Air France has finalized its 2022 summer schedule:
LOT Polish Airlines on March 29 will commence service from Warsaw to Mumbai and Delhi.
The airline has been forced to redeploy its aircraft and routes due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Due to the war LOT Polish has been forced to drop service to:
- Kyiv – airports: Kyiv-Boryspil (KBP) i Kyiv-Zhuliany (IEV)
- St Petersburg,
History of LOT Polish Airlines fleet:
Top Copyright Photo: LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner SP-LSE (msn 62173) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 946403.
LOT Polish Airlines aircraft slide show:
LOT Polish Airlines aircraft photo gallery:
Biman Bangladesh Airlines will restart the Dhaka – Toronto route on March 26.
The route will be served by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
Top Copyright Photo: Biman Bangladesh Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner S2-AJX (msn 60327) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 957084.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines aircraft slide show:
Biman Bangladesh Airlines aircraft photo gallery:
United Airlines made this announcement:
United today announced it plans to expand service to one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations by offering three nonstop flights per week, year-round, between Newark and Cape Town International Airport, subject to government approval.
United will fly a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft that includes 48 lie-flat, United Polaris® business class seats, 21 United Premium Plus® seats and 39 seats in Economy Plus®. All seats are equipped with seatback on-demand entertainment to help customers pass the time and relax during their travels.
United is the only airline to offer nonstop flights between the U.S. and Cape Town and offers more flights to South Africa than any other North American carrier.
United first launched flights to Cape Town in December 2019, and it quickly became one of the airline’s marquee international routes. The airline later built upon this success in Africa with the launch of flights between New York/Newark and Johannesburg in June 2021, new service between Washington D.C. and Accra, Ghana in May 2021 and between Washington D.C. and Lagos, Nigeria in November 2021.
This expanded service also strengthens United’s leading network from Newark. United offers service to 74 international destinations from New York/Newark, more than any U.S. carrier. In 2022, the airline will introduce new service to additional international destinations including Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Azores, Portugal; Bergen, Norway; Tenerife, Spain and Nice, France.
Top Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N29981 (msn 66142) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 950791.
United Airlines aircraft slide show (Boeing, current livery):
United Airlines aircraft photo gallery:
Air France has made this announcement:
- Resumption of flights between Paris-Orly and New York-JFK, and between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Dallas/Fort Worth
- Resumption of seasonal service to Denver (Colorado) initially launched in summer 2021
- 14 destinations served in summer 2022 with close to 200 weekly flights, 20% more than during summer 2019
Since the reopening of US borders in November 2021, Air France has been gradually increasing its service to the United States, the airline’s leading long-haul destination in terms of seat capacity.
Air France currently serves 11 US destinations (Atlanta, Boston, Chicago (O’Hare), Detroit, Houston (Bush Intercontinental), Los Angeles, Miami, New York-JFK, Seattle/Tacoma, San Francisco and Washington (Dulles)), with capacity between France and the United States corresponding to 90% of 2019 levels.
For the summer 2022 season (April – October), Air France plans to continue to increase capacity on US routes. As of 27 March 2022, the company will resume flights between Paris-Orly and New York JFK, with 1 daily flight. New York will thus be served by two Paris airports; Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Air France’s international hub, and Paris-Orly, with a total of up to 7 daily flights.
On the same day, the airline will resume flights from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Dallas/Fort Worth (Texas), with up to 5 weekly flights.
Finally on May 4, 2022, Air France will start operating a seasonal service between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Denver (Colorado) for the second year running, with 3 weekly flights operated.
Air France will therefore serve 14 destinations in the United States on departure from Paris this summer – Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York JFK, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma and Washington D.C, with close to 200 weekly flights, 20% more than during summer 2019.
Frequencies, operating days, flight schedules and fares can be consulted on airfrance.com.
This flight schedule is subject to change according to travel restrictions.
