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APRIL 2020

Week 16

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific


Daily Update

  • Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) said this week flight bookings for the upcoming Golden Week - April 29 to May 6 – were down 96.7% for international and 87.4% for domestic travel compared with the same holiday week in 2019. Read More »


Daily Update

  • Japan Airlines [JAL] has revised downwards its guidance for revenue and profit for the 12 months to March 31, 2020 after a sharp drop in passenger demand for international and domestic flights since February. Read More »


Daily Update


​The Virgin Australia [VA] board has formally placed the airline group into voluntary administration. Deloitte's Vaughan Strawbridge and colleagues, John Greig, Sal Algeri and Richard Hughes, have been tasked with recapitalising the business. VA CEO, Paul Scurrah, and the current management will remain in place during the turnaround effort. Read More »


Daily Update

  • The Virgin Australia [VA] board was expected to formally put the airline group into voluntary administration following a director’s meeting late on Monday Australian Eastern Standard Time, local media reported. Read More »



Australian government underwrites minimum domestic network

The Australian government has pledged to spend up to A$165 million (US$105 million) to underwrite domestic services to be operated by Qantas and Virgin Australia in the next eight weeks. Read More »



Cathay Pacific Group’s CCO says recovery impossible to predict

Cathay Pacific Airways Group Chief Customer and Commercial Officer, Ronald Lam, said on Thursday forward bookings remain low with no recovery in sight amid almost non-existent demand. Read More »



International Air Transport Association cautions unilateral actions can’t restart flying

Airlines around the world are expected to collectively suffer a US$314 billion loss in revenue in calendar 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, new figures show. Read More »



Singapore Airlines reports passengers carried down 50% in March

Singapore Airlines [SIA] has flagged that dramatic capacity cuts to its network for April may be extended should international borders remain shut due to COVID-19 after the airline group reported a halving of passengers in March. Read More »



Hong Kong Airport passenger numbers continue to crash and burn

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has posted a 91% decline in passenger numbers for March as airlines slashed services and governments tightened travel restrictions in response to COVID-19. Read More »


Short Takes

China's Juneyao Air and Finnair announced plans this week to establish a joint-venture on flights between Helsinki and Shanghai. Read More »