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SAS increases flights from Scandinavia to the United States

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A350-941 F-WZHJ (SE-RSA) (msn 358) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 948367.

Meanwhile SAS reacts:

SAS will finally be operating on all its US destinations when it resumes direct routes to Boston in September and flights to Miami in October.

Also, SAS’ first A321LR aircraft will take off from Copenhagen to Boston in September. At the same time SAS will increase the number of flights from Copenhagen to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC starting in September.

From October 1, 2021 SAS will resume service to Miami from Copenhagen and Stockholm respectively. Towards the end of October, Miami will be served daily with three weekly flights from Copenhagen and Stockholm respectively as well as once weekly from Oslo.

SAS is currently present in the Chicago market with daily passenger flights as well as additional cargo only flights from Copenhagen and will restart the Stockholm-Chicago route later this autumn.

SAS’ US routes and departures this autumn:

  • Copenhagen-New York – 7 weekly
  • Copenhagen-Chicago – 7 weekly
  • Copenhagen-Los Angeles – 4-5 weekly
  • Copenhagen-San Francisco – 4 weekly
  • Copenhagen-Washington DC – 4 weekly
  • Copenhagen-Boston – 3 weekly
  • Copenhagen-Miami – 3 weekly
  • Oslo-New York – 3 weekly
  • Oslo-Miami – 1 weekly
  • Stockholm-New York – 3-5 weekly
  • Stockholm-Chicago – 3 weekly
  • Stockholm-Miami – 3 weekly

Although many countries are now easing their entry restrictions, most countries still require various types of travel and test certificates and it is important to be well-prepared well before arriving at the airport. To make it easier for travelers, SAS has developed a new digital platform, SAS Travel Ready Center.

Top Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A350-941 F-WZHJ (SE-RSA) (msn 358) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 948367.

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Finnair introduces nonstop long-haul flights from Stockholm Arlanda

Delivered on December 13, 2018

Finnair to complete with SAS at ARN:

Finnair opens nonstop flight routes from Arlanda Airport, Stockholm in Sweden to Bangkok and Phuket in Thailand and Miami in the United States for the winter season 2021/2022.

All three routes will be operated with an Airbus A350-900 aircraft offering a smooth and modern travel experience.

As of October 22, 2021 Finnair flies from Arlanda to Bangkok five times a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. From November 28, 2021 the weekly frequencies will be increased to seven and flights are operated from Monday through Sunday until April 22, 2022.

Flights from Arlanda to Phuket will be operated on Sundays as of October 24, 2021. An additional frequency will be added Thursday as of November 4, 2021 and for Tuesdays as of November 30, 2021. Flights to Phuket will be operated until April 21, 2022.

Flights from Arlanda to Miami will start with two weekly frequencies, on Wednesdays and Saturdays as of October 23, 2021. From November 29, 2021 flights will be operated also on Monday and Friday until April 22, 2022.

Finnair flies to Bangkok, Phuket and Miami also from its home base Helsinki Airport.

Top Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A350-941 OH-LWM (msn 264) LHR (SPA). Image: 945935.

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Report: Delta is preparing to add additional Airbus A350-900s and Boeing 737-900ERs

Delta Air Lines Airbus A350-941 N515DN (msn 404) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 954364.

Delta Air Lines aggressively retired older aircraft at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic when traffic collapsed a year ago. Now traffic is returning. Several airlines have been reluctant to take delivery of their ordered aircraft due to the pandemic and their loss of traffic.

Delta is apparently in talks to acquire these undelivered aircraft presumably at a lower price.

According to Jon Ostrower at The Current, Delta is in the final stages to acquire seven Airbus A350-900s and 29 Boeing 737-900ERs presumably ordered by and not taken up by LATAM Airlines and Lion Air.

Delta has not yet confirmed this report.

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Airbus A350-941 N515DN (msn 404) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 954364.

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Iberojet now operates between Madrid and Lisbon and the Caribbean

Formerly Evelop Airlines and Orbest Airlines

Iberojet (Palma de Mallorca and Lisbon) (formerly Evelop AIrlines and Orbest Airlines) is now offering the following routes to the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America from Madrid and Lisbon:

Route Map:

Madrid – Punta Cana – Madrid

Madrid – Punta Cana – Madrid

Madrid – San José – Madrid

Madrid – Cancun – Madrid

Lisbon – Punta Cana – Lisbon

Lisbon – Cancun – Lisbon

Previously on December 8, 2020, it was announced Evelop Airlines of Spain would merge with Orbest Airlines of Portugal to form the pictured Iberojet.

