A trusted source of Asia-Pacific commercial aviation news and analysis

MARCH 2019

Week 12

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

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.



Industry promises support to A380 after production ends

ANA is last new airline to take delivery of an A380. Read More »



ANA weighing options for full A380 implementation

Hawaii flights commence in May with all three A380s in service in 2020. Read More »



Regulatory decision heard around the world: CAAC grounds MAX

The CAAC’s early grounding decision came ahead of the sensitive “Two Sessions”. Read More »



Starlux to lease A330s

Chang Kuo-wei’s start-up expects to have 50 aircraft in 10 years. Read More »



Stock market: Lion Air considers IPO, Asiana suspended

Asiana’s re-stated operating profit is down 68%. Read More »



HNA facing more leasing pressure

Shandong Province freezes HNA shares, HKA negotiating with AerCap. Read More »



China Southern and American implement frequent flyer benefits

American is China Southern’s first non-SkyTeam partner. Read More »



Vanilla Air exits Value Alliance

Parent alliance technology company sold to investment firm. Read More »



Qantas ups ante for Cathay codeshare

Qantas dismisses anti-competitive concerns by saying Virgin Australia should have a ‘more compelling proposition’. Read More »



EVA Air introduces economy seat selection fee

Merchandising trend gains momentum but more sophistication awaits. Read More »



Urumqi Airlines unbundles services

Trial covers three domestic flights from Urumqi. Read More »



New branding: ZIP and HK Express

Japan Airlines’ new subsidiary wanted snappy branding that connoted safety. Read More »



Embraer announces CEO transition after approval of Boeing deal

Embraer Group president and CEO, Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva, will conclude his two year elected term at the jet manufacturer next month but will continue his 22-year involvement with the group as senior advisor to the board as the integration of the Brazilian aerospace company with Boeing proceeds. Read More »



Delta Airlines flight safety expert to head FAA

U.S. president Trump has nominated recently retired director of flight safety operations at Delta Air Lines, Stephen Dickson, for the position of permanent head of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. Read More »


Short Takes

GDS: Japan Airlines (JAL) and Travelport Worldwide have formed a joint venture by taking ownership of Travelport Japan K.K. and JAL’s 100%-owned subsidiary, Axess International Network. Read More »