KLM says it will start its summer schedule with a significantly reduced network. From March 29 until and including May 3, the carrier plans to fly to 25 intercontinental and 32 European destinations.
During this period, KLM will fly according to an adjusted schedule, which amounts to about 10% of its normal number of flights.
KLM will operate its intercontinental network with Boeing 777s and 787s. Its Boeing 747s will be taken out of the fleet early. The remaining aircraft will be parked at Schiphol. A plan for this is currently being drawn up together with the airport.
From March 29 to May 3, and subject to change, it will operate service to Atlanta, Abu Dhabi/Muscat, Bangkok, Curacao, Delhi, Dubai, Sao Paulo, Hong Kong, Incheon (Seoul), New York JFK, Johannesburg, Kansai (Osaka), Los Angeles, Lima, Mexico City, Nairobi, Narita (Tokyo), Chicago O’Hare, Beijing, Panama City, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, Calgary and Toronto.
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In a statement, KLM said that it “has great respect for all its employees who work very hard in these challenging times to repatriate as many people as possible. Working on board an aircraft in a small area with many passengers obviously raises questions about the inflight service in times of corona.”
The airline’s statement continued that it “fully understands this and has therefore made several drastic changes to the way we work on board. All this to ensure that the crew can continue to do their work with a sense of security and thus help to bring passengers back home safely.”
And it makes it clear that: “A safe flight operation has our highest priority. At the request of both crew and passengers, due to the coronavirus, the service on board has been adapted to reduce physical contact. In this way, we minimize contact moments between crew and passengers on both intercontinental and European flights.”
And it concludes: “In addition, KLM provides personal protective equipment and the schedule has been adjusted so that crew do not stay abroad or stay abroad for as short a period of time as possible. If, for whatever reason, cabin crew do not feel comfortable enough to fly, KLM understands this and will look for an appropriate solution.”
Go to https://news.klm.com/covid-19-comment-on-safe-flight-operations/ for more.