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

JUNE 2020

Week 25

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific


Daily Update

  • Qantas said today it would cut 6,000 jobs – some 20% of the airline group's 29,000 employees. The decision will allow the group to keep about 100 aircraft grounded for 12 more months at least, defer new aircraft deliveries, raise up to A$1.9 billion (US$1.3 billion) in fresh equity and seek A$15 billion in cost savings to 2023 to survive the coronavirus pandemic. Read More »


Daily Update

  • China Airlines (CAL) chairman, Hsieh Su-Chien, has told shareholders the Taiwan flag carrier was not considering staff reductions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the country's CNA news agency has reported. At CAL’s annual general meeting yesterday, Hsieh said the company would sit down with staff unions to discuss issues that have emerged since staff pay cuts were introduced in April. The present staffing agreements expire next month. Read More »


Daily Update

  • From yesterday, Singapore Airlines (SIA) began accepting transit passengers from China (Chongqing, Guangzhou and Shanghai), Hong Kong, Japan (Osaka Kansai and Tokyo Narita) and South Korea (Seoul Incheon) travelling to any destination served by Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and Scoot. The transit flights are available only for outbound journeys from those destinations, the group’s website said. Read More »



Chinese carriers report encouraging domestic traffic growth for May

Notwithstanding this week's flight cancellations due to a fresh coronavirus outbreak in Beijing, there were encouraging signs from the big three Chinese airlines this week that the domestic market was on a recovery trajectory. Read More »


Daily Update

  • Cathay Pacific Airways has scheduled 147 flights a week to 28 destinations in July, an increase from 65 flights a week to 18 destinations this month. The July schedule, published on the Cathay Pacific website last Friday, showed 44 flights a week to seven destinations in China, seven weekly to Taipei, eight to two destinations in Canada, 11 to three destinations in the U.S., 58 to 10 destinations in Asia, eight to two destinations in Australia and 11 flights to three destinations in Europe. Read More »



Vietnam Airlines to take full ownership of Jetstar Pacific

Qantas confirmed this week it planned to offload its 30% shareholding in Jetstar Pacific, terminating a 13-year investment in the Vietnam-based airline. Read More »



IATA says overall bookings down 82% for the year to date; demand for long-haul travel “close to zero”

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said this week airlines would need to be flexible and agile as the absence of any meaningful forward bookings made planning for the return of demand for air travel a challenging process. Read More »



Delta Air Lines and United Airlines cleared to restart China services

Delta Air Lines and United Airlines (UA) look set to resume flights from the U.S. to China after receiving clearance from Mainland authorities this week. Read More »



GE Aviation announced its succession plan this week with news that president and CEO, David Joyce, will retire on September 1, and be succeeded by former Embraer Commercial Aviation president and CEO, John Slattery. Read More »


Short Takes

Air New Zealand said this week it would resume nonstop flights between Auckland and Shanghai Pudong from June 22. Read More »