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MARCH 2020

Week 10

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific



Disastrous January load factors “tip of the iceberg” says IATA and forecasts losses from COVID-19 of $57.3 billion for the region’s airlines

The COVID-19 outbreak could cost the global airline industry up to US$113 billion, with losses at Asia-Pacific carriers revised upwards to a worst case scenario of $57.3 billion, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said yesterday. Read More »



IATA campaigns for slot relief for carriers worldwide

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called for rules around the use of take-off and landing slots to be suspended in 2020 because of the coronavirus outbreak. Read More »



Vistara’s first wide-body joins fleet

India-based airline, Vistara, joined the wide-body club this week when the full-service carrier took delivery of its first 787-9. Read More »



Thai Airways International losses widen, carrier forecasts challenging 2020. Bangkok Airways profit up after investment sales

Thai Airways International (THAI) said it expected the year ahead to be challenging after posting a widening net loss in calendar 2019. Read More »



Philippine Airlines sheds 300 employees after reports of new losses

Philippine Airlines (PAL) said it had cut 300 jobs from its payroll in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Read More »



Qantas to go after direct pilot vote on Project Sunrise deal

Qantas plans to ask its pilots to vote directly on a new workplace agreement as part of efforts to launch ultra-long haul flights from Australia's east coast to London and New York, it was reported this week. Read More »



Lion Air pushes back proposed IPO media reports:

Indonesia-based Lion Air Group has pushed back plans to float part of the company in an initial public offering (IPO) that has a goal of raising US$500 million, the Reuters news agency reported on February 28. Read More »



Airbus commences A330-900 test flights with increased MTOW

Airbus said its new increased maximum take-off weight (MTOW) A330-900 commenced its flight test program on February 28, with certification expected in mid-2020. Read More »



China Aircraft Leasing Group reports profit increase, buys into Indonesian airline

China Aircraft Leasing Group (CALC) said profit for the 12 months to December 31, 2019 rose 10%, to HK$896 million (US$115.63 million), from HK$808.9 in the previous 12 months. Read More »



Former Virgin Australia CEO takes up new directorship

John Borghetti has been named a director of Brisbane Airports Corporation. Read More »



Airbus proposes ex-Hawaiian Airlines CEO as new board director

Mark Dunkerley, the retired CEO of Hawaiian Airlines and board member of Spirit Airlines Inc., is to be put forward as a new non-executive director on the Airbus board at the company’s AGM on April 16. Read More »



Flight Safety International names new CEO

Textron senior executive, Brad Thress, is the new CEO and president of global flight training group, Flight Safety International, succeeding David Davenport. Read More »