All Asia Pacific articles

  • Air India 787

    Indian government seeks expressions of interest in Air India sale


    India’s government is seeking expressions of interest from investors following its approval, in principle, for the divestment of flag-carrier Air India – with the entire share capital on offer, along with the whole of Air India Express and 50% of its handling joint venture AISATS. Financial services specialist EY ...

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    US DoD sees signs of progress with Afghan air force


    A US government report has highlighted improvements in the Afghan air force (AAF), as well as areas that are still proving challenging.

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    Angkasa Pura I to lease ATR freighters for cargo operations


    Indonesian airport operator Angkasa Pura I (AP I) is leasing two ATR 72-500 freighters from Pelita Air Service for its logistics arm to operate air cargo services. The company says that the aircraft will operate from Jakarta to Balikpapan and Makassar later this year, but did not specify the ...

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    NokScoot gets $6.6 million loan from major shareholder


    NokScoot has obtained a Bt200 million ($6.56 million) loan from a major shareholder of Nok Air in the form of a promissory note. This was issued by Hatairatn Jurangkool, who owns 24.4% of Nok and is the mother of Nok’s chief executive, Wutthiphoom Jurangkool. In a disclosure to ...

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    Asian carriers suspend Wuhan flights in wake of virus outbreak


    Several Asian carriers have suspended flights to Wuhan, as the Chinese city is put on lockdown to contain a respiratory virus outbreak.

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    C-130 tanker crashes during Australian firefighting mission


    A Lockheed Martin EC-130Q firefighting aircraft has crashed in the Australian state of New South Wales while combating forest fires, killing three crew members. The commissioner of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Shane Fitzsimmons, has confirmed the crash. The accident occurred near the Peak View area, ...

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    Has the growth of LCCs in Asia-Pacific peaked?


    There has been a surge in low-cost travel options across Asia-Pacific since the early 2000s – but the sector may now be on the cusp of a slowdown. In the past year, low-cost carriers have stepped up co-operation while seeking to differentiate themselves, but merger and acquisition activity highlights ...

  • Air Niugini Fokker

    Air Niugini could rethink fleet after pushing back Max deliveries


    Air Niugini is delaying deliveries of four ordered Boeing 737 Max jets until at least 2024, and indicates it might reconsider operating the aircraft at all. Managing director Alan Milne explains the delay was effected as the Papua New Guinean airline undertook a broader review of its fleet ...

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    United says it does not expect to fly 737 Max this summer


    United Airlines is not planning for the Boeing 737 Max’s return to service this summer, making it the first airline to announce it will operate without the aircraft during a second peak travel season.

  • Bek Air F100

    Bek Air defends operations after regulator’s safety accusations


    Grounded Kazakh operator Bek Air is continuing to defend its operations and practices after being slated by the country’s regulator in the aftermath of the fatal Fokker 100 accident at Almaty. Bek Air is accusing Kazakhstan’s aviation administration of proving “strained and biased” remarks about the airline’s procedures and ...

  • AirAsia A320

    MAVCOM fines AirAsia carriers and Malaysia Airports


    The Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) has imposed fines on local AirAsia carriers and a Malaysia Airports (MAHB) subsidiary for various infringements. AirAsia and AirAsia X were each fined MYR2 million ($491,000) for charging payment processing fees separately from base fares, which contravenes local laws on consumer protection. This ...

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    Coronavirus outbreak follows years of strong airline traffic growth at Wuhan airport


    The Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak in China comes after years of strong traffic growth from Wuhan Tianhe International airport, which serves dozens of domestic and international destinations. Media reports about the outbreak indicate that reported cases have risen to over 440 with nine fatalities being recorded. The virus, which is ...

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    Cebu expands network to Los Angeles and Doha


    Cebu’s Mactan airport will soon expand its network beyond the region, with new services to Los Angeles and Doha starting next quarter. Philippine Airlines (PAL) plans to resume a Cebu-Los Angeles service on 2 May, after a three-year suspension due to capacity rationalisation. The service will be operated ...

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    Air France-KLM downplays Malaysia Airlines stake rumours


    Responding to rumours that it plans to acquire a stake in Malaysia Airlines, Air France-KLM states that it “is not a current party to the sales process” of the Kuala Lumpur-based carrier “at this stage”. However, the Franco-Dutch airline group confirms in a statement that it “had previously been ...

  • Citilink A320neo

    Citilink connects Avalon to Indonesia with Denpasar service


    Melbourne’s Avalon airport will be connected to Indonesia for the first time, when Citilink launches a Denpasar service this month. From 24 January, the low-cost arm of Garuda Indonesia will carry 178 passenger and cargo on a daily service operated with Airbus A320neos, says Avalon airport. Cirium data ...

  • CDBA320neo

    CDB Aviation’s fleet grew 20% in 2019


    CDB Aviation acquired 40 aircraft on operating lease in 2019, growing its fleet by 19.7% year-on-year. In a statement summarising last year’s activity, the lessor says it signed lease transactions for 54 aircraft, along with agreements to sell 22 aircraft and acquire 17. Financing transactions inked during the ...

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    New Delhi’s Su-30MKIs get hard-hitting anti-ship capability


    The Indian Air Force has added a powerful anti-shipping capability with the induction of the first Su-30MKI squadron to be equipped with the Mach 2.8 BrahMos cruise missile. To mark the addition of the capability, New Delhi has resurrected the 222 Sqn ‘Tigersharks’ squadron designation. Source: ...

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    Philippine Airlines leases two Dash 8s from TrueNoord


    Philippine Airlines has agreed to lease two new De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400s from TrueNoord. One of the turboprops has already been delivered, says the regional aircraft lessor, and the other will join the airline’s fleet in February. The two aircraft, registered as MSN4610 and MSN4612, are the ...

  • Bek Air Fokker 100

    Administration justifies Bek Air grounding with damning catalogue of flaws


    Kazakhstan’s civil aviation administration has revealed a damning list of flaws in Bek Air’s flight operations and maintenance processes, to justify the carrier’s grounding. One of Bek Air’s Fokker 100s crashed on take-off from Almaty on 27 December, resulting in the enforced suspension of the airline’s operation – a ...

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    Xiamen Airlines seeks financing for two new ARJ21s


    Xiamen Airlines is looking to finance two new Comac ARJ21 aircraft. The Chinese carrier is inviting bids from parties with net assets worth at least CNY100 million ($14.6 million) in their latest audited full-year financial statements. Alternatively, bidders should have experience providing aircraft financing, including sale-and-leaseback transactions, to ...