Category: Asia & Pacific

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia Bans Unvaccinated Citizens From Traveling Abroad

Reading Time: < 1 minute All airlines based in Saudi Arabia have been instructed by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) to allow only vaccinated citizens to travel internationally. From August 9th, unvaccinated citizens will no longer be allowed to leave the kingdom. Saudi Gazette reports that only those who had received two vaccine doses would be allowed to […]

Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737 MAX
Boeing Anticipates Boeing 737 MAX Recertification in China

Reading Time: < 1 minute Boeing 737 MAX is currently approved in over 175 countries globally, with China still being an exception. However, even there, Boeing sees a pathway back to recertification. Here is what CEO Dave Calhoun said about recertification on Boeing’s second-quarter earnings call: “We continue to work with global regulators and still anticipate that the remaining regulatory […]

Emirates 777
Emirates Brings Back Up to 100 Pilots a Month

Reading Time: < 1 minute Emirates is currently bringing back pilots put on leave at the pace of 70-100 pilots a month as it sees an upward trend on many of its international routes. Ina n interview with media, Adel Ahmed Al Redha, Chief Operating Officer at Emirates, said the passenger load factor increased to about 70% in recent months […]

Chengdu Tianfu International Airport Opens To Flights
China’s Latest Mega-Airport is Now Open

Reading Time: < 1 minute China’s Chengdu Tianfu International Airport has officially started its operations. Its inaugural flight was operated by Sichuan Airlines, which took off at 11:10 a.m. on Sunday, bound for Beijing. Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, has become the third city to have two international airports, joining Shanghai and Beijing. Tianfu is the largest civil transport […]

Fiji Airways Boeing 737 MAX
Boeing 737 MAX Returns to New Zealand Skies

Reading Time: < 1 minute More than two years after the start of the Boeing 737 MAX grounding, New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued approval for this aircraft to resume operation. Fiji Airways have been waiting for the approval to come as it operates the type sending it to New Zealand. New Zealand’s national carrier Air New Zealand […]

Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787
Vietnam Airlines Approved to Perform US Repatriation Flights

Reading Time: < 1 minute As VnExpress reports, Vietnam Airlines has received permission to complete 12 repatriation flights to the US this year. The flights will start on June 22nd – the carrier will fly from Hanoi to Washington DC with a stop in Alaska. Airbus A350s and Boeing 787s in the airline’s fleet will be used for these flights. […]

MPL vs ATPL
MPL and ATPL: What are the differences?

Reading Time: 4 minutes While an ATPL and CPL duet is to a greater or lesser extent familiar to everyone, an MPL (Multi-Crew Pilot Licence) introduced in 2006 might still remain vaguely understandable for many. However, once explained or better – tried out – it proves to be a modern program accommodating the needs of future pilots in the […]

Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport
U.S. Airlines Cancel Flights to Israel As Violence There Does Not Cease

Reading Time: < 1 minute On Wednesday, U.S. airlines decided to stop flights to Tel Aviv amid a deadly conflict between Israel and Palestine. The airlines including American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines canceled service to Tel Aviv, which Palestinians have recently attacked. In addition, Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport was temporarily closed and flights were redirected […]

Bamboo Airways 787 Dreamliners
Bamboo Airways Starts Hiring Boeing 787 Dreamliner Pilots

Reading Time: < 1 minute Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways is looking to expand its pool of Boeing 787 Dreamliner pilots. While it is still unclear when the travel recovery will be in its full swing, the airline wants to be all set once the demand comes back. Bamboo has posted the requirements for candidate First Officers, Captains and Instructors. Both Vietnamese […]

Thai Airlines
Thailand Decided to Extend Tax Cut for Jet Fuel Until 2022

Reading Time: < 1 minute Thailand extends tax cuts for aircraft fuel until 31st December 2021 to help airlines stay afloat as travel remains decimated. The tax for jet fuel was reduced in February last year – from 4.726 baht/liter ($0.15/l) to just 0.2 baht/liter ($0.0064/l) to aid the airline industry hit hard by the pandemic. The reduction had to […]