For the oneworld alliance it is a busy period—AA, Finnair, Qantas and Iberia are all expanding their air networks, there is also a new member.Dallas Love Field joins oneworld network with launch of American services:
Dallas Love Field is now part of the oneworld network, with the launch by American Airlines and its American Eagle regional affiliate of 16 flights a day from there to four destinations.
The mainline carrier is now operating from the airport- which has the three-letter IATA code DAL - four times a day to St Louis and three times daily to Kansas City, using Boeing MD80s. American Eagle is serving Austin five times a day and San Antonio four times, using Embraer 145s.
American Eagle flies two more New York routes and another to Bahamas:
oneworld affiliate American Eagle is to open service on 3 April between New York LaGuardia and Pittsburgh with four flights and between JFK and Baltimore Washington with daily round trips, all by Embraer 135 regional jets. Its new Bahamas link provides the islands with their second route to and from Chicago O’Hare. Besides its established Nassau service, the airline will now also operate weekend flights to and from Freeport from 6 May throughout the summer season, using Canadair CRJ-700 jets.
BA Connect links London City with Milan and opens two Birmingham routes:
British Airways’ newly-rebranded regional affiliate BA Connect, which is part of oneworld, is to launch flights from London City to Milan Malpensa from 2 May and increase frequencies from the London airport to Edinburgh from five to seven a day. From Birmingham (UK) it is to launch daily flights to both Berlin and Geneva from 26 March.
Finnair to serve Hong Kong non-stop and polish up its Polish schedules:
Finnair is improving its schedules between its Helsinki home base and the Hong Kong hub of oneworld partner Cathay Pacific to offer non-stop services during the summer peak, rather than flying via Bangkok, cutting four hours from the journey.
The non-stops will operate three times a week between May and July, building to five a week between July and October.
It will also add two weekly frequencies to Shanghai, giving a daily service, increase Ghangzhou services to four a week and Osaka to six a week.
In Europe, oneworld’s Nordic partner is doubling its flights to Poland, with the launch of twice weekly flights to Krakow from 13 April and adding five weekly frequencies between its Helsinki hub and Warsaw from 26 March.
Iberia raises Jo’burg frequencies to daily:
Iberia has increased frequencies between its Madrid hub and Johannesburg by two flights a week, giving a daily service. At Madrid, it and all oneworld partners are now operating from the airport’s EUR 6 billion, world-class new Terminal 4.
Qantas ups Brisbane-Auckland frequencies:
Qantas is increasing frequencies between Brisbane and Auckland by three a week, giving a total of ten, from 29 March, all flown by two-class Boeing 737-300s.