All Asia Pacific news – Page 3

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    Meggitt secures engine component support deal with JAL


    Meggitt has secured a three-year contract with Japan Airlines (JAL) to provide engine component maintenance and repair services for the airline’s Boeing 737s, 767s, and 777s. The work will take place at Meggitt’s expanded facility at Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace park, says the MRO firm. It adds that the deal ...

  • AIR CHINA 787

    China cuts overseas flights to stem imported coronavirus cases


    The Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) is further cutting the number of international flights allowed by both local and foreign carriers, in a bid to contain the “increasing risks” of imported coronavirus cases. Effective 29 March, each Chinese airline is allowed to operate just one route to any ...

  • Korean Air A330 used for air cargo

    Asia-Pacific carriers had dismal month in February: AAPA


    Preliminary traffic figures from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines show that regional air traffic plunged in February. Owing to the coronavirus outbreak, regional airlines experienced a 43.9% year-on-year collapse to 17 million passengers during the month. RPKs fell 34.8% and available seats fell 20.6%. Load factors fell 14.4 ...

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    ​ICAO welcomes government support for aviation sector


    UN aviation body ICAO welcomed a statement from G20 countries to aid in the global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, highlighting that aviation is one of the worst-hit sectors. The G20 said on 26 March it will do “whatever it takes” to overcome the pandemic, and will continue to ...

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    Qatar Airways opens Brisbane service amid Coronavirus


    The coronavirus pandemic has opened a new route for Qatar Airways, which will operate flights to Brisbane for the first time and increase services to Australia to help people get home. The Doha-based carrier said on 26 March it will add 48,000 seats from 29 March and use larger ...

  • A380 Singapore Airlines SIA

    Singapore Airlines boosts liquidity amid coronavirus crisis


    Singapore Airlines is planning to issue S$5.3 billion ($3.7 billion) in equity and S$3.5 billion in 10-year mandatory convertible bonds in order to raise liquidity as demand for air travel slumps globally. The company will raise an initial tranche of S$3.5 billion via the convertible bond, with the option ...

  • Chris Tarry
    In depth

    Governments face ‘moral hazard’ in deciding to help airlines: analyst


    Governments across the world face a ‘moral hazard’ when it comes to supporting airlines through the coronavirus crisis, as they seek to ensure any investment benefits the citizens of their respective countries, according to CTAIRA analyst Chris Tarry.


    HAECO acquires Dallas-based commercial engine shop


    HAECO has announced the acquisition of US-based engine MRO firm Jet Engine Solutions (JES). “JES has a strong reputation within the engine maintenance business for quality and delivery in the United States, which will complement the HAECO Global Engine Support business,” says Christopher Gibbs, HAECO group director for components ...

  • Tigerair Australia 737-800 2

    Tigerair Australia grounded as parent Virgin cuts more capacity


    Tigerair Australia has suspended all operations from 25 March, as part of deeper capacity cuts by its parent Virgin Australia. On its website, the low-cost carrier cited “expanded travel restrictions imposed by the federal and state governments and territories” as the reason behind its grounding. Virgin Australia says ...

  • F-35A - RAAF

    Australian firm to produce F-35 cannon ammo


    Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions (RNM) plans to produce 25mm cannon ammunition for use by the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter. A new production line will be set up at a government-owned factory in the first half of 2021 to produce 25mm Frangible Armored Piercing (FAP) projectiles. The ammunition will be ...

  • Air New Zealand 787-9

    Air New Zealand focuses on cargo


    Air New Zealand is ramping up cargo operations to “keep Kiwi businesses connected to the world” while working with the government to maintain critical cargo flow. General manager cargo, Rick Nelson, says: “With our Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft for example, we have the ability to uplift 11 cargo pallets ...

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    Singapore Airlines and SilkAir pilots put on leave without pay


    Singapore Airlines has asked its pilots to take unpaid leave for up to seven days each month, starting 1 April. The airline tells Cirium this applies to pilots with the mainline carrier and regional carrier SilkAir, and the measures will be in place “until the business recovers”. It ...

  • Hanwha A. QAQC

    Hanwha Aerospace powers up engine capabilities


    As the country’s only producer of gas tubine engines, South Korea’s Hanwha Aerospace has become an integral part of Seoul’s ambitions in the sector, with involvement in several key propulsion programmes.

  • Indigo Airbus A320neo
    In depth

    IndiGo has most new aircraft at risk among Indian carriers


    IndiGo has, among compatriot airlines, the highest number of new aircraft deliveries at risk as India began a three-week lockdown today.

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    Airline Business podcast: Latest IATA impact assessment plus Asia-Pacific focus


    Graham and Lewis talk through the latest figures and thoughts from IATA as airlines across the world ground their fleets in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

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    Airline coronavirus story could go from ‘Apocalypse Now’ to ‘The Big Short’


    When IATA outled its latest estimates for the impact of coronavirus on the airline industry on 24 March, the urgency of the situation was front and centre of its messaging.

  • Air New Zealand 787-9

    Air New Zealand limits service to essential travel and cargo


    Air New Zealand will operate limited services to enable essential travel and maintain cargo flow, even as it cuts international schedules by 95% from 30 March to 31 May. This will “keep air freight moving through key cargo corridors to North America and Asia,” it says. ...

  • Thai Airways A380

    Thai Airways suspends overseas flights


    Thai Airways International is moving to suspend international flights, as Thailand prepares to implement a state of emergency on 26 March to stem the coronavirus outbreak. The carrier says the outbreak has seen “no sign of relief” and that the situation in Europe and elsewhere is getting “even more ...

  • RAAF Super Hornet

    Super Hornet celebrates ten years in Australia


    The Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet is poised to reach the ten-year mark since its arrival in Australia. The fighter first arrived in Australia on 26 March 2010, with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) fleet growing to 24 examples, says Boeing. The type became operational in RAAF service in ...

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    Cebu Pacific feels pinch from Philippines quarantine


    Cebu Pacific says the month-long “community quarantine” imposed on metropolitan Manila and the main Luzon island group recently will free up 90% of its total seat capacity, even as it maintains services from its hubs outside of Manila and the region. The 90% capacity figure is based on the ...