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AirAsia liquidates AirAsia X Indonesia

AirAsia has decided to liquidate its Indonesia branch of AirAsia X in order to survive.

More: https://loyaltylobby.com/2020/10/18/airasia-x-indonesia-liquidates/

Indonesia AirAsia Extra, operating as Indonesia AirAsia X, was a joint venture of AirAsia X (Malaysia) and AirAsia (Indonesia). The airline previously ceased all operations on January 14, 2019.

In addition, AirAsia has also written down the value of AirAsia X Thailand to zero.

AirAsia X Thailand is a Thai long-haul low-fare airline headquartered and based at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok. It is a joint venture of AirAsia X (Malaysia) and Thai AirAsia.

AirAsia X (Malaysia) continues but is grounded and is restructuring.

Previously on October 6 AirAsia X (Malaysia) made this announcement:

AirAsia X Berhad (AirAsia X) announced a restructuring plan geared at facilitating an injection of fresh equity which will allow the airline to fly again. AirAsia X also appoints Dato’ Lim Kian Onn as the Deputy Chairman to lead the airline restructuring. He is a Chartered Accountant and was an investment banker. He has been a Board member of AirAsia X since 2012.

AirAsia X is facing severe liquidity constraints. Travel and border restrictions have grounded all scheduled flights and there is no imminent return to normalcy.

An imminent default of contractual commitments will precipitate a potential liquidation of the airline.

A major debt restructuring and a renegotiation of its financial obligations are pre-requisites for any raising of fresh equity which will be required to restart the airline.

For 13 years AirAsia X, as a market leader in medium-haul low-cost flying, has delivered affordable flights to many destinations and created jobs for the airline, related travel and tourism industries as well as contributing to Malaysia’s GDP growth.

The Board and management have assessed various options and propose a restructuring plan which if approved, will secure the airline’s continued ability to fly again. The plan includes:

A. Debt Restructuring Scheme

proposed debt settlement and waiver of debts involving unsecured creditors, aimed at enabling the Group to address its debt obligations in an orderly manner and to arrive at a debt structure that is sustainable from future operating cash flows;

B. Revision of the Group’s Business Plan

route network rationalisation, aircraft fleet right-sizing, cost base overhaul and workforce optimisation, all aimed at ensuring a leaner and more sustainable business going forward;

C. Engagement with Business Partners

key success factors to the proposed restructuring plan include the support from business partners to continue the long-term relationship pre- and post-restructuring.  AirAsia X continues to engage all key business partners and hopes to enter into contracts, agreements and/or arrangements that are reflective and supportive of the airline’s revised business plan upon successful completion of the restructuring which is critical to the future viability of the business;

D. Airline customer and Travel Agents

under the Proposed Scheme, AirAsia Unlimited Pass holders and guests with valid flight bookings will receive travel credits with extended validity for future travel or purchase of seat inventory.

The proposed restructuring plan and establishment of new contracts, agreements and/or arrangements based on terms to be agreed upon which are sustainable based on the Group’s revised business plan is aimed to right-size the Group’s level of operations and financial obligations, which is crucial to the Group’s continued existence in the aviation landscape. These exercises are pre-requisite for the raising of any fresh capital, comprising both equity and debt needed to implement the Group’s revised business plan.

In the last two months the Company has had extensive discussions with all major creditors. Whilst there are varying degrees of support for the restructuring scheme as has been proposed, all of them have expressed strong support for a continuation of the airline business.

AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail said, “AirAsia X and other airlines the world over are struggling to survive amidst the global crisis of COVID-19 pandemic. We remain committed to our guests, Allstars, business partners and shareholders to ensure we build a viable and sustainable airline for the long-haul, and for the survival of this airline, the proposed restructuring plan is our only option.

“It has been extremely difficult for the airline during this period as we had to ground all scheduled flights, implement salary cuts and retrenchment for the first time in the company’s history as a consequence of the pandemic. Similar exercises are likely to continue during the restructuring process, but our focus is to ensure a successful restructuring to keep as many jobs as possible.

“We have a low cost base, we are in the right part of the market and many of our key markets are in green zones which are likely to reopen first. We have a robust recovery strategy in place, and with the continued support from our stakeholders, we will overcome all challenges and come out stronger.”

