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Week 39

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

Malaysia Airlines group managing director, Peter Bellew, continued the airline’s shopping spree this week when he scored six “very affordable” ex-airberlin A330-200s in a “super deal” with AerCap.

The appetite for aircraft acquisitions was strong across the region. In China, CDB Leasing firmed up a previous commitment for 105 Airbus and Boeing jets and Shenzhen Airlines added its maiden wide body, an A330-300, to its fleet.

In Doha, Qatar Airways ordered four extra B777-300ERs and two B747-8Fs and Turkish Airlines announced plans to buy up to 40 B787-9s and perhaps the same number of A350s.

There were deferrals, too. Nok Air’s new CEO deferred its eight on-order B737 MAXs and Garuda Indonesia confirmed it was in talks with manufacturers to delay 20 single aisle aircraft.

Malaysia Airlines expands fleet with ex-airberlin A330s Read More »



Turkish Airlines to order 40 B787s, A350s?

Istanbul-headquartered Turkish Airlines is in advanced talks with Boeing to acquire 20 B787-9s on firm order plus 20 options. Read More »



Qatar disclosed as customer for B747-8Fs and more -300ERs

Qatar Airways has been revealed as the customer for two B747-8 freighters and four additional B777-300ERs passenger aircraft, orders previously unattributed in Boeing’s order book. Read More »



AirAsia adds two Singapore partners to AirAsia China venture

AirAsia Group’s planned China joint venture, AirAsia China, has two new partners, Singapore’s Plato Capital and Oxley Capital. Read More »





Nok Air defers B737MAX8s in strategy shake up

Only a week into his new job, Nok Air CEO, Piya Yodmani, announced the deferral of the airline’s eight on-order B737 MAX 8s from Boeing. Read More »



Shenzhen Airlines receives maiden A330

Shenzhen Airlines, a Star Alliance member, has accepted the first of six on-order A330-300s, the airline’s maiden wide body. Read More »



Garuda Indonesia to defer 20 A320neo, B737 MAX

Gvernment controlled Garuda Indonesia must become more efficient and trim its fat before taking delivery of additional aircraft, its CEO, former banker Pahala Mansury, told media. Read More »





VietJet floats long-haul ambitions

Addressing a panel session at this week’s World Routes conference in Barcelona, VietJet Air deputy director, Jay Lingeswara, said the LCC was considering long-haul budget flights to Australia, Europe and the U.S. Read More »



CDB Leasing firms order for 105 Airbus and Boeing jets

China Development Bank Leasing (CDB leasing) has converted two Memorandums of Understanding signed with Airbus and Boeing at this year’s Paris Air Show into firm orders. Read More »



Hawaiian starts “comprehensive” partnership with JAL after parting with ANA

Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines (JAL) this week announced the formation of a “comprehensive new partnership” on flights between Hawaii and Japan from March 25, a precursor of a possible full blown joint venture. Read More »





Etihad Aviation Group names new CEO

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Aviation Group on Thursday announced the appointment of Tony Douglas as CEO, replacing James Hogan, who departed the airline group from July 1. Read More »



OEMs: COMAC’s C919 performed its second flight on Thursday, 146 days after its debut on May 5. Taking off at 7:22am from Shanghai’s Pudong, the test aircraft flew to Nantong in Jiangsu Province, before returning to Pudong at 10:08am. Read More »