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SAS To Join ANA With Tokyo Operation Shift To Haneda

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Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) earlier today came out with a statement that they will shift their Copenhagen – Narita service to Haneda. The route will gives travellers access to downtown Tokyo directly with 30 domestic codeshare destinations with its Star Alliance partner All Nippon Airways (ANA). The metropolitan area of Tokyo has two international airports are looking to increase Japan’s tourist numbers by adding significantly more international flights ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics. Japan’s biggest airport, Haneda, is more ideally located for business travellers and the airport is set to add 50 international routes per day as, starting in late March 2020, the government of Japan for the first time will allow aircraft to fly over central Tokyo during the day.

SAS New Livery, Courtesy Of SAS
SAS New Livery. Courtesy Of SAS

The direct Copenhagen-Haneda route will be served by SAS’ brand new Airbus A350 aircraft. As the most environmental-friendly airplane on the market, the A350 will reduce emissions by 30 percent compared to earlier generations of similar long-haul aircraft.

“Japan is already a very popular destination, and this will provide a positive boost for our travellers, both in relation to business travel and tourism. The new service offers an attractive timetable to Haneda and we hope it will be well received and appreciated by our travellers throughout Scandinavia and Japan, SAS looks forward to the opportunity to serve Haneda from summer season 2020 in time for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. With this initiative, SAS aims to support Olympic athletes in the national teams of Denmark, Norway and Sweden in their quest for Olympic success

Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO, SAS.

There is a large Scandinavian common market with a strong interest in Japan, both for leisure and business travel. The route is particularly well timed as SAS is in a unique cross border partnership with the three national Scandinavian Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committees and will be their principal airline partner during the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

SAS A350 Business Cabin, Courtesy Of SAS
SAS A350 Business Cabin. Courtesy Of SAS

  • Additional cities (Istanbul, Milan, Moscow, Shenzhen and Stockholm) are part of the 12 new routes ANA will serve out of Haneda Airport starting in 2020.
  • ANA will also be increasing the frequency of the Haneda – Los Angeles and Haneda – Sydney route in 2020.
  • The routes are part of ANA’s dual hub strategy to enhance its international network as Tokyo metropolitan airports continue to expand.

The two international airports had different roles when Narita first opened in 1978, Haneda was focused on domestic service while both ANA and JAL had to move their entire long-haul network til Narita. But since the opening of a fourth runway in 2010, the government of Japan has been gradually approve more international service from Haneda, with Narita will continue to serve more long-haul routes than Haneda, for legacy carriers like ANA and JAL, Haneda will become ever more important for capturing business travellers who are less price sensitive.

ANA will shift its U.S. destinations of San Jose, California, and Washington to Haneda with new destinations like San Francisco, Milan and Istanbul be added. This will shift ANA’s long haul operation to be more focused at Haneda. More capacity between Japan and Scandinavia will be added in spring 2020 when All Nippon Airways opens a new route between Haneda and Stockholm.

Shinjuku Skyline Courtesy Of SAS
Shinjuku skyline at sunset taken from Shibuya, Tokio. Courtesy Of SAS

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  1. Corporate Jaggernut

    December 9, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    SAS has been shifting airports and making that into a new route in a raw, truth is that’s nothing new.

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Urumqi Airlines To Add 3 New Destinations From China To Nagoya, Japan

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Urumqi Air's First COMAC ARJ-21-700

From December 30, Urumqi Airlines plans to open two new international routes from Urumqi to Nagoya, Japan. With the opening of Urumqi(URC) – Wuhan(WUH) – Nagoya(NGO) from the 30th of December, with flights scheduled on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; Urumqi(URC) – Jinan(JNA) – Nagoya(NGO) route will be opened on December 31 for every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. The route is the second and third international scheduled routes opened by Urumqi Airlines. The opening of this international route indicates that Urumqi Airlines will further accelerate the pace of international route network build-up, and is these route layout is significant for Urumqi Airlines to create a “connected Eurasian” network.

Urumqi Air Deploys Majorly The All Economy Configuration 186 Pax B737-800
Urumqi Air Deploys Majorly The All Economy Configuration 186 Pax B737-800

In the past, citizens of Urumqi and surrounding areas traveling to and from central Japan required transit in cities such as Xi’an and Beijing, which took a lot of time. After the opening of the route, Xinjiang passengers only need 9 hours to reach central Japan, which greatly reduces the travel time and travel costs of passengers. In addition, the route connects the two secondary aviation hubs of Wuhan and Jinan in China, enriching the routes and time options for passengers from the two places and surrounding provinces and cities to Japan. At the same time, the opening of the route provides a more convenient air channel for economic and trade exchanges and cultural exchanges between these cities.


