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Week 44

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

Out with the old, in with the new. This week, Thai Airways International took delivery of its second B787-9 Dreamliner at a ceremony at Boeing’s Everett manufacturing hub. The airline is likely to place a top-up order for the -9, Orient Aviation was told in Seattle.

At United Airlines, the carrier flew its final B747-400 passenger service from Seoul Incheon to San Francisco this week, concluding more than four decades of ‘Jumbo Jet’ operations from the U.S. to the Asia-Pacific.

In Dublin, aircraft lessor Avolon released its latest aircraft demand forecast to 2036, ‘outpredicting’ the two major OEMs’ forecasts by up to 8,000 aircraft and issuing a bold statement on the future of the very large aircraft segment.

Avolon predicts demand for 43,000 aircraft to 2036 Read More »



Thai Airways International takes delivery of final B787

Thai Airways International (THAI) on Tuesday took delivery of its second and final B787-9 at a delivery ceremony in Seattle attended by the airline’s board and Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO, Kevin McAllister. Read More »



United performs final B747-400 revenue flight

United Airlines performed its final B747-400 revenue flight on Sunday. Read More »





Sichuan Airlines A350 performs maiden flight and signs AFI KLM E&M deal

The first A350-900 destined for Chengdu-headquartered Sichuan Airlines has performed its maiden flight in Toulouse and is undergoing final production, further ground checks and test flights before delivery to the carrier this month. Read More »



TRU secures two landmark deals

South Carolina-headquartered TRU Simulation + Training, this week wrote its first contract with Australia’s flag carrier, Qantas Airways. Read More »





Qantas begins B787 revenue flights

Sydney-headquartered Qantas Airways commenced B787 Dreamliner revenue flights on Wednesday. Read More »



Beijing Capital Airlines arrives in Sydney

HNA Aviation is continuing its onslaught into Australia. Read More »



HK Express appoints new president

HK Express, on Tuesday, appointed Li Dianchun as its new president. Read More »



Airlines: Air China is expected to take delivery of its first B737 MAX 8 by next week. Read More »