Delta Air Lines announced (17-Jun-2022) plans to resume three times weekly Minneapolis-Seoul Incheon service using A350-900 equipment from 02-Oct-2022. The carrier also plans to increase frequency to daily from 29-Oct-2022. The resumption represents full restoration of the carrier's South Korean network to pre-pandemic levels. Delta Air Lines VP Asia Pacific Matteo Curcio stated: "As travel restrictions ease, international and business travel is expected to drive the next leg of Delta's recovery. Recent demand has been strong in Asian markets, particularly in Korea, as they have rolled back COVID-era travel restrictions. Full restoration of the airline's Korean network is a positive indicator of what's to come for the rest of the Asia region". [more - original PR]
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Delta Air Lines deployed (16-Jun-2022) its first A321neo aircraft into commercial operation on Boston-San Francisco service. The carrier's 194 seat A321neos are powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines and will be deployed primarily across Delta's domestic US network. Delta Air Lines has signed purchase agreements for 155 A321neos, with deliveries scheduled through to 2027. [more - original PR]
Air Canada CCO Lucie Guillemette stated the carrier forecasts a "meaningful" return of corporate travel by the beginning of Sep-2022 (Travel Week, 15-Jun-2022). Ms Guillemette noted the return won't be at 100% of pre-pandemic levels, however business travel is expected to increase in the lead up to Labor Day.
Transport Canada announced (14-Jun-2022) the suspension of COVID-19 vaccination requirements for domestic and outbound international air travel and federally regulated transportation sector employees, effective 20-Jun-2022. Due to variations in international vaccination rates and virus control, the requirement will remain for inbound international travel. Mask requirements will also remain in effect. [more - original PR]
Norse Atlantic Airways commenced (14-Jun-2022) operations with the launch of Oslo-New York JFK service on 14-Jun-2022, using Boeing 787 aircraft. CEO Bjorn Tore Larsen stated: "Norse Atlantic Airways has now entered a new chapter", adding: "We now look ahead to ramping up our network". The carrier plans to increase Oslo-New York frequency to daily from 04-Jul-2022 and is the sole scheduled operator on the route, according to OAG. The service launch also marked the formal opening of Avinor Oslo Airport's new non-Schengen terminal. As previously reported by CAPA, Norse Atlantic also plans to launch services from Oslo to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Los Angeles in summer 2022. [more - original PR]
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) repealed (10-Jun-2022) COVID-19 testing requirements for inbound international travellers, effective 12-Jun-2022. Travellers are no longer required to present a negative COVID-19 test result of documentation or recovery from COVID-19 prior to boarding a flight to the US. CDC attributed the decision to COVID-19 shifting to a "new phase", noting the widespread adoption and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, the availability of effective therapeutics and high vaccination rates. [more - original PR]
American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) president and CEO Zane Kerby stated (07-Jun-2022) the US' COVID-19 testing requirement for vaccinated international travellers is "the number one barrier to our industry's recovery". Mr Kerby said the order has "little to no impact" on COVID-19 cases within the US, however the economic damage caused by the requirement "grows by the day". Mr Kerby added that according to a recent survey of ASTA members, 83% of trip cancellations are due to the US testing requirement and noted US' largest trading partners and outbound travel markets, including the UK, EU, Canada and Australia, have removed pre-departure testing requirements for fully vaccinated travellers. [more - original PR]
JetBlue Airways launched (09-Jun-2022) daily New York JFK-Vancouver service using A320 equipment. Vancouver is JetBlue's first Canadian destination. Destination Vancouver president and CEO Royce Chwin stated: "JetBlue's new direct service to JFK means easier access from an important east coast market and is another significant step for Vancouver towards rebuilding our visitor economy. Nonstop air service from key North American cities makes our city an even more appealing destination for business events and for leisure travellers". According to OAG, the carrier is the sole scheduled operator on the route. [more - original PR]
Alaska Airlines CEO Ben Minicucci stated the carrier is on track to record a profit in 2022, despite record fuel prices and labour market constraints (Bloomberg, 08-Jun-2022). Mr Minicucci added demand is "amazingly strong" with "no abatement", while business travel is recovering at almost 80% of pre pandemic levels.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced (08-Jun-2022) plans to launch sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) credits in Jul-2022, in partnership with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and Temasek Holdings. 1000 SAF credits will be available for sale, generated from 1000 tonnes of neat SAF which is blended, delivered and uplifted from Singapore Changi Airport. SIA's corporate customers and freight forwarders can purchase SAF credits directly from SIA, mitigating carbon emissions related to their flights. Freight forwarders can also sell credits to their downstream clients to reduce carbon emissions from their business operations. From 4Q2022, all SIA customers will be able to purchase a mix of SAF credits and carbon offsets as part of the SIA Group Voluntary Carbon Offset Programme. SIA will also partner with Climate Impact X to introduce a bundled portfolio consisting of SAF credits and carbon credits. [more - original PR]