By Dominic Lalk
It’s been a very good week for Airbus. On Monday, the European OEM released its 2017 orders and deliveries summary. It announced almost 200 more aircraft orders for the year than Boeing. Later in the week, on Thursday, Airbus signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Emirates Airline for up to 36 additional A380s, a lifeline deal for the very large jet programme many had thought was not going to happen.
Boeing also signed a significant deal this week. The Chicago-headquartered group announced a joint venture with seat manufacturer, Adient Aerospace, to develop, manufacture and sell seating products for aircraft produced by Boeing and also other OEMS.
On the airline front, Delta Air Lines CEO, Ed Bastian, said the airline’s joint venture with Korean Air would likely be approved by June. In the meantime, Delta and Qantas Airways got into hot water with Chinese authorities for ‘incorrectly’ listing Hong Kong and Taiwan as separate countries; and Mandarin Airlines said it expected to launch ATR72-600 operations in February.
Once again, Japanese airports were the region’s most punctual in 2017. Airports in Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo and Fukuoka topped the on-time performance list (OTP), but Auckland, Melbourne and – more surprisingly – Bangkok’s Don Mueang and Hanoi’s Noi Bai followed closely behind. OTP at Hong Kong and Seoul Incheon slipped again. Both airports did not make the top 20.
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