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Latest Round of Resumptions

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The latest news

Again, in no particular order:

Widerøe – in March and April, tiny Norwegian airline became the busiest passenger carrier in Europe. Operating Dash 8 Q400 and E190 fleet. On 23 March had 178 departures, ahead of SAS on 170 and Lufthansa’s 143. Fast-forward to 29 April when Widerøe achieved 194, compared with SAS 91 and Lufthansa 125. The airline operates Public Service Obligation (PSO) routes to many remote communities


Emirates – restarted DXB-GVA and LAX. From 1 August DXB-DAR and ADD, 2 August DXB-PRG, GRU and NBO, 4 August DXB-OSL, 10 August DXB-BGW and BSR, then DXB-BOS from 15 August. Unconfirmed reports DXB-BHX will resume early September, daily A380. From October reverts to usual 2xdaily A380

ElAl – unlikely to resume normal services before October

Qatar Airways – temporarily moved into LHR T5. After 8-year absence restarted DOH-CEB on 24 July. A380 fleet remains grounded for the time being, although airspace blockade has now been removed

Thai – operating BKK-FRA repatriation flights during August

Finnair – resumed HEL-PVG on 23 July

BA – from 13 October LGW-MBJ, Tu and Sa, B777. To close EDI Cityflyer base

China Airlines – looking again at name change due to confusion with Air China. Popular choices are Formosa Airlines of Taiwan Airlines

Air Canada – resumed YYZ-DUB, 3xweekly, B787-9

Lufthansa – resuming FRA-LCY 2xdaily from 7 September

Air Albania – started new service TIR-STN on 26 July. Now issued with Third Country Operator certificate, can fly within EU

EasyJet – started LTN-TIR on 24 July, after delay from 1 May

Austrian – from August will resume VIE-PVG. In September starting VIE-KIV, DNK, IAS, KLU, LEJ, LWO, LYS, NUE, ODS and EVN

Air France – cutting more domestic routes from ORY under new policy of not competing with TGV. Strangely, the latest cancellation ORY-CFE not served so takes over 3 hours to reach Paris by rail!

Qantas – removed all international flights, except New Zealand, until March 2021. Now retired B747 fleet and placed all A380 in long-term storage

KLM – 31 July restarting AMS-SOU, daily E175. AMS-ORK daily from 3 August, aircraft type not specified so assume E175. New route AMS-RUH and restarting AMS-BAH from September

Westjet – from 20 August resuming YYC-LGW and YEG-CDG. Also restarting routes to USA and Caribbean

Singapore Airlines (SIA) & Silk Air – increasing frequency of flights across most of their network including daily SIN-LHR from 1 August

Aer Lingus Regional – to open base at BHD

Nepal Airlines – grounded two Xian MA60 and four Harbin Y12, citing them as a liability. There’s a suggestion of corruption and an inexperienced airline buying aircraft unsuitable for the terrain

Aeromexico – after filing for Chapter 11 protection, returning 19 aircraft to leasing company. 5 B737-700, 5 B737-800 and 9 E190-LR

Luxair – announced new livery on social media. Its B737-800 LX-LGU promotes “Live Life like it’s the Weekend”

Vistara – takes delivery of first A321neo


Information courtesy of Business Traveller

Image courtesy of Widerøe