Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. At the ceremony, The Cranky Flier will award the best in US/Canada airline network planning. Yesterday's Featured Map looked at the nominees for the Sexiest New Route – Short-Haul category.
Today we'll stretch to the nominees for the Sexiest New Route – Long-Haul category:
The Delta and Qantas flights make good use of the long-range capabilities of the Airbus 350-900 and Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, respectively. Hawaiian's flight, meanwhile, takes advantage of the Airbus A321neo's smaller size to open a thin market. Even with the smaller aircraft the route will only be served once weekly.
Air Tahiti Nui's new service to Seattle won't be a challenge for the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, but the more-efficient aircraft makes the route economically viable.
United has long used the Boeing 757-200 on thin trans-Atlantic routes, so the new service to Málaga isn't groundbreaking in that regard. What likely enabled this route, at least from an aircraft standpoint, is a steady influx of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to fly other routes that previously would have used the 757. In addition, Boeing 787 Dreamliners are taking over more trans-Atlantic routes.
Today's Featured Map shows these five nominees for the Sexiest New Route – Long-Haul category.
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