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Air France to resume nonstop flights to Saint Martin (St. Maarten)

Air France Airbus A340-313 F-GLZO (msn 246) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 907174.

Air France is resuming its nonstop flight schedule between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Saint Martin – Juliana (SXM).

Two special nonstop flights for the Christmas holiday period will operate between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Saint Martin – Juliana on December 23, 2017 and January 6, 2018.

From January 13 to March 26, 2018, the end of the 2017-18 winter season, Air France will operate a nonstop service between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Saint Martin – Juliana once a week by Airbus A340 with a capacity of 275 seats (30 seats in Business, 21 seats in Premium Economy and 224 seats in Economy).

From March 27 to June 13, 2018, the start of the 2018 summer season, Saint Martin – Juliana will be served non-stop by Air France from Paris-Charles de Gaulle once a week by Airbus A330-200 with a capacity of 208 seats (40 seats in the Business cabin, 21 seats in the Premium Economy cabin and 147 seats in the Economy cabin).

From June 14 to October 27, 2018, the end of the 2018 summer season, two weekly flights will operate between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Saint Martin – Juliana by Airbus A330-200, with a capacity of 208 seats (40 seats in the Business cabin, 21 seats in the Premium Economy cabin and 147 seats in the Economy cabin).

Since the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma, the Air France-KLM Group has been constantly changing its services to Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy according to changes in demand and the operational constraints involved in the operation of these flights.

Flight schedules (in local time)

Special flights on December 23/24, 2017 and January 6/7, 2018 by Airbus A340:

AF4140: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 10:30, arrives at Saint Martin – Juliana at 14:50
Flight operates on December 23, 2017 and January 6, 2018

AF4141: leaves Saint Martin – Juliana at 16:50, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 06:10
Flight operates on December 24, 2017 and January 7, 2018

From January 13 to March 26, 2018 (end of 2017-18 winter season) – one weekly flight by Airbus A340:

AF498: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle à 10:30, arrives at Saint Martin – Juliana at 14:50

AF525: leaves Saint Martin – Juliana à 18:55, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 08:15

Flight operates on Saturdays

From March 27 to June 13, 2018 (start of 2018 summer season) – one weekly flight by Airbus A330:

AF202: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 10:40, arrives at Saint Martin – Juliana at 13:45

Flight operates on Tuesdays from March 27 to June 13, 2018 (except from May 2-16, 2018, operates on Wednesdays)

AF209: leaves Saint Martin – Juliana at 15:45, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 06:05

Flight operates on Wednesdays from March 27 to June 13, 2018 (except from May 3-17, 2018, operates on Thursdays)

From June 14 to October 27, 2018 (end of 2018 summer season) – two weekly flights by Airbus A330:

AF498: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 10:40, arrives at Saint Martin – Juliana at 13:45

AF499: leaves Saint Martin – Juliana at 15:45, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 06:05

Flight operates on Wednesdays and Saturdays

Air France will also continue its daily service to Saint Martin – Grand Case (SFG) from Paris-Orly (ORY), via Pointe-à-Pitre (PTP), in partnership with Air Antilles, which operates flights between Pointe-à-Pitre and Grand Case.

In addition, KLM will also serve Saint Martin – Juliana twice weekly to and from Amsterdam-Schiphol by Airbus A330 with a capacity of 268 seats (18 seats in the Business cabin and 250 in the Economy cabin).

Also, Saint Barthélemy (SBH) will be served in partnership with the airline Winair as a connection of all Air France and KLM flights to and from Saint Martin – Juliana and daily via Pointe-à-Pitre in partnership with the airline Air Antilles.

Copyright Photo: Air France Airbus A340-313 F-GLZO (msn 246) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 907174.

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Edelweiss to add four additional long-haul destinations in November 2018

Edelweiss Air's first Airbus A340, delivered on September 23, 2016

Edelweiss Air is adding four new long-haul destinations in November 2018. This includes Colombo (November 3, 2018, twice-weekly, A340-300), Ho Chi Minh City (November 15, 2018, twice-weekly A340-300), Mahe (November 3, 2018, weekly, A340-300) and Varadero (November 9, 2018, weekly, A330-300).

Copyright Photo: Edelweiss Switzerland (Edelweiss Air) Airbus A340-313 HB-JMG (msn 562) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 935101.

Edelweiss Air to add Buenos Aires

Edelweiss Switzerland (Edelweiss Air) Airbus A340-313 HB-JMG (msn 562) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 935965.

Starting on November 7, 2018, Edelweiss will operate twice-weekly nonstop flights from Zurich to Buenos Aires with an Airbus A340-300, departing on Wednesdays and Saturdays respectively.

As previously announced, Edelweiss will offer flight services to eight new holiday destinations in the short- and medium-haul range in 2018. Edelweiss will add three additional Airbus A320s. Two of the aircraft will commence flight operations in April 2018, the third one as of June 2018. The aircraft will be leased from Edelweiss’ parent company, the Lufthansa Group, and from the leasing company Macquarie.

