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Week 43

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

It’s been a good week for Boeing. Singapore Airlines confirmed a US$13.8 billion contract with the U.S. manufacturer for 20 B777-9Xs and 19 additional B787-10s. The carrier is due to unveil its new cabin products in Singapore next week.

Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines also added to Boeing’s backlog and bottom line this week. Asia’s largest carrier ordered eight more B777-300ERs and 30 additional B737 MAX 8s.

In Hong Kong, HNA Group-backed Hong Kong Airlines said it was considering an order for the B787. Up to now, the airline has been an all-Airbus operator.

Also in the news, All Nippon Airways (ANA), Cathay Pacific Airways and Korean Air have been added to the list of U.S. TSA Pre-Check approved airlines, which will allow eligible passengers to skip the often long immigration queues at U.S. airports.

In Taipei, the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines held its annual Assembly of Presidents this week. Key talking points were growing infrastructure bottlenecks, the need for regulatory harmonization and the challenge of managing security upgrades demanded by governments outside the region.

Singapore Airlines confirms order for 39 Boeing wide bodies Read More »



China Southern orders 38 Boeing jets

Asia’s largest carrier, Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines, has ordered eight additional B777-300ERs and 30 B737 MAX 8s, the airline said in a Hong Kong Stock Exchange filing. Read More »



AAPA: Airlines under pressure but profitable

At this week’s Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) Assembly of Presidents in Taipei, hosted by China Airlines, AAPA director general, Andrew Herdman, cautioned the region’s airlines will remain under pressure over the next twelve months, despite strong passenger and cargo growth. Read More »



Taiwan’s China Airlines mulls single aisle order

Taiwan’s China Airlines (CAL) is expecting to place an order for 20-25 single aisle aircraft before the end of the year to replace its 20 B737-800s on regional routes. Read More »





Hong Kong Airlines considers B787 order

Hong Kong’s second largest carrier, Mainland-backed Hong Kong Airlines, is considering a B787 Dreamliner order, the airline’s chief marketing officer, George Liu, told the South China Morning Post. Read More »



Bangkok Airways eyes CS300

Thailand’s ‘boutique airline’, Bangkok Airways, is studying the Airbus/Bombardier CS300 as a replacement for its A319 fleet, the airline’s network and fleet management advisor, Peter Wiesner, told FlightGlobal. Read More »



Air China adds Shenzhen-Los Angeles

Air China will launch a thrice-weekly Shenzhen-Los Angeles B787-9 nonstop service from December 7. Read More »





Air Mauritius takes delivery of A350

Air Mauritius has taken delivery of the first of six on-order A350-900s. The Indian Ocean carrier will roster the XWB on flights from Mauritius to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Read More »



Global Distributions Systems: Air Busan has extended its fares and inventory distribution agreement with Sabre. Read More »