KLM Begins Preparing Its Network For Summer Reopening

Dutch airline KLM has revealed four new routes for summer 2021, adding service to Belgrade, Verona, Palma de…

KLM Begins Preparing Its Network For Summer Reopening

Dutch airline KLM has revealed four new routes for summer 2021, adding service to Belgrade, Verona, Palma de Mallorca and Dubrovnik. Altogether, it will operate 96 routes in summer 2021, compared to 92 in the last ‘normal’ summer of 2019.

KLM will be flying to more destinations this summer than it did in 2019. Photo: KLM

Flying wherever we can

Dutch flag carrier KLM has announced today that it is preparing for slow but steady summer reopening with new travel opportunities. The airline says it will fly wherever it can, as long as the economics are viable, and wants to ensure its passengers stay as well connected as possible.

The airline states that is has already completely rebuilt its network to its pre-pandemic status, bringing back all 92 destinations previously served in time for summer 2021. As well as this, it will add four brand new destinations to its schedules, to give its passengers the biggest choice of routes it can.

KLM’s president and CEO Pieter Elbers commented on the schedule saying,

“We are extremely pleased that there are more possibilities to travel again. In this respect, we respond as flexibly as possible to market conditions. At KLM, we are prepared to carry our passengers to their destinations in a completely responsible manner. We offer our customers a flexible travel policy and the highest standard of hygiene.”

KLM crew
The airline recently received the APEX Diamond award for COVID safety. Photo: KLM

KLM states that is has set out the highest possible standards of health and safety on board, and that it has recently received an accolade from the Airline Passenger Experience Association – the APEX Diamond award.

The routes for summer 2021

Altogether KLM will fly to 96 destinations this summer, although some changes have been made since the last ‘normal’ summer in 2019. Växjö (Sweden) is still suspended at present, and previously flown destinations of Marseilles and Nantes will be operated by Air France from Schiphol.

Added to the roster already were Southampton, Poznan and Cork. This takes KLM back up to its 92 destination target. But what of the four brand new routes?

KLM will fly to four new leisure focussed routes in summer 2021. Render created at GCMap

Added for the summer, announced today, are four leisure-focused services from Amsterdam, the first of which has already launched. These are:

  • Belgrade – Service began on May 13th, and will operate at up to seven flights a week at its peak.
  • Verona – Service begins on June 26th, with frequencies up to seven times per week.
  • Palma de Mallorca – Service begins on June 26th, with frequencies up to seven times per week.
  • Dubrovnik – Service begins on June 26th, with frequencies up to seven times per week.

KLM is clearly operating a schedule that is targeted at a hopefully rebounding leisure market. As well as adding these new routes to popular tourist destinations, it says it will either add flights or deploy larger aircraft on key routes during the peak summer months.

Specifically, it says it will look to increase capacity on routes such as Porto and Ibiza in July and August, and that it already has plans to have more capacity to destinations in southern Europe such as Portugal, Spain, Croatia and Greece.

Will you be flying with KLM this summer? Let us know in the comments.

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The Shift To Small Planes: Inside Lufthansa’s 2021 US Route Plans

How things change. In 2019, over seven in ten Lufthansa flights to North America were by four-engine aircraft. Now, they have fewer than four in ten – with the drive towards smaller twins continuing. The A350-900 has become the carrier’s top type, replacing the B747-8.

The A350-900 is now Lufthansa’s #1 aircraft to North America. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying.

The fifth-largest airline

Lufthansa is one of 44 airlines planning to operate scheduled services between North America and Europe this year. With 14,101 round-trip flights, Lufthansa is the fifth-largest operator in this market. This equates to a 7.3% share of all flights, analyzing what each carrier has supplied to OAG reveals.

The German giant’s North America operation puts it behind Delta – the leading airline – and United, British Airways, and American. However, it has more flights planned than Air France, Air Canada, KLM, Virgin Atlantic, and Turkish Airlines.

Lufthansa’s four-engine aircraft had 71% of North America flights in 2019. Now it is 36%. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying.

So long, A380

Lufthansa was the world’s third-largest user of the A380 in the past decade. The airline had 14 A380s in all, but they have been retired. Still, the A380 played an important role from Frankfurt and Munich to the US and Canada. In 2019, eight routes saw the A380. In order of the number of flights, they were:

  1. Frankfurt-Houston
  2. Frankfurt-New York JFK
  3. Munich-Los Angeles
  4. Frankfurt-Miami
  5. Frankfurt-San Francisco
  6. Frankfurt-Los Angeles
  7. Munich-Miami
  8. Munich-San Francisco

Lufthansa used seven aircraft between Germany and North America in 2019. With just shy of 3,100 flights, the A380 was the sixth-most-used, ahead of the A340-300 and just behind the A330-300. Now, things are different.

The A380 was used on eight Lufthansa routes to the US and Canada. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying.

The A350-900 is #1

While seven types operated to North America pre-pandemic, it is now five, with the A350-900 number-one, as shown below.

  1. A350-900: approximately 4,751 round-trip flights
  2. A330-300: 4,241
  3. B747-8: 2,430
  4. A340-300: 1,447
  5. B747-400: 1,232

The share of flights by the A350-900 has doubled from 17% in 2019, on the back of additional services by the type along with big cuts by other aircraft, especially the B747-8 and B747-400. Despite this, Simple Flying showed that Lufthansa remains the only passenger 747 operator between Europe and North America.

Across the airline’s whole network, capacity by twin-engine aircraft has overtaken those with four engines. This is also seen to North America. In 2019, over seven in ten flights (71%) were by quads. Now, they’re down to fewer than four in ten services (36%). It is an inevitable but sad end of an era.

The A330-300 is Lufthansa’s most-used widebody across its whole network and #2 to North America. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying.

Lufthansa has 36 routes to North America

This year, Lufthansa has 36 routes from Germany to the US and Canada. 23 are from Frankfurt, with the remainder from Munich. Frankfurt to Chicago O’Hare, a Star Alliance-orientated route, is the hub airline’s number-one by flights this year, overtaking Frankfurt-JFK. Its leading 10 routes are all from Frankfurt, as follows.

  1. Frankfurt-Chicago
  2. Frankfurt-New York JFK
  3. Frankfurt-Los Angeles
  4. Frankfurt-Houston
  5. Frankfurt-Washington
  6. Frankfurt-Toronto
  7. Frankfurt-Miami
  8. Frankfurt-Boston
  9. Frankfurt-Newark
  10. Frankfurt-San Francisco

With just three-weekly services between August and October, Munich is the least-served, although up to seven weekly services by fellow Star member, Air Canada, offsets this.

Will you be flying Lufthansa this year? Comment below!

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