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APRIL 2018

Week 15

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

The aviation industry gathered at the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg this week where more than 550 exhibitors showcased their latest seating, connectivity and IFE innovations. Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace unveiled lower deck sleeping berths and Lufthansa Technik announced an interiors leasing service.

In Asia, China’s cash-starved HNA Group continued to make headlines. This week the conglomerate signed a MoU with Temasek to explore opportunities in aviation, logistics and airport infrastructure. Separately, HNA announced its intention to transfer some of its aviation and hotel assets to its Hainan Airlines subsidiary. The group also sold its 65.8% holding in aircraft management services firm, Hawker Pacific.

At Qantas Airways, it has been announced the group will sell its catering unit to Emirates Group and Lion Air has confirmed an order for another 50 B737 MAX 10s.

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HNA signs MoU with Temasek and sells aviation and hotel assets to Hainan Airlines

China’s debt-ridden HNA Group conglomerate on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Temasek, the Singaporean investment company, to explore opportunities in aviation, logistics and airport infrastructure. Read More »



Lion Air confirms order for 50 more B737 MAX 10s

Indonesia’s Lion Air Group on Monday announced an order for 50 additional B737 MAX 10s, the largest MAX series variant. Read More »



Boeing wins first quarter order race

In the first quarter of 2018, Boeing secured orders for 221 commercial aircraft against Airbus sales of 45 net orders for the same three months. Read More »



Etihad terminates Perth service

Gulf carrier, Etihad Airways, announced this week that it would terminate its daily Abu Dhabi-Perth service as well as its five times a week flights to Edinburgh. Read More »



Hainan Airlines continues onslaught on Europe

Hardly a week goes by without Hainan Airlines announcing another route into Europe. Read More »



Qantas sells catering unit to Dnata

Australian flag carrier, Qantas Airways, on Wednesday signed a deal to sell its catering businesses in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth to Dnata, the aviation services company of Dubai’s Emirates Group. Read More »



Yunnan Hongtu Airlines to double fleet

Chinese full-service carrier, Yunnan Hongtu Airlines, this week signed an agreement with Hong Kong-based China Aircraft Leasing Company (CALC) for a 12 year A320ceo lease. Read More »



Qatar Airways signs for five more B777Fs

Qatar Airways on Tuesday signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) for five B777Fs, valued at US$1.7 billion at list prices. Read More »



Air New Zealand to add 15% trans-Tasman capacity

Air New Zealand (Air NZ) will launch two trans-Tasman routes from December and add 15% more seat capacity across the Tasman following last week’s announcement that the carrier would exit its trans-Tasman alliance with Virgin Australia from October 27. Read More »



Routes: AirAsia will launch four-weekly Penang-Hanoi and four-weekly Penang-Phuket A320 flights from July 1, respectively. Read More »