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Philippine Airlines files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization

Philippines (Philippine Airlines) Boeing 777-300 ER RP-C7782 (msn 61735) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 940281.

Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) has announced it has entered into a series of agreements with substantially all of the Company’s lenders, lessors, and aircraft and engine suppliers, as well as its majority shareholder, to allow the Company to successfully restructure and reorganize its finances to navigate the COVID-19 crisis and emerge as a leaner and better-capitalized airline.

The restructuring plan, which is subject to court approval, provides over US$2.0 Billion in permanent balance sheet reductions from existing creditors and allows the airline to consensually contract fleet capacity by 25% and includes US$505 Million in long-term equity and debt financing from PAL’s majority shareholder and US$150 Million of additional debt financing from new investors.

As part of the agreements with key stakeholders, the Company has voluntarily filed for a pre-arranged restructuring under the U.S. Chapter 11 process in the Southern District of New York to implement the consensual restructuring plan. PAL will also complete a parallel filing for recognition in the Philippines under the Financial Insolvency and Rehabilitation (FRIA) Act of 2010.

Top Copyright Photo: Philippines (Philippine Airlines) Boeing 777-300 ER RP-C7782 (msn 61735) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 940281.

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KLM expands its intercontinental network this winter, adding six new destinations

Will become PH-BVV, "National Park Cocos Island"

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines made this announcement:

After the previously announced expansions in Europe for summer 2021, KLM will also be adding new destinations to its intercontinental network on commencement of its winter schedule (October 31, 2021 to March 26, 2022). This ties in with KLM’s strategy of first expanding its network where recovery will be quickest, offering customers the broadest possible choice of destinations. The new destinations include Mombasa, Orlando, Cancun, Bridgetown, Port of Spain and Phuket.

The Kenyan beach destination of Mombasa will be served twice a week, operating Boeing 787-9 equipment. This aircraft type will also be used to operate flights to Orlando in Florida (four times a week) and to the Mexican beach resort of Cancun (three times a week). The Airbus A330 will fly customers to Bridgetown (Barbados, three times a week) and Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago, three times a week). The Thai island of Phuket will be served with four flights a week, operating Boeing 777-300 equipment.

Network strategy

During the Covid-19 pandemic, KLM has done everything possible to maintain its network of destinations in order to continue carrying cargo and enabling passengers to travel when necessary – of course, in accordance with the rules and regulations prescribed by both the Dutch government and local authorities. KLM will continue to work closely with the Dutch government to uphold effective and proportionate measures tailored to the situation in the Netherlands and abroad.

This strategy has served KLM well throughout the Covid-19 crisis. With the general situation and outlook now improving, network expansion is back on the agenda, especially within and to regions where recovery will be quickest. The six new destinations fit the bill.

The aim is to offer KLM’s customers the biggest network possible. Network planning must be flexible, enabling KLM to respond quickly to market opportunities. With this expansion, the network of destinations will almost reach its pre-Covid-19 level, only utilising less capacity, and fewer frequencies and aircraft. Once demand increases, we will operate more flights and/or deploy larger aircraft.

Flight schedules

 

Mombasa will be combined with Nairobi on the return journey to Amsterdam. This also applies to Orlando and Miami. Phuket will be served both to and from Amsterdam via Kuala Lumpur. Bridgetown and Port of Spain will be combined and Cancun will be a non-stop connection.

The flight schedules will be as follows for the six new destinations:

Flight number From/to Days of the week Departure time Arrival time

Mombasa

KL0563 Amsterdam-Mombasa Thurs/Sun 10:10 20:50
KL0563 Mombasa-Nairobi Thurs/Sun 21:40 22:50
KL0563 Nairobi-Amsterdam Thurs/Sun 23:59 06:25*

Orlando

KL0625 Amsterdam-Orlando Mon/Sat 11:15 15:00
KL0625 Orlando-Miami Mon/Sat 16:45 17:50
KL0625 Miami-Amsterdam Mon/Sat 18:50 09:15*
KL0629 Amsterdam-Miami Thurs/Fri 10:40 14:40
KL0629 Miami-Orlando Thurs/Fri 16:30 17:35
KL0629 Orlando-Amsterdam Thurs/Fri 18:35 08:40*

