Scoot, the low cost carrier owned by Singapore Airlines, has revealed the routes to be flown by its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
The first of these aircraft, a 787-9 model, is due to arrive in November and will likely begin flying for crew familiarisation on some of the carrier’s shorter routes.
Then, from 29 March 2015 the type will enter service on routes from Singapore to Hong Kong, Perth and Sydney.
The airline has 10 787-8 and 10 787-9 aircraft on order. Additional routes to be started in April and May 2015 include Bangkok, Gold Coast, Shenyang and Tianjin.
Eventually all of the airline’s Boeing 777-200s will be replaced by the 787.
You can find out more from our Boeing 787 Routes Page.
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, China, Indonesia | Posted on 03-09-2014
9air is a new airline based in Guangzhou, China. It has taken delivery of its first aircraft – Boeing 737-800 B-1715 – in an attractive and colourful livery. The aircraft is leased from Lion Airlines.
The airline will offer low cost flights, and begin flying next month once its second aircraft has arrived. Initial routes are from Guangzhou to Shanghai, Chengdu, and Jieyang.
The airline is a subsidiary of Juneyao Airlines, and will eventually have 50 Boeing 737-800s, some of which will be the new MAX models.
Hot on the heels of the first Boeing 787 delivery to Royal Jordanian, the Chinese carrier Xiamen Airlines has also received its first Dreamliner.
B-2768 was delivered from Everett Paine Field on 29th August. With this, Xiamen Airlines becomes the third Chinese airline to operate the 787. The airline will use the 787 on long-haul routes from its Fujian province base to Europe, North America and Australia.
As part of Xiamen Airlines’ 12th five-year plan ending 2015, the carrier plans to grow its fleet to 150 airplanes, including six 787s. The 787 is the most advanced airplane in commercial aviation and will help Xiamen Airlines develop more point-to-point routes globally, while also establishing the airline as an emerging force in the commercial aviation market.
From our Boeing 787 Routes page, Xiamen Airlines plans to initially operate their 787s on the following routes:
Xiamen – Amsterdam Schiphol
Xiamen – New York
Xiamen – Paris Charles de Gaulle
Xiamen – Sydney
Xiamen – Vancouver
Finnair has announced an initial batch of routes that it will fly with its Airbus A350 aircraft.
The airline has opted for the A350-900 model, and will take delivery of the first of 11 aircraft on order in the middle of 2015. It has eight options for additional aircraft.
The first routes to be operated by the A350 will be from Helsinki to Bangkok, Beijing, and Shanghai. They are likely to commence in the second half of 2015.
Additionally, Hong Kong and Singapore will be added in 2016.
For Finnair, the A350 will be its flagship long haul aircraft, and these are the airline’s flagship international routes, as it has a significant presence on the Europe – Asia network.
Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo said: “Since Finnair’s founding in 1923, we have had a long history of operations using the most advanced aircraft available,” he added “As the first European operator of the A350, we are proud to carry forward this tradition on behalf of our passengers, whose safety and comfort remain our first priority.”
TAAG Angola Airlines is planning to turn its Luanda Airport base into a hub to link Central Africa with worldwide destinations in association with Emirates Airline.
TAAG is currently on the EU banned airline list, but it is hoped it will emerge soon and begin expanding its connections to Europe, including Amsterdam, Brussels, Lisbon, London Heathrow, Paris CDG, and Rome Fiumicino.
Luanda will also be linked through Dubai via Emirates, who will also take on TAAG’s links to Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paulo.
A new airport is being built at Luanda which will be able to handle this increased traffic, and match modern standards expected at airports.
China Southern Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, registered B-2099.
The new airplane is the first of 10 777-300ERs China Southern has on order with Boeing.
“The 777-300ER’s long-haul capability is a perfect fit for our network expansion plans as it will enable us serve our existing long-range markets more efficiently and open new routes in the future,” said Zhang Zifang, Chief Operating Officer, China Southern Airlines. “The 777-300ER will support the development of Guangzhou as our main international hub and will be a vital part of our ‘Canton Route’ services.”
China Southern plans to operate its first 777-300ER on its new North America routes, where it will be able to directly connect passengers in the southern region of China to the eastern coast of the United States.
Air China Cargo has announced plans to introduce both Boeing 757 and 777 freighters to its operation.
A total of five converted Air China 757s will join the fleet, with the first beginning domestic flights from Chengdu to Nanjing in mid-November.
Eight Boeing 777 freighters are on order, which will be used on international services to Frankfurt and Osaka amongst others. They will begin flying in January 2014.
Thai AirAsia is set to re-establish a base at Chiang Mai in northern Thailand in order to establish itself further in the Chinese market.
It already serves a number of domestic destinations from Chiang Mai, and intends to add services into China when this new base opens – which could be as soon as November 2013.
Scoot is the long-haul low-cost arm of Singapore Airlines. It recently celebrated its first anniversary, having launched operations between Singapore and Sydney on 4th June 2012.
The airline flies Boeing 777-200 aircraft in a bright yellow colour scheme. The airline recently added Seoul, South Korea, to its network. So where can you catch a Scoot aircraft? They currently fly to the following destinations (all from Singapore Changi):
- Bangkok, Thailand
- Gold Coast, Australia
- Nanjing, China
- Qingdao, China
- Seoul, South Korea
- Shenyang, China
- Sydney, Australia
- Taipei, Taiwan
- Tianjin, China
- Tokyo Narita, Japan
Have you flown with Scoot? How do they compare to other low cost carriers in Asia?
Air New Zealand is the launch customer for the Boeing 787-9 variant. It has recently announced the destinations it will send the aircraft to once it takes delivery in 2014. They are:
Auckland – Honolulu
Auckland – Papeete
Auckland – Perth
Auckland – Shanghai Pudong
Auckland – Tokyo Narita
Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says the 787-9 is a game changer for the airline.
“This modern flexible fuel efficient aircraft will not only replace our current fleet of Boeing 767s, it also represents a significant growth opportunity for our business and opens up the prospect of expanding our Pacific Rim footprint.