By Dominic Lalk
It’s reporting season in Japan. The country’s largest international carrier, All Nippon Airways (ANA), has had a stellar 2016. The Star Alliance airline’s net profit grew 26% in 2016, to US$890 million. It was a different story at competitor Japan Airlines (JAL). It posted a very solid US$1.46 billion 2016 net profit, but this was 6% lower than the previous year.
In China, the C919 was scheduled to perform its long-delayed maiden flight at press time while Mainland carriers continued their route onslaught. HNA Group’s Beijing Capital Airlines acquired slots at London’s Heathrow for a route to Qingdao and Air China is resuming service to Zurich. Independent Sichuan Airlines has added Auckland to its network following the arrival of a new A330 at its Chengdu base.
In the Gulf, Qatar Airways has announced another 12 destinations for 2018 as Emirates Airline scales back its U.S. operations. Qantas Airways said it would discontinue its Melbourne-Dubai-London route in favour of nonstop Perth-London flights next year.
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