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Week 31

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

The financial woes at Garuda Indonesia intensified this week after the carrier posted a US$282 million first-half loss and said it had approached aircraft manufacturers to discuss order cancellations and deferrals.

In Greater China, China Eastern Airlines will acquire 10% of Air France-KLM, while American Airlines’ US$200 million investment in China Southern Airlines still hinges on a “slot exchange”. As the week drew to a close, Qatar Airways announced it had abandoned its plan to buy into the Dallas headquartered carrier. In Hong Kong, Hong Kong Airlines will receive its first A350 later this month as the HNA Group carrier readies to do battle with Cathay Pacific Airways on trunk routes to North America and Europe.

China Eastern to acquire 10% of Air France-KLM; China Southern-American Airlines deal in limbo Read More »



Leahy to seal A380 deals at Dubai Air Show?

A recent Bloomberg report said that Airbus Commercial Aircraft chief operating officer customers, John Leahy, has one more mission before he retires: sell more A380s. Read More »



Taiwan’s China Airlines praises A350

Taiwan’s China Airlines (CAL) has taken delivery of the 100th A350-900 built by manufacturer Airbus. At the a delivery ceremony in Toulouse, CAL chairman, Nuan-suan Ho, said: China Airlines is happy to be receiving the 100th A350 XWB. This remarkable new aircraft has not only met, but exceeded our expectations at every level. Read More »



Hong Kong Airlines takes on Cathay/American Airlines across the Pacific

Hong Kong Airlines is determined to catch up with rival, Cathay Pacific Airways. Following the launch of daily flights between Hong Kong and Vancouver six weeks ago, Hong Kong Airlines has announced plans for Los Angeles: a four a week Hong Kong-Los Angeles service from December 18 that will become daily from January 14. Read More »





Qatar appeals to ICAO; Etihad posts US$1.87 billion loss

Qatar continues fighting its Gulf neighbours, but a breakthrough in the Middle Eastern aviation crisis remains elusive. Read More »



Qatar Airways drops plan to invest in American Airlines

Qatar Airways this week formally walked away from a planned investment in American Airlines. "Qatar Airways has taken the decision not to proceed with its proposed passive financial investment in American Airlines," the Doha carrier said. Read More »



Singapore Airlines announces quarterly results and commits to A380 fleet refurbishment

Singapore Airlines Group (SIA Group) has reported an 8.6% year-on-year drop in net profit for the first quarter ended June 30. Read More »





AirAsia looking to launch Hua Hin flights

Hua Hin Airport has been lobbying for scheduled international flights for many years. At present the airport receives mainly private business jets that cater to the upscale resorts in the region, as well as the odd peak season charter service. Read More »



Garuda Indonesia’s interim losses balloon

New Garuda Indonesia boss, Pahala Mansury, has signed up for a tough job in turning around the embattled flag carrier. And his job has just gotten a whole lot worse when the carrier posted an attributable first-half net loss of US$282 million, widened from US$63.6 million in the year-ago period. Read More »





Qantas retires oldest B747 and adds Osaka to network

Australia’s Qantas Airways has retired its longest-serving B747-400 - VH-OJM. The aircraft performed its last revenue flight on the Sydney-San Francisco route on July 31. Read More »



Routes: AirAsia will add a four-weekly Kuala Lumpur-Davao A320 route on December 21. Batik Air has launched a daily Denpasar-Kuala Lumpur-Chennai A320 flight. Read More »