Asia Pacific

  • Cabin crew

    How many jobs are airlines cutting due to coronavirus?


    Of the large airlines to have made announcements so far, most have implemented job cuts affecting significant proportions of their workforces.

  • C-2EW

    Tokyo defence white paper outlines airpower goals


    Tokyo’s growing geopolitical concerns will see it make continued investments in its military, including updates to airpower capabilities. Tokyo’s 2020 Defense of Japan white paper notes that the existing order in the Asia-Pacific is becoming increasingly uncertain, and that “inter-state competition is becoming prominent across the political, economic, and ...

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    ​Hong Kong government appoints board observers to Cathay Pacific


    The Hong Kong government has appointed two observers to the board of Cathay Pacific Airways , as part of its bailout plan for the Chinese special administrative region’s flag carrier. Carlson Tong and Rimsky Yuen joins the board as observers with immediate effect, the government said in a 14 ...

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    Lessors bemoan lack of clarity around Garuda’s bailout


    Garuda’s lessors are concerned about the lack of clarity surrounding the quantum and timing of an expected government bailout seen as key to the survival of Indonesia’s national carrier, even though it pulled off a three-year extension of its $500 million sukuk last month. Lessors tell Cirium they have ...

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    Virgin Australia bondholders drop challenge to Bain Capital sale


    A group of Virgin Australia bondholders, represented by two fund managers, have withdrawn their application to the Australian Takeovers Panel to challenge the airline’s sale to Bain Capital. “The panel is satisfied that it is not against the public interest to consent to the applicants withdrawing their application,” ...

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    Airline Business podcast: Challenges as airlines return to skies


    As airlines begin to ramp up operations, Graham and Lewis discuss the demand situation and the possible pitfalls ahead.

  • Virgin Australia

    Virgin Australia bondholders drop challenge to Bain Capital sale


    A group of Virgin Australia bondholders, represented by two fund managers, have withdrawn their application to the Australian Takeovers Panel to challenge the airline’s sale to Bain Capital.

  • RC-800 Korea

    USA clears $250 million in support for South Korean RC-800s


    The US government has approved a $250 million support package for South Korea’s fleet of Hawker RC-800 Peace Krypton tactical signals intelligence jets.

  • J-20

    Coronavirus to crimp Asia-Pacific airpower spending


    The coronavirus pandemic is hitting Asia-Pacific economies at a time when the deterrent capabilities of air power are more essential than ever

  • ANA A380

    Japan to suffer heaviest revenue hit among APAC countries: IATA


    Japan, Australia, India and South Korea are the Asia-Pacific countries that will see the worst revenue impact from the Covid-19 pandemic, running into tens of billions of dollars, IATA has predicated. In providing a country-by-country breakdown, IATA reiterates its 9 June forecast that Asia-Pacific, as the first region to ...

  • Cathay Pacific A350

    Cathay shareholders approve HK$39 billion bailout plan


    Cathay Pacific’s shareholders have given the green light for a HK$39 billion ($5.03 billion) recapitalisation plan. At the closing of an extraordinary general meeting held on 13 July, the carrier’s shareholders voted overwhelmingly to approve the plan. In total, three resolutions and two special resolutions were put up ...

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    CR929 faces delays amid Beijing, Moscow differences


    Russia has disclosed that the Sino-Russian CR929 widebody programme will make its first delivery in 2028-2029, in what appears to be another round of delays in the programme’s production timeline. Russian media reports cite Irkut chief Ravil Khakimov as saying that the delivery timeline will move to the right, ...

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    Airbus Helicopters lists partners for Australian special forces bid


    Airbus Helicopters will work with 20 partners to support its H145M pitch for an Australian special forces requirement.

  • Boeing AH-64E Apache

    Boeing finishes deliveries of AH-64E and CH-47F to Indian air force


    The US manufacturer delivered the final five of 22 Apaches ordered by New Delhi in June, it says. The remaining five of 15 Chinooks ordered by the air force were delivered in March. Boeing now eyes requirements for nearly 200 fighters from the Indian air force and navy.

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    Air China completes its maiden ARJ21 service


    Air China has completed its maiden flight of a Comac ARJ21 regional jet on the domestic routing from Beijing Capital airport to Xilinhot.

  • Malaysia Airlines parked fleet

    ​Japan Airlines and Malaysia Airlines to launch joint business


    Japan Airlines and Malaysia Airlines expect to launch a joint business partnership on 25 July, through which the two national carriers will co-operate commercially on flights between Malaysia and Japan. JAL says the airlines will “take on new challenges to further enhance convenience between Japan and ...

  • Japan F-35 Mt Fuji hi-res

    Japan cleared to buy 105 Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighters for $23bn


    The potential F-35 deal is the second largest foreign military sale approved by Washington in history, behind a $29.4 billion sale of Boeing F-15SA fighters and associated weapons to Saudi Arabia in 2010.

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    Coronavirus outbreak scuppers proposal to develop Manila airport


    A group of local conglomerates have withdrawn their proposal to develop Manila Ninoy Aquino International airport, citing the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the aviation industry Known as the NAIA consortium, the group comprises entities from at least six local conglomerates. Among them are JG Summit Holdings ...

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    Ameco, CASC expand components support partnership


    Chinese MRO Ameco has signed an agreement with China Aviation Supplies Corporation (CASC) for the maintenance of Airbus A320 components. The agreement, which also covers spare parts supply and leasing, builds on the pair’s existing partnerships in landing gear and component resource sharing. CASC is China’s largest third-party ...

  • KF-X

    Fuselage of first KF-X prototype breaks cover


    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has issued an image of the first KF-X fuselage, which is undergoing assembly in the company’s Sacheon factory. The company states that the first prototype of the twin-engined jet will be rolled out by April 2021, with test flights starting in 2022. ...