The most trusted source of Asia-Pacific commercial aviation news and analysis


Week 48

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

It’s been an eventful week in Asia-Pacific aviation. In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Airlines took delivery of its first A350-900. In Bangkok, Thai Lion Air received its maiden A330-300 and Mandarin Airlines welcomed the first of nine on-order ATR72-600s in Taipei.

In Indonesia, authorities and airlines are scrambling to airlift passengers out of Bali. Denpasar Airport reopened on Wednesday after almost three days but seismologic experts are warning the worst – a full-blown eruption of Mount Agung – could still be just around the corner.

And on the global front, Airbus has announced that Eric Schulz, 54, will succeed John Leahy as the manufacturer’s chief of sales.

Airbus names Rolls-Royce’s Schulz as “legendary” Leahy successor Read More »



Malaysia Airlines accepts first A350

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) on Thursday took delivery of its first A350-900, leased from Air Lease Corporation (ALC), becoming the 17th airline to operate the XWB. Read More »



Thai Lion receives maiden A330

The Don Mueang-based subsidiary of Lion Air Group, Thai Lion Air, has taken delivery of its maiden widebody, an A330-300. Read More »



Volcano ash fall out closes Bali’s Denpasar Airport

Denpasar Airport, gateway to the Indonesian resort island of Bali, remained closed on Monday, Tuesday and up until 3pm local time on Wednesday as volcanic ash from nearby Mount Agung moved south. Read More »



Qantas to decide on B787 top-up decision in 2018

Qantas Airways will decide next year if it will order more B787s, the airline group’s CEO, Alan Joyce, told media at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London. Read More »





GE9X installed on B747 testbed

GE Aviation has completed installing the GE9X on its B747-400 flying testbed. Read More »



Mandarin Airlines adds ATR72-600s to fleet

China Airlines (CAL) subsidiary, Mandarin Airlines, has taken delivery of the first of nine on-order ATR72-600s. Read More »



Shanghai’s Juneyao Airlines firms B787 options

Privately controlled Juneyao Airlines has firmed its options on five B787-9s, adding to five previously confirmed Dreamliners. Read More »



China Southern to exit SkyTeam?

It was speculated in Greater China media this week that China Southern Airlines, Asia’s largest carrier, could relinquish its SkyTeam alliance membership. Read More »





IndiGo to order 50 wide bodies?

India’s largest carrier by market share, IndiGo Airlines, is considering an order for 50 wide body aircraft, India’s Economic Times has reported, and cited IndiGo as the source of the news. Read More »



Eremenko departs Airbus

Airbus chief technology officer (CTO), Paul Eremenko, will leave Airbus at the end of 2017 to join United Technologies Corporation. Read More »



Airport Security: Smiths Detection has announced that Narita International Airport Corporation ordered 20 high-speed CTX 9800 DSi™ explosives detection systems for hold-baggage screening. Read More »