By Dominic Lalk
At the air show in Hyderabad, Airbus predicted demand for 1,750 new aircraft from Indian operators over the next two decades. IndiGo Airlines and Vistara confirmed that notion, saying they would order widebody aircraft this year. As the show was drawing to an end, India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation ordered the immediate grounding of eleven Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-powered aircraft in service with IndiGo and GoAir.
In Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific Airways has posted the first back-to-back loss in its 71-year history. In neighbouring Guangzhou, China Southern Airlines is performing strongly; the airline this week outlined the initial routes for its incoming B787-9 Dreamliner. Not far from Hong Kong and Guangzhou, in Hainan, HNA Group is under immense pressure to service US$20 billion in maturing debt. This week, the group announced a restructuring of Hainan Airlines, which will shift some of the parent’s burden to the largest and most reputable airline in its stable.
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