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Week 47

Orient Aviation Daily Digest November 22, 2021

By Steve Creedy



Thai AirAsia plans layoffs as restructuring to be submitted to creditors

Thai AirAsia major shareholder, Asia Aviation (AAV), is due to put its restructuring plan to creditors this week amid reports the LCC is planning mass layoffs and a fleet reduction due to the pandemic. Read More »



Malaysia Airports monthly domestic passengers top one million for first time in 2021

Domestic passenger movements across the Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) group more than tripled between September and October to top the million passenger mark for the first time this year. Read More »



Tata Sons working on merging AirAsia India with Air India Express: report

Indian conglomerate, Tata Sons, is reportedly planning to merge AirAsia India with Air India Express in a strategy that would cut operational costs and create synergies at both budget carriers. Read More »



Qantas Airways relaunches international flights from the world’s most locked down city

Qantas Airways (QAN) scheduled international flights took off from Melbourne today for the first time in 20 months as the Australian flag carrier announced a new Melbourne-Delhi service. Read More »



Hong Kong visit by Chinese health officials another sign of easing Mainland border restrictions

Officials from China’s National Health Commission and experts from several provinces arrived in Hong Kong last Saturday to inspect COVID-19 prevention measures ahead of a potential easing of travel restrictions with the Mainland from next month. Read More »



Global shipping company signs deal with Airbus for four A350F cargo jets

Airbus has unveiled a second customer for its new A350F cargo jet after signing a binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with global shipping and logistics giant, CMA CGM Group. Read More »



Western Sydney Airport terminal construction gets underway

A long-awaited second airport for Australia’s biggest city reached a new milestone on Friday when work commenced on Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport’s new terminal. Read More »



South Korea lifts grounding of the 737 MAX

South Korea has joined the growing list of countries to lift bans on 737 MAX operations. Read More »



Virgin Australia’s head of corporate affairs, Moksha Watts, has resigned amid Australian media reports of an internal review into her workplace behaviour.


Asia-Pacific Aerospace Briefs Today

Korea Airports Corporation is close to signing a deal with the Ecuadorian government to operate Manta Airport. The Korea Herald said a negotiating team is visiting Ecuador for talks to finalize the deal. The agreement, which is estimated to be worth 40 billion won (US$33.76 million), will see the Korean corporation acquire 100% of the airport and operate it until 2051.