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APRIL 2020

Week 15

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific


Daily Update

  • Singapore Airlines [SIA] said in a trading update on April 15 it may need to extend capacity cuts that has led to a 96% reduction in flying in April "if border controls and travel restrictions remain in place and travel demand continues to be low". Read More »


Daily Update

  • Four of Virgin Australia's (VA) five major shareholders – Etihad Airways, HNA, Nanshan and Singapore Airlines that together hold about 80% of the airline's stock – have ruled out investing more capital in the airline group, the Australian Financial Review reported on April 15. Read More »


Daily Update

  • Virgin Australia placed its shares in a trading halt on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) on April 14. Read More »



Hong Kong government throws lifeline to local aviation

The Hong Kong government has announced a HKS$137.5 billion (US$17.74 billion) rescue package for the Special Administrative Region (SAR) that includes HK$2 billion in funds for airlines and aviation support services. Read More »



Virgin Australia CEO asks government for statement of confidence in the carrier

Virgin Australia [VA] has taken out full-page advertisements in the country's newspapers pressing its case for government assistance and warning of the dangers of Australia returning to an airline monopoly. Read More »



Private group makes US$2.5 billion bid for Malaysia Airlines

Malaysian sovereign wealth fund, Khazanah Nasional, has poured cold water on a proposed US$2.5 billion bid for Malaysia Airlines (MAS). Read More »



IATA forecasts COVID-19 could cost 11.6 million industry jobs in the Asia-Pacific and up to 25 million worldwide

International Air Transport Association [IATA] director general and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac, said this week up to 25 million people – almost half of them in the Asia-Pacific – could lose their jobs in the aviation sector following the precipitous drop in passengers due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read More »



Air New Zealand beefs up crisis management expertise with appointment of former union boss

Air New Zealand (Air NZ) CEO, Greg Foran, has brought in a former president of the country’s Council of Trade Unions, Ross Wilson, and appointed Joe Collom as chief people officer, to advise and contribute to the carrier’s post-pandemic strategy. Read More »



ANA seeking government guarantee for loans Japanese media reveals

Japan's All Nippon Airways [ANA] is seeking a government guarantee for loans and other lines of credit, local media reports. Read More »



Malindo ceases all flights

Lion Air Group's Malaysian affiliate, Malindo Air, has suspended all services and put its staff on unpaid leave in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Read More »


Short Takes

Korean Air said in a statement some 70% of its 19,000 staff in South Korea would be placed on a six-month leave of absence starting on April 15 due to the deteriorating business environment caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Read More »