Voyagers® Airline Update No. 04/2014


Voyagers® Airline Update No. 04/2014

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Ethiopian Airlines

Effective 08JUL14, ET will increase their Addis Ababa – London Heathrow service, with the addition of a 7th weekly flight. The new flight operates on Tuesdays, with a Boeing 787-800 aircraft.

Ethiopian Airlines

Effective 01JUN14 is doubling operations on their Addis Ababa – Nairobi route, where it’ll increase from 2 to 4 flights daily. All flights will be operated by a Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Kenya Airways

Effective 02JUN14 is resuming its Nairobi – Zanzibar service, after nearly 2 years of hiatus. The Skyteam member plans to operate this route once a day on board an Embraer E190 aircraft. The KQ499 service begins from 03JUN14

ECAir (Equatorial Congo Airlines)

Effective 31MAR14 launches new services to the Middle East, with a new Brazzaville – Dubai nonstop flight, on board a Boeing 757 aircraft. The service is to operate 3 times a week.

LC061 BZV1515 – 0140+1DXB 752 146
LC062 DXB0305 – 0745BZV 752 257

From 01MAY14 to 20JUL14, the Dubai service operates to/from Dubai Al Maktoum (DWC) with identical flight numbers and schedules.


United Arab Emirates (UAE) carrier, Emirates Airline, is set to expand its presence in Africa’s most populous country Nigeria, with the start of a daily linked service to Abuja and Kano from August 1, 2014. The announcement follows Emirates’ recent milestone of 10 years of successful operations to Lagos, to which the airline flies twice daily. Emirates introduced flights to Nigeria on January 2, 2004 with four flights per week from Dubai to Lagos linked with Accra in Ghana, using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft. Just over a year later it increased its services from four to six flights a week, and following further demand, it became a daily operation in October 2005. With effect from January 1, 2006, Lagos was delinked from Accra and became a direct destination from to Dubai and just over three years later on February 1, 2009, a second daily service was introduced. Today, both of Emirates’ flights to Lagos are flown using Boeing 777-300ER equipment, but the new linked Abuja and Kano service will be serviced by an A340-500 offering a total of 258 seats in a three class configuration – 12 in First Class, 42 in Business Class and 204 in Economy Class.

Air Austral

Effective 23JUN14 Air Austral is resuming a St. Denis de la Reunion – Seychelles service, where it plans to operate 2 weekly services with Boeing a 737-800 aircraft.


has cancelled operation to Jakarta effective 10JAN14, according to the OAG Schedules Analyser, just less than 3 weeks after it launched this service in late-December 2013. In the GDS listing as of 31JAN14, the airline currently lists planned service resumption from 15FEB14, however reservation on/after this date is not available. Previously it operated this route as Cairo – Bangkok – Jakarta, on board a Boeing 777-300ER with following schedule.

Virgin Atlantic Airways

has announced it will close its daily link between Hong Kong and Sydney from May 5, 2014 ending its operations to Australia. The carrier launched flights on the route, an extension of an existing service between London Heathrow and Hong Kong, in December 2004 but says "increasing costs and a challenging economic environment" have meant the route is “no longer considered profitable".

Korean Air

is to further strengthen its position as one of the leading Asian carriers to serve the North American market by introducing a new non-stop link between its hub at Seoul’s Incheon International Airport and Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport in the US. This will be its 13th destination in North America, the most of any Asian carrier and the latest expansion will be complemented by frequency and capacity changes on other routes into the region. The SkyTeam alliance member will inaugurate the four times weekly link between Seoul and Houston on May 2, 2014 and plans to utilize a Boeing 777-200 on the route. It will be the third Asian carrier to offer direct flights into Houston, the largest city in Texas and the fourth-largest city in the US after Singapore Airlines and Air China.

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