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MAY 2021

Week 18

Orient Aviation Daily Digest May 7, 2021

A look at the week

By Jordan Chong

There was some difficult news to digest this week, given the wave of new COVID-19 cases in India showed little sign of abating.

The country recorded more than 400,000 new daily COVID-19 infections twice this past week, a statistic that illustrates the scale of the crisis gripping the country.

Figures from travel company, OAG, showed capacity in India was down 40% since the start of the year, while the Ministry of Civil Aviation said the number of daily departing passengers declined about 70% compared with February and March. Read More »



Japan Airlines reports US$2.6 billion annual loss; commits to LCC expansion

Japan Airlines (JAL) today reported a net loss of 286.7 billion yen (US$2.6 billion) for the 12 months to March 31, 2021, slumping into the red from a net profit of 48.1 billion yen a year earlier. Read More »



China Airlines narrows losses for first quarter of fiscal year

Taipei-headquartered China Airlines (CAL) yesterday reported a TW$1.02 million (US$36,526) net loss for the three months to March 31, 2021, an improvement from a TW$3.81 million net loss in the prior corresponding period. Read More »



Cathay Pacific and British Airways to resume UK- Hong Kong flights after COVID-19 induced hiatus

British Airways (BA) said yesterday it was looking forward to resuming flights from London Heathrow to Hong Kong from Sunday, May 9, following easing of restrictions by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government. Read More »



All Nippon Airways Golden Week passengers improve 10-fold over same peak holiday in 2020

All Nippon Airways (ANA) said yesterday it flew 414,381 domestic passengers during this year's Golden Week period - from April 29 and May 5. Read More »



AirAsia Malaysia reports 90% collapse in passenger demand; capacity axed by 92%

AirAsia Malaysia flew 497,472 passengers in the three months to March 31, 2021, down 90% from 6.3 million in the previous corresponding period, parent company AirAsia Group said yesterday. Read More »



Acting THAI president, Chansin Treenuchagron, named interim CEO; announced other key senior appointments

Thai Airways International (THAI) said in regulatory filing to the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) yesterday Chansin Treenuchagron had been appointed acting CEO. Read More »