AIRLINES: The Etihad Aviation Group will retain its 49% equity in Air Serbia after the Eastern European carrier reported a record 2017 profit. Read More »
LEASING: Ireland has established a representative body, Aircraft Leasing Ireland, to safeguard the future of its aircraft leasing industry as it faces challenges from global competition, especially in Asia.
MRO: Airbus and GMF AeroAsia have renewed their maintenance training services agreement for another five years. The partnership will deepen the integration of GMF AeroAsia’s instructors into Airbus’ global maintenance training organisation.
Routes: Air China has terminated its weekly Beijing-Hailar-Chita B737-700 route. Air New Zealand will increase Auckland-Buenos Aires B777-200ER service from five- to six-weekly commencing December 3. Biman Bangladesh will inaugurate its new B787-8 on the Dhaka-Singapore and Dhaka-Kuala Lumpur routes from September 1, respectively (replacing B737-800s). Taiwan’s China Airlines will replace the B777-300ER with the A350-900 on the Taoyuan-Ontario route from October 28. China Southern Airlines plans to roster its new B787-9 on the Guangzhou-Auckland route from October 28. IndiGo Airlines will add a daily Kolkata-Dhaka A320 service from August 1. Juneyao Airlines will increase Nanjing-Osaka A320 service from daily to double daily beginning August 1. Lao Airlines has launched a thrice-weekly Vientiane-Chengdu A320 route. Norwegian will add a twice-weekly Oslo-Krabi B787-8 route from October 28, followed by twice-weekly Copenhagen-Krabi and twice-weekly Stockholm-Krabi B787-8 services from October 31, respectively. Okay Airways will launch a weekly Changsha-Puerto Princesa B737-800 route from July 9. Philippine Airlines will take delivery of its first A350XWB on July 14 and the airline has rostered the -900 on the daily Manila-London route from October 28, replacing a B777-300ER. Xiamen Airlines will replace the B737-800 with the B787-8 on the daily Fuzhou-Narita route from August 5.