Benyamin Ismail also added, “In order to safeguard Malaysia’s vested interest through the aviation industry, regional air connectivity is essential for trade, businesses and economic growth, especially to our core markets of China, Japan, Korea and Australia where we have established a strong foothold. The closure of these markets can impact the stimulus spending, GDP contribution and employment within the supply chain of the aviation industry. As other airlines struggle in the current market condition, AirAsia X strives to emerge stronger once the market recovers.  Our immediate focus is to obtain all necessary approvals and execute the proposed restructuring plan over the next few months.

“Under the Proposed Scheme, AirAsia X Unlimited Pass holders and guests with valid flight bookings will receive travel credits with extended validity for future travel or purchase of seat inventory. We assure you that we will resume operations as soon as possible once the border restrictions are lifted. Your steadfast support is greatly appreciated.”

AirAsia X continuously reviews its network resumption timeline and has an ongoing dialogue with tourism and airport authorities, governments and other industry stakeholders to pave the way for the prospect of travel bubbles in green zone countries.

Despite the unprecedented setback brought by COVID-19, this also provides an opportunity for AirAsia X to transform and reinvent the product and business strategy to emerge in a stronger and more sustainable financial position, capable of attracting new equity and debt funding critical to the long-term viability and continuity of AirAsia X.

AirAsia X (Indonesia) (AirAsia.com) Airbus A330-343 PK-XRA (msn 716) DPS (Pascal Simon). Image: 939293.

Above Copyright Photo: AirAsia X (Indonesia) (AirAsia.com) Airbus A330-343 PK-XRA (msn 716) DPS (Pascal Simon). Image: 939293.

 

Air Canada to increase service to Paris from Montreal and Toronto for Summer 2020

Air Canada Airbus A330-343 C-GFAF (msn 277) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 948446.

Air Canada today announced that it will increase service to Paris from Montreal and Toronto for the upcoming summer season. Between July 2 and August 28, 2020 Air Canada will operate three additional flights per week from Montreal and four additional flights from Toronto to Paris-Charles De Gaulle Airport.

Between July 2 and August 28, 2020 Air Canada will operate three additional flights per week from Montreal and four additional flights from Toronto to Paris-Charles De Gaulle Airport. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

 

The additional flights will be operated with Air Canada’s Airbus A330-300 fleet, featuring Signature Class, including lie flat suites in business and Air Canada Signature Service, Premium Economy and Economy cabins. From Montreal, the third daily flight will operate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday between July 2 and August 27, 2020. From Toronto, Air Canada will offer a second daily flight on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday between July 3 and August 28, 2020.

Montreal to Paris between July 2-August 27, 2020:

 

Flight

From

To

Departs

Arrives

Days of Operation

AC884

Montreal (YUL)

Paris (CDG)

17:50

06:30 +1 day

Daily

AC870

Montreal (YUL)

Paris (CDG)

20:50

09:45 +1 day

Daily

AC810

Montreal (YUL)

Paris (CDG)

21:55

10:50 +1 day

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

AC871

Paris (CDG)

Montreal (YUL)

10:55

12:20

Daily

AC885

Paris (CDG)

Montreal (YUL)

14:45

16:30

Daily

AC811

Paris (CDG)

Montreal (YUL)

17:00

18:45

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

 

Toronto to Paris between July 3-August 28, 2020:

 

Flight

From

To

Departs

Arrives

Days of Operation

AC880

Toronto (YYZ)

Paris (CDG)

19:30

08:40 +1 day

Daily

AC812

Toronto (YYZ)

Paris (CDG)

21:30

10:50 +1 day

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

AC881

Paris (CDG)

Toronto (YYZ)

13:00

15:05

Daily

AC813

Paris (CDG)

Toronto (YYZ)

17:00

19:00

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

Top Copyright Photo: Air Canada Airbus A330-343 C-GFAF (msn 277) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 948446.

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South African Airways cancels flights today and tomorrow due to a strike

Delivered on December 1, 2016

South African Airways (SAA) made this announcement for today and tomorrow:

South African Airways operations affected by industrial action. SAA has cancelled all domestic, regional and international flights for Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16.

