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Week 42

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

This week in Asia-Pacific aviation kicked off with two surprise announcements – Airbus’ purchase of a majority stake in the Bombardier C Series programme and Ryanair’s announcement that Malaysia Airlines group managing director, Peter Bellew, would re-join the Irish low-cost carrier as chief operating officer on December 1.

Other major news this week included the first flight of the A330neo in Toulouse, the delivery of the first B787-9 to Australia’s Qantas Airways and the re-launch of AirAsia Japan in Nagoya.

In China, Hainan Airlines spent US$850 million to increase its equity in three domestic carriers, while its parent, the HNA Group conglomerate, unveiled a US$7.7 billion travel technology platform.

Airbus buys majority holding in Bombardier C Series programme Read More »



Qantas takes delivery of B787

Qantas Airways on Monday took delivery of its first B787-9. Read More »



Ethiopian Airlines considering flights to Hangzhou

Without a doubt, Ethiopian Airlines has emerged as Africa’s leading international carrier in the past decade. Read More »



AirAsia Japan to relaunch October 29

AirAsia Japan is giving it another go, following the 2013 collapse of its joint venture with ANA Holdings. Read More »





Hainan Airlines increases equity in three carriers for US$850 million

Hainan Airlines, the major carrier in the HNA Aviation stable of airlines, has spent US$850 million to increase its shareholdings in three Chinese domestic carriers. Read More »



A330neo takes maiden flight

Airbus’ maiden A330-900neo departed Toulouse at 10am local time on Thursday. Read More »



IndiGo to add ATRs from December

India’s largest airline, budget carrier IndiGo Airlines, this week said it would launch its first ATR flights on December 21. Read More »





HNA launches US$8 billion digital tourism platform

“Following years of preparation,” China’s HNA Group on Tuesday launched HiApp, a new digital tourism platform the conglomerate says will help achieve its digital transformation strategy. Read More »



Peter Bellew resigns from Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) group managing director, Peter Bellew, will rejoin Ryanair as chief operating officer from December 1, barely more than a year after he succeeded Christoph Mueller at MAB. Read More »





Routes: Beijing Capital Airlines will launch a twice-weekly Qingdao-Heathrow A330-200 route on November 17. Cambodia Angkor Air will launch a thrice-weekly Siem Reap-Kunming A320 scheduled charter route on October 29. Read More »