Korean Air Suspends Flights, Adjusts Premium Classes and Freighter Fleet

Korean Air announced Monday that it is scaling back a significant number of flights due to the decrease in passenger volume because of the coronavirus. In a press release, the airline announced it would be either suspending or reducing the frequency on dozens of flights in both its international and domestic networks.

Beginning Aug. 1, Korean Air will suspend 14 round-trip flights from Incheon, South Korea to seven cities in the Americas. Additionally, nine flights to the Americas will drop from daily service to a reduced schedule of 3-4 times a week. Service to Honolulu; Los Angeles; Las Vegas; Chicago; New York; Boston; Washington; Atlanta; Vancouver, Canada and other cities affected.

Similar schedule adjustments are being made for flights from Incheon to cities in Europe, the Middle East, the Commonwealth of Independent States, Oceana and Asia. Over 300 international flights and 17 domestic flights are affected.

Seating and Class Changes
Korean Air is making a number of adjustments with its aircraft involving both its class offerings and the planes in its fleet. These changes reflect adjusted demand related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Korean Air has stopped offering first-class ticket seats on some of its international flight segments through the summer of 2021, according to a report by One Mile at a Time. The only flights being offered with first-class seats are those aboard the Airbus A380.

This isn’t the first time Korean made such a move on its first-class product offering. Korean cut back some of its first-class seat sale options in 2019 when it stopped offering the product on certain flight segments operated on its Boeing 777 and Boeing 747 aircraft.

It is unclear if Korean Air will remove any seats or leave them installed if it resumes offering first-class seats on more international flights again.

Korean Air is also moving to seek technical and regulatory permission to convert some of its aircraft to freighters. ch-aviation reports the airline has asked the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport for permission to convert some of its Boeing 777-300ERs into freighters.

Korean Air operates a sizable fleet of cargo-only aircraft compromising mostly of 747-400s, 747-8s and 777-200s. Each 777-300 the airline converts could add 10 tonnes of payload to its cargo operations.

Converting aircraft to freighters makes sense while passenger volumes have declined due to the pandemic. Korean Air is expected to report a $124 million net profit in the second quarter, thanks in large part to a large boost in cargo sales.

“Halt of passenger aircraft increased cargo traffic, resulting in a spike in freight charges. Sales from cargo is projected to stand at 1.2 trillion Won [$1 billion], up 96.2% on year,” said analyst Kim Yoo-hyuk from Hanwha Investment & Securities in a report released Tuesday.

Link: https://airlinegeeks.com/2020/07/28/korean-air-suspends-flights-adjusts-premium-classes-and-freighter-fleet/

China’s AG600 amphibious aircraft clears sea trial on its way to being used in emergencies and South China Sea

China’s first home-grown and largest amphibious plane successfully made its first trial at sea on Sunday, state media reported, a major step towards final production. Kunlong, the prototype of the AG600 amphibious aircraft, took off from an airport in the east of the country in Rizhao, Shandong province, and headed to waters near Tuan Island in Qingdao. The plane skied for four minutes on the sea surface before taking off again to head back to Rizhao, according to state news agency Xinhua. The trial was declared a success and another major milestone since the plane first completed water-taxiing trials on a reservoir in Hubei province two years ago. Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. “The successful sea trial marks another crucial step in the development of the project,” said Luo Ronghuai, general manager of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China. The sea trial was essential for production of the plane to move forward, said captain Zhao Sheng. “The plane needs experience and data in handling take-off and landing at sea as the maritime environment – wind, currents, waves, temperature and a corrosive environment – is totally different from lakes,” Zhao said. The project had been suspended for over a month because of the Covid-19 outbreak in Hubei, where the first infections were reported, and the prototype plane was at risk of being damaged without adequate maintenance, state broadcaster CCTV reported in April. The Aviation Industry Corporation of China sent a reinforcement team to Hubei in mid-March during lockdown in the province, to resume preparations for further tests of the plane. Once manufactured, the AG600 will fill in a gap in China’s forest firefighting, maritime search-and-rescue and natural disaster relief activities. Roughly the size of a Boeing 737 – at 37 metres (120 feet) long with a 38.8-metre wingspan – it has a range of up to 4,500km (2,800 miles). The aircraft can carry out sea-rescue operations under complex meteorological conditions and can take off and land in 2-metre-high waves. It can transport 50 people during a maritime search-and-rescue mission. It will also support China’s marine monitoring and safety patrols. The AG600 is bigger and has a greater take-off weight than Japan’s US-2, the world’s most advanced amphibious plane. If deployed in the southern island province of Hainan, the aircraft could reach anywhere in the South China Sea within four hours. It could also serve as a cargo or passenger carrier between the Chinese-controlled islands in the region. The developers have been building four prototypes. If tests go well, the amphibious aircraft is expected to be finalised and delivered by 2022, Xinhua reported.

