Iberia has announced it will retire its A340-600s early.
As a result of COVID-19, Iberia doesn’t expect to recover to 2019 levels of demand until 2023-2024. Because of this, Iberia has decided to accelerate the retirement of its Airbus A340-600s to the end of this year.
Originally, they were supposed to be gradually retired over the next five years, but this is no longer the case. Iberia has 14 A340-600s left in its fleet, with only one A340-600 active.
After Iberia retires its A340-600s, the aircraft type will be even more rare with just Azerbaijan Airlines, Mahan Air, and Plus Ultra operating passenger flights. Lufthansa has stored all of its A340-600s for some time and South African Airways is set to get rid of theirs soon.
Jetblue Announces 30 New Routes.
If it wasn’t obvious already, the aviation industry has been recovering, especially in the domestic U.S. market. About 30 minutes ago, JetBlue announced a massive 30-route expansion with some routes directly targeting other competitors.
From July 23:
- Newark to Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO)
- Newark to Charleston (CHS) and Jacksonville (JAX)
- New York JFK to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Detroit (DTW)
From August 6:
- Newark to Austin (AUS), San Diego (SAN), Las Vegas (LAS), Phoenix (PHX), and Sarasota (SRQ)
- New York JFK to Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP)
- New York LaGuardia (LGA) to Fort Myers (RSW) and Tampa (TPA)
- Philadelphia to Fort Myers (RSW), Orlando (MCO), San Juan (SJU), Tampa, and Palm Beach (PBI)
From October 1:
- Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Pittsburgh (PIT), Portland (PDX), and Seattle (SEA)
- Fort Myers to Cleveland (CLE) and Providence (PVD)
- New York JFK to St. Thomas (STT)
- Orlando to San Francisco
- Tampa to Providence and Washington National (DCA)
- Palm Beach to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Pittsburgh (PIT)
Each route has a varying frequency.
JetBlue PR: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200618005531/en/
Sad to see the A340-600s go as the A340 overall is becoming one of the rarest passenger aircraft in the skies now.
However, it looks like airlines are beginning to recover over the summer which may prevent some aircraft retirements and losses.