“Ready To Fly” service now available on all flights to and from the US
In July 2021, Air France launched “Ready To Fly”, a free and optional service allowing customers to request and receive confirmation that they have all the health documents required for their trip before going to the airport. This service provides customers greater peace of mind and a smoother boarding process, by avoiding multiple checks on the day of departure.
Popular with customers, Ready To Fly is being progressively deployed throughout the Air France network. It is currently available on more than 140 routes on departure from 80 airports, representing more than 600 daily flights including all flights to and from the United States.
Top Copyright Photo: Air France Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner F-HRBF (msn 42488) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 956683.
Air France aircraft slide show:
Air France aircraft photo gallery:
In the first nine months of fiscal year 2021 (April 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021; hereinafter the “nine months ended December 31, 2021”), the Japanese economy has slowly recovered, demonstrating signs of recovery in corporate production activities. While the airline industry continues to face difficulties due to the spread of the Omicron variant and continued restrictions on entry and travel in many countries, there are signs of recovery in the increased demand for domestic flights in the United States and other countries.
Under these economic conditions, the increase in demand for travel in Japan contributed to an operating revenue of 738.0 billion yen for the nine months ended December 31, 2021. This marks an improvement from the same time period for the previous year. The continued impact of COVID-19 resulted in an operating loss of 115.8 billion yen, an ordinary loss of 118.3 billion yen, and a net loss attributable to owners of the parent of 102.8 billion yen. However, ANA HD achieved a positive operating income in the third quarter (October-December), returning to black for the first time in eight quarters.
“Though the entire airline industry has faced continued challenges, I am proud of how ANA Group employees have persevered to help the company continue to meet passenger and cargo needs and maintain global connections at this vital time,” said Ichiro Fukuzawa, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ANA HOLDINGS INC. “We have adjusted our practices, but our commitment to offering unparalleled service and convenience remains unchanged. As the recovery continues, the ANA Group will continue seeking opportunities for growth and expansion with increased profitability.”
Despite being significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, passenger demand increased from the previous year, and due to proactive efforts to capture the strong cargo demand which resulted in record high revenue, operating revenue exceeded the amount recorded during the same period of the previous year. While ANA HD still recorded an operating loss, reductions in fixed costs (such as personnel costs as well as depreciation, amortization and maintenance costs which were achieved through the execution of structural business reforms) have helped curtail losses and improve profits year-on-year.
1. International Passenger Service (ANA)
・International passenger services continued to see reduced demand for travel across all regions due to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases, the spread of new variants and continued government travel restrictions. However, revenue and the number of passengers increased year-on-year due to a gradual recovery in business demand, primarily for expatriates traveling between Japan and overseas, as well as demand for connecting flights from Asia to North America and demand for flights home during the New Year holiday. Revenue and number of passengers remained at approximately 10% of pre-COVID levels.
・ANA began transferring the operation of several North America routes from Tokyo Haneda to Tokyo Narita airport starting in July to optimize connections from Asia, an example of ANA closely monitoring demand to determine which routes to operate, as well as to offer temporary routes to destinations with seasonal demand and urgent travel needs.
2. Domestic Passenger Service (ANA)
・The number of passengers served and revenue both increased compared to the same period during the previous year. While a State of Emergency was repeatedly declared due to a surge in COVID-19 cases during the first half of the fiscal year, a recovery in demand was visible since the declaration was lifted at the end of September and the number of COVID-19 cases remained at a low level. As a result, the number of passengers and revenue in the third quarter (October-December) was the highest on a quarterly basis since the pandemic began and recovered to approximately 50% of pre-COVID levels.
・Detailed adjustments to the route network capacity were made in response to fluctuations in demand. In addition, ANA offered additional flights on weekends and holidays from October in order to proactively capture the recovering demand.
