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Week 49

Orient Aviation Daily Digest December 4, 2020

A look at the week

By Jordan Chong

Travel bubbles, vaccination requirements and the efficacy of testing have dominated industry discussion in recent months, no more so than in the last week when the proposed air travel bubble (ATB) between Singapore and Hong Kong pushed back its launch date from November 22 to sometime, yet to be decided, in 2021.

One bubble, launched in October, was a one-way journey that allowed individuals living in New Zealand to travel to Australia without quarantining on arrival. However, there was little indication a one-way arrangement would become two-way any time soon with Australians enjoying the same reprieve, even though locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in Australia have been all but eliminated. Read More »



Qantas reports vast improvement in recent trading conditions but will post a “substantial” loss for fiscal year

Although it expected to report a "substantial" statutory loss for its fiscal year, as the international network stays largely grounded, domestic business for the group had surged in recent weeks, the company said. Read More »



Asia-Pacific biggest future market for Embraer aircraft

Embraer said this week the Asia-Pacific would require 1,710 aircraft in the less-than-150 seats category in the next decade as airlines align their fleets to capture opportunities. Read More »



AirAsia X expects Scheme of Arrangement verdict in June

AirAsia X Berhad (AAX) expected a verdict on its business reorganisation plan by June 30 next year. Read More »



Korean Air set on rapid approval for takeover of Asiana

Korean Air (KAL) president, Woo Kee-hong, said this week the carrier hoped to complete the Asiana Airlines buyout next year, after due diligence and the formation of a post-merger integration plan. Read More »


Short Takes

American Airlines (AA) this week became one of the first airlines to fly a 737 MAX since the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) lifted its grounding of the type. Read More »