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APRIL 2017

Week 14

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

It’s reporting season on the Mainland. China’s ‘Big Three’ state-controlled carriers have posted collective 2016 profits of more than US$2.4 billion, despite large foreign exchange losses during the reported 12 month period.

In Hamburg, the OEMs gathered for the Aircraft Interiors Expo. Airbus unveiled new A380 interiors that increase the aircraft’s seat count and Panasonic Avionics presented a new inflight entertainment and connectivity platform that will be launched on the B777X. On Monday, Boeing announced an order for 30+30 B737 MAXs from Iran Aseman Airlines.

Air India said it was benefiting from the U.S. and UK electronics ban as passengers switch from affected Gulf carriers to Air India when flying to the U.S.  Also in India, AirAsia’s local subsidiary applied for an exemption with the local regulator to launch international flights as soon as possible, while its competitor, IndiGo Airlines, continues to endure A320neo operational challenges.

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Iran Aseman Airlines commits to up to 60 Boeing 737MAXs

On Tuesday, Boeing announced it had signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Iran Aseman Airlines, which confirmed the carrier’s intention to purchase 30 B737 MAXs, listed at US$3 billion. Read More »



AirAsia Vietnam to launch in 2018

Malaysian budget conglomerate, AirAsia Group, has announced it planned to launch a Vietnamese subsidiary in 2018, in partnership with local investors. It is the group’s third attempt to enter the fast growing Vietnamese market. Read More »



AirAsia India seeks international flights exemption

India's Ministry of External Affairs has received a petition from the AirAsia Group which has requested exemption for AirAsia India from the requirement to operate at least twenty aircraft before it can launch international services. Read More »



Air India bookings double after Trump bans, leases seven B787-9s

After Emirates Airline and most of its Middle Eastern competitors reported bookings to the U.S. have slumped following the U.S. Muslim and electronics bans, Air India is telling a very different story. Read More »



IndiGo adds AWAS A320ceos as neo engine issues persist

Gurgaon-headquartered IndiGo Airlines has signed a lease agreement with AWAS for three A320ceos that are due for delivery this quarter. The budget carrier operates 112 A320ceos and 19 A320neos to 39  domestic cities and six destinations in Thailand, the UAE, Nepal, Oman and Singapore. Read More »



Australia adds extra screening for flights from Gulf

Australia has started conducting additional security checks on passengers flying directly from Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East to prevent security threats. Read More »



Avolon completes CIT acquisition

Avolon Holdings Limited has completed its US$10.4 billion acquisition of the aircraft leasing business of CIT Group. Following the transaction, Avolon became the world’s third largest aircraft lessor, after AerCap and GECAS, with a combined fleet of 868 aircraft, valued at more than US$43 billion at December 31, 2016. Read More »



Airlines ink major deals at interiors exhibition

Airlines from the Asia-Pacific signed major deals at this week’s Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg.

AirAsia X and Inmarsat signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to equip its A330s and A320s with GX Aviation connectivity. The first A330 should be upgraded in the fourth quarter, following successful certification. Read More »



Sabre appoints supplier lead

Sabre Travel Network, Sabre Corporation’s B2B travel marketplace business, has named Rakesh Narayanan its new vice-president of supplier commerce, Asia-Pacific, based at the firm’s regional headquarters in Singapore. Read More »



Routes: AirAsia will launch a daily Kuching-Pontianak A320 route on June 5 and it will increase frequency on the Kuala Lumpur-Danang A320 route from daily to ten-weekly commencing June 6. Read More »