Route rundown: DXB-SCL, ADD-ORD, ADL-NTL

This week: Emirates adds fourth South American destination and Ethiopian to operate Chicago O’Hare.

Nigel MayesNigel Mayes is the senior vice president, consulting & product development at ASM. Nigel has more than 15 years’ experience in route development and is responsible for product development at ASM.

The sister company to Routes, ASM is the world‘s leading route development consultancy and has supported the creation of new air services since 1993.

Route 1: Dubai – Sao Paulo Guarulhos – Santiago de Chile

Emirates 777 rundown





Boeing 777-200LR


Five weekly

Start date

5 July 2018


14,818 km

O&D traffic demand (2017)


Growth % YOY


Average one-way fare $ (2017)



Emirates will launch a five times a week service from Dubai to Santiago International Airport (SCL) in Chile, via the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo from July. The new service will see Emirates fly an additional five times a week to Sao Paulo, complementing the airline’s existing daily A380 flight between Dubai and the city. The start of Emirates operations to Chile means the airline will now fly to four destinations in South America - it already serves Rio De Janeiro and Buenos Aires in addition to Sao Paulo. Santiago is the largest city of Chile, accounting for nearly half of the nation’s GDP. Tourism in Chile has enjoyed a sustained growth over the last few years with 5.6 million international visitors visiting the country in 2016, compared to 4.43 million in 2015.  

Route 2: Addis Ababa – Chicago O’Hare 

A350 -Ethiopian Airlines


Carrier  Ethiopian Airlines
Aircraft Boeing 787-8 
Frequency Three weekly
Start date 2 June 2018 
Distance 12,217km
O&D traffic demand (2017) 5,945
Growth % YOY -3.34%
Average one-way fare $ (2017) $310.74


Ethiopian Airlines will operate Addis Ababa – Chicago O’Hare three times a week from June, with the westbound service via a stop in Dublin. The carrier already flies to three destinations in the US - Washington DC, New York, and Los Angeles - as well as Toronto in Canada. The addition of Chicago O’Hare is a logical next step - as a Star Alliance hub it will allow the carrier to easily codeshare and connect passengers from United and Air Canada's domestic networks. 

Route 3: Adelaide – Newcastle

Fly Pelican Fokker


Carrier  flypelican.png
Aircraft F70
Frequency Three weekly
Start date 27 March 2018
Distance 1,251 km
O&D traffic demand (2017) 13,844
Growth % YOY -1.18%
Average one-way fare $ (2017) $189.48


Newcastle is one of Adelaide's largest unserved markets. It is Australia’s second largest regional city with many similarities to Adelaide, the host city for World Routes in 2019, including its defence focus and proximity to the Hunter Valley wine region. It also provides an alternative for passengers wanting to travel to and from the Central Coast, Hunter and North Coast regions without having to land in Sydney and find other transport options to get to Newcastle. 

Source: Sabre Market Intelligence