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JULY 2018

Week 28

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

Indian full-service carrier, Vistara, this week committed to 50 A320neo Family aircraft for domestic and regional flying, as well as six B787-9 Dreamliners for its maiden intercontinental routes. Also on orders, Airbus has announced a commitment for 60 of its newly-launched A220-300 jet from U.S. carrier JetBlue, in addition to orders for 10 A350s and 10 A330neo, respectively, placed by undisclosed customers. Meanwhile, Gulf Air confirmed the cancellation of its order for 10 A220-100s.

On routes, Shenzhen Airlines will launch an A330-300 service to Heathrow Airport this fall; Nepal Airlines plans to fly its new A330s to Japan and Sydney; and Austrian Airlines will cut its loss-making Vienna-Hong Kong route.

In the Philippines, Cebu Pacific Air has sold a 60% stake in ground handling firm 1Aviation; in Phnom Penh, Cambodia Airways has launched; and in Dar Es Salaam, Air Tanzania intends to fly its just-delivered B787-8 to Bangkok, Guangzhou and Mumbai.

Vistara signs for 50 A320neo and six B787-9s Read More »



Airbus adds A220 Family to product portfolio

Airbus has formally added the A220-100 and A220-300, previously known as the Bombardier CS100 and CS300, to its product line-up. Read More »



BOC Aviation accepted 15 aircraft in second quarter

Singapore-headquartered BOC Aviation has taken delivery of 15 aircraft in the second quarter through to June 13. Read More »



Nepal Airlines to deploy A330s to Japan and Sydney

Nepal Airlines will fly its two newly-delivered A330-200 aircraft on routes from its Kathmandu base to Tokyo, Osaka and Sydney, Nepalese media has reported, citing Nepal Airlines management. Read More »



Shenzhen Airlines to launch Heathrow A330 service, adds A320neo

Shenzhen Airlines, a Star Alliance member, will launch a thrice-weekly Shenzhen-London Heathrow A330-300 service from October 30. Read More »





Cebu Pacific sells stake in ground handling unit

Manila-headquartered Cebu Pacific Air has sold a 60% stake in ground handing firm 1Aviation (1AV) to Philippine Airport Ground Support Solutions (PAGSS) and PAGSS major shareholder, Jefferson Cheng, for an undisclosed amount. Read More »



Report: Aeroflot considering additional A350s

Russia’s Aeroflot, a SkyTeam member, is considering a top-up order for the A350, Reuters has reported citing sources close to the deal. Read More »



Cambodia Airways launches

Cambodia has a new airline – Cambodia Airways. Read More »





Austrian cuts Hong Kong route

Lufthansa Group carrier, Vienna-based Austrian Airlines, will terminate its five-weekly Vienna-Hong Kong B777-200ER route from October 27. Read More »



Airbus nets 10 A350 and 10 A330neo orders in June

Toulouse-headquartered manufacturer, Airbus, has received two orders from undisclosed customers in June for 10 A350-900s and 10 A330neo, respectively. Read More »



Code shares: Cathay Pacific Airways and Brussels Airlines have established a code share agreement for passengers travelling between Hong Kong to Brussels and on to Berlin, Hamburg, Lyon, Marseilles, Toulouse, Oslo and Prague. Read More »