Experience The Skies reported that Icelandair formally purchased chief rival WOW Air (refer to post here) earlier. In the following insight, we will dig deeper into the opportunities and challenges as the new Icelandair Group competes with European and North American airlines for more passengers.
LEVEL is a low cost carrier (News – Low Cost Carrier LEVEL Starts Operations) set up by International Airlines Group (IAG) to handle long haul operations out of Europe and compete with the likes Joon (News – Air France Unveiled New Low Cost Carrier Named Joon), WOW Air and Norwegian Air Shuttle (News – Norwegian Controls Low Cost Transatlantic Flights).
Earlier, Experience The Skies highlighted the top 20 longest non-stop flights being operated in 2017 (Related Insight). In the post, the longest flight’s operational time lasts between 17 hours 30 minutes to 17 hours 40 minutes in length. Are there any aircrafts currently in operation or planned that is capable to stretching to 2o hours of flight time? We explore current ranges and future development in this post.
Aircraft manufacturers Boeing and rival Airbus have been working hard on extending flight ranges in their 777/787 and A350/A380 programs since their introduction into service. In combination with lower fuel prices, airlines have been taken risks in flying longer routes non-stop shattering distance current operating records in the process. Experience The Skies have been following the trends since day one and have published two editions of non-stop flight titleholders thus far (2014 Edition), (2016 Edition). This third edition is expanded with more insights.
Norwegian announced plans and introduced new transatlantic (TATL) service from Rome to Newark, Los Angeles and Oakland from November 9, 2017 onwards with fares starting at as low as US$189 one way for economy and US$539 for Premium respectively.
United Airlines announced today that it will be enhancing its transcontinental service beginning July 1, 2017. Both business and Economy Plus passengers will benefit from this enhancement. Boston is added to the premium transcontinental route network as well on the same day.
Emirates postpones its Central American launch further into the year.
Third times’ the charm as Korean Air Lines (KE) replaces its daily flight from its hub at Seoul’s Incheon Airport (ICN) to London Heathrow Airport (LHR) on board a Boeing 777-300ER to an Airbus A380-800 in 2016.
Back in 2014, Experience The Skies crowned (News – September 30, 2014) Qantas Airways (QF) with the title of the world’s longest flight for its Sydney Airport (SYD) to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) route. This will be eclipsed by Emirates on March 1, 2016. What are the world’s longest flights in 2016?
Besides having new service from Emirates (News – July 5, 2015) and WestJet Airlines (News – September 5, 2015), Orlando International Airport may be getting more feeder traffic by different rail options approval or planned.