This would mean that Air Canada would be operating a code-share flight to Sri Lanka on board another carrier. And this other carrier could only mean SriLankan as no other Sri Lanka based carrier is presently contemplating flying to Canada.a temporary licence to operate, through code sharing, an international air service on a scheduled basis, using large aircraft, between Canada and Sri Lanka.
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UPDATE: The airline has confirmed to The Networker that it will not be launching its own service to Canada, but instead code-share.
SriLankan Airlines has long been planning to operate flights into Toronto, Canada. The airline wanted to operate these flights via London, and they recently received fifth freedom approval from the UK authorities for flights between UK and Canada. However, there has been no official indication on this route from the airline so far. The Sri Lankan Minister of Civil Aviation has today commented that SriLankan, which is state owned, would be launching daily flights to Toronto via London Heathrow In October. And for a different reason altogether, now it seems that this comment in fact is true.
The Canadian Transport Agency ( CTA ) has, on 20th May, issued an extra-bilateral authority, to Air Canada for
If this becomes true, it could for sure be a serious competition to Emirates which is sourcing a majority of traffic from the Indian sub-continent presently limited to just three weekly flights to Canada.
This could all end up to be just a simple code-share of the two airlines that will connect each other at London Heathrow. But nevertheless, it would be a very interesting subject to watch.
Etihad Airways today announced plans to launch flights to Mahé in the Seychelles, becoming the third Gulf carrier to operate flights to the Indian ocean island.
The airline will be operating two-class Airbus A320 aircraft on the route, four times a week, from 1st November 2011.
EY 622 AUH 1000 - 1435 SEZ Mo, We, Fr, Sa (4h35min)
EY 621 SEZ 1855 - AUH 2330 Mo, We, Fr, Sa (4h35min)
Seychelles is comprised of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean, off the east cost of Africa. Emirates already operates twice daily A340 flights to Mahé, while Qatar Airways flies an Airbus A319 daily.
Iberia, from 29th of September, is launching twice weekly service to Luanda in Angola. The service operates out of Madrid.The schedule:
IB6321 MAD 0020 - 0655 LAD Mon, Fri 343 (7h35min)IB6322 LAD 2240 - 0725 MAD Mon, Fri 343 (7h45min)
Flydubai is launching new flights to Ukraine, and in a grand way. The Dubai based LCC is starting three routes into Ukraine.
Photo by SJByles
The airline will be starting service to..
Kiev, KBP - from 16th September 2011
Kharkiv, HRK - from 16th September 2011
Donetsk, DOK - from 17th September 2011
All routes will be operating on board Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Service to Kiev operates thrice weekly, while the services to Donetsk and Kharkiv operates twice weekly each.
Dubai - Kiev
FZ727 DXB 0900 - 1315 KBP Tu, Fr, Su (5h15min)
FZ728 KBP 1415 - 2010 DXB Tu, Fr, Su (4h55min)
Dubai - Kharkiv
FZ725 DXB 0910 - 1310 HRK Tu, Fr (5h)
FZ726 HRK 1410 - 1940 DXB Tu, Fr (4h30min)
Dubai - Donetsk
FZ721 DXB 0900 - 1225 DOK We, Sa (4h25min)
FZ722 DOK 1325 - 1835 DXB We, Sa (4h10min)
The airline will face competition only on the Dubai - Kiev route, where Aerosvit Airlines and Ukraine International each operate thrice and twice weekly services respectively, on board Boeing 737 aircraft.
Maps generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.
Singapore Airlines today announced its plans to launch a new low cost long haul carrier. The new subsidiary, to be wholly owned by SIA, will be managed independently. The airline stated that "The new airline is being established following extensive review and analysis. It will enable the SIA Group to serve a largely untapped new market and cater to the growing demand among consumers for low-fare travel,"
The new subsidiary will be based in Singapore and will begin operations within an year.
Aircraft will be initially sourced from the parent company, but they will keep all options open. The routes on which the new carrier will operate is not clear, but will likely operate on lower yielding routes paving way for better yield for SIA.
The new move will surely give some competition to the home-based Jetstar Asia and neighboring Malaysia's AirAsia X.
SIA already operates a short-haul affiliate, SilkAir. which operates Airbus A320 family aircraft.
Arik Air of Nigeria, recently received approval from the US DoT to operate flights to Houston, however the airlines viability remains an issue.
