Route rundown: CTU-CPH, IAD-TLV, KUL-PQC

This week: Sichuan Airlines is launching its fourth service to Europe and United Airlines will begin its 20th year of service to Israel with a new route.

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: Chengdu – Copenhagen

Sichuan_Airlines rundown - credit byeangel
Image: byeangel


Carrier  Sichuan_Airlines_logo_logotype.png
Aircraft Airbus A330
Frequency Twice weekly
Start date 10 December 2018
Distance 7,348 km
O&D traffic demand (2017) 3,706
Growth % YOY 8.4%
Average one-way fare $ (2017) $362.34


Sichuan Airlines is launching new service to Europe from 10 December 2018. The airline plans to operate a route to Copenhagen in Denmark from Chengdu, the host city for World Routes in 2016. The service will be the carrier’s fourth European route in addition to flights from Chengdu to Moscow Sheremetyevo, Prague and Saint Petersburg’s Pulkovo. It will be served twice a week on Mondays and Fridays by an Airbus A330 with capacity for 301 passengers  Since the China-Denmark Tourism Year in 2017, Copenhagen has now attracted three routes to Asia this year. The other two are Air China‘s Beijing-Copenhagen service and Cathay Pacific‘s Hong Kong-Copenhagen service. SAS also operates a service from Denmark's capital city to Shanghai.

Route 2: Washington Dulles – Tel Aviv

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Carrier united logo
Aircraft Boeing 777-200ER
Frequency Three weekly
Start date 22 May 2019
Distance 9,506 km
O&D traffic demand (2017) 47,748
Growth % YOY 5.4%
Average one-way fare $ (2017) $579.88


United Airlines will begin its 20th year of service to Israel with a new non-stop flight between its hub at Washington Dulles and Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport starting 22 May 2019, subject to government approval. The new flight will be the first to be operated by a US carrier between the two cities and becomes United’s fourth flight to Israel. The airline currently operates twice-daily service between New York/Newark and Tel Aviv and daily non-stop service between San Francisco and Tel Aviv. Greater Washington has a large Jewish population, with almost 300,000 inhabitants. A study published earlier this year by The Steinhardt Social Research Institute found that approximately two-thirds of Washington-area Jews have been to Israel or have lived there.

Route 3: Seoul Incheon – Okinawa 

air asia rundown



 Air Asia




Four weekly

Start date

2 November 2018


862 km

O&D traffic demand (2017)


Growth % YOY


Average one-way fare $ (2017)



Air Asia continues to strengthen its Asean connectivity with the launch of direct services between Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Phu Quoc, Vietnam. The four weekly flights will commence on 2 November 2018. Phu Quoc is the largest island in Vietnam that is home to a diverse landscape featuring forests, beaches and mountains. Phu Quoc marks AirAsia Malaysia’s 59th route and the fifth route into Vietnam. Besides Phu Quoc, AirAsia also flies to four other destinations in Vietnam from Malaysia to Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hanoi and Nha Trang. 

Source: Sabre Market Intelligence


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