The pictured Airbus A350-900 (top) now displays the livery of the newly created carrier.

Top Copyright Photo: Iberojet Airbus A350-941 EC-NGY (msn 400) FRA (Bernhard Ross). Image: 954059.

Turkish increases the number of flights to Dubai

Turkish Airlines Airbus A350-941 TC-LGB (msn 421) FRA (Bernhard Ross). Image: 953634.

Turkish Airlines increased the frequency of its Dubai to Turkey route to three daily flights to its Istanbul hub.

The new flight will start to operate from June 17, 2021. It will depart from Dubai daily at 10:20 and arrive in Istanbul at 14:00 with return flights leaving Istanbul at 20:40 and arriving in Dubai the next morning at 2:00. All times are local times of their departure points.  

The flight will be operated with wide body aircrafts.

The airline also launched its Newark route, starting its flights on May 22,  2021. Newark is the 10th USA destination in the extensive network of the flag carrier. Other new destinations launched include Vancouver, Canada and Turkistan, Kazakhstan.

Top Copyright Photo: Turkish Airlines Airbus A350-941 TC-LGB (msn 421) FRA (Bernhard Ross). Image: 953634.

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Spain reopens to leisure travel, Delta adds new flights to Europe

Delta Air Lines Airbus A350-941 N506DN (msn 175) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 950895.

Delta Air Lines has made this announcement:

After more than a year of restrictions on international travel, more European countries are reopening for U.S. leisure and other non-essential travelers – in time for those seeking new adventures this summer and to further support economic recovery from the global pandemic.

Spain is the latest country to reopen to leisure travel, as Spanish government officials announced last week that the country will open to vaccinated travelers beginning June 7. For customers who wish to connect with loved ones or enjoy new experiences, Delta currently serves Madrid daily from New York-JFK and will add three-times-per-week service from New York-JFK to Barcelona beginning June 6 and from ATL beginning Aug. 5.

As the European Union takes steps toward reopening borders, it is up to individual member countries to decide when and how to lift their restrictions. Delta will continue to expand service as travel returns and keep customers up to date on which international destinations are open to visitors.

Customers are encouraged to review entry requirements for their destination, including whether a vaccination certificate or negative COVID-19 test is required. You can find details on the Delta Discover Map on delta.com or check the official government website of their destination country.

Here’s a snapshot of trans-Atlantic destinations that are currently open or that will open throughout the summer to vaccinated travelers and/or travelers with negative tests (see Delta’s Return to International Travel page for details specific to each destination):

Destination Schedule Details
Athens, Greece
  • New daily service from ATL begins July 2 on Airbus A330-300
  • Daily service from JFK begins May 28 on Airbus A330-300
Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • New four-times-weekly service from JFK begins July 2 on Boeing 767-300ER
Barcelona, Spain
  • Three-times-weekly service from JFK begins June 6 on Boeing 767-300ER
  • Three-times-weekly service from ATL begins Aug. 5 on Boeing 767-300ER
Madrid, Spain
  • Daily service from JFK is now available on Boeing 767-300ER
Reykjavik, Iceland
  • New service from BOS is now available on Boeing 757-200
  • Service from JFK is now available on Boeing 757-200, 767-300ER from July 2
  • Service from MSP begins May 27 on Boeing 757-200
Milan, Italy
  • Daily service from JFK is now available on A330-300
Rome, Italy
  • Five-times-weekly service now available, daily service from ATL begins May 26 on Airbus A330-300
  • New service from BOS begins Aug. 5 on Boeing 767-300ER
  • Three-times-weekly service from JFK now available on Airbus A330, increasing to daily July 1
Venice, Italy
  • Five-times-weekly service from ATL begins Aug. 5 on Boeing 767
  • Daily service from JFK begins July 2 on Boeing 767-300ER

Flights to Croatia, Greece, Iceland and Spain are operated in partnership with Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic. Our flights to Italy are operated in conjunction with Alitalia. This schedule, including routes and frequency, remains subject to change.

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Airbus A350-941 N506DN (msn 175) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 950895.

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SAS reports on the COVID-19 impacted results of the second quarter

Delivered on February 7, 2020

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS issued this financial report on the second quarter:

Q2 2021 – A QUARTER DOMINATED BY THE ONGOING PANDEMIC

FEBRUARY 2021–APRIL 2021

  • Revenue: MSEK 1,932 (5,264)
  • Income before tax (EBT): MSEK -2,361 (-3,722)
  • Income before tax and items affecting comparability: MSEK -2,361 (-3,714)
  • Net income for the period: MSEK -2,433 (-3,470)
  • Earnings per common share: SEK -0.35 (-9.15)

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS DURING THE QUARTER

  • The Board of SAS appointed Anko van der Werff as President and CEO. The Board concurrently appointed Karl Sandlund, Chief Commercial Officer at SAS, as acting President and CEO.
  • SAS secured financing for the majority of its aircraft deliveries until the second quarter of 2022.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS AFTER THE QUARTER

  • SAS has ensured that there is support from the main owners, the Governments of Denmark and Sweden, to gain access to a credit facility amounting to SEK 3.0 billion.

