Asia Distillates-Jet fuel cracks climb to highest in over 7 months

    SINGAPORE, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Jet fuel refining margins in
Singapore climbed on Tuesday, surging to their highest in more
than seven months, helped by seasonal heating demand for closely
related kerosene ahead of winter months in North Asia.
    Refining margins or cracks for jet fuel rose to
$3.55 per barrel over Dubai crude during Asian trading hours,
the strongest since March 30. They were at $2.67 per barrel a
day earlier.
    Jet fuel and kerosene belong to the same grade of oil
products, with jet margins determining the profitability of
both. Kerosene demand typically soars during the peak cold
season especially in Japan, which uses the fuel to fend off
winter chill.
    But surging coronavirus cases around the world would prevent
the coronavirus-hit aviation sector to return to normal as long
as a majority of long-haul international flights remain
grounded, trade sources said.
    The number of scheduled flights operating globally in the
week to Nov. 9 was 46.5% lower than the corresponding week a
year earlier, according to aviation data firm OAG. This compares
with 45.8% fewer flights year-on-year in the previous week.
    Scheduled flights in South Korea were down 45.3%
year-on-year in the week to Monday, compared with a 38.7% drop
in the preceding week, while flights in Japan were 36.9% lower
from the corresponding period last year, compared with a 36.2%
drop in the previous week, OAG data showed.
    Cash discounts for jet fuel JET-SIN-DIF were at 9 cents a
barrel to Singapore quotes, compared with a 5-cent discount per
barrel a day earlier.
    - No jet fuel trade, one gasoil deal
    - Oil prices rose on Tuesday as high hopes that a COVID-19
vaccine could be on the horizon were enough to cancel out fears
that fuel demand is set to weaken in the near term in
coronavirus-hit countries in Europe and the United States.
 CASH ($/T)             ASIA CLOSE       Change   % Change   Prev Close  RIC
 Spot Gas Oil 0.5%                45.85     2.88       6.70       42.97  GO-SIN
 GO 0.5 Diff                      -1.21     0.02      -1.63       -1.23  GO-SIN-DIF
 Spot Gas Oil 0.25%               46.23     2.88       6.64       43.35  GO25-SIN
 GO 0.25 Diff                     -0.83     0.02      -2.35       -0.85  GO25-SIN-DIF
 Spot Gas Oil 0.05%               46.42     2.88       6.61       43.54  GO005-SIN
 GO 0.05 Diff                     -0.64     0.02      -3.03       -0.66  GO005-SIN-DIF
 Spot Gas Oil 0.001%              46.65     2.79       6.36       43.86  GO10-SIN
 GO 0.001 Diff                    -0.41    -0.07      20.59       -0.34  GO10-SIN-DIF
 Spot Jet/Kero                    45.64     2.94       6.89       42.70  JET-SIN
 Jet/Kero Diff                    -0.09    -0.04      80.00       -0.05  JET-SIN-DIF
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 (Reporting by Koustav Samanta; Editing by Maju Samuel)