Where does the Airbus A380 fly? Latest network update

By David Casey Dec 31, 2019
Routesonline provides an update on the operations of the Airbus A380. We also reveal the network size of each operator and the top destinations served by the aircraft type.
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ASM launches new North American division

Jun 01, 2017
The world's leading air route development consultancy takes major strides across the Atlantic
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Auckland ready to become global hub for Asia and South America

May 31, 2017
New Zealand’s largest airport has launched a 30-year masterplan for change, but is already showing serious signs of growth
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From Cardiff to California… Qatar Airways outlines more new routes for 2018

By Richard Maslen Apr 27, 2017
While its rivals Emirates Airlines and Etihad Airways are looking closely at the sustainability of their business models, Qatar Airways shows no signs of slowing its incredible network growth and surprised guests at this year’s Arabian Travel Market in Dubai this week by revealing an additional 12 new markets that should see the airline service in 2018.
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Delta builds in Boston to blunt JetBlue’s Logan run

By Richard Maslen Apr 27, 2017
Delta Air Lines' ranking at Boston has been impacted by the growth of JetBlue Airways and consolidation in the US airline market. While it acquired Northwest Airlines, the merger of AirTran Airways into Southwest Airlines, Continental Airlines into United Airlines and most recently US Airways into American Airlines has boosted the presence of its rivals at Logan International Airport.
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Air travel continues to defy global challenges

By Richard Maslen Apr 27, 2017
Long-haul arrivals in Western Europe are on the increase – showing its resilience in the face of last year’s terror attacks. It has taken over a year to recover, but long-haul arrivals are starting to surge again, reaching visitor numbers higher than those seen before the Paris attack in November 2015, reports ForwardKeys.
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WestJet says its pioneering spirit is perfect experience for new Canadian ULCC

By Richard Maslen Apr 20, 2017
The launch of the as yet unnamed business remains subject to agreement with its pilots and any required regulatory approvals. Details of its plans also remain vague but WestJet confirms it will aim to “provide Canadians with no-frills, lower-cost travel options” and will operate with an initial fleet of ten high-density Boeing 737-800s.
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Emirates cuts USA capacity as Trump tactics exacerbate already softening demand

By Richard Maslen Apr 19, 2017
Gulf carrier Emirates Airline is cutting back on its schedules to the United States of America, blaming policies introduced by President Trump's administration for hurting bookings. Daily flights from Dubai to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando will be cut to five a week. Flights to Seattle, Boston and Los Angeles will now be once a day, instead of twice.
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KLM to resume flights into Costa Rica to support growing European demand

By Richard Maslen Apr 18, 2017
KLM has opened reservations this week for a planned twice weekly Amsterdam - San Jose flight launching from October 31, 2017. This will be flown on Tuesdays and Fridays and operated by one of its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. It previously served San Jose until March 1998.
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A crystal clear opportunity for luxury charters

By Richard Maslen Apr 13, 2017
In one of the most significant brand expansion in the history of luxury travel and hospitality, Crystal Cruises is not only introducing new ships to its fleet effectively establishing three brand new classes of cruising, but also inducting two commercial airliners to launch Crystal Luxury Air in 2017.
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Traffic triumph - all regions of the world continue positive start to 2017

By Richard Maslen Apr 11, 2017
February international passenger demand rose 5.8 per cent compared to February 2016, which was down compared to the 9.1 per cent yearly increase recorded in January. Adjusting for the leap year, however, growth actually accelerated slightly compared to January. Total capacity climbed 3.4 per cent, and load factor rose 1.8 percentage points to 78.4 per cent.
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Norwegian adds Denver and Seattle to low-cost Transatlantic network from UK

By Richard Maslen Apr 06, 2017
Norwegian will launch flights from both Denver International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to London’s Gatwick Airport this September. With these additions, Norwegian now offers nine non-stop routes from across the United States to London, serving more city pair markets than any US airline.
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JetBlue’s fresh approach to its Mint concept as more markets gain premium service

By Richard Maslen Apr 05, 2017
JetBlue first introduced the Airbus A321 into its network in late 2013, but started introducing its premium Mint configured aircraft into its fleet in the middle of 2014 for operation on Transcontinental routes from New York and latterly also from Boston. These aircraft are configured with 16 lie-flat seats, four of which are private suites, and 143 core JetBlue Experience seats (Economy and ‘Even More Space’ seats).
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American Airlines hits the end of an era as it drops New York – San Juan link

