Category: Asia & Pacific

Malaysia Airlines Announce Order For Up To 50 Boeing 737 MAX Airplanes
Malaysia Airlines Sees ‘Steady Progress’ in Q3 Performance

Malaysia Airlines says in a quarterly update that it showed “steady progress” in the three months ended 30 September, and is “on target to deliver ahead of budget”. The airline did not provide any financial figures, but says that cost control continues to be its “central focus”. During the period, aggressive sales campaigns led the […]

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Chinese Carriers Accelerate International Expansion Pace

Chinese carriers have accelerated their international expansion pace as outbound travel continues to grow. In October, Beijing-based Air China experienced an 18.6% year-over-year (YOY) growth in RPKs on international routes. Shanghai-based China Eastern reported a 30.4% YOY growth; Guangzhou-based China Southern posted a 23.9% YOY growth; and Haikou-based Hainan Airlines saw a 47.4% YOY growth. […]

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Turkish Airlines Stores 30 Aircraft Amid Weaker Demand and Coup Attempt

Turkey’s flagship carrier Turkish Airlines will store 30 aircraft due to weaker economic demand, recent terror attacks and a failed coup attempt. A total of 15 Turkish Airlines aircraft will be stored at Antalya Airport (THY), website Airporthaber reports. 13 Airbus A330 and 2 Boeing 737-800. 4 Airbus A320 are currently parked at Ankara airport. […]

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Airbus Hopes to Deliver Up To 80 A350 Aircraft in 2017

Airbus tentatively aims to deliver as many as 80 A350 jetliners in 2017, two people familiar with the plans said. The target marks a new stage in ambitious plans to raise output of the company’s newest long-haul jet to 10 a month in 2018, but depends mainly on how successful suppliers will be in curbing […]

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Drone Usage in Agriculture Could Be a $32 Billion Market

A PricewaterhouseCoopers report pegs the agriculture drone market to be worth $32.4 billion. You might be familiar with the idea of drones delivering consumer packages or monitoring security areas, but did you know that drones were first used commercially in Japan for agricultural purposes? In fact, agricultural efficiency is poised to take a big leap […]

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Boeing Delivers 10th 787 Dreamliner to Vietnam Airlines

Boeing  and Vietnam Airlines celebrated the delivery of the flag carrier’s 10th 787-9 Dreamliner today. “Vietnam Airlines is proud to welcome our 10th Boeing 787 Dreamliner on behalf of Vietnam Airlines, only 16 months after we took delivery of the first of these state-of-the-art new aircraft,” said Phan Xuan Duc, Executive Vice President of Vietnam […]

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France Promises 50 Years of Support to Indian Rafale Jets

The most eye catching detail about the Rafael deal disclosed in the Indian Parliament was product support to the 36 combat jets for 50 years. The Indian Government on Tuesday disclosed some details of the $ 8.85 billion deal to purchase French combat aircraft. Among them is a promise by French company Dassault Aviation to […]

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FIJI Airways to Upgrade Narrow-Body Fleet With Boeing 737 Max

Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, today announced its selection of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft to replace its existing narrow-body fleet. The airline currently operates five Boeing 737s (one 700 series/ four 800 series) on its short and medium haul network to destinations including Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and […]

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TransAsia Airways to Shut Down

Board members of TransAsia Airways reached a decision to dissolve the company and to halt all its flights. The decision will be discussed in a shareholder’s meeting and implemented after its approval. The carrier said it couldn’t bring its business back to previous level after the two plane crashes despite the staff’s hard work and […]

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HondaJet to Debut in the Middle East

Honda Aircraft Company announced that it will showcase the HondaJet at the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) Conference Dec. 6-8 in Dubai, the region’s premier business aviation event. The appearance at the Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport will mark the first time a HondaJet will be on public display in the […]