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Week 32

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

On Wednesday, Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Group announced a net loss of HK$263 million (US$33.5 million) for the first six months of 2018, a significant improvement over last year’s net loss of HK$2,051 million for the same months.

Across the border, both Air China and Sichuan Airlines took deliveries of their first A350XWBs this week. In Tokyo, Japan Airlines formally launched its new long-haul low-cost-carrier. The oneworld member also announced a Sino-Japanese joint venture with Shanghai’s China Eastern Airlines.

In other news, Biman Bangladesh Airlines has ordered three Bombardier Q400s, Indonesia’s TransNusa will take delivery of three additional ATR72-600s, Korean Air has announced a B787-9 route to Boston,Turkish Airlines will fly its -9s to Denpasar next year and Japan’s ORIX Corporation will purchase 30% of HNA Group’s aircraft lessor, Avolon.

Cathay Pacific narrows first half net loss to US$33.5 million Read More »



Avolon sells 30% holding to Japan’s ORIX

Japan’s ORIX Corporation this week announced it would pay US$2.2 billion to acquire 30% of aircraft lessor, Avolon, from Bohai Capital. Read More »



Air China and Sichuan Airlines accept first A350s

Both Air China and Sichuan Airlines took delivery of their first A350-900s in Toulouse on Wednesday, August 8, an auspicious date for Mainland Chinese. Read More »



Joint Business agreement for Japan Airlines and China Eastern as Japanese flag carrier confirms its long haul LCC plans

Japan Airlines (JAL), a oneworld member, and SkyTeam’s China Eastern Airlines have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, an agreement that aims “to improve customer convenience and enhance the quality of services provided by both carriers”. Read More »



Biman Bangladesh Airlines orders three Bombardier Q400s

Following disappointing sales at July’s Farnborough Airshow, Canadian manufacturer, Bombardier, this week announced an order for three Q400 turboprops from the Bangladeshi government on behalf of flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines. Read More »



IndiGo expects first A321neo by December

India’s IndiGo Airlines expects to take delivery of its first A321neo aircraft “towards the end of the year”, airline interim CEO, Rahul Bhatia, said in an earnings call. Read More »



Indonesia’s TransNusa transitions to all-ATR fleet

Indonesian regional carrier, TransNusa, will add three ATR72-600s to its fleet this year, replacing two BAE146s and a Fokker 70. Read More »



Korean Air announces flights to Boston

South Korean flag carrier, Korean Air (KAL) continues its North American expansion with the launch of five a week B787-9 flights from Seoul Incheon to Boston Logan International Airport from next April 12. Read More »



SriLankan Airlines accepts final A320neo Family aircraft

Sri Lankan national carrier, SriLankan Airlines, has taken delivery of a sixth and final A320neo Family aircraft, an A321neo registered 4R-ANF. Read More »



Cargo: Indian LCC, SpiceJet, is set to increase its cargo business with expanded domestic services as well as launch a daily cargo flight from Guwahati in Assam to Hong Kong. Read More »