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Aircraft Finance & Leasing News - Asia / Pacific.

Nov 29, 2009

Air Fiji

Six aircraft from now-defunct carrier Air Fiji are up for sale. The Fiji Development Bank has called for tenders for the aircraft and assorted aircraft parts. The six aircraft are an: Embraer Bandeirante, registration DQ-AFO; Britten Norman Islander BN2, registration DQ-FIC; Embraer Bandeirante, registration DQ-AFQ; Embraer Bandeirante P1, registration DQ-TLC; Embraer Bandeirante, registration DQ-YES; and Britten Norman Trilander BN2, registration DQ-TRI. Only one of the six aircraft is in running condition and four are without engines, says an official from the bank. Tenders will close 4 December, he adds. Air Fiji closed in April after running into financial troubles. Nov 26, 2009


Airbus plans to deliver almost 100 aircraft in China next year, following a better-than-expected 2009 in the rapidly growing Chinese market. The A320 final assembly line in Tianjin, opened in September 2008, has delivered nine aircraft to date and is on track to delivering the remaining two to Hainan Airlines subsidiary Deer Jet by year-end. All nine aircraft have a dispatch reliability of 100 percent so far, says Airbus, which has always maintained that the Tianjin-made aircraft are of the same quality as those manufactured in Hamburg and Toulouse. Almost 100 deliveries are scheduled in 2010, up from almost 80 this year, says Airbus China president Laurence Barron. "We are cautiously optimistic for 2010. International and freight traffic has improved, and seems to have bottomed out," he says. Nov 24, 2009


The Royal Australian Air Force has retired its last DHC-4 Caribou light tactical transports. Canberra acquired 29 Caribous between 1964 and 1971, and still had 13 in use before the type's retirement. As an interim replacement capability the air force's 38 Sqn has taken ownership of three Beechcraft King Air 350s previously operated by the Australian Army. Another five leased examples will follow by mid-2010. Nov 28, 2009

Lion Air, Boeing, Airbus

Indonesia's largest privatelyowned carrier, Lion Air, plans to order 10-15 widebodies and wants first deliveries in 2011. Airline president Rusdi Kirana says the Airbus A330-300 and Boeing 777-200ER are being evaluated, and the intention is to make a decision by the first quarter of next year. Lion is largely a Boeing 737-900ER domestic operator, but in November launched services between Jakarta and Jeddah using two 747-400s. Nov 23, 2009

Spring Airlines

Spring Airlines is planning a dramatic fleet expansion. "We have decided to introduce 14 A320s in the next few years, which will cost about CNY5 billion," Wang said. It currently flies 14 A320s. It plans to go listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange in the second half of 2010 and has no plans to introduce a strategic or financial investor before then. It also is planning on introducing international routes. Its fleet will remain anchored by the A320, "so the best possibility is to open new routes to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau," he revealed. Nov 25, 2009

Thai Airways, Airbus

Thai Airways took delivery of one A340-500 and one A340-600, lifting its fleet to 90 aircraft. Planes are powered by Trent 500s. The -500 seats 215 across three classes and will operate to Los Angeles and Athens, while the -600 seats 267 and will fly to Tokyo Narita, Shanghai, Zurich and Sydney. Nov 26, 2009

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