Two quick ones:
- Virgin Atlantic is dropping their LHR-HKG-SYD service after nearly 10 years, meaning they’ll be out of the Australian market entirely. The so-called Kangaroo Route has become incredibly competitive, with British Airways now being the last European airline to fly that service. Travelers have shifted to one-stop service from Cathay, Emirates, Etihad, China Southern, Air China, and Singapore.
- American Airlines is dropping their now-once-daily Newark – LA flight, leaving only United and Virgin America serving the route. Although there’s lots of competition for JFK – LAX, Newark is a lower yield market, and United has chosen to serve it primarily with 737s (while Delta, United, American and JetBlue have upgraded their JFK services to flat bed). I guess nobody wants to fly the CO 747 I flew on my first trip to LA from Newark 25 years ago.