Voyagers® Airline Update No. 09/2014


Voyagers® Airline Update No. 09/2014

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Qatar will have increased frequency on the Johannesburg route and flights will be operated on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Two departures on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and one departure on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. It has a capacity of 254 seats in Economy class and 22 seats in Business class.

Hamad International Airport - The new airport located on the East Coast of the peninsula, which is 16kms from the centre of Doha and 4kms from DIA. It has the following amenities and features include :-

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Play areas for children
  • Multiple quiet areas to relax
  • Array of shopping and eating options with more than 70 retail outlets

Qatar has also introduced seven US destinations in America i.e. New York, Washington, Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami and Dallas Forth Worth

Air Namibia

Effective 23rd June 2014, Air Namibia will cancel their Accra operation, where it currently operates one weekly Windhoek – Accra route, on an Airbus A319 aircraft.

Ethiopian Airlines

Effective 01st September 2014 Ethiopian Airlines will adjust operations on their Addis Ababa – Rome – Milan Malpensa service, which will see their Boeing 767-300ER operating 4 times weekly instead of 7 times weekly. Overall service to Rome remains unchanged at 7 times weekly, as the Star Alliance member begins their Addis Ababa – Rome – Madrid operation.

(ET does not have local traffic rights on Rome – Madrid sector)

Kenya Airways

Effective 04th September 2014, Kenya Airways will resume nonstop operations between Nairobi – Jeddah, on board an Embraer E190 aircraft. The airline will operate this route twice a week, in addition to Nairobi – Mombasa – Jeddah, a new routing to be started from 03JUN14. Overall frequencies to Jeddah will be 4 weekly.

Singapore Airlines

The Asian carrier Singapore Airlines has announced the closure of its routes to the Egyptian capital Cairo and the Saudi Arabian city of Riyadh, although it will continue to serve the latter market with flights to Jeddah which will now operate via Dubai rather than Riyadh. The airlines decision to close flights to these two destinations was due to the “sustained weak performance of both routes”. Singapore Airlines has served Cairo for many years as an extension of its Singapore – Dubai route. It currently operates three flights per week on to the Egyptian capital but will close the route from September 30, 2014.

Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines is continuing its service expansion in Africa, as it adds Luanda to its network, starting on the 11th June 2014. Turkish Airlines will operate an Istanbul Ataturk – Luanda service twice a week, on board an Airbus A330-200.


Effective 22nd April  2015 Lufthansa plans to introduce a Premium Economy Class service on board their Boeing 747-8I, on their Frankfurt – Delhi route.

Air Canada

Effective 11th December 2014, Air Canada begins a new Toronto – Rio de Janeiro service, on board a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. Air Canada will operate this route 3 times a week on a year-round basis.


Emirates is set to launch its 9th destination in the US, with a new Dubai – Chicago operation from 05th August 2014. This route is to operate on a daily basis on a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, becoming the carrier’s 2nd new US destination to be launched in 2014.

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