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JANUARY 2018

Week 4

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

Chinese airlines had a good 2017. The ‘Big Three’ – Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines – collectively transported more than 340 million passengers for the year, matching market forecasts by Airbus, Boeing and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Boeing received its B787-10 certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration this week, ahead of first delivery of the aircraft to Singapore Airlines (SIA) in March. Meanwhile, mainline SIA announced it would terminate its Singapore-Canberra-Wellington ‘Capital Express’ route and would instead fly to the Australian capital daily via Sydney.

In Tokyo, Japan Airlines named Yuji Akasaka, (56), as its new president designate, succeeding Yoshiharu Ueki, who will move up to group chairman from April 1, subject to shareholder approval.

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Boeing’s 787-10 certified by FAA

Boeing marked an important milestone this week with the news on Monday that its latest and largest Dreamliner variant, the B787-10, had received an amended type certificate (ATC) from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), clearing the aircraft for commercial service. Read More »


 

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Singapore Airlines goes daily to Canberra; cancels Wellington leg

Singapore Airlines (SIA) this week announced the discontinuation of its four-weekly B777-200ER Singapore-Canberra-Wellington “Capital Express” route, launched in 2016 and said it amend the route to daily between Singapore and Canberra, via Sydney, from May 1. Read More »


 

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Rolls-Royce names launch customers for LessorCare programme

Rolls-Royce has named AerCap, Avolon and Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) as the launch customers for its LessorCare programme. Read More »


 

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ATR triples 2017 orders; hopes to confirm Chinese orders

European turboprop manufacturer, Toulouse-headquartered ATR, secured firm orders for 113 aircraft and 40 options in 2017, a much improved result on 2016, when the OEM booked 36 commitments. Read More »


 

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Tianjin Airlines proposes Xian, Zhengzhou to Los Angeles

Tianjin Airlines, a HNA Group carrier, has applied for traffic rights between both Xian and Zhengzhou and Los Angeles, Aviation Week has reported. Read More »


 

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Chongqing Airlines to add seven A320neo in 2018

Chongqing Airlines, one of China’s lesser known carriers, will lease and induct seven A320neo aircraft this year that will expand its fleet by more than 50%. Read More »


 

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Changi Airport reports 6% growth, to 62.2 million passengers, in 2017

Singapore’s Changi Airport remains popular with passengers and freight handlers. In 2017, Changi handled a record 62.2 million passengers, up 6% year-on-year. Read More »


 

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CDB Aviation leased 162 aircraft in 2017

CDB Aviation, the wholly-owned subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co. (CDB Leasing), executed 162 aircraft lease transactions in 2017, setting a new record for the Dublin-headquartered firm. Read More »


 

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Japan Airlines names Akasaka as new president; Ueki moves to board chairman

Japan Airlines (JAL) has named Yuji Akasaka, 56, to succeed Yoshiharu Ueki as president of Japan Airlines, with effect from April 1, and subject to shareholder approval at the annual general meeting in June. Read More »


 

Shorttakes

Airlines: HNA Group is expected to outline a major restructuring next week. Qatar Airways hopes to take delivery of its first A350-1000 in February, following a delay caused by “complex seat configuration”, according to its CEO, Akbar Al Baker. Read More »