AirAsia X Malaysia CEO Benyamin Ismail talks about the airline’s decision to postpone delivery of its first A330-900neo to 2Q2020 and lingering concerns with the Trent 7000 engine. AirAsia X announced in Jul-2018 an increase to its A330-900neo from 66 to 100 aircraft and that deliveries would start in Oct-2019. However, AirAsia X is now planning to order around 75 aircraft. While the first aircraft from the order and for Malaysia has been delayed, the group’s Thai affiliate plans to take two leased A330-900neos in 2Q2019.

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Brazil's Sindicato Nacional dos Aeroviarios (National Aviation Personnel's Union – SNA) announced (21-Mar-2019) Brazil's Lower House approved a bill opening 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) in domestic carriers. The proposal includes a device stating international operations must be handled by domestic Brazilian carriers, while respecting air services arrangements. The bill will now transit into the Brazil Senate. [more - original PR - Portuguese]

US Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported (21-Mar-2019) the following traffic highlights for the 12 months ended Dec-2018:

  • Passengers: 1012 million, +4.8% year-on-year;
    • Domestic: 777.9 million, +4.9%;
    • International: 233.6 million, +4.4%;
      • US airlines: 111.1 million, +3.1%;
      • Foreign airlines: 122.5 million, +5.6%;
  • Passenger load factor: 83.0%, +0.5ppt;

Thailand's Ministry of Tourism and Sports reported (20-Mar-2019) visitor arrivals to Thailand for Feb-2019. Details include:

Brazil's National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) reported (21-Mar-2019) the following traffic highlights for Feb-2019:

  • Passengers:
  • Passenger load factor:
    • Domestic: 82.5%, +2.2ppts;
      • GOL: 82.4%, +4.3ppts;
      • LATAM: 81.8%, +0.5ppt;
      • Azul: 82.1%, +2.9ppts;
      • Avianca Brazil: 85.9%, -0.6ppt;
      • Passaredo: 57.9%, +2.6ppts;
      • MAP Linhas Aereas: 66.2%, -0.2ppt;
      • Total Linhas Aereas: 90.3%, +6.1ppts;
    • International: 79.6%, +3.3ppts;
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France pax up 6% in Feb-2019

France's General Directorate for Civil Aviation reported (21-Mar-2019) the following traffic highlights for Feb-2019:

  • Passengers: +6.1% year-on-year;
    • Domestic: +5.9%;
      • Within Metropolitan France: +7.4%;
      • Metropolitan France to French overseas territories: +1.6%;
      • Within French overseas territories: +2.0%;
    • International: +6.2%;

Icelandair announced (21-Mar-2019) it will commence discussions with WOW air regarding Icelandair Group's involvement in its operations. The discussions will be based on the doctrine of competition law regarding the 'failing firm' defence. The parties will aim to conclude the discussions, which will occur with cooperation from Icelandic authorities, on 25-Mar-2019. [more - original PR]

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