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Airline COVID-19 capacity, network, staff cuts for 17-22MAR[1]

17.03.2020 - 10:02 UTC

A growing number of airlines across the planet have initiated drastic fleet, network, and staffing cuts in an effort to combat the economic impact of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Previous updates: For the week March 17-22, the adjustments are as follows:

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  • AirAsia Philippines[2] (PQ, Manila Ninoy Aquino Int'l[3]) is cancelling all of its domestic and international flights to/from Manila Ninoy Aquino Int'l[4] and Clark[5], starting on March 20 until April 14. The airline's domestic and international flights to/from its other hubs in the Philippines -Cebu[6] and Kalibo[7] - have also been cancelled.

  • For the second quarter of 2020, Air Canada[8] (AC, Montreal Trudeau[9]) expects, on average, system ASM capacity to decline by approximately 50% versus the comparable period in 2019. The reduction in capacity in Pacific markets for April is expected to be around 75%.

    The airline has drawn down its USD600 million revolving credit facility and is...

Airlines continue COVID-19 capacity cull as epidemic spreads[10]

15.03.2020 - 16:10 UTC

As the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) epidemic continues to spread to new countries on a daily basis, airlines are cutting capacity to a variety of destinations in an attempt to reduce operating costs as demand plummets. In some countries, national authorities are taking the lead and closing access to and from various markets in order to stem the spread of the virulent virus. A summary of the latest developments can be found listed by country below.

Middle East:

Editorial Comment: Updated on February 28 with information from Asiana Airlines, Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, Twin Jet and Cabo Verde Airlines. Updated on March 2 with information from American Airlines, easyJet, Hawaiian Airlines, Montenegro Ministry of Health, Turkish Airlines, CSA Czech Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Syrianair, Cham Wings, Oman CAA, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.

Updated on March 3 with information from El Al, Qatar Airways, Ryanair, Samoan government, and Vietnam Airlines. Updated on March 4 with information from American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Finnair, LATAM Airlines, SAS, SilkAir, Singapore Airlines and Spring Airlines Japan. Updated on March 5 with information from All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Citilink, Delta Air Lines, Pegasus Airlines and SkyUp Airlines.

Updated on March 6 with information from Lufthansa Group. Updated on March 9 with information from Air Astana, Alitalia, All Nippon Airways, and Bangkok Airways and Saudi Arabian Airlines. Updated on March 10 with information from Air Busan, Austrian Airlines, Qatar Airways and Royal Air Maroc.

Updated on March 11 with information from American Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Updated on March 12 with information from Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Air Malta, Air Seychelles, Albanian Government, All Nippon Airways, Azerbaijan Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Finnair, the Hungarian government, Iberia, KLM, Civil Aviation Authority of Kosovo, Oman Air, Philippine Airlines, the Qatari government, Silver Air, StarFlyer, Tarom, Thai Airways, Vietnam Airlines, Volotea, and Wizz Air. Updated on March 13 with information from Aeroflot, Austrian Airlines, Druk Air and Swiss.

Updated on March 15 with Loganair, Curacao, the Philippines. Updated on March 16 with Thai AirAsia X, Jet2 and TUI Group. - 16.03.2020 - 17:07 UTC

Hawaiian Airlines extends B717 leases through 2025[19]

04.02.2020 - 03:25 UTC

Hawaiian Airlines[20] (HA, Honolulu[21]) has extended the dry-leases of five B717-200[22]s through 2025 and does not plan to retire the type until, possibly, "the latter part of the decade", President and Chief Executive Peter Ingram said during a 4Q19 earnings call. "We're often asked about our plans for B717 replacement and we usually answer that there is no plane flying today that is better suited for the unique missions we fly in the Neighbor Island network than the B717 based on its size, economics and durability.

By extending our B717 leases to the middle of the decade, we are indicating that we are not planning to replace this fleet in the next five years," he said. According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced[23] module, the carrier currently operates twenty B717-200s, including 15 owned units and five dry-leased from BCC Equipment Leasing[24]. The fleet is 18.1 years old, on average.

Hawaiian exclusively uses the 128-seaters (which feature eight business class seats) to operate high-frequency shuttle flights between islands in the Hawaiian archipelago, connecting Honolulu[25],...

Samoa Airways seeks cabotage rights for US mainland ops[26]

17.01.2020 - 02:35 UTC

The Governor of American Samoa, Lolo Moliga, has written a letter to US President Donald Trump, supporting Samoa Airways[27]' plan to operate direct flights to Hawaii and then onwards to the US mainland, Radio New Zealand has reported. The Samoan carrier currently holds cabotage rights albeit to operate within American Samoa, specifically from the capital, Pago Pago[28], to Ofu[29] and Fitiuta[30]. However, it would need extended cabotage rights to operate directly between American Samoa, a US territory, and the US proper.

There are no active airlines in American Samoa, the ch-aviation PRO airlines[31] module shows. Samoa Airways previously floated the idea of flying from Pago Pago via Apia Faleolo[32] to the US. Such operations would not require cabotage rights.

The airline has yet to formally apply to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for an extension of cabotage rights.

According to the ch-aviation schedules[33] module, Pago Pago's only link with the US is a 2x weekly service to Honolulu[34] operated by Hawaiian Airlines[35] (HA, Honolulu[36])....


  1. ^ Airline COVID-19 capacity, network, staff cuts for 17-22MAR (
  2. ^ AirAsia Philippines (
  3. ^ Manila Ninoy Aquino Int'l (
  4. ^ Manila Ninoy Aquino Int'l (
  5. ^ Clark (
  6. ^ Cebu (
  7. ^ Kalibo (
  8. ^ Air Canada (
  9. ^ Montreal Trudeau (
  10. ^ Airlines continue COVID-19 capacity cull as epidemic spreads (
  11. ^ Austrian Airlines (
  12. ^ Vienna (
  13. ^ Tehran Imam Khomeini (
  14. ^ Dubai Int'l (
  15. ^ Sharjah (
  16. ^ Emirates (
  17. ^ Dubai Int'l (
  18. ^ Tehran Imam Khomeini (
  19. ^ Hawaiian Airlines extends B717 leases through 2025 (
  20. ^ Hawaiian Airlines (
  21. ^ Honolulu (
  22. ^ B717-200 (
  23. ^ ch-aviation fleets advanced (
  24. ^ BCC Equipment Leasing (
  25. ^ Honolulu (
  26. ^ Samoa Airways seeks cabotage rights for US mainland ops (
  27. ^ Samoa Airways (
  28. ^ Pago Pago (
  29. ^ Ofu (
  30. ^ Fitiuta (
  31. ^ ch-aviation PRO airlines (
  32. ^ Apia Faleolo (
  33. ^ ch-aviation schedules (
  34. ^ Honolulu (
  35. ^ Hawaiian Airlines (
  36. ^ Honolulu (

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