The Air France-KLM group announced this week their plans for a new, low-cost carrier. The new carrier, currently referred to as the Boost project, will launch using 5 Airbus A320s in the last quarter of 2017.
Air France is currently waiting on an agreement to be signed with their pilots, but has been positive towards the project and release more plans recently.
In March 2018, Qantas will be dropping Melbourne-London via Dubai when the airline introduces Melbourne-Perth-London. The change was announced now that tickets for the new Perth-London route have been put out for sale.
Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet announced today that the airline has ordered up to 20 new Dreamliners. The airline became a widebody operator 3 years ago when the airline added 4 Boeing 767s to the fleet, sourced from Qantas. These have been used to open up new routes to Hawaii and London Gatwick. WestJet will now be able to add new destinations in Asia, South America and Europe.
“Malaga is a popular destination amongst many of our Finnish travelers and we are happy to launch a new direct year round route there”, says Anders Wahlstrom, Head of Sales, Sweden and Finland. “This route will be a great addition to our many flights from Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo to other popular destinations in Scandinavia, Europe, the US and Asia. During the flight the customers can choose between SAS Go and SAS Plus which gives access to the SAS Lounge in Helsinki, Fast track, food and beverages, front seating, extra luggage and double Euro Bonus points.”
Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet recently announced that it will be founding a new, ultra low-cost carrier. The new, yet-to-be-named carrier will launch late 2017 or early 2018. The new airline will have higher-density aircraft to increase revenue on certain routes. The new airlne will allow more price-sensitive travelers to travel in previously expensive markets and destinations that the airline hasn’t been able to serve due to a higher cost base.
“I am eager to bring our ULCC to market on behalf of Canadians looking for even lower fares,” Cummings said. “I firmly believe that we have the necessary capabilities to launch another successful and exciting chapter in WestJet’s history. Travellers can expect a very different approach from this new ULCC, yet one that will ultimately provide air travel accessibility to many more Canadians” executive vice-president of the new airline, Bob Cummings, “The worldview on low-cost airlines has changed since the launch of WestJet in 1996 and we are responding,” commented Gregg Saretsky, WestJet President and CEO. “The complete unbundling of services and products in order to lower fares for the price-sensitive traveler has created the ULCC category and our new airline will provide Canadians a pro-competitive, cheap and cheerful flying experience from a company with a proven track record.”
Before the winter season this year, Norwegian will launch their very first route to Singapore from London Gatwick. It will be their second route overall in southeast Asia, with Bangkok being served from the three Scandinavian capitals already.
The flights will commence on September 28, operating four times a week and increasing to five later in winter.
The route will be operated with their 787-9. It will be their UK subsidiaries first route flown with the DI airline code. The airline recently announced flights to Seattle and Denver, also starting later this year.
Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos said: “Our transatlantic flights have shown the huge demand for affordable long-haul travel, so we are delighted to expand into new markets and offer our first route to Asia from the UK.
“Travel should be affordable for all so adding Singapore to our growing UK network will give passengers even more choice for affordable, quality travel to a range of global destinations.
“The UK is at the heart of Norwegian’s ambitious plans for growth so it is a significant moment not only to launch this exciting new route, but also for it to be the first long-haul route to take to the skies with our new ‘UK’ subsidiary.”
Today the International Airlines Group announced a brand new low cost, long-haul carrier that will be launched in June later this year. LEVEL will begin by operating two Airbus A330 to 4 destinations in Argentina, The Dominican Republic and The United States.
The flights will be operated with Iberia’s cabin crew and pilots initially. Flights are already on sale now and start as low as €99 one way. The airline is initially launching in Barcelona, but will expand to other European cities in the near future.
Destinations, frequencies and schedules are further below.
Willie Walsh, IAG group CEO said regarding the news: “LEVEL is an exciting new IAG airline brand which will bring a stylish and modern approach to flying at prices that are even more affordable. It will benefit from having the strength of one of the world’s largest airline groups behind it.
“LEVEL will become IAG’s fifth main airline brand alongside Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia and Vueling. It will complement our existing airline portfolio and further diversify our current customer base.
“Barcelona is Vueling’s home base and this will allow customers to connect from Vueling’s extensive European network onto LEVEL’s longhaul flights.
“This is just the start. We’re really excited about the opportunities for expansion and we plan to bring LEVEL to other European destinations”.
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El Al will receive its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner later this year, and is planning on launching flights with them during the third quarter of 2017. The two first 787-9s will be used on their flights to Los Angeles, and will be leased from ALC. Prior to this it will be used on shorter runs, likely to Europe, for crew training and familiarization.
The new jets will replace its current fleet of 767s and 747s that are used on the airline’s longhaul network. The airline will operate a total of 16 787-8s and -9s, a combination of purchased and leased aircraft. With the added capacity the Argentine Ministry of Tourism is looking at getting the airline to serve the capital, Buenos Aires. The airline has options for an additional 13 Dreamliners.
Only six months after regular passenger flights between the US and Cuba were resumed, two US airlines are already dropping flights to the country. Silver and Frontier both blame overcapacity between the two countries. Frontier will end its route between Miami and Havana, while Silver will drop all 9 planned routes. With seven airlines serving the South Florida – Havana market, there has been fierce competition for an overestimated amount of demand due to the lack of flights in the past.
Though no other airlines have left Cuba yet, there have been large amounts of reductions to the island, including cut frequencies and smaller equipment.
Norwegian announced late last year that it will be adding a second daily flight to New York from its London Gatwick base. At first the airline proposed that the second daily frequency would operate everyday except Wednesday bringing the total to 13 weekly flights, but now has proposed that LGW-JFK will operate 14x weekly, year-round.
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