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China's Shandong Airlines has placed an order
for 15 Boeing 737-800 single-aisle jetliners, with
deliveries slated to take place from March 2014
through to the third quarter of 2015.
The aircraft will be used both for expansion
and to replace the airline's 11 ageing 737-
300s. The carrier says it plans to launch
services to more domestic and international
destinations within five hours' flight-time from
its base in Jinan.
Shandong Airlines' domestic network
covers 54 destinations, while its international
destinations include: Seoul's Incheon airport,
Daegu and Busan in South Korea; Osaka, in
Japan; the Taiwanese capital Taipei; and the
Chinese Special Administrative Region of Hong
Kong. The airline has suspended flights to
Singapore due to poor passenger loads.
The carrier has established operational hubs
at Jinan Yaoying International Airport, Qingdao
Liuting International Airport, Yantai Laishan
International Airport, Chongqing Jiangbei
International Airport, Xiamen Gaoqi International
Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport.
Shandong Airlines was established by ten
shareholders, including Air China and Shandong
Development Investment (SDIC), in March 1994.
Air China later acquired the shares of the eight
other, unidentified partners to take a controlling
Operations began in September 1997, initially
on domestic routes only. The carrier also has 10
percent stake in Sichuan Airlines.
Apart from its 737-300s, Shandong Airlines
also operates a fleet of 26 737-800s, three 737-
700s, five Bombardier CRJ-200LR regional jets
and two, larger CRJ-700ERs.
The carrier says it plans to operate as many as
100 aircraft by 2015.
-- William Dennis
Singapore Airlines announces organisational restructuring
Shandong orders Boeing 737-800s in fleet expansion
Singapore Airlines (SIA) Chief Executive Goh
Choon Phong announced on 5 January that
the airline will restructure its organization to
align the company's commercial, operational
and corporate planning activities more closely.
The new structure will come into effect on
1 February 2011. After that, all commercial
areas -- including marketing and sales, as
well as the delivery of products and services
-- will be consolidated under Executive
Vice-President Commercial Mak Swee Wah.
Mak is currently executive vice-president for
operations and services.
Ng Chin Hwee will oversee all human
resources and operational activities as
executive vice-president for human resources
and operations. His responsibilities will
include the Cabin Crew, Engineering, Flight
Operations and Human Resources divisions.
Ng is currently executive vice-president for
human resources and planning.
A separate Corporate Planning division
will also be formed, headed by Lee Lik Hsin,
currently divisional vice-president of planning.
"With recent senior-management changes
in the company, now is the appropriate time
for an organisational restructuring," Goh
says. "By aligning closely-linked activities
within commercial, operational and corporate
planning areas, we can be more nimble to
take on new challenges and pursue fresh
opportunities for growth."
Mak, Ng and Lee will report directly
to the CEO, as will the airline's Senior
Vice-President Finance Chan Hon Chew. --
NEWS IN BRIEF
MALAYSIA'S TRANSMILE Air Services is to sell
four Boeing MD-11F freighters to FedEx in a
deal valued at US$68 million. The proceeds
of the sale, set for completion by the second
quarter of 2011, will go towards reducing
the financially troubled carrier's debt, cutting
the total amount by about 39 percent to 320
million ringgit (US$104 million). The aircraft
have been standing idle since April 2008,
and the carrier has been unable to identify
any routes where they could be usefully
reintroduced into service. In the meantime, the
grounded aircraft are increasing Transmile's
costs with parking, storage, maintenance and
other expenses to the tune of 1.18 million
ringgit per year.
MAS to deploy A380 on major Indian routes
In response to heavy demand, Malaysia
Airlines (MAS) says it plans to deploy its new
Airbus A380 jetliners on two major routes to
India in 2012.
According to a senior MAS official, the
specific routes have yet to be identified, as
the airline is closely monitoring demand --
particularly on services to Chennai, Mumbai
and Delhi. MAS also flies to Hyderabad and
"There is a very strong possibility that
Mumbai and Delhi will get the nod," the
Starting 1 April, the airline will add flights on
its Delhi route making the frequency twice-
daily -- with seven weekly services operated by
Boeing 777 widebody aircraft and seven by
Current, daily 777 services to Mumbai and
daily A330-300 services to Chennai will both
be doubled. The existing, four-times weekly
services to Hyderabad and Bangalore will
also be increased to a daily service from the
beginning of April.
According to the airline official, capacity
on Indian routes will increase by 40 percent
MAS has six A380-800s on order, with
deliveries scheduled to commence in March
2012. The carrier's previous plan was to use
the aircraft only on its twice-daily London and
Sydney services. -- William Dennis
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