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Week 32

Orient Aviation Daily Digest August 13, 2021

A look at the week

By Jordan Chong

Cathay Pacific Airways chairman, Patrick Healy, spoke for many in the aviation industry and beyond this week when he described the difficulties in planning for the future amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

One only has to look at the proposed but repeatedly postponed air travel bubble between Singapore and Hong Kong as an example of how challenging it can be for airlines to develop a strategy for the resumption of full flying. 

The cautious optimism, some called it green shoots, expressed at the end of 2020 has given way to concern and anxiety as fresh outbreaks of COVID-19 in the region, particularly the more contagious Delta variant, have put recovery plans on hold. Read More »



India expected to clear the 737 MAX for resumption of flying: report

Boeing 737 MAX aircraft could resume flying in India within days, the Bloomberg news agency reports, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter. Read More »



Starlux to launch Taipei-Singapore route

Taiwanese carrier, Starlux, plans to commence nonstop flights between Taipei Taoyuan and Singapore from September 23. Initially, the flights will operate twice a week, before increasing to three times weekly from October. Read More »



Singapore Airlines adds Taipei-Los Angeles fifth freedom route; SIA A350

Singapore Airlines (SIA) will resume a fifth freedom flight, from Singapore to Taipei and onwards to Los Angeles from August 25, local media has reported. Read More »



Cebu Pacific reports US$128 million June quarter loss

Leading LCC, Cebu Pacific, has announced a 6.5 billion peso (US$128 million) net loss for the three months to June 30, an improvement over a net loss of 8 billion peso in the same three months in 2020. Read More »



EVA Air transported 25,947 passengers for July

EVA Air passenger numbers rose 4.5% in July to 25,947, from 24,819 in June. However, on a year-on-year basis, the July figure declined by 33.9%, from 39,262 passengers a year earlier. Read More »



China Airlines passenger numbers up 56% in July

Taiwan's flag carrier, China Airlines (CAL), said passengers it transported in July rose 55.8%, to 8,076, from 5,183 passengers in June. Read More »



Asia-Pacific aerospace briefs today

IBS Software has announced South Korea's Fly Gangwon has selected the company's iFly Res product for its distribution and reservations platform, replacing the LCC's current booking systems. Read More »