Additionally it issued this statement:

South African Airways (SAA) regrets to advise all customers that we been served with notification by the South African Airways Cabin Crew Association (SACAA) and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) of their intention to embark on a strike effective Friday, 15 November 2019.

It is expected that the strike would cause maximum disruptions to SAA operations; therefore, in the best interest of protecting our customers and their travel plans, we have taken the decision to cancel all domestic, regional, and international flights on Friday 15 November 2019 and Saturday 16 November 2019, with the exception of a few international flights. Customers are requested not to travel to their departure airport unless in possession of a rebooked itinerary.

The following international flights would be operating:

Friday, November 15, 2019

DEPART ARRIVE

Maputo                   SA147      07:30        08:35

Lusaka                    SA067     07:15        09:15

Harare                    SA025      07:20       09:00

Windhoek               SA073      06:40       08:25

Accra                      SA210      09:10       16:55

Frankfurt                 SA261      20:45       08:25 next day

New York                SA204      10:40       08:15 next day

Munich                    SA265      21:05       07:40 next day

Hong Kong              SA287      23:50       07:10 next day

Perth                       SA281      23:40       04:55 next day

London                    SA235      19:00       07:05 next day

Washington             SA210      17:40       17:25 next day

The cancellations only affect flights operated by SAA. All flights operated on our partner airlines Mango, SA Express, Airlink and all codeshare partners will not be affected.

 

The following flight number ranges would operate normally:

SA1000 to SA1999

SA2000 to SA2999

SA7000 to SA7999

SA8000 to SA8999

Assistance will be provided to all ticketed customers holding a South African Airway is Ticket (only) through any SAA Contact Centre, City Ticket Office or dedicated Travel Agent with the following conditions:

– Rebook onto another South African Airways flight for any flight until 31st October 2020 at no extra charge and subject to availability in the same booking class

– If the customer no longer wishes to travel, then the booking can be cancelled and a full refund (including taxes) will be offered to the original form of payment.

– Re-routing would be permitted, Where possible rebook onto flight(s) operated by any of SAA’s Star Alliance, Codeshare and Interline Partners to transport customers to their final destination with minimal disruption.

– Change of cabin will not be permitted

– All tickets must be reissued on or before 30th November 2019.

– SAA will not be able to provide any support for Special Service Requests or Unaccompanied Minors during this period of Industrial Action

Top Copyright Photo: South African Airways Airbus A330-343 ZS-SXI (msn 1745) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 946361.

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Finnair starts codeshare cooperation with Fiji Airways

"COP23 Fiji - UN Climate Change Conference Bonn 2017" markings

Finnair and Fiji Airways have agreed on a new codeshare partnership between Helsinki (HEL) and Nadi (NAN) in Fiji via three gateways served by Finnair.

Finnair’s AY code will be added to Fiji Airways’ flights between Hong Kong (HKG), Singapore (SIN), Narita (NRT) and Nadi, offering an exotic new destination for Finnair customers in the South Pacific. Finnair’s flight numbers will later be added to Fiji’s flights between San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX) and Nadi, subject to applicable government approvals. With this addition, it will now be possible for Finnair customers to complete an around-the-world trip with Finnair flight numbers.

Fiji Airways’ FJ code will also be added to Finnair’s flights to Helsinki via Singapore, opening access for Fiji Airways’ customers to Finland and points beyond in Europe.

Top Copyright Photo: Fiji Airways (2nd) Airbus A330-343 DQ-FJW (msn 1692) (COP23 Fiji) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940139.

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Air China’s Airbus A330-300 B-5958 is destroyed by fire at Peking

Destroyed by fire at Peking on August 27, 2019

Air China’s pictured Airbus A330-343 B-5958 (msn 1587) was consumed and damaged beyond repair by fire that broke out reportedly in the cargo hold while parked at the Terminal 3 gate at Beijing on August 27, 2019.

The aircraft was assigned to departing flight CA 183 bound for Tokyo (Haneda).

Passengers and crew members that were boarding the aircraft when the fire erupted were able to safely evacuate the aircraft.

Report by Jacdec on Twitter:

Top Copyright Photo: Air China Airbus A330-343 B-5958 (msn 1587) PEK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 947418.

