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Week 48

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

It has been a quick-paced week in Asia-Pacific commercial aviation. On Wednesday, China Eastern Airlines accepted its maiden A350-900 in Toulouse. Earlier this week, Airbus delivered the first A330-900neo to launch operator TAP Air Portugal, ahead of deliveries to Asia-Pacific carriers AirAsia X and Garuda Indonesia next year.

Following its exit from SkyTeam, China Southern Airlines in Guangzhou this week announced the expansion of its partnership with American Airlines. Also in China, HNA Group has decreased its shareholding in LCC Urumqi Airlines from 70% to 30%. Meanwhile, reports have suggested that India’s Jet Airways has turned to Etihad Airways for extra money, which could increase the UAE carrier’s equity in Jet from 24% to 49%.

Airbus delivers maiden A330neo Read More »



China Southern and American Airlines expand partnership

Following last week’s announcement that China Southern Airlines would not renew its SkyTeam membership, Asia’s largest carrier this week said it would deepen its partnership with oneworld member and investor, American Airlines. Read More »



HNA Group sells down Urumqi Airlines shareholding

Hardly a week goes by without some major HNA Group news. Read More »



Etihad to increase shareholding in Jet Airways to 49%?

Another week, another Jet Airways update. Read More »



China Eastern accepts maiden A350-900 and expands JV with Air France-KLM

China Eastern Airlines on Wednesday accepted the airline’s maiden A350-900 at a ceremony in Toulouse. Read More »





Indonesia AirAsia X to cease scheduled operations in 2019

Indonesia AirAsia X, the long-haul unit of Indonesia AirAsia, this week announced that the airline will become a non-scheduled carrier in early 2019, citing challenging market conditions. Read More »



Turkish orders three more B777Fs ahead of cargo expansion

Turkish Airlines, a Star Alliance carrier, this week announced an order for three additional B777 freighters as the flag carrier continues to soar on record financial results and double-digit passenger and cargo growth. Read More »



Report: Lion Air B737 MAX crash could have been avoided

Indonesian investigators on Wednesday issued a blunt preliminary report into the fatal crash of a Lion Air B737 MAX 8 last month. Read More »





UTC closes US$30 billion Rockwell Collins acquisition

United Technologies Corp. (UTC) this week closed its US$30 billion acquisition of Rockwell Collins and announced it would spin off non-aerospace business subsidiaries Carrier and Otis Elevator Co. to become a top-tier aerospace parts, engines and services provider. Read More »



Routes: Air China will operate three daily Beijing-Singapore B787-9 flights from March 31. Read More »