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Boeing/Japan reach 777X deal
Boeing has reached agreement with five
Japanese companies for a 21% workshare
on the 777X. The five companies are
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries; Kawasaki
Heavy Industries; Fuji Heavy Industries;
ShinMaywa Industries and NIPPI
Corporation. The work includes fuselage
sections; centre wing sections; pressure
bulkheads; main landing gear wells;
passenger, cargo and main landing
gear doors; wing components and
ALC delivers A321 to Air China
Air Lease Corporation has delivered the
first of four new Airbus A321s to Air China.
The delivery is part of a long-term lease
placement of 13 new aircraft with Air China.
China Eastern Airlines has committed
to purchase 80 737s, including Next-
Generation 737 and 737 MAX airplanes.
The order is the US manufacturer's largest
from a Chinese airline and matches China
Southern's planned purchase of 80 Airbus
A320 family aircraft, announced in May.
"We look forward to making history
with China Eastern as they are poised
to make the largest purchase for single-
aisle airplanes by a Chinese airline," said
Ihssane Mounir, vice president of Sales
and Marketing for Northeast Asia, Boeing
Commercial Airplanes. "We share an
enduring partnership with China Eastern
and we are excited to see that the 737
family of airplanes will play an important
role in their continued success."
Deliveries will start in 2016, the airline
said in a statement to the Shanghai stock
exchange. The carrier is also selling 15
737-300s and five 757s back to the
manufacturer, according to the statement.
The carrier currently operates a mixed
fleet of A320s and 737s, although it is
skewed towards the former.
Meanwhile, China Eastern and
Virgin America have applied to the
US Department of Transportation for
authorisation to codeshare.
China Eastern plans to place its code
on flights operated by Virgin America
from Los Angeles (to eight US airports)
and San Francisco (to nine US airports).
China Eastern currently operates to both Los
Angeles and San Francisco from Shanghai.
If approved the codeshare will start from
July this year. -- Colin Baker
China Eastern to buy 80 737s
FIRM ORDERS - ASIA PACIFIC MAY 28TH - JUNE 20TH 2014 IBA GROUP LTD.
MANUFACTURER VARIANT CUSTOMER
DATE NUMBER OF
AIRCRAFT ENGINES COUNTRY
A320neo Air New Zealand
A321neo Air New Zealand
737-800 Japan Transocean Air 5/30/2014
China Eastern Airlines 6/13/2014
CFM International China
Singapore's Changi Airport Group (CAG)
has announced today a wide-ranging
support programme for airlines totaling
S$100 million (US$80 million) over the
The Growth and Assistance Incentive
(GAIN) initiative is aimed at lowering costs
for airlines, boosting passenger traffic and
improving operational efficiency at Changi
Airport. From 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015,
all airlines operating at Changi Airport
will enjoy an across-the-board reduction
in operating costs including rebates of
50% on aircraft parking fees and 15% on
"These efforts will strengthen the
airport's hub status and anchor Singapore
as a major air gateway to and from the
region," said CAG. In addition, CAG
will introduce a new package which will
reward airlines for growing transfer traffic
at Changi Airport. -- Colin Baker
NokScoot, the low-cost long-haul joint
venture between Thailand's Nok Air and
Singapore's Scoot, was given the go-ahead
in June, following a Nok Air board meeting.
It will initially launch with one aircraft,
probably a Boeing 777-200ER. The aircraft
will probably not be leased from Scoot, as
Thai law dictates that jetliners older than
14 years cannot operate in the country.
NokScoot is "looking at leasing options
from other sources."
The initial network will be aimed at North
Asia, and "subsequent aircraft will be added
pending network schedule."
The new airline will be based at Don
Mueang International Airport, and Nok
Air and Scoot will each have a 49 percent
shareholding, with an entity established by
the management of the company holding
the remaining two percent.
"We are very delighted that our board
has agreed in setting up a new low-cost
airline, NokScoot. Our joint venture with
Scoot is a significant step in expanding
routes to international destinations. This
has always been Nok Air's goal and this
is a good opportunity to expand our target
market to overseas," said Nok Air CEO,
Campbell Wilson, CEO of Scoot said,
"We are delighted to be partnering Nok in
the establishment of NokScoot, and today's
approval is a significant milestone in our
budding partnership. Scoot looks forward to
supporting NokScoot's future development,
bringing Thais and visitors to Thailand a
safe, reliable, fun and great value way to
travel." -- Colin Baker
NokScoot gets go-ahead
China Eastern Boeing 737-800
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