Industry Update and Commentary 1Feb08
- All Nippon has put in an order for 60 planes from Boeing.Gulf Air has wanted to double the amount of flights between Bahrain and India, but the number of flights between the two countries is currently restricted. GF currently has 50 flights a week.Low-cost Austrian Carrier NIKI has orded nine A-320s.Alitalia is planning to sell some runway slots at Malpensa, in order to keep the carrier solvent. [MXP is having other problems as well.....other carriers moving to Linate, or stopping flying to Milan altogether. And local authorities are trying to keep business going, as businesses surrounding the airport are suffering with less flights.]Air Canada is adding more flights to the US.......DCA-Ottawa, Austin-Toronto, Calgary-Chicago, and oddly enough, Richmond-Toronto.Air Malta's pilots has signed a contract with ALPA for a three-year period.Air Pacific increasing service between LAX and Nadi, Fiji, in the wake of Air New Zealand pulling out. [NZ will still code-share on these flights].Due the fact that Beijing's airport appears to be behind schedule in getting a solid operational plan for the 2008 Olympics, China has called in advisors from the Athens airport to help out.Austin's airport traffic is booming. They could possibly board 9 million passengers this year, after barely missing it in 2007.Malev has moved all of its Moscow operations out of Sheremetyvo, and into Domodedovo airport.Emirates has increased its Houston-Dubai service to daily. [Essentially, you've got most of the oil industry executives on this flight.]Also, if you are shipping cargo on Emirates to Dubai, they are experimenting with a "paperless customs" procedure, in cooperation with DXB airport.