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SAS Eurobonus Silver Members Will Get Free Wifi Onboard*



We all have to agree on one thing, SAS’s long haul inflight wifi is somewhat a joke, especially those flights to Asia. You can barely scroll through Facebook smoothly, not to mention trying to open my website.

I had a wonderful chance of talking to one of the soon-retiring captain at SAS who flew me from Hong Kong to Stockholm around a month ago. He asked me how was my flight, I told him everything was fine except the Wifi, it was impossible to use. He laughed and informed me that it is the case with routes flying over Russia and China. The satellite signal has never been good, hopefully they will introduce a new system in 2020. I was literally laughing inside at the irony between his statement and the sad truth about time-lag SAS has with service implementation.

Picture from Scandinavian Travellers

Back to now, with this great news coming from SAS, stated on SAS Group’s website:

“Passengers on SAS short and medium haul routes will now have access to a stable, fast and strong WiFi signal, enabling them to stream and work inflight problem-free.”

You can look through the detailed slideshows on Scandinavian Travellers page here which looks like they are promising a lot: “Installation of the new high-speed WiFi has already begun, with the first 30 short-haul planes being introduced during May 2018. Installation on the rest of the short haul fleet is expected to be finished in the beginning of 2020. Each aircraft will undergo extensive testing and SAS won’t release WiFi on any aircraft until it is completely satisfied with the Internet connection.”

Bear in mind that the fast inflight wifi plan does not include any long haul fleets which means what the captain said is still realistically true. We would be able to see some developments made towards that hopefully soon but probably after 2020.

Another interesting point from their website is while free wifi access remain the same as before for “Travellers in SAS Plus as well as EuroBonus Diamond and Gold members. Travellers in SAS Go may pay 7 EUR for full access.” A campaign period from May to 19th August 2018 SAS Eurobonus Silver members will also be able to enjoy free inflight wifi access. It is expected that 43 aircrafts will be installed with high speed wifi onboard within September, so they are doing this at a relatively fast pace.

This would be another useful perk being added to the silver tier level, in addition to existing limited time Fast Track and SAS Lounge access during Saturdays, summer season and Christmas season, the free wifi can also be beneficial to many people.

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KLM Prepares To Operate At Half Capacity This Winter



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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