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MARCH 2018

Week 13

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

So far, it has been a good week for Mainland carriers. Collectively, state-controlled Air China and China Southern Airlines earned net profits that reflected significant year-on-year growth and robust outbound tourism.

In Australia, Qantas Airways performed its maiden Perth-Heathrow nonstop flight and in Taiwan, China Airlines launched its inaugural service from Taoyuan to Ontario, California.

Elsewhere this week, Singapore Airlines took delivery of the world’s first B787-10, All Nippon Airways ordered two B777Fs and signed a partnership agreement with Alitalia, Fiji Airways reported a record annual profit and VietJet Air announced plans for a dedicated freighter fleet.

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Qantas goes ultra-long-haul from Perth to London

Australia’s Qantas Airways made history on Sunday morning when QF9 touched down at London’s Heathrow Airport, after a 17 hour nonstop flight from the western Australian city of Perth. Read More »



Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first B787-10

Singapore Airlines (SIA) this week took delivery of the world’s first B787-10, the largest variant in the Dreamliner family. Read More »



China Airlines inaugurates Ontario route; Australasia exclusively served by A350

Taiwan’s China Airlines (CAL) has switched one of its twice a day Los Angeles International (LAX) flights to Ontario in California, a domestic airport approximately 80 kilometres east of Los Angeles. Read More »



All Nippon Airways orders B777Fs and signs codeshare with Alitalia

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) is looking to cash in on the rebound in air cargo in the Asia-Pacific with its order of two B777Fs from Boeing, valued at US$678 million at list prices. Read More »



Cebu Pacific accepts first A321 and launches to Basco

Cebu Pacific Air has taken delivery of the first of 39 on-order A321 jets. Read More »



VietJet to enter cargo market

Following massive aircraft orders from Airbus and Boeing and the recent announcement of its first intercontinental route between Vietnam and Australia, VietJet has plans to enter the air freight market with a dedicated cargo fleet. Read More »



Fiji Airways posts record results; Air Tahiti Nui to receive maiden B787 in November

Nadi-based Fiji Airways Group has announced its highest ever profit before tax of US$47 million for the financial year ended December 31, 2017. Read More »



Sabre promotes Roshan Mendis to CCO

Dallas-headquartered Sabre Corp. has appointed Roshan Mendis as CCO of its Travel Network business, based in London. Read More »



Airlines: Several media reports this week suggested American Airlines will cancel its entire order for 22 A350-900s (inherited from US Airways) in favour of additional B787-9s. Read More »