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MAY 2016

Orient Aviation May 2016

AirAsia Group CEO, Tony Fernandes, is determined to prove critics wrong about his LCC “baby”

• Separation but not divorce across the Tasman

• Testing times for aerospace “big guns”

• An airline house divided as favoured EVA son ousted

• SPECIAL REPORT: Developing a seamless Asian air traffic management network


Cover Story

Back in the driving seat

AirAsia Group CEO, Tony Fernandes, is not one to make excuses about anything, including his own missteps. He quickly conceded to Orient Aviation last month that there was a lot of truth in suggestions by some critics that his large portfolio of non-airline businesses meant he had taken his eye off the ball at the low-cost carrier group. Read More »


Main Story

Testing times for aerospace big guns

The belief that the small number of global aircraft and engine manufacturers concentrates power in the hands of the few when setting aftermarket services rates is to be tested by the European Union (EU). Read More »


Special Report

Politics limits congestion improvements

If there is one issue that unites airlines, air navigation service providers (ANSPs) and airports it is the belief that the region’s governments are not moving fast enough to address the damage the region’s increasingly crowded skies is doing to their businesses. Read More »


News Backgrounder

An airline house divided

When EVA Air’s then chairman and qualified pilot, Captain Chang Kuo-wei, flew out of Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport on March 11, in command of the regular B777-300ER service to Singapore, he had no idea what he was leaving behind. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Tenure of Jet Airways CEO uncertain

Who’s next, Naresh?” is often asked of the Jet Airways chairman when he is in India following CEO Cramer Ball’s February departure from Jet Airways, the airline Goyal founded in 1992. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Separation but not divorce across the Tasman

The aviation chattering classes came alive when Air NZ’s CEO, Christopher Luxon, suddenly announced he was resigning from the board of Virgin Australia (VA) and that the Auckland-based carrier was considering selling its 25.9% investment in the airline. At one stage, it was reported Luxon had “cleared his diary” and was heading overseas to finalize a quick sale. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Virgin Australia leads region in emissions reductions

Virgin Australia is one of the top three least polluting airlines in the world and the cleanest airline in the Asia-Pacific, a study conducted by the University of Warwick’s Warwick Business School has reported. Read More »


News Backgrounder

France’s de Juniac to take charge at IATA

There is universal agreement that International Air Transport Association (IATA) director general and CEO, Tony Tyler, will be a hard act to follow when he steps down at the organization’s AGM in June. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Malaysia forced to backtrack on pre-emptive fee strike

When Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) told airlines early last month they would have to pay up to ten times more in fees for aviation services from April 15, it was an unwelcome shock. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Running behind

A new report has confirmed that the Asia-Pacific continues to lead the world in airport construction and development. Timetric’s Construction Intelligence Center (CIC) Global Airports Construction Projects study revealed increased investment in new or expanded airports was climbing in the region despite the economic uncertainty of recent years. Read More »


News Backgrounder

China investors acquire second European airport

After its successful bid for 49% of Toulouse Blagnac airport in south west France last year, Hong Kong listed China Everbright Ltd (CEL) and Chinese funded asset manager, Friedman Pacific , have agreed to acquire Tirana International Airport SHPK, the operator of Albania’s capital city airport, via a jointly held company, Keen Dynamics Ltd. Read More »



Debt laden Mallya absconds to Britain as creditors close in

Believed to be resident in a US$15 million mansion on the northern outskirts of London, V. J. Mallya, the playboy owner of bankrupt Indian carrier, Kingfisher Airlines, has had his Indian passport revoked and been stripped of his membership of the indirectly elected Upper House of India’s national parliament. Read More »



Etihad’s Hogan stands his ground on open skies

Delivering the keynote address at The Wings Club, New York, in April, Etihad Airways’ James Hogan said his airline was “a tiny player in the U.S. air travel market, with less than 0.01% of daily international departures”. However, he said, “we have been able to offer major benefits to the United States”. Read More »



Striking a balance

Airlines have had it easy at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Some fees and charges have not changed for almost 40 years, an era that included operations at the city’s former international airport at Subang and the construction and equipping of the present 18-year-old KLIA and its support facilities. Read More »