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Week 8

Orient Aviation Daily Digest February 22, 2021

By Jordan Chong



Regulator suspends operations of ANA and JAL 777-200s equipped with PW4000 engines

Japan’s Ministry of Transport has halted flights of 777 aircraft powered with the same Pratt & Whitney PW4000 series engines involved in a United Airlines (UA) incident in the U.S. over the weekend. Read More »



Air China passenger numbers in free fall in January

Air China said it flew 4.4 million passengers on its domestic network in January, down 40.6% from 7.3 million in the same month a year earlier. Read More »



Media reports Hong Kong and Singapore in discussions to revive delayed air travel bubble

The governments of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Singapore have restarted talks about establishing an air travel bubble (ATB) between the two countries, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) has reported, citing government sources. Read More »



No New Year celebrations for Mainland carriers

China's airlines carried 3.57 million passengers during this year's traditional seven-day Lunar New Year holiday, down 45.2% from the same period in 2020 and 71.2% below 2019 levels, figures from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) published late last week reported. Read More »



South Korea adopting more lenient traffic rights policy to counter COVID-19 impact

South Korea's government was considering allowing airlines to keep their existing traffic rights without operating flights on those routes for a longer period, The Korea Herald reported, citing Ministry of Transport sources. Read More »



New Zealand to conduct IATA Travel Pass trial on Auckland-Sydney route

Air New Zealand (Air NZ) said today it would conduct a three-week trial of a digital Travel Pass app, developed by the International Air Travel Association (IATA), on the Auckland-Sydney route. Read More »



Richard Kendall to head new HAECO Group unit

HAECO Group CEO, Frank Walschot, has announced the company’s group director airframe services, Richard Kendall, is the chief commercial officer of a new centralized commercial organization of the aircraft engineering and MRO company, effective today. Read More »