Category Archives: Route Changes
Delta today announced that on March 20, 2014 they will begin daily 767 service to London’s Heatrow Airport. This adds to the current 10x weekly service operated by British Airways. I guess London is a popular destination for Seattle residents and vice versa as there will now be 17 weekly flights between the two cities.
Both of these changes were noted on the Airline routes blog. H/T to them
Delta Air Lines is starting seasonal weekly service out of Indianapolis to Nassau and Montego Bay. This adds to Delta’s winter service to Ft. Myers, Orlando, Tampa, and Cancun. What surprises me isn’t snowbird service, but that Delta is expanding a city that is less than 400 miles from three Delta hubs, CVG, MEM, and DTW. While Delta could expand service from any those three hubs, they went with expanding IND. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, but then again it doesn’t have to.
United Airlines is reducing their daily service on Washington DC-Kuwait City-Bahrain to 4x weekly service. This appears just to be another instance of United trying to shrink to profitability, a scenario that has barely worked in the airline industry. That being said United needs to swap crews in Kuwait City, which does increase the cost of the route dramatically.
We here at the Puckinflight blog love random routes. Today’s random route comes to us from Kiev, Ukraine. Windrose Airlines, a scheduled carrier based in Kiev announced today that they plan to start Kiev – Bangkok service on October 23rd. Service will be using a yet to-be-determined A330.
Book at Windrose.aero.
Tags: Windrose Air
The DOT yesterday issued a “show cause” order detailing how the new Brazil slots for this year and next year are to be divided among the bidders. Here was my prediction.
DL gets JFK-GRU
AA gets LAX-GRU
AA gets ORD-GRU
US gets PHL-GRU
Those were my predictions. Here is what the show cause order says
Delta, American, and US Airways have submitted their complete applications for the new Brazil routes to the DOT for approval. Basically all of the follow applications say the same thing, why the applying airline would be a better choice than the other airlines. You can read all three applications in the links below if you want.
However, there was only one thing that really interested me in the application. That one this is the projected fuel burn numbers for the route. The Airlines complain a lot about how expensive fuel is, these numbers may provide the best insight into how much the airlines actually spend. Lets have a look shall we?
Sorry for being away for the past couple of days, I’ve been kind of sick. But anyways on the with the show.
Previously, I reported on American applying to start LA-Sao Paulo this year and Chicago-Sao Paulo next year. Now airlines had 15 days to file bids. After those 15 days had expired, US Airways and Delta both filed bids. You can read all of the information in the bids in the regulations.gov link at the bottom of the page. Now lets start with U.S. Airways bid.
U.S. Airways is asking for 7 frequencies starting this October for Charlotte-Sao Paulo and 7 starting in 2014 for Philadelphia-Sao Paulo. Currently, U.S. Airways is leasing the frequencies to run Charlotte-Sao Paulo from United, so getting these frequencies would obviate the need for the lease.
Delta is asking for 14 frequencies to run Atlanta/JFK- Sao Paulo to start this year and 7 frequencies to start Detroit Sao-Paulo next year.
So there are 14 frequencies to be allocated this year. Delta wants all 14, American wants 7, and US wants 7. There are also 14 slots next year Which Delta wants 7, AA wants 7, and US wants 7. More applicants than frequencies so some will win and some will lose. Let’s start with this year.
Back on February 20th I wrote a post about how the DOT was putting additional US-Brazil route authorities up for bid. The deadline to submit a bid is today and so far only one airline has applied for the slots. American Airlines submitted an application yesterday to start Los Angeles-Sao Paulo on Nov 21 of this year and Chicago-Sao Paulo on November 20, 2014. They plan to start service using 777-200s. For the United customers in LAX this will mark a welcome change from having to first get to IAD, IAH, or EWR, and will bring some competition with United on the ORD-GRU route.
The DOT under its agreement with their Brazilian counterpart has opened up new frequencies for bidding. Starting on 2/15 and going for 15 days carriers can submit bids to the DOT for routes starting on October 1, 2013
14 frequencies to anywhere in Brazil
14 frequencies to anywhere in Brazil excluding San Paulo
14 frequencies to anywhere in Brazil excluding San Paulo and Rio de Janeiro
For routes starting on October 1, 2014
14 frequencies to anywhere in Brazil excluding San Paulo
21 frequencies to anywhere in Brazil excluding San Paulo and Rio de Janeiro
According to the DOT Docket no applications have been filed. I imagine that will change at least for the 14 frequencies that equal two daily flights to anywhere in Brazil. Currently most US airlines operate red-eyes in both directions. This allocation would allow them to run day flights on that route and increase aircraft utilization as the planes currently sit on the ground all day in Brazil. Delta may take some of the more restrictive slots as they tend to start any route they can think of (and drop it less than a year later, but that’s another post).
You can find the DOT docket on Regulations.gov, here
Spirit Airlines, America’s version of Ryanair announced they were starting Houston-Orlando service effective immediately. It’s pretty rare, well non-existent really, that airlines start service as soon as they announce it because they haven’t sold any tickets. I am guess I just missed the announcement of intent to start service. Houston-Orlando is pretty much an all leisure market, you know with Walt Disney World and such, so there is a strong market for Spirit which markets to the leisure traveler.
Fight times are actually decent, IAH-MCO leaves at 0900 and MCO-IAH at 1300, so it may be worth looking at.
Delta announced they are canceling their once daily Tokyo-Seoul service as of the end of May. Delta inherited this route from merger partner Northwest which had previously been operated by NW A330s but is now down to 757 service. This leaves Delta serving Seoul out of Detroit. As far as I know this is the first Tokyo route cancellation Delta has made. It is also odd as it was widely thought that the Delta’s NRT operation was rather profitable.
DL 578/579 were timed to meet the Delta’s USA arrivals and departures in Narita. Delta clearly isn’t getting the performance they need out of the route. United so far has not announced termination of their NRT-ICN flight which may suggest that United is gaining ground in the Tokyo market. The other alternative is that Skyteam codeshare partner Korean Air is sufficient for Delta’s needs.
h/t Airline Route blog.