The flights from Urumqi (URC) to Nagoya (NGO) via Wuhan (WUH) will operate with the following schedule starting on December 30, 2019:

  • UQ2657 / URC – WUH / 7:05AM – 11:25AM (Mon, Wed & Fri)
  • UQ2657 / WUH – NGO / 1:05PM – 5:15PM (Mon, Wed & Fri)
  • UQ2658 / NGO – WUH / 6:45PM – 10:05PM (Mon, Wed & Fri)
  • UQ2658 / WUH – URC / 11:55PM – 4:20AM (Fri, slightly different on Mon & Wed)

The flights operating via Jinan (TNA) will operate from December 31, 2019, with the following schedule:

  • UQ2659 / URC – TNA / 7:30AM – 12:00PM (Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun)
  • UQ2659 / TNA – NGO / 1:30PM – 5:15PM (Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun)
  • UQ2660 / NGO – TNA / 6:45PM – 9:15PM (Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun)
  • UQ2660 / TNA – URC / 11:50PM – 4:30AM+1 (Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun)

None of the flights between Urumqi and Nagoya will be non-stop and it would still be difficult to foster them in the future, as there are currently 10 other Chinese carriers serving flights to Nagoya from 23 cities in mainland China. As for the two routes Urumqi Air is serving from Wuhan and Jinan, both airports are already served by other Chinese carriers who are competing on the same route, with Shandong Airlines serving Jinan and Nagoya 3 times weekly and China Southern serving Wuhan – Nagoya with twice weekly as well.

Urumqi Air B-1569 At BoAo Airport, China
Urumqi Air B-1569 At BoAo Airport, China

From 1st April earlier this year, Urumqi Airlines implemented service differentiation and customisation on its entire flight network which divided baggage allowance and meal policies into four different classes, with baggage allowance ranging from 10kg to 30kg and after the new implementation, meal service for flights within three hours will be cancelled, with more snack options being added for purchase.

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China Eastern Airlines To Increase Shanghai – Paris Route To 17 Flights Weekly

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There are two routes in China Eastern’s network that is of crucial importance for the airline’s survival, it’s domestic flight between Shanghai and Beijing(MU&FM) together with its low cost subsidiary – China United Airlines(KN), generated almost half of the airline’s annual profit in fiscal year 2018; and its most important long haul route, Shanghai Pudong to Paris Charles De Gaulle, is becoming the second most frequently operated Sino-European route after Shanghai(SHA) – London(LON) which is served by four carriers (Air China(CA), British Airways(BA), China Eastern(MU) & Virgin Atlantic(VS)) with up to 4 flights daily. In 2020, China Eastern Airlines’ Shanghai – Paris route will continue to served with a frequency increase of up to 17 flights per week and they are in the planing phase of opening a direct route from the brand new Beijing Daxing airport to Paris.

China Eastern Fleet
China Eastern Fleet Courtesy of China Eastern

“This year marks the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France. The heads of state of China and France have successfully exchanged visits, pushing the relationship between the two countries to a new level. Aviation cooperation is a “bridge” connecting the people of China and France. It is hoped that the aviation industry of China and France will continue to work together to contribute to the pragmatic cooperation between China and France and write a new chapter in aviation cooperation.”

Chinese Ambassador to France Lu Shaye

In 2017, China Eastern Airlines invested 375 million euros in the Air France-KLM Group, holding 10% of the shares, becoming the second largest shareholder of Air France-KLM, and co-operating with Air France-KLM on four routes from Paris to Shanghai, Kunming, Wuhan, and Qingdao.

China Eastern Air France KLM Joint Venture
China Eastern Air France KLM Joint Venture

On July 27, 2017, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines Holding(hereafter as CEA Holding) and Delta Air Lines entered into a conditional subscription agreement with Air France-KLM, respectively, to acquire 10% newly issued shares in the share capital of Air France-KLM after the completion of issuance of additional shares. CEA Holding entered into a marketing agreement with Air France-KLM to further strengthen the business partnership on the basis of good business relationship between the two parties.

On October 3, 2017, the trading of the fixed issuance of additional 10% shares to CEA Holding by Air France-KLM was completed in the Euronext. CEA Holding appointed Tang Bing, its Director and vice president as the director of Air France-KLM. According to the relevant requirements of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, the daily businesses such as joint operation and service security between CEA Holding and Air France-KLM and its controlled subsidiaries constituted a related party transaction of the Company under the Rules Governing the Listing of Stocks on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

On December 22, 2017, the Board of Directors considered and approved the relevant resolution regarding the 2017-2019 daily related party transactions between Air France-KLM and CEA Holding, pursuant to which, we will provide aircraft aviation transportation cooperation and support services to Air France-KLM and Air France-KLM will provide aircraft aviation transportation cooperation and support services to CEA Holding. The Board of Directors also approved the 2017-2019 annual caps for the Air France-KLM aircraft aviation transportation cooperation and support services.

