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JUNE 2021

Week 22

Orient Aviation Daily Digest June 4, 2021

A look at the week

By Jordan Chong

Two airlines in the region this week pledged their support for the COVID-19 vaccination programs of their governments by launching giveaways of free flights, frequent flyer points and other "goodies" for those who have received the jab.

The Qantas Group’s headline prize was free flights for a year anywhere on its network.

A few days later, Cathay Pacific offered a private flight around Hong Kong on an A321neo through a lucky draw. The headline of its media release said it all: "Get vaccinated!"

Beyond the region, United Airlines unveiled its "Your shot to fly" sweepstakes with vaccinated travellers eligible to win a return flight for two to any destination in the U.S. carrier’s network. Read More »



Cathay Pacific Group launches lucky draw giveaway for vaccinated Hong Kongers

Cathay Pacific CEO, Augustus Tang, said 80% of the airline group's pilots and 50% of its cabin crew either have booked or received their COVID-19 vaccinations as the Hong Kong-based carrier launched a giveaway lucky draw to encourage more locals to get the jab. Read More »



THAI to commence five international routes from Phuket in July

Thai Airways International (THAI) said it would resume nonstop flights between Phuket and five European cities from the start of July – Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London, Paris and Zurich. Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways also have announced they will return to Phuket from their hubs in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, respectively. Read More »



Air New Zealand names new chief digital officer

Air New Zealand (Air NZ) has appointed Nikhil Ravishankar as the airline's chief digital officer. Ravishankar, chief digital officer at electricity and gas company, Vector New Zealand, will join Air NZ in September, the airline said. Read More »



COVID-19 recovery “pretty robust” says Boeing Company CEO

The Boeing Company CEO and president, Dave Calhoun, has described the aviation industry's recovery from COVID-19 as "pretty robust" and above his expectations. Read More »



Garuda Indonesia invokes “grace period” for bond repayment and evaluates strategic options

Garuda Indonesia said in a regulatory filing to the Indonesia Stock Exchange it had "elected to take advantage of the 14-day grace period" on its US$500 million Sukuk, or Islamic bonds, due in 2023. Read More »



T'way Air signs lease for three A330-300s

South Korea’s T'way Air has confirmed its lease of three A330-300s that will operate on the airline's expanding medium and long-haul networks. Read More »