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MARCH 2020

Week 12

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific



Qantas and Virgin Australia to suspend international flights

Australia's two major airline groups, Qantas and Virgin Australia, plan to suspend all international flights and significantly reduce domestic flying from the end of March in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Read More »



IATA forecasts cash reserves of many airlines will run dry in three months if COVID-19 continues to decimate passenger traffic

International Air Transport Association (IATA) figures show airlines in the Asia-Pacific were among some of the better placed to withstand the financial squeeze amid slumping demand for air travel. Read More »



Cathay Pacific says no clear sign of recovery; to cut capacity by 96% in April and May

The Cathay Pacific Group announced earlier today it would reduce capacity across the networks of Cathay Pacific Airways and Cathay Dragon by 96% in April and May. Read More »



HK Express suspends all flights to May 2020

At the time of writing, Cathay Pacific Airways subsidiary, HK Express, announced it would suspend operations of its entire network from March 23 to April 30 as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on passenger demand. Read More »



Singapore Airlines to halve capacity as COVID-19 restrictions tighten

Singapore Airlines (SIA) said this week it was cutting capacity by 50% in response to government-imposed travel restrictions that aimed to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and warned of potential further reductions in the months to come. Read More »



THAI appoints acting president after Sumeth abruptly resigns

Thai Airways (THAI) has named Chakkrit Parapuntakul acting president following the sudden departure of his predecessor, Sumeth Damrongchaitham. Read More »



IATA calls on governments to support cargo

International Air Transport Association (IATA) director general and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac, has called for governments to recognise air cargo as an essential part of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Read More »



Otto Gergye has succeeded Dasha Kuksenko as vice president and regional general manager, North Asia, travel solutions airline sales. Read More »


Short Takes

AirAsiaX has contracted AMS Aircraft Services Ltd (AMS) and EastMerchant Capital GmbH (EastMerchant) to sell two of the LCC’s A330-300s. Read More »