ENVIRONMENT: On May 8 Qantas made the first flight that produced no landfill waste. Read More » The airline has a goal of reducing 100 million single use plastics by December 2020 and eliminating 75% of the airline’s waste by year-end 2121. The waste from the 737-800 flight will be made into compost, or reused or recycled.
LEASING: Aergo Capital has partnered with the DVB Bank to finance two vintage 737-900ER aircraft which are subject to long-term leases with Indonesia’s Lion Air group. Dutch pension investor, PGGM Infrastructure, has agreed to acquire 25% of Macquarie Air Finance, its first acquisition in the aircraft leasing sector.
ROUTES: All Nippon Airways will fly its 787-10 from Tokyo Narita to Bangkok from July 1. It will be a daily service except for route adjustments in September and October. Asiana Airlines will cancel its five times a week Seoul Incheon-Delhi route from July. Shanghai-based China Eastern has announced the launch of Shanghai Pudong to Budapest, Qingdao to Paris and Shanghai to Dubai. EVA Air will increase its Taipei-Brisbane flights to daily from December 2 to January 31, 2020 and to five a week from February 1 to June 30, 2020.
Hainan Airlines has announced the suspension of its twice a week 787-9 Beijing-Edinburgh-Dublin service from September 1. The carrier will operate Shenzhen-Dublin from September 1 to October 29. India’s IndiGo will expand its Delhi-Kathmandu from daily to twice daily from June 19 with A320s. Nepal Airlines has applied for a resumption of its Kathmandu-Osaka route, with A330 aircraft, from July 4. Qantas will end its 747-400 service from Sydney to mainland U.S. when regulators approve its application to switch Sydney-San Francisco to 787-9s.