Link: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/china-ag600-amphibious-aircraft-clears-063627525.html

Boeing’s Freighter Conversion Programs Enjoying a Renaissance

DHL Express will add four 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF) as part of the logistics company’s effort to modernize its long-haul intercontinental fleet. (Photo: DHL)

Boeing’s freighter conversion programs have seen a surge in business since the onset of Covid-19 as the severe drop in passenger flights results in a decline in belly capacity and a wealth of grounded airplanes creates an unprecedented amount of feedstock. Boeing’s 737-800BCF and 767-300BCF have emerged as prime beneficiaries, leaving the company searching for more production capacity at a time when the business already controls 90 percent of industry sales. The programs received a further boost during last week’s “virtual” Farnborough International Airshow, known as FIA Connect, when Boeing announced a contract on Wednesday calling for DHL Express to add four 767-300BCFs and another on Thursday with Aircraft Finance Germany covering two 737-800BCFs. In an interview with AIN during the FIA Connect event, Boeing Converted Freighters interim director Jens Steinhagen explained that the reasons for the surge in activity largely lie with the now substantial size of airplanes suitable for conversion and the resulting declines in cost for the airframes. In fact, values have dropped an average of about 15 percent, depending on the model and age of the airplane. “We are seeing the parking of a large portion of the passenger fleet resulting in a lack of belly capacity, which drives up cargo rates and improves the case for conversions and also creates a strong need for dedicated freighters,” he said. “So all that is driving a surge in the conversion market and we’re definitely experiencing that in the increased  customer interest.”   Steinhagen said he thought the surge in activity would last for years rather than months, not only based on projections for a multi-year recovery for the airline industry but on the likely prospect that customers that normally wouldn’t gravitate toward online ordering will continue the practice now that they’ve seen its convenience benefits. To date Boeing has collected orders and commitments for 132 of the BCF version of the 737-800s and has converted 34. As demand increases, the need for production capacity undoubtedly will follow, and last month’s inauguration of a 737 conversion facility in China at Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company (Gameco) proved timely. Two other Chinese MROs also provide conversion capacity; Shandong Taikoo Aircraft Engineering Company (Staeco)  and Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services (BSAS). Boeing promises an approximate 90-day turnaround time regardless of the conversion facility, another feature of the company’s offering that Steinhagen trumpeted as part of the program’s value proposition. For the 767-300BCF, Boeing has seen orders and commitments rise to 51 with the DHL deal. ST Aviation Services Company in Singapore (SASCO) performs all the 767 conversions. A 767 conversion at SASCO takes about 105 days, which Steinhagen considers a relatively short time given the job at hand. Boeing, he added, enjoys an advantage compared with other conversion programs because it has access to firsthand design data and all the parts necessary for conversion onsite when the airplane arrives. “That gives us the ability to have a very short and a very dependable conversion process,” he explained. “You can really depend on the airplane being in your hands on the [contracted] delivery date.” Steinhagen said Boeing has started studying possibilities for increasing capacity to accommodate the growing demand for the standard-body and widebody Boeing Converted Freighters. Noting that much of the demand for conversions comes from Europe and North America, Steinhagen also said that plans for more capacity might include new deals with MRO providers to meet the growing market demand.

