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Week 49

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

Boeing enjoyed brisk business in the Asia-Pacific this week. The U.S. manufacturer delivered its 2,000th Boeing aircraft to China, a B737 MAX 8 for Xiamen Airlines, followed by the first MAX 8 delivery to HNA Group’s Fuzhou Airlines and the first MAX 8 to Fiji Airways.

Meanwhile, eight Hainan Airlines and Lucky Air A330s parked outside Airbus’ Toulouse production hangars could soon be taking their delivery flights to China after Hong Kong’s CDB Aviation agreed on a sale-and-leaseback deal with the HNA Group airlines.

Also in the region, Juneyao Airlines will fly its B787-9s from Shanghai to Singapore from February before launching flights to Helsinki in June with the aircraft type. Air Astana has accepted its maiden Embraer E190-E2 Jet and Indonesia AirAsia will commence Lombok-Perth in February, marking the Indonesian island’s first intercontinental service.

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Juneyao confirms Singapore as maiden international destination

Shanghai-headquartered Juneyao Airlines this week confirmed Shanghai-Singapore as the first international route to be serviced by its B787-9. Read More »



Air Astana accepts Embraer E2-Jet

Kazakh flag carrier, Air Astana, has taken delivery of the airline’s first Embraer E190-E2 jet, following a ferry flight from Sao Paulo to the carrier’s Astana base. Read More »



Fiji Airways receives first B737 MAX

Fiji Airways this week became the first Pacific Islands carrier to take delivery of a B737 MAX. Read More »



CDB Aviation signs eight A330 sale-and-leaseback deals with HNA Group

CDB Aviation came to HNA Group’s rescue this week when the lessor agreed a sale-and-leaseback deal for eight A330ceo that were destined for Hainan Airlines and Lucky Air. Read More »





Indonesia AirAsia plans Lombok-Perth route

Indonesia AirAsia will add an A320 Lombok-Perth route to its network from February, local Indonesian media has reported, citing West Nusa Tenggara governor, Zulkieflimansyah. Read More »



Royal Brunei returns to Taipei as China Airlines partner

On Monday, Royal Brunei Airlines, the national carrier of the sultanate of Brunei, resumed a three times a week A320neo service between Bandar Seri Begawan and Taipei. Read More »



Japan Air Commuter retires last Q400 as more ATRs arrive

Japan Air Commuter (JAC), a Japan Airlines (JAL) subsidiary, performed its final Bombardier Q400 flight last Friday. Read More »



Fuzhou Airlines accepts first B737 MAX 8

Fuzhou Airlines, a HNA Group affiliate, has added its first B737 MAX to its fleet bringing its Boeing aircraft to 17. Read More »



Turkish Cargo to remain at Ataturk in short term

Turkish Airlines will operate a dual cargo hub in Istanbul for the time being, senior vice president for cargo, Fatih Cigal, has told Asia Cargo News. Read More »



AFI KLM E&M announces leadership changes

Bruno Heinrich has been appointed CEO of CRMA, an AIR FRANCE-KLM subsidiary which specializes in engine part and module repairs, especially for the CFM56 series, large engines (GE90, GEnx, GP7200) and aircraft component overhauls. Read More »



Leasing: Air Lease Corporation has written a long-term lease agreement with Air Macau for two new A320neo equipped with Pratt & Whitney PW1133G engines and scheduled for delivery in November 2019 and early 2020, respectively. Read More »