By Dominic Lalk
It has been a challenging week for the AirAsia Group after India’s Central Bureau of Investigation opened a bribery and deception case against the low-cost conglomerate’s AirAsia India joint venture and the group’s co-founder, Tony Fernandes. AirAsia and Fernandes are denying all allegations.
In Singapore, Singapore Airlines (SIA) this week announced its first A350-900ULR route, a 9,000nm flight from Singapore to Newark. Meanwhile, SIA’s Indian joint venture, Vistara, has reportedly decided to transition from an all-Airbus to an all-Boeing regional fleet, just like SilkAir, another SIA subsidiary.
In other news from this region, Royal Brunei has taken delivery of its maiden A320neo, Sichuan Airlines received its first A321neo, China Southern Airlines became the world’s sixth largest carrier in May and Hainan Airlines started a nonstop route from Tianjin to Vancouver.