3. Cargo Service (ANA)
・The continued strong performance in international cargo services can be attributed to robust demand and a shift to air transport as a result of congestion in marine transport. ANA fully utilized freighter aircraft, introducing the Boeing 777F freighter on the Tokyo Narita – Hong Kong and Tokyo Narita – Taipei route in October, as well as on the Tokyo – Qingdao route in November. ANA also actively responded to strong demand by deploying passenger aircraft to fly cargo-dedicated flights and by capturing demand for the transportation of goods such as automotive parts, semiconductors, electronic equipment and vaccines. In the third quarter (October-December), cargo volume greatly exceeded the amount transported during the same period in the previous year, leading to record high in quarterly revenue for the fifth consecutive quarter.
4. LCC (Peach Aviation)
・Passenger numbers and revenue increased compared to the same period during the previous year, when demand was more significantly impacted. Domestic passenger volume and revenue for the third quarter (October-December) exceeded pre-COVID levels behind strong demand after the State of Emergency was lifted at the end of September, and another contributing factor was Peach Aviation’s expanded scale of operations.
・Peach introduced new routes, Osaka Kansai – Memanbetsu in July, and Fukuoka – Ishigaki in October. Peach will continue to closely monitor signs of recovery in demand to further expand the network. All international routes are currently suspended due to continued immigration restrictions in a number of countries.
・Other revenue from the Air Transportation business was 96.6 billion yen (down 9.8% year-on-year from 107.1 billion yen). This includes revenue from the mileage program, in-flight sales revenue, revenue from maintenance contracts and other sources.
Airline Related, Travel Services, Trade and Retail, and Others
1. Airline Related
・Operating revenue: 149.8 billion yen, down 10.1% year-on-year
・Operating income: 2.6 billion yen, up 30.1% year-on-year
・Although operating revenue decreased year-on-year as a result of lower handling volumes for systems development due to reduced investment within the ANA Group owing to COVID-19, profit improved as a result of reduction in personnel and outsourcing costs, mainly for ground handling services such as passenger check-in and baggage handling.
・In November, the product line-up was expanded to include the popular online in-flight meal sales with the introduction of ANA international business class in-flight meals.
2. Travel Services
・Operating revenue: 34.5 billion yen, down 4.4% year-on-year
・Operating loss: 0.2 billion yen (operating loss of 4.7 billion yen during the same period a year ago)
・For travel services, all overseas tours operated by the ANA Group remain suspended due to the effects of COVID-19 and domestic travel volume decreased compared to the previous year when the “Go To Travel” promotion was in effect. ANA X Inc.’s contract revenue increased as a result of the transferred digital marketing business and other functions within the ANA Group and contributed to the increase in operating revenue and reduced operating losses.
・Working to create a “world where people can live on miles,” the ANA Group launched a mobile application service called “ANA Pocket” in December, which allows users to earn points not only for air travel, but also for walking and travel on train as well as other vehicles within Japan that can be converted into ANA miles and other perks.
3. Trade and Retail
・Operating revenue: 61.4 billion yen, up 0.7% year-on-year
・Operating income: 0.6 billion yen (operating loss of 3.0 billion yen during the same period a year ago)
・As aviation demand gradually recovered, sales increased at ANA FESTA shops in airports and the handling volume of semiconductors for electronics businesses increased. Due to the change in accounting standards, the increase in operating revenue was minimal compared to the same period during the previous year.
・Operating revenue: 27.6 billion yen, up 0.8% year-on-year
・Operating income: 1.1 billion yen, up 125.1% year-on-year
・While demand for buildings and facilities maintenance decreased due to the impact of COVID-19, increased transactions for the real estate business lead to improved revenue.
Outlook for FY2021 (April 2021 – March 2022)
ANA HD maintains its consolidated financial forecast for FY2021, initially presented on October 29, 2021.