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TAP Portugal retires its last Airbus A330-300

Type Retired: July 13, 2019 (flight TP22 Salvador - Lisbon with CS-TOX)

TAP Portugal – Air Portugal has operated its last Airbus A330-300 revenue flight. The type has been replaced with newer Airbus aircraft.

The pictured Airbus A330-300 CS-TOX operated flight TP22 from Salvador, Brazil to the Lisbon hub on July 12, 2019, arriving the next day in Lisbon.

The fleet is being sold to Air Canada.

Copyright Photo: TAP Portugal – Air Portugal Airbus A330-343 CS-TOX (msn 1015) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104943.

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Lufthansa Group reverses course, Brussels Airlines will not now be integrated into Eurowings

"BIZ class on board"

Lufthansa Group is announcing major changes, especially those concerning the Eurowings brand. The plan to integrate Brussels Airlines into Eurowings has been a failure (several Brussels Airlines aircraft have been repainted into Eurowings colors and were operating under the Eurowings brand). Brussels Airlines will now stand alone under it own brand and will now be aligned with the other network airlines (Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian).

Here is the full announcement:

  • Eurowings to focus on short-haul services in future
  • Commercial responsibility for Eurowings long-haul services to be transferred to the Network Organization in future
  • Re-orientation of Brussels Airlines: closer alignment with Network Airlines; integration into Eurowings will not be further pursued
  • Change in dividend policy to enable shareholders to participate more in the Group’s success

The Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG is informing investors and analysts about the further development of its airline strategy. The planned actions should sustainably enhance Lufthansa Group’s value creation. A key element is a comprehensive set of measures to turn around Eurowings, which should be returned to profit as swiftly as possible and sustainably generate value for shareholders.

To enable shareholders to participate more substantially in the Group’s results, the current dividend policy shall be changed. In future, 20 to 40% of the Group’s net income should be regularly distributed to shareholders. In the medium term, the Group aims to raise its free cash flow to at least EUR 1 billion a year.

Various planned actions will be presented to analysts and investors today. These include:

  • Eurowings turnaround: a clear focus on short-haul point-to-point operations
  • Eurowings long-haul: transfer of commercial responsibility to the Network Organization
  • Eurowings flight operations: less complexity and higher productivity through a reduction to one AOC in Germany
  • Eurowings fleet: standardization on the Airbus A320 family
  • Eurowings costs: a 15% reduction in unit costs (CASK) by 2022
  • Brussels Airlines: no integration into Eurowings and closer alignment to the Network Airlines (further details in the third quarter of 2019)
  • Brussels Airlines: turnaround plan in the third quarter of 2019
  • Network Airlines: innovations in sales and distribution to make a structural growth contribution to raising unit revenues by 3% by 2022
  • Network Airlines: continuous 1 to 2% annual reduction of unit costs.

“With the airlines in our Group we are excellently positioned in our home markets, which are among the strongest in the world,” says Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “Our Group’s service companies are also world leaders in their fields. We want to translate this market strength even more consistently into sustainable profitability and value creation. And it is to this end that we are presenting concrete actions today which will enhance our efficiency and generate value for our shareholders. Because we don’t just want to be Number One for our customers and our employees: we want to be the first choice for our shareholders, too.”

Top Copyright Photo: Eurowings (Brussels Airlines) Airbus A330-343 OO-SFL (msn 579) (BIZ class on board) BRU (Ton Jochems). Image: 946745.

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Aeroflot expands route network for summer 2019

Aeroflot Russian Airlines Airbus A330-343 VQ-BCU (msn 1065) LHR (SPA). Image: 946727.

Aeroflot Russian Airlines has made this announcement:

This summer Aeroflot has launched new flights to more destinations in Russia and abroad.

From June 1, Aeroflot is operating five weekly flights from Moscow to Marseille, France’s second largest city and a renowned cultural and historical centre. Another destination in the Mediterranean that was added to Aeroflot’s route network is Palma de Mallorca – Aeroflot is now operating four weekly flights to the largest city of the Balearic Islands.

