Route rundown: MNL-JFK, GRU-TLV, MCT-DAC

This week: Philippine Airlines to launch New York JFK non-stop and more details unveiled about LATAM's Tel Aviv plans.

Nigel Mayes RAM18 resized.jpgNigel 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: Manila – New York JFK

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Carrier  Philippine Airlines logo
Aircraft Boeing 777-300ER
Frequency Four weekly
Start date 28 October 2018 
Distance 13,716 km
O&D traffic demand (2017) 230,978
Growth % YOY -8.2%
Average one-way fare $ (2017) $505.88


Philippine Airlines is to launch a non-stop route from Manila to New York’s JFK International Airport from 28 October, replacing its existing one-stop flight via Vancouver. The flight, which will become the first to connect the two cities non-stop, will be operated on a Boeing 777-300ER. The existing Manila – Vancouver service will remain unchanged at seven weekly. Serving New York directly has been a priority for PAL and the delivery of its ninth and tenth 777-300ER aircraft in December has enabled the carrier to grow its North American network. It currently operates non-stop services from Manila to Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Toronto, in addition to Vancouver.

Route 2: Sao Paulo Guarulhos – Tel Aviv

LATAM Boeing 787 Dreamliner rundown


Carrier  latam logo
Aircraft Boeing 787-8
Frequency Three weekly
Start date 12 December 2018
Distance 10,649 km
O&D traffic demand (2017) 51,769
Growth % YOY 8.6%
Average one-way fare $ (2017) $675.11


LATAM Airlines Chile has opened reservation for its planned service to Israel, previously revealed by the airline in late-2017. However, no additional information was revealed at time of the announcement. The route will begin on 12 December 2018 and be operated three times per week on a Boeing 787-8 aircraft. Israel’s flag carrier El Al previously operated Tel Aviv - Sao Paulo Guarulhos but cut the service in 2011. Since then there have been no non-stop flights between Israel and Latin America.

Route 3: Muscat – Dhaka 

Salamair rundown



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Airbus A320


Three weekly (four weekly from 17 June)

Start date

1 June 2018


3,264 km

O&D traffic demand (2017)


Growth % YOY


Average one-way fare $ (2017)



Fresh from adding three weekly flights to Tbilisi, Georgia and two weekly flights to Baku in Azerbaijan, Oman’s low-cost carrier Salam Air is further expanding its network with a service to Bangladesh. The airline will initially operate Muscat – Dhaka three times per week from 1 June, rising to four weekly on 17 June. It will face competition on the route from Biman Bangladesh Airlines.

Source: Sabre Market Intelligence