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Week 33

Orient Aviation Daily Digest August 20, 2021

A look at the week

By Jordan Chong

News this week that Singapore has taken tentative steps towards resuming international travel is likely to be welcomed across the region.

The vaccinated travel lane will begin with two countries – Brunei and Germany – next month. Singapore minister of transport, S Iswaran, said the country was embarking on the scheme now that 75% of the country's population - of about 5.7 million - was fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Of course, a lot can happen between now and September. The best example of this is the now abandoned air travel bubble between Singapore and Hong Kong. It has been postponed twice since it was originally due to start in late 2020 and is now permanently shelved. Read More »



Singapore to introduce vaccinated travel lanes with Brunei and Germany from September

Singapore said it would introduce quarantine-free travel for passengers fully vaccinated against COVID-19 from Brunei and Germany, with the new vaccinated travel lane (VTL) arrangement to commence in September. Read More »



Garuda Indonesia withdraws legal action against Rolls-Royce after mediation

Flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia, has settled a legal case with Rolls-Royce and Rolls-Royce Total Care Services following mediation. Read More »



U.S. imposes capacity limits on China's air passenger services

The Department of Transportation (DoT) has placed a 40% capacity limit on four passenger flights operated by Chinese carriers into the U.S. during the next four weeks. Read More »



BOC Aviation reports US$254 million interim net profit

Lessor BOC Aviation reported net profit declined 21.4%, to US$254 million, in the six months to June 30, from a net profit of US$323 million in the same six months in 2020. Read More »



Virgin Australia adds bag-free economy option in fares overhaul

Virgin Australia (VA) has introduced economy tickets with no check-in baggage allowance after an overhaul of its fare structure. Read More »



Japan's two largest airline groups record passenger jump during Obon festival holiday

All Nippon Airways (ANA) said it flew 645,879 passengers on domestic flights during Japan's Obon festival - from August 6 to August 15. Read More »


Asia-Pacific Aerospace Briefs Today

AirAsia Group said its digital logistics business, Teleport, will acquire Malaysian online food delivery company, Delivereat, with the US$9.8 million transaction to be paid in cash and Teleport shares. Read More »