Cancun

KL0689 Amsterdam-Cancun Tue/Thurs/Sat 10:40 15:40
KL0690 Cancun-Amsterdam Tue/Thurs/Sat 17:40 08:50*

Bridgetown and Port of Spain

KL0781 Amsterdam-Bridgetown Mon/Thurs/Sat 12:25 16:45
KL0781 Bridgetown-Port of Spain Mon/Thurs/Sat 17:50 19:00
KL0781 Port of Spain-Amsterdam Mon/Thurs/Sat 20:35 10:30*

Phuket

KL0801 Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat 20:50 15:45*
KL0801 Kuala Lumpur-Phuket Tue/Thurs/Sat/Sun 17:05 17:35
KL0802 Phuket-Kuala Lumpur Tue/Thurs/Sat/Sun 20:00 22:30
KL0802 Kuala Lumpur-Amsterdam Tue/Thurs/Sat/Sun 23:50 05:55*

(*) Arrives the next day

All times are local. Flight schedules are subject to change. 

Top Copyright Photo: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 777-300 ER N5514J (PH-BVV) (msn 66888) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 952537.

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British Airways launches “Green List” flights, wants the USA added to the Green List

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British Airways has made this announcement:

  • British Airways’ first flight to a green list country was its BA492 service to Gibraltar which departed this morning at 07:10am
  • The airline is operating 70 departures on May 17, including six services to ‘green list’ countries
  • Following the first ‘green list’ flight to Gibraltar British Airways hosted a joint press conference with Heathrow, featuring both companies’ CEOs, live-streamed on LinkedIn

This morning (May 17) British Airways’ BA492 flight from London Heathrow to Gibraltar took off at 07:10 am, the airline’s first flight to a ‘green list’ destination.

The airline is operating a number of flights throughout the day (May 17) to other destinations on the UK’s ‘green list’. These include a flight to Lisbon, three flights to Faro and one flight to Funchal in Madeira. The airline has suspended flights to Tel Aviv.

On May 17 in 2019, the airline operated hundreds of flights, compared to just 70 departures* that it plans to operate today, highlighting the devastating impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the airline industry.

This morning British Airways and Heathrow Airport Limited hosted a virtual conference from British Airways’ home at Terminal 5 with its CEOs, Sean Doyle and John Holland-Kaye.

Speaking during the conference, Sean Doyle, British Airways Chairman and CEO, said: Today, the first day of a return to international travel, is a special day for many people, because for so long now families have been separated, business has suffered, and we know that our customers haven’t been able to take the breaks abroad that they’ve wanted. After more than a year of limited flying, we’re pleased to be back in the skies – albeit with a very small number of flights.”

The airline has introduced changes to the flying experience to help ensure a frictionless experience, including trials of travel apps to upload documentation and a virtual queuing system, as well as the introduction of pre-flight food ordering for Euro traveller customers and delivery of menu items in the lounges to seats by QR code.

British Airways also recently launched its new advertising campaign, putting its people and its customers at the centre of the story about its return to the skies. Over the coming months those flying with the airline will receive a special welcome back with personalized boarding announcements, cards and chocolates.

Customers traveling with British Airways can do so with peace of mind, as the airline has introduced a range of safety measures to make the travel experience simple and safe during and after the pandemic. Customers can visit the airline’s Covid-19 hub page to find out more information on all of the safety measures in place.

British Airways has consistently championed testing as way to re-open travel safely and has ensured its customers have access to a wide range of discounted Covid-19 pre-departure, return to the UK and arrivals testing options. The airline has a dedicated webpage on ba.com where customers can find the right test to meet the entry requirements for their destination.

 

 

Top Copyright Photo: British Airways also wants the United States added to the Green List so it can get its long-range fleet flying. British Airways Boeing 777-300 ER G-STBN (msn 66583) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 951759.

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Swiss to increase its capacity in June

Swiss International Air Lines Boeing 777-300 ER HB-JNG (msn 62752) ZRH (Ton Jochems). Image: 949940.

