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Air China To Ground Beijing – Zurich Direct Flight From October

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After only two years of restarting the route, Air China will suspend the direct flight from Beijing-Zurich from October 14, 2019. According to the Swiss travel news platform – “Travel News” reported, learned from the tourism partners that have business dealings with Air China, Beijing direct flights operated by Air China to and from Zurich(CA781/782) will be grounded from October 14.

Maiden flight for Air China’s 50th A330
Maiden flight for Air China’s 50th A330

The news triggered speculation by the Swiss media. Many Swiss business and tourism agencies are concerned that the number of Chinese tourists may be reduced as a result.

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According to data from the Swiss Tourism Board, the number of Chinese tourists staying in Switzerland in 2000 was 234,000 and soared to about 1.73 million in 2018. Chinese tourists spend an average of 380 Swiss francs per day in Switzerland, which is also the highest among foreign tourists. The analysis believes that Air China’s flight to and from Zurich will potentially lead to a shortage of passengers.

In June 2017, after several years of grounding, Air China restarted the direct flight from Beijing to Zurich. The source speculates that Air China’s reason for abandoning this direct route is related to the two air crashes of the Boeing 737MAX. In the situation of current fleet shortage, the relatively new route from Beijing to Zurich quickly became a victim.

Air China is introducing a large number of Airbus A350 passenger aircraft. Perhaps in the next two to three years, this aircraft will be used on the direct route from Beijing to Zurich again.

Also included in Air China’s winter season timetable, the Chengdu-Kunming-Yangon, Chengdu-Lhasa-Kathmandu and Hangzhou-Surat Thani routes will be discontinued as well (all starting October 27).

Air China continues to believe in the potential of the German-speaking Swiss market. However, the focus is now on the Geneva flight which operates under a joint venture agreement with the Lufthansa Group.

“Why did Air China really suspended the Zurich route?”

Although it make sense that Air China, like all other big carriers out there, it’s facing aircraft shortage due to the global grounding of B737 MAX, however the Beijing – Zurich route is a long haul route that requires a wide-body aircraft.

The route will operate til October with an Airbus A330 aircraft, out of the 59 A330s Air China currently operates, at least 22 of them are registered under operating leasing which is reaching its expiry date, Air China will have to retire them soon while finding replacement for them.

First Air China A350-900 take off
First Air China A350-900 take off

Although Air China has ordered 20 A350-900 aircraft from Airbus earlier this year, with the opening of Beijing’s new daxing international airport, Air China will soon have new time slots opening up at PEK due to China Eastern and China Southern moving its operation to the new airport (PKX), in addition, Air China ‘luckily’ got 10 prosent slots share at the new airport as well.

So the question really comes down to, why won’t Air China order more wide-body aircrafts? The A350 series is unlikely to be delivered in the short term and is now scheduled to be at least from 2020. The B787 series can’t be delivered too quickly either. It’s an unfortunate coincidence that now they even got one A330 less relating to news happened a few days ago.


On the 27th August, crew for Air China flight CA183 from Beijing to Tokyo found out that the cargo space in front of the aircraft was sending out smoke. the fire quickly spread after the plane caught fire. The upper part of the nose has been burned through and the structure of the aircraft may have been destroyed.

Air China A330 B-5958 @ PEK
Air China A330 B-5958 @ PEK

The aircraft that caught fire in this warehouse was Air China A330-300 passenger aircraft with registration number B-5958, which was introduced in December 2014. According to its flight record, the aircraft operated a round-trip flight from Beijing to Singapore today and landed at Beijing at 15:00. According to Air China’s report, the aircraft was found to have caught fire in the process of boarding the CA183 Beijing-Tokyo flight.

According to the live video circulating online, smoke has appeared on the top of the aircraft, this means that the aircraft has been burned through and the structure of the aircraft has been destroyed. The A330 cannot be repaired and may only be scrapped.

According to an announcement issued by Air China in 2016, the price of each A330 aircraft is approximately $241 million.

Albert K. Field Albert is my name, and travel the world is my game. I began my passion for travel at a very young age, I started this website as a strong means to further explore the world of frequent flyers programs (FFP). The relationship between customers and service providers in the aviation and hospitality industry always seems to be in opposition, however, since the introduction of United Airlines’ Frequent Flyers Programm since 1972*. This has significantly eased the middle spectrum between 2 parties. While the aim of airlines is still to generate more revenue; but for us,as consumers, are also given the opportunity to participate in the bargaining and exploiting from service providers. Living in a world of globalization where big data becomes vital for simulating successful economical activities, most of us will have to travel to other locations whether willingly or unwillingly, while you hearing all this fascinating stories about others, In fact, you too, can blend into the trend. It may not sound like how media illustrates, but indeed there are possibilities for us to have more spontaneous travel without getting held back by financial situation. My website consists of reviews of airline premium cabin products,airport lounges and stay reports of 5-star hotels and their executive lounges across the globe. In addition to all of that, I care the most about their frequent flyers program and loyalty program, which also includes banking partners. Plus, I spontaneously put up reviews and news update regarding premium water brands and restaurants. The purpose of this website is to share all of this information with my audience as well as inviting you to be part of my journey.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. John I

    September 4, 2019 at 10:24 am

    yeah like Air China won’t have the money for it

    • Enhance HU

      September 4, 2019 at 10:25 am

      They are waiting for Hainan airlines to bankrupt and they get all this new planes for cheap, smirk

  2. Justin

    October 16, 2019 at 10:57 am

    thats what happens when u focus too much on safety by cutting meal service on 90 percent of your domestic flights

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SAS Adds 5 New Destinations & 14 New Direct Routes On Its 2020 Summer Timetable

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SAS(Scandinavian Airlines AB, STO: SAS) is continuing to strengthen its seasonal offering despite recent home market disruptions and will be launching 14 new direct routes and 5 totally new destinations from Scandinavia for its 2020 summer season timetable – Bari, Rhodes, Tivat, Zadar and Valencia. Tickets for the summer additions are on sale as of now.


