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Eastern Airways E170 Business Traveller

Restarts, New Routes and Possible 737MAX Return

Emirates – A380 on DXB-CAN from 8 August, once weekly. A380 also rostered onto EK241 DXB-YYZ from 16 August

United – planning to resume nearly 30 international routes in September including a new route ORD-TLV. Intends to fly 40% of its domestic flights


Qantas – operated farewell flights for B747 retirement. Finale was drawing the airline’s logo over 65,000 kilometres, visible on FlightRadar24. Now sending some of B787 fleet into storage

Eastern Airways – from 14 September launching MME-LHR, daily using E170. First ever LHR flight by Eastern. First Teesside-Heathrow service for over a decade since BMI withdrew. May be replacing MME-LCY route which appears to cease on 23 October

Virgin Atlantic – files for Chapter 15 protection in USA. Move taken to shield airline during recapitalisation and prevent disposal of its LHR slots. Also reassuring customers, including Flying Club members, that airline is still operating

China Southern – operating from LHR T5 effective 5 August. Temporary measure, as with Qatar and AA

Spicejet – secured slots at LHR, under bubble arrangement between India and UK from 1 September until 23 October 2020. Aircraft not yet announced, but believed to be a leased A330neo

Thai International – operating repatriation flights during August. CPH-BKK, TPE-BKK and BKK-FRA

British Airways – retired all B747. Also withdrawn LCY-JFK and disposed of remaining A318. The “Baby Bus” an all business class layout, the outbound flight landed at SNN for refuelling and preclearance. As BA001 and BA002, it carried the Concorde flight numbers

Jetstar – to resume 90% of domestic routes in New Zealand, including WLG-ZQN. Will review before end October to determine schedule from November

Virgin Australia – relaunch plans include operating only B737 and closing subsidiary TigerAir. Long-haul international flights also suspended “until such time as demand improves”

Pakistan International (PIA) – initially all services to and from Europe suspended for six months from 1 July 2020. Will resume some from 14 August operated by HiFly A330

LOT Polish – from 31 August resuming VNO-LCY, daily E190. Flights operate under Public Service Obligation (PSO) contract

Ukraine Airlines – not resuming long-haul flights before 2021

Aer Lingus – reviewing Cork and Shannon bases, with no traffic improvement in the foreseeable future

Alitalia – relocated majority of flights from MXP to LIN. Also plan to resume MXP-JFK on 2 September and MXP-NRT on 3 September

Boeing – confirmed end of 747 production in 2022. Only 16 remain to be delivered, all freighters for Korean Air. Lufthansa has the largest fleet of 747-800. Reduced production levels also announced for B737, B787, B777 and B777X.

FAA – issued reminder to all B737 operators to carry out extensive checks when bringing aircraft back into service after storage. Particular attention to be paid to B737NG

B737MAX – on 3 August, FAA issued four new requirements for this aircraft. This included two system updates, certain flight crew operating revisions and rerouting of wiring. Further detailed information available on Aviation Herald website under Lion Air and Ethiopian crash reports (updated 4 August). Federal officers are looking at fining Boeing for negligence, citing managers pressurised employees performing key safety roles to speed up or overlook certain checks. Action is also being taken against Boeing for its behaviour towards a whistle blower

Airbus – already reduced production on all aircraft, but A350 line now cut further

Melbourne – to open a solar farm from January 2021. It should produce enough energy to power all four terminals. The largest project of its kind in Australia, will significantly reduce the airport’s carbon footprint

And, finally…

Turkey’s largest restaurant is for sale. Located in Balikesir, it’s a converted A340. The spacious area lined with shrubs forming pathways, there’s a conveniently located carpark nearby, allowing visitors easy access to the restaurant. It is named “Burhaniye Uçak Restorant”. “Uçak” means “airplane” in Turkish. The owner’s poor health is forcing the sale, so it could be yours for a cool 10 million Turkish Lira or $1.4million!


Information courtesy of Business Traveller, Aviation Herald, FAA, Airways Magazine, Simple Flying, Flight Aware

Image courtesy of Eastern Airways