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APRIL 2018

Orient Aviation April 2018

Jet Airways CEO, Vinay Dube, is focused on building a full service network that “follows the money”

• Tailored charter services rejuvenating Japanese tourism into Australia

• Qatar Airways commits to expansion despite mounting losses

• India outpacing China in air passenger growth

• INDUSTRY INSIGHT SPECIAL REPORT: Asia-Pacific carriers lead world in cabin innovation


Cover Story

Following the money

After more than three decades working outside India, recently appointed Jet Airways CEO, Vinay Dube, has come home. Read More »


Executive Interview

Australia charts new territory for Japanese tourists

It has been a busy start to 2018 for Australia’s Alliance Airlines, the world’s largest operator of Fokker jets and turboprops. Read More »


Industry Insight Special Report

Asia-Pacific carriers lead world in cabin innovation

Airlines in the Asia-Pacific continue to lead the world in onboard innovation, cabin comfort and digital connectivity. Read More »


Industry Insight Special Report

Flight Centre loses out to Australia’s competition watch dog

The travel industry is still digesting the implications of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) December victory over listed Flight Centre in a dispute centring around alleged attempts to fix fares. Read More »


News Backgrounder

All Nippon Airways widens LCC gap over Japan Airlines

ANA HOLDINGS INC (ANAHD) confirmed industry expectations in March when it announced the two low-cost carriers (LCC) in its portfolio would be merged into Japan’s biggest LCC by March 31, 2020. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Qatar carries on regardless as losses continue to climb

Outspoken Qatar Airways group CEO, Akbar al Baker, is not burying his head in the sand when comes to the circumstances of his carrier. Read More »


News Backgrounder

India outpaces China in air passenger growth

Air traffic growth in India has overtaken every other country in the world a series of recent forecasts have revealed. Read More »


News Backgrounder

South Korea clamps down on rogue budget carriers

South Korea will tighten conditions for start-up low-cost carriers in the country “to improve the overall quality of the airline industry with fair competition”, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced last month. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Design challenges ahead for Boeing’s New Midsize Airplane

Boeing announced at last year’s Paris Air Show that it planned to launch a New Midsize Airplane (NMA). Read More »


News Backgrounder

Korean Air benefits from UK funding for Bombardier C Series planes

South Korea’s Korean Air (KAL) is the beneficiary of a policy revision by the UK’s Britain’s export credit agency, UK Export Finance (UKEF). Read More »



AirAsia’s Fernandes has Myanmar on his mind

AirAsia Group is not slowing down in its drive to establish budget joint ventures across the region, particularly in Southeast Asia. Read More »





Mainland harnesses Big Data to improve industry behaviour

Mainland China is pushing hard to implement “Social Credit” regulations in its aviation sector with rules that apply to foreign and local carriers, the International Air Transport Association’s assistant general counsel, Max Xie, told the association’s recent legal symposium in Bangkok. Read More »



HNA Group’s Gategroup IPO collapses

What is HNA Group going to offload next? Read More »



Qantas looks to “Project Sunrise” after Perth-London nonstop takes off

Speaking to Asia’s CNBC Interview soon after the high of travelling on Qantas’ inaugural nonstop Perth to London flight, Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, predicted Project Sunrise, i.e. nonstop flights between Australia’s eastern seaboard cities and London as well as potentially Sydney-New York, could be as close as 2022. Read More »



Drone’s near miss with aircraft in Auckland shakes up regulators

Air New Zealand (Air NZ) has called for “tougher deterrents” on the use of drones after one of the airline’s B777s, with 278 passengers onboard, was within five metres of a collision with a drone as the aircraft approached Auckland airport. Read More »


Industry Addendum

Rolls-Royce breaks ground on testbed at UK headquarters

Teams at global engine manufacturer, Rolls-Royce, broke ground on a new testbed at the company’s Derby headquarters last month. Read More »


Industry Addendum

AFI KLM E&M and Vietnam Airlines renew long term partnership

European headquartered AFI KLKM E&M and Vietnam Airlines have signed a 12-year flight hour support contract for the GEnx engines that power the carrier’s B787s, a part of the airline’s fleet that will increase to 19 by 2021. Read More »


Industry Addendum

Air China and CFM inaugurate China MRO facility

Sichuan Services Aero Engine Maintenance Company (SSAMC), a joint venture between Air China and CFM International, has inaugurated a 43,880 square metre centre in Chengdu that will expand its capability to conduct MRO on up to 300 CFM and LEAP engines a year. Read More »


Industry Addendum

SITA promises India seamless biometric air travel

Air Transport IT provider, SITA, plans to take advantage of India’s acceptance of automated biometric identity checks to market its common use and Smart Path technology at airports across the nation. Read More »


Industry Addendum

China Eastern Airlines and GE Aviation sign digital service agreement

Shanghai’s China Eastern Airlines (CEA) and GE Aviation signed a three-year comprehensive digital analytics solution for CEA’s fleet of more than 700 aircraft last month. Read More »


Industry Addendum

Singapore companies target airport development projects in region

ST Engineering and urban and airport planners, Surbana Jurong Pte Ltd and Changi Airport Planners and Engineers Pte Ltd (CAPE) have joined forces to participate in the region’s airport development and services sectors. Read More »


Industry Addendum

SpiceJet to boost fleet with B737MAX 8s

Indian low-cost carrier, SpiceJet, has signed long-term leases for five B737MAX 8s with CDB Aviation, a wholly owned subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co. Ltd. Read More »



Getting there in India?

India’s airport infrastructure is close to crisis mode. Read More »