Entries in route (19)

Monday
May162011

US Airways starts Charlotte-Madrid and Charlotte-Dublin routes

Last week, US Airways launched two seasonal routes between its hub at Douglas International Airport in Charlotte (IATA: CLT; ICAO: KCLT), and Europe.  Last Friday, it kicked off its once-daily round-trip route between Charlotte, and Barajas Airport (IATA: MAD; ICAO: LEMD) in the Spanish capital city of Madrid.  The route will be flown with the Boeing 767-200ER.  The eastbound leg is scheduled to depart Charlotte at 4:25 in the afternoon, local time.  It is scheduled to arrive in the Spanish capital at 6:40 in the morning the following day, local time.  The westbound leg is scheduled to depart from Madrid at 9:30 in the morning, local time, and arrive back in Charlotte at 12:55 in the afternoon, local time.

Last Saturday, US Airways launched its seasonal, daily round-trip route between Charlotte, and Dublin Airport (IATA: DUB; ICAO: EIDW), in the Irish capital city.  This route will be flown with the Boeing 757-200.  The eastbound leg is scheduled to depart Charlotte at 6:20 in the evening, local time.  It is scheduled to arrive in Dublin at 6:50 in the morning the following day, local time.  The westbound leg is scheduled to depart from Dublin at 9:15 in the morning, local time, and arrive back in Charlotte at 12:40 in the afternoon, local time.  Both the Charlotte-Madrid route and the Charlotte-Dublin route are scheduled to operate through September 30.  US Airways will continue to serve both European cities via Philadelphia, after September 30.

US Airways' main international gateway is in Philadelphia International Airport (IATA: PHL; ICAO: KPHL), but London, Paris, Frankfurt, and Rome are each accessible year-round via US Airways from Charlotte.

original story (US Airways)

Saturday
Mar262011

SAS begins daily Oslo-Newark non-stop next Monday

The largest Scandinavian airline will start a new daily non-stop route between the Norwegian capital Oslo, and the New York metropolitan region next Monday.  It will operate between Gardermoen Airport (IATA: OSL; ICAO: ENGM) northeast of Oslo, and Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey, 15 miles southwest of Midtown, in the New York borough of Manhattan.

Results returned today by the online airfare booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights show that the daily round-trip route will be flown with the Airbus A330-300.  Westbound travelers are scheduled to depart Oslo at 11:00 in the morning local time, and arrive in Newark at 1:10 in the afternoon local time, the same day.  Eastbound travelers are scheduled to depart Newark at 7:00 in the evening local time, and arrive in Oslo at 8:20 in the morning the following day.

SAS stood at one time for Scandinavian Airlines System, though the airline no longer officially uses the full, former name.  It was founded in 1946, and its main offices are located in Solna, Sweden.  It operates a fleet of Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, and McDonnell Douglas aircraft to destinations in Europe, North America, and Asia.

Continental Airlines, which operates a hub at Liberty International, is the only other airline to fly this route non-stop.  It is in the process of merging with United Airlines.

original story (SAS)

Sunday
Jan302011

Air Canada offers more flights between Calgary and Tokyo

Last Wednesday Air Canada announced an increase in the frequency of its seasonal non-stop trans-Pacific round trip between Calgary International Airport (IATA: YYC; ICAO: CYYC) and Tokyo's Narita International Airport (IATA: NRT; ICAO: RJAA).  The increase from three per week to five per week will take effect March 26, when the route is re-introduced for the North American high travel season.  Air Canada's Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Ben Smith said the airline looks forward to approval by Japanese regulators, of year-round service from Air Canada, between Calgary and the Japanese capital.

The Calgary-Tokyo non-stop seasonal route will be flown this season with the Boeing 767-300 according to results returned by the online airfare booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights

Also, Canada's highest-profile airline had announced plans last August to fly once daily between Vancouver International Airport (IATA: YVR; ICAO: CYVR) and Tokyo's Haneda International Airport (IATA: HND; ICAO: RJTT) in both directions, starting yesterday.  But "[as] a result of lower than expected demand," inauguration of that route has been pushed back to March 3 at the earliest, according to Air Canada's official website.

Haneda International, closer to central Tokyo than Narita, is the preferred airport for business travelers traveling through Tokyo.  Last October, a dedicated international terminal opened at Haneda.  And for the first time in 32 years, regularly scheduled international air traffic operated through the facility.  Haneda International was the busiest Japanese airport in 2009, the second-busiest airport in Asia that year, and the fifth-busiest in the world.  The monorail train ride between the international terminal at Haneda and Minato in Tokyo is about fifteen minutes long, and costs 470 JPY (5.68 USD, 5.68 CAD, 4.14 EUR, 3.57 GBP, 5.75 AUD, 7.40 NZD).

