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Route Development & Rumours

David_itl

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Atlanta daily
New York daily
Los Angeles 3 or 4 weekly
Las Vegas 4 weekly
Boston daily
Orlando up to 11 weekly

What i did find interesting in the PR is this: ".... follow the introduction of our exceptionally popular Manchester – Los Angeles route that launched earlier this year. "

Wihen an airline or airlines starting talking about new route launches, they normally limit themselves to a route performing above expectations. For them to starting throwing "exceptionally popular" around surely means that the next announcement over the Atlantic from Virgin is either go 5 weekly to daily summer seasonal with an extended operating period or going year round. I'm also pretty sure that somewhere along the line an Indian route comes along so that the aircraft doing 3/4 weekly LAX will do the rest of the week to India.
 

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David_itl

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So while LGW get Jazeera Airways for defiinte per

https://blueswandaily.com/jazeera-airways-confirms-kuwait-london-launch-puts-pressure-on-the-long-standing-ba-and-kuwait-airways-duopoly/

the intriguing bit is....

"The airline expects Kuwaiti holidaymakers, students in the UK, business travellers and feed traffic into Saudi Arabia for Hajj and Umrah, to be among the users of the new London link, and its success generating this traffic will ultimately drive where it flies next – the UK markets of Birmingham and Manchester are both under consideration, as are the likes of Athens, Malaga, Munich and Nice, according to Mr Ramachandran in an interview with the UAE press. "
 

David_itl

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An update on Thai and the "will they / won't they" route came within the fleet renewal proposal:


"Apart from this major investment, Thai Airways has another expansionary plan. Sumeth revealed that the carrier was seeking to lease three aircraft for six years to strengthen its operations in Europe.

Thai Airways currently operates an average of three flights a week connecting Bangkok with Brussels, Vienna and Milan. Sumeth mentioned the idea of increasing flight frequency to those destinations, as well as possibly exploring a new route to Manchester, using the three leased planes."

I can't recollect any recent Thai aicraft leasing news so perhaps the 2 things will be announced at the same time.


https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Transportation/Loss-making-Thai-flag-carrier-aims-for-5bn-fleet-renewal
 

RhysTheBeast

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Good news on the Juneyao front! With regard to Thai, only time will tell, it would be fantastic to have a direct connection to Bangkok as opposed to having to fly through the ME3.
 

jfy1999

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Manchester has been named as a potential destination for Air Antwerp:


Translated: Deurne airport has expansion plans. Yesterday, the new airline Air Antwerp was launched, which flies to London three times a weekday. And Egis, the manager of the airport, is conducting concrete negotiations to fly from Deurne to Geneva, Zurich, Hamburg, Munich and Manchester.

Credit to airportnewsMAN on Twitter for the link
 

Finger66

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It's a weird one Antwerp. It's just as easy, if not easier, to get to Brussels by train from ANR than it is from BRU. But a higher frequency on jets to BRU is going to win over the business travellers compared to slow props to ANR. So is there enough point to point stuff to support! And let's face it, BRU is very much a business destination - for now at least - but we shall leave that topic well alone
 

rutamkrd

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Finger66 there are unique historical business links between Manchester and Antwerp in leather and diamond trading to certain communities to the north of the city.

Antwerp is mainly O&D its not a Ryanair’esk Brussels North in the main.
 

David_itl

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Today's essential online news reading saw this catch my attention regarding Biman:

"Responding to another question from treasury bench MP Wasiqa Ayesha Khan (reserved seats for women), Mahbub Ali said Biman Bangladesh has taken steps to launch flight between Dhaka-Manchester by early next year. "
He is "State minister for civil aviation and tourism " in Bangladesh:

https://en.prothomalo.com/bangladesh/news/201708/Drone-policy-at-final-stage-says-minister
 

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