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Asia’s airline news

– Jetstar Asia (jetstar.com) has increased its Singapore-Penang service to twice daily after launching four additional weekly flights.

– Malaysia Airlines (malaysiaairlines.com) has restarted its Kuala Lumpur-Darwin service (five times weekly) and is planning further APAC expansion.

– A proposed joint venture airline between Tata Sons Ltd and Singapore Airlines is likely to begin operations early in 2015, based out of New Delhi.

– In other SIA news (singaporeair.com), the company’s second quarter operating profit for 2013-14 was S$87 million (US$70 million), up by 24.3 percent year-on-year.

– Taiwan-based China Airlines (china-airlines.com) is starting a budget service through a partnership with Tigerair. The Singaporean carrier will take a 10 percent stake in the venture.

– A 31-percent rise in passenger numbers is expected between now and 2017, up to 3.9 billion. And one third of the new passengers will be in the Asia-Pacific region.