By Asia Editor, Will Horton
Partners come and go, but the industry pledged its life-long support to the A380. All Nippon Airways is the final new customer, and received its first type ahead of flights to Hawaii. Growing before it has even launched, Starlux may add leased A330s.
China Southern Airlines and American Airlines are increasing their partnership with loyalty links. HNA is having growing public problems with lessors. Asiana’s annual accounts had errors and had to be re-stated to the market. Lion Air is said to once again be considering an IPO.
Airlines are experimenting with unbundling and merchandising as EVA Air over-hauls fares and Urumqi Airlines begins a trial of reduced baggage and meals.