NOVEMBER 2020–APRIL 2021

  • Revenue: MSEK 4,214 (14,971)
  • Income before tax (EBT): MSEK-4,297 (-4,809)
  • Income before tax and items affecting comparability: MSEK -4,309 (-4,792)
  • Net income for the period: MSEK -4,483 (-4,331)
  • Earnings per common share: SEK -0.64 (-11.49)

COMMENTS BY THE CEO

New coronavirus cases remained high during the quarter, resulting in strict travel restrictions and low demand for flights. Focus for the quarter has been on lowering SAS’ costs, preserving liquidity and further strengthening SAS’ future competitiveness. The increase in vaccination rates provides some hope for the relaxation of restrictions, and an increase in demand ahead of the important summer season.

CONTINUED NEGATIVE IMPACT FROM THE PANDEMIC

Even if the number of people vaccinated is growing globally, high numbers of new cases and strict travel restrictions continue to impact society and slow recovery for the airline industry. Demand remained low during the second quarter and the number of passengers fell 2.4 million year-on-year, and was down 140,000 on the previous quarter.

SAS is continuing to successfully adapt production to the prevailing circumstances, which is reflected with an unchanged load factor compared with the previous quarter. As a direct consequence of fewer passengers, revenue fell SEK 3.3 billion (-63%) year-on-year and SEK 350 million (-15%) compared with our first quarter.

Weak demand makes it necessary to continue to adapt operations and reduce costs to offset the substantial loss of revenue. This has resulted in costs being SEK 4.6 billion (down: -54%) lower year-on-year and almost SEK 0.5 billion (down: -11%) lower than in the previous quarter. Despite the loss for the quarter amounting to SEK 2.4 billion, SAS posted an improved EBIT for the first time since the pandemic’s outbreak, both year-on-year and compared with the previous quarter.

Another prioritized area is to secure liquidity for when demand once again normalizes. Through active efforts to improve operational cash flow in parallel with SAS securing a number of major financing transactions, cash at the end of the quarter amounted to SEK 4.4 billion. Down only SEK 300 million compared with the end of the first quarter. Moreover, SAS has secured financing for the majority of its aircraft deliveries until the second quarter of 2022.

PENT-UP DEMAND AHEAD OF THE IMPORTANT SUMMER SEASON

Infection, delayed vaccinations and continued stringent travel restrictions have led to a slower than hoped for recovery. However, SAS is ready to welcome our customers back on board as travel restrictions ease ahead of the important summer season. For the summer, SAS is opening 180 direct routes and also increasing capacity on domestic routes within the Scandinavian countries. After the quarter ended, we also announced an extended partnership with Airtours over the next four years, starting in the summer of 2021 and corresponding to a value of approximately SEK 800 million.

To reduce uncertainty when booking flights, SAS is offering more flexible ticket rules and generous rebooking alternatives. We are also now launching SAS Travel Ready Center, a digital tool, to make it easier for passengers to access information about current travel restrictions concerning their destinations and to upload necessary travel documents.

Together with an increased belief in relaxed restrictions and a number of positively received campaigns, these activities have increased forward bookings for the summer and autumn, albeit from lower levels compared with what is typical for this time of the year.

Customers’ booking patterns have also changed during the pandemic. Many customers are now increasingly choosing to book their tickets much closer to their travel dates, which makes it difficult to predict demand during the summer. The most crucial factor for an airline industry recovery is the relaxation of travel restrictions. Since the rates of infection and vaccinations are decisive in this regard, SAS is carefully following vaccination trends across the world.

The prevailing uncertainty means that access to liquidity is essential for all airlines. SAS has therefore ensured that there is support from the major shareholders, the Governments of Denmark and Sweden, to gain access to a credit line facility amounting to SEK 3.0 billion. The aim of credit line facility is to create a liquidity buffer as a complement to other ongoing activities at SAS to reduce costs and strengthen liquidity.

ADAPTATION TO CHANGED MARKET CONDITIONS

SAS expects significantly changed market conditions following the pandemic, with a greater number of leisure travelers and even more intense competition.

