Route rundown: LIS-ORD, DEN-FRA, PVG-SIN

This week: TAP Air Portugal to increase US routes; United to offer new Frankfurt connection; and Juneyao Airlines to deploy new 787-9 on Singapore service.

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: Lisbon – Chicago O’Hare  






Airbus A330-200


Five weekly

Start date

1 June 2019


6,436 km

O&D traffic demand (year to 30 June 2018)


Growth % YOY


Average one-way fare $ (year to 30 June 2018)



Star Alliance member TAP Air Portugal is launching a new non-stop service from Lisbon to Chicago as part of its efforts to double operations in North America in coming years. The carrier will operate five round-trip flights per week between Portugal’s capital and the Windy City from 1 June 2019. In addition, 15 days later it is launching a five-weekly service from Lisbon to Washington-Dulles. TAP has ten gateways in Brazil with service from Portugal and believes it can support the same number to the US. The airline currently operates daily services from Lisbon to New York JFK and Miami, plus five-weekly flights to Newark Liberty and Boston respectively. It also flies from Porto Airport to Newark Liberty twice a week. As Chicago is the home hub for fellow Star Alliance member United, the new route will offer connections to the US carrier’s vast domestic network.

Route 2: Denver – Frankfurt

United 787 rundown.jpg


Carrier united logo
Aircraft Boeing 787-8
Frequency One daily
Start date 2 May 2019
Distance 8,089 km
O&D traffic demand (year to 30 June 2018)


Growth % YOY -3.5%
Average one-way fare $ (year to 30 June 2018) $695.89


United Airlines is to begin its 15th daily non-stop flight between the US and Germany from its hub at Denver International Airport. The airline announced it will begin year-round service to Frankfurt from 2 May 2019, subject to government approval. As reported by Airlineroute, the carrier last served the market in summer 2001. United's new service between Denver and Frankfurt is the only non-stop service from Denver to Germany by a US carrier and is the airline's ninth flight between the US and Frankfurt. It currently operates daily non-stop service between Frankfurt and its hubs in Chicago, Houston, Newark, San Francisco and Washington Dulles. Star Alliance partner Lufthansa operates Denver - Frankfurt daily using Boeing 747-400 equipment.

Route 3: Shanghai Pu Dong – Singapore

Juneyao Airlines 787 rundown


Carrier juneyaologo.jpeg
Aircraft Boeing 787-9 
Frequency Once daily
Start date February 2019
Distance 3,804 km
O&D traffic demand (year to 30 June 2018) 1,094,123
Growth % YOY 6.3%
Average one-way fare $ (year to 30 June 2018) $486.17


Juneyao Airlines received its first Boeing 787-9 aircraft in October and expects to receive a further two before the end of the year. The 324-seat aircraft - the Shanghai-based carrier’s first wide-body - will be deployed on a daily service to Singapore from 1 February 2019. It will compete with China Eastern and Singapore Airlines, which each offer four daily flights, and a once-daily service by Spring Airlines. Privately-held Juneyao Airlines, previously an all-Airbus operator, mainly offers flights from Shanghai to more than 50 cities across China. By introducing the 787 Dreamliner, the carrier is looking to expand its international network and increase flights to Southeast Asia, Japan and South Korea.

Source: Sabre Market Intelligence