The Ukrainian-built plane took off from Perth Airport slightly later than scheduled at 6 am local time, and was farewelled by hundreds of aviation enthusiasts.
Afghanistan supports China's position to resolve the South China Sea issue via bilateral negotiations between countries.
Sri Lanka on Monday announced it has decided to free Indian fishermen who are now in custody for violating maritime boundary laws.
Japan's lower house of parliament on Monday passed a 778 billion yen (7.15 billion US dollars) extra budget for fiscal 2016 with the funds earmarked for the reconstruction and restoration of regions in the southwest that were rocked by earthquakes last month.
Japan will further ease visa requirements for Chinese citizens as part of its plan to attract 40 million foreign tourists every year by 2020.
A Sumatran rhino at an Indonesian sanctuary has given birth in a rare success for efforts to save the critically endangered species.
Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe on Friday denied allegations that he knowingly misused money from his political fund group, rejecting allegations levied at him earlier in the week.
China's position of neither participating in nor accepting the results of the forceful arbitration initiated by the the Philippines over the disputes in the South China Sea does not mean the country disobeys international law, on the contrary, it's defending it.
China on Friday refuted reports in Japanese media on the South China Sea, saying China is garnering support from more and more countries.
China enjoys widespread support for its decision not to accept or take part in a case initiated by the Philippines over the South China Sea.
A senior Chinese diplomat said on Thursday that the Arbitral Tribunal on the South China Sea had no jurisdiction and its ruling would be invalid under international law.
The Singapore-Sichuan Hi-Tech Innovation Park (SSCIP), jointly developed by Singapore and Sichuan province, is looking for investors in the United States, Japan and Europe, mainly in the fields of biomedical sciences and interactive digital media.