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Week 47

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

Asia-Pacific carriers continued building their fleets and networks this week. China’s flag carrier, Air China, took delivery of its first A320neo and the country’s fast growing Hainan Airlines accepted its first B737 MAX 8. On Thursday, Chinese domestic airline, OK Airways, finalised an order for five B787-9s, at a list price of US$1.4 billion, following the signing of a preliminary agreement for the airliners in June. At the Paris Air Show, the airline made a firm order for 15 B737 MAXs. Catalogue prices for the jet deal were US$1.8 billion.

In India, IndiGo Airlines received its first of 50 on-order ATR72-600s and halfway round the world, in Honolulu, Hawaiian Airlines became the seventh operator of the A321neo.

In other news this week, the U.S. Department of Transportation approved the Korean Air-Delta Air Lines joint venture, LOT Polish Airlines announced a route to Singapore and Airbus’ A350-1000 gained EASA and FAA approvals.

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Air China takes delivery of its first A320neo

Air China has taken delivery of its first A320neo aircraft, following completion at Airbus’ Tianjin facility. Read More »



China’s OK Airways buys five B787-9s

Privately controlled Mainland carrier, OK Airways, has finalised the purchase of five B787-9s, at list prices of US$1.4 billion, the airline and the manufacturer jointly announced on Thursday. Read More »



Singapore-Warsaw route for LOT

LOT Polish Airlines will launch a three times a week Singapore-Warsaw B787 service from May 15. Read More »



IndiGo receives maiden ATR

IndiGo Airlines has taken delivery of its first of 50 on-order ATR72-600s, following a ferry flight from Toulouse to Delhi. Read More »





A350-1000 gains EASA and FAA certifications

Airbus’ latest long-haul airliner, the A350-1000, has secured both European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certifications, the Toulouse-based OEM announced on Tuesday. Read More »



Hainan Airlines becomes second Chinese B737 MAX operator

Hainan Airlines on Saturday took delivery of its first B737 MAX 8 aircraft following a delivery ceremony at Boeing’s Everett facility. Read More »



CAE completes AACE acquisition

Keen to expand in the Asia-Pacific, CAE this week concluded the acquisition of AirAsia Group’s share of the Asian Aviation Centre of Excellence (AACE) for US$100 million, including earn-out. Read More »



Hawaiian starts new chapter with A321neo delivery

Honolulu-headquartered Hawaiian Airlines has taken delivery of the first of 18 on-order A321neo. Read More »





Avolon finalizes order for 75 B737 MAXs

Avolon, controlled by China’s HNA Group, this week agreed to an order for 75 B737 MAXs: 55 MAX 8s and 20 MAX 10s, with options for 20 additional MAX 8s at list prices close to US$11 billion. Read More »



ARI appoints new leasing SVP

Aircraft Recycling International (ARI) has appointed John Leech as senior vice president of its “Mid-Life Aircraft Leasing” division, based out of ARI’s Dublin office and responsible for the development and daily management of used aircraft leasing. Read More »



MRO: South Korean low-cost carrier, Jeju Air, has expanded its partnership with AFI KLM E&M by increasing the scope of its existing engine support contract to include a further ten CFM56-7B shop visits. Read More »