All this has been announced in the last few days and all is for SE
1. Emirates has increased frequencies to two Asian destinations this week - Manila and Osaka. From yesterday Emirates has started flying daily between its Dubai hub and Osaka's Kansai International Airport, up from its four-a-week services. The carrier will operate both the A340-500 and A340-300 in a three-class configuration on this route.
Emirates will also add two more flights to Manila as of today, bringing its total number of services to the Philippines to 10 per week. This will be welcome news for the 80,000 Filipinos working and living in Dubai, giving them more travel options when planning their vacations and home leave. The additional flights EK332 to Manila will operate on Wednesdays and Fridays using the A330-200 aircraft in two class configuration, each flight can carry 285 passengers. Emirates also operates the B777-200IGW between Dubai and Manila.
2. British Airways will increase flights to Beijing and Hong Kong in coming months and is planning to fly to Shanghai, tapping China's fast-growing travel market, the chairman of Europe's biggest airline says. The airline will boost its number of London-Beijing flights from three per week to four in April and to five in June, Lord Colin Marshall told a business luncheon in Hong Kong on Friday. It will also increase its London-Hong Kong frequencies to 17 a week in June from 14. In the medium term, the airline would also consider flying to the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou in the country's manufacturing heartland, or Chengdu or Chongqing in western China, Suarez said.
3. Austrian Airlines has increased its flights to Shanghai which will depart three times a week from 28 April onwards. Services to Beijing, meanwhile, will increase in stages from their current level of three flights a week to four flights from the beginning of April and six frequencies from June. Both routes will see the Airbus A 340-300 being used.
4. Singapore Airlines (SIA) today announced that it has added two daylight flights on the Mumbai-Singapore-Mumbai sector. This is in addition to the thrice-weekly daylight flights that were launched in October last year. These daylight flights SQ
421/SQ 422 operate on five days of the week. Together with the daily night flights, SIA now operates 12 flights a week on the Mumbai-Singapore-Mumbai sector. The daylight flights are operated by Boeing B777-200 aircraft and the night flights by slightly larger Boeing B777-300 aircraft.
5. China Southern Airlines has increased its weekly flights from Guangzhou to Ho Chi Minh City by going daily with Airbus A 320-200s from four weekly.
6. Two new low-cost International airlines, Backpackers Xpress and Leisurejet, are set to challenge Qantas's long-held monopoly as the only Australian carrier in the long-haul market, with plans to launch budget services on the "kangaroo route" to Europe later this year. Leisurejet, proposes to begin operating Airbus A 330-200s from Sydney and Melbourne to Greece and Italy via Kuala Lumpur from November 2004.
Backpackers Xpress applied for approval from the International Air Services Commission to operate Boeing B 747-300 flights three times weekly between Melbourne and Bangkok, Delhi and Manchester and twice weekly between Melbourne and Bangkok, Delhi and Munich. The move places the airline on a collision course with Qantas, which recently sought permission for an extra seven services per week between Australia and London and for the 2,100 seats per week presently available to India so it can resume services to Mumbai.
7. Qatar Airways has announced that its starting this summer 4 weekly nonstop A 332s to OSAKA nonstop from DOHA as well as from tomorrow two weekly AB6s nonstop to Islamabad. And the EK
announcement on point # 1 came one day exactly after QRs announcement...pretty ironic isnt