Aviation News in Brief 22 July 2020

Cathay Pacific, Airbus, Peach Aviation, Air New Zealand, Emirates

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AAV_NewslettershutterstockCathay and Airbus agree to defer deliveries: Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific Airways said Wednesday (22 July) that it and Airbus have reached an to delay the delivery of A350s and A321neos the airline had ordered and the airline said it was in advanced talks with Boeing about deferring its 777-9 orders. In a filing with the Hong Kong stock exchange, Cathay said the A350s due to arrive in 2020 and 2021 were now scheduled for 2020-2023 and A321neos expected from 2020-2023 would arrive from 2020-2025. “This deferral of deliveries is expected to produce cash savings to the Cathay Pacific Group in the short to medium term,” it said in a prospectus for its HKUS$11.7 billion (US$1.51 billion) rights issue.

PEACHPeach Aviation resuming all domestic flights: Japan’s Peach Aviation said it has resumed operations of all its domestic flights from 22 July. The number of flights it will operate per day will be about 100 flights on 22 routes, in accordance with the business plan for domestic flights that it had formulated before the spread of COVID-19. Due to the impact of COVID-19, Peach had reduced or suspended flights on some of its routes from March 2020. It started gradually resuming operations from June, and on June 19, resumed operations on all 22 of its domestic routes, while keeping the number of flights reduced for certain routes. Now today, roughly a month later, Peach has resumed operations of all flights on all its domestic routes.

AIRAir New Zealand helps manage flow of international arrivals: Air New Zealand is working with the New Zealand government to align incoming passenger flows with available isolation facilities. The move is to help ensure the country is able to continue to provide quarantine accommodation for inbound passengers for the required 14-day period. The airline has had a hold on international services into New Zealand since early July, following a request from the Government. Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran says the airline continues to work closely with the Government to support efforts to contain COVID-19 at the border. “We recognise we play an important part in supporting the Government and New Zealand’s fight against COVID-19. We have extended a hold on new bookings until 29 July, to ensure we comply with the rolling 14-day quota. Following this there is capacity for Kiwis to book flights to return home and we will continue to manage this going forward.” If customers have a flight booked to New Zealand and no longer wish to travel, they are encouraged to let the airline know to free up space for other returning New Zealanders.

EmiratesEmirates increases Australian services from 1 August: Emirates has announced additional services for Australian passengers next month, with additional weekly flights from Dubai to Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. From 1 August, services between Sydney and Dubai will increase to four times weekly, while flights to Perth and Brisbane will both increase to twice weekly services, highlighting Emirates’ commitment to the Australian market and allowing better connectivity for its customers. By mid-August, Emirates will have increased its network to 63 destinations, facilitating travel between the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific.

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