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Week 36

Orient Aviation Daily Digest September 4, 2020

A look at the week

By Jordan Chong  

Some four months after entering voluntary administration with debts of A$6.8 billion (US$5 million), Virgin Australia (VA) has moved a step closer to securing its financial future after creditors approved Bain Capital's proposed takeover.

While the survival of Australia's second largest airline group is good news, spare a thought for the 3,000 staff at VA and its now-axed LCC Tigerair Australia. They will lose their jobs when the company emerges under new ownership.

There are plenty of challenges ahead for VA as it, and its peers worldwide, navigate a myriad of border closures and depressed demand from the coronavirus pandemic. 

An example of the difficulties faced by airlines was the financial results from Thailand LCC Nok Air, which this week reported a hefty loss for the six months to June 30, 2020. Australia's Regional Express also reported it had fallen into the red in 2019-2020. Read More »


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Orient Aviation Daily Digest: Japanese LCC, Peach Aviation, will resume international flights next month

September 10, 2020

  • Japan's Peach Aviation said today it planned to resume international flying on October 25 with nonstop flights to Taipei Taoyuan from Osaka and Tokyo. The LCC will operate nine weekly services to Taipei Taoyuan – three from Osaka Kansai, three from Tokyo Haneda and three from Tokyo Narita. Peach has not flown internationally since March, when it suspended all 17 of its international routes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read More »


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Orient Aviation Daily Digest: Korean Air flying passenger to cargo 777-300ER from Seoul to Columbus Ohio

September 9, 2020

  • Korean Air said today it had commenced flying a 777-300ER that had been reconfigured for cargo operations. The aircraft, which has had its business and economy class seats removed and replaced with standardised locks to secure cargo on the cabin floor, was flown to Ohio in the U.S. from Korea’s Seoul Incheon airport. KAL said the 777-300ER could now carry an additional 10.8 tons of cargo on top of the 22 tons of cargo capacity in the aircraft belly. Read More »


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Orient Aviation Daily Digest: Malaysia Airlines Group CEO reports “excellent appetite for domestic travel”

September 8, 2020

  • Malaysia Airlines Berhad group CEO, Captain Izham Ismail, said yesterday there had been an "excellent appetite for domestic travel" since the easing of restriction of movement rules that began in June, - known in Malaysia as the recovery movement control order phase. "This positive development has translated to more than a 500% increase in our flight bookings domestically. Additionally, our tour operating arm, MHholidays has shown an upward trend with holiday packages sold more than 300% from our target," Captain Ismail said. Read More »


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Orient Aviation Daily Digest: Lessor claims AirAsia X owes it US$23 million

Setpember 7, 2020

  • AirAsia X (AAX) told the Bursa Malaysia late last week it was reviewing a notice of claim from leasing company BOC Aviation against the low-cost carrier lodged in a United Kingdom court. The company said the claim alleged a breach of a leasing agreement covering four aircraft with an outstanding amount due of US$22,975,392.17. "The board of AAX is currently reviewing the documentations it had received in respect of the said claim, and will be seeking legal advice in relation to the said claim," AAX said in a statement. Read More »



IATA CEO accuses governments of “dragging their feet” in opening borders

International Air Transport Association (IATA) director general and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac, said this week governments were dragging their feet on the necessary work required to reopen borders and restore the public's confidence in air travel. Read More »



China Airlines adding destinations this month

Taiwan-headquartered China Airlines (CAL) said this week it would resume flights to three Japanese cities in September, as well as adding to its existing network. Read More »



Nok Air capacity declines to near 80% for latest quarter

Nok Air’s financial accounts, published this week, reported the Thai LCC had cut capacity by close to 80% in the three months to June 30, 2020 in response to COVID-19. Read More »



Bain Capital receives creditor approval to buy Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia (VA) creditors have overwhelmingly backed the proposed purchase of the airline by Bain Capital, administrators for the financially-struggling carrier Deloitte said today. Read More »


Short Takes

Thai Airways International (THAI) has opened a restaurant at its Bangkok head office serving the general public with food prepared by chefs from its catering unit.  Read More »