Retaining our position as market leader in Scandinavia following the pandemic will require SAS to continue to adapt operations to future market conditions. During the pandemic, SAS has streamlined all aspects of its operations, reduced the number of employees, entered into new collective agreements to increase productivity and reached agreements concerning frozen salary levels. These necessary measures have had a substantial impact and reduced personnel expenses almost 35% year-on-year. Moreover, we have negotiated agreements with suppliers, which has resulted in deferred payments, lower costs and a higher variable component in relation to fixed costs.

However, there will be even greater requirements for efficiency and seasonally adapting operations moving forward. Access to flexible and suitable production is required to be able to offer a complete network and a timetable adapted to Scandinavian requirements for business, leisure and regional destinations. Accordingly, SAS is continuing to develop its operational model that has proved successful in the past few years.

SAS has signed a new collective bargaining agreement for pilots and cabin crew with the Danish union FPU which is a part of FH (The Danish Confederation of Trade Unions). The new agreement means that SAS can establish a complementary base in Copenhagen. With the agreement, SAS improves the flexibility and seasonal adaptations required to maintain its leading position in Scandinavia. As a first step, SAS intends to create new workplaces in Denmark instead of reopening the base in Malaga that closed earlier as a direct result of the pandemic. The new Danish operation will be established using our European operating license, which guarantees a quick and cost-efficient start of operations.

SAS remains committed to its ambitious sustainability target of reducing carbon emissions 25% already by 2025 compared with the base year 2005.  In the short term, an accelerated phase-out of older aircrafts means that the share of new, fuel-efficient aircraft in the fleet is rapidly increasing. This is also having a direct impact on our emissions reporting, where carbon emissions per available seat kilometer decreased more than 10% year-on-year. During the quarter, we also secured a minimum of 20% of our planned need of sustainable aviation fuel until 2025.

To conclude, on behalf of the Board of Directors and all the employees at SAS, myself included, I would like to thank Rickard Gustafson, who held the position as President and CEO of SAS with a great level of commitment for a decade. Rickard applied a good leadership culture in his leadership of the company through the necessary change process applicable for SAS and the airline industry as a whole. We wish him every success with his new assignment. At the same time, I would like to wish Anko van der Werff a warm welcome as SAS’ new CEO in July.

I would also like to thank all of my colleagues at SAS for their commitment and endeavors as well as our customers for all their support. As Scandinavia’s leading airline, we look forward to being able to welcome our passengers back on board.

Karl Sandlund

Acting President and CEO, Stockholm, May 27, 2021

Top Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A350-941 SE-RSB (msn 378) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 949631.

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Singapore Airlines sells and leases back 11 aircraft

Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-941 9V-SMD (msn 037) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 952962.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has completed sale-and-leaseback transactions for 11 aircraft, comprising seven Airbus A350-900s and four Boeing 787-10s, raising approximately S$2.0 billion in total.

The transactions were arranged by four different parties, as follows:

Lease Arranger Aircraft
Aergo Capital Limited 1 Airbus A350-900
1 Boeing 787-10
Altavair 4 Airbus A350-900s
EastMerchant / Crianza Aviation 1 Airbus A350-900
2 Boeing 787-10s
Muzinich and Co. Limited 1 Airbus A350-900
1 Boeing 787-10
Total 11

 

SIA has successfully raised approximately S$15.4 billion in fresh liquidity since 1 April 2020, including these sale-and-leaseback transactions. The amount also includes S$8.8 billion from SIA’s successful rights issue, S$2.1 billion from secured financing, S$2.0 billion via the issuance of convertible bonds and notes, as well as more than S$500 million through new committed lines of credit and a short-term unsecured loan.

SIA continues to have access to more than S$2.1 billion in committed credit lines, along with the option to raise up to S$6.2 billion in additional mandatory convertible bonds before the Annual General Meeting in July 2021.

During this period of high uncertainty, as the airline industry continues to navigate the unprecedented challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the SIA Group will continue to explore additional means to raise liquidity as necessary.

Mr Goh Choon Phong, Singapore Airlines Chief Executive Officer, said: “The additional liquidity from these sale-and-leaseback transactions reinforces our ability to navigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic from a position of strength. We will continue to respond nimbly to the evolving marketing conditions, and be ready to capture all possible growth opportunities as we recover from this crisis.”

Top Copyright Photo: Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-941 9V-SMD (msn 037) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 952962.

