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APRIL 2021

Week 16

Orient Aviation Daily Digest April 23, 2021

A look at the week

By Jordan Chong

The week began on a positive note when quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand kicked off.

It was heart-warming to see so many joyful reunions at airports on both sides of the Tasman in scenes New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, described as reminiscent of the romantic comedy Love Actually.

There were even a few new routes, including Hobart welcoming its first international flight in more than two decades when Air New Zealand (Air NZ) touched down in the Tasmanian capital yesterday. The airline will operate Auckland-Hobart twice a week with A320s. Read More »



Air New Zealand joins IATA Travel Pass trials

Air New Zealand (Air NZ) CEO, Greg Foran, said the airline has trialled the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) travel pass app on today's NZ103 from Auckland to Sydney, his first international flight since joining the airline in February 2020. Read More »



Etihad Airways to park A380s “indefinitely” says CEO Tony Douglas

Etihad Airways Group CEO, Tony Douglas, told an online World Aviation Festival event overnight the Abu Dhabi-headquartered carrier's 10 A380s would be grounded indefinitely given market conditions. Read More »



More nations ban travellers from India as the nation’s daily coronavirus numbers escalate

Canada, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were the latest countries to change travel restrictions to and from India as the incidence of COVID-19 worsened across South Asia. Read More »



Singapore Airlines held largest market share of foreign carriers operating into Australia in February

International air travellers into and out of Australia fell 98.2%, to 51,613 in February from 2.8 million in the same month a year ago. figures from the country's Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics (BITRE) showed. Read More »



Airbus appoints Chris Drewer as senior vice president Southeast Asia commercial aircraft

Airbus confirmed yesterday former GE Aviation executive, Chris Drewer, is its new senior vice president for commercial aircraft in Southeast Asia. Read More »



South Korean carriers report improved domestic passenger demand in March

South Korean airlines carried 2.6 million domestic passengers in March, the Yonhap News Agency reported, citing figures from the country's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation. Read More »