Hainan Airlines starts Dreamliner flights to Toronto

Hainan Airline the largest privately owned air transport company in China will commence its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights to Toronto next week. From 31st March 2014, the Chinese airline will deploy its new B787-8 to connect direct route from Beijing Capital International Airport to Toronto Pearson International Airport by replacing the Airbus A330 which currently operates on this route. The new Dreamliner comes equipped with 213 seats out of which 36 seats are in business class and 177 in economy class.

Hainan-Airlines--Boeing-787-DreamlinersWith this flight services to Toronto, it will now become Hainan Airlines’ third Dreamliner destination following Chicago, and Seattle which began in November 2103 and January 2014 respectively.

Initially flights to Toronto operate three times weekly, every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday before rising to daily flight from 1st May 2014. Through a codesharing agreement with WestJet, Hainan Airlines passengers can also transfer to other Canadian destinations including Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec and Halifax.

Southwest Airline Announces 7 new routes from Reagan National Airport

Southwest Airlines, the major U.S based airline has announced seven new routes from Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA) which include:-


    • Chicago Midway: Six daily round-trip flights begin from 10th August, grows to nine daily flights on 30th September

• Nashville: Three daily round-trip flights begin from 10th August

• New Orleans: Two daily round-trip flights begin from 10th August

• Tampa: Two daily round-trip flights begin from 30th September

• Akron-Canton: Flights begin from 2nd November, schedule TBA

• Dallas Love Field: Flights begin from 2nd November, schedule TBA

• Indianapolis: Flights begin from 2nd November, schedule TBA

The carrier also plans to add flights on existing routes between DCA and Houston Hobby and St. Louis. In the words of Ron Ricks, Southwest Airlines EVP and Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer, by the end of the year, the airline will offer 44 daily departures to 14 destinations from Reagan National Airport. The airline is interested in expanding at Washington National for long time. He further added that the airline is looking forward to bringing more low-fare, large-jet, customer- friendly services to travellers who work and live close to Reagan National Airport.

The Southwest Airlines will add one daily round-trip flight to Los Angeles on 8th June and one to San Francisco on 30th September.

Gambia Bird launches flight operations to Nigeria

Gambia Bird the flag carrier of Gambia is all set to begin its flight services to Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria from 30th March 2014. According to Commercial Manager of Gambia Bird, Mrs Sodieri Osei-Bonsu, the airline is coming to Nigeria to tap into the huge air travel market by offering the Nigerian public value for their money.


She further added that Gambia Bird airfares would be competitive and affordable. With good customer service and reliability of the airline it will appeal to numerous airline passengers across the West Afrian sub-region.

Flights to Nigeria are to further expand the airline’s operation in its West African sub-region. Nigeria is a new market and the airline hopes to make the Nigerian travellers to have a wonderful time and experience while travelling with Gambia Bird. The airline has been in operation for over one year and its major focus is on the West sub-region with some flights operating into Europe.

Korean Air adds a second A380 in USA

Korean Air is adding a second A380 flight from JFK in May, making it the only airline serving both coasts with double daily A380 flights to Asia. The airline currently offers double daily A380 flights from Los Angeles and daily A380 flights from New York and flies out of ten other US cities.


According to John Jackson, Korean Air’s vice president of sales and marketing for the Americas, the airline offers the most competitive services for the US business travellers to south-east Asia and Korea. Korean Air’s A380 is the industry’s most spacious aircraft with a total of 407 seats and an upper level dedicated solely to the business class travellers with 90 full flat sleeper suites.

Korean Air’s schedule is also a plus and offers the easiest and fastest connections to SE Asia through the world renowned Incheon International Airport. The airline has announced services to Houston in May, originally with four flights per week schedule and the response was so strong that the it will now launch with daily service from America’s fourth largest city.

Air China offers Shanghai-Munich services

Air China, one of the major airline’s of China will launch a new direct flight between Shanghai and Munich this summer. Starting on 6th June 2014, flights to Munich will operated four times a week, departing from Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport on every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 0100, getting into the German city at 0710. The return service will then leave Munich 1235, arriving back into Shanghai at 0545 the next morning.


