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Air France Restores Paris-Shanghai Passenger Services Today



Air France B-777
Announced on June 15th, Air France plans to operate scheduled flights from Paris to Shanghai once weekly. As the relevant Chinese authorities began to relax travel restrictions, Air France announced that it would resume passenger service on the Shanghai route in Mainland China from June 18, 2020, with one flight per week, operated by Boeing B777-300.
Depending on government approval, travel restrictions and customer needs, Air France will gradually increase the frequency of passenger flights to China.
Air France A318 Fleet
Air France A318 Fleet

The first Air France flight AF198 to China will depart from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 23:30 on June 18, 2020, and arrive at Shanghai Pudong International Airport at 16:45 on June 19.

In addition, Air France plans to operate scheduled flights from Paris to Shanghai once weekly, and will issue an official notice after confirming flight authorisation to open sales.

From May 11, 2020, all Air France-operated flights will undergo a temperature check on passengers one by one before departure. Passengers need to wear masks throughout the flights; all crew members and agents who are in contact with passengers are also required to cover themselves.

“In the context of the new crown epidemic crisis, Air France has always put the health and safety of its passengers and staff first. All Air France team members are doing their best to protect the overall health of passengers. And safety, to ensure that passengers travel safely and worry-free. After this difficult period, we are very pleased to welcome our passengers to choose to take Air France flights again to fly to Chinese destinations.”

Mr. Pang Daoan, General Manager of Air France KLM Greater China

In addition to resuming passenger flights to mainland China, Air France and KLM will continue to operate cargo flights on Chinese routes to ensure the continued supply of medical supplies from China.

Before restarting passenger service, Air France’s operational activities were mainly focused on cargo flights between China and France, and actively participated in the air transportation of masks and medical supplies between China and France. Air France currently operates 27* flights a week on routes in Greater China, using Boeing B777 all-cargo aircraft, Boeing B777 passenger aircraft cargo bays and cabins to carry equipment for cargo operations. (*Among them: Shanghai Pudong-Paris Charles de Gaulle 5 pure cargo flights per week, Paris Charles de Gaulle-Shanghai Pudong 8 passenger-to-cargo freight flights per week, Beijing-Paris CDG weekly 7 pure cargo flights, Hong Kong-Paris Charles de Gaulle weekly 7 pure cargo flights)

At the same time, Air France is gradually increasing its 2020 summer flight plan. Air France plans to provide flights to 150 destinations worldwide this summer, accounting for 80% of the usual route network

As of the end of June, the planned flight capacity will return to 20% of the same period in previous years. Depending on the cancellation of travel restrictions in various countries, Air France will continue to gradually increase the number of flights and destinations. It is expected to reach 35% of the original flight plan in July and 40% in August.

Air France Boeing-777 Fleet
Air France Boeing-777 Fleet

Air France plans to lay off 8,000 to 10,000 employees by 2022.

According to the report of the French mainstream economic daily newspaper “Echo”, Air France will announce the specific number of layoffs in the company restructuring plan submitted from the end of June to the beginning of July. According to the plan, Air France will lay off employees on the basis of voluntary departure, involving multiple positions such as pilots, flight attendants, and ground crews. HOP! – Air France’s subsidiary airline, which mainly operates domestic French and European countries, may be the most affected. .

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SAS Launches Transfer Testing Solutions At Copenhagen Airport



SAS A350 Livery Rear View

The Chinese government recently issued new regulations that all passengers on flights to China need to undergo nucleic acid and serum IgM antibody tests in advance. The testing equipment at Copenhagen Airport will be put into use from November 16. Transit passengers need to set aside 4 hours for testing and obtain testing reports. This time is expected to be shortened to 1 hour after 2-3 weeks. Passengers who have undergone pre-boarding double-checks on flights to China at Copenhagen Airport can board directly with the negative test report. Scandinavian Airlines will continue to provide passengers with the latest news about the Copenhagen Airport testing facilities.

More flexible rebooking and cancellation for flights connecting to China

According to the new regulations, transit passengers need to undergo nucleic acid testing and serum IgM antibody testing in countries that fly directly to China, which may require extending their stay in Copenhagen, and thus need to rebook or cancel the original flight to Copenhagen. In order to facilitate passengers to accept the test on time, SAS is allowing passengers to rebook or cancel the flight to Copenhagen for free. The resulting change fee, refund fee and possible fare difference will be all exempted, that is to say, all are free. Normally, European inland segments are not allowed to be changed or cancelled individually. Please note that SAS is not responsible for other expenses incurred due to rescheduling, such as accommodation. There is no refund for cancelled connecting flights.

Extra Check-in Baggage For Students Fly From China

Scandinavian Airlines are now launching very attractive one-way tickets from China. All students departing from China who purchase SAS flight tickets in economy class only need to show a valid student ID at the airport check-in counter to check in one extra piece of luggage. This means that students travelling in economy class (except for Go Light) can carry two pieces of checked luggage, each of which must not exceed 23 kg. The free extra baggage check will be done manually at the airport check-in counter.

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