Viet Jet 22 cents tickets, Air Asia launches Honolulu, Arik Air folds, Ghana gets an airline?, Air France launches Maldives
– Viet Jet is back with 22 cents tickets for domestic flights between March 1 to December 31
– AirAsia will now start Honolulu service on Jun 28, 2017
AirAsia has formally announced it will begin flights to the United States later this summer. The AirAsia (AK, Kuala Lumpur Int’l) longhaul unit said in a statement it will run a 4x weekly Kuala Lumpur Int’l-Honolulu, Hawaii, via Osaka Kansai, Japan, service beginning June 28. Operations are on-board A330-300 equipment.
The airasia.com website does not allow bookings yet. I’m hoping for the same $99 promo fares as their operations launch to Mauritius last year.
– Arik Air – Nigeria biggest airline seems done and has entered bankruptcy
As Nigeria’s largest airline, Arik Air reportedly owes AMCON more than NGN135 billion (USD429.6 million at the official bank rate) with other suppliers owed NGN10 billion (USD31.8 million). Aside from domestic debts, Nigeria’s crippling foreign currency shortage has also affected Arik Air’s ability to procure fuel and to pay off insurance premiums thus impacting its operations.
While the London-Lagos route is the highest yield route for British Airways and Virgin Atlantic the Nigerian airline market is a toxic environment for a business. I liked Arik Air (Review) but the end was easy to predict in fall 2016 already.
– Ghana wants their own airline – Arik Air was a major carrier from Ghana Airport – so likely they won’t continue the fifth freedom routes from Accra airport.
– Air France has quietly launched twice weekly flights to the Maldives – it will be a competitive route – Air France is the dominant carrier to Mauritius, Reunion and Madagascar but the Maldives are a rough terrain for them with no historical connections