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Sino-European Routes Awaits Market Relaunch, Juneyao Airlines Confirms Finnair Joint Venture

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At present, European airlines have basically suspended operations between China and Europe. They have been intensively using passenger aircrafts to carry cargo goods out from China. While the Chinese airlines continue to operate part of the Sino-Europe routes in accordance with the latest “Five One” rules of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, they also continue to deliver cargo goods by passenger planes.


Juneyao Airlines Landing In Shanghai Illustration
Juneyao Airlines Landing In Shanghai Illustration

Finnair and Shanghai-based Juneyao Air have signed a Letter of Intent to deepen their cooperation between China and Europe subject to required regulatory approvals.  

The aim is to establish a joint venture on the Helsinki – Shanghai route enabling Finnair and Juneyao Air to offer their corporate and leisure customers a seamless travel experience through a wider choice of destination, schedule and fare options via their main hubs, Helsinki Airport (HEL) and Pudong International Airport (PVG). 


Joint Venture Preparation

Juneyao Airlines opened its first European destination between Shanghai and Helsinki in June 2019, thus officially extending the route network from domestic and neighbouring countries to transcontinental scope, and there are plans to open more new fifth freedom routes in Europe via Helsinki. Juneyao Air became the first Star Alliance Connecting Partner in May 2017 and has been in FFP cooperation with several Star Alliance members. In 2019, Juneyao Airlines started FFP cooperation with Finnair.

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Juneyao Air Helsinki Route Promo Advert

Finnair has entered the Chinese market for more than 30 years. It opened the first direct intercontinental route between Helsinki and Beijing as early as 1988. Currently, there are a total of 7 direct services in China including Beijing Capital,Beijing Daxing, Shanghai Pudong, Xi’an, Guangzhou, Nanjing and Hong Kong direct to Helsinki.

Finnair Airbus A330
Finnair Airbus A330

Although the global aviation industry is currently suffering huge losses under the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic and has suspended most of the intercontinental flight services, it is well understood both within and beyond the industry that the current market demand is only suppressed rather than disappeared, it would be wise to use this adjustment period to prepare for the restart of the market.

“The aviation industry has encountered tough situations. Nevertheless, we consistently and optimistically trust in our emphasized China-Europe market and partnership with Finnair. We have been in comprehensive cooperation with Finnair and have obtained a mutually trustworthy and beneficial partnership with shared visions and values. Expanding the partnership enables us to accelerate further development and to serve passengers better with diversified choices and broadened network coverage.”, says Mr Yu Chengji, Executive Vice President of Juneyao Air. 

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B787 Liveries Juneyao Airlines

In fact, airline alliance is a closer way of cooperation between airlines. The two sides further bind the market and revenue links on the basis of code sharing, which can fully maximise the interests of both parties under the conditions of resource constraints.

“Despite these immensely challenging times for our industry, we at Finnair remain steadfast in our belief and commitment to China as a key market and to Juneyao Air as a key partner. Over the last year we have built up a close and mutually beneficial partnership with Juneyao Air. Taking the important step to evolve this into a deeper cooperation focused on our Shanghai and Helsinki hubs will allow us to not only serve our current customers even better, but also to lay a platform for further growth in the future, once the aviation market starts to normalise”, says Ole Orver, Chief Commercial Officer at Finnair. 


Air rights and foothold

Shanghai has always been Finnair’s most profitable destination in China. Since Finnair began to shift its strategic focus to Asia, in addition to opening new destinations in China, it has also been seeking more opportunities at the Shanghai hub, but it has been limited to do due to the issue of air rights.

