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JULY 2018

Week 27

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

Airbus has formally taken a 50.01% stake in the Bombardier C Series programme. The OEM will bring C Series aircraft to its Toulouse headquarters for a media event next Tuesday, July 10. In the interim, Boeing announced it had entered into a “non-binding agreement” to establish “a strategic partnership” with Embraer. Separately, regional aircraft manufacturer, ATR, issued a new market forecast that predicted demand for 1,300 turboprops in the Asia-Pacific to 2037.

Virgin Australia this week launched its Sydney-Hong Kong route, China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines will open Los Angeles from Shenyang and Xian, Okay Airways accepted its first B737 MAX aircraft and Philippine Airlines will take delivery of its maiden A350-900 on July 14.

Also in the news, the infamous Cho sisters could cause Korean Air subsidiary, Jin Air, to lose its business licence. Tragically, HNA co-founder, Wang Jian, fell to his death in Provence as he was taking photos on a family holiday. Separately, Cebu Pacific Air and India’s SpiceJet will establish dedicated cargo only subsidiaries.

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Airbus formally takes control of C Series, lists CS100 and CS300 in line-up

On July 1, Airbus, Bombardier and Investissement Québec confirmed the closing of the previously announced C Series transaction. Read More »



Virgin Australia launches Hong Kong-Sydney

On Monday, Virgin Australia launched a daily Hong Kong-Sydney A330-200 route, complementing its existing A330 service between Hong Kong and Melbourne launched in 2017. Read More »



ATR forecasts demand for 1,300 turboprops in the Asia-Pacific

In its latest market forecast through to 2037, turboprop manufacturer, ATR, is predicting that Asia-Pacific carriers will have a need for 1,300 turboprop aircraft over the next 20 years. Read More »



Korean Air’s Cho family risk losing Jin Air licence

The drama involving South Korea’s Cho family is continuing. Read More »



Okay Airways accepts first B737 MAX

China’s Okay Airways took delivery of its first B737 MAX 8 on Sunday. Read More »



SpiceJet launching B737-800BCF cargo operations

India’s SpiceJet will launch cargo only flights in the third quarter of this year. Read More »



Turkish turns focus on China and India

Turkish Airlines has its sights firmly set on the opening of Istanbul New Airport on October 29. Read More »





China Southern and Hainan Airlines plan more flights to Los Angeles

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has received applications from China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines for new services to Los Angeles. Read More »



Cebu Pacific to add dedicated ATR freighter fleet

Manila-headquartered Cebu Pacific Air this week inked an agreement with Switzerland-based IPR Conversions to convert two of its ATR 72-500 passenger aircraft into freighter planes. Read More »



Philippine Airlines prepares for first A350 delivery

Philippine Airlines (PAL) will take delivery of its first of six on-order A350-900s on July 14. Read More »



Trent 1000 issues shutdown 113 ANA domestic flights

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA), a Star Alliance carrier, will cancel 113 domestic services, representing approximately 2% of its domestic capacity, from July 6 to July 12 as its engineers carry out additional checks on the airline’s 64 B787s powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines. Read More »



Amedeo takes minority stake in Intrepid

The owners of Irish lessor Intrepid Aviation, Centerbridge Partners and Reservoir Capital Group, will take up equity in wide body lessor Amedeo Capital, which will in turn acquire a minority shareholding in Intrepid, resulting in “a strategic partnership” between the leasing specialists. Read More »



HNA Group co-chairman’s accidental death while holidaying in France

Co-founder and co-chairman of China’s HNA Group, Wang Jian, aged 57, died in Provence on Tuesday after falling off a wall while taking photographs. Read More »



Etihad Aviation Group CEO, Tony Douglas, has restructured Etihad Airways and taken on leadership of the carrier. Read More »



AIRLINES: The Etihad Aviation Group will retain its 49% equity in Air Serbia after the Eastern European carrier reported a record 2017 profit. Read More »