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Air France Will Resume 30% Of Its Flights From July



Air France Airbus A318
Air France has begun service resumption plans if confinement is lifted. France currently expects to resume flights on May 11, and Air France plans to begin resuming domestic flights between Nice, Toulouse and Marseille on this day. On the premise of border reopening of the destination country, Air France is aiming to resume 30% of flights in July.

At present, more than 90% of Air France and KLM flights have been grounded, and the CEO group Ben Smith announced internally that the company is losing €25 million a day. Despite cost saving measures already made, Air France KLM still needs help from the French and the Netherlands’ governments to avoid bankruptcy. Ben Smith is believed to have said that the company has only enough cash to survive until early June, that is not having to refund tickets for thousands of cancelled flights.

Since Paris Orly Airport was closed at the end of March, all flights leaving or arriving in Paris have been transferred to Charles de Gaulle Airport.

According to Connexion France, from May 11 (the date of initial deconfinement measures), the airline will begin by increasing the number of flights running between Nice, Toulouse and Marseille; three major airports that have stayed open despite confinement.

From July, it is expected to increase flights from the current 5% of its usual capacity, to 30%, depending on which countries reopen their borders, both within the EU and outside it.

Ben Smith earlier intends to return to 40% service in July to the initially planned offering before the crisis, then 60% in August, before reaching 75% in the fourth quarter at best. Now it still seems to be way too ambitious even for the summer.

Air France A321 Skyteam Livery
Air France A321 Skyteam Livery

Currently, more than 45,000 Air France employees have been placed on the partial unemployment (“chômage partiel”) scheme announced by the government, while the airline is continuing to offer a skeleton operation between major European destinations, with a only a handful flights per week.

It is also continuing to run a handful of services between Paris and several major cities like New York, Los Angeles, Montréal, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Tokyo, in addition they are flying to three African destinations of Dakar, Cotonou and Abidjan. It has also maintained services between mainland France and some overseas territories, including Cayenne in French Guiana, Fort-de-France in Martinique, Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe, and Saint-Denis in La Réunion.

Many of these flights are operating as part of a rescue repatriation programme for French citizens.

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  1. NCE

    April 20, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    With so many cases in Europe, I don’t think is realistic to come out with a number this exact right now.

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Singapore Airlines To Bring Back The World’s Longest Non-Stop Service To JFK



Singapore Airlines A350 Livery

Singapore Airlines (SIA) will return to New York on 9 November 2020, when it launches non-stop flights between Singapore and John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Before the pandemic, Singapore Airlines host the title of flying the world’s longest flight by a whooping distance of 15,344 km between Singapore Changi and Newark Liberty airport. The airlines claims by shifting to JFK International Airport would allow them to better accommodate a mix of passenger and cargo traffic on its services to New York in the current operating climate. 

Singapore Airlines’s non-stop services to New York would also be supported by the growing number of transfer passengers who can now transit via Singapore’s Changi Airport.

SIA also anticipates significant cargo demand from a range of industries based in the New York metro area, including pharmaceuticals, e-commerce and technology firms. 

The new service will provide the only non-stop air cargo link from the U.S. Northeast to Singapore, which serves as a regional distribution hub for many major U.S.-based companies.

Singapore Airlines Business Class Onboard B787
Singapore Airlines Business Class Onboard B787

Singapore Airlines will also be operating the route with a 3-class configuration Airbus A350-900 long-range aircraft. This aircraft is configured with 42 Business Class, 24 Premium Economy Class and 187 Economy Class seats.

Today, SIA operates non-stop services to Los Angeles.

It will continue to review its operations to the United States, and assess the growing demand for air travel amid the ongoing recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, before deciding to reinstate services to other points in the country.

“Operating these flights between Singapore and New York’s JFK International Airport represent an important step in the rebuilding of our global network.

Non-stop ultra-long services are the bedrock of our services to the key U.S. market. We will continue to ramp up existing services and reinstate other points as the demand for both passenger and cargo services return.

Despite the challenging times for the airline industry, there are some early signs of optimism about a recovery in air travel.

Our customers say that they are increasingly confident about air travel, given the robust health and safety measures that are in place, as well as testing regimes to protect them and our staff.

This optimism is also driven by recent moves by countries such as Singapore, which are easing the restrictions on both transit and inbound passengers in a safe and gradual manner.”

Lee Lik Hsin, Executive Vice President Commercial for Singapore Airlines

Resuming New York Services From A New Home

Details of the flight services are shown below:

FlightFlight DaysDeparture Time*Arrival Time*Flight Time
SQ 24 SIN-JFKMon, Wed, Sat22573018 hours 5 minutes
SQ 23 JFK-SINMon, Wed, Fri22300610 (+2 days)18 hours 40 minutes
*All timings in local time

Starting on 9 November 2020, flight number SQ24 will operate from Singapore Changi Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport three-times weekly, and same return frequencies under SQ23 will be flown from 11 November 2020.

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