By Dominic Lalk
It has been a landmark week for Mainland China aviation with the news that the AirAsia Group has signed a joint venture MoU for a Chinese subsidiary, AirAsia China, based in Zhengzhou.
In Malaysia, Malindo Air, owned by Indonesia’s Lion Air Group, took delivery of the world’s first B737 MAX, Boeing’s response to the A320neo series. It also announced it would change its name.
Further west, the Dubai government pledged US$3 billion to expand Dubai International and Dubai World Central airport and turboprop OEM, ATR, delivered the first four of 20 firm order ATR 72-600s to Iran Air.
Midweek, the Singapore Airlines Group posted a S$360 million (US$259 million) full-year profit despite a S$138 million fourth-quarter loss. The result was a decline of 55.2% over the previous 12 months. Parent carrier, Singapore Airlines, said it would not renew leases on four of its A380s and budget SIA Group subsidiary, Scoot, has taken delivery of its first B787, fitted with crew bunks.
Philippine Airlines (PAL) has made transfers to Boracay easier and China Airlines (CAL) has commenced flying its A350s to the U.S.
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