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Massive Asian Expansion

Tue Mar 30, 2004 5:13 pm

All this has been announced in the last few days and all is for SE ASIA :

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  Big grin
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RE: Massive Asian Expansion

Tue Mar 30, 2004 6:11 pm

You forgot LH. They were planning to increase their capacity on their China routes as well. Even KLM was talking about increasing services to China, don't know what happened after that.
And how about VS, do they have any plans as yet?
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RE: Massive Asian Expansion

Tue Mar 30, 2004 8:58 pm

LH followed AF's decision with their flights to Guangzhou (Canton-CAN), China, but Germans are flying via Shanghai, and AF is going direct all the way.
All flights are packed, and my friend CAN'T FIND FREE SEAT for her flight in September!!! (AF:CDG-CAN)!!!
So much about "unknown far-east destination Guangzhou"  Wink/being sarcastic

BA will do it soon, surely, especialy when Guangzhou gets brand new airport in June, they said it will be No.1 in China!


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RE: Massive Asian Expansion

Tue Mar 30, 2004 9:02 pm

Backpackers Xpress will actually be using B747-400 Aircraft.

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RE: Massive Asian Expansion

Tue Mar 30, 2004 9:07 pm

2 days ago SAS started CPH-Shanghai
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RE: Massive Asian Expansion

Tue Mar 30, 2004 9:35 pm

When does QR intend to begin its services to KIX?

I'll be there in early May and it would be nice to see them there!
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RE: Massive Asian Expansion

Wed Mar 31, 2004 12:57 am

Egyptair have just improved their services to Bangkok, Tokyo and Osaka. The Bangkok flights become dedicated flight (they don't continue to Manila or Tokyo) with 2x weekly 777 flights. The Osaka flights are upgraded from the A340 to B777. Also the Tokyo/Narita flights become 3x weekly A340 direct flights (used to be 2x weekly via Bangkok and Manila) and will be ugraded to 777 flights by the end of the summer.

Korean will also upgrade their CAI flights from 772 to 744.
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RE: Massive Asian Expansion

Wed Mar 31, 2004 1:01 am

Anyone know what the loads were on those first SAS flights to Shanghai?
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RE: Massive Asian Expansion

Wed Mar 31, 2004 1:26 am

Just a quick note: constructions of the 3rd terminal @ Beijing Capital International Airport and the 3rd airport runway have started a couple of days ago.
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RE: Massive Asian Expansion

Wed Mar 31, 2004 3:04 am

  • VARIG will start flying to Beijing via Munich from August 5th this year, 4x weekly, using their 777;

  • Aerolíneas Argentinas plans to fly to Beijing as well, via Madrid, using B747;

  • Ethiopian Airlines increased frequency to Hong Kong and Guangzhou;

  • Air India tries to get the 5th pax freedom rights to fly to Brazil via JNB;

  • Emirates will start flying to Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires in 2005, as a gateway to Asia;

  • Korean Air wants to resume their flights to São Paulo.
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    RE: Massive Asian Expansion

    Wed Mar 31, 2004 4:58 am

    And - Lufthansa returned to Kuala Lumpur just over a week ago - operating with the Airbus A340 initially - but strong bookings will hopefully ensure that the scheduled 747-400 routed in with the start of the Summer season - will continue to be a success.
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    RE: Massive Asian Expansion

    Wed Mar 31, 2004 5:00 am

    And Air China increased the flights PEK-ARN-PEK from 3 to 4/weekly from the March 28th using B762.
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    RE: Massive Asian Expansion

    Wed Mar 31, 2004 5:54 am

    NZ is rumoured to start direct non-stops to BKK and PVG from AKL with their new A332's (or other 763 replacement). They have also recently started a codeshare between AKL-ICN with their Star ally Asiana.
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    RE: Massive Asian Expansion

    Wed Mar 31, 2004 6:34 am

    Haha Motorhussy you are funny  Smile
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    RE: Massive Asian Expansion

    Wed Mar 31, 2004 10:14 am

    Your friend could always just fly into HKG and catch a bus or train up to CAN if she really can't find a seat on a flight into CAN.
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    RE: Massive Asian Expansion

    Wed Mar 31, 2004 10:59 am

    TG just launches flights between Bangkok and Bangalores, Chiang Mai and Jinhong (China) and Bangkok to Milan. It plans for flights to Moscow this winter. TG has cancelled many unprofitable or less profitable flights due to lacks of aircraft. It asked Airbus to rush the delivery of A345s to be in this October instead of next year. Therefore, it can have more flights such as JFK, ORD or SFO to BKK. TG is looking for more flights especially to China, India and the Middle East since Thailand has rights to operate unlimited flight and capacity to those countries.
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    RE: Massive Asian Expansion

    Wed Mar 31, 2004 11:14 am

    Zonks, they can even take a Ferry from Hong Kong airport!!
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    RE: Massive Asian Expansion

    Wed Mar 31, 2004 11:28 am

    Copenhagenboy: How many time a week is SAS flying to Shanghai? And what's the flight numbers?

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    RE: Massive Asian Expansion

    Wed Mar 31, 2004 11:42 am

    Shanghai Airlines will commence its first service to Japan by inaugurating a daily service between Shanghai and KIX, Kansai International Airport from April 21 by B757. Shanghai Airlines (SF) was among the three new Chinese carriers that received authority to commence service to Japan at the latest Japan-China bilateral agreement concluded last summer. Other two are Hainan Airlines and Xiamen Airlines
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    RE: Massive Asian Expansion

    Thu Apr 01, 2004 6:29 am

    Now it is 3 times a week, I read in some news that the loadfactors are quite good, they are already talking of expanding the route. The flightnumber is SK997-998. But in this summer they are cutting on the CPH-BKK to have a/c enough on the CPH-Shanghai route and make a second flight daily CPH-EWR some days in the week. CPH-BKK is going back to normal in august I think. At the same time there are thoughts about Stockholm to Tokyo or Beijing, and CPH-SFO or Los Angeles (again) in 2005. The problem is that SAS really want to expand after some horrible years. I am sure they can, but they need some more a/c's.

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    RE: Massive Asian Expansion

    Thu Apr 01, 2004 6:33 am

    LH from MUC:

    PEK 3/7 343
    PVG 7/7 343/346
    HKG 3/7 343
    DEL 3/7 763/343
    THR 3/7 343