Monthly Archives: March 2020

British Airways parks most of its Boeing 747-400s

"City of Swansea", arrival from Dublin paint shop in 1984 Landor livery on March 9, 2019

British Airways has ferried the pictured Boeing 747-436 G-BNLY to Bournemouth (BOH) for storage. The Jumbo has been taken out of service. The airliner was painted in the 1984 Landor livery to help celebrate 100 Years of flying.

Five Boeing 747-400s are being moved to BOH today and 5 to Teruel Airpot (TEV), Spain tomorrow.
The aircraft are being moved from Heathrow Airport due to the reduced schedule and aircraft parking constraints.
British Airways is storing its Boeing 747-400s at Bournemouth, Cardiff and Teruel.
There appears to be three active BA 747-400s as of April 4, 2020 (G-BYGC, G-BYGG and G-CIVY).

British Airways now has over 30 aircraft parked at Bournemouth.

Copyright Photo: British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BNLY (msn 27090) LHR (SPA). Image: 945933.

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Transavia Airlines (Netherlands) cancels all flights until May 6

Transavia Airlines (Netherlands) has made this announcement:

A lot of countries are setting access restrictions because of the coronavirus. This makes it difficult or even impossible to travel in and out of countries. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs advices only to travel abroad if this is necessary. That is why we have decided to cancel all flights from the Netherlands from Monday, March 23 to Wednesday, May 6. If your outbound flight is before May 7, and your return flight is after that date, we will cancel your whole booking. The main booker will receive a message from us via email.

We still carry out repatriation flights for the ministry of Foreign Affairs. If you are still in a foreign country and want to go home to The Netherlands, register yourself at the platform Special Assistance Abroad.

After May 6
The Dutch government announced new restrictions in the Netherlands on March 23. For now, these have no effect on our flight schedule, but we may also have to cancel flights after May 6. We follow the advice of the World Health Organization and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment. If you book a flight that departs after May 6, this flight might be cancelled. In that case you will receive an email. For the value of your booking you will receive a voucher from us, with which you can later book a new ticket.

Transavia (Netherlands) aircraft photo gallery:

Lufthansa agrees on short-time work

Lufthansa has made this announcement:

  • More than 27,000 employees of Deutsche Lufthansa AG will be affected by short-time work 
  • Agreements applies to cockpit, cabin and ground staff
  • Agreement with pilots union “Vereinigung Cockpit” pending
  • The Supervisory Board, Executive Board and Management have voluntarily waived part of their salary

Lufthansa has signed agreements with its works council and trade unions to introduce short-time working for cabin and ground staff in Frankfurt and Munich. This also applies to the management. An agreement with the pilots union “Vereinigung Cockpit” has not yet been reached.

The extent of reduced working hours is determined for employees depending on the loss of work and can be up to 100 percent. For some of the employees, reduced working hours began retrospectively in March 2020. The agreements apply to at least 27,000 employees of the approximately 35,000 employees of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

“With short-time working, we want to secure jobs of our employees in these difficult and unusual times. Our goal remains trying to avoid redundancies. The agreement of short-time work is an essential prerequisite for this. We will have to constantly review the economic parameters,” says Michael Niggemann, Chief Officer Corporate Human Resources and Legal Affairs at Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

Based on the current agreements, Lufthansa for the time being is increasing the short-time working allowance up to 90 per cent of the net salary lost through short-time working. How long Deutsche Lufthansa AG can pay these top-up amounts depends largely on the duration of the crisis.

In solidarity with all employee groups, the Lufthansa Supervisory Board, Executive Board and Management will also participate in the measures. The members of the Supervisory Board have voluntarily waived 25 percent of their compensation, the members of the Executive Board have waived 20 percent and managers not affected by short-time working have waived between 10 and 15 percent of their monthly basic compensation. The voluntary waiver of remuneration for the Supervisory Board, board members and all managers in Germany will apply from April 1, 2020 for at least a period of six months until the end of September.

The proposal to discontinue the dividend for the 2019 financial year will further help in securing liquidity of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

More than 30 companies in the Lufthansa Group, whose employees have German employment contracts, have already or will gradually fall under reduced working hours. These measures also come in effect for airlines in the Lufthansa Group in Austria, Switzerland and Belgium.

Lufthansa aircraft photo gallery:

American Airlines operates the last Boeing 767 revenue flight

Type Retirement: March 30, 2020 (flight AA 9441 LIM-MIA with N347AN)

American Airlines had previously announced it was moving up the retirement of its 17 remaining 209-seat Boeing 767-300 ERs to May 2020. Previously the target retirement date was early 2021.

Due to the extraordinary downturn in passenger demand, the downsizing carrier has apparently again moved up the target retirement date as it will operate newer aircraft on its remaining long-range routes.