Link: https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/air-transport/2020-07-27/boeings-freighter-conversion-programs-enjoying-renaissance

Turkish Airlines Approves Codeshare Agreement with Pakistan International Airlines

A PIA A320 aircraft (Photo: Aasif Azaan / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0))

Turkish Airlines approved a codeshare agreement with Pakistan International Airlines on Sunday. Pakistan’s national airline has selected Istanbul as the most urgent destination for the resumption of its flight operations, as the city will be the gateway for Pakistan International, which has been banned by the United Kingdom and Europe due to its recent fraudulent pilot license scandal.

Under the expanded agreement, Pakistan passengers will be able to travel onboard Turkish Airlines aircraft to Birmingham, U.K.; London; Milan, Italy; Barcelona; Copenhagen, Denmark and Oslo, Norway via Istanbul Airport in addition to the destinations covered by the existing agreement.

The flag carrier of Turkey affirmed the agreement following Pakistan Airlines’ chief executive officer Air Marshal Arshad’s plea for approval from Turkish authorities to operate flights to airports in Istanbul.

In a letter to Pakistani Ambassador to Turkey M. Syrus Sajjad Qazi, the airline’s CEO said that the airline urgently had to get authorization from Turkish authorities to operate flights, which the airline planned to resume in early August.

Turkish Airlines and Pakistan International Airlines have a long-lasting collaboration within the scope of codeshare and special prorate agreements. Arshad also wrote a letter on July 2 to Turkish Airlines CEO Bilal Eksi in a bid to enhance the airline companies’ existing codeshare collaboration.

“Considering the networks of both airlines, we see that the volume and utilization of our agreements have been lower than our expectations. I believe that our cooperation could be developed to reach a more satisfying level with the addition of your proposed Birmingham, London, Milan, Barcelona, Copenhagen and Oslo points on our codeshare subject to related Civil Aviation Authorities` beyond codeshare approvals,” said Turkish Airlines CEO in a response letter on July 24.

The Turkish CEO also proposed to upgrade their codeshare from unilateral to a bilateral arrangement once the volume and utilization of their agreements reach a level Turkish Airlines deems as “satisfactory.”

Pakistan International Airlines has recently signed a codeshare agreement with Turkish low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines, as well. However, the flight suspensions due to novel coronavirus pandemic hampered the implementation of the agreement.

Pakistan’s CEO requested authorities at Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, the main hub of Pegasus Airlines, to grant the airline approval to commence scheduled flights immediately. He also sought help from the ambassador related to the matter. Under the agreement with Pegasus, Pakistan International Airlines passengers will be able travel to 25 destinations in Europe and the U.K. via Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport.

PIA Set to Appeal EASA Flight Ban
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) suspended Pakistan International Airlines’ authorization to operate in the EU and the U.S. The move came after 262 Pakistani pilots had been grounded following Pakistan’s minister of aviation’s sensational statement labeling their flight licenses as “dubious.”

However, this was not the first time that the airline was banned by EASA to operate flights to and from EU countries. The EASA had suspended operations of some of the airline’s aircraft from 2007 to 2009 due to the safety standards.

According to Pakistan’s aviation minister, in 2019, the EASA had given Pakistan International Airlines six measures to which it must comply by June 30. “Five of its observations have been addressed, and the sixth one on safety standards has yet to be complied with,” said the minister recently.

According to the aviation minister, the flight ban would remain in force until late August, but the government would appeal the EASA ban by the end of July. Pakistani officials hope that flights will resume before the end of this year. However, it is doubtful that the incumbent airline executive team and Pakistani Civil Aviation Authority officials will be able to make the necessary reforms in terms of safety and credibility in two months.

Link: https://airlinegeeks.com/2020/07/27/turkish-airlines-approves-codeshare-agreement-with-pakistan-international-airlines/

Taiwan’s parliament approves proposal to rename China Airlines

A China Airlines' plane takes off from Taoyuan International Airport on September 28, 2010.  US authorities said that Taiwan's China Airlines agreed to plead guilty to participating in an international price-fixing conspiracy and to pay a 40-million-dollar criminal fine.   AFP PHOTO / Sam YEH (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNN) – Renaming a company is always going to be a complicated undertaking, but rarely does it hit the levels of controversy currently swirling around China Airlines, Taiwan’s largest air carrier.

