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Week 37

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

It has been a routes and fleets week in Asia-Pacific aviation. In India, discussions are bubbling along about commencement of long-haul low-cost flights, particularly to the UK. Until now, Indian airlines have not had the right aircraft for the routes. Carriers including SpiceJet, IndiGo Airlines and Vistara are considering the latest Airbus and Boeing wide bodies to start long-haul budget services.

In Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific Airways converted six A350-1000s to the smaller -900 and deferred five -1000s by a year, to 2021. In China, Tianjin Airlines received its first A320neo and in Thailand, THAI was preparing to take delivery of its first B787-9 tomorrow. Across the border, Malaysia Airlines converted eight B737 MAX orders to B787-9 wide bodies.

SpiceJet eyes A350, B787 order; Air India rejects CFM-powered A320neo Read More »



Malaysia Airlines orders eight B787-9s

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) CEO, Peter Bellew, has finally secured a deal with an order for eight  B787-9s on Tuesday. Read More »



Air New Zealand targets nonstop New York and Chicago

Ultra-long-haul flying is trending across the Asia-Pacific. Read More »



Emirates declares no orders for A350 or B787 planes in 2017

Dubai’s Emirates Airline has confirmed that it will not order any A350s or B787s this year. Read More »





Tianjin Airlines to receive first A330 from Airbus’ Tianjin centre

Tianjin Airlines will receive the first A330 wide body completed at Airbus’ recently inaugurated Tianjin Completion and Delivery Centre (CDC). Read More »



Embraer denies Fuzhou Airlines order

Regional jet manufacturer, Embraer, on Thursday told Orient Aviation it has “no information” on a potential Fuzhou Airlines order for 20 E-190 jets. Read More »



Thai Airways International to receive first B787-9

Thai Airways International (THAI) will receive its first B787-9 tomorrow. Read More »





Cathay Pacific rejigs A350 order and commits to A321neo

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways is to take fewer A350-1000s than it originally planned. Read More »



Star Alliance to co-locate members at HKIA

Star Alliance, the 28-member global alliance headquartered in Frankfurt, is negotiating with Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) to co-locate its carriers in the same terminal area. Read More »



IATA recognizes role of LCCs in slot advisory group

HK Express’ general manager for network planning and scheduling, Stephen Milstrey, has been appointed to the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA’s) Joint Slot Advisory Group (JSAG), where he will be the first and only low-cost carrier (LCC) representative. Read More »



Amadeus names new regional vice president

Amadeus on Tuesday announced that Joost Schuring is the company’s new vice-president of EMEA, effective immediately. Read More »



Routes: Cebu Pacific Air will increase frequency on the Manila-Narita A320 route from daily to double daily starting October 29 and it will increase frequency on the Manila-Nagoya A320 route from four- to six-weekly commencing the same date. Read More »