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MAY 2020

Week 21

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific


Daily Update

  • Hainan Airlines Holdings said in a regulatory filing to the Shanghai Stock Exchange today it had cancelled a 4.5 billion yuan (US$635 million) sale of five 737-800s, two 787-8s and two A350-900s to Hong Kong-based HNA Aviation. The statement said the sale cancellation was due to a change in the buyer's operating strategy in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Read More »


Daily Update

  • Japanese LCC, Peach Aviation, said it expected all of its 22 domestic routes to be back in operation by June 19. The All Nippon Airways (ANA) subsidiary said late last week that of the 13 domestic routes currently suspended, one would return on June 1, with the remaining 12 to restart on June 19. All international flights would remain suspended until June 30. Read More »



THAI says business as usual during restructuring

Thai Airways International (THAI) has reassured the travelling public it will be "business as usual" during a period of reorganisation and restructuring through Thailand's Central Bankruptcy Court. Read More »



Indian carriers plan to restart domestic flying after government relaxes restrictions

Eight Indian carriers plan to resume domestic flights from Monday, schedules from the country's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) show. Read More »



Qantas brings 717 flying back in-house to aid rapid take up of Australia-wide services post COVID-19

Qantas has brought its 717 flying in-house with the acquisition of Cobham Aviation Services Australia's National Jet Systems. Read More »



ANA restoring some domestic flights in June

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has scheduled a slight increase in domestic services in June compared with its operations for May. Read More »



IATA, ACI joint paper outlines roadmap for restart of global flying

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airports Council International World (ACI) have jointly issued a roadmap for restarting aviation that also aims to minimise the spread of COVID-19. Read More »



New Japanese carrier low-cost carrier (LCC) ZIPAir said this week it would begin flying on June 3 with four cargo-only flights a week between Tokyo Narita and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi with 787-8s. Read More »