Swiss International Air Lines has made this announcement:

In the coming days and weeks, entry requirements of various European countries will be gradually open. This leads to an increased demand for air travel. Swiss therefore plans to substantially expand its services with the June timetable, in line with the respective entry requirements. “We plan to resume around 15-20% of our original services in June, and are very pleased to be able to offer Switzerland greater connections to the world,” says Swiss CEO Thomas Klühr.

Swiss plans to operate approximately 140 weekly flights from Zurich to 30 destinations in Europe, and approximately 40 weekly flights from Geneva to 14 destinations in Europe. The airline will still serve the three weekly long-haul flights to Newark in the USA, further intercontinental destinations will be added in June. In addition, Swiss and its Swiss WorldCargo division will continue to operate their cargo-only flights to various destinations globally.

The changes and additions to the June timetable will be published shortly in all the booking systems. The expansion of the flight schedules is taking place step by step, following the needs of the customers.

Swiss recommends wearing a mouth-nose face covering on board for protection against SARS CoV2 transmission.

With effect from Monday, May 4, 2020, all Swiss passengers will be asked to bring their own mouth-nose face covering to wear on board all flights. The airline also advises use of a face covering at the airport before or after flights, whenever sufficient social distancing cannot be adequately observed. Despite adjustments to procedures, social distancing is not always possible, and this measure provides an additional layer of protection against SARS CoV2 transmission for everyone.

The recommendation will initially apply until August 31, 2020.

The current rule whereby every second seat in Economy Class is kept vacant will no longer apply as sufficient protection is afforded by mouth-nose face coverings. The likelihood of infection by the coronavirus while traveling by air remains low: there are no known cases of infection on board Swiss flights since the outbreak of the pandemic. All Swiss aircraft are equipped with high-performance air filters to guarantee air quality of the same standard as in an operating theatre and ensure vertical air circulation instead diffusion in the cabin.

Top Copyright Photo: Swiss International Air Lines Boeing 777-300 ER HB-JNG (msn 62752) ZRH (Ton Jochems). Image: 949940.

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KLM orders two additional Boeing 777-300ER jets

Named "Grand Canyon National Park"

Boeing made this announcement:

Boeing and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines have announced that the carrier has ordered two more 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes.

Above Image: Boeing.

The order, valued at $751 million at current list prices, was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website.

The 777-300ER can seat up to 396 passengers in a two-class configuration and has a maximum range of 7,370 nautical miles (13,650 km). The airplane is the world’s most reliable twin aisle with a schedule reliability of 99.5 percent.

Operating out of its home base in Amsterdam, the KLM Group serves a global network of 92 European cities and 70 intercontinental destinations with a fleet of 209 aircraft. The carrier operates 29 777s, including 14 777-300ERs. It also flies 747s and the 787 Dreamliner family.

KLM, the world’s oldest airline still operating under its original name, is celebrating its centenary this year. In 2004 it merged with Air France to create Europe’s largest airline group. The Air France-KLM Group is also one of the largest operators of the 777 family with nearly 100 between the combined fleets.

Top Copyright Photo: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 777-300 ER PH-BVU (msn 61702) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 939290.

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Korean Air receives delivery of its 200th Boeing aircraft

HL8346 - "200th Boeing" logo

On May 14, Korean Air received delivery of its 25th Boeing 777-300ER (HL8346), the 200th Boeing aircraft the airline has received since 1971.


The first Boeing aircraft Korean Air received delivery of was the Boeing 707-3B5C. Out of the 200 aircraft from Boeing over 48 years, Korean Air currently operates a total of 119 on both international and domestic routes as part of its passenger and cargo fleets.

The new aircraft was first operated on the Incheon~Fukuoka route, and will primarily fly to San Francisco, Osaka, Hanoi and other international destinations along with the 24 other Boeing 777-300ERs. The latest Boeing 777-300ER will have a special livery to show that it’s the 200th plane from Boeing.

Korean Air first introduced the Boeing 777-300ER into service in 2009. With a seat capacity of 291, Boeing 777-300ER is an eco-friendly aircraft with 26% fewer carbon dioxide emissions compared to its predecessor, and it emits less noise. Passengers can enjoy a comfortable cabin atmosphere created by LED colored lighting.

