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Week 37

Orient Aviation Daily Digest September 17, 2021

A look at the week

By Jordan Chong

Figures from China's three largest airline groups – Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines – paint a worrying picture of the aviation market in the country.

The trio's monthly traffic reports showed passenger numbers in the domestic market more than halved in August, as China battled an ongoing outbreak of COVID-19. For the month they sat at their lowest levels this year. There also was a significant cut in domestic capacity.

The swift imposition of restrictions since the latest virus outbreak was detected in July has impacted all sectors of the economy. An example is Nanjing airport. It was temporarily closed as part of containment efforts. Read More »



Air China's domestic passengers more than halved in August

Air China flew 3.2 million passengers on its domestic network in August, less than half the 7.6 million passengers carried in July. Read More »



China Eastern Airlines reports 59.8% August decline in its Mainland air traffic

China Eastern Airlines (CEA) said passenger numbers on its domestic network fell 59.8%, to 3.5 million, in August, from 8.7 million in July. Read More »




China Southern Airlines reports 60% drop in local traffic from COVID-19 outbreak

China Southern Airlines (CSA) carried 4.5 million passengers on its domestic flights in August, down 59.2%, from 11.2 million in July. Read More »



Virgin Australia confirms vaccination mandate for staff

Virgin Australia (VA) will require frontline and airport-based staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 15 with other office-based staff to be immunised by March 31 next year. Read More »




Air New Zealand and Airbus to cooperate on hydrogen aircraft research project

Air New Zealand (Air NZ) and Airbus have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to conduct research on zero-emissions hydrogen aircraft. Read More »



Qantas bond sale raises US$365 million

Qantas has completed a A$500 million (US$365 million) corporate bond sale. Read More »


Asia-Pacific Aerospace Briefs Today

Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) has opened a tender process for the appointment of passenger general sales agents in Indonesia for three years from January 1, 2022. Read More »