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USA Aviation Industry Newsletter 27 August

USA Aviation Industry Newsletter 27 August

Canada’s Flair Airlines plans 11 US flights

Ultra-LCC Flair Airlines stepped up its competition with the Canadian majors’ subsidiary LCCs Aug. 20 by announcing 11 new nonstop transborder US flights for the upcoming winter season. The airline has said it plans to add two additional aircraft in 2018, both 737-800s, and four more in 2019 as part of its expansion plans.

Hainan Airlines Plans To Add Chongqing As U.S. Service Extension

Hainan Airlines proposes to add extensions from Chongqing to its Shanghai services to Boston and Seattle. The carrier has applied to fly four times a week from Chongqing to Shanghai and onward to Boston, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) reported.

Hawaiian Airlines to Suspend Beijing Service

Hawaiian Airlines announced its decision to suspend its thrice-weekly nonstop service between Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) and Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) upon the completion of the National Day Golden Week holiday in October. The airline, which started the service in April 2014, will re-deploy its 278-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft elsewhere in its network.

Kenya Airways’ inaugural flight to US receives 7,000 bookings

Kenya Airways’ has received about 7,000 traveller bookings for direct flights from Nairobi to New York, which is to be launched on October 28. Kenya Airways’ sales director Julius Thairu stated that the inaugural flight alone is already booked by more than 80%. “To date we have over 7,000 bookings for the New York route with expected cabin factor of above 80 percent for the inaugural flight. We are entering the booking window and expect to take off with a much higher occupancy,” said Thairu.

US airlines gear up for next Tokyo Haneda liberalisation

Delta Air Lines and United Airlines are both eager to land more flights at Tokyo Haneda airport when the Japanese government opens the airport to more international service in 2020. While the number of frequencies has yet to be determined, daytime slots that are evenly split between Japanese and US carriers are expected, airline executives told FlightGlobal at the Boyd Group International Aviation Forecast Summit in Denver this week.

US DoT awards USD617m in airport infrastructure grants to US airports

US Department of Transportation (DoT) Secretary Elaine Chao announced the US FAA will award $616.9 million in airport infrastructure grants as part of the USD3.18 billion in airport improvement programme (AIP) funding for airports across the US. This fourth increment of funding provides 242 grants to 226 airports and will fund 408 infrastructure projects.

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