On Wednesday, Taiwan’s parliament approved a proposal to rebrand the airline — name change included.

Echoing earlier discussions about the need to rebrand, it was pointed out during the parliament meeting that the name of the Taipei-based carrier is easily confused with Air China, a major airline headquartered in Beijing.

This now tasks the Transport Ministry with working out policies that will help strengthen China Airlines as a Taiwan brand internationally so that it won’t be mistaken for an airline from mainland China.

“The Ministry of Transportation and Communications shall study and propose a feasible plan for the renaming of China Airlines in phases,” the approved proposal says in Chinese.

The proposal emphasizes that the ministry should find ways to rebrand that do not involve re-negotiating or modifying the carrier’s international aviation freedoms — such as strengthening the image of Taiwan on the plane livery.

The carrier at the center of this debate, however, is remaining quiet for now.

“Please be advised that China Airlines has no comments on this topic at the moment,” Jason Liu, vice president of China Airlines’ corporate communications office, told CNN Travel in an email.

China Airlines was founded in Taiwan in 1959 and flies out of Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport, servicing 160 destinations in 29 countries. The majority shareholder is the China Aviation Development Foundation, which is wholly owned by the Taiwanese government.

So why change the name now?
The argument for rebranding gained strength in recent months over fears a series of China Airlines’ cargo flights, used to deliver coronavirus medical supplies around the world, were mistakenly thought to be coming from mainland China.

The island’s citizens were enraged and a petition requesting the name change was initiated on Change.org. As of July 23, more than 50,000 people have signed.
This isn’t the first time the airline’s moniker has come into the spotlight, though.
A few Taiwan companies with the word China in their names — including China Airlines — were asked to change their names when Chen Shui-bian was the island’s president in the early 2000s.

The topic resurfaced again in 2016 under Tsai Ing-wen’s leadership.

Geopolitical issues
Those unaware of the region’s geopolitical sensitivities could be forgiven for getting confused about the airline and where it’s headquartered.

Taiwan’s official name is the “Republic of China” (ROC), tracing its founding to 1911 on the Chinese mainland after the collapse of China’s last imperial dynasty.
Mainland China and Taiwan have been governed separately since 1949 following the Communist victory on the mainland after a civil war, although a shared cultural and linguistic heritage mostly endures.

But China considers Taiwan to be an integral part of its territory, and comes down hard on any suggestions to the contrary — even where matters of aviation are concerned.
In 2018, Beijing demanded global airlines change how they refer to Taiwan on their websites or risk sanctions. In response, the White House issued a scathing statement criticizing Beijing for pressuring US carriers and other companies on this issue.

In the end, multiple airlines, including US carriers American Airlines and Delta, complied with the order.

Link: https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/taiwan-china-airlines-name-change/index.html

Delta Air Lines permanently bans scores of flyers for refusing to wear masks

Delta Air Lines – which now provides about 70% of departures from Salt Lake City International Airport – is serious about requiring masks on its flights.

“We’ve already banned 120 passengers from future travel with Delta for refusing to wear masks on board,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian wrote to company employees in an email Thursday.

He added that the airline just strengthened a policy requiring customers who believe that medical issues prevent them from wearing a mask to complete a “clearance-to-fly” process before they travel, including a consultation with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

“And we’re encouraging those who can’t wear masks to reconsider their travel altogether,” Bastian wrote. “Countless studies and medical experts have advised us that masks are an essential response to the virus that will help us reduce transmission.”

Bastian also said that the airline is working toward testing all of its employees for COVID-19 within the next four weeks.

That includes scheduling additional testing at its hubs such as Salt Lake City and introducing at-home testing for employees based elsewhere.

“By testing 100% of our people, we’re establishing a baseline that helps us make critical decisions to protect everyone’s health and safety – our employees and our customers,” Bastian wrote. “We’re exploring additional programs and technology to make it easier for everyone to stay tested, notify us if they contract the virus, and enable contact tracing to identify those who may have been exposed and reduce transmission.”

