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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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Emirates To Resume Flights To Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Harare and Mauritius, Boosting Global Network To 92 Destinations

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Emirates has announced on 24 September 2020 that it will resume flights to Johannesburg (1 October), Cape Town (1 October), Durban (4 October) in South Africa; Harare in Zimbabwe (1 October); and Mauritius (3 October). The addition of the five points will expand the Emirates’ global network to 92 destinations, as the airline gradually resumes its operations while prioritising the safety of its customers, crew and the communities it serves around the world. 

Emirates’ African network will also now extend to 19 cities.

Customers flying in and out of Emirates’ three South African gateways can safely connect to Dubai and to an array of onwards connections to Europe, the Far East, Middle East, West Asia and Australasia.


  • Johannesburg (1 October) in South Africa;
  • Cape Town (1 October) in South Africa;
  • Durban (4 October) in South Africa;
  • Harare in Zimbabwe (1 October); 
  • Mauritius (3 October).

Emirates will operate to Harare with two weekly flights linked to its Lusaka service. The linked services will connect Zambia and Zimbabwe to key destinations across Europe, the Far East, the Americas, Australasia and West Asia with one convenient stop in Dubai.

Flights from Dubai to Mauritius will initially operate once a week on Saturdays, supporting the Mauritian government’s repatriation efforts to bring its citizens home, and enabling the recovery of the country’s tourism industry by safely connecting leisure travellers from Europe, the Far East and the Middle East to the popular Indian Ocean island destination. 

Customers can stop over or travel to Dubai as the city has re-opened for international business and leisure visitors. Ensuring the safety of travellers, visitors, and the community, COVID-19 PCR tests are mandatory for all inbound and transit passengers arriving to Dubai (and the UAE), including UAE citizens, residents and tourists, irrespective of the country they are coming from.

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