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MAY 2021

Week 21

Orient Aviation Daily Digest May 28, 2021

A look at the week

By Jordan Chong

Airbus presented its outlook for commercial aircraft production this week with forecasts for its A220, A320, A330 and A350 programs stretching to the middle of the decade.

The likely production rates offered an indication of the air framer's expected recovery path from COVID-19 and gave notice to suppliers to prepare for record production.

Airbus said the production rate of its A320 family would rise from 45 aircraft a month by the fourth quarter of this year to 64 airplanes monthly by mid-2023. And while it was not a firm commitment, Airbus also told suppliers to "enable a scenario" of 70 A320 family aircraft a month by early 2024 and potentially 75 a month by 2025. Read More »



AirAsia Group announces US$185.5 million first quarter loss

Malaysia’s AirAsia Group has reported a net loss of 767.4 million ringgit (US$185.5 million) for the three months to March 31, 2021, an improvement from a net loss of 803.8 million ringgit a year ago. Read More »



Garuda Indonesia focuses on cargo to offset passenger losses

Garuda Indonesia told the Indonesia Stock Exchange this week it was optimising its cargo services, including opening special cargo flights, passenger freighter aircraft operations and prioritising cargo charter services to increase income amid the pandemic. Read More »



All Nippon Airways cancels more domestic flights as COVID-19 cases increase

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has cancelled another 712 domestic flights, from June 7 to June 30, due to the pandemic. Read More »



Boeing fined US$17 million in settlement agreement with U.S. regulator over 737 breaches

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has fined Boeing US$17 million after the air framer installed unapproved sensors on 759 737 MAXs and 737 NGs and submitted about 178 737 MAXs aircraft for airworthiness certification when they had potentially non-conforming slat tracks installed. Read More »



Qantas Group considering incentives to encourage travellers to accept COVID jab

Qantas Group chief customer officer, Stephanie Tully, told local media this week the company was considering offering incentives to encourage travellers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Read More »



Former THAI vice chairman steps down from airline’s executive board

Thai Airways International (THAI) said in a regulatory filing to the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) Air Chief Marshal Chanyoot Sirithumakul had resigned as a director of the company, effective on May 24. Read More »