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Week 45

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

The focus in Asia-Pacific commercial aviation this week was Air Show China in the southern Mainland city of Zhuhai. Manufacturers, suppliers and other stakeholders gathered for the 2018 China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition. The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) signed new contracts for up to 60 ARJ21 jets, although no deals were announced for its C919 and C929 product lines.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday issued an emergency airworthiness directive to all owners and operators of Boeing B737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft. The order requires all operators to revise the operating procedures of the flight manual for runaway horizontal stabilizer trim procedures under certain conditions. The directive follows the fatal crash of a Lion Air MAX 8 in Indonesia last week, an accident that took the lives of all passengers and crew onboard.

In Vietnam, VietJet Air confirmed an order for another 50 A321neo and in Toulouse Airbus performed the maiden flight of the A330-800neo, an aircraft that has not attracted large orders to date. Also in the news, Qatar Airways became the launch customer for minute-by-minute global flight tracking, exceeding the new ICAO ruling. Jet Airways has hired three consultancies to provide input on its much-needed restructuring and All Nippon Airways posted a 38% drop in its first-half net profit.

COMAC signs new ARJ21 order at Air Show China Read More »



FAA issues MAX 8 and MAX 9 emergency airworthiness directive

On Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an emergency airworthiness directive to owners and operators of Boeing B737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft, following a fatal crash of a Lion Air MAX 8 in Indonesia last week which killed all 189 passengers and crew onboard. Read More »



VietJet Air confirms MoU for 50 additional A321neo

Hanoi-headquartered low-cost carrier, VietJet Air, has confirmed an order for an additional 50 A321neo, finalising a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed at the Farnborough Airshow last July. Read More »



Air New Zealand accepts first A321neo and launches to Taipei

Air New Zealand (Air NZ) has become the latest operator of the A321neo, following the delivery of its first neo – ZK-NNA – last weekend. Read More »



A330-800neo performs first flight

Airbus’ decision to launch the A330-800neo, despite an obvious lack of customer interest, remains a curious move. Read More »





Qatar Airways first carrier to track aircraft minute by minute

Qatar Airways is the launch customer for GlobalBeacon, a product solution created by FlightAware and Aireon that provides real-time, minute-by-minute flight tracking. Read More »



Jet Airways hires turnaround consultants and IndiGo defers ATRs

Jet Airways’ woes continue. After launching India’s first nonstop service between Mumbai and Manchester on Monday, the carrier appointed three global consultancies to help secure funding and aid its restructuring drive. Read More »



ANA HOLDINGS INC first-half net profit declines 38%

ANA HOLDINGS INC (ANAHD) has posted a first-half net profit of JPY73.7 billion (US$652 million). Read More »





Routes: AirAsia will start a four-weekly Ipoh-Singapore A320 route on December 2. Read More »