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AMS Amsterdam Schiphol Airport 18L/36R, aka the Aalsmeerbaan, is used as parking area as from 28th March.

https://nieuws.schiphol.nl/extra-parkee ... smeerbaan/

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globetrotter wrote:
28 Mar 2020, 20:48
Still astonishing to see the number of flights and airlines to/from EU, Russia to Thailand and Vietnam, its like a joke on one hand the warnings and fear mongering and then to see this, so many regular repatriation flights?

Interestingly Qatar Airways has now been denied permission to operate to Islamabad after 29 March, looks like someone brought it to Pakistan govt. attention that this airline was planning to fly what appeared to be a regular service under the guise of repatriation throughout the travel ban period of two weeks in the country.
France had over 130 000 people stranded oustide France, last week. it's like, if you have to repatriate the entire population of Anderlecht to Belgium, as quickly as possible. 60 000 are still stranded.

It's probably the biggest air lift in the French history, you can't imagine. You have to find crew, who wants to be on these flights, they are volunteers, because most of them are already in partial unemployment, since last week. You have to talk with authorities to get all authorisation. It's not the same thing to operate a flight, when a country has closed its boarders and its airports and when a country has its borders and airports open


I remmember when Singapore Airlines made its last flight to Paris, 2 weeks ago. They were 60 cabin crew in the plane (vs 20 pax) to fly back to SIN. Some cabin crews were in Paris since 2 days. But the crew who has performed the SIN CDG flight, flown back to SIN on the same aircraft, the same day. They just spent 2 hours at the Airport lounge. The flight to SIN was performed by another crew

Qatar Airways is operating special flights, from some Asians Countries to Paris via Doha, to bring back French people (request from the French Gov)

A7-BEC B777-300ER Denpasar Doha Paris CDG on 28Mar2020: https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/a7-bec

A7-AEE A330-300 Kathmandu Doha Paris CDG on 28Mar: https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/a7-aee

A7-BEB B777-300ER Denpasar Doha Paris CDG on 29Mar2020: https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/a7-beb

And i said, yesterday, some airlines peforming cargo flights with passengers aircraft sill using the same flights numbers, that the commercial flights.

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rwandan-flyer wrote:
29 Mar 2020, 10:02
France had over 130 000 people stranded oustide France, last week. it's like, if you have to repatriate the entire population of Anderlecht to Belgium, as quickly as possible. 60 000 are still stranded.
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Austrian Airlines is operating a Boeing 777-200ER to Sydney to repatriate citizens, airline longest flight ever

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Air Nostrum ceases operations (March 29 2020)

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The company announced that its last flight was Nantes Madrid at seven in the afternoon on Saturday, March 28 2020 and that it would temporarily stop flying until further notice due to restrictions on national and international mobility.



According to its president Carlos Bartomeu, the company that in the last 25 years has operated uninterrupted, 24 hours, 365 days a year, has operated more than two million flights with approximately 90.6 million passengers transported, temporarily ceases operations due to to causes of force majeure, and it does so to guarantee the survival of the company.

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On Monday 30/03 SN is planning a flight to Yaounde, booked as SN1053 in the cargo section of the BRU website. Guess they did the numbers and found a profit on the bottom line.

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Eurocontrol update by airline:

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sn26567 wrote:
29 Mar 2020, 11:42
rwandan-flyer wrote:
29 Mar 2020, 10:02
France had over 130 000 people stranded oustide France, last week. it's like, if you have to repatriate the entire population of Anderlecht to Belgium, as quickly as possible. 60 000 are still stranded.
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Thanks, i try to bring some infos, when i can. I couldn't bring infos about Air Trafic job^^.

I have made a mistake, it's not 60 000, but 30 000 French stranded oustide France (as of 28Mar):

https://www.air-journal.fr/2020-03-28-r ... 19106.html (French)

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Hi Sky, start-up from Moldova, plans to start its operations on 28 May from Chisinau to Lisbon, instead of early April.
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Qatar Airways launched new service to Brisbane on 30 March to tap into a market it want to do for long time. This very interesting because also the airline struggling so it is surprising they launch a new route. Qatar taking a different approach to the coronavirus crisis, very interesting.

https://www.aeronewsx.com/post/qatar-ai ... s-pull-out

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Serious doubts at Air France about the Airbus A380, not yet sure if it is going to fly again after the crisis.

Air Transat to retire its Airbus A310 by 1 April.
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TLspotting wrote:
30 Mar 2020, 22:55
Serious doubts at Air France about the Airbus A380, not yet sure if it is going to fly again after the crisis.

Air Transat to retire its Airbus A310 by 1 April.
By 1 April!? That’s so soon! Such a shame, I mean the A310 has been in service for ages, it just shows how good of a plane it was really.

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Easyjet grounds entire fleet

https://bit.ly/39pJAss

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Daily review:

Air Mauritius has suspended all flights until 30 April 2020 due to restrictions related to the outbreak of coronavirus.