The airline recently announced the Houston route on its Facebook page. The airline is likely to route the flights via New York JFK, operating as Lagos - New York - Houston - Lagos.
However, the airline has recently had its Airbus A330-200 5N-EIA repossessed by the lessor ( Amentum Capital ) and has apparently also had one of its Boeing 737-700s repossessed.
With all of these incidents, it will be interesting to see whether Arik will go ahead with this route - but The Networker wishes them well nevertheless.
As The Networker posted last week, Czech Airlines has now revealed that it will be setting up a base at M R Stefanik Airport, Bratislava, Slovakia. Given below is the full schedule of the airline's planned Slovak operation, that will be making it the Czech-Slovakian airline again, ironically. More details on the operation could be found here.
Operations will start on 1st June. Flights to Paris are presently appearing as five weekly ( was announced to be daily ) and Larnaca as twice weekly ( was thrice ). The airline will be basing a Boeing 737-500 aircraft at Bratislava.
Bratislava - Amsterdam
OK2OO BTS 0720 - 0920 AMS 2467 735
OK201 AMS 1020 - 1210 BTS 2467 735
Bratislava - Barcelona
OK202 BTS 1250 - 1520 BCN 26 735
OK203 BCN 1600 - 1825 BTS 26 735
Bratislava - Brussels
OK204 BTS 0700 - 0855 BRU 135 735
OK205 BRU 0940 - 1130 BTS 135 735
Bratiislava - Paris Charles De Gaulle
OK206 BTS 1800 - 2005 CDG x26 735
OK207 CDG 2045 - 2245 BTS x26 735
Bratislava - Rome Fiumicino
OK208 BTS 1255 - 1440 FCO x26 735
OK209 FCO 1540 - 1720 BTS x26 735
Bratislava - Larnaca
OK210 BTS 2030 - 0035+1 LCA 26 735
OK211 LCA 0330 - 0550+1 BTS 37 735
In a webcast aimed for investors, Mr. Libano Barroso, TAM CEO, stated that the airline is planning to launch flights to Mexico City, Mexico.
The Sao Paulo - Mexico market is presently dominated by AeroMexico. It is believed that the route will be operated out of Sao Paulo ( GRU ), using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
The airline will also be adding the second seasonal daily flight to Orlando ( MCO ) between July 5th and 2nd August. The new flight, JJ9398 will be operating with an Airbus A330-200.
JJ9398 GRU 0100 - 0905 MCO D 330
JJ8086 GRU 1110 - 1915 MCO D 330
JJ9399 MCO 1230 - 2200 GRU D 330
JJ8087 MCO 2110 - 0645+1 GRU D 330
In an interview with ATWOnline, Peter Foster, CEO of Air Astana, has outlined the Kazakh carrier's ambitious expansion plans.
The airline plans to add the cities of Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Colombo to its network, with a stated goal of expanding its fleet to fifty aircraft by 2020. It also wants to be flying to Milan, Munich, Prague, Paris as well as China and Japan by 2020, while the Kazakh government wants to see the airline commencing nonstop service to the US.
The airline is also expecting to enter into talks with Aerosvit, the Ukrainian national carrier, regarding possible joint operations.
The national carrier of Kazhakstan, presently operates a fleet of 23 aircraft consisting of Airbus A320 family, Boeing 757-200s, Boeing 767-300ERs, Embraer 190s and Fokker 50s. It is owned by Samruk-Kazyna ( 51% ), the sovereign wealth fund of Kazakhstan, and BAE Systems ( 49% ).
According to a report on The Slovak Spectator, CSA Czech Airlines will be launching a new base at Bratislava, Slovakia's main airport, as early as next June.
The airline will be operating the following roster of flights from its new Bratislava base
Paris - Daily
Rome - five times a week
Amsterdam - four times a week
Brussels - three times a week
Larnaca - three times a week
Barcelona - twice weekly
The airline already flies between Prague and Bratislava.
From the looks of the proposed flying programme, it seems that the airline will be basing one aircraft - likely an Airbus A319/A320 or a Boeing 737-500 - to operate the 24 weekly frequencies. The airline will not be facing any competition on any of the routes.
The ticket sales are expected to open by 17th May.
According to the European open skies deal, airlines from European Union member countries are allowed to open bases in other EU member countries - however this has been only very rarely utilized by a full fare carrier while LCCs like RyanAir and easyJet have actively been setting up foreign bases.
