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JUNE 2018

Week 23

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

The week kicked off with the year’s most important aviation leader gathering, the International Air Transport Association’s 74th Annual General Meeting, held in Sydney.

As the industry’s cheque writers met in Australia, China’s HNA Group announced an order for 300 ‘Made in China’ COMAC jets. Also on the Mainland, flag carrier Air China is getting ready to take delivery of its first A350-900 after insisting it should get the aircraft before Hainan Airlines and Sichuan Airlines.

On the airlines front, Cathay Pacific Airways has rostered additional A350-1000 flights, Singapore Airlines said it might face payload restrictions on its A350ULR flights from the U.S. and Taiwanese start-up, StarLux Airlines, has its sights set on an A350-1000 order.

There were several alliance updates this week. Oneworld has announced its ‘oneworld connect’ model, Star Alliance has said it is making good progress on its digital transformation and SkyTeam has named a new CEO.

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Air China readies for A350 and signs deal with Sabre

The first A350-900 for Air China has performed its maiden flight. Read More »



SIA CEO: A350ULR U.S. flights may face payload restrictions

Speaking on the sidelines of the IATA AGM in Sydney this week, Singapore Airlines (SIA) CEO, Goh Choon Phong, said the airline’s announced A350ULR flights from Singapore to the U.S. could face payload restrictions, particularly in the cargo hold. Read More »



Oneworld launches ‘connect’ model

The oneworld alliance has introduced a new membership tier, oneworld connect, which is designed to fill network gaps with carriers that do not have the scale, capabilities or desire to become full-fledged members. Read More »



HNA Group intends to order 300 COMAC jets

Mainland aircraft manufacturer, Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC), this week received a massive order for 300 aircraft from the debt-ridden HNA Group conglomerate. Read More »



Boeing and Safran announce APU joint venture plan

Boeing is once again rocking its supply chain in its relentless quest for better cost control. Read More »



Airbus sells 15 A350s in May; StarLux to order A350-1000?

Toulouse-headquartered aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, sold 15 A350-900s to an undisclosed customer in May, ending a half-year widebody order drought and lifting the total order tally for the -900 to 679 aircraft. Read More »



Cathay Pacific rosters A350-1000 on Amsterdam and Zurich routes

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways has rostered the A350-1000 on its Amsterdam and Zurich routes, replacing B777-300ER aircraft. Read More »



SkyTeam names new CEO

The SkyTeam alliance this week named Delta Air Lines executive, Kristin Colvile, as its new CEO. Read More »



Routes: AirAsia India will launch a daily Bengaluru-Surat A320 route on June 1. Read More »