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Week 36

Orient Aviation Daily Digest September 7, 2021

By Jordan Chong



Singapore clears 737 MAX to resume flying

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has lifted restrictions on 737 MAXs operating into and out of Singapore, two and a half years after the Boeing aircraft was grounded in response to two fatal crashes that killed 346 people. Read More »



Air New Zealand reopening some lounges as COVID-19 restrictions to ease outside Auckland

Air New Zealand will reopen premium passenger lounges at its domestic lounges, except at Auckland Airport, from tomorrow as COVID-19 restrictions are eased in most regions of the country. Read More »





Philippine Airlines to operate 70 aircraft post-restructuring

Philippine Airlines (PAL) president, Gilbert Santa Maria, has told reporters 22 aircraft in the flag carrier's fleet of 92 planes will be returned to lessors under the company's restructuring plan. Read More »



Families of passengers and crew killed aboard MH17 testify before Netherlands court

Relatives of those killed on board a Malaysia Airlines flight shot down in 2014 have begun addressing the District Court of The Hague in The Netherlands. Read More »



Seat capacity drops in Southeast Asia and Southwest Pacific

Capacity at airlines in the Southwest Pacific, which includes Australia and New Zealand, fell 19%, to 720,382 seats in the week to September 6, from 889,402 seats a week earlier, figures from travel data company, OAG, show. Read More »



Phuket records 26,400 visitors since Sandbox scheme launched with more Thai destinations to open from October 1

Popular Thailand tourist destination, Phuket, has received 26,400 visitors since the "Sandbox" scheme kicked off on July 1, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TOT) said. Read More »


Asia-Pacific Aerospace Briefs Today

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has signed a three-year contract extension with Australian-based maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider, Heston MRO. Under the agreement, Heston MRO will continue to provide MRO services such as full handling of aircraft transits, defect rectification, local warehousing and logistics support for all incoming and departing SIA passenger 777, 787, A350 and A380 aircraft at Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth airports as well as 747 freighter services at Melbourne. Read More »