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Lufthansa orders five Airbus A350-900s and five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

"Göttingen", delivered on March 30, 2019

Lufthansa Group is accelerating the modernization of its fleet. New, highly cost and fuel-efficient aircraft are replacing older types on short, medium and long-haul routes. As a result, the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG decided to buy ten long-haul aircraft: five Airbus A350-900s and five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The Supervisory Board approved the purchase today. These aircraft will be operated by Lufthansa Airlines and strengthen the 5-star premium offer of the Group’s core brand.

As part of the long-standing fleet renewal program, a total of 175 new aircraft will be delivered to Lufthansa Group airlines this decade.

Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said:
“Even in these challenging times, we are continuing to invest in a more modern, more efficient and a lower emission Lufthansa Group fleet. At the same time, we are pushing ahead with the modernization of our long-haul fleet even faster than planned prior to the coronavirus pandemic due to anticyclical opportunities. The new aircraft are the most modern of their kind. We want to further expand our global leadership role, among other things, with cutting-edge premium products and a state-of-the-art fleet – especially because we have a responsibility to the environment.”

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner


The first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is scheduled to fly for Lufthansa as early as next winter, with others to follow in the first half of 2022. Today’s decision brings the total number of firm orders for Boeing 787-9s and Boeing 777-9s to 45 aircraft.

Due to the dramatic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on global aviation, aircraft that had been ordered by some airlines could not be delivered in the past twelve months. Lufthansa held talks with Boeing and found a way to buy five 787-9 that were already manufactured. At the same time, the Group reached an agreement with Boeing on a restructured delivery plan.

Airbus A350-900
The five newly ordered Airbus A350-900s will be delivered in 2027 and 2028. This brings the total number of firm orders for the A350-900 to 45 aircraft. The Lufthansa Group also agreed with Airbus on a restructuring of planned deliveries.

In addition to renewing its long-haul fleet, Lufthansa is also focusing on the latest technology, maximum efficiency and the highest level of customer comfort on short-haul routes. In the current year alone, Lufthansa will take delivery of a new, fuel-efficient Airbus A320 family aircraft for short- and medium-haul routes on average every month. Delivery of a further 107 Airbus A320 Family aircraft is planned until 2027.

With the Airbus A350-900, the Boeing 777-9 and the Boeing 787-9, the Lufthansa Group will operate the most fuel-efficient long-haul aircraft in terms of kerosene consumption per passenger and 100 kilometers flown. On average, the new aircraft will only consume approximately 2.5 liters of kerosene per passenger and 100 kilometers flown. This is about 30 percent less than many current as well as previously operated long-haul aircraft models and will have an equally positive impact on the Group’s carbon footprint

The investment in new aircraft is in line with the framework agreement between the Economic Stabilization Fund of the Federal Republic of Germany (WSF) and Deutsche Lufthansa AG. The investments are also in line with the Group’s policy of limiting annual capital expenditures to the level of depreciation and amortization and strictly focusing on increasing company value

Current plans call for an initial fleet reduction, while at the same time extensively modernizing it in the future. The Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A350-900 will essentially replace the four-engine A340 long-haul aircraft as part of this process. Plans call for reducing the number of four-engine aircraft in the Lufthansa Group long-haul fleet to less than 15 percent by the middle of this decade; before the crisis, the share was around 50 percent. The aircraft purchases are accelerating the reduction of fleet complexity for more efficiency. The new, fuel-efficient aircraft will reduce operating costs by around 15 percent compared with the models they replace.

Top Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Airbus A350-941 D-AIXN (msn 292) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 946359.

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Finnair pilots sign a new 3.5 year collective labor agreement

Delivered on February 13, 2019

Finnish Air Line Pilots’ Association and Service Sector Employers Palta have signed an agreement on a new, 3.5-year collective labour agreement for Finnair pilots.

The new CLA is in force until 30 September 2024 and it encompasses several important structural changes that support Finnair’s competitiveness in the fiercely competitive post-pandemic market. These include moving from a service year-based salary structure to a vacancy-based salary structure, and measures enabling balancing the seasonality of air traffic more effectively.

“With the new collective labor agreement our pilots demonstrate their willingness to contribute constructively to Finnair’s rebuild phase in the middle of the largest crisis in the history of aviation”, says Johanna Karppi, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Finnair. “I am happy that we have together been able to agree on solutions that support Finnair’s competitiveness while ensuring Finnair is a good employer for Finnish pilots also in the future. The long agreement period brings us predictability and supports the long-term efforts in building Finnair’s future.”

In other news, Finnair started to fly with SAF from Helsinki Airport in April as a  Sustainable Aviation Fuel based solution to reduce business travel emissions with Neste Global.

Top Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A350-941 OH-LWN (msn 273) LHR (Andi Hiltl). Image: 947736.

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