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Week 43

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Asia Editor, Will Horton



Accident investigators deliver final verdict on fatal Lion Air MAX crash

Four days into his new job as CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Stan Deal has received the final and damning report of accident investigators looking into the deadly crash of Lion Air JT610 MAX, which took the lives of 189 passengers and crew. Read More »



Shanghai Airports: LCCs important to hubs

As Shanghai considers options to expand capacity, one of many scenarios to be evaluated is the construction of a low-cost airport in greater Shanghai. Read More »



Hong Kong tourism stimulus falls short of aviation’s expectations

This week the Hong Kong government unveiled a HK$100 million (US$13 million) subsidy package for tourism that targets the city’s many small travel agents. Read More »



Malaysia’s government to retain ‘influence’ at Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia does not know who will own Malaysia Airlines (MAS) in the future, but the government plans to retain influence and equity in the airline. Read More »





Air New Zealand commits to New York non-stop after Qantas Project Sunrise flight

Qantas Airways enjoyed extensive media coverage of its first trial nonstop flight from New York to Sydney, but three days after the historic flight arrived with fanfare at the carrier’s home hub, Air New Zealand (Air NZ) announced it would start nonstop flights from Auckland to New York’s Newark in October 2020. Read More »



Qantas free to choose Haneda route after Virgin Australia granted slot

Virgin Australia will enter Japan after a draft ruling from Australia’s International Air Services Commission (IASC) that said Virgin and Qantas would have one slot each at Tokyo Haneda. Read More »



The scion of HNA Group chairman, Chen Feng, is the new president of the indebted aviation to finance conglomerate, financial magazine Caixin has reported. Read More »


Short Takes

AIRLINES: Drukair took delivery of a new ATR 42-600 the flag carrier will fly into small airports in Bhutan and to Kathmandu, Kolkata and Dhaka. Read More »