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MARCH 2021

Week 12

Orient Aviation Daily Digest March 26, 2021

A look at the week

By Jordan Chong

The All Nippon Airways announcement this week that it will operate six A380 sightseeing flights during Japan's traditional Golden Week holiday is the latest evidence of pent-up demand for air travel.

The six flights, scheduled from April 29 to May 6, come hot on the heels of sold out A380 sky high jaunts earlier in the month from Tokyo Narita, Osaka Kansai and Chubu.

Not to be outdone, Japan Airlines said this week it is partnering with giant travel company, JTB Corporation, to market six domestic sightseeing flights between May and October, each with a specific theme. Read More »



CDB Aviation Lease Finance agrees purchase and leaseback deal with Scandinavian Airlines System

China Development Bank Financial Leasing Company (CDB) said today its CDB Aviation Lease Finance subsidiary had signed a purchase and leaseback agreement with Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) for one A350-900 and three A320neos. Read More »



China Aircraft Leasing Group restructures deals with Boeing

China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Limited (CALC) said today it had cut orders with Boeing by 26 737 MAXs and rescheduled the delivery dates of some aircraft. Read More »



Boeing planning to restart 787 deliveries today reports media

Bloomberg news agency reported today Boeing was expected to resume deliveries of 787s as soon as today after a months-long pause. Read More »



Thailand’s passenger airports mirror region’s collapse in air travel

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport handled 419,710 passengers in February, down 89.2% from 3.9 million 12 months earlier, figures from Airports of Thailand (AoT) showed. Read More »



Global airport association predicts “strong recovery” in second half of 2021

Airports Council International (ACI) World director general, Luis Felipe de Oliveira, said overnight the signs were increasingly positive that there would be a strong recovery in air travel later this year. Read More »



Australia’s domestic airline market suffered 67% decline in January

Australia's domestic carriers flew 1.7 million passengers in the first month of 2021, down 67.6% from 5.1 million a year ago as travel restrictions ate into peak summer demand, the country's Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics (BITRE) has reported. Read More »