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Week 34

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

 It has been another great financial year for the Qantas Group and Air New Zealand. On Thursday, both carriers reported impressive full-year results to June 30, despite mounting competition and rising fuel prices.

Malaysia Airlines announced a new A380 route, Biman Bangladesh accepted its maiden B787 and Boeing has come to the rescue of Jet Airways by returning deposits to the airline to keep it solvent. At the same time, India’s Ministry of Corporate Affairs said it was investigating the carrier for alleged misappropriation of funds.

All Nippon Airways continues to be severely impacted by Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 issues, Japan Airlines has said it will install up to 300 seats on its long-haul LCC B787-8s and American Airlines announced it would cancel Chicago-Beijing and Chicago-Shanghai and drastically reduce Chicago-Narita.

Qantas and Air New Zealand report stellar profits Read More »



Air New Zealand reports second highest profit in its history

In Auckland, Air NZ chairman, Tony Carter, was in equally good spirits when the flag carrier presented its fiscal year results to June 30 on Thursday. Read More »



Gulf Air accepts maiden A320neo

Gulf Air’s fleet renewal programme continues in full swing. Read More »



Xiamen Air B737 severely damaged in Manila landing incident

A B737-800 en route from Xiamen to Manila suffered a hard landing and subsequent runway excursion when touching down on Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s (NAIA’s) main runway 24 during a tropical storm. Read More »



Japan Airlines to install its LCC B787s with up to 300 seats

Japan Airlines (JAL) is looking to install 290-300 seats on B787-8s earmarked for its newly-announced long-haul low-cost carrier (LHLCC), ATW has reported, citing JAL VP for global sales, Steve Smith. Read More »



Malaysia Airlines Berhad schedules regular Jeddah A380 service

Malaysia Airlines Berhad’s (MAB) A380s are serving Kuala Lumpur -London Heathrow, Sydney and Tokyo’s Narita Airport. Read More »



All Nippon Airways suspends international routes owing to Trent 1000 replacements

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) will suspend some international routes and reduce frequency on other services in the second half of fiscal year 2018 as its Rolls-Royce Trent 1000-powered B787 fleet continue to undergo safety inspections and engine replacements. Read More »



Biman Bangladesh accepts first B787-8

On Sunday Biman Bangladesh Airlines this week received the first of four on-order B787-8s. Read More »



Boeing comes to Jet Airways rescue

It is widely known Jet Airways faces a severe liquidity crunch. Read More »



American Airlines cancel more routes to Asia

In May, American Airlines announced it would be discontinue its Beijing-Chicago route from October, despite the carrier’s insistence it would engage in “unprecedented” network growth in the Asia-Pacific. Read More »



Leasing: BOC Aviation has purchased eight new A330neo family aircraft from Airbus for lease to the Lion Air Group with deliveries scheduled from 2019-2020. Read More »