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Week 38

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

It has been an unsettling week at Thailand’s Nok Air. Following the resignation of CEO, Patee Sarasin, on September 14, Nok’s major shareholder, Thai Airways International (THAI), agreed on Wednesday to another capital injection into the airline, but the government warned that this must be the last time the flag carrier comes to Nok’s aid.

Malaysia Airlines CEO, Peter Bellew, is still planning to order the A330neo, while bridging short-term capacity gaps with A330s coming off lease from bankrupt European airlines.

In China, Airbus has opened its A330 cabin completion and delivery centre in Tianjin, where it delivered the first A330 to Tianjin Airlines on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Boeing’s Dreamliner programme received a boost this week when Japan Airlines ordered an additional four B787-8s, raising the airline’s Dreamliner order book to 49.

THAI increases Nok Air equity after CEO resigns Read More »



Bellew still keen on A330neo and A330ceo leases

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) CEO, Peter Bellew, this week told Bloomberg the airline is actively pursuing an A330neo order with Airbus. Read More »



Airbus delivers first A330 from new Tianjin Completion and Delivery Centre

On Wednesday, Airbus inaugurated its A330 completion and delivery centre (CDC) in Tianjin, China. Read More »



China’s COMAC secures 130 new C919 orders from lessors

Mainland manufacturer COMAC this week said the leasing arm of China Nuclear Engineering & Construction Group ordered 20 C919s with options for 20 more; Read More »





Air China adds Brisbane to its network

Mainland flag carrier, Air China, will add Brisbane as its third destination to Australia from December 11, with a four times a week A330-200. Read More »





Xiamen Airlines to exceed 200 aircraft in 2018

China Southern Airlines subsidiary and fellow SkyTeam member, Xiamen Airlines, will have more than 200 aircraft in its fleet by 2018, including 18 B787 wide bodies. Read More »



Japan Airlines tops up B787-8 order

Japan Airlines (JAL) has been disclosed as the previously unidentified customer for four B787-8s in Boeing’s order book. Read More »



Auckland Airport crippled by fuel shortage

Airline operations at Auckland Airport were seriously disrupted this week after a pipeline supplying the airfield with jet fuel had to be shut down for repairs. Read More »





Philippine Airlines to add Chicago, Houston and Seattle

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is entering a new era of expansion. Read More »



Seabury Capital names industry veteran David Turnbull as Senior Advisor

New York-headquartered Seabury Capital LLC on Wednesday announced the appointment of former Cathay Pacific Airways CEO, David M. Turnbull, as a senior advisor. Read More »



Airlines: Qatar Airways will roll out its QSuite product on the Doha-Paris route from September 25, followed by JFK from “the end of this year”. The new business class product already features on the Doha-London route. Read More »