Asia Distillates-Jet fuel cracks hit 11-month high as flight numbers pick up

    SINGAPORE, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Asian refining margins jet fuel jumped on Tuesday, hitting
their highest level in more than 11 months, buoyed by an increasing number of scheduled flights.
    Refining margins, or cracks, for jet fuel rose to $5.37 per barrel over Dubai
crude during Asian trading hours, a level not seen since March 13, 2020. The cracks have surged
29% in the last two weeks.
    The number of scheduled flights operating globally were at about 373,000 in the week ended
Monday, up from about 346,000 a week earlier, according to aviation data firm OAG.
    "Total Chinese capacity is now sitting at 12.9 million seats this week, up from 8.9 million
seats last week, and significantly up on the same week last year, where capacity had fallen to
just 4.7 million seats at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis," OAG said in a statement.
    Flights in Japan were down 43.5% year-on-year in the week ended Feb. 15, compared with a
45.2% drop in the preceding week, while flights in Australia were 46.6% lesser from the
corresponding period last year, as against a 50.3% drop in the previous week, OAG data showed.
    Cash differentials for jet fuel JET-SIN-DIF were at a discount of 11 cents per barrel to
Singapore quotes, compared with a 10-cent discount a day earlier.
    - Japanese refiners led by the biggest, Eneos Corp, shut down a fifth of the
country's crude oil refining capacity after a powerful earthquake struck northeastern Japan
knocking out power, bullet train lines and injuring more than 150 people.
    - As much as 743,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil-processing capacity has been idled, nearly
22% of Japan's roughly 3.4 million bpd capacity.
    - The refineries in locations from Yokohama to Sendai near the epicentre of the
7.3-magnitude earthquake, which struck a little before midnight on Saturday, either
automatically shut down or were idled immediately for checks.
    - Four gasoil deals, no jet fuel trades
    - Oil prices hovered near 13-month highs on Tuesday on the back of a cold snap shutting
wells in Texas, the biggest crude producing state in the United States, while a wage deal in
Norway averted outages in Europe, capping gains.
 CASH ($/T)            ASIA CLOSE       Change   % Change   Prev Close  RIC
 Spot Gas Oil 0.5%               67.79    -0.06      -0.09       67.85  GO-SIN
 GO 0.5 Diff                     -1.65    -0.07       4.43       -1.58  GO-SIN-DIF
 Spot Gas Oil 0.25%              67.89    -0.06      -0.09       67.95  GO25-SIN
 GO 0.25 Diff                    -1.55    -0.07       4.73       -1.48  GO25-SIN-DIF
 Spot Gas Oil 0.05%              68.28    -0.01      -0.01       68.29  GO005-SIN
 GO 0.05 Diff                    -1.16    -0.02       1.75       -1.14  GO005-SIN-DIF
 Spot Gas Oil 0.001%             69.46     0.02       0.03       69.44  GO10-SIN
 GO 0.001 Diff                    0.02     0.01     100.00        0.01  GO10-SIN-DIF
 Spot Jet/Kero                   67.08     0.36       0.54       66.72  JET-SIN
 Jet/Kero Diff                   -0.11    -0.01      10.00        -0.1  JET-SIN-DIF
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 (Reporting by Koustav Samanta; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)