*ANA HD has started to apply the “Accounting Standard for Revenue Recognition” （ASBJ Statement No. 29, March 31, 2020）,” and other accounting standards beginning this fiscal year. Values for the nine months ended December 31, 2021 reflect these new accounting standards. For details, please refer to “ANA HOLDINGS INC. Consolidated Financial Results for the Nine Months Ended December 31, 2021” on the ANA Group Investor Relations website
Top Copyright Photo: ANA (All Nippon Airways) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner JA937A (msn 66524) (Inspiration of Japan) ITM (Akira Uekawa). Image: 956496.
ANA aircraft slide show:
ANA aircraft photo gallery:
Grupo Aeroméxico, S.A.B. de C.V. informs that the hearing to consider confirmation of the Joint Plan of Reorganization of the Company and its subsidiaries that are debtors in the Company’s Chapter 11 voluntary financial restructuring process has successfully concluded, and the Bankruptcy Court formally announced that it has confirmed the Plan.
January 28, 2022 represents the most important milestone to date for the Company’s restructuring process. Aeroméxico will continue working with all its key stakeholders to swiftly emerge from Chapter 11, at which point the corporate resolutions adopted at the Shareholders Meeting held on January 14, 2022 will become fully effective.
Andres Conesa, Company’s CEO, stated “This is a very important day for the Aeroméxico Family. I want to thank all my colleagues for their hard work and dedication; I am very proud to be part of a great team of world class airline professionals. I want to thank our employees and Board for their invaluable support, and to all of our restructuring advisors who did an outstanding job helping us lead our beloved airline through these turbulent times. I want to express my sincere gratitude to Judge Chapman and her team who conducted this process in an exemplary way. Finally, I want to thank all stakeholders and the new investor group for having confidence in Aeroméxico and for giving us wings to fly even higher through the skies of Mexico and the world.”
Note: Under the plan, AM is expected to reduce its Embraer 170 and 190 fleet while increasing its Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 and 737-9 MAX 9 fleet.
Top Copyright Photo: AeroMexico Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner XA-SSS (msn 62147) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 954634.
AeroMexico aircraft slide show:
AeroMexico aircraft photo gallery:
On December 20, 2021 Norse Atlantic Airways took delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The arrival of the aircraft was celebrated at Oslo Airport and the new airline is on track to start transatlantic flights in spring 2022.
The flight from Warsaw, Poland was operated by Norse’s own captains Kjetil Risan, Derek Spicer, Dean Kitchen and Ulf Heikmann.
Norse’s first aircraft is a state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and is leased from BOC Aviation, one of the world’s largest aircraft leasing companies. The airline’s aircraft will be named after popular national parks, and this plane is named Rondane (one of Norway’s largest national parks). Norse’s planned fleet of aircraft consists of 12 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and three Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners. The next deliveries will continue until April and all aircraft will be initially parked at Oslo Airport.
Norse plans to start commercial operation in spring 2022 with the first flights connecting Oslo to select cities in the U.S.
The aircraft lease is at attractive rates and payment terms, allowing the Company a flexible implementation during start-up of its operation, with Norse only paying on a “power by the hour” basis at the outset.
Building a new aviation adventure – with the right people
Norse Atlantic Airways is building a new airline that will offer affordable transatlantic flights. Our vision is to be ‘The Explorer’s Airline’. We are building a high-performance culture and creating an environment where we value diversity, and all colleagues feel a sense of belonging. Not only are we going to work smarter, better, and faster than our competitors, but we will also be known for our excellent customer service. Our unique Team Norse culture will be our competitive advantage. Thousands of talented people have already applied for positions, and we currently have 25 new job openings at our head office in Arendal and our office in London. When all our 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliners are in the air, we expect to be a dedicated team of 1,600 in the air and on the ground.
Vietnam Airlines (Hanoi) will launch its first flights to the United States on November 28.
The flag carrier will operate two flights a week between Ho Chi Minh City and San Francisco (above) with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
Top Copyright Photo: Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner VN-A870 (msn 39289) LHR (Keith Burton). Image: 955861.
Vietnam Airlines aircraft slide show:
Vietnam Airlines aircraft photo gallery: