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Week 37

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

It has been an eventful week at Garuda Indonesia. On Thursday, the state-controlled carrier dismissed six of its eight board members, including CEO Pak Pahala Mansury.

In China, Boeing upgraded its forecast demand for aircraft for the next two decades, South Korean start-up, Air Premia, secured US$33 million in initial funding, HNA Group is reportedly looking to sell its US$1.8 billion shareholding in Deutsche Bank, China Eastern Airlines signed a training deal with HAITE Singapore, IndiGo Airlines is recruiting cabin crew in London and Philippine Airlines hopes to join one of the three global airline alliances in 2019.

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Boeing upgrades China aircraft demand by 6.2%

Global aircraft manufacturer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, this week issued an updated aircraft demand forecast for Mainland China. Read More »



South Korea’s Air Premia secures US$33 million in start-up funding

South Korean start-up, Air Premia, has secured KRW37 billion (US$33 million) in initial funding, paving the way for an application for an air operator’s certificate (AOC) with South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT). Read More »



HNA Group to sell US$1.8 billion Deutsche Bank stake?

China’s cash-strapped HNA Group plans to sell its 7.6% shareholding in Deutsche Bank in the next 18 months, the Wall Street Journal reported this week citing sources close to the deal.Read More »



Hainan Airlines launches Shenzhen-Zurich

Hainan Airlines network expansion continues with the launch of a twice-a-week Shenzhen-Zurich B787 service, the seventh intercontinental route for Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport. Read More »





China Eastern signs training deal with HAITE, adds non-stop flights to Dubai

Shanghai-headquartered China Eastern Airlines and HAITE Aviation Training Singapore, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sichuan Haite High-Tech Co. Ltd. in Chengdu, have signed a training deal. Read More »



Finnair to increase Greater China and Japan capacity

Finnair has announced a capacity expansion on flights to Greater China and Japan from the 2019 northern summer. Read More »



Indian LCC IndiGo to add London Gatwick to network

India’s IndiGo Airlines could launch flights to London’s Gatwick Airport as early as October, a report in The Financial Express has said. Read More »



Qatar Airways to launch Da Nang B787 flights

Qatar Airways will be the first airline to launch an intercontinental route from Da Nang when it begins four-a week B787-8 flights between its Doha hub and the Vietnamese coastal city from December 19. Read More »





PAL seeks alliance membership, Philippines AirAsia defers IPO

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is seeking an airline alliance membership, with talks currently underway, PAL president and COO, Jaime Bautista, has told media. Read More »



AirAsia gains IOSA certification, AirAsia X considering A321LR

Malaysia’s AirAsia Berhad has received its first IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification, joining sister carriers AirAsia X and Indonesia AirAsia. Read More »



Eric Schulz departs Airbus, Scherer appointed CCO

In a surprise move, Airbus on Thursday announced the departure of its CCO, Eric Schulz, with immediate effect. Read More »



Routes: Air China plans to replace the A330-200 with the A350-900 on its daily Pudong-Frankfurt route from December 1, followed by Pudong-Malpensa from January 1. Read More »