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Week 6

Orient Aviation Daily Digest February 8, 2021

By Jordan Chong



All Nippon Airways concentrates freighter fleet at Tokyo Narita to cut costs

All Nippon Airways (ANA) said late last week its 11 freighter aircraft would be based at Tokyo Narita Airport in fiscal 2021 to increase profitability at its cargo operations and meet demand for air freight deliveries to Asia, China, North America and Europe. Read More »



Cathay Pacific Group to fly 15 Mainland services formerly flown by Cathay Dragon

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has approved a Cathay Pacific Group application to operate flights to 15 Mainland cities previously served by its now defunct regional carrier, Cathay Dragon, the South China Morning Post has reported, citing a notice on the CAAC’s website. Read More »



Japan Airlines trials cotton cloth as fuel feed stock for Haneda-Fukuoka flight

Japan Airlines (JAL) flew a 787-8 from Tokyo Haneda to Fukuoka on February 4 powered with a blend of jet kerosene and sustainable aviation biofuel produced with 250,000 pieces of domestically supplied cotton clothing. Read More »



Malaysia Airports upgrades COVID-19 security and screening technology

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) is the first airline in Kuala Lumpur to use a new security process, Passenger Reconciliation System (PRS), the Malaysia Airports group said on Saturday. Read More »



Airbus announces January commercial aircraft deliveries

Airbus customers accepted three A220s, 16 A320 family aircraft, one A330neo and one A350 from Toulouse-headquartered Airbus in January, down from 31 deliveries in the same month a year ago. Read More »



China’s C919 moves to Canada for winter flight tests

The in-development Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) C919 program is heading to Canada next month for the next stage of its flight test program, Canada's International Test Pilots School Ltd reported last week. Read More »



Boeing and Tata to build 737 components in new India facility

Boeing and India's Tata Advanced Systems Limited have formed Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited (TBAL) to build vertical fin structures for the 737 family at a new facility in Hyderabad, the manufacturer said. Read More »