Earlier this month, Bastian also announced that at least through September, Delta will continue to block middle seats and limit its capacity on flights to 60% to allow social distancing. He also said he expects the airline will likely continue the policy even longer.

That comes after United and American airlines announced that they are discontinuing such precautions, and will fill flights to capacity – saying flying with so many empty seats is a business model that cannot be sustained. Also, the chief of United said that blocking middle seats is more of a public relations strategy than one to protect safety.

Bastian has said the future of Delta depends on it being a leader in protecting the safety of its passengers and workers, along with helping travelers to feel confidence in the airline’s priorities.

Delta Air Lines permanently bans scores of flyers for refusing to wear masks

(David Zalubowski | AP file photo) A ticketing agent for Delta Air Lines hands a boarding pass to a passenger as he checks in for a flight in the main terminal of Denver International Airport in Denver on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

Link: https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2020/07/23/delta-air-lines/

Singapore Airlines mendapat pinjaman agunan pesawat senilai S$ 750 juta

Singapore Airlines mendapat pinjaman agunan pesawat senilai S$ 750 juta
Pesawat Singapore Airlines saat di Bandara Changi, Singapura. Singapore Airlines mendapat dana tambahan dari pinjaman. REUTERS

KONTAN.CO.ID – JAKARTA. Singapore Airlines (SIA) kembali mendapat tambahan dana  segar senilai S$ 750 juta. Dalam keterangan tertulis yang diterima Kontan.co.id, dana tersebut berasal dari pinjaman jangka panajng yang didapat SIA (Singapore Airlines) dengan jaminan beberapa pesawat Airbus A350-900 dan Boeing 787-10.

Dengan penyelesaian transaksi tersebut, saat ini Singapore Airlines atau SIA telah memperoleh pinjaman beragunan dengan total S$ 1,65 miliar sejak awal tahun keuangan 2020/2021.Adapun total likuiditas yang diperoleh Singapore Airlines selama periode yang sama hingga saat ini berkisar S$ 11 miliar.

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Selain upaya tersebut, Singapore Airlines juga sudah mendapat dana sebesar S$ 8,8 juta berkat keberhasilan SIA dalam melakukan Hak Memesan Efek Terlebih Dahulu (HMETD), kemudian dana sebesar  S$ 1,65 miliar dari pinjaman beragunan, dan lebih dari S$ 500 juta melalui jalur komitmen kredit baru dan pinjaman jangka pendek tanpa jaminan dari lembaga keuangan.

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Secara terpisah, semua jalur komitmen kredit yang jatuh tempo selama tahun 2020 telah diperbarui hingga 2021 atau setelahnya. “Bersama dengan jalur komitmen kredit baru,  sehingga akses likuiditas hingga lebih dari S$ 2,1 miliar dipastikan akan tetap tersedia,” tulis manajemen Singapore Airlines yang diterima Kontan.co.id, Jumat (24/7).

Sampai dengan periode Juli 2021, perusahaan juga memiliki opsi untuk menaikkan hingga S$ 6,2 miliar tambahan obligasi wajib konversi, yang akan menyediakan likuiditas lebih lanjut jika diperlukan. “Selama periode  yang penuh dengan ketidakpastian ini, SIA akan terus mengeksplorasi cara-cara tambahan untuk menopang likuiditas yang diperlukan,” tulis manajemen Singapore Airlines.

Link: https://internasional.kontan.co.id/news/singapore-airlines-mendapat-pinjaman-agunan-pesawat-senilai-s-750-juta

PESAWAT PERTAMA BUATAN CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES ARJ21 RESMI DI OPERASIKAN SECARA KOMERSIAL

Infopenerbangan,-  Pada tanggal (15/7/20) pukul 09:42 Penerbangan CZ3898 dengan muatan penumpang penuh lepas landas dari Bandara Internasional Baiyun Guangzhou dan terbang ke Bandara Internasional Jieyang Chaoshan.

Dimulainya perjalanan baru untuk operasi komersial dari pesawat ARJ21 buatan China pertama dari China Southern Airlines. Menurut rencana pengembangan armada, diperkirakan bahwa ukuran armada pesawat ARJ21 dari China Southern Airlines akan mencapai 35 pada tahun 2024.

