By Dominic Lalk
During this week in the Asia-Pacific Korean Air and Delta Airlines signed a trans-Pacific joint venture that will challenge the existing Japan Airlines-American Airlines and All Nippon Airways-United Airlines pacts.
In India, national flag carrier, Air India, is finally to be privatized after the government announced its intention to divest an unspecified stake in the carrier. India’s Tata Group, together with Singapore Airlines, and IndiGo Airlines are reportedly interested in the loss-making airline.
In Thailand, THAI may order up to 30 new wide bodies and delinquent low-cost THAI offshoot, Nok Air, was recertified by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT). In neighbouring Laos, the government in Vientiane is looking for suitable investors for Lao Airlines.
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