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Rungis, France - Nailed to the ground since the end of March, the French long-haul operator Corsair International decided to retire its remaining three Boeing 747 jumbo jets earlier than previously planned.

The airline is preparing to resume its operations from mid-June with five Airbus A330 jets in the fleet (four A330-330 and one A330-200. The carrier will initially re-launch flights to Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Reunion from Paris-Orly airport.

Other Corsair routes would resume according to the following schedule: to Abidjan on June 23, to Mauritius on June 25, and to Montreal on July 3. For the Paris - Miami route the airline is monitoring the situation in the United States and waiting for clarification from the authorities.
This possible return to the service will be in any case without the 747-400. Since the airline was classified as non-eligible for state aid, it was forced to put its three Boeing 747-400s on sale to cut costs and provide some liquidity. Corsair CEO Andy Paul blames the French government of being very restrictive about financial support for the financially troubled airlines due to the ongoing travel restrictions.

The 747-400s with registrations F-GTUI, F-HSEA, and F-HSUN were set to leave the French carrier's fleet in May 2021.  The 521-seat planes are configured to accommodate 12 passengers in Business class, 18 in Premium and 491 in Economy).

"Corsair has already received interesting offers on the second-hand market for its 747s,"

 Frédérick Vandentorren, Manager of technical operations, said.

 “Today, I am a little sad about their exit from our fleet, but it is necessary to continue our operations,"

Vandentorren added.

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