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

JUNE 2020

Week 26

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific


Daily Update

  • International Air Transport Association (IATA) director general and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac, said overnight the latest passenger traffic figures showed the month of "May was not quite as terrible as April". Read More »


Daily Update

  • Japan Airlines (JAL) will cease the social distancing practice of blocking the middle seat on board its aircraft, a practice in place since late April. “As of June 30, the carrier will terminate this procedure as new key measures against COVID-19 have since been implemented to provide customers with a safe and secure travel experience,” JAL said. Read More »


Daily Update

  • Thailand-headquartered LCC, NokScoot, has shut down some six years after its establishment as a joint venture between Singapore-based Scoot and Thailand’s Nok Air. NokScoot said last Friday the airline’s board had passed a resolution to liquidate the company. Read More »



Bain Capital makes winning bid for Virgin Australia

Bain Capital has emerged as the winner in negotiations to acquire Virgin Australia (VA), administrators for the financial struggling airline, Deloitte, said today. Read More »



Qantas Group embarks on radical transformation in response to COVID-19

Qantas's centenary year has gone from an occasion to celebrate to an annus horribilis. The Flying Kangaroo announced this week 6,000 jobs would be culled from the company and 100 aircraft would stay grounded for up to 12 months as it rides out the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Read More »



U.S. imposes new regulations on India repatriation flights

The U. S. government this week charged Air India with going "beyond true repatriations" with its charter flights to the country and ordered the airline to seek approval to operate future services. Read More »



International Air Transport Association offers alternative to “lop-sided” quarantine process

International Air Transport Association (IATA) director general and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac, said this week there were alternatives to quarantine measures that would help reduce the risk of importing COVID-19 while allowing travel and tourism to resume as international borders opened up. Read More »



Hong Kong Airport staying the course

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) CEO, Fred Lam, said this week he was confident air travel would return once the impact of the coronavirus pandemic had subsided. Read More »



Airbus names Remi Maillard president Airbus India and head of South Asia

Effective September 1, Airbus Head of Services, Remi Maillard, will move to Asia as president Airbus India and managing director of South Asia. Read More »


Short Takes

Figures from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) released this week showed the region's airlines carried 785,000 passengers in May, a 97.5% reduction from 31.1 million in the prior corresponding period. Read More »