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Week 46

Orient Aviation Daily Digest November 17, 2021

By Steve Creedy



Indian start-up Akasa Air orders 72 MAXs

Indian budget start-up, Akasa Air, says its order for 72 737 MAXs will support its aim of being cost-efficient and reliable while operating one of the youngest and greenest fleets on the sub-continent. Read More »



Singapore Airlines seeks wow appeal with new narrow-body cabin products

Singapore Airlines (SIA) is poised to roll out its much anticipated narrow-body cabin products that are designed to offer a similar cabin experience that of wide-body jets. Read More »



Emirates Airline to retrofit 105 aircraft with premium economy; flags new business class

Emirates Airline is embracing the premium economy cabins it once rejected with a massive 18-month program to retrofit 105 aircraft. Read More »



Japan’s ZIPAIR celebrates Christmas with new flights to Los Angeles

LCC ZIPAIR Tokyo will launch three flights per week between Tokyo Narita and Los Angeles International Airport next month to become the first Japanese budget carrier to operate services to the U.S mainland. Read More »



Rex to launch Sydney-Brisbane services as Australia’s borders open

Singapore-backed Regional Express (Rex) will launch triple daily weekday flights between Brisbane and Sydney and double daily services on weekends as it sharpens its focus on the Queensland travel market. Read More »



Embraer expects a robust Asia-Pacific market for turboprops

Embraer expects global demand for 10,900 new smaller aircraft worth US$650 billion over the next 20 years with the Asia-Pacific a clear leader in turboprop demand. Read More »



Qantas Dreamliner left with main landing gear locking pins in place

A Qantas Boeing 787-9 was unable to retract its landing gear after it took off from Sydney airport because locking pins had been left in place, Australian investigators have found. Read More »



Cambodia removes quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers

Cambodia has opened its borders earlier than expected after the national COVID-19 vaccination rate hit 88%. Read More »



Singapore expands Vaccinated Travel Lanes

Singapore is expanding Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTLs) to additional countries. Read More »



Pratt & Whitney has appointed Graham Webb to the newly created position of chief sustainability officer. Webb will coordinate the execution of Pratt & Whitney’s sustainable propulsion technology roadmap and strategy. Read More »


Asia-Pacific Aerospace Briefs Today

Hong Kong startup, Greater Bay Airlines, has chosen China Aircraft Services Litd (CASL) as its line maintenance and ground handler for its 737-800 fleet at Hong Kong International Airport. Read More »