Air France to add extra carrier to Shanghai Route

Air France is to increase the number of superjumbos on its Paris to Shanghai service from three to four starting from 28th October 2013. The A380 service from Charles De Gaulle to Pu Dong itself starts in September, making Air France the first airline to use the A380 between Europe and Shanghai.

The aircraft will depart from Paris at 23:20, arriving in Shanghai on the next day at 16:20. The return schedule will be overnight, leaving China at 23:20 and landing in Charles De Gaulle at 05:35. Meanwhile, the Air France A380 service from Charles De Gaulle to Singapore will be cancelled.

New KLM Destination

Fukuoka is KLM’s third destination in Japan, after Tokyo and Osaka. The new route was launched on the 3rd of April 2013, making KLM the first airline to offer direct flights between Fukuoka and Europe.

This summer the new route offers a total of 21 weekly flights to Japan.

Everybody loves Heathrow

Oneworld, Star and Skyteam alliances publicly support LHR’s three proposals for a third runway, despite the Airport Commission’s recent published summary of proposals on expanding UK airport capacity suggesting that one of the alliances could be moved to another south-east airport.

None of the global alliances seem to see leaving London Heathrow as an option, so the Airports Commission is now waiting for all parties to give feedback on the numerous submissions.  The findings will be presented by the end of the year and a full follow-up report is scheduled for summer 2015.

American Airlines and US Airways merger challenged

American Airlines and US Airways merger faces a challenge, as the US Department of Justice files a complaint stating that the merger would “substantially lessen competition” in the domestic US market, resulting in higher air fares and fees as well as fewer flight choices for customers.

If successful, the merger would create the world’s largest airline as well as help American Airlines mark its exit from bankruptcy. The merger carrier would operate under the American Airlines name and as a member of the Oneworld alliance.