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Signs of Recovery

Merkel One

The Good, the Bad and the In Between

As FlightRadar24 is now reporting increased traffic, here’s a list of airlines who have announced where and when they’ll be flying. Daily departures from mainland China’s 25 busiest airports is only showing 31% down on late-January. Total number tracked +10% over the last 7 days and +30% over past 30 days. However, the overall figure remains around half normally recorded. Many international carriers have resumed, in some cases with increased flight frequency.


First the good:

Emirates – from 16 June resuming flights to BAH, MAN, ZRH, VIE, AMS, CPH, DUB, JFK, ICN, KUL, SIN, CGK, TPE, HKG, PER and BNE. Also reports of A380 returning on KUL route

Finnair – resuming flights to Asia in July

Virgin Atlantic – statting 20 July to MCO, JFK, LAX, PVG and HKG

Air China – plans to operate 24 international routes in June

EasyJet – resume UK domestic and France services in June

Jet2, TUI – planning flights resumption in July

Qatar – now operating more than 170 flights per week to 40 destinations. Plan for end-June is increase to 80

Etihad – from June 10, flying transit passengers to Europe, Asia and Australia

Eastern Airlines – gets first B777, N771KW, currently at Victorville

London City Airport (LCY) – reopens end June

Wizz Air – announces four new bases LCA, MXP, TIA and SZG with all services commencing July. Far too many to list, notable additions are BLL, RHO, TFS, HHN, CTA, LPA and RAK. New routes from LTN are AGP, PMI, FUE and ACE.

Air Baltic – resumes flying although Dash8 Q400 remains grounded

Volotea – announces 40 new routes in Italy, Spain, France and Greece. No individual listing, there will be some exclusive ones

Orbest – first A330neo spotted at Toulouse

UPS – Gary, Indiana to become a hub later this year

German Government – “Merkel One” A350 delivered to Lufthansa Technik

Philippine Airlines – plan to resume selected international flights in June

Singapore – reinstates some international flights for June and July

Swiss – to resume intercontinental flights in June, partner Lufthansa planning for July

Then the bad:

Delta – retires final MD88 and MD90 “Mad Dogs”

Lufthansa – scrapping some B747-400

Air Canada – retires last B767 after 37 years

Antonov – completing second AN-225 deemed unviable

Aer Lingus – ends contract with CityJet

Boeing – jilt Embraer. Original partnership formed as a result of Airbus taking over Bombardier after Boeing’s allegations of “dirty tricks”

And finally, those in between:

Air France – cutting many domestic routes to encourage people to take the train

Ryanair – wants to resume 737MAX8 negotiations mid-June

Boeing – restarts 737MAX8 assembly

Qantas – fully intend to operate SYD-LHR non-stop when time is right. CEO Alan Joyce considers there’s still a strong business case to go ahead.


Information courtesy of Business Traveller website and FR24

Image courtesy of Lufthansa Technik and The Points Guy