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Week 46

Orient Aviation Daily Digest November 19, 2021

By Steve Creedy



Optimistic Virgin Australia to acquire seven new aircraft as furloughed staff return to work

Virgin Australia (VA) has celebrated its first anniversary under new ownership by signing Letters of Intent to acquire seven new 737NGs in a decision CEO, Jayne Hrdlicka, said underlined the airline’s confidence in the industry’s future. Read More »



Airbus says Dubai Airshow demonstrates confidence in aviation recovery

Airbus says the swag of orders and commitments it received at the first major airshow since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic shows customers are confident about the recovery of the aviation sector. Read More »



Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines substantially expand codeshare agreement

Easing border restriction have allowed Malaysia Airlines (MAB) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) to reactivate and significantly expand their codeshare arrangement as they develop a wide-ranging joint venture agreement signed in 2019. Read More »



MTU Aero Engines predicts sustained growth to 2024

In another sign a post-pandemic aviation industry recovery is underway, Germany’s MTU Aero Engines is predicting all its business units will see growth in the short to mid-term. Read More »



Singapore and Airbus to study airport hub for hydrogen powered aircraft

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Airbus will study the airport infrastructure needed to support hydrogen powered aircraft operations as part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on sustainable aviation signed by the two partners. Read More »



Cathay Pacific Airways fires three COVID-19 infected freighter pilots

Cathay Pacific Airways “no longer employed three freighter pilots who were infected by COVID-19 and subsequently involved in a quarantine controversy in Hong Kong. Read More »



Garuda Indonesia opens restructuring data room

Garuda Indonesia has submitted a restructuring proposal to lessors and creditors in what airline president, Irfan Setiaputra, has described as acceleration of the process. Read More »



Job seekers flood new Aussie airline

The ravages of COVID-19 do not seem to have dented the allure of the aviation industry in Australia. Read More »


Asia-Pacific Aerospace Briefs Today

The Indonesia Ministry of Defence has placed an order for two Airbus A400M aircraft in multirole tanker and transport configuration. The contract, which will become effective in 2022, will bring the total number of A400M operators to ten nations. The agreement includes a complete maintenance and training support package. A Letter of Intent also was signed for the future acquisition of four additional A400M aircraft.