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Week 9

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific



Double whammy of tariff wars and Hong Kong civil unrest takes toll on airline profits: worse to come from COVID-19 outbreak before forecast rebound

New Air New Zealand (Air NZ) CEO, Greg Foran, believes the airline has the resilience to withstand the challenges posed by the coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19, after the carrier posted a sharp decline in interim net profit for its 2019-2020 year. Read More »



Airports emptying as COVID-19 spreads beyond region

Countries in the Middle East have imposed flight restrictions and suspended scores of international routes amid the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Gulf region. Read More »



All Nippon Airways adds more 787s to fleet; chooses GE over Rolls-Royce for engines

All Nippon Airways (ANA) said this week it had put pen to paper for up to 20 new 787s that will be powered by GE Aviation GEnx-1B engines. Read More »



Delta Air Lines takes bigger stake in Korean Air parent

United States-based Delta Air Lines has boosted its ownership stake in Korean Air's parent company Hanjin KAL to 11%. Read More »



American Airlines and Qatar Airways resume code-share partnership after two-year hiatus

American Airlines has put aside its previous differences with Qatar Airways to re-establish a code-share agreement on flights between the United States and Qatar, as well as destinations in the Middle East, East Africa, South Asia and South East Asia. Read More »



AirAsia X seeking lease payment deferrals, report:

Low-cost carrier (LCC) AirAsia X has spoken to leasing companies about potentially pushing back some lease payments to support the airline as it battles the coronavirus outbreak, FlightGlobal reported this week. Read More »



EASA certifies A321 converted freighter

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the Airbus A321 passenger-to-freighter conversion. Read More »



Boeing names Qantas executive as CIO and appoints new board members

Boeing has appointed Susan Doniz as chief information officer and senior vice president of information technology and data analytics. Read More »


Short Takes

ALLIANCES: Star Alliance introduced its second Star Alliance Connecting Partner, full service regional carrier, THAI Smile, in Bangkok this week. Read More »