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MARCH 2019

Week 10

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Asia Editor, Will Horton

It is a week of new beginnings – and false starts. Korea has given business licenses to three new airlines, two regional LCCs and one a long-haul airline. HK Express may have a new life under a Cathay Pacific investment. Qantas and Spring Airlines were also interested, posing regulatory questions.

Korean Air is showing strong results from its Delta JV only seven months in. But shareholder activism is a concern for management.

HK Express sister Hong Kong Airlines needs a new beginning but viable options seem few.

Thailand and Indonesia saw the start and end of domestic consolidation talks.



Seoul approves three new airlines

Long-awaited policy decision more significant than expected. Consolidation may occur. Read More »



Qantas and Spring bids for HK Express would create regulatory dilemmas

Australia’s Qantas and mainland China’s Spring Airlines are said to have been interested in HK Express. Jetstar Hong Kong Mk II? Read More »



Hong Kong Airlines outlook

Will there be a political or aviation solution? Investor must define a future and untangle HKA from HNA. Read More »



Delta-Korean Air JV shows strong start

Korean Air pleased with early result only seven months in. Read More »



Korean Air’s conservative 2023 plan

Korean Air’s five-year plan may be intentionally conservative. Read More »



China Southern adds freighters, Korean Air relies on bellies

Conversion to two 777Fs ends a freighter dry spell in Asia. Read More »



Qantas-Cathay codeshare unconvincing

Demonstrated consumers benefits are weak. Regulator yet to make a decision. Read More »



No Southeast Asia domestic consolidation

Citilink rejects AirAsia bid. Thai AirAsia ends interest in Nok. Read More »


Short Takes

GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS: SpiceJet, India’s second largest LCC, has chosen GDS, Amadeus, to sell its services and fares through the Amadeus Travel Platform. Read More »



Sherry Carbary named Boeing China president

Sherry Carbary is to succeed John Bruns as president Boeing China on April 8. Read More »



ATR appoints Gregory Gavroy to new position of head of content

Global turboprop OEM, ATR, has appointed Gregory Gavroy to the newly created position of Head of Content, Tools and Channels. Read More »