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Week 34

Orient Aviation Daily Digest August 27, 2021

A look at the week

By Jordan Chong

News this week that Qantas plans to restart international flights by mid-December was well received, and not just from Australian residents keen to reunite with loved ones overseas. The Qantas share price rose 3.5% yesterday and today has been continuing to climb higher on the Australian Securities Exchange.

While the resumption of international flying is welcome, given how COVID-19 has smashed air travel in the past 18 months, a word of caution.

It is not the first time Qantas has announced plans to have its wide-bodies heading to all corners of the world only to backtrack on them given the changing status of the pandemic at home and abroad. Read More »



India clears 737 MAX to resume operations

India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has cleared the 737 MAX to resume operations in the country, two and a half years after it grounded the Boeing aircraft following two fatal crashes. Read More »



All AirAsia Group operating crew and frontline staff vaccinated

AirAsia Group CEO, Tony Fernandes, has declared the LCC group "ready to fly" with 100% of its operating crew and frontline staff fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Read More »



Association of Asia Pacific Airlines director general says vaccination in the region remains low

Asia-Pacific carriers flew 1.5 million passengers on scheduled international services in July, figures from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) show. Read More »



Singapore Airlines launches "upcycling" project

Singapore Airlines (SIA) will donate old parts and materials from retired aircraft to educational institutions, local artists and disability support agencies as part of its new "The Upcycling Project". Read More »



Malaysia's aviation commission cuts traffic forecasts

The Malaysia Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) has lowered its passenger forecasts for calendar 2021 for the second time this year amid a "lower load factor and a longer period of seat capacity recovery by airlines". Read More »



SpiceJet to re-start 737 MAX operations in September after settlement with lessor Avolon

Indian carrier, SpiceJet, expects to re-start flights with its 737 MAXs in September after it had "entered into a settlement" with lessor Avolon. Read More »


Asia-Pacific Aerospace Briefs Today

AFI KLM E&M's vice president Asia-Pacific sales, Dominik Wiener-Silva, has been promoted to managing director of Amsterdam-headquartered EPCOR. The APU and component support company is a 100%-owned subsidiary of the global MRO group. Read More »