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JUNE 2021

Week 25

Orient Aviation Daily Digest June 25, 2021

A look at the week

By Jordan Chong

There were a couple of interesting route announcements this week.

One was from Singapore Airlines (SIA), which said it would start a fifth freedom service between Copenhagen and Rome from July as part of its Singapore-Copenhagen-Rome rotation.

Another was from Gulf Air. It is dipping its toe into fifth freedom waters for the first time with plans to commence nonstop Bangkok-Singapore flights as well as Athens-Larnaca. Read More »



Property developer purchases South Korea’s Eastar Jet

Property developer, Sung Jung Co., is the new owner of South Korea's Eastar Jet, local media has reported. Read More »



Cathay Pacific orders compulsory vaccinations for Hong Kong-based pilots and cabin crew

Cathay Pacific Group has ordered all Hong Kong-based pilots and cabin crew to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by August 31, the South China Morning Post newspaper has reported, citing a staff memo. Read More »



SIA launches carbon offset program for passengers and air cargo customers

Singapore Airlines Group (SIA) is offering passengers and cargo clients the opportunity to offset their carbon emissions from flights. Read More »



Air New Zealand starting Melbourne-Los Angeles cargo flights

Air New Zealand (Air NZ) will begin a second cargo route between Australia and the U.S. from July 3 as part of Australia's International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) program. Read More »



Vistara chief commercial officer believes market “slowly coming back” after period of “complete lack of demand”

Vistara chief commercial officer, Vinod Kannan, told India's Live Mint publication this week demand was "slowly coming back" after the severe disruptions caused by COVID-19. Read More »



Japan Airlines reduces July domestic schedule

Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced more reductions in its domestic schedule in response to changed market conditions due to COVID-19. Read More »