s 777 aircraft. This is the first time the two capitals will be connected non-stop.
- Singapore Airlines (SQ) are adding additional flights to Christchurch, New Zealand (CHC) making their service to the city double daily between November 2017 and February 2018. The airline has operated to Christchurch for 30 years and will add more than 8,000 seats per week to the route.
- Thai Airways (TG) have started their new Phuket (HKT) to Beijing (PEK) non-stop services, operating 4x weekly on the airline’s 787 aircraft configured with 264 seats in Business and Economy Classes.
- Thai Smile Airways, the low cost subsidiary of Thai Airways, has commenced daily services to Kota Kinabalu (BKI), the capital of the Malaysian province of Sabah. Flights are operated daily from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) under a Thai Airways code on an A320 aircraft.
- Asiana (OZ) announces their A350-900 schedule for the summer and includes destinations such as San Francisco (SFO), Beijing (PEK), Hong Kong (HKG), Osaka Kansai (KIX), Manila (MNL), Singapore (SIN) and Shanghai Pudong (PVG) amongst others.
- USA Today is reporting that Delta Airlines (DL) is planning on new nonstop service to Rio De Janeiro (GIG) in Brazil from the airline’s New York JFK hub. Long seen as a gaping hole in DL’s network, the flight will be daily on the 767-300ER. Flights are slated to begin on December 21, 2017.
- Delta has announced changes to their IATA 2017 winter schedule, with a new seasonal JFK-Honolulu (HNL) service introduced with a 767 aircraft.
- China Eastern Airlines has announced a new route connecting their massive Shanghai Pudong (PVG) hub with Houston’s George Bush Interncontinental Airport (IAH). A definite start time has not been announced, but Aviation Week are reporting a June or July launch.
- Vietnam Airlines (VN) commences A350-900 services to Tokyo Haneda (HND). Flights are to be daily and Tokyo will be the 5th destination of a VN A350 after Paris, Seoul, Shanghai and Osaka.
- British Airways (BA) has commenced their new flight to New Orleans (MSY) from London Heathrow (LHR) on March 27. The Advocate New Orleans covered the event well and the airline has already announced they are increasing services to 5 weekly.
- American Airlines (AA) regional subsidiary Envoy will begin services between North Carolina and South Dakota as the states are connected directly for the first time – the 3 hour plus flight will be operated on the 79 seater CRJ-700.
- S7 Airlines has commenced services to Vienna (VIE) from Moscow Domodevo (DME), marking the airline’s first foray into Austria. Flights are currently 5x weekly, increasing to daily on May 1 and are operated by an A320.
- Icelandic low cost carrier WOWAir has announced new flights from Keflavik (KEF) to Chicago’s O’hare International Airport (ORD). The airline intends to begin operations on July 13, 2017 with A330 aircraft, FlightGlobal reports.
- Asia’s largest low cost carrier Air Asia is to re-start flights direct to London (Gatwick this time, rather than Stansted) from their home hub of Kuala Lumpur. Two 777-300ER aircraft will be leased from EVA Air of Taiwan in a premium heavy configuration. Air Asia X branding and crew will be used for this new service which will operate 9x weekly commencing June 2017, CH Aviation has announced.
- Dubai’s Emirates (EK) is to begin daily flights to the Cambodian capital of Phonom Penh starting July 1, 2017 tacking the service on to their existing flights to Yangon, Myanmar. Flights are operated by their two class 777-300ER.
- Emirates begins new A380 services to 3 different destinations on 3 continents – Casablanca, Tokyo and Sao Paulo become the latest destinations to be served by the airline’s A380, joining the 49 other current destination flown to by the EK A380. All services were upgraded from existing 777-300ER flights.
- The boom that didn’t really come – JetBlue joins other airlines in downgauging new Cuba services in the face of low demand. A320 services from Florida are switched to the smaller E-190 aircraft.
- Garuda’s low cost subsidiary Citilink begins regular services to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from Jakarta via Medan and Ahmedabad in India. 2x weekly flights will be operated with an A320. Despite being wholly owned by Garuda, Citilink passengers cannot earn Skyteam miles on these flights.
- Alaska Airlines (AS) are drastically expanding their presence in San Diego (SAN). New flights to Austin, Omaha, Kansas City, Albuquerque, St. Louis, Minneapolis and Mexico City are planned. The new services will be operated by regional subsidiary Horizon Air with the 76 seat Embraer 175 aircraft.