Hong Kong Airlines signed (20-Jul-2010) a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Airbus to acquire 15 A350 XWBs and 10 additional A330-200s. Under the terms, the airline is converting 15 existing A330 orders to A350 XWBs and placing an additional order for 10 A330-200s. Deliveries of the A330-200s will begin in 2012, with the first A350 XWB arriving in 2018. [more]
Farnborough: Hong Kong Airlines signs MoU for 15 A350s, 10 more A330s
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As Cathay Pacific is being forced to undergo a competitive metamorphosis it is exploring all options. The latest example is an expected announcement of a new Cathay Pacific route from Hong Kong to Christchurch in New Zealand's South Island. The service is expected to be seasonal (for the New Zealand summer), and is only Cathay's second seasonal long haul route after the Jan-2017 announcement of northern summer service to Barcelona.
New Zealand is a small network component for Cathay but one of its last strongholds, due to a joint venture with Air New Zealand. The New Zealand government reluctantly extended approval for the JV despite Cathay and Air NZ reneging on an offer to use it to link Hong Kong with Christchurch, as well as Auckland. This would thereby have extended the JV to benefit more of New Zealand – a sensitive local matter based on the assertion that Auckland was receiving disproportionate air service benefit.
Air NZ's JV with Cathay arch rival Singapore Airlines has resulted in SIA growing its presence in Christchurch. Cathay has been more frugal, and the NZ government determined that although the JV reduced competition, there was no prospective third competitor, so no harm done.
But now that Hong Kong Airlines has entered Auckland, and then expanded, the Cathay-Air NZ JV faces disbanding. By finally committing to a Christchurch route Cathay appears to be bidding to keep the JV in play. But the New Zealand government will still probably withdraw approval of the Air NZ-Cathay JV.
The CAPA airline fleet quiz: 15 challenging questions. CAPA Summit Singapore 2/3 March
Test your knowledge of the global aircraft fleet with this CAPA Quiz. If you have access to the comprehensive CAPA Fleet Database, it should be a breeeeze.
Rank your result:
15/15 = Outstanding! – you should set up your very own aircraft leasing company.
13-14/15 = Excellent – your colleagues should say the word ‘wiki…’ in front of your first name around the office.
10-12/15 = Very good – someone should shout you several drinks at the next air finance gathering.
9 or below/15 = Time to brush up – you need to sign up for CAPA's Fleet Database immediately.
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