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Week 40

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

China’s Spring Airlines this week became the fifth-largest equity holder in China Southern Airlines after the low-cost carrier acquired a 1.63% shareholding in Asia’s largest airline.

Also in China, Emirates Airline said it would cancel its Yinchuan and Zhengzhou route from November. Across the Taiwan Strait, in Taipei, EVA Air accepted its maiden B787 and said the Dreamliner would mark “the beginning of a new era” for the airline. In India, Jet Airways is deferring payment of 25% of wages owed to its pilots, engineers and management. In the interim, Mumbai Airport is readying for six new international route launches in October, including an Air India nonstop link to New York’s JFK Airport.

Low-cost Spring Airlines invests in China Southern Read More »



Mumbai Airport adds six international destinations

Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport will add six international destinations this month: Milan, Tashkent, Manchester, Male, Phuket and New York’s JFK Airport. Read More »



Jet Airways holds back 25% of staff wages

India’s cash-strapped Jet Airways has delayed the payment of 25% of wages owed to pilots, engineers and selected senior staff. Read More »



EVA Air chairman says B787 delivery heralds new era for carrier

On Tuesday, Taiwan’s EVA Air, took delivery of its first B787 Dreamliner, a -9 variant on lease from ALC. Read More »



Europe and U.S. certify Airbus A321LR

The A321neo has been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate with three additional centre fuel tanks (ACTs) to enable the aircraft to conduct long-range operations. Read More »





Emirates Airline cancels Yinchuan and Zhengzhou

A capacity rationalization drive at Dubai’s Emirates Airline continues. Read More »



Qatar Airways converts five A350s to larger -1000s

Qatar Airways this week converted five A350-900s orders to the larger -1000 variant. Read More »



Lufthansa to “strengthen commitment to Asia”

The Lufthansa executive board has decided to accelerate the airline’s growth in Munich and develop the Bavarian capital into a hub with a focus on Asia. Read More »





IATA appoints Karen Clayton as corporate secretary

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Thursday announced that Karen Clayton would join IATA as Corporate Secretary from next April, succeeding Paul Steel. Read More »



INNOVATION: Boeing has extended its partnership with Siemens Mentor Graphics software as part of its Second Century Enterprise Systems initiative to transform itself to meet the challenges of the twenty first century. Read More »