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MARCH 2021

Week 9

Orient Aviation Daily Digest March 4, 2021

By Jordan Chong



Boeing settles on 2023 for full Oceania air passenger recovery

Boeing Commercial Airplanes managing director of marketing India, Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific, Dave Schulte, said the Oceania market was not expected to return to 2019 levels until about 2023. Read More »



Qantas Group considering more job cuts if border closures continue

Qantas domestic and international chief executive, Andrew David, told an Australian parliamentary inquiry yesterday the airline may be forced to make more job cuts above the previously outlined 8,500 redundancies should market conditions continue to be impacted by domestic border closures and international travel restrictions. Read More »



Air New Zealand revises pan-South Pacific flight schedule

Air New Zealand (Air NZ) said in a note to travel agents yesterday it planned to maintain its long-haul network at seven flights a week to four destinations – Hong Kong (twice weekly), Los Angeles (twice weekly), Shanghai (twice weekly) and Tokyo Narita (once weekly) – as well as one flight a month to Seoul Incheon from its Auckland hub from July 1 to October 30. Read More »



Malaysia Airlines Berhad joining regional rush to sell in-flight products to travel starved customers

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) is selling its premium in-flight products, including amenity kits, business class duvets and pyjamas, on its online store. Read More »



Vistara gambles on new Mumbai-Male route

Vistara began nonstop flights between Mumbai and Male yesterday. Read More »



Singapore Airlines resumes nonstop to Tokyo Haneda

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has returned to nonstop Singapore-Tokyo Haneda and plans to restart Singapore-Taipei in April, updated schedules on the airline group’s website said today. Read More »



AirAsia Group joins drive for streamlined travel rules post COVID-19

AirAsia Group president for airlines, Bo Lingam, wants a more consistent approach to travel requirements. Read More »