AirAsia's very first Airbus A321NEO will be a special one as it will be wearing a special colorful and funky livery. The Malaysia-based low cost airline and world's number 1 low cost carrier by Skytrax is set to receive the largest member of the Airbus A320 family in the next coming weeks. The aircraft is out of the paint shop and still awaiting its engines for a number testing hours before delivery.
Brought by continued protests which lead to a huge drop of traffic in and out the city, Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific is set to reduce capacity of its United States flights for the airline's winter schedule. The cut in capacity was brought by its poor August performance. Inbound traffic to Hong Kong fell by 38% and outbound traffic dropped by 12%. Cathay Pacific suffered an 11.3% drop in passenger numbers for the month of August.
The Airline Passenger Experience (APEX) has recently named flag-carrier Philippine Airlines as a 4-Star Major Regional Airline. The APEX is an international industry organization which carries out an airline ratings program based solely on certified passenger feedback. This is the 9th accolade PAL received after the 2019 Skytrax Airline Awards where they received 8 accolades.
American carrier Delta Airlines will begin operating Seoul Incheon to Manila route and vice versa in March 2020 utilizing its Airbus A330-900NEO aircraft. This comes in the wake of the airline pulling out of its Tokyo Narita hub. Presently, Delta flies from Manila to the United States via Narita. Recently, the DOT granted Delta an additional 12 slots at Tokyo Haneda.
The Philippines and the Kingdon of Morocco has negotiated and initiated an Air Services Agreement (ASA) last September 4-5, 2019 at the office of Direction Generale de l’Aviation Civile in Rabat, Morocco. This will soon allow Filipinos and travellers to enjoy direct flights between the Philippines and Morocco once this one has been finalized.
The world's largest operator of the Airbus A380, Emirates, has announced that it will begin retiring them from the fleet slowly. Its plan is to have around 90-100 A380s by mid-2020. Presently, the airline operates 112 A380 jets, which makes it the biggest in the world. Emirates previously ordered 162 superjumbos but decided to cut them to 123 in the wake of Airbus ending its production.
After being approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) for evening operations, the Bohol Panglao International Airport (BPIA) may start serving international flights. In a report, Vice Governor Rene Relampagos told media that BPIA will initially extend its operations up to 10:00pm. It currently operates only from 6:00am to 6:00pm.
As the Asia-Pacific region continues to drive growth in the aviation industry, it is predicted that 17,000 aircraft and 816,000 airline personnel like pilots, cabin crew, technicians, and ground crew will be needed in the next 20 years. In a report by Chicago-based American aircraft manufacturer Boeing, they predict that 44,000 airplanes will be needed worldwide with 17,000 or 39% delivered to the Asia-Pacific region.
If this happens, they will be the first airline to operate Airbus A380 commercial flights to and from Manila. Emirates is presently hopeful that air talks between the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) would resume as it looks to increasing its capacity by upgrading the aircraft used for Manila flights. Satish Sethi, Emirates country manager in the Philippines said they working closely with the Philippine government.
AirAsia subsidiary Philippines AirAsia has appointed a new Chairman of the Board as the company seeks to sustain its growth. Lawyer Joseph Omar Alday Castillo was appointed effective September 1 to lead the company. Atty. Jomar Castillo previously headed the transport process outsourcing practices of Puyat, Jacinto, and Santos law firm. Recently, PLDT executive Ricky Isla was appointed as the company's new Chief Executive Officer.