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JUNE 2017

Week 22

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

It’s been another AirAsia week in Asia-Pacific aviation this week as the LCC conglomerate announced yet another overseas subsidiary - AirAsia Cambodia.

In the Philippines, Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air are weary of more capacity and frequency increases from the Gulf carriers after both had to terminate most of their routes to the Middle East because they were not commercially viable.

In Thailand, THAI’s stake in Nok Air has been diluted to 21.6% only after THAI refused to take up new shares in Nok Air.

Further North, in Japan, Japan Airlines has announced a new route to Melbourne while in South Korea, Air Pohang is hoping to perform its maiden revenue service before year-end.

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BOC Aviation orders A330neo, A320neo

BOC Aviation is set on becoming one of Airbus’ best customers this year. Read More »



CALC delivers first A320 to Spring Airlines

Hong Kong-headquartered China Aircraft Leasing Group (CALC) got a foot in the door with China’s Spring Airlines at last. Read More »



CSA International to lease 28 aircraft to China Southern before year-end

CSA International, the leasing unit of China Southern Airlines, will take delivery of 28 Airbus and Boeing aircraft from July 1 through to December 31. Read More »



THAI’s stake in Nok Air diluted to 21.6%

Thai Airways International’s (THAI’s) stake in low-cost carrier Nok Air has been diluted from 39.2% to 21.6% after THAI decided not to invest in new Nok shares. Read More »



Air Pohang readies for launch

A new South Korea-based budget carrier - Air Pohang - is planning to launch operations later this year using Bombardier CRJ-200s configured for fewer than 50 passengers on short domestic hops from its Pohang base to Seoul Gimpo and Jeju Island. Read More »



JAL adds daily Melbourne service

After exiting Chapter 11-style bankruptcy protection in April, Japan Airlines (JAL) is allowed to add destinations to its network again. Read More »



SriLankan to launch daily Melbourne flights

Sri Lanka’s struggling flag carrier, oneworld member SriLankan Airlines, this week announced a daily Colombo-Melbourne A330-200 flight commencing on October 29. Read More »



Philippine carriers campaign against Gulf airlines expanding their footprint in Manila

Like the rest of the region, the Philippines have not been spared from the continuous onslaught of Middle Eastern carriers eating into the yield and market share of its local airlines. Read More »



China’s wrath subsides; South Korean carriers allowed frequency increases

Another government, another attempt at better relations. Following the election of new South Korean president Moon Jae-In, a liberal candidate, Beijing has eased restrictions on new route applications and frequency or capacity changes on existing services. Read More »



Royal Jordanian appoints ex-airberlin Pichler as CEO

Royal Jordanian has appointed former airberlin CEO, Stefan Pichler, as its new chief executive, effective June 1. Read More »



Airlines: Taiwan’s China Airlines has retired its last passenger A340-300X; the aircraft performed its last revenue service on the Hong Kong-Taipei route on May 31. Read More »