By Dominic Lalk
Air Belgium this week won the title of ‘most short-lived airline’ operating in the Asia-Pacific. The carrier has announced it would terminate its only service – Charleroi to Hong Kong – from October 1, four months after mounting three ex-Finnair A340s on the route. Air Belgium said the route was unsuccessful because its partners failed to feed the airline with Mainland tour group passengers.
In China, Loong Air and Chongqing Airlines accepted their first A320neo, Cathay Pacific Airways hopes to fly to Seattle daily, EVA Air will take delivery of its first B787 on Tuesday, Sichuan Airlines will start a service to Cairo, Etihad Airways told Orient Aviation there was “no truth in the story” about a potential merger with Emirates Airline and SkyTeam launched the first alliance metasearch functionality.
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