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JUNE 2017

Week 26

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

During this week in the Asia-Pacific Korean Air and Delta Airlines signed a trans-Pacific joint venture that will challenge the existing Japan Airlines-American Airlines and All Nippon Airways-United Airlines pacts.

In India, national flag carrier, Air India, is finally to be privatized after the government announced its intention to divest an unspecified stake in the carrier. India’s Tata Group, together with Singapore Airlines, and IndiGo Airlines are reportedly interested in the loss-making airline.

In Thailand, THAI may order up to 30 new wide bodies and delinquent low-cost THAI offshoot, Nok Air, was recertified by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT). In neighbouring Laos, the government in Vientiane is looking for suitable investors for Lao Airlines.

Korean Air and Delta sign trans-Pacific joint venture Read More »



Air India’s quest for privatization 2.0

The Indian government has once again decided to privatize national flag carrier, Air India. On Wednesday, India’s cabinet gave “in principle approval for the disinvestment” of the airline. Read More »



China Aircraft Leasing and Longjiang Airlines disagree

Last week, citing official correspondence from China Aircraft Leasing Group (CALC), Orient Aviation reported that CALC had served two termination notices to Longjiang Airlines (LJ Air) on June 16 after the airline allegedly had failed to fulfil certain terms and conditions of contracts that were signed last year. Read More »



China imposes temporary bans on Emirates’ expansion in China

Dubai’s Emirates Airline has been barred from adding destinations in Mainland China or making capacity adjustments on existing routes, until year-end. Read More »



Nok Air recertified by CAAT

Nok Air has been recertified by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT), becoming the sixth Thai carrier to have its air operator certificate reissued after Bangkok Airways, Thai Airways International, Thai AirAsia, Thai AirAsia X and NokScoot. Read More »



Lao Airlines seeking strategic investors

Vientiane-headquartered Lao Airlines is looking for a foreign direct investor, Laotian government spokesman, Chaleun Yiapaoher, told the Vientiane Times this week. Read More »



THAI considers B747 replacement order

Thai flag carrier and Star Alliance founding member, Thai Airways International (THAI) is planning to place an order for up to 30 new aircraft, airline chairman, Areepong Bhoocha-Ooom, told Bloomberg. Read More »



Qatar Airways to lease nine aircraft to British Airways?

British Airways (BA) has applied to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for approval to wet-lease nine Qatar Airways A320/A321 aircraft from July 1-16. Read More »



Hi Fly A330 order destined for Nepal Airlines

After Portugal’s Hi Fly placed an order for two A330-200 aircraft with Airbus at last week’s Paris Air Show it has emerged the two wide bodies were ordered on behalf of Nepali flag carrier, Kathamndu-headquartered Nepal Airlines Corp. (NAC). Read More »



Airbus to add combined flight data and voice recorders on long-haul aircraft

Airbus, in partnership with L3 Aviation Products and DRS Leonardo, will add fixed and deployable flight recorders starting with new A350 deliveries from 2019. Read More »



Boeing expands CFO Smith's role

Boeing chief financial officer (CFO), Greg Smith, just got a lot busier. On Wednesday, the U.S. airplane maker announced an expansion of the responsibilities of Smith, currently the company's CFO and executive vice president of corporate development and strategy. Read More »



Air China will launch a thrice-weekly Hong Kong-Yuncheng B737-800 seasonal route operating from July 1 through to October 9. Air New Zealand will replace the B787-9 with the B777-200ER on its thrice-weekly Auckland-Haneda route. Read More »