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Week 32

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

It has been a sobering week for Singapore Airlines. Following layoffs at fellow five star carrier, Cathay Pacific Airways, the world leading airline this week announced a voluntary no-pay leave scheme that is targeting 8,200 cabin crew.

Further north at Thai Airways International acting president, Khun Usanee, has created her “DD Command Centre” in the hope of gaining better control and supervision over the carrier’s myriad departments.

In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Airlines Berhad group managing director, Peter Bellew, is used to shake-ups. This time around he is trying to innovate single aisle travel. He has commissioned Thompson Aero to customize a staggered flat bed product for the airline’s incoming B737 MAX series.

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Malaysia Airlines’ Bellew to install flat beds on B737 MAX 10s

Peter Bellew’s transformation of Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) continues with the outgoing Irishman almost single-handedly revolutionizing the carrier. Read More »



China Airlines laments slot restrictions

Taiwan’s China Airlines (CAL) is facing difficulty acquiring more slots into Hong Kong, Shanghai and Incheon, said CAL chairman, Nuan-hsuan Ho. Read More »



THAI’s Usanee creates “DD Command Center”

Those familiar with Thai Airways International (THAI) would know that ‘DD’ is the internal code for the position of the airline president. Read More »





Airbus nets four orders for July

The order dry spell at Airbus continued in July. The Toulouse-based manufacturer won two contracts for four aircraft, valued at approximately US$1 billion at list prices. Read More »



American Airlines to launch Beijing-Los Angeles in November

Perseverance and the right contacts have paid off for American Airlines with the news it has been granted commercially viable slots at Beijing airport for its delayed Beijing-Los Angeles route - now due for launch on November 5. Read More »



Nine carriers confirm move to new Beijing airport

Mainland heavyweights, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines, have confirmed they would move to the new airport at Daxing outside Beijing. Read More »





UAE opens “temporary” air corridor to Qatar Airways

Following a directive from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the UAE has “temporarily” opened a new air corridor for Qatar Airways aircraft wanting to land in Doha. Read More »



Hainan Airlines to launch six more long-haul routes this year

After inaugurating 15 international routes in the first-half of this year, HNA Group’s Hainan Airlines is planning to launch services to six more long-haul destinations before year-end. Read More »



Lessors finalize MAX orders

Air Lease Corp (ALC) and Singapore-headquartered BOC Aviation this week finalized their B737 MAX orders after foreshadowing their commitments for the aircraft at the Paris Air Show in June. Read More »





Airlines: Emirates and flydubai have started an extensive partnership including integrated network collaboration with coordinated scheduling. Cathay Pacific Airways has signed a collaboration agreement with Alibaba Group and Ant Financial covering travel services, cloud computing and payments. Read More »