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Week 50

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Asia Editor, Will Horton



Qantas selects Airbus A350 as preferred aircraft for Project Sunrise flights

At press time, the Qantas Group announced it had chosen the A350-1000 as the preferred aircraft for Project Sunrise as it proceeds. Read More »



United Airlines offers diplomatic solution for Manila access

U.S. carrier wants PAL group code-share paused until it can expand at Manila. Read More »



Lufthansa is second external Star Alliance code-share for Vistara

Star carriers seek access in addition to their own member, Air India. Read More »



Starlux receives AOC, Far Eastern Transport goes out of business

Starlux to commence flights on January 23 with bookings to open later this month. Read More »





Hong Kong airport to discount cargo throughput, but no incentives announced for passenger airline operations

Airlines left wondering when or if airport will follow through on government pledge of support. Read More »



Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 problems continue to plague Air New Zealand

Joint venture partner Cathay Pacific will cover Auckland-Hong Kong for the airline after the engine manufacturer missed a September deadline for repair of the Auckland headquartered airline’s Trent 1000s. Read More »



Federal Aviation Administration will not approve 737 MAX in 2019

Boeing had expected approval from the regulator by year-end. China raises concerns about MAX design changes. Read More »



Airbus announces new communications leadership team

Maggie Bergsma has been promoted from ATR head of communications to Airbus head of communications commercial aircraft. Read More »


Short Takes

CODE-SHARES: Asiana Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines have expanded their code-sharing to include Addis Ababa to Cape Town, Johannesburg and Mombasa. Read More »