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Week 46

Orient Aviation Daily Digest November 13, 2020

A look at the week

By Jordan Chong

Boeing's 20-year forecast for aircraft deliveries in China, published this week, represented an important reminder that no matter how bleak the situation is, it is important to consider long-term trends.

Sure, the projections included a decline in wide-body aircraft required, reflecting changing demand for long-haul travel. However, the forecast for total aircraft deliveries to China was up 510 aircraft, or about 6%, from the 2019 report. Read More »


Daily Digest

Orient Aviation Daily Digest: Jetstar Asia passengers from eight ASEAN cities allowed transit through Singapore

November 19, 2020

  • Jetstar Asia will accept transit passengers through Singapore Changi Airport from December 1, the LCC has said on its website. Read More »


Daily Digest

Orient Aviation Daily Digest: New CEO positioning Virgin Australia as a mid-market carrier with fewer onboard perks

November 18, 2020

  • New Virgin Australia (VA) CEO, Jayne Hrdlicka, said today the airline under new owners Bain Capital would be a "mid-market carrier” that appealed to customers offering a “great value airfare and better service". Read More »


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Orient Aviation Daily Digest: Singapore Airlines Group reports 15% jump in passengers for October

November 17, 2020

  • Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group carriers flew 49,000 passengers in October, up 15% from 42,600 in September. Read More »


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Orient Aviation Daily Digest: Korean Air parent company to absorb rival Asiana Airlines

November 16, 2020

  • Korean Air's (KAL) parent company, Hanjin KAL, announced today it would acquire South Korea's second largest airline group, Asiana Airlines, in a 1.8 trillion won (US$1.6 billion) transaction. Read More »



Thai AirAsia secures 35% domestic market share in Thailand

Joint venture, Thai AirAsia, consolidated its position as the largest domestic carrier in Thailand in the September quarter, the LCC’s parent company, Asia Aviation Public Company Ltd (AAV), said this week. Read More »



Travellers flock to Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble flights

There has been an enthusiastic response from the travelling public to establishment of an air travel bubble (ATB) between Hong Kong and Singapore, with tickets for the limited number of seats offered selling fast after the scheme was announced this week. Read More »



Boeing raises China market forecast

Boeing this week upgraded its forecast for new commercial aircraft orders from the China market in the next two decades, citing strong demand for air travel despite the near-term challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Read More »



Cebu Pacific says balance sheet strong despite short-term losses

Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) said this week its balance sheet was in a strong position to survive the coronavirus pandemic although it reported a net loss of 5.5 billion pesos for third quarter of calendar 2020. Read More »


Short Takes

Capacity at Cathay Pacific and its now-terminated regional wing, Cathay Dragon, went backwards in October as the student travel market dried up and demand for European services dropped rapidly amid a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the Special Administrative Region. Read More »



Air New Zealand (Air NZ) has announced Richard Thomson will return to the company in 2021 as chief financial officer, succeeding Jeff McDowall. Read More »