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Cover Story

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A stuttering global economy, trade wars, social unrest and extreme weather events. Read More »


Executive Interview

Saudia’s long haul to profit includes attracting pilgrims from Asia

When Mexican-born Jaan Albrecht, former head of the Star Alliance, became chief executive of Saudia three years ago, his new employer told him the flag carrier “must grow, grow, grow”. Read More »


News Backgrounder

IATA’S NDC “once in a generation opportunity” for airline industry

Airlines are facing disruption driven by technology and customers, said Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) senior vice president of sales and marketing at an industry conference in Bangkok last month. Read More »




News Backgrounder

Japan Airlines prefers Malaysia Airlines joint venture to equity

As the Malaysian government moves closer to identifying the chosen investor in Malaysia Airlines (MAS), from a reported list of four candidates, Japan Airlines (JAL) told Orient Aviation it was not interested in part ownership of the flag carrier. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Airlines will pay price for punitive new tariffs

Last month, the U.S. introduced import tariffs on $7.5 billion of European goods. Read More »




Air Cargo

Region’s air cargo business doing it hard

At the world’s biggest cargo hub, Hong Kong, one of the industry’s major air freight operators, Cathay Pacific Airways, last month revealed a hint of optimism in its latest freight statistics. Read More »



Pain continues for Hong Kong’s aviation industry

The latest monthly statistics for Hong Kong airlines, to September, show Cathay Pacific Airways passenger numbers declined by 7.1% for the 30 days reported with inbound passenger numbers plummeting 38%. Read More »



AirAsia Group going back to basics for intercontinental expansion

Launch of long-haul low-cost flights to Europe and U.S. will focus on underserved destinations, AirAsia Group CEO, Tony Fernandes, told associate editor and chief correspondent, Tom Ballantyne, from Tokyo last month. Read More »



Joyce plans re-fleeting, Project Sunrise decision and a leaner head office for Qantas

Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, told Australian media early this month the airline group would decide on a replacement for its domestic short-haul fleet of 75 737s by December next year. Industry analysts price the order at US$5 billion. Read More »


Industry Addendum: MRO and Components

AFI KLM E&M to recycle aircraft parts from new teardown subsidiary

Global MRO, AFI KLM E&M, will establish an aircraft disassembly plant to improve its supply of component and engine spare parts. Read More »




Industry Addendum: MRO and Components

AJW Group joint venture sets up in Hong Kong

Global specialist in management of aircraft spares, the AJW Group, has formed a joint venture with Greavia Limited to expand its market share in China. Read More »


Industry Addendum: MRO and Components

Lufthansa Technik and Collins Aerospace sign A380 MRO landing gear agreement

Lufthansa Technik and Collins Aerospace are pooling their respective areas of expertise to provide A380 landing gear MRO services. Read More »




Industry Addendum: MRO and Components

Mainland accredits CALC’s aircraft disassembly joint venture

The China Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has accredited MRO and aircraft part out joint venture, FL ARI Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering Co. Ltd, to undertake airliner disassembly. Read More »


Industry Addendum: MRO and Components

AAR trials MRO drone inspections at Miami shop

At AAR’s Miami facility, fully automated drones are being integrated into the global MRO provider’s operations in a 12-month pilot program. Read More »


Industry Addendum: MRO and Components

TP Aerospace adopts Ideagen software to enhance global expansion and its focus on the Asia-Pacific

Copenhagen-headquartered TP Aerospace, a leading aftermarket supplier of wheels and brakes to the airline industry, is adopting Ideagen’s Q-Pulse quality management software to support the company’s Green Sunrise global growth plan. Read More »




Industry Addendum: MRO and Components

CFM signs engine MRO deal with Colorful Guizhou Airlines

During French President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit to China early this month, Colorful Guizhou Airlines and CFMI finalized a 12-year Rate-Per-Flight-Hour (RPFH) Agreement for the LEAP-1A engines that will power the airline’s future fleet of up to 35 A320neo, along with five spare engines. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Technology

All Nippon Airways parent developing outdoor Avatar robot

Airline industry leader, ANA HOLDINGS INC. (ANA HD) and Agility Robotics, a spinoff of Oregon State University in the U.S., are developing an outdoor-capable Avatar robot. Read More »


Industry Addendum: People

ATR adds Eric Segura to senior management team

With more than 30 years of experience in the Airbus group, Eric Segura, 55, is embarking on a new role as ATR senior vice president procurement and supply chain. Read More »


Industry Addendum: People

Safran board selects future CEO, Olivier Andries

After a one-year transition, Olivier Andries will succeed Philippe Petitcolin as CEO of aerospace manufacturer, Safran, on January 1, 2021. Read More »


Industry Addendum: People

BOC Aviation names CCO for Asia-Pacific and Middle East

Following the retirement of Gao Jinyue, 43-year old Deng Lei (Lenny), is the new CCO of lessor BOC Aviation for the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. Read More »



Asia-Pacific airlines ‘old hands’ at dealing with industry volatility

As the year comes to a close, several challenges persist for Asia-Pacific carriers that are peculiar to the region. Read More »