On August 10, 2018, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CEA Holding entered into the aeronautical materials and components maintenance and spare parts supply service agreement and components lease service agreement with the wholly-owned subsidiary of Air France-KLM, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, pursuant to which, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will lease and maintain aeronautical material and spare parts for CEA Holding‘s 15 B787 airplanes for 15 years. The Board of Directors considered and approved the relevant transactions.

On October 30, 2018, a wholly-owned subsidiary of us entered into the aeronautical materials and components maintenance and spare parts supply service agreement and components lease service agreement with the wholly-owned subsidiary of Air France-KLM, Societe Air France, pursuant to which, Societe Air France will lease and maintain aeronautical material and spare parts for CEA Holding‘s 20 A350 airplanes for 15 years. The Board of Directors considered and approved the relevant transactions.

For the year ended December 31, 2018, the actual amount of the Air France-KLM aircraft aviation transportation cooperation and support services received by CEA Holding was approximately RMB728 million and the actual amount of the Air France-KLM aircraft aviation transportation cooperation and support services paid by CEA Holding was approximately RMB425 million. The actual amount for the aeronautical materials, components and spare parts supply, leasing and maintenance services paid by CEA Holding to Air France-KLM was approximately RMB2 million.

Annual Report on Form 20-F for Fiscal Year 2018 of China Eastern Airlines


Shanghai - Paris Flight Schedule, Air China, China Eastern, Air France
Shanghai – Paris Flight Schedule, Carriers & Respective Aircraft Types. WS 2019-2020

Air France has been present in mainland China for close to 50 years.

Air France KLM Route Destination In China
Air France KLM Route Destination In China

Air France and KLM were the first European carriers to serve a number of Chinese routes.

Year Destination
1966Launch of the Shanghai service by Air France
1973Launch of the Beijing service by Air France and suspension of Shanghai route
1996Launch of the Beijing service by KLM
1998Resumption of the Shanghai service by Air France
1999Launch of the Shanghai service by KLM
2004Launch of the Guangzhou service by Air France*
2006Launch of the Chengdu service by KLM
2010Launch of the Hangzhou service by KLM
2011Launch of the Xiamen service by KLM
2012Launch of the Wuhan service by Air France
*Air France axed the Guangzhou route in March 2019

“China Eastern Airlines and Air France KLM have strengthened sales cooperation in their respective main markets to jointly improve the consistency of service products. Take the cooperation of the customers of the affiliated group of the two parties as an example. In Europe, the two parties have jointly owned 1,500 large, medium and small enterprise customers. In the future, the two sides will further develop in-depth cooperation at Beijing Daxing Airport and Shanghai Pudong Airport.”

Anne-Marie Kudeck, chairman of the Air France KLM Group

Currently China Eastern is operating flights to 12 destinations in the European region, with 10 sales offices, and an established European marketing center in Paris. In 2018, the Shanghai – Paris route frequency has been increased from 3 flights per week(1998) to 2 flights daily, and the number of passengers increased from 30,000 per year initially to 360,000. On this basis, China Eastern Airlines opened the Kunming – Paris route with 3 weekly frequencies at the end of 2014, and the airline opened Qingdao – Paris route with 3 weekly frequencies as well in June this year.

In March 2017, the Chinese and French Civil Aviation Administrations signed a new agreement to increase the capacity between China and France from 50 flights per week to 126 flights in three years. This allows airlines to increase the possibility for airlines’ deployment in other cities while ensuring the original capacity of first-tier cities.


AirlinesIATAChinaFranceWeekly Application Type
China EasternMUBeijing DaxingParis Charles De Gaulle7New Route
Air ChinaCABeijing CapitalParis Charles De Gaulle7Frequency Increase
China EasternMUShanghai PudongParis Charles De Gaulle3Frequency Increase
Air ChinaCAShanghai PudongParis Charles De Gaulle3Frequency Increase
China EasternMUNanjingParis Charles De Gaulle4New Route
China EasternMUWenzhouParis Charles De Gaulle3New Route (Unapproved)
China EasternMUNanchangParis Charles De Gaulle3New Route (Unapproved)
*WS 2019-2020

Air China had previously spoken to increase the number of intercontinental routes in Shanghai. At present, related plans are still in progress. The newly-added direct cities of Nanjing has respective policies from local government to foster international passenger traffic. For the Nanchang and Wenzhou direct flights to Paris applied by China Eastern Airlines earlier, although unapproved, both airports are the operating bases of China Eastern Airlines. It’s highly likely this new destinations will be approved in the coming years. In addition, China Eastern Airlines has alternately operated Wenzhou-Rome direct flights and Wenzhou-Pudong-Rome flight previously in the form of interim charter. Overall, the three places of newly-planned direct flights to Paris belong to the traditional sphere of influence of China Eastern Airlines.

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