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Week 46

Orient Aviation Daily Digest November 15, 2021

By Steve Creedy



Indigo Partners boosts single-aisle aircraft recovery with order for 255 A21neo family jets

U.S.-based Indigo Partners boss, Bill Franke, has underscored his faith in the airline industry's growth with a multi-billion dollar order for 255 additional A2321neo family aircraft across the company's portfolio of airlines. Read More »



Shareholders give AirAsia X green light for restructure

AirAsia X (AAX) shareholders have overwhelmingly endorsed the company’s debt restructuring, but Malaysian authorities have warned the budget carrier it needs to reimburse travelers for tickets purchased. Read More »



Airbus forecasts resilient passenger growth; climate change drives demand for new aircraft

A burgeoning Asian middle class and the Chinese domestic market will help passenger traffic growth average 3.9% a year in the next two decades, said the latest market forecast from Airbus. Read More »



Korean Air records best Q3 operating profit since 2016

South Korean flag carrier, Korean Air (KAL), was back in the black in its third quarter as strong cargo demand largely contributed to a KRW134 billion (US$113 million) net profit. Read More »



Cathay Pacific Airways steps up medical surveillance of aircrew

Cathay Pacific Airways has increased medical surveillance of its aircrew and is requiring eligible staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot after two freighter pilots tested positive for a variant of the virus. Read More »



China moves closer to lifting 737 MAX flight ban: report

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has told airlines it is satisfied with changes made to the 737 MAX and has asked for input feedback on proposed pilot procedures, according to Reuters. Read More »



Boeing adds three freighter conversion lines to its global network

Boeing is capitalising on the relatively buoyant global cargo market by opening three freighter conversion lines for the B737-800BCF in North America and Europe. Read More »



Rex flags Queensland expansion as domestic network springs back into action

Australia’s Regional Express (Rex) will add double daily Melbourne-Brisbane weekday flights to its scheduled services and has flagged an expansion in Queensland as its mainline Boeing 737 network springs back to life. Read More »


Asia-Pacific Aerospace Briefs Today

ST Engineering’s commercial aerospace business has secured a five-year component maintenance-by-the-Hour (MBH) contract from Virgin Australia Airlines. Under the contract, ST Engineering will provide full, integrated component support to the airline’s growing fleet of 737NG aircraft from this month. Read More »