All Asia Pacific articles

  • Citilink A320

    Citilink swings back to profitability in 2019


    Indonesian low-cost carrier Citilink posted an operating profit of $67.8 million in 2019, marking a return to profitability for the Garuda Indonesia subsidiary. This is a significant turnaround for the airline, which recorded an operating loss of $54.6 million in 2018, Garuda’s 2019 annual report shows. Revenue for ...

  • Korean Air 747-81

    Walter Cho re-elected as Hanjin KAL chairman


    Walter Cho was re-elected as the chairman of Hanjin KAL at an annual general meeting held on 27 March. Hanjin KAL, the parent group of Korean Air, is controlled by the Cho family. Walter Cho succeeded his father, the late Cho Yang-ho, as head of Hanjin KAL in 2003. ...

  • Garuda CRJ1000

    Garuda returns to profitability in 2019


    Garuda Indonesia posted an operating profit of $147 million for 2019, a turnaround from the $199 million operating loss in 2018. Revenue grew 5.6% to $4.57 billion, driven by a 6.9% increase in passenger revenue. Total costs declined by 4% to $4.4 billion, as the group carrier tightened ...

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    In depth

    Qantas tests limits of ultra-long-haul service


    Project Sunrise could see flights of 19h-plus from New York and London to Sydney - if the aircraft, passengers and crew can take the strain

  • Vietnam Airlines 787

    Smaller Southeast Asian carriers operate reduced schedules


    Smaller Southeast Asian carriers are operating on reduced schedules, alongside significant cuts by the region’s major operators. Vietnam Airlines ’ domestic services are largely suspended, for two weeks until 15 April, except for five routes out of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. This comes after the government issued ...

  • Thai A350

    Thai Airways to ground most of its fleet, seeks liquidity boost


    Thai Airways International will ground 69 of 82 aircraft in its fleet and is looking for ways to boost finances as it battles the coronavirus crisis. The carrier said on 30 March that the figure excludes budget unit Thai Smile, which continues to operate domestic flights. Low-cost rival ...

  • Jin Air 777-200ER

    Jin Air uses 777 aircraft for cargo-only flights


    South Korea’s Jin Air is the latest to deploy passenger planes on pure cargo operations as the coronavirus crisis wipes out business and leisure travel worldwide. The budget carrier says it will use its Boeing 777-200ER aircraft for cargo flights on the Incheon-Taipei route from 30 March to 13 ...

  • Korea F-16

    USA approves new IFF, datalink for Korean F-16s


    The US government has cleared a potential sale of Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) and the Link 16 tactical datalink to South Korea for its Lockheed Martin F-16s. The deal is worth $194 million, and includes a range of services and equipment related to the acquisition, says ...

  • 777-300ER Air New Zealand

    Air NZ braces for $3 billion revenue plummet, starts layoffs


    Air New Zealand has detailed how the coronavirus pandemic has all but wiped out its revenue this year and says it will start the process of laying off up to 3,500 workers this week In an email to staff, chief executive Greg Foran says revenue is on track to ...

  • Air New Zealand 787-9

    Air New Zealand operates first Shanghai cargo flight


    Air New Zealand is operating a cargo flight to Shanghai for the first time, as freight operations become “a really important part of what we do in the next quarter”. The carrier will deploy a Boeing 787-9 for the service, which departs Auckland around midnight today, carrying local food ...

  • Australian P-8 Posiedon with anti-ship missiles

    Boeing wins $1.5bn contract for 18 P-8A patrol aircraft for South Korea, New Zealand and US Navy


    The US Navy has awarded Boeing a $1.5 billion contract for 18 P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.

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  • A350-1000

    Qantas pilots vote in favour of Project Sunrise pay deal


    Qantas long-haul pilots have voted in favour of a deal on pay and conditions for Project Sunrise flights. The deal means existing Qantas long-haul pilots will fly Airbus A350s if an order is made for the ultra-long-haul project, Australia’s biggest airline says in a statement. Project Sunrise is ...

  • Vietnam Airlines 787-9
    In depth

    Tough decisions loom for fleets grounded due to coronavirus crisis


    With aircraft piling up at Asia-Pacific airports amid the coronavirus crisis, airline engineering teams will play a key role in keeping grounded jets ready for the day when demand for air travel returns. Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Qantas Airways, and Korean Air represent just a handful of carriers ...

  • Thai A350-900

    Thai A350 descended below 670ft while still far from Frankfurt runway


    German investigators have detailed an approach incident in which a Thai Airways Airbus A350-900 descended to less than 670ft above ground while still nearly 6.5nm (12km) from touchdown at Frankfurt Main. The aircraft (HS-THF) had been inbound from Phuket, at night but in good visibility, on 1 January. ...

  • A330 MRTT

    Airbus uses A330 tanker to fly coronavirus air bridge


    Airbus is deploying additional aircraft including an A330 tanker conversion airframe to provide flight support for medical supplies from China to Europe. The aircraft, an A330-200 (EC-338), has been undergoing conversion as a multi-role tanker transport, for the French Air Force, according to Cirium fleets data. Airbus says ...

  • AirAsia X Thailand Airbus A330neo

    AirAsia and AirAsia X to be grounded from 28 March


    Malaysian low-cost carriers AirAsia and AirAsia X will suspend operations from 28 March due to growing border restrictions imposed by various countries amid the coronavirus pandemic. AirAsia will be grounded until 21 April, while long-haul sister carrier AirAsia X is to be grounded until 31 May, says AirAsia Group, ...

  • Changi T3

    APAC airports could lose $23.9 billion revenue: trade association


    The coronavirus crisis could have a $23.9 billion impact on revenue for Asia-Pacific airports this year, according to estimates by the Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific. In comparison, those in the Middle East could see a revenue shortfall of $5.7 billion, and ACI urged governments to help safeguard airports ...

  • JAL 767

    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 ...