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Week 48

Orient Aviation Daily Digest November 27, 2020

A look at the week

By Jordan Chong

Would you take a vaccine for COVID-19 to travel on an international flight?

It’s the question being asked this week after Qantas Group boss, Alan Joyce, said in a television interview the Australian carrier would require proof of vaccination before allowing passengers to fly internationally with the airline.

Qantas sought to clarify its intentions following Joyce's comments, noting in a statement the policy was still in development and there would be exceptions.

Nonetheless, the talk of a "no jab, no fly" policy was raised at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) annual general meeting, held virtually this week. Read More »


Daily Digest

Orient Aviation Daily Digest: Garuda Indonesia carriers report big jump in domestic demand

December 3, 2020

  • Garuda Indonesia said it transported 294,412 passengers across its domestic network in October, up 32% from 222,979 in September. Read More »


Daily Digest

Orient Aviation Daily Digest: Late December review of postponed Hong Kong-Singapore air travel bubble

December 2, 2020

  • The Singapore and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) governments said yesterday the proposed air travel bubble (ATB) between the two cities would be postponed for a second time because of the severity of the COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong. Read More »


Daily Digest

Orient Aviation Daily Digest: Korean Air parent company, Hanjin Kal, survives court challenge to proposed share sale

December 1, 2020

  • Korean Air (KAL) parent, Hanjin Kal, has received a boost in its bid to acquire local rival, Asiana Airlines, after a South Korean court allowed parent company, Hanjin Kal, to proceed with a sale of shares to state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB), local media has reported. Read More »


Daily Digest

Orient Aviation Daily Digest: All Nippon Airways parent company seeking US$3.2 billion from share issue

November 30, 2020

  • ANA HOLDINGS INC., parent company of All Nippon Airways, said on Friday the board had approved plans to raise up to 332 billion yen (US$3.2 billion) in fresh capital through the issue of new shares to Japanese and overseas investors. Read More »



IATA says governments more open to airline consolidation in COVID-19 era

International Air Transport Association (IATA) regional vice president Asia-Pacific, Conrad Clifford, said this week the proposed merger of Korean Air (KAL) and Asiana Airlines suggested COVID-19 was reshaping government attitudes about airline consolidations. Read More »



Scoot launches inflight portal to increase contactless travel

Singapore Airlines group’s Scoot this week launched an inflight portal for ordering meals, purchasing duty free items and accessing other services on board with the intention of reducing interactions between passengers and cabin crew. Read More »



Airlines and airports call for flexibility on slot allocations

A trio of global aviation bodies this week proposed a modified set of rules for the use of take-off and landing slots at some of the world's busiest airports to preserve connectivity while air traffic recovered from the coronavirus pandemic. Read More »



Qantas floats no jab, no fly policy - with exceptions

Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, said during a television interview this week passengers would need to be vaccinated for COVID-19 to travel internationally with the airline when ex-Australia flights resumed. Read More »


Short Takes

Canadian-headquartered pilot training and flight simulator manufacturer, CAE, will acquire TRU Simulation + Training Canada Inc. for US$40 million. Read More »