Prior to the opening of the international terminal at Haneda, Narita International, 36 miles (58 kilometers) away from Tokyo, handled nearly all international traffic through the Japanese capital.  North Americans traveling to Japan will still more likely use Narita than Haneda.  Public transportation to Tokyo from the more distant Narita International is available, but it can take an hour or more to go between the airport and the city.

related stories

 Air Canada expands Winter 2011 schedule (October 21, 2010)

Tokyo's Haneda Airport resumes regular international service (October 31, 2010)

original story (Air Canada)

Thursday
Nov112010

Air Berlin starts flying between Berlin and Dubai non-stop

Air Berlin, the second-largest carrier based in Germany (by passengers carried in 2009), commenced a thrice-weekly Berlin-Dubai non-stop route on Wednesday of last week.  It operates between Tegel Airport (IATA: TXL; ICAO: EDDT) northwest of Berlin, and Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB; ICAO: OMDB) southeast of the Dubai city center, in the United Arab Emirates.

The Berlin-Dubai flight will operate thrice weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday.  The Sunday eastbound flight is scheduled to leave Berlin at 6:45 in the evening local time, and arrive in Dubai at 3:35 in the morning local time, the next day.  The Wednesday and Friday eastbound flights are scheduled to leave Berlin at 9:25 in the evening local time, and arrive in Dubai at 6:15 in the morning local time, the next day.

The Dubai-Berlin flight will operate thrice weekly on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday.  The Monday westbound flight is scheduled to leave Dubai at 5:20 in the morning, local time, and arrive in Berlin at 9:00 in the morning, local time.  The Thursday and Saturday westbound flights are scheduled to leave Dubai at 8:20 in the morning local time, and arrive in Berlin at 11:55 in the morning local time.

Representatives from both Air Berlin and the United Arab Emirates were on hand in Berlin for the inauguration ceremony.  This is the first "regular, year-round, non-stop service to the Middle East" ever operated by Air Berlin, according to the airline's press release on the subject.  Air Berlin CEO Joachim Hunold pointed out during the route's inauguration ceremony that Air Berlin is the only airline to link Berlin and Dubai non-stop.  He said the route will be marketed to both business travelers and leisure travelers, in both cities.

When Tegel Airport is closed no later than spring 2012, this route will be flown using the new Brandenburg International Airport.  Air Berlin posted to its website last week that tickets for the route can be had for as low as 199 EUR (1001 AED, 169 GBP, 273 USD) one-way.

Air Berlin operates a semi-low-fare business model.  It was formed in the American state of Oregon in 1978 as Air Berlin USA, by former employees of Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) and the supplemental carrier Modern Air Transport.  It operates 148 aircraft to 154 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America.  Air Berlin relocated to the German city whose name it shares, in 1985.  It has hubs in the German cities of Berlin, Düsseldorf, and Nuremberg, and also on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

original story (Air Berlin)

Tuesday
Nov092010

Emirates reactivates Dubai-New York A380 route

After not flying it for more than a year, Dubai-based Emirates has reactivated its Dubai-New York route, operated by the Airbus A380.  A depressed American economy caused the largest carrier based in the Middle East to suspend the route last year.  The tone of a press release posted to Emirates' official website yesterday suggests that the reactivated route will be marketed primarily with business travelers in mind. 

Last week, Emirates launched twice daily service in each direction between Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB; ICAO: OMDB) and Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX; ICAO: KLAX).  It also launched twice-daily service in each direction between Dubai International and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas (IATA: IAH; ICAO: KIAH), a facility opened in 1969 and renamed for the 41st American President in 1997.  In New York, Emirates will again occupy its traditional place in Terminal 4 at Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) the New York metro area's largest airport by number of passengers served.

Safety-related questions about the A380 arose just last week when an aircraft of this model, operated by Australia's Qantas Airways, lost an engine over Indonesia while flying from Changi International Airport in Singapore (IATA: SIN; ICAO: WSSS) to Kingsford Smith Airport in Sydney (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY).  Qantas has grounded its fleet of six Airbus A380 aircraft, and research into the cause of the engine failure is ongoing.  As of this post, Emirates has indicated no plans to stop operating its fleet of 14 A380s in light of the announcement from Qantas.

Emirates is the official airline of the emirate of Dubai, one of the seven emirates making up the United Arab Emirates.  Emirates was founded in 1985, and operates four of the longest non-stop routes being commercially flown today, between Dubai and the cities of Houston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco in the United States; and between Dubai, and São Paulo in Brazil.  It operates 145 aircraft (both Airbus models and Boeing models) to 103 destinations on all six permanently inhabited continents.  The carrier became the first to fly the Airbus A380 to an American airport when it flew from Dubai International to Kennedy International in 2008.  In addition to its current fleet of 14 Airbus A380s, the airline has an additional 76 on order from Airbus.  Its largest hub is Dubai International, and its main offices are in Dubai.  Emirates is wholly owned by the Dubai-based Emirates Group, which itself is wholly owned by the Government of Dubai.

related stories

Qantas continues A380 engine inspection after mid-air failure (November 8, 2010)

Emirates CEO Clark stands by plans for more than 90 A380s (September 13, 2010)

Emirates wants even more (than 90) Airbus A380s (June 22, 2010)

Emirates orders 32 more Airbus A380 super jumbo aircraft (June 16, 2010)

original stories

Emirates offers a sky full of choices with jumbo-sized capacity boost to the USA (Emirates)

Emirates Restarts NYC Double-Decker Plane Flights (ABC News)