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JUNE 2016

Orient Aviation June 2016

Cathay Pacific Airways must be irresistible to passengers if they are to choose the airline each time they fly, says leadership triumvirate

• ANA parent company buys 8.8 % of Vietnam Airlines

• Ruili Airlines chairman: from roadside hawker to billionaire boss

• Jeju Air CEO sees Asia LCC model changing

• SPECIAL REPORT: GDSs under threat from new industry supported technology

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Cover Story

Being irresistible

Gathered in a Swire executive suite that takes in the sweep of Hong Kong’s iconic harbor and skyline, Cathay Pacific Airways’ John Slosar, Ivan Chu and Rupert Hogg could not look more relaxed. Read More »


Lunch with Orient Aviation

Cathay Pacific Airways and Swire Pacific chairman, John Slosar, identified six airline trends when he addressed the second Lunch With Orient Aviation in Hong Kong in May. Read More »


Main Story

Determining the impact of the China factor

After a near disastrous start to the year and a short lived recovery in March, the Chinese economy is once again heading in the wrong direction. Read More »


Executive Interview

The ruler of Ruili Airlines

Travelling to Ruili is difficult. From Hong Kong, Orient Aviation flew to Kunming, Yunnan’s capital city, then onto Mangshi, the capital of Dehong prefecture deep in the Mainland’s southwest. Read More »


Special Report

Adapt or disappear

Airline Global Distribution Systems (GDSs) have come a long way since they were created in the 1980s for airlines to more easily sell seats cost effectively across all borders. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Upstart VietJet stalking flag carrier in home market

Analysts are predicting Vietnam Airlines’ (VNA) domination of the country’s domestic market will be overtaken this year by the privately owned and extremely ambitious low-cost carrier, VietJet. Read More »


News Backgrounder

ANA parent confirms investment in Vietnam Airlines

Following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in January, ANA Holdings (ANAH) has formally agreed to purchase 8.8% of Vietnamese flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines, for US$109 million. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Asia suffers in on time performance lottery

The good news for air travelers is that despite growing air traffic and congestion issues in many parts of the world their trip through an airport and their chances of on-time departure are better than ever. Read More »


Low-Cost Carriers

Stepping up the game

Exuberant Nok Air chief executive, Patee Sarisin, has absolutely no doubts about the future of the new eight airline Value Alliance. “It’s going to be enormous,” he told Orient Aviation at its launch in Singapore last month. Read More »


Low-Cost Carriers

Jeju Air’s leap of faith in joining the Value Alliance

It may seem unusual that in South Korea, with its population of 51.5 million people, that a local budget carrier would operate four domestic routes but have a network of 27 international destinations. Read More »



China slowdown a temporary blip for airlines?

Concern about China’s slowing economy and its impact on Asia-Pacific aviation is the subject of daily industry analysis. Read More »