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JULY 2020

Week 29

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific


Daily Update

  • Korea’s dominant LCC, Jeju Air, announced today it was walking away from a proposed takeover of fellow South Korean LCC, Eastar Jet. Read More »


Daily Update

  • Cathay Pacific Group has reached agreement with Airbus to defer delivery of A350-900s and A350-1000s, due to arrive in 2020 and 2021, to 2020- 2023.  Ordered A321neos, also scheduled to join the Cathay Pacific Group fleet from 2020 to 2023, will be pushed back to 2020-2025. Read More »


Daily Update

  • IndiGo CEO, Ronojoy Dutta, has outlined plans to "bid a painful adieu" to 10% of the Indian carrier's workforce due to the coronavirus pandemic. Dutta said the decision to cut 10% of staff was made after "carefully assessing and reviewing all possible scenarios", and added it was the first time in the LCC’s history it had undertaken such a painful measure. "From where things stand currently, it is impossible for our company to fly through this economic storm without making some sacrifices in order to sustain our business operations," Dutta said yesterday. Read More »


Daily Update

  • Air China said it flew 4.42 million domestic passengers in June, up 9.3% from 4.04 million in May. It was the second time in as many months the Chinese flag carrier has posted a month-on-month improvement in domestic travellers, following the 52.7% increase in May. Read More »



Singapore Airlines says COVID-19 recovery will take longer than expected

Singapore Airlines (SIA) said this week the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic would take longer than expected as a result of continued border restrictions that have crippled air traffic demand. Read More »



Cathay Pacific Group forecasts US$1.3 billion first half loss

Cathay Pacific Group said today it expected to report a net loss of HK$9.9 billion (US$1.3 billion) for the first half of calendar 2020 as a result of an uncertain aviation landscape that was showing no indications of meaningful recovery from COVID-19. Read More »



Taiwan's China Airlines and EVA Air post month-on-month passenger growth

Taiwan's two largest carriers have reported demand and passenger revenue growth in June as the threat of the coronavirus pandemic subsided and restrictions on travel were relaxed. Read More »



All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines planning domestic capacity lift for August

Japan's two largest airline groups plan to return domestic capacity close to pre-coronavirus pandemic levels in August amid encouraging demand underpinned by an easing of restrictions and government promotional activity. Read More »



Boeing reports 323 net cancellations in first half 2020

Boeing's latest orders and deliveries figures showed the manufacturer ended the first half of calendar 2020 with net cancellations of 323 aircraft as a raft of customers sought to cancel orders for the 737 MAX. Read More »



The Hong Kong government has nominated Carlson Tong and Rimsky Yuen as its two observers on the board of Cathay Pacific Airways. Read More »


Short Takes

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said this week it had frozen scheduled fee increases on a number of certification and safety-related tasks for the 12 months to March 31, 2021. The measure is calculated to save 170 aviation companies about S$200,000 (US$134,742), the CAAS said in a statement.