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JUNE 2021

Week 23

Orient Aviation Daily Digest June 11, 2021

A look at the week

By Jordan Chong

It was a tale of two air travel bubbles (ATB) this week – one postponed, one in the works – and both of them involved Singapore.

Firstly, to the (still) postponed ATB between Singapore and Hong Kong. While no starting date was announced, statements from both governments this week indicated the Hong Kong Secretary for commerce and economic development, Edward Yau, and the Singapore minister for transport are in regular dialogue and will "review" the situation in early July.

It has been a long seven months since the first ATB was scheduled to commence on November 22 last year - and was then postponed. A May 26 launch date also came and went. On both occasions, the scheme was aborted because of spikes in infections, firstly in Hong Kong and then in Singapore. Read More »



Hong Kong and Singapore considering July start to delayed air travel bubble

Hong Kong and Singapore will consider a starting date of early July for a twice-delayed air travel bubble (ATB). Read More »



Australia and Singapore working on air travel bubble

Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, and Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, have confirmed work had begun to establish an air travel bubble (ATB) between the two countries. Read More »



Cathay Pacific names Ma Chongxian as new non-executive director

Cathay Pacific said in a regulatory filing to the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Ma Chongxian would join the board as a non-executive director. Read More »



China Eastern launches electronic log book on Boeing777 fleet

China Eastern Airlines (CEA) has debuted an electronic log book (ELB) this week on its 777 fleet. Read More »



EVA Airways May passenger numbers 97% below pre-COVID-19 levels

EVA Airways flew 31,613 passengers in May, little changed from 31,839 passengers in April. Read More »



Japan Airlines reduces June and July domestic schedules

Japan Airlines (JAL) has cancelled another 7,214 domestic flights to July 31, including 837 flights between June 17 and June 30 and 6,377 flights in July. Read More »