Featured Map for 22 February 2023:
Cranky Network Awards 2023: Sexiest New Route – Long-Haul


Cranky Network Awards 2023
The 2023 Cranky Network Awards will be presented in Phoenix this Thursday by 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.

(If you're at the event please look for me and say hi!)

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