Friday, April 27, 2018

ROUTE UPDATES: Air Europa, Ethiopian


Madrid (MAD) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - eff 01Mar18 - 24Mar18 - Equipment alternating between 787-9 and 787-8 

Back in October, it was reported that MAD-EZE would be the first route that Air Europa would introduce its new 787-9's on with the type being flown on an alternating basis every other day with 787-8's between 01Mar18 and 24Mar18, presumably because Air Europa would be using its one and only 787-9 on the route during that time period. 

Madrid (MAD) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - eff 25Mar18 (?) - 787-9 definitively replaced 787-8 

Air Europa is currently operating the 787-9 for all of its flights between MAD-EZE, 7x/weekly.   

Cordoba (COR) - Asuncion (ASU) - Madrid (MAD) - Frequency increases & no change to 787-8

Air Europa is currently operating on the COR-ASU-MAD route 4x/weekly, with increases eff 29May18 to 5x/weekly and effective 26Jun18 to 6x/weekly.

The equipment change from the A330-200 to 787-8 which was previously announced for 03Mar18 did not take place. 

Addis Ababa (ADD) - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) extends to Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - eff 08Mar18 - 5x/weekly

Ethiopian's service from Addis Ababa (ADD) to Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) that started in 2013 was extended to Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) on 08Mar18 on a 5x/weekly basis using 787-8's.  In celebration of the first flight coinciding with International Women's Day, it was operated with an all-female cabin and flight deck crew. 

Interestingly, even before the first flight to Buenos Aires took place, the airline announced that the service would go to 1x/daily effective 25Mar18 with an upgauging from 787-8 aircraft equipment to larger 777-200LR's (an increase of 270 to 321 seats) on 01Jun18, signalling strong advance bookings.   

Sources:

https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/275280/air-europa-schedules-787-9-argentina-service-in-march-2018/ via Eric Trum
http://www.siscoma.com.ar/online/aviacion/2017/avn171102/avn-171102.html
https://aviacionline.com/2018/01/air-europa-pospone-la-llegada-del-787-a-cordoba/
https://aviacionline.com/2017/11/ethiopian-airlines-inauguraria-sus-vuelos-a-buenos-aires-en-marzo-de-2018/
https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/275571/ethiopian-airlines-plans-buenos-aires-march-2018-launch/ via Eric Trum
http://www.siscoma.com.ar/online/aviacion/2017/avn171221/avn-mn-171221/avn-mn-171221.html
https://vuelosyspotters.com/2018/01/10/ethiopian-airlines-volara-todos-los-dias-entre-buenos-aires-y-addis-abada/

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