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JULY 2021

Week 29

Orient Aviation Daily Digest July 23, 2021

A look at the week

By Jordan Chong

Seeing the New Shepard rocket ship carrying four people, including Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, soar 100km above the earth's surface this week must have been triggering for many of those living in the Asia-Pacific.

Millions in the region, including about half the population of Australia, are currently subject to stay-at-home orders, unable to leave their immediate vicinity let alone planet earth. The return to lockdowns harks back to 2020, when governments around the world shut down their economies as they faced the new and unknown threat of COVID-19.

While much more is now known about the coronavirus and vaccines offering strong protection against serious injury and death have been developed, new variants of the disease have emerged, keeping borders closed.

This week quarantine free travel between Australia and New Zealand was suspended for eight weeks, while the governments of Hong Kong and Singapore have once again postponed the introduction of an air travel bubble. Read More »



Quarantine free travel between Australia and New Zealand suspended for eight weeks

New Zealand has suspended quarantine free travel with Australia for eight weeks due to the worsening COVID-19 situation across the Tasman. Read More »



Garuda CEO says recovery to take up to four years

Garuda Indonesia CEO, Irfan Setiaputra, said the airline's recovery from the pandemic was expected to take up to four years. Read More »



HK Express adding Hong Kong to Kaohsiung and Taipei flights in August

HK Express will launch nonstop flights to the Taiwanese cities of Kaohsiung and Taipei next month. The Cathay Pacific Group LCC said services to Taipei would begin on August 23 and flights to Kaohsiung will take off from August 26. Read More »



Asia-Pacific carriers losses increased 57% in first three months of 2021 reports IATA

Airlines in the Asia-Pacific slumped deeper into the red in the first quarter of calendar 2021 amid the ongoing impact of COVID-19, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said. Read More »



Cathay Pacific seeking changes in quarantine rules for flight crew

Cathay Pacific Group is lobbying the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to relax quarantine rules for its flight crews given the high rates of vaccination among its pilots and cabin crew, the South China Morning Post newspaper has reported. Read More »



AirAsia's Teleport looking to increase freighter fleet: Group CEO Fernandes

AirAsia Group CEO, Tony Fernandes, revealed earlier this week that the company's logistics arm, Teleport, will add six more narrowbody freighters to its fleet, FlightGlobal has reported, citing comments made in an online briefing with the Foreign Correspondents Association of Singapore. Read More »



Asia-Pacific aerospace briefs today

SATS Ltd said in a regulatory filing to the Singapore Exchange it posted a net profit of S$6.4 million (US$4.7 million) for the three months to June 30, 2021, a return to profit from a net loss of S$43.7 million a year ago. Read More »