By Richard Maslen Apr 04, 2017
The formal confirmation of the closure of the route from American Airlines follows an exclusive story on Routesonline on April 3, 2017 about the changes to the airline’s booking inventory. The report from our Airlineroute channel had revealed the cancellation of the twice daily link from August 22, 2017.
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Delta now serves all top ten markets from Seattle as it blows into the Windy City

By Richard Maslen Mar 22, 2017
Delta’s activities out of Seattle have been on the rise since 2012 with overall departure capacity increasing 167.4 per cent up until 2016. Data from OAG Schedules Analyser shows a predicted capacity growth of 5.9 per cent in 2017, based on current published schedules.
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IAG plans new LEVEL of evolution for low-cost long-haul model

By Richard Maslen Mar 18, 2017
International Airlines Group (IAG) has confirmed its new low-cost long-haul business will operate under the LEVEL brand. The airline will launch from Barcelona from June 1, 2017 with flights to Buenos Aires, Punta Cana, Los Angeles and Oakland International using two Airbus A330-200s configured with a premium economy and economy onboard offering.
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Avianca boosts US presence with new Bogotá - Boston link

By Richard Maslen Mar 13, 2017
Colombian flag carrier Avianca will launch the only scheduled non-stop link between South America and Boston's Logan International Airport when it inaugurates a new four times weekly link from its El Dorado International Airport hub in Bogotá from the start of June 2017.
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Frontier Airlines boosts Colorado Springs and Las Vegas operations

By Richard Maslen Mar 08, 2017
After reviewing and restructuring its operations at the start of the decade and reducing its network by around a third between 2011 and 2013, Frontier returned to growth in 2014 with a year-on-year capacity rise of 9.8 per cent. This was followed by a 6.9 per cent growth in 2015, while last year brought a 16.2 per cent increase as the airline took the opportunity to expand, adding six ‘new’ markets to its network.
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Aer Lingus finalises lease deal for A321neoLR arrival in 2019

By Richard Maslen Mar 06, 2017
The confirmation of this deal follows extensive discussions between the management of Aer Lingus and its parent company International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) over the growth of the Dublin-based carrier’s long-haul network and the value IAG places in Ireland’s growing hub at Dublin Airport, one of fastest growing transatlantic departure markets of the current decade.
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ANA confirms Honolulu debut for special 'Flying Honu' A380

By Richard Maslen Mar 06, 2017
Flights between Japan and Hawaii represent a highly competitive market - around 1.5 million Japanese travel to Hawaii annually, with airlines enjoying consistently high load factors. ANA’s use of the Superjumbo on this route shows it is seeking to increase significantly its share of this lucrative market. It has even unveiled a colouful special livery for its first aircraft featuring the Hawaiian green sea turtle – a symbol of good luck and prosperity in Hawaii.
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Air Caraïbes uses A350 to squeeze out route returns

By Richard Maslen Mar 01, 2017
While all operators to date have adopted the standard nine-abreast arrangement initially detailed by the carrier in its catalogue, Air Caraïbes has selected a dense ten-abreast configuration with a seat width of just below 17 inches, enabling it squeeze more returns out of the aircraft. This additional seat in each Economy row will mean the carrier’s A350-900 will seat just short of 400 passengers - 389 passengers in a three-class configuration (18 in Business, 45 in Premium Economy and 326 in Economy).
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Jambojet renews its push to expand into international markets from Kenya

By Richard Maslen Feb 28, 2017
As low-cost carrier Jambojet once again seeks rights to fly internationally from Kenya, we explore its growth plans and also look at the potential for new non-stop flights into USA after the US Department of Transportation (DOT) delivers a clean safety review for Kenya.
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Norwegian plans MAXimum disruption to legacy carriers with Transatlantic network growth

By Richard Maslen Feb 23, 2017
As widely expected, European low-cost carrier Norwegian will introduce its new Boeing 737MAX fleet into operation on flights between the UK and Ireland and the United States of America. The budget airline will offer 38 new weekly transatlantic flights this summer from Edinburgh, Belfast, Cork, Shannon and Dublin serving ten routes.
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Air transport ends 2016 on strong footing despite terrorist attacks, geopolitical tensions, and economic uncertainty, says ACI

By Richard Maslen Feb 22, 2017
Latest data from the organisation’s membership shows global passenger traffic grew 7.3 per cent in December 2016 and 5.5 per cent for the year as a whole. All regions except Africa posted growth in passenger volumes for the year, ranging from 2.2 per cent in the recessionary Latin America-Caribbean region to over 9.0 per cent in the buoyant Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions.
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Quito quality - spotlight on next year’s Routes Americas host city

Feb 16, 2017
The regional route development forum is heading to Ecuador. The country’s capital will take on hosting duties for the first time in 2018, the eleventh edition of the forum
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