Monthly Archives: July 2021

Photo: Malta Air Boeing 737-8 (200) 9H-VUF (msn 65082) DUB (Michael Kelly). Image: 954577.

Delivered on July 22, 2021

Copyright Photo: Malta Air Boeing 737-8 (200) 9H-VUF (msn 65082) DUB (Michael Kelly). Image: 954577.

Akasa Air is born in India, will use Boeing 737 aircraft

The emergence of Akasa Air, which is a new proposed domestic airline in India.

From Reuters:

Indian billionaire’s new airline may give Boeing a chance to regain lost ground | Reuters

More:

Akasa Air: Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s ultra-low-cost airline could revive Boeing in India – Telegraph India

India’s newest airline Akasa Air – All you need to know (jagranjosh.com)

British Airways flagship U.S. lounge reopens

Picture by: Stuart Bailey / British Airways

JFK New York – Club World Lounge

British Airways’ flagship US lounge at JFK’s Terminal 7 will reopen its doors on Sunday 1 August, following a 16-month closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The news comes in time for the UK Government’s announcement that double vaccinated travelers from the US will be exempt from quarantine on arrival into the UK from 2nd August.

The opening of the Galleries Club lounge also marks the next step in the airline’s phased lounge reopening plan and will be available for customers traveling in First, Club World and eligible card holders, ahead of their flight to London Heathrow.

Those flying from JFK in First and Club World can enjoy an enhanced check-in experience at the exclusive Premium Zone.  The First Wing and First check in are also open to ensure a smooth start to the journey.

British Airways’ customers will now also be able to use the airline’s innovative new digital app ‘Your Menu’ to order food directly from their mobile device to their seat after scanning a QR code. The app will be available throughout the lounge, meaning that customers can select from a wide range of complimentary food and beverages, to any seat.

At Heathrow on their return to the US, customers will have access to the Club and First lounges from Terminal 5, which also boasts a new sleep zone ‘Forty Winks’, allowing travelers to rest ahead of their flight.

Elsewhere the airline recently reopened three domestic lounges in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

A walk-through of the lounge can be viewed below.

 

 

 

Fiji Airways returns two short term lease Airbus A330-200s

Fiji Airways is returning its two leased Airbus A330-200 aircraft, Island of Beqa (DQ-FJO) and Island of Vatulele (DQ-FJP), a few months ahead of its end of lease. The two aircraft joined Fiji Airways fleet in May and July 2018 as part of a short-term lease from the lessor.

Mr. Andre Viljoen, Fiji Airways Managing Director & CEO said: “The two aircraft were added to the fleet in 2018 to boost the capacity in the short-term, allowing for increase in frequency and launch of new routes like Tokyo (Narita). The aircraft were invaluable to helping Fiji Airways recover schedules following disruptions caused by the global grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.”

The two returning A330-200s have been in the Fiji Airways’ parking program since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic-driven grounding of the wider fleet.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, we worked hard with the lessors of these aircraft to allow for an early return by a few months. This was only possible because these two A330s were short-term and nearing end of lease. Still, we’ll take every little win in our efforts to reduce fixed costs as we tide through this pandemic.”

Fiji Airways jet fleet now consists of two Airbus A350-900, three Airbus A330-200, one Airbus A330-300, five Boeing 737 MAX, and two Boeing 737NG aircraft.

KLM reports an operating loss of EUR 185 million in the 2Q

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines issued this report for the second quarter:

In the second quarter of 2021, KLM reported an operating loss of EUR 185 million, compared to a loss of EUR 493 million in the same period last year, when the coronavirus pandemic was at its height. Second quarter revenues this year amounted to EUR 1,207 million, compared to EUR 701 million in 2020.

Although the results for the period indicate a clear improvement compared to 2020, they are far behind pre-pandemic figures. Nevertheless, these results constitute a significant impulse on the road to recovery.

During the first half of 2021, KLM incurred an operating loss of EUR 522 million, with revenues amounting to EUR 2,137 million. In the first half of 2020, KLM incurred a loss of EUR 768 million, with revenues amounting to 2,841 million.

Our successful focus on cost control and our network strategy, to keep serving as many destinations as possible, compensated somewhat for the negative financial results of our passenger business.

We welcomed 3.7 million passengers in the first six months of 2021. That is a lot lower than the 6.7 million passengers we carried in the first half of 2020, although it bears mentioning that business remained relatively normal for the first two months of 2020, after which operations shut down almost entirely.

The maintenance division has also experienced the impact of delayed recovery, with revenues from third-party contracts down 49% to EUR 225 million. Our cargo business was strong once more, with revenues up 57% to EUR 974 million.

Adjusted travel measures in Europe positive for customers
Recovery was delayed and did not take place as anticipated, only materializing in the first half of 2021, with the coronavirus pandemic coming in waves, accompanied by strict travel restrictions, including compulsory tests for transfer passengers in the Netherlands. This caused uncertainty among customers with regard to booking. Moreover, the strict entry restrictions imposed by many Asian countries and the restrictions on Europeans traveling to the United States remain in force.

It is positive that the Dutch government will change its policy on travel within Europe effective 8 August. This offers our Dutch customers greater certainty and ensures that travel options are less dependent on changes in the number of infections.

The need for harmonization of travel regulations within Europe remains essential. Our customers need clarity and predictability.

The crisis at KLM has offered fertile ground for innovation, as exemplified by our Upload@Home service, which enables customers to check their coronavirus-related documentation ahead of departure to a growing array of destinations.

Our results for the first half of 2021 are rather chequered, but the first signs of recovery are becoming clear. Especially during the first months of the year, recovery in overall passenger traffic was hampered by delays. At the same time, our cargo results have remained strong and we have focused on cost control, benefited from state support programs (NOW), and we saw European passenger traffic recovering at the start of summer. The coronavirus pandemic has lasted longer and been more unpredictable than anticipated. It is therefore even more important to remain agile and innovative. We are achieving this, among other things, by expanding our network with destinations where we expect to see demand recovering first.
The agility, resilience and wide array of initiatives that KLM staff have demonstrated and undertaken in the past six months have helped to contain losses. In addition, we are pursuing investment in digitization, customer service, sustainability and product to ensure that KLM is ever-ready on the road to recovery.”
KLM President & CEO Pieter Elbers

Wizz Air announces new routes from Italy

Wizz Air continues to build its presence in Italy, adding more pressure on the new Alitalia (ITA).

Wizz has announced new routes from Milan (Malpensa), Bologna and Rome (Fiumicino) to Casablanca, Marrakesh in Morocco and Gran Canaria (Canary Islands)