B777-300ER is equipped with next-generation seats: Kosmo Suites in first class, Prestige Sleepers in prestige class, and New Economy in economy class.

Korean Air connects 124 cities in 44 countries with 119 and 49 aircraft manufactured by Boeing and Airbus respectively.

The airline will continue to promote customer convenience as a global leading airline.

Top Copyright Photo: Korean Air Boeing 777-300 ER HL8346 (msn 63434) (200th Boeing) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 946400.

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Emirates to deploy its latest Boeing 777-300ER to Malé from June 1

Emirates has announced the deployment of its latest Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft fitted with the ‘Game Changer’ First Class suites on its Dubai- Malé route from 1st June, 2019. The Maldivian capital will become the first destination in the South Asian region to be served on a regular basis by the new aircraft.

Passengers travelling to and from the idyllic archipelago on Emirates flights EK658 and EK659, one of three daily non-stop services* connecting Malé, with Emirates’ hub in Dubai, will be able to experience the fully-enclosed First Class private suites inspired by luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz.

“The Maldives has become an increasingly popular destination for Emirates, attracting premium travelers, honeymooners and families from around the world. Introducing the new Boeing 777 with the state-of-the-art First Class suites on this route reaffirms our longstanding commitment to Malé. It’s also a testament to our ongoing efforts to provide our travelers across the network with an unparalleled experience, demonstrating what Emirates truly means when it invites customers to Fly Better,” said Ahmed Khoory, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, West Asia & Indian Ocean.

Travellers to and from the Maldives can experience the new Emirates Boeing 777 product on flight EK658 departing Dubai daily at 0420hrs and arriving in Malé at 0930hrs. The return flight EK659 leaves Malé at 1100hrs, arriving in Dubai at 1400hrs.

From First Class through to the Business and Economy Class cabins, the latest Emirates Boeing 777 aircraft features ergonomically designed seats, multi-million dollar upgrades and the latest version of the ice inflight entertainment system across all cabins. Designed with an emphasis on exceptional customer comfort and ultimate privacy, Emirates ‘Game-Changing’ Boeing 777 private suites feature floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and ultra-modern design features against cool grey colourscapes. Offering up to 40 square feet of personal space each, the spacious, fully-enclosed private suites are laid out in a 1-1-1 configuration, for a total of six suites.

The new suites include seats that recline into a fully flat-bed that manoeuvres into multiple positions  and can be placed in a “zero-gravity” state inspired by NASA technology, for a feeling of weightlessness while flying. Passengers can also choose from a multitude of lighting colours and adjust the temperature of their suites for a fully customisable experience.  The industry’s first virtual windows can be experienced by customers seated in suites located in the middle aisle. The virtual windows project a view from outside the aircraft using real time fibre-optic camera technology.

The Business Class seats are inspired by the interior of a modern sports car, and feature an ergonomically designed headrest with a sleek look and feel. Business Class passengers can also customise their experience with touchscreen controls for their seat and inflight entertainment system and adjust their personal lighting options. The cabin also includes privacy panels between seats, a shoe stowage area, footrest, and a personal mini-bar.

The Economy Class cabin features a colour palette of soft greys and blues. The seats come with full leather flexible headrests with side panels that can be adjusted vertically for optimum support.

Emirates currently operates its latest Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with the ‘Game Changer’ First Class suites to Brussels, Geneva, Vienna, Tokyo (Haneda), London Stansted and Riyadh and has announced it will deploy the aircraft on flights to Kuwait from 1st June 2019.

Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the Boeing 777 family of aircraft, flying over 160 of these modern and efficient wide-bodies to six continents from its Dubai hub.

Emirates Airline Boeing 777-300 ER A6-EQK (msn 42359) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 941791.

Above Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Emirates Airline Boeing 777-300 ER A6-EQK (msn 42359) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 941791.

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Swiss to introduce new Premium Economy Class

Swiss International Air Lines Boeing 777-300 ER HB-JNH (msn 62753) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945980.