In addition, to support the further development of services in Asia, Aeroflot increased flight frequencies between Moscow and Seoul – from June 1, Aeroflot doubled the number of flights to the capital of South Korea. Aeroflot’s offering in the Asian market is further supported by a codesharing agreement that has been signed with Vietnam Airlines. The codesharing on both domestic and international routes began last week and aims to offer customers enhanced connectivity and seamless connections between destinations in Russia and Vietnam.

Boosting Russian citizens’ mobility remains one of Aeroflot’s key priorities. In accordance with the plan to increase the number of interregional flights that bypass Moscow, this summer Aeroflot has launched new direct flights between major cities in the south of Russia – Volgograd and Sochi, Krasnodar and Simferopol. Flights between these cities will operate on a daily basis.

Aeroflot is continuously expanding its route network and increasing flight frequencies to popular destinations. This summer Aeroflot will fly to 159 destinations in 54 countries, including 58 destinations in Russia.

Trivia by Aeroflot: Aero Gangplank, the original jet bridge, was first used at Chicago airport in 1958. Just like gangways allow people to board ships, jet bridges connect planes to airport terminals enabling passengers to comfortably embark/disembark.

Top Copyright Photo (all other photos by Aeroflot): Aeroflot Russian Airlines Airbus A330-343 VQ-BCU (msn 1065) LHR (SPA). Image: 946727.

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SAS reaches agreement with its pilots unions

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A330-343 LN-RKT (msn 1697) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946391.

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS has made this announcement:

Negotiations between SAS and SPF (Svensk Pilotförening), NSF/NF (Norsk Flygerforbund*), SNF (SAS Norge Pilotforening*) and DPF (Dansk Pilotforening*) are now concluded. The parties have agreed on new collective bargaining agreements and all flights in Denmark, Norway and Sweden will be resumed as soon as possible.

Following the pilot strike, that started on Friday April 26, 2019 the parties in all countries have now reached three-year agreements and the strike has been called off. The pilots will resume their work and traffic is expected to normalize over the next few days.

The agreements between SAS and the pilots’ unions concern predictability of scheduling, job security and salaries. In addition, the previously canceled agreements concerning collaboration and career paths have been reintroduced.

Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer.

It is too early to provide an estimate of the financial effects, but after six days of pilot strike approximately 360,000 passengers have been affected by 4,015 canceled flights, while SAS’ other employees have worked around the clock to help our customers.

“I want to express my sincere gratitude to all those SAS employees who have worked day and night to help our customers in this difficult situation”, Rickard Gustafson concludes.

Traffic disruptions will continue during the following days while normal traffic is resumed.

*) Formal approval subject to member vote.

Top Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A330-343 LN-RKT (msn 1697) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946391.

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Hong Kong Airlines offers its pilots transfers to other associated carriers as it downsizes

Hong Kong Airlines Airbus A330-343 B-LHD (msn 1146) DPS (Pascal Simon). Image: 946298.

Hong Kong Airlines is offering its pilots transfers to other HNA Group airlines as it attempts to downsize according to the South China Morning Post.

In other news, the management of the airline is coming under further scrutiny.

The airline issued this statement on April 23:

Hong Kong Airlines confirms that its Directors and the current management of the Company have received court orders in relation to its management. The orders are temporary, pending further confirmation by the court and are subject to change. In any event, they do not affect the day-to-day operations of the airline. We continue to operate as normal and there are no changes to our management.

Hong Kong Airlines appreciates that our shareholders are aware that their recent activities may have resulted in a heightened level of interest amongst members of the public. As a responsible carrier, Hong Kong Airlines has always put the interests of our customers first. In spite of last week’s development, every staff member has upheld the highest level of professionalism and we remain committed to delivering a safe and smooth service to all our passengers.

Our operations remain normal. Over the Easter holidays, Hong Kong Airlines operated 417 flights and carried over 85,000 passengers between April 19 and 22, 2019, representing a 3% increase over the same period last year. As the Labour Day holidays approach, Hong Kong Airlines is getting ready to serve more than 102,000 passengers who have chosen to fly with us for their holidays.

Hong Kong Airlines and its staff remain united and will continue to focus on delivering our best service to all our customers. We trust that our stakeholders will remain professional and solve the issue in an impartial manner.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Hong Kong Airlines Airbus A330-343 B-LHD (msn 1146) DPS (Pascal Simon). Image: 946298.)

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