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  • Air New Zealand A321neo

    Domestic travel green shoots in New Zealand, Australia


    Air New Zealand is relaunching its mystery holiday packages, showing how domestic travel remains a key focus in the region while Covid-19 continues to decimate international travel. Domestic travel is virtually the only way airlines in the Asia-Pacific region can get passengers to board their aircraft these days. In ...

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    Malaysia Airports sues AirAsia X for MYR78.2 million in unpaid charges


    Malaysia Airports Holdings (MAHB) is claiming against AirAsia X MYR78.2 million ($19 million) in unpaid aeronautical charges. The operator group’s wholly owned subsidiary Malaysia Airports (Sepang) has filed a writ of summons and statement of claim in the Kuala Lumpur High court on 22 October, it says in a ...

  • Qantas A330

    Qantas eyes pivot to Asia destinations in Covid-19 recovery


    Qantas is eyeing new international destinations and a larger share of Australia’s domestic market as it emerges from the Covid-19 crisis, company executives said today. The airline is keeping an eye on the potential for travel bubbles with parts of Asia, chairman Richard Goyder said at the flag carrier’s ...

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    MHI denies reports of SpaceJet development freeze


    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has denied reports that it will freeze development of the Mitsubishi Aircraft SpaceJet, but is looking at “possibilities” for the regional jet programme. “MHI is continuing a detailed review of the schedule of the SpaceJet program, in view of the impact of COVID-19, and is ...

  • Virgin Australia

    Virgin Australia board resigns en masse


    Nine members of Virgin Australia’s board, including chairperson Elizabeth Bryan, have tendered or indicated their resignations, while the airline finalises a sale to Bain Capital. Bryan and five others – Trevor Bourne, Kenneth Dean, Allan Houston, Judith Swales, and Marvin Tan – have resigned as the company’s directors effective ...

  • Lion Air 737-900ER

    Lion Air tries new approach with lessors


    Lion Air has approached its lessors with an alternative proposal for their leased aircraft on the back of their feedback on its requests for by-the-hour arrangements, according to sources and an email seen by Cirium. The Indonesian carrier is proposing a four-part plan, involving the partial payment of rentals ...

  • Thai Airways fleet at Bangkok airport May 2020, Shutterstock

    Thai pitches simplified fleet and rental haircuts: sources


    Thai Airways International has outlined a broad plan to its lessors that would involve reductions in both its total fleet size and the number of aircraft types it operates, plus haircuts for lessors, sources have revealed. The flag carrier’s chief financial officer presented the proposals during a 21 October ...

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    Mitsubishi Heavy considers cutting SpaceJet programme again: reports


    Several Japanese news outlets are reporting that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is mulling whether to further scale back Mitsubishi Aircraft’s SpaceJet development programme.

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    Indian regional Alliance Air posts first profit prior to pandemic


    Air India regional unit Alliance Air posted its first ever operating profit in the year immediately prior to the global pandemic hitting air travel demand.

  • PAL A330 Manila
    In depth

    Resilient Philippine Airlines fights the odds against coronavirus


    The Philippines has had a tough run during the coronavirus pandemic, but Philippine Airlines (PAL) is determined to keep fighting to preserve the island nation’s connectivity.

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    GMF AeroAsia targets 10% revenue from gas turbines


    GMF AeroAsia is looking outside its core aviation business and targets over 10% revenue to come from the industrial gas turbine engine (IGTE) sector. “In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic which greatly affects the business climate of the aviation industry, the company needs to diversify its business and ...

  • Boeing Airpower Teaming System Loyal Wingman

    Boeing Australia ‘loyal wingman’ conducts first taxi test


    Boeing has conducted the first taxi test of the Airpower Teaming System (ATS) loyal wingman aircraft being developed in Australia. Boeing Australia notes that this is the first time the unmanned aircraft has moved under its own power, and reiterated that a maiden sortie is planned by the end ...

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    USA approves anti-ship missile and long-range reconnaissance pod sale to Taiwan


    In a move that is sure to provoke a backlash from Beijing, the US State Department has approved a package of weapons for a possible Foreign Military Sale to Taiwan, including dozens of anti-ship missiles, rocket artillery and long-range airborne reconnaissance pods.

  • AIr India Boeing 787

    Deal restores flights between India and Germany


    India has struck a deal to restore flights to Germany, which had ended abruptly in late September amid a row over parity of services.

  • Cathay Pacific A330
    In depth

    How protests and pandemic pushed Cathay to the brink


    As Covid-19 tore into the aviation industry, some airlines were able to fall back on the profits of previous years, but the impact of anti-government protests removed any possible cushion for Hong Kong’s flag carrier. 

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    Vietjet A321 suffers 4.27g hard landing at Dong Hoi


    One of Vietjet Air’s Airbus A321s has apparently suffered structural damage after a hard landing at Dong Hoi airport in central Vietnam. FlightGlobal understands that the accident occurred in the early evening on 16 October as the aircraft, VN-A639, landed on a wet runway in Dong Hoi after operating ...

  • SIA 777-300ER Changi Airport

    ​SIA Group utilised 70% of proceeds from June rights issue


    SIA Group has utilised S$6.2 billion ($4.6 billion) of S$8.8 billion gross proceeds from a rights issue completed in June. The amount was drawn down between 8 June and 13 October, and besides a one-time S$2 billion repayment of a bridge loan from DBS Bank, key components are S$1.6 ...

  • AirAsia A321neo

    AirAsia Berhad secured new loan: airline chief


    Budget carrier AirAsia Berhad has agreed fresh funding as it seeks to navigate its way through the Covid-19 crisis. The Kuala Lumpur-based airline tells Cirium in a statement that it is unable to disclose the lenders or the amount being made available. Source: AirAsia ...

  • Boeing 777-9 Cathay Pacific

    Cathay confirms 777-9 deliveries delayed to ‘beyond 2025’


    Cathay Pacific has given an indication of the timeline surrounding deferrals of its Boeing 777-9 aircraft, confirming that the widebodies will only be delivered “beyond 2025”. 

  • Korean Air A220

    Korean Air raising cash from government subsidy and land sales


    Korean Air is looking to raise additional cash, seeking a government subsidy from the state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB) and separately, from the sale of land in downtown Seoul. “We cannot confirm the exact figures as we are still in discussion with the relevant parties,” the airline tells Cirium. ...