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JUNE 2018

Week 26

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

It’s been an exciting week for Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways. The new kid on the block has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Boeing for 20 B787-9s for delivery to the Hanoi-headquartered airline from 2020. The Boeing order followed an order for 24 A321neo, placed with Airbus in March.

Also in the news, India’s Jet Airways has signed another B737 MAX order that raised its order tally for the latest B737 variant to 225 aircraft, Finnair is looking at the A321LR for long-and-thin flights to Chinese second and third tier cities, Singapore Airlines Group is transferring B737s from SilkAir to Scoot and Tianjin Airlines is opening the first intercontinental route from Hohhot.

At the manufacturers, Airbus and THAI have confirmed their MRO venture in U-Tapao, Boeing has unveiled a new hypersonic airliner concept and China’s COMAC has resumed C919 test flights.

Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways signs for 20 B787-9s Read More »



Jet Airways raises B737MAX orders to 225

Jet Airways has committed to another 75 B737 MAX aircraft from 2025, the Mumbai-headquartered carrier disclosed to the Mumbai Stock Exchange on Monday.Read More »



Thailand addresses infrastructure challenges and confirms Airbus MRO joint venture

The Thai government has established an “airport consultative committee” aimed at fostering greater stakeholder collaboration in the kingdom’s airport development programme. Read More »



Boeing floats hypersonic passenger aircraft ambitions

U.S. aircraft manufacturer, Boeing, could have a prototype of a hypersonic passenger aircraft flying by 2030, the Chicago-headquartered OEM said this week after unveiling a concept design of the futuristic airliner at an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics-sponsored aviation conference in Atlanta. Read More »



CALC launches aircraft investment vehicle

Hong Kong-based China Aircraft Group Holdings Ltd (CALC) this week announced the formation of CAG, a vehicle to invest in aircraft portfolios on lease to global airlines. Read More »





SilkAir B737s to join Scoot fleet

As part of its three-year transformation programme, Singapore Airlines Group (SIA Group) will transfer an undisclosed number of B737 jets from its full-service SilkAir subsidiary to low-cost carrier Scoot. Read More »



Finnair considers A321LR for Chinese second and third tier cities

Finnair is taking a close look at the A321LR for potential “long-and-thin routes” to Mainland second and third tier cities, Finnair CEO, Pekka Vauramo, said in Beijing this week where he was attending the 30th anniversary of Finnair’s Helsinki-Beijing nonstop service. Read More »



COMAC: C919 test aircraft are flying again

The Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) has announced its two C919 test aircraft have been returned to active flight test duty following weeks on the ground for modification work. Read More »



Hainan Airlines sells remaining Azul shares

China’s Hainan Airlines, the marquee airline of HNA Group’s carriers, will sell its remaining 17% holding in Azul Brazilian Airlines for approximately US$320 million, it was disclosed to the New York Stock Exchange this week. Read More »



Tianjin Airlines launches first intercontinental route from Hohhot

Hohhot Baita International Airport, the capital airport of China’s Inner Mongolia province, will receive its maiden intercontinental route this summer. Read More »



Aeroflot confirms 50 MC-21s and S7 accepts maiden A321neo

The Aeroflot board this week signed off on a purchase order for 50 Irkut MC-21-300s, originally announced last year. Read More »



Airlines: An Air New Zealand ATR72-500 has experienced an engine “back firing” incident en route from Napier to Auckland. Read More »