Copyright Photo: Edelweiss Switzerland (Edelweiss Air) Airbus A340-313 HB-JMG (msn 562) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 935965.

South African Airways gets a government capital infusion

South African Airways Airbus A340-313 ZS-SXE (msn 646) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 920715.

South African Airways on October 25, 2017 issued this statement:

1. South African Airways (SAA) welcomes the announcement of a capital injection made by government for the airline on October 25, 2017. The injection will go a long way to stabilise the airline financially and will help restore the confidence of all stakeholders in the operational sustainability of the company.
2. In order to turn its fortunes around, SAA had approached its shareholder with a request for recapitalisation of R13.1 billion over three years. The announcement today means that a total amount of R10 billion has been allocated to SAA in the current financial year. For the period ending 30 September, the airline received R5.2 billion.  Of this, R2.2 billion was used to settle a maturing loan with Standard Chartered in July 2017 and another R700 million was paid to Citibank in September this year as part of the agreed payment plan and R1.2 billion was used towards working capital requirements.  The funds remaining out of the R5.2 billion are ring-fenced to enable SAA to meet its payment plan with Citibank and to cover working capital requirement and/or partially settle the domestic lenders. Out of the remaining R4.8 billion, 60% will be used to partially pay the local lenders and the remainder of the funds will be used as working capital.
3. SAA is aware and sensitive to the reality that the allocation comes at a time when government faces a number of demands competing for resource allocation. This calls for departure from a mundane flight path, work with urgency towards bringing more shareholder value, and become financially sustainable in the shortest time possible.
4. The implementation of SAA’s turnaround plan must switch to a higher gear and reassure through results, all stakeholders that the airline is on course towards financial sustainability.
5. Both the lenders and the shareholder have imposed strict conditions, increased oversight and demand more accountability from the airline.  The conditions imposed include revalidation of the turnaround plan and implementation thereof within specific time frames, appointment of mission-critical personnel (including a permanent Chief Executive, Chief Financial and Chief Restructuring Officers) as well as compliance on all governance issues. In addition, four other executive management positions will be advertised this weekend. Furthermore, National Treasury last week announced new appointments to strengthen the current SAA board of directors.
6. SAA has made significant headway in meeting the requirements set out by the shareholder and its lenders. The company has no intention to falter on the remainder of the conditions.
7. SAA is implementing some major initiatives as part of its remediation to improve financial performance and optimise operational performance. The airline has already announced its network changes and other milestones will be announced as the turnaround plan is implemented.
Copyright Photo: The Airbus A340-300s are now likely to be replaced sooner with any reorganization. South African Airways Airbus A340-313 ZS-SXE (msn 646) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 920715.

Edelweiss adds new short- and long-haul destinations

Edelweiss Switzerland (Edelweiss Air) Airbus A340-313 HB-JMG (msn 562) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 935965.

Edelweiss Switzerland will introduce a new Tuesday service to Orlando starting on January 16, 2018; and frequencies will be increased on the existing Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) and Cape Town (South Africa) routes.

On the short- and medium-haul fronts Edelweiss will resume service to Marsa Alam in Southern Egypt, with a weekly Thursday flight from the end of September onwards.

Edelweiss will also offer a Sunday service to Edinburgh between Christmas and Easter. And certain popular holiday destinations will receive intensified service that will give customers greater planning flexibility. These include the Canary Islands, Hurghada (Egypt), Seville (Spain) and Catania (Italy).

Copyright Photo: Edelweiss Switzerland (Edelweiss Air) Airbus A340-313 HB-JMG (msn 562) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 935965.

Kuwait Airways retires the last Airbus A340-300

Kuwait Airways Airbus A340-313 9K-AND (msn 104) LHR (SPA). Image: 925234.

Kuwait Airways (Kuwait City) quietly operated its last Airbus A340-300 revenue flight on July 31, 2017. Flight KU 156, with the pictured 9K-AND, departed Istabul (Ataturk) at 03:30 am and arrived at 06:44 am local time at the Kuwait City base according to Flightaware.

Kuwait operated four of the type, with the first, 9K-ANA, delivered on March 29, 1995. The new type was assigned to the New York and Manila routes via multi stops.

Copyright Photo: Kuwait Airways Airbus A340-313 9K-AND (msn 104) LHR (SPA). Image: 925234.

Finnair retires its last Airbus A340-300

Finnair Airbus A340-313 OH-LQE (msn 938) (Oneworld) BRU (Rainer Bexten). Image: 932726.

Finnair operated its last Airbus A340-300 revenue flight on January 31, 2017 with the pictured OH-LQE. The airliner flew the last flight between Tokyo (Narita) and its Helsinki base. The airline issued this short statement:

End of an era: Last commercial Airbus A340 flight in Finnair livery was flown on January 31 TYO-HEL by OH-LQE. Thank you for 11 amazing years!

Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A340-313 OH-LQE (msn 938) (Oneworld) BRU (Rainer Bexten). Image: 932726.

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