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Week 35

Orient Aviation Daily Digest September 3, 2021

A look at the week

By Jordan Chong

There were a few pockets of encouraging news this week such as the resumption of domestic flights in Thailand, led by Thai AirAsia and Bangkok Airways.

Also, industry figures showed airlines in China have reversed course and are adding back capacity after local authorities brought a recent COVID-19 outbreak under control. Travel data company, OAG, said there were 1.5 million more domestic seats in China this week, compared with last week.

Notwithstanding these gains, the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) monthly traffic report noted the Asia-Pacific was at the "bottom of the chart" in international traffic due to "still elevated travel restrictions". Read More »



Malaysia clears 737 MAX to resume service

The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) has cleared the 737 MAX to return to service, two and a half years after the Boeing aircraft was grounded in response to two fatal crashes that killed 346 people. Read More »



All Nippon Airways cancels some Tokyo-Sydney flights in international route update

Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) has cancelled nine flights between Tokyo Haneda and Sydney in September, following reductions in international arrivals caps to Australia's most populous city. Read More »



Air New Zealand raises prospect of widening vaccine mandate: report

Air New Zealand (Air NZ) chief operational integrity and safety officer, Captain David Morgan, said the airline was mulling the expansion of a compulsory vaccination mandate to more workers, local media reported. Read More »





Qantas to install Bluebox-powered streaming IFE on regional jet fleet

Passengers on jet aircraft operated by Qantas's regional wing, QantasLink, and wet-lease operator partner, Alliance Airlines, will have access to inflight entertainment (IFE) streamed to their own personal electronic devices. Read More »



Cathay Pacific commences termination process for unvaccinated staff: report

Cathay Pacific has started contacting unvaccinated staff to review their unemployment status following the passing of an August 31 deadline to get the jab, Hong Kong's South China Morning Post (SCMP) has reported, citing unnamed sources. Read More »



Korean Air to sell souvenirs made from retired 747-400 components

While Korean Air (KAL) 747-400, HL7461, ended active service in February 2020, retiring from operations after a 23-year career, the aircraft will live on in the form of name tags and golf ball markers. Read More »



Air France-KLM Engineering and Maintenance has named Pierre Teboul as senior vice president of commercial. Read More »


Asia-Pacific Aerospace Briefs Today

French company, ALSIM, said this week it has been contracted by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to supply three flight simulator training device (FSTD) simulators for Airbus single aisle aircraft. The simulators were scheduled to begin service between the end of 2021 and early 2022. Read More »