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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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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S7 Airlines debuts Embraer 170 on domestic and international routes in Russia

By Richard Maslen Apr 19, 2017
The oneworld alliance member has an agreement with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) to lease 17 Embraer E170 pre-owned jets, a contract that has enabled the manufacturer to fast-track deliveries without impacting its order backlog. The first of these aircraft, former Republic Airways examples, are starting to appear from airport paintshops in the airline’s instantly recognisable green livery and all 17 units are due to arrive before the end of this year.
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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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Ryanair and Wizz Air see growth potential in Ukraine skies

By Richard Maslen Mar 14, 2017
Low-cost giant Ryanair is to debut in Ukraine with flights to Kiev from four European cities, while Central and Eastern European low-cost airline specialist Wizz Air is to further expand its activities in the country with growing summer 2017 operations from both Kiev and Lviv.
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Gulf Air adds Tbilisi flights to meet leisure demand into Georgia

By Richard Maslen Jan 18, 2017
After restructuring its operations Gulf Air has been able to better control its future growth after successfully eradicating legacy debts reducing annual losses from BHD62.7 million in 2014 to BHD24.1 million in 2015. Ahead of this, its annual debts were as high as BHD196 million in 2012.
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North American carriers help airline sector report improved profits

By Richard Maslen Jan 03, 2017
For a consecutive year, more than a third of airline industry profits in 2016 are expected to come from the carriers of North America, says ICAO. Last year the
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The A350-1000 takes flight, but where does the A350 currently fly?

By Richard Maslen Nov 24, 2016
As Airbus celebrates the milestone inaugural test flight of the new A350-1000, the largest variant of the A350XWB family, Routesonline looks at approaching two years of commercial operations with the smaller A350-900.
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International tourism remains robust on global scale, but clear regional variations

By Richard Maslen Nov 10, 2016
Destinations around the world welcomed 956 million international tourists between January and September 2016, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. This is 34 million more than in the same period of 2015, a four percent increase.
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Boeing 787 celebrates five years of scheduled service

Oct 25, 2016
Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) began operations of the Dreamliner on October 26, 2011. The airline currently has the largest 787 fleet with 52 aircraft, receiving their 50th in mid-August.
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IATA predicts eastward shift in global operations as China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam rise

By Richard Maslen Oct 21, 2016
The latest update to the association’s 20-Year Air Passenger Forecast suggests that the developing Asia-Pacific region will be the source of more than half the new passengers over the next 20 years. China will displace the US as the world’s largest aviation market (defined by traffic to, from and within the country) around 2029, while rapid growth in India will see it displace the UK for third place in 2026, while Indonesia will enter the top ten at the expense of Italy.
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Airbus hits 10,000 deliveries, but where do they all fly?

By Richard Maslen Oct 19, 2016
With the handover last week of an A350-900 to Singapore Airlines it underscored the company’s growth that has transformed a European upstart in the 1970s to a global performer now offering a modern and comprehensive product line ranging from 100 to more than 600 seats.
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The Whisperjet continues to provide important network connections

By Richard Maslen Oct 11, 2016
Fleet renewal projects at major operators across Europe mean that numerous BAe 146 and Avro RJ regional jetliners are now starting to come out of mainland European airline service, but manufacturer BAE Systems says these aircraft are steadily finding new operators, markets and applications.
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Ural Airlines next to fly from Moscow’s new Zhukovsky Airport

By Richard Maslen Oct 10, 2016
The Yekaterinburg-based carrier will offer eleven weekly flights from Zhukovsky, the newest airport for the Moscow region from October 31, 2016 with four weekly flights to Astana, Kazakhstan; three weekly services to Dushanbe, Tajikistan; and twice weekly flights to Khudzhand, Tajikistan and Osh, Kyrgyzstan.
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Singapore hub shines at World Routes as Changi Airport takes Marketing Award

By Richard Maslen Sep 26, 2016
Singapore's Changi Airport was also named as the winner in the over 50m passengers category, while Shannon Airport was honoured in the Under 4m passengers category; Athens International Airport in the 4m-20m Passengers category; Dublin Airport in the 20m-50m passengers category and Tourism and Events Queensland in the destination Marketing category.
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Tibet Airlines confirms its long-haul debut at World Routes

By Richard Maslen Sep 25, 2016
Tibet Airlines revealed at World Routes that it will introduce a daily link from Sanya, the Chinese beach resort in Hainan province, via Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province and host city for the route development forum, to the Black Sea resort of Sochi in Russia from next year.
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Has the industry reached its tipping point?

By Richard Maslen Sep 24, 2016
The year started optimistically with record low fuel prices and strong consumer demand, however a number of terrorist attacks, the UK Brexit referendum shock, an impending Chinese economy slowdown and the US election marathon, all appear to be taking their toll on the global aviation market.
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Live content at World Routes 2016 reaches new heights

Sep 08, 2016
World Routes is the only route development forum operating on a global scale, providing a meeting place for airlines, airports, tourism authorities and governments that want to plan new air services.
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Kazakhstan's Asian hub foundation

By Richard Maslen Aug 18, 2016
As the world’s ninth largest country it is no surprise that Kazakhstan has a real diversity of cultures, climate and infrastructure. But a renewed focus on its aviation sector and investment in tourism means the country will soon be appearing on more airline network maps.
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Attention World Routes Attendees! Which new route do you want to learn more about in Chengdu?

By Richard Maslen Aug 10, 2016
Have you wondered what enticed an airline to a certain destination? What the data says about demand on the city pair and connecting markets? What external factors may have influenced the airline in selecting a specific city pair? How this business case differs from others? Our new ‘Route Case’ offering will seek to provide the answers all within a single 20 minute meeting slot at our events.
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By Richard Maslen Aug 07, 2016
The latest issue of the air service development magazine, Routes News, is now available to view.
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Lucky Air plans low-cost travel to Europe and North America from Kunming

By Richard Maslen Jul 25, 2016
Lucky Air is among the members of the HNA Group’s U-FLY low-cost alliance and its rise into the intercontinental market could represent the arrival of a new breed of Chinese low-cost, long-haul operations. The airline has requested rights from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to introduce flights from its Yunnan province base to both Los Angeles and Moscow.
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Ask the Expert – VOTE for what you want to read

By Richard Maslen Jul 16, 2016
Find out the expert views on key topics currently impacting the global aviation industry. Our ‘Ask the Expert’ stories allow you to choose the subjects that the Routesonline digital content team will discuss with respected industry professionals.
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Addressing the environmental concern to air service development

By Richard Maslen Jul 04, 2016
Aviation is a catalyst for growth, a vital conduit for world trade, and a major global employer. Nearly 63 million jobs and $2.4 trillion in global GDP are supported by aviation. But with these benefits comes an impact on the environment. Whether that is climate change, aircraft noise, local air quality, environment advocacy actions and most recently illegal wildlife trafficking.
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