People: Miami-headquartered MRO specialist AAR has appointed John Holmes as next president and COO from June 1, following the resignation of Timothy Romenesko as CFO and vice chairman, effective December 31. Read More »
Routes: Asiana Airlines will increase frequency on the Seoul-Rome B777-200ER route from five-weekly to daily from August 4 through to October 27, and it will replace the A380 with the B777-200ER from December 1 through to February 28 on the Frankfurt route, deploying it instead to Sydney during that period. Beijing Capital Airlines will launch a thrice-weekly Beijing-Lisbon A330-200 route on July 26. Cathay Pacific Airways will terminate its long-standing Hong Kong-Taipei-Fukuoka A330/B777 triangular route on October 29; Cathay Dragon will continue to operate daily Hong Kong-Fukuoka A330 nonstop flights. Cathay Dragon will axe its daily Hong Kong-Haneda A320 redeye route from October 29; Cathay Pacific will continue to serve Haneda twice daily. China Eastern Airlines will replace the B767-300ER with the A330-200 on the thrice-weekly Pudong-Xian-Moscow route commencing June 6. Cebu Pacific Air will replace the A320 with the A330-300 on one of its daily flights linking Manila with Bangkok and Seoul from June 1. Lufthansa plans to increase A340-600 frequency between Munich and Haneda from five-weekly to daily beginning October 27. Malindo Air has increased B737 frequency between Kuala Lumpur and Colombo from nine- to eleven-weekly, to Kathmandu from eleven-weekly to double daily and to Tiruchirappalli from 18- to 21-weekly. It will launch a daily Penang-Singapore B737-800 rotation on June 22. NokScoot will increase Don Mueang-Tianjin B777-200ER frequency from four- to five-weekly starting July 8 and Don Mueang-Shenyang from thrice- to four-weekly from July 13. United Airlines plans to replace the B747-400 with the B777-300ER on the San Francisco-Narita route beginning June 14. Initially set for a thrice-weekly launch on June 28, Xiamen Airlines now plans to serve the Xiamen-Los Angeles B787 route four times a week from July 19.