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Lufthansa Optimizes Fleet With Twin-engine Widebody Aircrafts



Lufthansa A350

Lufthansa Group has announced that it has decided to order 20 Boeing 787-9 aircraft for its fleet and re-purchase 20 additional Airbus A350-900 aircraft to replace the current four-engine wide-body aircraft with these new generation twin-engine wide-body aircraft. To this end, Lufthansa also plans to sell 6 A380 aircraft to Airbus, reducing its total number of A380s from 14 to 8.

Lufthansa said that in the long run, replacing the four-engine aircraft with dual-engine new models will lay the foundation for the company’s future sustainable development. As a new generation of dual-engine wide-body aircraft, the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 have more cost-effectiveness that can reduce fuel consumption by 25% compared to the old model, so it can also significantly reduce the carbon emissions of flights and contribute to environmental protection.

Since the end of 2018, Lufthansa already had 12 Airbus A350-900 aircraft, and the new aircraft is expected to be delivered between the end of 2022 and 2027. In addition, the Boeing 777-9 aircraft ordered by Lufthansa is expected to join the fleet and be put into operation from 2020. Lufthansa’s six A380 four-engine aircraft sold back to Airbus will depart from the Lufthansa fleet between 2022 and 2023.

Statistics from Lufthansa show that after the implementation of this series of optimization measures, the group is expected to save 500,000 tons of aviation fuel per year, equivalent to a reduction of 1.5 million tons of carbon emissions.

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Japan Airlines Reinstates Service To Guangzhou, China From October 2, 2020



Japan Airlines First Airbus 350 Delivery

Japan Airlines (JAL) yesterday revised its flight frequency plans for the month of October 2020. Starting October 2, JAL will reinstate service between Tokyo Narita and Guangzhou with a weekly frequency. 

According to Kyodo News, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines announced on the 24th that they will resume some Chinese routes in the near future.

Currently, the two companies each have only one route to mainland China. Due to the adjustment of flight restrictions by the Chinese authorities, other routes will also be partially restored. This will be the first time scheduled flights to China have been resumed among the routes grounded after the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In addition to the current “Narita-Shanghai” route, ANA will resume the “Narita-Qingdao” and “Narita-Guangzhou” routes from September 30.

Flights to Shanghai are round-trip once a week, and ANA is discussing increasing the number of flights in the future.

JAL currently flying the “Narita-Dalian” route will also add the “Narita-Guangzhou” route from October 2.

Japan Airlines Boeing 777-200
Japan Airlines Boeing 777-200

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Note – The schedule is valid for the month of September 2020 only.
Flight schedules for October will be announced at a later date.

Reservations and sales for flights to Guangzhou will be available from September 24. (12:00 Japan Time) In addition, the carrier announced the decision to offer three flights per week between Tokyo Narita=Dalian throughout the month of October.

The JAL Group has continued to implement key measures against COVID-19 to provide our customers with a safe and secure travel experience and look forward to welcoming back customers as international flights gradually return to service.

Note – The schedule is valid through October 23 only.
Future schedules will be announced at a later date.

Flights are subject to government approvals.

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