SAS New Destinations & Direct Routes: 

From Stockholm, Sweden:

  • Expanded and extended timetable to Beirut, Lebanon.
  • The Luxembourg route is becoming a new year-round destination.

From Copenhagen, Denmark:

  • Bari, Italy,
  • Rhodes, Greece,
  • Tivat, Montenegro,
  • Zadar, Croatia,
  • Haugesund, Norway.

From Aarhus, Denmark:

  • New route to Alicante, Spain,
  • New route to Chania; Crete, Greece,
  • Expanding its offering to Malaga and Palma (Majorca), Spain.

From Oslo, Norway:

  • Valencia, Spain,
  • The route from Oslo to Kyiv is becoming a new year-round destination.

From Bergen, Norway:

  • Barcelona, Spain.

For summer 2020, SAS is offering new direct routes and destinations, as well as increasing the frequency of flights to some of the most popular destinations around southern Europe, around the Mediterranean.

“It’s great to see so many choosing to travel with SAS in the holiday season. We’re constantly developing our offering in line with what our passengers ask for.  I’m proud that we can now present a strong offering for next summer with attractive, seasonal destinations for our passengers,” says Karl Sandlund, EVP Commercial, SAS.

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The exciting summer additions from Copenhagen are Bari in Italy, Tivat in Montenegro and Zadar in Croatia – all three of these holiday gems being in the Adriatic – great for those who love the water as well as picturesque, historical surroundings. A fourth new destination from the Danish capital is the classic holiday resort of Rhodes in Greece.

At the same time, Spain is continuing to attract holidaymakers from Scandinavia, so SAS is starting a direct route from Oslo to Valencia. The interest in Spain is also continuing to grow in Denmark and Aarhus, and SAS is increasing the number of flights to Malaga, Palma (Majorca) and Alicante.

From Stockholm, SAS is increasing its frequency of flights and extending its season to Beirut, in response to demand from the many passengers who have discovered the city or who have an affiliation with the region. Luxembourg’s timetable from Arlanda is also expanding with more departures, making it a year-round destination.
 
The route from Oslo to Kyiv, Ukraine, which was introduced for autumn 2019, will also be continuing over the summer period, making it now a year-round direct route. The connections eastbound from Denmark are also improving when the flights from Copenhagen to Russian Sankt Petersburg start to operate again. 

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Many of the new routes will be served by Airbus 320 NEO, the market’s most fuel-efficient aircraft. 

“We are working constantly on our offering, so that more people can travel with us, but with less impact on the climate. New aircraft with lower fuel consumption, investments in biofuel and our carbon dioxide compensation scheme for trips made by our Eurobonus members, are just a few examples of our ambitious plans to convert to more sustainable travel,” says Karl Sandlund.

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SAS Relocates Its Stockholm – Los Angeles Route To Copenhagen

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SAS is opening a year-round route to Los Angeles from Copenhagen. The first flight will be in January 2020. Big demand from leisure travelers in Denmark and a more attractive timetable with daily flights mean that the route will be part of the flight program from the new year.

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From 13 January 2020, SAS will be moving its route between Stockholm and Los Angeles to the Danish capital. This won’t be the first route SAS decided to relocate due to the previously introduced Swedish aviation tax(Lag (2017:1200) om skatt på flygresor) which carriers has to pay up to SEK400 (EUR39) on long haul routes departing from Swedish airports. The non-existent flight SK963 was flying between Stockholm – Hong Kong before was moved to Copenhagen under a better time slot in October 2018.

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A320neo SAS

However, this won’t be the only reason for SAS to make the decision of moving its long haul operation from Stockholm, the “Greta Thunberg effect” has been impacting Swedish travel habits, new buzzwords in Swedish mainstream media like flygskam (flight shame) and tågskryt (train bragging) has made the global air travel industry worried.

SAS is also moving its Los Angeles route to Copenhagen at a strategic time as the other big carrier at CPH – Norwegian will suspend 3 long haul destinations in winter season 2019, routes being canceled are Copenhagen to Fort Lauderdale, New York JFK and Los Angeles. This was seem as a move that the low cost carrier is shifting from growth to profitability, something SAS is also keen on after the week-long strike earlier (from April 26 to May 2) in the summer season.

The ‘new’ route will have an improved timetable from six to seven departures a week from Copenhagen Airport(CPH) starting next March.

“By opening a year-round route to Los Angeles from Copenhagen we are increasing availability and enabling growth. The timetable is attractive, and thanks to the economies of scale we can achieve in fully utilizing our fleet, we are in a position to provide a daily service from Copenhagen Airport,” says Karl Sandlund EVP Commercial, SAS.

“Los Angeles is one of the most in-demand intercontinental routes from Copenhagen, and an important route for our leisure customers in particular, who are keen to visit the American West Coast. We continuously assess our offering in order to optimize our network for our travelers,” says Karl Sandlund.   

Flights from Copenhagen to Los Angeles can be booked from 3 September 2019. The first flight departs 13 January 2020. Passengers with already purchased tickets from Stockholm to Los Angeles, will be rebooked via Copenhagen.

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A350-900 SAS

The new time schedule for the route starting January 13th:

Flight SK931 departs from CPH 09:35 and arrives in Los Angeles 12:15 the same day. 
Flight SK932 departs from Los Angeles 14:00 and arrives in CPH 10:10 the day after.

There will be daily departures on the route SK931/932 between Copenhagen and Los Angeles starting on March 31st 2020, something suggests that their newly received A350s next year will come into play here.

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