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Cover Story

Person of his people

It may not have been foresight but it certainly turned out to be prophetic. Read More »


Main Story

Airlines frustrated and pandemic weary

It may have been a relief for the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to hold an actual in-person AGM, particularly after the postponement and then unavoidable cancellation of the annual gathering planned for Amsterdam in 2020. Read More »


Special Reports: Aircraft Leasing

Gains from pandemic pain on horizon for aviation lessors

Forecasts of the growth in the aircraft leasing industry in the next few years vary wildly but whichever way you look at it, there is little doubt it is going to be a great business to be in. Read More »


Special Reports: Aircraft Leasing

Lessor consolidation ahead? Or maybe not?

There is no doubt these have been turbulent times for the world’s aircraft lessors. Read More »


Special Reports: Aircraft Leasing

“Busy times” for engine lessors as airlines right size fleets

There are busy times ahead for aircraft engine lessors, sector insiders predict. Read More »


Special Reports: Aircraft Leasing

Airline financial standings worsen for regional aircraft lessors

Even though their customers are not using their aircraft in hard-hit long-haul markets lessors of regional jets and turboprops have had just as many hurdles to jump during the pandemic. Read More »


News Backgrounder

ATR facing most challenging time in its history as it turns 40

With anticipation building for ATR’s 40th anniversary celebrations next month, the turboprop manufacturer is ensuring the occasion will be special with the announcement of a world first customer-centric digitized initiative designed to support the digitalizing of the industry in the post-pandemic era. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Tsunami of the skies ahead for India’s airlines

Many sectors of India’s economy remain in the throes of coping with the shock of the global pandemic, but the country’s aviation industry has been worse hit than most after the shutdown of flights in March 2020 and the emergence of a second wave of COVID-19 in April and May this year. Read More »


News Backgrounder

India’s new ultra-low-cost carrier, Akasa, chasing opportunity post the COVID-19 crisis

Realms of academic literature dictate crises are the best times for business start-ups. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Airline leaders predict a “brain drain” from aviation industry

In its Leaders in Aviation Survey 2021, global aviation recruiter, GOOSE recruitment, said 60% of those surveyed believed the pandemic would discourage people from joining the aviation industry. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Down Mexico way for Asia’s airlines?

Mexico calling. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Boom times for EVA Air cargo

The year 2021 has brought EVA Airways (EVA), one of Taiwan’s two leading airlines, recognition for its passenger service, winning awards from AirlineRatings, Travel + Leisure, SKYTRAX, and for the first time, Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice award. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Partnerships critical for Embraer’s Eve Air Mobility expansion in Asia-Pacific

Eve Air Mobility (Eve) vice president of business development, David Rottblatt, says there is great potential for urban air mobility in the Asia-Pacific as travellers seek to retrieve time lost from traffic congestion in cities across the region. Read More »



IATA boss delivers dressing down to global airports

International Air Transport Association (IATA) director general, Willie Walsh, certainly lived up to his reputation for straight talking on the first day of the airline lobby group’s Annual General Meeting in Boston, virtually declaring war on airports and air navigation service providers (ANSPs) by accusing them of outrageous price gouging to recover pandemic losses. Read More »



Air services providers deny allegations of price gouging

Air Navigation Services Providers (ANSP) have strongly refuted accusations they are taking advantage of their monopolistic presence in aviation to price-gouge airlines debt stricken by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More »



Battle to overcome passenger vaccine hesitancy

Convincing travellers to return to the skies as the world recovers from COVID-19 may be easier in some countries than others, a recent survey charting passenger behavior has shown. Read More »



China overruled on emissions targets for airlines

IATA may have approved a resolution for the global air transport industry to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, but it was the one item on the first day of the association’s annual general meeting (AGM) in Boston that did not go through unopposed. Read More »



Hong Kong LCC receives AOC

Hong Kong’s Civil Aviation Authority has approved an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) for the special administrative region’s newest carrier, Greater Bay Airlines. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Communications

Honeywell Aerospace unveils cockpit cloud communications technology

Honeywell Aerospace has unveiled Anthem, the aviation industry’s first cloud-connected cockpit system. Read More »


Industry Addendum: MRO and Components

Pratt & Whitney and MTU Maintenance Zhuhai to overhaul their first GTF engine in China

Global engine and component manufacturer and engine services provider, Pratt & Whitney, has inducted its first MRO of a GTF engine at the MTU MRO facility in Zhuhai, Southern China. Read More »



What are they thinking?

No-one should have been surprised by the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) stinging attack on airports and air navigation service providers (ANSPs) with some of them accused of price gouging to recover pandemic losses at the expense of their airline customers. Read More »