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SAS Starts A340 Retirement Plan With LN-RKP First Leaving Its Fleet



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Among the eight Airbus A340 Scandinavian Airlines operates, the 22-year-old A340 registered under LN-RKP is the only long haul aircraft that no passenger wishes to fly with. This will come as good news as LN-RKP will be the first one to leave SAS’s Airbus A340 fleet.

According to Airliner Watch, The LN-RKP was built in 1997 and previously operated by the Chilean operator LAN from 2007 before it was delivered to SAS in 2013.

The LN-RKP will be taken out of service soon and will make its last flight to Tarbes in southwestern France, where it will be scrapped. Parts of the aircraft, including the engines will be sent back to SAS to be used as spare parts for remaining seven Airbus A340.

SAS took delivery of one more Airbus A330E on July 10. The aircraft was leased from the Dublin-based Irish lessor Jackson Square Aviation. The carrier had placed the order for one A330E last year in April to replace its 22-year-old A340, which mostly has functioned as a reserve aircraft.

The new Airbus A330E of the SAS registered SE-REH is currently under the certification process by the US regulator in the United States where it will be located.

SAS has eight A350-900 on order with Airbus. The Airbus A350 is a new mid-size long-range aircraft composed by the world’s most modern technology and aerodynamic features. 

The first SAS Airbus A350 will be named ‘SE-RSA Ingegerd Viking’. By end of 2019, the aircraft will be delivered from the Airbus factory in Toulouse.

SAS will then start the process of retiring more A340 from its fleet, although exactly how many of the eight A340-300 will be phased out by SAS is not clear yet. It is said that some will be retained, and the spare parts obtained from the scrapped planes will be used to fly them.

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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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