A trusted source of Asia-Pacific commercial aviation news and analysis

MAY 2020

Week 19

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific


Daily Update

  • The largest carrier in the Philippines, Cebu Pacific, said in a website statement today all flights would remain suspended until May 31, after the government extended its restriction of movement rules in Metro Manila, Cebu City and Laguna Province to May 31. Read More »


Daily Update

  • EVA Air's monthly passenger statistics, published this week, showed the Taiwanese airline carried 22,023 passengers in April, a 98% fall from 1.1 million in the prior corresponding period. Read More »



Korean Air adding flights and routes from June

Korean Air (KAL) plans to more than double its international routes and flights from June with the return of nonstop service to scores of cities in the Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America. Read More »


Daily Update

  • Japan's ANA HOLDINGS INC., parent of All Nippon Airways (ANA), said on Friday it had frozen plans to hire 3,200 university and college graduates across its 37 businesses in the 2021 financial year. Read More »



IATA warns empty middle seat means higher fares

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said ticket prices could jump by 50% if regulators are to persist with social distancing rules such as the blocking of middle seats on aircraft. Read More »



Innovative trans-Tasman travel “bubble” embraced but “some time away”

Tourism and business groups have welcomed plans to establish a safe travel zone between Australia and New Zealand, flagged by the two countries this week. Read More »



Qatar Airways announces cabin crew redundancies; to return services to 80 destinations by mid-year

Qatar Airways, which has announced plans to restore operations to 80 regional and international destinations by June 30, has told staff the Doha-based airline would need to make a substantial number of jobs redundant as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More »



Cathay Pacific Group examining new restructuring post COVID-19

The Cathay Pacific Group is considering another restructuring of its operations to enhance its operational viability beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post reported on Thursday. Read More »


Short Takes

Boeing has added a second test aircraft to its 777X flight test program. The inaugural flight of the second test aircraft, designated WH002, was conducted at Boeing’s Everett facility in Washington State on April 30. Read More »



Qantas staff to remain stood down until “at least” June 30

The Qantas Group said this week it planned to keep some 25,000 staff stood down until at least the end of June as demand for air travel remains suppressed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read More »