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China Takes The Lead In Grounding B737MAX 8s And Gains Reputation.

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Less than 24 hours after the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines ET302 flight, when the investigators just started searching for the wreckage of the passenger plane, the Chinese civil aviation department issued a noticeable notice: all Chinese airlines will The model in the grounding accident – Boeing 737 MAX 8. China’s move shows that its confidence has risen to a new level for its institutional authority in the commercial aviation sector.

According to the US Foreign Policy Bimonthly website reported on March 13, China’s rapid decision triggered a chain reaction, and other countries and airlines soon followed suit. This fast-paced international response has caused the United States to stumble and want to defend a position that is ultimately difficult to defend, while China is like a responsible and safe-aware sky guardian.

Boeing Factory In China Deliver Its First B737 MAX
Boeing Factory In China Deliver Its First B737 MAX

The report said that China played a key role in the implementation of the grounding. Not long ago, it was unthinkable for the Civil Aviation Administration of China to skip the US Federal Aviation Administration’s release of global security concerns—especially a global security concern for US-made aircraft.

The report pointed out that the establishment of the status of the Civil Aviation Administration of China as an international standard setter can help China in the process of competing for the commercial aviation market.

According to the report, 10 or 20 years from now, if a Chinese-made passenger plane landed on the runway of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and New York’s JFK airport, then this moment may seem to be predictive.

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KLM Prepares To Operate At Half Capacity This Winter

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KLM Fleet At Amsterdam Airport

The planned upscaling of KLM’s European network in September has been put on hold owing to adjusted travel warnings, prompting Code Orange (essential travel only) designations for the UK, Spain, parts of France and other countries. Compared to August KLM’s route network in September and October remains stable.


Parked KLM Fleet, Image Rights: Marco Spuyman
Parked KLM Fleet, Image copyight: Marco Spuyman

The European Commission has announced the extension of the ‘slot waiver’ to the entire winter timetable. This has enabled KLM to respond more adequately to the rapidly changing market conditions as a result of COVID-19, even during the winter season. 

In addition to the financial impact, operating less well-filled flights would also be undesirable from a sustainability perspective.


“We are making all possible savings within the group and in the companies, which is essential to be able to get through the months to come.”

Air France-KLM CEO Benjamin Smith told French daily L’Opinion

He believes that it may take until 2024 for Air France-KLM Group’s business to return to the level of 2019.


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, KLM’s winter schedule will be a lot more restricted than it was in the same period last year. The timetable for the European network in November is currently around 55% of capacity in 2019.

KLM was gradually and responsibly expanding its European and intercontinental network, after the corona crisis had prompted severe restrictions on destinations and frequencies. 

KLM’s primary aim is to offer customers the widest range of destinations, after which we will consider increasing the number of frequencies or expanding capacity by deploying larger aircraft.

In August, KLM served almost 100% of its European network in terms of destinations, with capacity at approximately 60% compared to pre-corona levels.

  • Effective 25 October 2020, KLM will begin operating daily flights to the Polish city of Poznan.


Intercontinentally, KLM served 80% of its destinations at 60% capacity. At present, a third of these intercontinental flights are carrying cargo only. This means seat capacity is way down. KLM will carry passengers on these flights again as soon as local travel regulations allow.

  • From the beginning of September, KLM will resume a twice-weekly service to the Chinese city of Hangzhou, flying via Seoul Incheon in South Korea. 
  • KLM will also operate a twice-weekly service to Cairo.
  • Riyadh will also be added to the KLM network as a new destination (original start was September 26th, but is now scheduled for December 7th). 
  • On 29 October, KLM will also start a circle flight to add Edmonton back to the Canadian network. The flight will depart to Calgary, then call at Edmonton and fly back to Amsterdam.

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