Sebelum keberangkatan penerbangan perdana, upacara penerbangan perdana singkat diadakan di Bandara Baiyun. Banyak pejabat menghadiri upacara dan memberi selamat kepada China Southern Airlines atas keberhasilan penerbangan perdana pesawat ARJ21 pertama.

Tiket untuk penerbangan perdana laris manis, dan model pesawat baru ini sangat populer.

Antusiasme penumpang untuk menaiki pesawat ARJ21 buatan China sangat tinggi. Tiket untuk Penerbangan CZ3898 dari penerbangan perdana terjual habis hanya dalam beberapa hari setelah penjualan dimulai pada tanggal 18 Juni, dan kecepatan penjualan dan faktor muatan penumpang jauh melampaui model-model lain pada rute yang sama, yang merupakan hit besar .

Adapun faktor muatan penumpang dari penerbangan yang dioperasikan oleh pesawat ARJ21 dari Guangzhou ke Jieyang telah melampaui 70% dalam waktu tiga hari dari 16 hingga 18 Juli.

Pada hari yang sama, untuk merayakan peluncuran resmi pesawat ARJ21 pertamanya ke dalam operasi komersial, China Southern Airlines dengan hati-hati menyiapkan upacara penerbangan perdana dan membuat area foto dengan karakteristik ARJ21 di gedung terminal untuk penumpang yang ingin berfoto selfie. Kabin pesawat ARJ21 didekorasi khusus.

Bendera Merah Berbintang Lima yang cerah dan kolokasi karakteristik dari elemen-elemen yang bertema “here ARJ” di kabin menyoroti arti khusus dari penerbangan perdana.

Untuk membuat penumpang merasakan layanan yang aman, nyaman dan lancar dari pesawat buatan China, China Southern Airlines juga membuat konter check-in khusus di area check-in pada hari penerbangan perdana.

Maskapai ini membantu penumpang dengan cepat melalui prosedur seperti check-in, pengiriman dan pernyataan kesehatan, memandu penumpang untuk naik pesawat secara tertib dan memastikan pintu pesawat ditutup tepat waktu. Ketika penumpang menaiki pesawat satu demi satu, pramugari mempersembahkan suvenir indah penerbangan perdana untuk setiap penumpang.

Pesawat ARJ21 adalah tipe baru dari jet regional turbofan yang dikembangkan secara independen oleh Cina dan memiliki hak kekayaan intelektual independen.

Setelah diperkenalkan oleh China Southern Airlines, pesawat ARJ21 pertama telah berhasil menyelesaikan latihan darurat, penerbangan verifikasi dan pelatihan penerbangan.

China Southern Airlines telah menyelesaikan pekerjaan seperti formulasi standar operasi, revisi manual dan pelatihan personel, yang secara efektif meningkatkan kemampuan penerbangan, pemeliharaan dan dukungan rute dari pesawat ARJ21 dari China Southern Airlines, dan berhasil memperoleh persetujuan operasional dari pihak berwenang, yang menyediakan dukungan kuat untuk operasi yang aman dan efisien dari pesawat penumpang.

Tata letak kabin dan interior pesawat ARJ21 dari China Southern Airlines dirancang khusus sesuai dengan kebutuhan uniknya. Dibandingkan dengan pesawat regional lainnya, ia memiliki karakteristik kenyamanan yang jelas.

Pesawat ini dalam semua konfigurasi kabin kelas ekonomi dengan kursi untuk 90 penumpang, dan kursi diatur dengan dua di sebelah kiri dan tiga di sebelah kanan lorong di setiap baris. Lorongnya relatif luas, dengan lebar 19 inci, setiap kursi selebar 17 inci, jarak kursi depan dan belakang 31 inci.

