By Dominic Lalk
Asia-Pacific carriers continued building their fleets and networks this week. China’s flag carrier, Air China, took delivery of its first A320neo and the country’s fast growing Hainan Airlines accepted its first B737 MAX 8. On Thursday, Chinese domestic airline, OK Airways, finalised an order for five B787-9s, at a list price of US$1.4 billion, following the signing of a preliminary agreement for the airliners in June. At the Paris Air Show, the airline made a firm order for 15 B737 MAXs. Catalogue prices for the jet deal were US$1.8 billion.
In India, IndiGo Airlines received its first of 50 on-order ATR72-600s and halfway round the world, in Honolulu, Hawaiian Airlines became the seventh operator of the A321neo.
In other news this week, the U.S. Department of Transportation approved the Korean Air-Delta Air Lines joint venture, LOT Polish Airlines announced a route to Singapore and Airbus’ A350-1000 gained EASA and FAA approvals.
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