Juneyao Airlines Economy Cabin
Juneyao Airlines Economy Cabin

For Juneyao Airlines, as a fledgling intercontinental airline operator, it also needs a partner to help it set up in Europe, and on this basis to further expand the airline network, so the two sides hit it off and signed a code sharing cooperation agreement in Shanghai last year. , On both flights between Shanghai and Helsinki, as well as the preferred routes from Helsinki to other destinations in Europe and Shanghai to other destinations in China, to carry out code sharing cooperation. Since August 2019, the two parties have also implemented a reciprocal agreement between Juneyao Airlines’ Ruyi Club and Finnair’s Finnair Plus Frequent Flyer Program, allowing customers to earn and redeem miles and points in all airline networks of both parties.

Juneyao Airlines Economy Seat
Juneyao Airlines Economy Seat

Now the cooperation is one step closer, obviously because of the gains from previous cooperation. According to data released by Juneyao Airlines, as of December 31, 2019, nearly 65,000 passengers took Juneyao Airlines flights to and from Central Europe.

Finland Airlines operates flights to Europe, Asia and North America, providing convenient services using Helsinki Airport as a transit point, with an annual passenger capacity of over 14.7 million. Finnair connects 19 destinations in Asia and 8 North American cities, and the number of destinations in Europe exceeds 100. Juneyao Airlines has the most valuable aviation hub in China, Shanghai, and can provide domestic connections to Finnair, which has no alliance partners in mainland China.

Currently Finnair has opened the second route from Beijing Daxing International Airport to Helsinki. At the same time, Juneyao Airlines also has three daily flights between Beijing Daxing and Shanghai, which expands the area of possible cooperation.


The June 2019 financial report released by Juneyao Airlines showed that the company achieved revenue of 16.749 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 16.59%. Among them, air passenger revenue was 16.277 billion yuan, accounting for 97.18% of operating income; air cargo revenue was 299 million yuan, accounting for 1.79% of operating income. The net profit attributable to shareholders of listed companies was 994 million yuan, a year-on-year decrease of 19.34%. The total transportation turnover for the whole year was 3.29 billion tons kilometres, an increase of 17.42% year-on-year; the passenger transportation volume for the year was 22.0173 million, an increase of 16.66% year-on-year; the average passenger load factor was 85.23%; and the daily utilisation rate of the aircraft was 10.67 hours.

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  1. YAAY

    April 18, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    It was a bad time for them to start the Helsinki route

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SAS To Double Its Capacity In June

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Parked SAS Fleet
As more and more countries are easing travel restrictions, SAS, the flag carrier of 3 nordic countries which has cancelled nearly all flights since March, has released a statement in which it will join a growing number of its European counterparts to resume flights to several destinations from June onwards. These routes are primarily domestic flights within and between the Scandinavian countries, with flights to New York, Chicago and Amsterdam from Copenhagen are also set to resume. Scandinavian Airlines’ decision on resuming flights and adding existing service frequencies in all three countries means that SAS is set to double its capacity in June, increasing from having the equivalent of 15 aircraft in service to 30.

SAS has taken a number of measures to ensure your safety and well-being on board.
SAS has taken a number of measures to ensure your safety and well-being on board.

From Copenhagen, SAS is resuming international flights to Amsterdam, New York and Chicago.

SAS has already restored all of its domestic destinations in Norway, it will now add two more Norwegian destinations to Copenhagen from Bergen and Stavanger and one of its strategic oil route from Stavanger to Aberdeen.

In Sweden, SAS is adding four domestic destinations from Arlanda; Malmö, Ängelholm, Kalmar and Skellefteå. SAS is also resuming 2 international routes from Stockholm to Helsinki and Turku, in Finland.



