Asia Pacific

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    Lessors consider Lion Air’s power-by-the-hour requests


    Like most airlines globally, Indonesia’s Lion Group has been in discussions for rental deferral agreements with its lessors during the Covid-19 driven downturn. Back in April, the company told its lessors in an email, seen by Cirium, that capacity had been decreasing and yields had dropped by 35%. Combined ...

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    LHT Shenzhen and CASC in A320 component MRO partnership


    Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen and China Aviation Supplies Corporation (CASC) have signed an agreement for the maintenance of Airbus A320 components. Source: Lufthansa Technik Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen and China Aviation Supplies Corporation (CASC) have signed an agreement for the maintenance of Airbus A320 components. The ...

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    AAPA renews call for government action after airlines’ dismal August


    The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has reiterated its call for better regional coordination for air travel amid the coronavirus pandemic, as airline traffic suffer another dismal month in August. The region’s airlines carried just 1 million passengers in August, according to AAPA’s preliminary figures. This represents just ...

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    Boeing intends software update to address 787 localiser capture failures


    Boeing is developing updated software for 787s to correct an erroneous localiser mode behaviour during ILS approaches. The US FAA is advising operators of the three 787 variants to notify crews about potential failure by the autopilot flight-director system to capture the localiser, notably during intercept of the localiser ...

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    AirAsia’s Fernandes doubles down on digital as domestic market improves


    AirAsia Group chief executive Tony Fernandes reiterated comments made earlier that its domestic and short-haul flights will recover faster, with the low-cost model better poised than its full-service counterparts. 

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    ATSB details investigation into fatal C-130 firefighting crash


    The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has released its interim report into the 23 January crash of a Lockheed Martin EC-130Q during a firefighting mission. The 20-page report sums up the evidence the ATSB has amassed related to the crash, which killed all three crew members and destroyed the aircraft. ...

  • Vietnam Airlines 787-9

    Vietnam Airlines resumes international flying with Seoul-Hanoi


    Vietnam Airlines has opened bookings for Seoul-Hanoi, with the first flight scheduled to depart 25 September. “This is the first official scheduled international commercial flight to Vietnam since the Covid-19 situation restabilised in Vietnam,” the airline said in a 23 September statement. Source: Vietnam Airlines ...

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    Ameco becomes China’s first PW1100G MRO shop


    Pratt Whitney has opened its first PW1100G geared turbofan MRO centre in China, by adding Beijing-based Ameco to its global network of MRO providers. Ameco will also be Asia’s fourth PW1100G MRO centre, after Eagle Services Asia in Singapore, as well as IHI and Mitsubishi Heavy ...

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    In depth

    Where the airline industry was when the music stopped


    Another year of strong profit and traffic growth in 2019 for leading carriers illustrates the highs the industry had reached before the coronavirus pandemic, but offered no warning of the crisis to come that has pushed airlines to the brink.

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    LCI, SMFL firm up helicopter leasing joint venture


    Lessors LCI and Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing (SMFL) have confirmed the launch of a helicopter leasing joint venture. The joint venture will launch with a value of $230 million, say the two companies. Source: LCI An H175 managed by LCI The deal ...

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    JAL, Matternet in drone delivery business partnership


    Japan Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding with California-based drone maker Matternet to explore medical delivery services by drone, as well as to further develop a drone delivery business in Japan. The partnership will see Matternet’s M2 drone system utilised in trials in Tokyo, before assessing opportunities for ...


    Beijing Daxing hits 10-million passenger mark, a year after opening


    Passenger throughput at Beijing’s newest airport, Daxing International, hit the 10 million mark on 22 September, nearly a year since the facility commenced operations. The airport, which opened late September last year, adds that it expects total passenger throughput by the end of the year to be around 16 ...

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    Recovery in China hard to replicate elsewhere: GAMECO chief


    China’s rapid recovery in domestic air travel — after a battering by the coronavirus pandemic —will be difficult to replicate in other countries and regions, but can set the tone for a wider, global recovery. Chief executive officer and general manager of Chinese MRO GAMECO Norbert Marx says the ...

  • Regional Express Saab 340B Rex

    Rex taps private equity for $110m to launch domestic operations


    Australia’s Regional Express is in “advanced exclusive negotiations” with PAG Asia Capital for up to A$150 million ($110 million) funding to support its plans for commencing domestic operations. Rex describes PAG as a leading Asia-Pacific-focused private investment firm and the parties inked a long-form term sheet on 21 September ...

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    Manila receives initial four Super Tucanos


    Manila has taken delivery of four Embraer A-29 Super Tucano close air support aircraft, part of a 2017 deal for six examples. After a transit from Brazil, the four aircraft reached Clark International airport on 29 September, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines. ...

  • Cathay Dragon A321

    Cathay Dragon suspends KL after coronavirus cases on board


    Cathay Dragon has been banned from operating flights to Kuala Lumpur for two weeks, after five passengers on board a recent flight tested positive for the coronavirus. The five passengers were on the Cathay Dragon flight from the Malaysian capital on 18 September. All of them were connecting passengers ...

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    Boeing clinches new 737 freighter orders, opens new conversion lines


    Boeing has secured orders for two Boeing 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF), as it announced an expansion of conversion lines in Asia, amid surging freighter demand. The airframer states the firm order for the pair of freighters came from an undisclosed customer, bringing the total number of orders and ...

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    Nowhere beckons for Asia-Pacific airlines


    ‘Flights to Nowhere’ are smart public relations for Asia-Pacific airlines, but that such flights are even under consideration underlines the immense challenges they face. Reports recently emerged that Singapore Airlines (SIA) is considering what local reports refer to as ’Flights to Nowhere,’ whereby passengers board in Singapore, fly around ...

  • Vietjet A321neo

    Vietnam reopens borders to six countries


    Vietnam will resume commercial passenger operations on six international routes this month, after suspending international flights from 23 March. These are to Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; Guangzhou, China; Vientiane, Laos; Taipei, Taiwan; and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Source: Vietjet A VietJet A321neo It ...

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    VietJet plans service resumption to North Asian destinations


    VietJet Air plans to resume passenger service on flights to Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, starting 29 September. From Ho Chi Minh City, the budget airline will operate one weekly flight each to Tokyo Narita and Seoul Incheon , as well as Hanoi-Taipei Taoyuan with the same ...