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JULY 2021

Week 27

Orient Aviation Daily Digest July 9, 2021

A look at the week

By Jordan Chong

Figures from travel data company, OAG, published this week highlighted the divergent paths countries have taken in reopening of their aviation sectors.

According to the numbers, weekly scheduled capacity in China and the Russian Federation at June 30 was above the corresponding period in 2019, prior to the coronavirus pandemic outbreak.

In contrast, the U.K. was 73% below pre-COVID-19 levels and Canada and Japan were down 67% and 57.2%, respectively. Read More »



China moving closer to 737 MAX test flights, reports Bloomberg

China's aviation regulator is nearer to conducting flight tests on the 737 MAX, Bloomberg news agency has reported, citing unnamed sources not authorised to speak publicly. Read More »



Airport Authority Hong Kong chairman predicts sunny days ahead

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) chairman, Jack So, Chak-kwong, said Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) stood ready to welcome passengers when the situation returned to normal. Read More »



Airbus receives 73 commercial aircraft orders in June

Airbus booked 73 orders for commercial aircraft in June, bringing to 165 the number of its gross orders for the first six months of calendar 2021. Read More »



IATA launches action group to improve transport of mobility aids for airline passengers

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched a Mobility Aids Action Group (MAAG) to tackle the issue of ensuring wheelchairs and other assistive devices are transported safely. Read More »



American Airlines switches Los Angeles-Sydney to cargo only

American Airlines (AA) has announced its flights from Los Angeles to Sydney will be cargo-only from July 12 due to the Australian government's decision to lower the weekly cap for international passenger arrivals into the country. Read More »



Garuda Indonesia passengers decline 16.1% in May

Garuda Indonesia flew 291,091 passengers on its domestic network in May, a decline of 16.1% month-on-month from 346,824 passengers in April. Read More »



Asia-Pacific aerospace briefs today

Aviation training company CAE and urban air mobility company Volocopter have signed an agreement to develop, certify, and deploy an innovative pilot training program for electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) operations. Read More »