Swiss International Air Lines is to introduce a new Premium Economy Class on its long-haul aircraft fleet from spring 2021, to further strengthen its position as a premium air carrier. In a first step here, the additional travel class will be available in a 24-seat section on its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

In the medium term, the new travel product will be extended to the entire Swiss long-haul fleet. For Economy Class travelers seeking more inflight comfort, the new product will offer a totally new air travel experience. Swiss will be investing some CHF 40 million in installing the new seating class on its Boeing 777 fleet.

The new product will initially be available on the company’s Boeing 777-300ERs, with each aircraft offering 24 Premium Economy seats. In the medium term, the new product should be extended to the entire Swiss long-haul fleet.

Substantially more personal space

For Economy Class travellers seeking more inflight comfort, Premium Economy will offer a totally new air travel experience. The new class of travel will feature a newly developed seat providing extensive legroom and movement. “All in all, our Premium Economy Class travellers will enjoy a substantially stronger sense of personal space,” confirms Tamur Goudarzi Pour, Swiss’ Chief Commercial Officer.In introducing the new class of travel, SWISS is responding to a growing demand for an air travel product between Economy and Business Class. The decision to offer the new seating class has also been encouraged by the positive experiences with such a product at Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines, Swiss’ sister companies within the Lufthansa Group.

Introduction in spring 2021

Swiss will embark on the cabin conversion work required in winter 2020/21, and the new Premium Economy Class product will be available from spring 2021. Swiss will be investing a total of some CHF 40 million in installing the new seating class on its Boeing 777 fleet.

Top Copyright Photo: Swiss International Air Lines Boeing 777-300 ER HB-JNH (msn 62753) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945980.

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Emirates to launch new service to Porto

N50281 - A6-EQP

Emirates announced it will launch a four times weekly service between Portugal’s second
largest city, Porto, and Dubai, from  July 2, 2019.

Porto will become Emirates’ second destination in Portugal after its capital, Lisbon, which the airline currently serves with two flights a day. The flight will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three class cabin configuration, offering eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class.

Emirates’ new service will provide travellers in northern Portugal, a major urban area, as well as those in the north-west of Spain in cities such as Vigo and Santiago de Compostela, due to its close proximity to Porto, with a direct option to travel to Dubai, and onward to destinations across the airline’s global network, particularly in Africa, Asia, Australia and the Middle East.

The flight between Dubai and Porto will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and depart Dubai as EK197 at 0915hrs and arrive in Porto at 1430hrs. The return flight, EK198, will depart Porto at 1735hrs and land in Dubai at 0415hrs the next morning. The schedule enables travellers to easily and conveniently connect to Emirates’ flights from Dubai International Airport to popular destinations, such as Luanda, Johannesburg, Bangkok, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Sydney, amongst others.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Emirates Airline Boeing 777-300 ER N50281 (A6-EQP) (msn 42363) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 943989.

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Boeing and United Airlines announce repeat orders for 737 MAX and 777

United Airlines Boeing 777-300 ER N2737U (msn 62649) LHR (SPA). Image: 944179.

United Airlines and Boeing announced the carrier ordered 24 additional 737 MAX jets and four more 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes last year. The $4.5 billion order, according to list prices, was booked as unidentified on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website.

The Chicago-based airline has steadily placed new orders for the two Boeing jets to serve its large domestic and international network. United Airlines is among the more than 100 customers who have made the 737 MAX the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history, receiving more than 5,000 orders since the program’s launch.

The 777 has become the best-selling twin-aisle jet family in history, earning more than 2,000 orders. In fact, United’s order pushed the program over the 2,000 threshold in December. It is also the most reliable twin-aisle jet flying today with the highest schedule reliability in the industry at 99.5 percent. The 777-300ER can seat up to 386 passengers in a three-class configuration and has a maximum range of 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 km).

United also utilizes Boeing Global Services to enhance its operations of their large fleet of Boeing aircraft. Multiple digital Boeing solutions, including those powered by Boeing AnalytX, optimize its operations. Recently, United signed for crew management and electronic flight bag (EFB) tools to enhance operational efficiency across all phases of flight.

Top Copyright Photo (all other images by Boeing): United Airlines Boeing 777-300 ER N2737U (msn 62649) LHR (SPA). Image: 944179.

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