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MARCH 2021

Week 11

Orient Aviation Daily Digest March 19, 2021

A look at the week

By Jordan Chong

There was renewed talk of a two-way air travel bubble (ATB) between Australia and New Zealand this week.

While this was undoubtedly good news given the deep economic and cultural links between the two countries, the excitement must be tempered by the fact there have been a number of false dawns with the ATB; a one-way arrangement established in late 2020.

Currently, New Zealanders travelling to Australia do not have to spend 14 days in quarantine. However, Australians heading across the Tasman, as well as New Zealanders returning home, are not exempt from 14-day quarantine. Read More »



China’s flag carrier signs for 18 A320 family aircraft

Air China informed the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong yesterday it had signed a purchase agreement with AFS Investments, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Electric's GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), for 18 A320 family aircraft. Read More »



Japan tightens rules for inbound international air travellers

From today, international passengers flying into Japan must produce a certificate of testing showing a negative result for COVID-19. Read More »



Australia and New Zealand working towards two-way air travel bubble

Air New Zealand (Air NZ) CEO, Greg Foran, said today the airline planned to start twice weekly nonstop flights between Auckland and Hobart with A320s once a two-way air travel bubble was established with Australia. Read More »



Korean Air’s takeover of Asiana Airlines to be finalised in April

Korean Air (KAL) this week submitted the post-merger integration plan for its proposed takeover of local rival, Asiana Airlines, the Yonhap news agency reported. Read More »



North Asia LCC t'way to acquire 330-300s for charter services

South Korean carrier, t'way, said this week it would add A330-300s to its fleet to fly charter operations to Kyrgyzstan, Australia and Croatia later this year, local media reported. Read More »



China Airlines selects insider Kao Shing-Hwang as president

Taiwan's China Airlines (CAL) said in a regulatory filing to the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE) yesterday Kao Shing-Hwang had been promoted to president, effective immediately. Read More »