On Monday, March 30, 2020 the airline operated the last revenue flight for the Boeing 767. The pictured Boeing 767-323 ER N347AN (top) operated a repatriation flight from Lima, Peru to the Miami hub. Flight AA 9441 arrived in Miami at 8:39 pm (2039) (local time) on March 30, 2020 closing out an era for American Airlines.

Today’s flight from Miami to San Juan with N347AN was cancelled.

Instead N347AN was ferried to Roswell, NM on March 31, 2020 as flight AA9648.

N347AN joined the other Boeing 767-300s in storage at Roswell, NM.

Photo: Ian Dutton/Facebook.

At the peak, AA operated a fleet of 67 Boeing 767-300 ERs.

The first Boeing 767-300 (N351AA) was delivered to American on February 19, 1988 and entered service with AA on March 3, 1988.

Previously the smaller Boeing 767-200 was operated between 1982 and 2014.

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 767-323 ER WL N347AN (msn 33086) MIA (Ken Petersen). Image: 949517.

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Delta to “fog” every aircraft before departure

Delta Air Lines has made this announcement:

Delta is transforming expectations for cleanliness across airports and on aircraft to deliver a new standard of clean for customers: Delta Clean. Now the global airline is committing to these elevated cleaning measures for the long term.

“The highest levels of clean should not be reserved for times of crisis – customers deserve to feel confident and safe whenever they decide to travel,” said Bill Lentsch, Delta’s Chief Customer Experience Officer. “That’s why we are extending our overall safety focus to include our new standard of clean.”

Delta is bringing the same rigor and focus to cleanliness that it used to redefine industry expectations for on-time performance, Lentsch said, so customers can trust in the Delta Clean commitment.

Here are some of the cleaning measures our teams will use so customers can feel confident when traveling with Delta:

Starting April 1: 

  • All domestic aircraft will undergo the same interior fogging overnight that Delta has been using to disinfect international aircraft in the U.S. since February.
  • Before every flight, aircraft will be cleaned using the same extensive checklist used during overnight cleanings. This industry-leading work disinfects high-touch areas customers care most about being clean, like tray tables, seat-back entertainment screens, arm rests and seat-back pockets.
  • Spot checks will take place before each flight by a Customer Service Agent and a Flight Leader to ensure the aircraft is up to the Delta Clean standard. The team can resolve any issues immediately, and are empowered to request a cleaning crew return to the aircraft for additional cleaning.

By early May: 

  • Aircraft will be fogged before every flight in Delta’s network. The disinfectant used in fogging is immediately safe to breathe and is similar to what hospitals and restaurants use to sanitize.

In addition, customers will notice Delta continuing to offer hand sanitizer at various touchpoints, while disinfecting surfaces across the airport experience. The same level of attention and care is given to employee work spaces like lounges and break rooms.

The Delta Clean standard is largely driven by Delta employees, who are committed to delivering safe experiences for customers and each other.

Delta aircraft photo gallery (Boeing):

Air Canada will reduce capacity by 85-90% in the second quarter

Air Canada made this announcement:

Air Canada said today that due to the unprecedented impact of Covid-19 upon its business, the airline will reduce capacity for the second quarter of 2020 by 85%-90% compared to last year’s Q2 and will place 15,200 members of its unionized workforce on Off Duty Status and furlough about 1,300 managers. The workplace reductions will be effective on or about April 3 and are intended to be temporary.

“The unpredictable extent and duration of the Covid-19 pandemic requires a significant overall response.  To furlough such a large proportion of our employees is an extremely painful decision but one we are required to take given our dramatically smaller operations for the next while.  It will help ensure that Air Canada can manage through this crisis that is affecting airlines everywhere. We believe that the temporary nature of these reductions, many achieved through voluntary programs, combined with other mitigation measures, will position us to restore regular operations as soon as the situation improves,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive.

“I understand and regret the impact this will have upon our employees and their families. I thank all of our employees, as well as union leaders, for working with us constructively to quickly implement these measures”.

In addition to the temporary workforce reductions, other measures implemented by Air Canada include:

  • A company-wide cost reduction and capital deferral program, targeting at least $500 million.
  • Drawing down operating lines of credit of approximately $1 billion, to provide additional liquidity.
  • Mr. Rovinescu, Air Canada’s President & Chief Executive Officer, and Michael Rousseau, Air Canada’s Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer, have agreed to forgo 100% of their salary. Senior Executives will forgo between 25% – 50% of their salary while members of Air Canada’s Board of Directors have agreed to a 25% reduction. All other Air Canada managers will have their salaries reduced 10% for the entire Second Quarter.
  • Air Canada suspended its share repurchase program effective March 2, 2020.