Munich is located in the central part of Europe and boasts Germany’s second largest airport. The Shanghai-Munich services offered by the Air China will allow passengers to fly nonstop to Munich from Shanghai and transit to other parts of Europe and Asia Pacific destinations including Sydney, Taipei and Fukuoka via Shanghai. All Shanghai-Munich flights will be operated using the Airbus A330-200 aircraft with flat-bed seats in business class.

These new services brings the total number of European routes operated by the Air China to 25 four of which are served direct from Shanghai while the other three being the Frankfurt, Milan and Paris.

British Airways resumes flights from Paphos and Gatwick

British Airways have announced the resumption of direct flight services between Paphos International Airport, Cyprus and London Gatwick. This provides both incoming and outgoing travellers a greater scope to use the new destination for their summer vacations or business trips. The service from Paphos to Gatwick will be available five times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The first flight is set to take off on 30th March and the route will run in addition to the highly popular existing route to London Heathrow and Gatwick from Larnaca Airport.


According to Freddie Stier, Commercial Manager of British Airways Cyprus-Greece the resumed services from Paphos to Gatwick will provide Cypriot travellers and incoming tourists from the UK with far more choice during peak season. The flyers from Paphos can also take full advantage of two-way connectivity to other destinations in the BA network via both the Gatwick and Heathrow airport hubs. The route is very important for British Airways and is in great demand from travellers as well.

AirAsia X Launches direct flights between KL and Nagoya

AirAsia X, a long-haul, Malaysian based budget airline has launched direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Nagoya, Japan. With this new flight service to Nagoya, it is now become AirAsia X’s third destination in Japan after Tokyo and Osaka. The airline is operating the route with four flights per week using Airbus A330-300 aircraft.


According to Azram Osman-Rani, CEO AirAsia X, the airline is renowned for its low fares and with the addition of Nagoya; guests will have more travel options to explore Japan. Nagoya is located just 50 minutes from Osaka city and 1 hour 40 minutes from Tokyo via train is a scenic and historical destination and is quite popular among tourists. The airline is committed to boost the Malaysian tourism industry as well as to the increase tourism across the airline’s group network.

British Airways increases capacity East Africa routes

After withdrawing a route between London and Dar es Salaam, the largest city of Tanzania last year, British Airways has announced that it will increase the capacity to the remaining two destinations in East Africa , Entebbe and Nairobi from the end of March, i.e., the beginning of the summer schedule.


Flights to Entebbe the major city in central Uganda will be increased from presently three flights a week to four flights a week. The other city Nairobi will see a change of aircraft, returning from the presently used B777 to the previously used B747-400, adding nearly 800 extra seats on the route each week. It is a sign of a demand revival for flights to Kenya and beyond into the wider Eastern African region.

According to Edward Frost, the newly appointed commercial manager for East and Southern Africa, the increase in schedule and capacity increases provide customers more choice and better connections to London and beyond.

Qatar Airways upgrades Melbourne flights

Qatar Airways, the flag carrier of Qatar is upgrading its daily flight service to Melbourne from Doha to a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft from April through May. There is a room for 259 passengers on the current Boeing 777-200 LR, with 42 seats at pointy end and 217 in economy class. From 1st April until 31st May, QR904/905 will see an increase of 335 passengers with 42 at business class, with a room for extra 76passengers down the back of the bus.


With this upgrade the travellers in the first seven rows of economy can enjoy a quiet mini-cabin, provided that the bassinets in row 10 aren’t put to use. Qatar Airways offer daily flights from Melbourne and Perth to its hub Doha and beyond. The airline is a member of Oneworld alliance so you can earn extra Qantas points for the trip as well.

Middle East Airlines ups London to Beirut service

Middle East Airlines (MEA) has announced to increase its London – Beirut services. The airline will introduce a second daily flight on this route from April 17.

The airline will serve this route with an Airbus 320, departing Beirut at 17:30 local time and landing at Heathrow at 20:35. The return leg will depart London at 22:00 local time and arrive in Beirut at 04:35.

The addition of new flights will facilitate passengers to get upward connectivity: Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh, Kuwait, Amman, Cairo, Baghdad, Najaf and Basrah.

Founded in 1945 Middle East Airlines flies to 31 destinations with a fleet size of 17.

This one of the prominent airlines in the Middle East has codeshare agreement with some prominent world airlines.