China Southern Airlines akan terus memperluas pasar regional, secara bertahap menyebarkan pesawat ARJ21 ke Bandara Internasional Daxing Beijing untuk operasi, memperluas cakupan layanan hub ganda Guangzhou-Beijing, terus mengoptimalkan, meningkatkan keandalan dan ekonomi pesawat komersial buatan China, dalam rangka mempromosikan pembangunan ekonomi, sosial serta memberikan kenyamanan bagi calon penumpang.

link: https://www.infopenerbangan.com/pesawat-pertama-buatan-china-southern-airlines-arj21-resmi-di-operasikan-secara-komersial/

Syarat dari Menhub Agar Industri Transportasi Bisa Kembali Bangkit

Grafis Pesawat Take Off

Liputan6.com, Jakarta – Menteri Perhubungan (Menhub) Budi Karya Sumadi menekankan pentingnya penerapan disiplin protokol kesehatan agar industri transportasi dapat kembali bangkit.

Dirinya berujar, sektor transportasi mengalami penurunan 30 persen hingga 70 persen akibat dampak pandemi ini.

Oleh karenanya, operasional transportasi baik darat, laut maupun udara harus dilengkapi dengan protokol kesehatan yang ketat agar pandemi tidak semakin mewabah, sehingga masyarakat bisa merasa aman kembali saat menggunakan transportasi umum

“Kita tahu, transportasi adalah darahnya ekonomi. Ekonomi sekarang terkoreksi karena (pergerakan) transportasi menurun,” ujarnya dalam pembukaan webinar, Rabu (22/7/2020).

Menhub mencontohkan beberapa kasus industri aviasi yang terdampak pandemi seperti Air France, Virgin Australia hingga Thai Airways. Situasi global yang sedang tidak menguntungkan bisa sangat mempengaruhi industri nasional jika penerapan protokol kesehatan tidak dimaksimalkan.

Dirinya juga menekankan pentingnya berkolaborasi dengan berbagai pihak untuk merumuskan kebijakan beriringan dengan penerapan protokol kesehatan. Namun, kebijakan juga tidak boleh terlalu progresif.

“Kita nggak boleh terlalu optimis membuat prediksi terlalu dini, nggak boleh progresif, tapi kita harus terukur,” ujarnya.

Link: https://www.liputan6.com/bisnis/read/4312107/syarat-dari-menhub-agar-industri-transportasi-bisa-kembali-bangkit

Prosedurnya Ribet, Saat Ini Penerbangan Kalah Saing dengan Transportasi Darat

Ilustrasi bus

Liputan6.com, Jakarta Bisnis penerbangan saat ini dikatakan kalah bersaing dengan transportasi jalur darat. Prosedur penerbangan saat ini yang tidak fleksibel karena calon penumpang harus menjalani rapid tes menjadi penyebab. Rapid menjadi keharusan demi memastikan penumpang terbebas dari virus corona.

Ini diungkapkan Direktur Utama Garuda Indonesia, Irfan Setiaputra. “Hari ini karena harus rapid tes dan lain-lain kita jadi kalah bersaing dengan jalan darat,” kata Irfan di Jakarta, Jumat, (24/7/2020).

Hal ini membuat masyarakat memilih bepergian menggunakan jalur darat dengan menumpang mobil. Cara ini lebih mudah karena tidak perlu khawatir terpapar selama di perjalanan.

“Kalau ke airport itu kan prosesnya panjang dan akhirnya naik mobil aja beres. Masuk mobil dan sampai Solo turun langsung masuk ke rumah,” kata Irfan.

Meski begitu, hal ini tak menyurutkan Garuda untuk tetap melayani penerbangan pada rute tertentu. Meskipun dia tak menampik sempat berpikiran untuk mengurangi frekuensi penerbangan rute yang sepi penumpang.

Tetapi, saat ini beberapa rute seperti Solo tetap dipertahankan untuk melakukan penerbangan setiap hari. Begitu juga dengan rute lainnya.

“Kita tetap jaga minimal 3 hari sekali (rute penerbangan domestik) atau seminggu sekali ke luar negeri,” katanya mengakhiri.

Reporter: Anisyah Al Faqir

Link: https://www.liputan6.com/bisnis/read/4313829/prosedurnya-ribet-saat-ini-penerbangan-kalah-saing-dengan-transportasi-darat