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Week 43

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

It’s been a fast-paced week in Asia-Pacific aviation. Mid-week, Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways was heavily criticised for its delay in disclosing a major cyber security breach, affecting up to 9.4 million passengers, that was first detected in March. In China, Delta Air Lines announced a Shanghai-Minneapolis A350 route and Xiamen Airlines is reported to be evaluating an A321neo order.

In other updates, the Qantas Group reported a 6.3% increase in revenue for its first quarter, to US$3.1 billion, Philippine Airlines is considering a Manila-Seattle route, Vistara received a US$270 million capital injection from Singapore Airlines and Tata Group, Qatar Airways Cargo has commenced flying trans-Pacific services from Macau and Virgin Atlantic is eyeing non-stop flights to Australia.

Cathay Pacific deluged with criticism after industry’s worst cyber security breach revealed Read More »



Qantas Group announces 6.3% revenue gain and KLM codeshare

On Thursday, the Qantas Group reported a 6.3% rise in revenue, to A$4.41 billion (US$3.1 billion), for the quarter ended September 30.Read More »



Delta announces Shanghai-Minneapolis

Delta Air Lines' Asia-Pacific expansion continues in full swing. Read More »



Manta Air to add two ATR 72-600s from lessor NAC

Maldives carrier, Manta Air, leased two ATR 72-600s’ from Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC), the first of the type to be delivered to the new domestic carrier. Read More »



Virgin Atlantic considers nonstop flights to Australia

Heathrow Airport-based Virgin Atlantic Airways hopes to fly nonstop to Australia "as soon as possible", airline founder, Richard Branson, told Your Money this week. Read More »





Xiamen Air to order A321neoLR?

Xiamen Airlines, an all-Boeing operator, could soon be ordering A321neo long-range (LR) aircraft, Bloomberg reported this week, citing sources familiar with the transaction. Read More »



Korean Air eyes B777X, more B787s and A350s

Speaking at the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines Assembly of Presidents in Jeju last week, Korean Air president and COO, Walter Cho, admitted the airline was operating too many aircraft types and should consider its next orders wisely. Read More »



Vistara receives capital injection from key investors

India’s full-service Vistara has received an INR20 billion (US$270 million) capital injection from its two owners, local conglomerate Tata Group and Singapore Airlines (SIA). Read More »



Qatar Cargo adds trans-Pacific Macau link

Qatar Airways Cargo continues expanding at breakneck speed. Read More »





Philippine Airlines eyes Seattle route

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is considering a Manila-Seattle A350 service from 2019, airline president Jaime Bautista said at the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines Assembly of Presidents last week. Read More »



ANAHD names Inoue new Vanilla Air president

Shinichi Inoue, the representative director and CEO of Peach Aviation, will be the representative director and president of Vanilla Air from November 2. Read More »



Leasing: Aercap has delivered the first Pratt & Whitney powered A320neo to China’s Qingdao Airlines, on a long-term operating lease. Read More »