KANSAS CITY, MO-- MetroAir: We can now confirm further updates regarding our operations to Asia as Coronavirus continues to spread around the continent.
In January we suspended all flights to mainland China with our services to Beijing & Shanghai being suspended indefinitely. This was then closely followed by the suspension of services to Hong Kong just a week later. Sadly as of February 29th we have also taken the decision to suspend further flights to Asia with our service to Tokyo-Narita being suspended and our flight to Tokyo-Haneda will be reduced to 4 times a week. Finally in addition to this our daily flight from Boston to Seoul has been reduced to just 3 times a week.
We are also now able to confirm that 5 of our Airbus A330 aircraft that were used on flights to Beijing, Hong Kong & Tokyo have been ferried to Kansas City where they are to be decommissioned from the fleet and are expected to be sent to the desert in the coming weeks.
Chief Executive William Hogarth said "The decision to retire a small number of our A330 aircraft had already been planned by our team to happen at the end of 2020 as we continued to take delivery of new B787 & B777 aircraft but with the current global situation it was decided to bring the retirement dates forward because it simply isn't cost effective to keep these aircraft grounded indefinitely" The A330's in question were the oldest in our fleet after we acquired them from now defunct Emporium Virtual Airlines back in 2010.
In an effort to minimize our fleets ground time we have put on a series of extra domestic flights to help boost capacity on the west coast with the addition of B777-300ER service to Honolulu, Seattle & San Francisco from LAX and an additional flight to New Your JFK from Boston.
We will continue to monitor the situation in Asia and further flight adjustments may be required. Our current cancelled services will remain suspended until at least mid April.