Asia Pacific

  • AIrAsiaA320

    Coronavirus cripples recovery of Malaysian carriers


    2020 was supposed to provide Malaysian carriers a boost, with the “Visit Malaysia 2020” tourism campaign targeting 30 million visitor arrivals. Instead, the coronavirus pandemic has pushed the airlines to rejig plans and focus on survival, just weeks after some of them reported improvements in 2019’s operating performance. ...

  • GoAir A320neo

    GoAir eyes tentative post-lockdown relaunch dates


    Indian budget carrier GoAir is tentatively eyeing 15 April and 1 May for the respective relaunch of domestic and international flights, once the country emerges from its three-week lockdown that began last month. “Considering that the lockdown in India is from 25 March to 14 April 2020, GoAir is ...

  • ATR IndiGo

    ATR confronts big order overhang in Asia-Pacific


    As Asia-Pacific airlines endure the existential coronavirus pandemic, regional aircraft manufacturers are due to deliver 73 new aircraft to the Asia-Pacific before the end of 2021, of which 61 aircraft are to come from turboprop maker ATR. The overall delivery number and schedule is based on estimates by Cirium ...

  • Terminal 3 Coronavirus

    25 million jobs endangered by airline coronavirus crisis: IATA


    IATA has calculated that some 25 million jobs might be at risk amid falling demand for air travel caused by the coronavirus crisis.

  • T2 Coronavirus

    Changi airport to close Terminal 2 for 18 months from May


    Singapore’s Changi airport is closing Terminal 2 (T2) for 18 months from May 1 due to the dramatic fall in traffic as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Transport minister Khaw Boon Wan told parliament on 6 April that the impact on Changi was “severe”, describing the airport, which ...

  • Air Deccan Beechcraft

    Indian regional carrier falls victim to coronavirus pandemic


    Air Deccan, a small regional airline that was once India’s largest low-cost carrier, has become the first airline in the country to fall victim to the coronavirus pandemic. Cirium fleets data shows the airline has just two 19-seater Beechcraft 1900Ds but once boasted Airbus narrowbodies and ATR turboprops. It ...

  • BOC A320

    BOC Aviation’s first-quarter collection rate falls to 94%


    BOC Aviation reported 100% aircraft utilisation for the three months ended 31 March 2020, though lease payment collection rate for the period was 94%. Data from the company’s historical stock-exchange filings show that since 2008 – the first full-year the company operated as BOC Aviation after Bank of China ...

  • Gulfstream G650

    Business aircraft activity plummets in March


    The coronavirus outbreak pummelled business aircraft activity in March across Asia, Europe and North America, according to German research company WingX Advance.

  • ANA A380

    ANA in talks for Y1.3 trillion in liquidity: reports


    All Nippon Airlines (ANA) is reportedly exploring options for credit lines that would furnish approximately Y1.3 trillion ($11.9 billion) in liquidity to see it through the coronavirus pandemic. Japanese news outlets, originating with the Nikkei Asian Review , report unamed sources as saying that the airline is looking for ...

  • Vietnam Airlines 787-9

    ​Vietnam Airlines restricts load factors into Ho Chi Minh City


    Vietnam Airlines will restrict passenger loads on services to Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport so as not to stress the airport’s mandatory coronavirus testing. Its Boeing 787s and Airbus A350-900s will be restricted to 180 passengers, says the carrier. Cirium fleets data shows that ...

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    H225 bags follow-on order from Japan Coast Guard


    The Japan Coast Guard has ordered two additional Airbus Helicopters H225s. The two new rotorcraft will bring the service’s fleet of the type to 15 examples, says Airbus Helicopters. Source: Airbus The new order will take the Japan Coast Guard H225 fleet to 15 examples ...

  • Avolon

    Avolon customers seek payment relief


    Aircraft lessor Avolon has disclosed that the vast majority of its customers are seeking rent deferrals or reductions amid “the most challenging period in the history of commercial aviation”. In its first-quarter update, the lessor states that it “has received requests from more than 80% of its current owned ...

  • A350-1000 medical tail

    A350-1000 brought in to shuttle medical supplies from China


    Airbus is continuing its medical supply shuttle operation between China and Europe, adding an A350-1000 test aircraft to the list of types recruited for the effort. The A350-1000 (MSN59) operated from Tianjin to Hamburg, before flying on to Toulouse on 5 April. Airbus says the twinjet, flown by ...

  • Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1 coronavirus

    APAC passenger demand to fall 37%, wipe out $88b in 2020: IATA


    IATA expects a 37% decline in Asia-Pacific passenger demand this year from the coronavirus pandemic, wiping out $88 billion in revenue. This is based on a scenario where severe travel restrictions last for three months, followed by a gradual recovery, the trade association said today. Conrad Clifford, IATA’s ...

  • china-order-c-Airbus-970

    Slowly but surely, China domestic capacity creeps back up


    While airlines around the world hunker down amid the coronavirus crisis, the Chinese domestic market is telling a different story. 

  • Virgin Australia

    Canberra not keen to bail out Virgin Australia: report


    Virgin Australia may not get the government support it is seeking, according to local media reports. Citing sources, the Australian Financial Review reported on 2 April that the federal government wants two strong airlines after the coronavirus crisis and would help a new carrier enter the market if Virgin ...

  • Singapore Changi Terminal 1 Coronavirus

    Passenger traffic may only recover end-2021: ACI World


    Worldwide passenger traffic may not recover to pre-coronavirus levels until the end of 2021, according to an economic analysis by Airports Council International (ACI) World. The trade association expects the coronavirus outbreak could result in a 38% shortfall in 2020 worldwide passenger traffic against its pre-crisis forecasts, and the ...

  • AirAsia X Thailand Airbus A330neo

    AirAsia’s Fernandes skeptical about deliveries any time soon


    AirAsia Group chief executive Tony Fernandes is skeptical about the possibility of airlines taking new aircraft given the coronavirus epidemic’s impact on growth. During an interview on Bloomberg TV, Fernandes was asked about his orders with Airbus. “We have a large order book with Airbus…we have an interesting ...

  • ANA 787-10

    More cuts to APAC schedules as coronavirus outbreak persist


    Asia-Pacific carrier schedules are shrinking fast as the coronavirus crisis continues to take its toll on travel demand. Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) announced further reductions to international capacity today, the third update in three days. The latest reductions affect routes to Frankfurt, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Bangkok, ...

  • Singapore Changi T3 Coronavirus

    Asia-Pacific airports grind to a halt on coronavirus impact


    Airports across Asia-Pacific are temporarily shutting terminals, shops and have put spending on hold as they grapple with traffic restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak. “Every passenger lost by an airline is equally a passenger lost by an airport,” says Stefano Baronci, director general of Airport Council International (ACI) ...