Adrian Schofield

Aviation Week


Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800
Virgin Australia to repurchase 35% stake in loyalty program
Virgin Australia has moved to reverse the partial spinoff of its loyalty program, reaching a deal to buy back the stake it had previously sold.
Aircalin A330neo
Japan Airlines, New Caledonia’s Aircalin to codeshare
Japan Airlines (JAL) has reached a codeshare agreement with Aircalin, giving JAL access to New Caledonia and Aircalin an improved network in Japan.
Virgin Australia Boeing 777-300ER
Regulator OKs Virgin Australia-Virgin Atlantic partnership 
Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic have been granted draft approval for their proposed partnership in the Australia-UK market.
Delta raises stake in Korean Air parent company
Delta Air Lines has acquired enough shares to lift its ownership of Korean Air’s parent company almost to its 10% target.
Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER
Cathay sees 11.3% drop in August demand on Hong Kong protests 
Cathay Pacific Airways has reported substantial drops in passenger traffic for August, in its first monthly results to detail the effects on demand from Hong Kong’s continuing civil unrest.
Thai Airways A350-900
Airbus, Thai Airways to build new MRO facility in Thailand
Airbus and Thai Airways plan to begin construction of a new, expanded MRO facility at Thailand’s U-Tapao Rayong Pattaya International Airport next year, as part of the airport’s development program.
Cathay Pacific chairman John Slosar to step down
Cathay Pacific Airways chairman John Slosar has announced he will step down in November, as the Hong Kong-based carrier faces further leadership changes.
New Tokyo Haneda international slots available in spring 2020 
Japanese aviation authorities have revealed how many of the new slots at Tokyo Haneda Airport will be allocated to various international markets, although for the most part specific routes are yet to be announced.
Cathay makes staff, inspection changes after oxygen bottle incidents
Cathay Pacific Airways is implementing new inspection protocols and taking some staff off flight duties as the Hong Kong-based carrier continues to investigate how oxygen bottles were emptied on three aircraft in recent weeks.
AirAsia X to buy Airbus A321XLRs; orders more A330neos 
AirAsia X has placed its first order for the new extra-long range A321XLR and is buying more Airbus A330neos
Korean Air changes economy check-in to self-service
Korean Air is transitioning its economy check-in procedures to self-service options at South Korean airports, including the two Seoul hubs.
AirAsia Group 2Q net profit drops 85% on higher costs
The AirAsia Group reported a net profit of MYR46.8 million ($11.1 million) for the June quarter, down 85% from the same period a year earlier.
Virgin Australia Boeing 777-300ER
Virgin Australia to cut 750 staff after FY2019 loss
The Virgin Australia Group reported a net loss of A$315.4 million ($212.7 million) for the 2019 fiscal year ended June 30.
CAPA: Australia shifting from outbound to inbound market 
A weakened currency is stagnating the growth of Australia’s international aviation market, and the country is poised to see a transition to a greater focus on inbound traffic
Cathay Pacific investigates oxygen bottle discharge
Cathay Pacific Airways is investigating how multiple oxygen bottles were emptied on board two of its aircraft while on the ground in Toronto.
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