Leithen Francis leithen.francis@aviationweek.com

Leithen Francis leithen.francis@aviationweek.com
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Asia-Pac Countries Look To Boost Military Aviation In Light Of U.S. Pacific Pivot 
SINGAPORE - The U.S. plan to rebalance its forces and shift more resources to the Asia-Pacific region is not only forcing countries there to re-evaluate their geopolitical relationships, but also their military might, especially when it comes to aviation assets.
Australia's NewSat Sees Pitfalls In Military Business
Australian satellite operator NewSat acknowledges that one of the pitfalls in securing business from Australia’s Department of Defense (DOD) and other national defense departments is that if NewSat were to ever be sold to a foreign party, Australia’s DOD may take issue. (WGS photo: Boeing)
Asian Shipbuilding Boom Seen As U.S. Shifts Back to Pacific 
Shipbuilding and related industry sectors could reap a potential windfall as Asian countries look to buttress their fleets in light of China’s expansion and the U.S. “Pacific Pivot.”
Cebu Pacific Using A330s For Short-Haul Routes

Cebu Pacific Air has received its first Airbus A330, but rather than operate the widebody on routes to the Middle East, as it announced earlier, it plans to deploy the aircraft on short-haul services in Asia.

Airbus on June 13 confirmed that Cebu took delivery of its first A330 in Toulouse and that the aircraft is in an all-economy 436-passenger seat configuration. It says this aircraft is the first of four that Cebu Pacific has agreed to lease from CIT.

Nok Mini To Launch Flights To Myanmar

Nok Mini, the short-haul turboprop operation affiliated with Thailand’s Nok Air will launch services to Myanmar in September.

The airline says it will start a daily non-stop service on Sept. 1 linking the northern Thai city of Mae Sot to Mawlamyine. Both cities are near the two countries’ border.

Nok Mini also says it will launch a daily non-stop service from Mae Sot to Myanmar’s commercial capital, Yangon, starting Oct. 1. It will deploy a 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft on both routes.

Southeast Asian Carriers Wary Of MA60 After Accidents 

The future of China’s Xian Aircraft MA60 turboprop in commercial service in Southeast Asia appears to be in doubt, given a spate of recent mishaps involving the aircraft.

Tan In Talks To Sell 51% Of PAL 
PAL says that some undisclosed investors have approached majority owner Lucio Tan to buy his 51% stake.
AAPA Gives Rosy Outlook For 2013 

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) is forecasting that carriers in the region will experience an increase in passenger numbers this year, but it stops short of predicting whether that will translate into higher profits.

“We’re not in the business of forecasting profits,” says AAPA Director General Andrew Herdman, adding that with margins “wafer thin” in the airline industry, it is always hard to estimate profits.

Canada's Defense Minister Highlights Importance of New SAR Aircraft 
SINGAPORE - Minister for National Defense Peter MacKay says the request for proposals for search-and-rescue aircraft will be issued by year’s end. The country is using de Havilland Canada DHC-5 Buffalos and older-model C-130s for SAR. (Photo: USAF)
Trainers, Maritime Patrol A Priority For NZ Despite Tight Fiscal Situation 
SINGAPORE - New Zealand continues to face a tight fiscal budget, but is progressing with its plan to get new primary trainer aircraft for its air force, and to replace its Lockheed Martin P-3Ks and C-130Hs next decade. (Photo: USAF)
Vietnam Highlights Issue Holding Back U.S. Defense Sales 
SINGAPORE - Vietnam has a requirement for long-range maritime patrol aircraft, but it can’t buy the aircraft from the United States unless the U.S. government lifts a restriction banning the sale of lethal weapons to Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party government. (P-3 photo: Lockheed Martin)
Timor Leste To Have National Carrier 

The Asian nation of Timor Leste plans to establish its own national carrier to ensure it has more connectivity with Australia and Southeast Asian nations, and help ensure there is more competition on key routes.

NZ Defense Minister Contemplating Changes To Procurement 
SINGAPORE - New Zealand’s defense minister, Jonathan Coleman, is starting to question whether his ministry may need to implement further procurement reforms, particularly for large, complex military programs.
Malaysia's Malindo To Operate 787s 

Competition in Malaysia’s medium-haul market is set to intensify, with Malindo Air disclosing that it plans to operate some of the Boeing 787-8s that its parent company, Indonesia’s Lion Air, has on order.

SIA Commits To 787-10X, Buys More A350-900s
Boeing order conditional on airframer formally launching 787-10x
 
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