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MAY 2021

Week 21

Orient Aviation Daily Digest May 24, 2021



Australia’s international passengers decline 96.6% against March 2020

About 58,336 passengers flew in and out of Australia in March, a 96.6% reduction from 1.7 million in March 2020 and 98.2% below 3.3 million in March 2019, Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics figures showed. Read More »



Guy Bradley named Swire Pacific chairman; to join Cathay Pacific Group board

Cathay Pacific Group has announced Guy Bradley will take his seat on the airline group’s board on August 24, 2021. Read More »



Qatar Airways Group CEO, Akbar Al Baker, appointed oneworld governing board chairman

Qatar Airways boss, Akbar Al Baker, has succeeded Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, as chairman of the oneworld government board. Read More »



Garuda Indonesia CEO flags a 50% reduction in carrier’s fleet

Garuda Airlines CEO, Irfan Setiaputra, has told staff the Indonesian flag carrier may have to cut its fleet by half, to about 70 aircraft, to survive COVID-19, Bloomberg news agency has reported, citing a recording of his comments on May 19. Read More »



Mainland China flew 47.7 million domestic passengers in April

China's domestic carriers transported 47.7 million passengers in March, more than three times the 14.6 million air travellers recorded for the same month a year ago, figures from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) record. Read More »



IndiGo chooses CFM LEAP-1A for 310 A320neo family aircraft order

Indian carrier, IndiGo, has selected CFM International's LEAP-1A engine for its order of 310 A320neo family aircraft. Read More »