Beijing Capital Airlines to launch service to Vancouver

Beijing Capital Airlines Airbus A330-200. Source: Weibo

Beijing Capital Airlines, a leisure airline that is a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines founded in 2010 will begin flying to Vancouver on the second last day of the year, the 30th of December 2016. They will be using their Airbus A330 aircraft on this route. The A330 is their only wide-body aircraft and they currently operate the A330-200 and they have one A330-300 on order. At the moment, Capital Airlines operates out of Beijing, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Shenyang and Xi’an as its primary bases.

They will operate the route three times a week from Hangzhou to Vancouver via Qingdao according to the Vancouver Airport Authority. This will be Capital Airlines’ first destination in North America. Here is what the president and CEO of the Vancouver Airport Authority, Craig Richmond had to say:

We are thrilled Beijing Capital Airlines has chosen YVR as its first entry point into North America.

Capital Airlines will be the sixth airline that flies between mainland China and Vancouver – the other five being:

  1. Air China
  2. China Eastern
  3. China Southern
  4. Sichuan Airlines
  5. Xiamen Airlines

Three other airlines – China Airlines and Cathay Pacific fly from Hong Kong to Vancouver while EVA Air flies from Taipei to Vancouver.

Turkish Airlines Commences their Atlanta Service

Turkish Airlines 777-300ER TC-JJN with special Batman v Superman Livery (displayed from Batman side)

Turkish Airlines have launched their daily service to/from Atlanta on May 16, making it the ninth US route for the airline and its 15th destination in the Americas.
The other destinations in the Americas that are served by Turkish Airlines are: Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Panama, Bogota, Toronto, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, Boston, Montreal, San Francisco and Miami.
The carrier is expanding its services throughout the United States. They offer 70 flights per week and provides one-stop connections to 289 destinations and 115 countries through its Istanbul hub, it has said in a statement.
Ahmet Olmustur, Chief Marketing Officer of Turkish Airlines, commented:

The addition of the Atlanta gateway means that we will now connect business and leisure travellers through our Istanbul hub more efficiently and to more destinations than any other airline via one-stop connection through the world’s most travelled airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.

The Mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed said:

We are pleased to welcome Turkish Airlines as the newest carrier to Atlanta, solidifying the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport not only as the world’s busiest airport, but also the gateway to the world. The new route will open a wide range of business and tourism opportunities to a vast array of global destinations served by the leading carrier.

Turkish Airlines has said

Passengers between Istanbul and Georgia’s capital will be able to enjoy special round-trip fares.

Until the end of October, Miles&Smiles members will enjoy a 25% mileage discount when redeeming miles on the route or a 25% bonus on paid tickets as well as chances for upgrades.

The daily flight schedule is:

TK031 departing Istanbul at 2.05pm and arriving in Atlanta at 7.05pm.

TK032 departing Atlanta at 10.45pm and arriving in Istanbul at 4.40pm (next day).

To commemorate the launch, Turkish Airlines has exposed the Atlanta community to its destinations in through a number of different promotions/procedures. These include 3D art and Coca-Cola customised bottles for the launch flight. 3D art representing “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”, the most recent Turkish Airlines-sponsored film was installed and showed off at Lenox Square from the 12th of May till the 18th of May. The public was encouraged to take a photo by the 3D art and to share it using #TurkishAirlines Atlanta for a chance to win a round-trip Turkish Airlines flight. The carrier also partnered with Coca-Cola to serve customised branded bottles during its first flight in this route.

Hawaiian Airlines Awarded Kona-Haneda Route

Source: Hawaiian Airlines

Last Friday, the US Department of Transportation approved Hawaiian Airlines’ request to serve Honolulu and Kona from Haneda Airport, Tokyo. The airline will launch this new route before the 29th of January, 2017. Hawaiian Airlines’ CEO Mark Dunkerley said:

This is tremendous news for Hawaiian Airlines, for our employees, our customers and for the economies of Kona and our entire state.

The announcement comes as a result of an agreement the U.S. and Japan reached earlier this year in February, made in order to increase the number of slots between Haneda International Airport and the U.S. from four to six routes.

Hawaiian Airlines has now officially obtained one of those routes and is looking for another. At the moment, Hawaiian has one of the four slots and flies to Honolulu daily. United has one slot and serves San Francisco with the slot. The remaining two slots are used by American and Delta, both to serve Los Angeles.

The Department of Transportation (DoT) must still decide which five of eight remaining applications by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airways, and United Airlines for daytime slots at Haneda International Airport it will accept. American Airlines asked for two daily flights from Los Angeles and Dallas/Ft. Worth; Delta said that they want to have three daily flights from Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Atlanta; United requested two daily flights from San Francisco and Newark while Hawaiian asked for a Honolulu service.

Applicant airlines were given until the Fifth Of May to submit arguments and evidence supporting their proposals, also known as answers to provide extra detail into the business cases for their route bids. They then are published to the public and in turn, the bidders have until the 12th of May to reply to the answers.

After these dates, the DOT will then run its own internal review of the applications and decide how it plans to distribute the slots. When the routes are chosen, the airlines are able to launch their flights after the 30th of October.

Air Canada Rouge expands to sun destinations

Air Canada Jetz by AirCanada.com

Air Canada Rouge has announced that it would start flying to new winter seasonal routes to sun routes. The new routes are:

Montreal to:

November

 

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (18th)

December

Palm Springs, California (14th)

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (21st)

San Jose, Costa Rica (22nd)

Frequency chart here: Thanks to Airwaysnews.com!

They will use their Boeing 767-300ER (282 seats) aircraft on all except the Palm Springs route. The Palm Springs route will be A319 operated – 136 seats. Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada said:

Air Canada is solidifying its position in the Canadian leisure market by offering more flights to more sun destinations during the 2016-2017 winter season. Flights are timed to optimize connectivity for travelers from all across Quebec and Eastern Canada looking to escape the Canadian winter.

Air Canada Rouge (ACR) currently serves 70 leisure destinations across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean. These are all short-haul. Europe, Asia, South America and Africa are ACR’s long haul ones.