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

JUNE 2020

Week 24

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific


Daily Update

  • Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Centre (CECC) said yesterday business travellers from 15 countries would be eligible for reduced quarantine periods when travelling to the country after June 22, subject to certain conditions being met. Travellers from "low-risk" Australia, Bhutan, Brunei, Fiji, Hong Kong, Macao, Mongolia, New Zealand, Palau, Thailand and Vietnam must complete a five-day quarantine period and those from "medium-risk" Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea would have to complete seven days in quarantine. Read More »


Daily Update

  • There have been large scale flight cancellations in Beijing after authorities re-introduced rules restricting the movement of people in parts of the city in response to a fresh outbreak of the coronavirus linked to a food market. Local media reported approximately 1,200 flights, representing about 70% of all scheduled services, were cancelled into and out of Beijing's two major airports, Capital and Daxing today, the bulk of which were domestic services. Read More »


Daily Update

  • The U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) said on Monday (U.S. time) it would permit Chinese carriers to operate "in the aggregate, a total of four weekly round-trip scheduled passenger flights to and from the United States", which was an increase from the previous limit of two weekly flights. Read More »



Singapore and China establish “fast lane”

Singapore and China have established a "fast lane" arrangement for short-term essential business or official travel between Singapore and six destinations in China. Read More »


Daily Update

  • China Eastern Airlines (CEA), Juneyao Airlines, Hainan Communications, Sanya Development Holdings and Ctrip Travel Network Technology have announced plans for a new carrier, Sanya International Airlines. The airline will be established with three billion to six billion yuan (US$423 million - US$845 million) in registered capital. Read More »



Asia-Pacific carriers to post US$29 billion in losses in 2020

Asia-Pacific carriers are forecast to lose US$29 billion in calendar 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic cuts a swathe through commercial airline revenue in the region, new figures show. Read More »



Cathay Pacific says government-led recapitalisation “only plan available”; loans to be repaid in short term

Cathay Pacific chairman, Patrick Healy, told reporters this week the airline group had few options to secure its financial future when he detailed a HK$39 billion (US$5 billion) capital raising that will result in the Hong Kong government joining the group’s share register. Read More »



Virgin Australia administrators seek details from government on support for industry

Administrators for Virgin Australia (VA) wrote to the Australian government this week to seek a guarantee on ticket sales that will give travellers confidence to book tickets with the carrier while it searches for a new owner, it was reported this week. Read More »



Japan Airlines increases international flights in July

Japan Airlines (JAL) said this week it would operate more international flights in July compared with its flying schedule this month. Read More »


Short Takes

PAL Holdings, parent company of Philippine Airlines (PAL), last week reported a net loss of 9.4 billion pesos (US$187 million) for the three months to March 31, 2020, a deterioration from a net loss of 838 million pesos 12 months ago. Read More »



The Malaysia government has appointed Tan Sri Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin as the non-executive chairman of Malaysia Airlines' parent company, Malaysia Aviation Group. Read More »