Date of resumptionRoutes
From 1 JuneARN-SFTStockholm – Skellefteå
From 2 JuneCPH-AARCopenhagen – Aarhus
From 8 JuneCPH-AMSCopenhagen – Amsterdam
CPH-BGOCopenhagen –  Bergen
CPH-SVGCopenhagen – Stavanger
SVG-ABZStavanger – Aberdeen
ARN-HELStockholm – Helsinki
ARN-TKUStockholm – Turku
ARN-MMXStockholm – Malmö
ARN-KLRStockholm – Kalmar
From 10 JuneCPH-EWRCopenhagen – New York
CPH-ORDCopenhagen – Chicago
From 15 JuneARN-AGHStockholm – Ängelholm

Updates To SAS Traffic Operation, June 2020

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Aegean Airlines Gradually Resumes Flights With Limited International Frequencies

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Aegean Airlines A320 Fleet
Greece has entered the third phase of “unlocking” this week, and domestic and international flights have gradually returned. Aegean Airlines issued a statement on May 18, announcing a series of measures and flexible ticketing policies. Aegean Airlines’ president said in an interview that the company suffered serious losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year may be the worst year in the company’s history. At present, Aegean Airlines has resumed flights between the main mainland and Crete, and other islands will resume flights in the next few weeks. In terms of international flights, Aegean Airlines will first resume round-trip flights between Athens and Munich, Frankfurt, Geneva and Zurich, and increased frequencies for their only non-suspended route to Brussels.

Aegean Airlines A320
Aegean Airlines A320

AEGEAN, a Star Alliance member airline, has been maintaining all domestic destinations with limited frequency flight service since 26 March, in an effort to facilitate minimum essential for the island’s needs and a small number of weekly flights from Athens to Brussels in order to maintain the country’s connectivity with the EU’s administrative centre.

Aegean Airlines also operated numerous humanitarian cargo flights for medical and pharmaceutical supplies transportation from China to Greece and Cyprus, in cooperation with the relevant authorities, the airline has operated repatriation flights from various international destinations. 


AEGEAN gradually adds frequencies on domestic network

Following the gradual ease of travel restrictions within Greece and entry regulations to other European countries gradually to be announced, AEGEAN will be enhancing connectivity in its domestic network.

As of May 18th, AEGEAN will be gradually increasing capacity to Heraklion, Chania, Thessaloniki and Alexandroupolis, while additional frequencies will be added to Rhodes, Corfu, Mytilene, Chios, Samos and other domestic destinations, as of May 25th.   


AEGEAN will gradually restore international operations

By the end of May, AEGEAN will gradually restore international operations to some major European destinations. In particular, AEGEAN plans to restart operations from its Athens hub to Munich, Zurich, Frankfurt and Geneva, initially within a limited frequency. At the same time, more flights will be operated to Brussels, which is the only international destination that hasn’t been suspended. 



AEGEAN is willing to gradually restore its network with extreme cautiousness, as stated in the airline’s press statement. While fully respecting the tremendous national effort to control the COVID-19 outbreak within the country, Aegean Airlines’ utmost priority is still to assist authorities in developing relevant health protocols for both passengers and crews.

AEGEAN has already enhanced the increased precautionary measures while boarding and during a flight in preparation for the resumption of flight services, including the mandatory use of a mask during flight, alongside the aircraft cleaning and disinfection processes, and is in close cooperation with the relevant authorities in order to implement additional safety measures with respect to social distancing and sanitation, upon official announcements.


An Aegean Airlines Airbus A320neo in its brand new livery, Greece, May 11, 2020.
An Aegean Airlines Airbus A320neo in its brand new livery, Greece, May 11, 2020. Image Rights: REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Board Chairman of Aegean Airlines Eftychios Vassilakis told Reuters during an interview stated that Aegean Airlines “burns” 40 million euros every month, and the fixed expenses only cost 25 million euros per month. “The company” burns money “in order to continue flying. Vasilakis said that during the crisis, the Greek government provided financial support to Aegean Airlines. As “You cannot afford to be one of the very few airlines in Europe that have not been helped.” But he did not specify the form and details of the funding.

By the end of the year, AEGEAN will be operating its whole fleet with 65 planes, including the first 6 Airbus A320/321neo aircraft, making it one of the youngest fleet in Europe. Vasilyakis also said that Aegean will be resuming 25% before July and 50% before September, under a best-case scenario,

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