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Week 38

Orient Aviation Daily Digest September 18, 2020

A look at the week in the Asia-Pacific

By Jordan Chong

Traffic figures released by China's three major airline groups this week pointed to diverging market trends as the sector navigates a path through the coronavirus pandemic.

With the number of new COVID-19 cases low and community transmissions all but eliminated on the Mainland, Chinese citizens have returned to the skies. Airlines have responded by adding more domestic seats and flights, offering cheap deals and restoring suspended routes.

Domestic travel statistics from All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines, as well as India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation – as reported across various editions of the Daily Digest this week – tell a similar story in the India and Japan markets. Read More »


Daily Digest

Orient Aviation Daily Digest: Vietnam Airlines launches Seoul-Hanoi scheduled international flights

September 24, 2020

  • Vietnam Airlines said today the first official scheduled international commercial flight to Vietnam would take off tomorrow when VN417 departs from Seoul Incheon for Hanoi. Tickets for the flight, to be operated by an A350-900, went on sale today and were available from Vietnam Airlines ticket offices and official agents in South Korea and Vietnam, the airline said in a statement. The SkyTeam alliance member resumed outbound international flights on September 18 when it flew Hanoi-Tokyo Narita. Read More »


Daily Digest

Orient Aviation Daily Digest: Systematic virus testing of departing passengers better than “impractical quarantine measures”, says IATA

September 23, 2020

  • International Air Transport Association (IATA) director general and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac, said overnight systematic COVID-19 testing of all travellers before departure was "key to restoring the freedom of mobility across borders". The airline lobby group has called for the development and deployment of rapid, accurate, affordable, easy-to-operate, scalable and systematic testing for the coronavirus on all passengers before departure as an alternative to "impractical quarantine measures". Read More »


Daily Digest

Orient Aviation Daily Digest: Passengers down 95.6% reports Changi Airport

September 22, 2020

  • Singapore Changi Airport handled 84,300 passengers in August, down 98.6% from 5.9 million recently. The figure was lower than the 86,000 passengers in July. Changi's monthly traffic report showed the number of commercial aircraft movements fell 82.8% year-on-year to 5,560 in August, compared with 32,400 a year ago. Air freight was 28.9% lower at 120,000 tonnes. Read More »


Daily Digest

Orient Aviation Daily Digest: Cathay Dragon’s Hong Kong-Kuala Lumpur route suspended for two weeks after five transit passengers tested COVID-19 positive

September 21, 2020

  • Cathay Dragon said yesterday the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (CAD) had suspended its three times a week Hong Kong-Kuala Lumpur nonstop flight for two weeks after five people aboard KA735 from Kuala Lumpur tested positive to COVID-19. Read More »



China's domestic passenger market edges closer to pre-COVID-19 levels

Monthly traffic reports from China's three biggest airline groups showed domestic air travel was moving closer to pre-coronavirus numbers. Read More »



China Airlines and EVA Air report third consecutive month-on-month passenger growth

Taiwanese carriers, China Airlines (CAL) and EVA Air, recorded a third straight month of increasing passenger numbers in August. Read More »



Asiana confident about its future despite takeover collapse

As Asiana Airlines ponders its next steps in an uncertain future, South Korean corporate heavyweights, Hyundai Development Company (HDC) and Kumho Industrial, have traded barbs over the blame for the collapse of a deal to buy the debt-laden carrier. Read More »



SpiceJet chairman optimistic about airline’s future

SpiceJet chairman and managing director, Ajay Singh, said this week there were reasons to be optimistic about the period ahead despite the coronavirus pandemic pushing the airline into the red. Read More »



Boeing has named Marc Allen as its new chief strategy officer and senior vice president of strategy and corporate development. Read More »


Short Takes

Raytheon Technologies Corp CEO, Greg Hayes, told an investor conference this week some 15,000 jobs would be cut from Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney and its corporate offices due to the COVID-19 led industry downturn. Read More »