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Week 41

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

Airbus SE this week announced that Airbus Commercial Aircraft president, Guillaume Faury, would succeed Tom Enders as Airbus CEO from next April. This is the latest leadership change at the Toulouse-headquartered manufacturer after Airbus Commercial Aircraft CCO, Eric Schulz, handed in his surprise resignation last month.

In Chicago, Boeing closed its acquisition of parts and services provider, KLX Inc. and at its South Carolina plant handed over the maiden B787-9 to Air Tahiti Nui, the first Boeing aircraft for the South Pacific airline.

Hainan Airlines will commence A350 domestic flights this Saturday, Hong Kong Airlines is reportedly deferring four A350s, AirAsia X has won approval for more Mainland routes and Jet Airways has received a US$35 million cash injection from the Etihad Group.

Airbus receives 36 orders in September: Faury to succeed Enders Read More »



Lessors report brisk business

Dublin-headquartered air aircraft lessor, AerCap Holdings N.V., signed lease agreements for nine wide bodies and 53 narrow bodies for the third quarter to September 30. Read More »



Air Tahiti Nui accepts maiden B787 Dreamliner

Boeing, Air Lease Corp. (ALC) and Air Tahiti Nui this week celebrated the delivery of the airline's first Boeing jet, a B787-9, on lease from ALC. Read More »



Etihad injects US$35 million into Jet Airways via loyalty program

Another week, another Jet Airways finance update. Read More »



Boeing closes KLX acquisition

Boeing this week finalised the acquisition of aircraft parts and services supplier, KLX Inc. Read More »



Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines extend joint partnership

Air New Zealand (Air NZ) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) have received regulatory approval to extend their New Zealand-Singapore joint partnership by five years, to March 2024, and add more flights to the agreement. Read More »



Hainan Airlines to begin A350 flights on Saturday

Hainan Airlines has said its first A350-900 would operate a test flight this Friday, before commencing commercial operations on the following day on the Beijing-Hongqiao and Beijing-Guangzhou trunk routes. Read More »



AirAsia X sets its sights on Mainland China

AirAsia X, the long-haul subsidiary of Malaysia’s AirAsia Group, has received Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) approval for three routes to Mainland China in 2019. Read More »



FlightSafety pays tribute to leadership of Bruce Whitman

Bruce Whitman, chairman, president and CEO of FlightSafety International, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday with his family by his side. Bruce was 85. Read More »



AFI KLM appoints business development senior vice president

AFI KLM E&M this week appointed former CEO of Barfield Inc., Johann Panier, as senior vice president of business development. Read More »



Bombardier names chief transformation officer

Bombardier has appointed Sam Abdelmalek as chief transformation and supply chain officer, effective from October 3. Read More »



Routes: Air Niugini has replaced its weekly Port Moresby-Chuuk-Narita B737 route with a Port Moresby-Narita B737 nonstop service. Read More »