Earlier today, the Prime Minister of Canada announced a new wage subsidy program the details of which will be communicated later in the week and Air Canada will assess the impact of this on its mitigation plans. In addition, the Prime Minister also publicly acknowledged that the crisis faced by industries such as airlines will need additional help beyond wage subsidy and loan credit measures already announced by the federal government.

Subject to further government restrictions, while the crisis is ongoing Air Canada intends to continue to serve a small number of international and U.S. trans-border destinations from select Canadian cities after April 1, 2020 in addition to a reduced network in Canada.  In addition, Air Canada will also continue to operate special international flights in collaboration with the Government of Canada to repatriate Canadians abroad as well as cargo-only flights to ensure the continued movement of essential goods, including medical supplies.

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HiSky delays its start-up to late May

HiSky (Chisinau), the new Moldavian airline, has delayed its launch from April 10 to May 28, 2020.

The new carrier is planning to launch scheduled passenger flights with two Airbus A320s from Chisinau to Beauvais (near Paris), Bologna, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Lisbon and London (Stansted).

Planned schedule:

Reuters: Qatar Airways CEO says will keep flying but warns cash is running out

Even Qatar Airways will need state aid to survive.

From Reuters:

“Qatar Airways will continue to operate flights as long as necessary to get stranded travelers home, Chief Executive Akbar al-Baker (below) told Reuters on Sunday, but warned that the carrier could soon run out of cash.

(PRNewsFoto/Qatar Airways)

“We have enough cash to take us through a very short period of time,” he said in a phone interview.

He said the airline would eventually have to seek support from its owner, the Qatar government.

The Middle East carrier is one of few global airlines to continue operate after the coronavirus decimated travel demand almost overnight.”

The airline also made this short statement:

We know this is an anxious time for many stranded travellers around the world. New travel restrictions are imposed every day limiting the places we can fly. We are working closely with governments around the world and where possible we will operate charter flights to help get their citizens home.

In the destinations where we are still able to operate, in collaboration with local embassies we will be upgrading flights to larger aircraft or adding new flights to help get people home.

Operational routes

We are still operating flights to many cities around the world including London, Paris, Frankfurt, and Sydney, helping thousands of passengers get home safely.

Please be advised that, due to the current operating context of entry restrictions imposed by governments to limit the spread of coronavirus, our schedules may change at short notice.

Passengers are advised to check our real-time Flight Status page for the latest information.

Please also note that a number of countries have issued restrictions on entry for overseas travellers. We strongly recommend all passengers check the information published by the Government of their destination country before travelling and visit: International Air Transport Association (IATA)

The airports we are currently serving are:


  • Seychelles International Airport (SEZ)
  • Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ)


  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
  • Los Angeles International (LAX)
  • Miami International Airport (MIA)
  • Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL)
  • São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport (GRU)
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Asia and Pacific

  • Angeles City Clark International Airport (CRK)
  • Auckland  International Airport (AKL)
  • Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
  • Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
  • Brisbane Airport (BNE)
  • Denpasar International Airport (DPS)
  • Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)
  • Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
  • Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK)
  • Krabi International Airport (KBV)
  • Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL)
  • Male International Airport (MLE)
  • Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)
  • Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL)
  • Perth Airport (PER)
  • Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH)
  • Phuket International Airport (HKT)
  • Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN)
  • Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)
  • Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD)
  • Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN)
  • Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT)
  • Yangon International Airport (RGN)


  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
  • Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH)
  • Barcelona El Prat Airport  (BCN)
  • Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL)
  • Birmingham International Airport (BHX)
  • Brussels Airport (BRU)
  • Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP)
  • Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD)
  • Copenhagen Airport (CPH)
  • Dublin Airport (DUB)
  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI)
  • Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
  • Helsinki Vantaa International Airport (HEL)
  • Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST)
  • London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
  • Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD)
  • Manchester International Airport (MAN)
  • Moscow Domodedovo Airport (DME)
  • Munich Airport (MUC)
  • Nice Côte D’Azur Airport (NCE)
  • Oslo Gardermoen Airport (OSL)
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
  • Pulkovo Airport, St Petersburg (LED)
  • Rome Fiumicino International Airport (FCO)
  • Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN)
  • Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG)
  • Vienna International Airport (VIE)
  • Zagreb Airport (ZAG)
  • Zurich Airport (ZRH)

Middle East

  • Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA)

Qatar Airways aircraft photo gallery:

Lionair Philippines Westwind crashes on take off at Manila, 8 dead

On March 29, 2020, a Lionair Philippines Israel Aircraft Industries IAI-1124A Westwind, registered as RP-C5880, exploded while taking off from Ninoy Aquino International Airport killing all eight people on board. The aircraft was on a medevac mission to Tokyo, Japan.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) grounded the entire fleet of aircraft charter company Lionair Inc. after the crash.

Read the full story from The Star.

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