Further to the last post on the subject, AirlineRoute reports that Egyptair (MS) has unveiled further planned changes & developments to its Winter 2013/14 Timetable set to come into effect from October 27.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
In line with previously announced plans to expand its international network during the Winter 2013/14 season, Egyptair (MS) has outlined its initial plans for services to Ndjamena, Chad and Jakarta, Indonesia beginning in mid December this year. Jakarta will tentatively operate 4x weekly via Kuala Lumpur onboard an A330 beginning December 2 while Ndjamena flights, scheduled to begin on December 17, will operate 3x weekly on-board an A320. The operations at this stage are still subject to changes, postponements and cancellations.
Monday, December 10, 2012
According to Airline Route, Air Mauritius (MK) will maintain its 1x weekly service to Singapore on/after 21 January 2013. The flight currently operates with an Airbus A330-200.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Air Mauritius (MK) has announced that, from 24 January 2013, it will launch twice weekly Airbus A340 Mauritius - Shanghai, China non stop flights, with connections being offered to and from Reunion and South Africa. The flight will continue to operate via Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia until the January switch over.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
► MALAYSIA: Air Mauritius modifies codeshare with Malaysia Airlines; launches interline with Virgin Australia.
Air Mauritius (MK) has since October 28, been operating a modified codeshare agreement with Malaysian Airlines (MH).
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Fresh from the launch of its Addis Ababa - Kuala Lumpur route launch yesterday, Ethiopian Airlines (ET) has announced that plans to set up possible a code share and pro-rate agreement (an agreement between airlines to give each other a fixed price for interlining) with Malaysian carrier, Malaysian Airlines (MH), are at an advanced stage and could come to fruitition "as early as next year, 2013."
Thursday, August 16, 2012
As reported by The African Aviation Tribune in late July, effective 31 October 2012, Ethiopian Airlines (ET) is to start a 3x weekly service from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia via Bangkok, Thailand using a Boeing 767-300ER.
|Ethiopian Airlines 767 at Bangkok, Thailand (AJori)|
The existing Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Bangkok, Thailand – Hong Kong service is to be reduced from 5x to 4x weekly. Consequently Bangkok will see a daily service once again.
Ethiopian Airlines: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Bangkok, Thailand – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
-Effective 31 October 2012
- ET618 ADD0025 – 1320BKK1430 – 1900KUL 763 357
- ET619 KUL2150 – 0125+1BKK0240+1 – 0750+1ADD 763 357
- ET608 ADD0040 – 1335BKK1435 – 1845HKG 763 x357
- ET609 HKG2150 – 0100+1BKK0210+1 – 0725+1ADD 763 x357
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
|Overview of Bole Airport (RaimondStehman)|
Well, it seems they will indeed be necessary and very soon, as reports from Ethiopia show that beating all expectations, by 2010, Bole had already hit its planned maximum projected capacity (which had been increased 12-fold to handle six to seven million passengers annually from its prior capacity of 500,000 passengers) thus forcing the Ethiopian Airports Enterprise (EAE) to either consider expanding Bole again, or to build a brand new airport from scratch.
It appears they will do both.
The first phase of expansion at Bole has already been completed by the Chinese Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) Addis Engineering Plc with the addition of a new taxiway done at a cost of USD$62million thereby permitting the airport to handle 34 aircraft simultaneously with a second phase already underway to further increase that capacity to 44 aircraft at any one time.
|The possible location for the new airport.|
Currently, Bole sees over 110 aircraft movements per day, but with statistics showing that passenger arrivals have been steadily growing at 20% per annum, the EAE has also considered the option of building a brand new airport outside the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa between the towns of Modjo and Meki towns on the Hawassa road; a road that will soon become an expressway.
On what would then become of Bole Airport following the new airport's completion:
"The official said the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport will be used for regional flights, VIP flights and for those who are involved in general aviation services (private airlines who provide none scheduled flights). The new airport would focus primarily on accommodating long haul international flights."
|Ethiopians' World Network (Ethiopian)|
The greatest beneficiary to all this development will obviously be Ethiopian Airlines whose own future growth plans are dependent on an efficient airport operation at Addis Ababa. With the first of their 10 Boeing 787 Dreamliners set to be delivered in August and with another Boeing 777-200LR recently ordered, the airline is gearing itself up for an aggressive international expansion which will see the following new destinations and developments:
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (from November 2012)
- Sao Paulo, Brazil via Lome, Togo (3x weekly Boeing 787 from December 2012)
- Windhoek, Namibia (from October/November)
- New York (still to be confirmed)
- The establishment of a hub in Southern Africa, either in Lusaka, Zambia, or Dar es Salaam, Tanzania as well as a hub in Central Africa ("one of the Congos") to compliment Addis Ababa.
In the long term, Ethiopian CEO Tewolde Gebremariam stated that Ethiopian will put very "heavy emphasis" on the BRICS nations - particularly Brazil, China and India - and believes these countries will drive the "huge growth" critical to Ethiopian Airlines' Vision 2025 objectives of flying 11 million and 1.5 million international and domestic passengers annually and generating USD$7billion in annual revenue.