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Week 38

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

The focus in Asia-Pacific commercial aviation was on Guangzhou this week, where organizers of the 24th annual World Routes conference said more than 3,000 delegates from more than 300 airlines and 700 airports gathered to discuss slots and route launches.

In Doha, Qatar Airways Group reported a US$69 million full-year net loss, THAI said it would revise its wide body order plan, AZAL wants to fly to Tokyo, Seoul and Bangkok, Hong Kong Airlines and Brussels Airlines are terminating loss-making Europe-Asia routes and oneworld has appointed QantasAlan Joyce as new board chairman.

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Qatar Airways reports US$69 million full-year net loss

Qatar Airways Group this week reported a full-year net loss of QAR252 million (US$69 million), a much better result than industry analysts had forecast, although still a significant reversal from a QAR2.9 billion net profit posted the previous year. Read More »



THAI to reconsider aircraft orders

State-controlled Thai Airways International (THAI) has said it would reconsider the fleet renewal plan after the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) said the THB100 billion (US$3.1 billion) proposal was too expensive for the struggling carrier. Read More »



AZAL intends to fly to Tokyo, Shanghai and Bangkok

AZAL Azerbaijan Airlines hopes to launch flights from its Baku base to Tokyo, Shanghai, Seoul, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Delhi and Zhengzhou, the airline has told media at an operational update presentation. Read More »



Hong Kong Airlines cuts sole European route

Hong Kong Airlines, an HNA Aviation subsidiary, will terminate its three times a week Hong Kong-Moscow Vnukovo A330-300 flights. Read More »





Boeing and Cathay donate world’s first B777

U.S. manufacturer, Boeing, and Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways have donated the first-ever Boeing 777 airplane to the Pima Air & Space Museum in Arizona, one of the world’s largest facilities devoted to celebrating aerospace. Read More »



Brussels Airlines ends Asia operations

Brussels Airlines, a Star Alliance member, will terminate its sole route to Asia, a five times a week A330-300 service to Mumbai, from January 6. Read More »





Gulf Air and Oman Air consider A330 fleet future

Oman Air is in advanced talks with India’s Jet Airways regarding the potential wet-lease of three Jet A330 aircraft, as well as an unspecified number of B737NGs, the Financial Express has reported. Read More »



ATR names Bortoli new CEO

ATR, with the unanimous support of its shareholders Airbus and Leonardo, has appointed Stefano Bortoli, former president of the ATR Board and senior vice president of strategy, marketing development and sales at Leonardo Aircraft Division, as new CEO of ATR with immediate effect. Read More »



Oneworld appoints Alan Joyce as board chairman

The oneworld governing board on Tuesday nominated Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, to serve as its chairman for the next two years. Read More »



Boeing appoints Toulouse as interim communications leader

The Boeing Company this week announced that Phil Musser, senior vice president of communications, will depart the company in early November due to personal and family considerations. Read More »



Hong Kong appoints chief air accident investigator

The Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department has appointed Darren Straker as chief air accident investigator of its newly-founded Air Accident Investigation Authority, reporting directly to the city’s Transport and Housing Minister, Frank Chan Fan. Read More »



Routes: Air China will launch a daily Chengdu-Phuket A320 flight on October 28. Read More »