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Week 47

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

It has been a good week for Boeing. The U.S. OEM this week assembled the first B777X ahead of a maiden flight next year and first delivery in 2020. On Monday, Boeing also announced an order for up to 50 B737 MAX aircraft from South Korean LCC, Jeju Air.

Also in the news this week, Bamboo Airways said it hoped to launch operations on December 29, the SIA Group announced several route transfers from SilkAir to Scoot, Malaysia Aviation Group reshuffled its leadership team and Qantas AirwaysAlan Joyce said Qatar Airways should not be in the oneworld alliance if it “was not working for them”.

Boeing assembles first B777X Read More »



Bamboo Airways announces December 29 maiden flight

Vietnam’s FLC Group, owner of start-up Bamboo Airways, said this week the new airline’s first flight would be on December 29 following a longer than expected AOC application process. Read More »



Jeju Air orders 50 B737 MAX 8s

South Korean low-cost carrier (LCC), Jeju Air, on Monday announced its order for 40 B737 MAX 8 aircraft, with options for ten jets. Read More »



Etihad signs deals with Gulf Air and Moog

Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways Group continues searching for new airline partners following its failed 'partners model'. Read More »



India’s Jet Airways shrinks network to cut costs

Mumbai-based Jet Airways will undertake a "comprehensive review" of its network to cut unprofitable routes and improve the airline's financial standing. Read More »





Qantas CEO Joyce: plenty of alternatives to Qatar Airways

Qantas Airways appears to be putting up little resistance to Qatar Airways' planned exit from the oneworld alliance. Read More »



SIA Group to transfer SilkAir routes to Scoot, cancels Honolulu

SIA Group low-cost long haul LCC, Scoot, will take over several of SilkAir’s routes in the next two years, ahead of SilkAir’s merger into Singapore Airlines (SIA). Read More »



Malaysia Aviation Group announces leadership changes

Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) has announced the appointment of Philip See as new CEO of its Firefly subsidiary, effective January 1, succeeding Ignatius Ong, who will stay with the group as Malaysia Airlines chief revenue officer. Read More »



Airbus names new CFO and COO

Airbus SE said this week that Dominik Asam will succeed Harald Wilhelm as chief financial officer at the manufacturer and that Michael Schollhorn will take over from Tom Williams as chief operating officer from next April. Read More »



SR Technics appoints head of engine services unit

Zurich-headquartered MRO specialist, SR Technics, has announced the appointment of Owen McClave as senior vice president of its engine services unit, effective January 1. Read More »



MRO: Lufthansa Technik and Asiana Airlines have signed a technical support agreement to develop capability to manage V2500 thrust reverser and other related components by way of extra training tools and on-site support. Read More »