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November 2nd 2018

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Communications: Mahata Aero Technologies (MAT), an Indonesian wireless technology provider, and Garuda Indonesia, have reached an agreement to provide high speed inflight broadband to the carrier’s aircraft in conjunction with Inmarsat, Lufthansa Technik and Lufthansa Systems. Read More »

Leasing: Air Lease Corporation announced a long-term lease placement of a new A320neo with Air Seychelles. It is the second of two Airbus aircraft on long-term lease with the carrier.

Routes: 9 Air has launched a four times a week Guangzhou-Yangon B737-800 route, its second international service. Air Canada will cancel its four-weekly Toronto-Mumbai B777-200LR route starting March 30. Air India will launch a three times a week Mumbai-JFK B777-300ER route on December 7 and the airline will increase Delhi-Tel Aviv B787-8 service from four- to five-weekly starting November 26. Cebu Pacific will replace an A320 with an A321 on Manila-Nagoya from December 7 and on Manila-Denpasar from December 12. Garuda Indonesia will start a four-weekly Bandung-Singapore B737-800 route on December 2. Etihad Airways will commence Abu Dhabi to Kuala Lumpur with B787-9s from December 20 this year. Hebei Airlines will increase Hangzhou-Singapore B737-800 from daily to double daily beginning December 1. Indonesia AirAsia X will terminate its daily Denpasar-Narita A330-300 route from January 14. Korean Air commenced daily Busan-Da Nang from October 28, increased frequencies to six times a week between Incheon and Seattle and Las Vegas, merged Zagreb with Zurich during the northern winter and suspended Incheon-St Petersburg, Irkurst and Nanning from Incheon and Busan to Hong Kong and Guam. Frequency from Incheon to Hong Kong will climb to 35 a week from 28 a week. S7 Airlines has rostered the B737 MAX 8 on the twice-weekly Novosibirsk-Hong Kong route from December 3, followed by four-weekly Novosibirsk-Nha Trang from December 16. Sichuan Airlines will launch a three times a week Hangzhou-Wuyishan-Bangkok A320 service on November 6, followed by a thrice-weekly Xian-Yangon A320 route from November 13. Spring Airlines will add a daily Dalian-Osaka A320 flight commencing November 25. T’Way Air will launch a daily Incheon-Hanoi B737-800 route starting November 29. Thai AirAsia will start a four-weekly Don Mueang-Colombo A320 flight on December 14. Thai Lion Air plans to launch a daily Don Mueang-Narita A330-300 service on November 30.

Training: Alpha Aviation Group has signed a memorandum of understanding with Negocia Group regarding the development of a flight training school in Cambodia. The A320-focused facility will be under the supervision of the Cambodian State Secretariat of Civil Aviation. The partners hope the venture will be operational in 2019.

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