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MAY 2021

Week 18

Orient Aviation Daily Digest May 5, 2021

By Jordan Chong



UK and Ireland flights to Hong Kong will resume on May 7

Flights to Hong Kong from Ireland and the UK will resume from May 7 given the "stabilising local epidemic situation and the relatively satisfactory vaccination rate" in the two countries, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government said yesterday. Read More »



Israeli OEM to build 777 freighter conversion workshop in Seoul

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) said yesterday it would build a 777 passenger to cargo conversion facility at Seoul Incheon Airport as demand for wide-body freighter aircraft is expected to increase. Read More »



SIA Engineering warns recovery “still fraught with risks”

SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC) yesterday reported a net loss of S$11.2 million (US$8.4 million) for the 12 months to March 31, 2021, a sharp deterioration from a net profit of S$193.8 million a year ago. Read More »



IATA decries high cost of COVID-19 testing; could inhibit industry’s return to international flying

International Air Transport Association (IATA) director general, Willie Walsh, said overnight the high cost of COVID-19 tests in several countries could limit the recovery in international aviation by putting air travel out of reach for some prospective passengers. Read More »



Emirates aiming for 70% capacity by the northern winter season

Emirates Airline chief commercial officer, Adnan Kazim, said yesterday the Dubai-headquartered carrier expected to reach 70% of pre-COVID-19 capacity levels by the 2021 northern winter season, local media reported. Read More »



SpiceJet defers selected staff salaries by up to 50%

Indian LCC, SpiceJet, has temporarily deferred paying the April salaries of some staff by 10% to 50% as a devastating new wave of COVID-19 infections sweeps across the country wiping out air passenger demand. Read More »