Slovakia has been lacking a national carrier ever since Air Slovakia, and then SkyEurope Airlines, went bankrupt during the recent worldwide recession. In an interesting twist of events, the former Československé Státní Aerolinie will now be again serving both Czech and Slovakia.
SriLankan Airlines has announced that it will be launching new flights to Moscow, Russia, from 15th September. The new flights will operate twice weekly on-board Airbus A320 aircraft, via Dubai. The airline had previously planned to operate thrice weekly via Abu Dhabi, on board Airbus A330-200 aircraft, but later brought forward the flights.
UL531 CMB 0730 - 1030 DXB 1130 - 1640 DME 320 Thu, Sat
The airline will have full fifth freedom rights between Dubai and Moscow. The new route is to be operated with the airline's new fleet of factory fresh Airbus A320 aircraft, which will be configured with 20 Business Class seats and 120 Economy Class seats ( the airline's present A320s are configured 12J/138Y ). However it remains to be seen what would be the customer response for staying in an A320 for 10hrs. But it is very likely that the airline is after the DXB-MOW traffic which alone could fill the A320 with UL's lower fares.
The schedule is as follows
UL531 CMB 0730 - 1030 DXB 1130 - 1640 DME 320 Thu, Sat
UL532 DME 1800 - 2300 DXB 0001+1 - 0600+1 CMB 320 Thu, Sat
( 4R-ABM, the airline's first factory fresh A320 to get the new seating configuration. Photo by XFW-Spotter )
The competition to the new route is as follows
Emirates - DXB-DME twice daily 345 and 77W
Aeroflot - SVO-CMB twice weekly 763, SVO-DXB 16 weekly 320 and IL9
The new SriLankan flights ensure optimal connectivity to its Indian sub-continent and South East Asian destinations and the airline has also loaded a new Male flight, UL111/2, from Winter - to join its already 30+ strong weekly Male flights.
SriLankan is also planning to add at least one more European destination prior to the end of 2011.
SriLankan Airlines has brought forward its Moscow launch date from 23rd December to 15th September, the airline's Chairman announced. As per the new plan, the flights will now initially operate twice weekly via Dubai - as opposed to the earlier plan of thrice weekly via Abu Dhabi. The new schedule is not yet available and this article will be updated once it is available. Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka grew 34% in the first quarter of 2011 while tourist arrivals from Russia alone has grown 22%. Aeroflot recently announced plans to resume its scheduled flights to Colombo from 1st November, after a hiatus of almost a decade.
Qatar Airways today announced that the airline will be launching service to four more destinations this year, namely Baku, Entebbe, Madinah and Tbilisi.
Doha - Madinah, Saudi Arabia. Service begins on 14th July and will operate four times a week on board Airbus A320 aircraft.
Doha - Entebbe, Uganda. Service begins on 2nd November and will operate daily on board Airbus A320 aircraft. Schedule below.
QR538 DOH 0115 - 0645 EBB 320 Tu, Th, Sa
QR536 DOH 0740 - 1310 EBB 320 Mo, We, Fr, Su
QR539 EBB 1415 - 1920 DOH 320 Tu, Th, Sa
QR537 EBB 1840 - 2345 DOH 320 Mo, We, Fr, Su
Doha - Baku, Azerbaijan and Doha - Tbilisi, Georgia. Service begins on 30th November and will operate daily on board Airbus A320 aircraft as a tag on flight.
The service operates as Doha - Baku - Tbilisi - Baku - Doha. Qatar Airways does not have fifth freedom rights between Baku and Tbilisi.
QR974 DOH 0830 - 1230 GYD 1330 - 1445 TBS 320 Tu, Fr, Sa
QR976 DOH 1300 - 1700 GYD 1800 - 1915 TBS 320 Mo, We, Th, Su
QR975 TBS 1545 - 1700 GYD 1800 - 1945 DOH 320 Tu, Fr, Sa
QR977 TBS 2015 - 2130 GYD 2230 - 0015+1 DOH 320 Mo, We, Th, Su
The airline also announced frequency increases to the following destinations.
Cairo - from 7 to 9 weekly from 2nd July
Dammam - from 21 to 28 weekly from 1st June
Jeddah - from daily to twice daily from 1st June
Riyadh - from daily to twice daily from 1st June