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Main Story

Overcautious governments stifling region’s airline recovery

Despite the gloom and doom of the worst crisis aviation has faced in its history, Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) director general, Subhas Menon, is far from pessimistic about the future of his airline members. Read More »


Main Story

Toil and trouble of travel bubbles

For months, Australia’s politicians have been promising their citizens the opening of a travel bubble with New Zealand, but when it finally eventuated in October, it was not quite what they were expecting. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Passenger rebound no antidote to Mainland airline losses

With air travel in most of the Asia-Pacific struggling for renewed traction in the face of the coronavirus crisis, the country at the epicentre of the pandemic, China, has seen its domestic airline traffic return to near 2019 levels. Read More »


News Backgrounder

More staff cuts on horizon at several Asia-Pacific carriers

Fleet downsizing and job cuts have become the order of the day for some of the Asia-Pacific’s biggest airlines as their operations and finances continue to be rocked by a coronavirus pandemic that refuses to abate. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Razzle dazzle start-up threatens staid Taiwan carriers

The aviation industry of Taiwan became much more interesting in mid-2016 when it was announced Chang Kuo-wei, the former chairman of EVA Air and a prominent figure in Taiwanese aviation, would start his own airline, challenging the long-established duopoly of the country’s two major carriers. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Aircraft cabins safer than most indoor public spaces

It is official, at least as far as the world’s three major commercial jet manufacturers are concerned. Read More »


News Backgrounder

SpiceJet’s foray into air cargo paying off

After this year’s COVID-19 induced lockdown crippled global aviation and brought passenger traffic to a near halt, Indian airlines, like every airline in the world, were confronted with a bleak future. Read More »


Air Cargo

Industry wallflower new belle of aviation ball

The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) chief economist, Brian Pearce, makes it clear just how much pressure aviation’s air cargo operators are experiencing. Read More »


Air Cargo

Industry shifting to post-COVID-19 survival strategies as forward bookings increase

Industry appraisal consultancy, IBA, reported at press time the global airline industry is shifting from managing the COVID-19 crisis to developing strategies for long-term survival. Read More »



Hurdles ahead to achieve hydrogen powered aircraft

Pratt & Whitney senior vice president engineering, Geoff Hunt, is just as excited as everyone else about future propulsion technologies that will ultimately take airlines into a carbon free future. Read More »



Hong Kong’s latest airline on track for third quarter 2021 launch

Hong Kong aviation veteran, Stanley Hui, wants to make it very clear the launch of Greater Bay Airlines (GBA), planned for the third quarter of next year, is not an attempt to grab opportunity in the middle of a pandemic. Read More »



New investors taking charge at Jet Airways

London-based Kalrock Capital and multibillionaire businessman, Murari Lal Jalan, have come together to revive India’s Jet Airways almost 18 months after the country’s oldest private airline went into administration. Read More »



What worked in 2019 may not work in 2021 says Qantas Group boss

With nearly all of its critical international flying grounded, Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, is clearly frustrated with the haphazard approach of the country’s various states to closing their borders between each other. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Sustainability

All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Neste commit to enduring sustainable aviation fuel deal

Japan’s All Nippon Airways has strengthened action in reducing greenhouse gases from aviation with a new agreement to buy sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from Neste, the world’s leading producer of both SAF and renewable diesel. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Manufacturers

Mitsubishi retreats from SpaceJet program even after buying Bombardier’s regional jet business in 2019

After more than a decade of development and an investment of US$10 billion, Japan’s national SpaceJet, or M90, has been suspended, its backer, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has announced. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Technology

Sabre and Google create Artificial Intelligence travel platform

In an industry first, travel technology provider, Sabre, and search engine, Google, are developing an Artificial Intelligence platform, Sabre Travel AI. Read More »



Cash crisis accelerates at region’s airlines

For the second consecutive year, the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has had to drastically rearrange its annual gathering, the Assembly of Presidents of its member airlines. Read More »