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Finnair Sighting Long-haul Routes Resumption To Asia



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From July, Finnair will be resuming flights to numerous destinations in Europe and adding more frequencies to its schedule, with the current plan still being subject to travel restrictions, Finnair will be reviewing on the possibility of a gradual recommencement of its long-haul routes, with a strong desire to resuming flights to its strategic focus in Asia. Finnair has also announced on the 18th that two of its Airbus A330s aircraft has been modified to free up much-needed cargo capacity by removing economy seats from the cabin.

Finnair is planning to add flights gradually as demand develops. New traffic plan from 1 July has been published already, Finnair is planning to fly to some 40 destinations in Europe and Asia. The routes to resume operations are done as travel restrictions are gradually lifted in various countries.

Finnair Economy Comfort
Finnair Economy Comfort

Operations To Essential European Cities

Finnair will first focus on key European airports, and will resume flights to Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Gothenburg, Geneva, Hamburg, London, Malaga, Manchester,  Moscow, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Riga, Tallinn, Stockholm, St Petersburg, Vilnius, Vienna and Zürich in July.

Finnair plans to resume flights to Barcelona, Milan, Madrid, Rome and Warsaw in August. During the summer holiday season, Finnair will also operate individual flights to some of the holiday destinations in Southern Europe. 

“We expect aviation to recover gradually, starting in July, our intention is to operate approximately 30% of our normal amount of flights in July, and we will also start long-haul flights to our key Asian destinations. We will then add routes and frequencies month by month as demand recovers. Our recent customer survey shows that customers are already planning both business and leisure trips. We want to meet this demand with our network offering.

Finnair Chief Commercial Officer Ole Orvér

Strong Long-haul Focus On Asia

Finnair’s long-haul operations are planned to recommence in phases, from July and onward, Finnair will fly to Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai which still subjects to government approval; routes to Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo Narita, Singapore, Seoul and Bangkok are also being planned. Finnair is focusing strongly on strategically important markets in Asia, theses routes are also supported by continuing cargo demand. Finnair plans to start flights to Delhi, New York in August, Tokyo Haneda in November, and Miami, Krabi and Phuket during the winter holiday season. 

Maintains Key Domestic Connections 

In July, Finnair will operate six domestic routes in Finland, flying to Kuopio, Mariehamn, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Turku and Vaasa, and Ivalo and Kittilä in the Finnish Lapland are being planned for August. In September, operations to Kuusamo and Tampere will also start. Destinations like Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kajaani, Kemi or Kokkola will not be served during summer 2020. Decisions for services to these destinations will be made before next season commence when demand becomes more visible.  

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



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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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