Kansas City, MO - MetroAir today announced a number of changes to its mainline operations as well as giving further details about the roll out of the newly acquired B737-800 aircraft.
The airline hasn’t made any significant scheduling changes over the last four months due to a number of other restructuring plans that the airline says have now been completed successfully.
The changes to its schedules only affects its long haul aircraft and are as follows.
Service from Hong Kong to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur which were operated by a single A330 based in Hong Kong have now been terminated. This comes following another year of increased competition by local low cost carriers and dwindling load factors explained the airlines Acting CEO William Hogarth.
Mr Hogarth went on to say “It has been increasingly difficult to make these two routes profitable on our single based A330 aircraft. We have therefore decided to redeploy the A330 to a better suited route and alter our LAX to Hong Kong B777 service to now incorporate an onward flight to Kuala Lumpur.”
Beginning September 12th flight MET183 will now fly daily from Los Angeles to Hong Kong and onwards to Kuala Lumpur before returning to Los Angeles via Hong Kong. This new service will provide a more seamless transit from the USA to Kuala Lumpur.
The airline also made several other changes to service which included the resumption of service from Boston to Hong Kong via Chicago. As well as two extra services from Dallas Ft Worth to Boston and Los Angeles now operated by the airlines flagship B777-300ER. These additional frequencies bring the total of flights a day between the two cities to 8.
Mr Hogarth said “These new services were made possible by altering the aircraft operated on our flight to Tokyo-Haneda. We used the A330 taken from Hong Kong so we could free up the B777. Tokyo-Haneda hasn’t been as popular as we first expected and it was decided we could better utilise the B777 on our premier routes to our East and West coast hubs.”
MetroAir went onto announce the intended routes for its 3rd and 4th B737-800 aircraft which are due to enter service on September 22nd. The planes will be based in LAX and fly to Lihue in Hawaii as well as increasing frequency to Las Vegas, San Diego, Portland, Seattle and San Francisco.
Mr Hogarth ended by saying he hoped to announce a new and exciting project regarding the airlines operations in the coming weeks but wasn’t able to give any more details right now.