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Week 35

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

It’s been a fast-paced week in Asia-Pacific commercial aviation. In Brisbane, Virgin Australia Group reported a US$500 million net loss for the financial year ended June 30. At the same time, Virgin Australia announced it had converted 10 of its 40 on-order B737 MAX 8s to the larger MAX 10 variant. In the interim, India’s Jet Airways reported a US$198 million first quarter net loss, which prompted the indebted carrier to launch a fresh cost-cutting programme.

Also in the region, Garuda Indonesia will cut flights to London, China Southern Airlines has started taking delivery of three-class B787-9s, Capital Airlines had a serious landing incident in Macau, Qatar Airways will fly its A350-1000s to Singapore and Haneda and Singapore Airlines has signed a major technology deal with China’s Alibaba Group.

Virgin Australia reports US$500 million loss and converts MAX order Read More »



Capital Airlines A320 loses front wheel bogey and engine in landing incident

Following the Xiamen Air incident in Manila earlier this month, 157 passengers and nine crew on board a Capital Airlines A320 had a narrow escape this Tuesday when the aircraft’s front wheel bogey came off and sent shrapnel flying into the left-side engine during an attempted landing at Macau International Airport. Read More »



Government seeks six North American routes from Harbin

China’s Heilongjiang Provincial government hopes to launch six routes from the state capital, Harbin, to North America by 2020. Read More »



Jet Airways posts US$198 million first quarter loss

Jet Airways’ money worries are more serious than previously expected.Read More »



Hawaiian Airlines cuts China service

Another North American carrier is having trouble in the China market. Read More »



Garuda Indonesia axes Heathrow service

Garuda Indonesia will terminate its three times a week Jakarta-London B777-300ER flights from October 28. Read More »



China Southern accepts three class B787-9s

Asia’s largest carrier, China Southern Airlines, has taken delivery of its sixth B787-9 Dreamliner. Read More »



Singapore Airlines signs major deal with Alibaba Group

Singapore Airlines (SIA) continues to be a trendsetter in Asia-Pacific aviation. Read More »



Qatar Airways flying A350-1000 to Singapore and Haneda

Qatar Airways will commence operating its A350-1000, equipped with the airline’s “First-In-Business” Qsuite to Singapore’s Changi Airport from November 1 and to Tokyo Haneda from January 1. Read More »



Boeing downgrades Asia-Pacific pilot and technician demand forecast

Boeing this week issued a new Asia-Pacific pilot and technician demand forecast to 2038. Read More »



GDS: China Eastern Airlines has selected Sabre’s AirCentre suite as the core system to power the airline’s operation centre. Read More »