By Asia Editor, Will Horton
First impressions matter. The CAAC moved swiftly to ground the 737 MAX after the Ethiopian crash. Other jurisdictions followed.
Cathay Pacific’s return to profitability was over-shadowed by anti-competitive concerns if it acquires local airline HK Express. Finances are a worry as China Eastern nears its first C919 delivery. China Eastern plans a new airline for Comac’s flagship.
Start-up Starlux will sign for A350s next week, raising the question if Taiwan can support three major airlines. Korean Air is seeking staff shareholders to support re-appointing Chairman Cho. Peer Asiana continues to re-fleet and pivot to long-haul markets while Bangkok Airways is focusing in neighbouring countries, but may resume China expansion.
First impressions of Boeing's 777X family were good to the employees who attended a low-key, staff-only event for the 777-9 rollout. Most orders are from airlines based in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.