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Orient Aviation February 2016

Targetting budget travellers’ hotspots has fast tracked HK Express to success says CEO Andrew Cowen

• Turkish Airlines’ goal: 5% of the world’s passengers

• Taiwan’s transit door pushed ajar

• ASEAN open skies proves elusive

• SPECIAL REPORT: Singapore’s aerospace ascendancy


Cover Story

Express ride to success

It may be only 27 months old, but Hong Kong’s budget airline, HK Express, has carved out a profitable identity among the city’s cost sensitive travelers at a time when many Asian LCCs are struggling to make money. Read More »


Main Story

ASEAN open skies proves elusive

ASEAN‘s (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) planned Open Skies has missed its 2015 year end deadline with most analysts agreeing full implementation remains elusive. Read More »


Executive Interview

Boundless ambition

If there ever was a man in the right place at the right time, it is Dr. Temel Kotil. The CEO and deputy chairman of Turkish Airlines, backed by a committed government and a newly arrived group of private shareholders (50.88%) is focused on a singular goal: transforming Turkish Airlines into the best airline in the world. Read More »


Special Report: Singapore Aerospace

Singapore consolidates aerospace supremacy

Singapore’s position as the region’s leading aviation hub is unassailable. For the last two decades, Singapore’s aerospace industry has grown at an average of 10% a year. Read More »


Special Report: Singapore Aerospace

Pratt & Whitney strengthens Singapore hub

Pratt & Whitney – and Singapore - will celebrate the opening of the American company’s manufacturing facility in Southeast Asia this month, consolidating the city’s position as the region’s major aerospace hub. Read More »


Special Report: Singapore Aerospace

Closing the time zone divide

It has been a year since Rolls-Royce’s first Singapore-built Trent 1000 engine was officially launched, aptly bound for a B787 Dreamliner operated by Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) LCC subsidiary, Scoot. Read More »


Special Report: Singapore Aerospace

Singapore steps up aerospace training

Singapore has continued its drive to make training a vital component in its aerospace agenda. In January, the country’s Senior Minister of State for Transport, Josephine Teo, officially opened a US$21 million training centre to equip students and working adults with the skills required by the aerospace industry. Read More »




China Update

China ignores IATA’s reservations about its new slot auctions

The International Air Transport Association moved quickly after China announced in early December that it planned to auction slots at overcrowded Shanghai Pudong and Guangzhou Baiyun airports. Read More »


China Update

Taiwan’s transit door pushed ajar

Taiwan’s China Airlines was clearly elated with the news that Beijing had agreed to allow travelers from some Chinese cities to transit through Taiwan for the first time. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Cyber toys threaten flight safety

When director general of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA), Andrew Herdman, delivered his annual report card on air safety last month, he declared 2015 the safest on record worldwide and a very good year for Asia-Pacific jet operators. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Airbus tops order book in 2015

For the world’s big two commercial jet manufacturers, January is report card time and only one of them can top the class. In 2015, that honor went to Toulouse-based Airbus. But Boeing was by no means a loser. Read More »





Singapore’s aerospace supremacy

The reasons for Singapore’s success as the region’s primary aerospace hub are no mystery. Read More »


Business Digest

Lower fares help spur Asia-Pacific International passenger expansion

For Asia-Pacific carriers, international air passenger demand continued to record strong growth in November, with 22.4 million international passengers carried by the region’s airlines, which was 6.6% more than the same month last year. Read More »