Adrian Schofield

Aviation Week
AirAsia A320neo
AirAsia to expand fleet with A320neos 
The Malaysia-based AirAsia low-cost carrier (LCC) group will ramp up its fleet growth this year, with many of its new additions consisting of Airbus A320neos for its Malaysian and Thai operations.
Asia-Pacific turboprop safety continues to improve despite accidents 
Asia-Pacific carriers are continuing to make improvements to the safety of turboprop operations, according to the region’s major airline industry group.
Vanilla Air A320
Japan’s Vanilla Air to expand domestic routes 
Japanese low-cost carrier (LCC) Vanilla Air plans to launch new routes from Osaka and Tokyo over the next few months as the LCC looks to expand its domestic network.
Jetstar Japan A320
Jetstar Japan delays launch of Shanghai service 
Jetstar Japan has decided to delay the launch of a route to Shanghai Pudong International Airport because of challenges in gaining approval from Chinese authorities.
United Airlines to temporarily suspend New Zealand route 
United Airlines will be one of the first carriers to step back from the wave of new international capacity that has been introduced in the New Zealand market.
ANA Boeing 787-9
ANA grows strong fleet with 787-9s in 2016 
Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) achieved strong growth of its fleet and network in 2016.
Vietnam Airlines A350-900
Vietnam Airlines reports stronger profit in 2016
Vietnam Airlines (VNA) and its subsidiaries earned a consolidated pre-tax profit of $113.7 million in 2016, which represents a 140% increase on the previous year, according to the company’s initial estimates.
Tigerair Taiwan confronts growth constraints 
Congestion and lack of airport access in key markets is complicating network growth plans for low-cost carrier (LCC) Tigerair Taiwan.
Peach Aviation A320
Japan’s Peach Aviation to develop Okinawa hub with Bangkok service 
Japanese low-cost carrier (LCC) Peach Aviation plans to further develop its secondary hub in Okinawa with a new route to Bangkok.
China Southern Boeing 787-8
China-Australia Open Skies deal benefits both countries 
Chinese airlines appear to have the most to gain from a new China-Australia Open Skies deal, but Australian airlines are also expected to benefit.
Cebu Pacific A330-300
Cebu Pacific still considering widebody order 
Philippine low-cost carrier (LCC) Cebu Pacific has confirmed it is still considering an order for new widebody aircraft that it could use for its first transpacific flights.
Qantas Airbus A330-300
China, Australia reach Open Skies agreement 
A new Open Skies agreement between Australia and China is expected to allow further growth of the already extensive air-service links between the countries.
Qantas, American drop bid to expand partnership 
Qantas Airways and American Airlines have dropped their application to expand their partnership in transpacific markets, following a tentative rejection by the US Department of Transportation (DOT).
Malaysia Airlines A380
Malaysia Airlines’ A380 charter business plans progressing 
Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) is planning to apply for a separate air operator’s certificate (AOC) for its proposed Airbus A380 charter unit, and may also announce a name for the entity soon.
Nok Air 737-800
Thailand’s Nok Air widens 3Q loss 
Thailand low-cost carrier (LCC) Nok Air reported a consolidated third-quarter net loss of THB1.1 billion ($30.2 million), deepened from a loss of THB652.6 million in the same period last year.
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