AIR TRANSPORT : NEWS BRIEFS

2018 SAW THE BIGGEST NET RISE IN AIRLINE SEATS BETWEEN EUROPE AND CHINA

over the past decade, with 30 new routes added. It was the best year for seat capacity growth between Europe and China since 2011, with the market returning to double-digit growth as airlines posted a combined capacity increase of over 10%. Just over 17.72 million two-way scheduled seats were taken, up from 15.99 million the year before, an addition of 1.73 million seats – the biggest net increase during the past decade. The biggest player by far is Air China, which accounts for almost a quarter of all traf c. Of the 30 routes launched in 2019, only three were introduced by European carriers, with the rest originating from China.


KLM AND QANTAS SINCE NOVEMBER 2018 HAVE LAUNCHED A RECIPROCAL CODESHARE PARTNERSHIP,

covering services between Australia and The Netherlands, via Singapore. KLM has announced its first non-stop flight from Amsterdam to Las Vegas from July 2019 – running a 787 Dreamliner.


GERMAN LOW-COST CARRIER CONDOR HAS PUT SOUTHEAST ASIA “ON ITS MAP”

with regular flights (3 x per week) to Kuala Lumpur from Frankfurt – the only direct flight from a German airport to the Malaysian capital.



SINGAPORE-BASED LOW-COST LONG-HAUL CARRIER SCOOT LAUNCHED ITS FIRST 4 X / WEEK NON-STOP SERVICE TO BERLIN

in the summer of 2018, following on the heels of a successful Changi-Athens service in 2017.


FROM JUNE 2019, TAP AIR PORTUGAL WILL BE OPENING ITS FIRST GATEWAY TO THE US WEST COAST,

with five weekly nonstop flights from SFO to Lisbon on Airbus A330neo aircraft.


AMERICAN AIRLINES IS SET TO LAUNCH A DIRECT FLIGHT FROM CHICAGO TO ATHENS –

May through September – flying a 787. The company will also be launching a service between Philadelphia and Dubrovnik flying a 767 – running from June through to end of September.


FOR THE UPCOMING PEAK SUMMER SEASON, AIR FRANCE WILL BE OPERATING FLIGHTS

to Heraklion (Crete, Greece), Palermo (Sicily, Italy), Olbia (Sardinia, Italy) and Split (Croatia) departing from Paris-Charles de Gaulle.


LOT IS SET TO LAUNCH A DIRECT LINK FROM MIAMI TO WARSAW

four times a week, flying a 787, and will also open a service to LAX with an A350 aircraft.


BRITISH AIRWAYS LAUNCHED NEW FLIGHTS TO SEOUL IN 2018,

while this year it will start serving routes to Charleston NC, Islamabad, Ljubljana, Osaka and Pittsburgh.


LUFTHANSA RESTRUCTURED ITS LOW-COST AFFILIATE EUROWINGS,

transferring all long- haul activities from Cologne to the larger Dusseldorf airport.