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.
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