Air New Zealand to emerge from the pandemic as a much smaller airline and could take years to get back to its former size, says CEO Greg Foran. It is planning to be a domestic airline with limited international services for the foreseeable future. The workforce will reduce by up to 3500 roles in the coming months.

Air Nostrum to temporarily stop flying until further notice due to restrictions on domestic and international mobility and the closure of borders caused by the coronavirus.

AirAsia Indonesia
to suspend all its QZ flight code services starting 01 April 2020 due to the pandemic. The carrier’s domestic and international routes will be temporarily suspended until 21 April and 17 May, respectively.

Alitalia to layoff over 6800 employees, more than half the total workforce due to the current market conditions.

Avianca Holdings has put in place and offered to all of its employees a voluntary unpaid leave program, cut all non-essential CapEx, and has temporarily deferred payments on its long-term leases and on payment of principal on certain loan obligations. Avianca is actively seeking mutually satisfactory agreements with its key suppliers, strategic lenders and other creditors to address the current scenario.

Berlin Brandenburg Airport to obtain a €300 million loan from the federal government to help to ensure that airports do not go broke. Tegel Airport to remain open for now.

Camair-co (is weighing a temporary suspension of operations and layoffs due to the coronavirus.

Condor has applied for an additional €200 million in state aid from KfW IPEX-Bank (Germany) in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Reports suggest the deal with Polish Aviation Group may not materialize.

Cubana de Aviacion has cancelled all its operations until 24 April 2020 due to the global pandemic.

EasyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou is threatening to seek the removal of most of its board members unless it cancels a €5 billion aircraft order that he warned could threaten its future amid the coronavirus pandemic.

El Al, as well as smaller local airlines Arkia and Israir, support an immediate merger in order to survive. At minimum Arkia and Israir must merge, they say.

Finnair has already taken a €600 million funding guarantee from the government of Finland to help its business outlook as the coronavirus crisis takes it toll. Temporary lay-offs for thousands of staff to come.

IATA says Indian airlines are currently in “grave and immediate danger” of insolvency as a result of the disruption in air travel due to the coronavirus pandemic. IATA sees that a “turning point” could be in sight for airlines in China, as domestic passengers are starting to once again take to the skies.

LATAM Airlines Group will temporarily suspend additional international services until 30 April 2020, due to travel restrictions put in place by national authorities and lower demand resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

Loganair plans to ask for government help to get through the coronavirus pandemic as the airline may not survive without government help.

Overland Airways of Nigeria to temporarily shelve its flight operations from 28 March to 05 April 2020 as part of efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

PassionAir of Ghana suspends operations from 30 March to 12 April 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Porter Airlines will obtain US$96.4 million in commercial financing from the government during the coronavirus pandemic. The financing from Export Development Canada is secured by a portion of its fleet of 29 aircraft.

Thai Airways International to come up with two plans by April 2020, the first to get the carrier through the coronavirus outbreak and another for business rehabilitation. Thai may permanently reduce the number of aircraft types it deploys once the coronavirus outbreak ends. The carrier is grounding 69 of its 82 jets following a drop in passenger volume and route cancellations.

Greece approached by six of its airlines — Air Mediterranee, Blue Bird, Ellinair, GainJet, Lumiwings, and Orange2Fly — who are requesting emergency state aid to whether the pandemic.

Russia’s government is considering imposing a complete ban on domestic travel, both by air and rail in the face of the coronavirus threat.
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I looks for aviation24 article but not found, maybe important idea to reporting on it; Air New Zealand wants retrofit 777-200 to have combi -> freighter & passenger plane. This I think we see lot more in coming weeks...

https://bit.ly/2QZhb63

P.S: Either I using this site or I use aviation24 because both very nice sites, I always like aviation24! Good working @ Team!

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I would be interested to see what kind of conversion they will use.

Just some personal thoughts, take them for they are worth:

If the conversion weighs 5 tons, that is 50 imaginary passengers you transport every single flight (even on an empty ferryflight).

If you look a the B777 freighter, it is a -200 fuselage with -300 wings and the powerfull GE90-110 engines. Far from a -200. Here you have a -200 with -200 wings and -200 engines. Add the conversion weight with lower powered engines, add loading restrictions and other specific loading problems (DG, CAO, etc)...

Back in the TNT had some of these quick-change. Cargo door only weighed 2 tons I believe, not to forget the weights of all the pallets that carried the seats. Also believe they had higher rated engines to counter, but that didn't help a lot, not for freight flights (limited volume), not for passenger flights (limited range).

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BRU closed the entire A-pier. All remaining flights are now handled from the B-pier...

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Kenya Airways also impact by the coronavirus. They goed to the government for cash, they struggling for a long time. Hopefully they staying in service because they important for the African aviation industry.

https://bit.ly/3dHEwmt

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Aer Lingus doing repatriation flights to/from China https://www.flightradar24.com/data/airc ... v#244cedcc

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