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Only the best performance cuts it at Scoot

Scoot CEO Leslie Thng has no hesitation in defining the airline’s ambition. Read More »


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Addressing supply shortfall fundamental to SAF success

If there was one surprise at the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines Assembly of Presidents in November, undoubtedly it was the agreement of the association’s 14 member carriers to target use of 5% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2030 - just six years away. Read More »


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Charting Sustainable Aviation Fuel uptake in the Asia-Pacific

A report just released by financial services firm, KPMG, said the increasingly favorable local policy environment in the Asia-Pacific is prompting a number of players to consider opportunities for SAF development in the region. Read More »


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Looking good for 2024

When it comes to the serious supply chain problems facing airlines most of the focus has been on big ticket items such as aircraft and engine deliveries and spare parts for MRIO shops. Read More »


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Vietnam Airlines returns to AAPA fold

On November 14, the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines announced Vietnam Airlines had rejoined the regional airline lobby association, bringing its membership in 2023 to 15 carriers. Read More »


Orient Aviation 2023 Year in Review


Entering the fourth year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus for Indo-Asia-Pacific airlines was how quickly they could add back capacity and resume flying to suspended destinations across their domestic and international networks. Read More »


Orient Aviation 2023 Year in Review


As the recovery from the pandemic gained momentum, All Nippon Airways (ANA) lifted its full-year net profit and operating revenue estimates in February, stating passenger demand was rapidly recovering after an easing of travel restrictions on domestic flights and the removal of entry restrictions for international flights in many countries. Read More »


Orient Aviation 2023 Year in Review


The Cathay Group financial results, published this month, highlighted the change in market conditions over the course of 2022. Read More »


Orient Aviation 2023 Year in Review


China’s big three airline groups – Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines – this month reported combined losses of 107.8 billion yuan (US$15.2 billion) for calendar 2022, a time when the country was cut off from the rest of the international community and its domestic market was subject to quickly imposed lockdowns to stem local outbreaks of COVID-19. Read More »


Orient Aviation 2023 Year in Review


Singapore Airlines Group (SIA) reported its highest annual net profit in its 76-year history this month, storming back to profitability on the back of “proactive strategic initiatives, pre-emptive preparation when borders remained closed and the hard work, dedication and sacrifices of its employees”. Read More »


Orient Aviation 2023 Year in Review


When the aviation community gathered in Istanbul this month for the International Air Transport Association (IATA) annual general meeting, they were greeted with the positive news that the lobby group had more than doubled its calendar 2023 profit forecast for the airline industry, albeit on a still slender 1.2% profit margin. Read More »


Orient Aviation 2023 Year in Review


Through much of the second half of 2023, a very public debate took place between U.S. carriers about the allocation of highly sought after take-off and landing slots at Tokyo Haneda airport. Read More »


Orient Aviation 2023 Year in Review


The month was dominated by financial results from airlines across the region and they announced plenty of positive news. Read More »


Orient Aviation 2023 Year in Review


This year’s long farewell for Alan Joyce ahead of his resignation as Qantas Group CEO in November was abruptly cut short this month. Read More »


Orient Aviation 2023 Year in Review


Severe financial pressure forced MYAirline to suspend all operations this month. Read More »


Orient Aviation 2023 Year in Review


It was this month in 2020 when the South Korea government proposed merging the country’s two largest airline groups, with Korean Air to take over Asiana Airlines. Read More »


Orient Aviation 2023 Year in Review


International Air Transport Association (IATA) director-general, Willie Walsh, said at the lobby group’s global media day in Geneva early this month the outlook was for “more normal growth patterns” in 2024. Read More »


News Backgrounder

No need to fear the impact of Artificial Intelligence

Ask Jitendra Sindhwani, president of Washington, DC-based global travel software company, ibssoftware, if AI could become a danger to humanity and the companies that use it and he can’t help but laugh. Read More »


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Risky but lucrative business

Airlines across the world may be ordering hundreds of new aircraft as pandemic recovery continues but they are not ordering for today because they can get deliveries, said departing BOC Aviation CEO, Robert Martin. Read More »



Average airline profit per passenger seat is US$5.45 – the cost of a Starbucks latte

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) may have announced strengthened profit projections for airlines in 2023 and an expectation of improved income in 2024, but it also pointed out earlier this month the industry’s global net profitability is predicted to be well below the cost of capital in both years. Read More »



Another casualty of war

Spoofing or jamming of vital commercial aircraft navigation systems have been increasing, largely exacerbated by global conflicts, International Air Transport Association (IATA) Senior Vice President Operations, Safety and Security, Nick Careen, said at the association’s Global Media gathering in early December. Read More »



Time for the oil majors to invest in SAF production

The decision by the 14 members of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) to have 5% of their fuel needs met by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2030 is certainly brave. Read More »