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Orient Aviation September 2016

His budget carrier was “made in Japan” but it will be an Asian brand, says Peach Aviation boss, Shinichi Inoue

• Big Data is an industry weapon

• China names and shames aviation sinners

• Duty free tycoon “a hands off” investor at Thai AirAsia

• Industry insight: Independent MROs underdogs in aftermarket business battle


Cover Story

Natural born airline leader

Joint venture budget carrier CEO, Peach Aviation Ltd’s Shinichi Inoue is a very different kind of Japanese boss. Read More »


Main Story

Airlines ignore the big data bandwagon at their peril

Cathay Pacific Airways chairman, John Slosar, said in May that unless airlines are spending big on Big Data and data analytics today they will be falling behind. Read More »


Industry Insight Special Report

Independent MROs underdogs in after market price war

Airline MRO aftermarket services is lucrative business for major aircraft and engine manufacturers and equipment suppliers. It also is becoming a major arena of conflict between OEMs and their customers. Read More »


Industry Insight Special Report

China’s winning ways boost HAECO group

HAECO’s shareholders could not be happier. They are receiving a special interim dividend after the Hong Kong headquartered company posted a 337.4% spike in interim net profit, to $143.2 million. Read More »


Industry Insight Special Report

MTU Aero Engines propels ahead

MTU Aero Engines reported its third consecutive quarter of record revenue from its MRO division in late July, with business proving particularly brisk for maintenance of engines for single aisle A320s. Read More »


Air Safety

Indonesia cleared to fly to U.S after nine year ban lifted

After nine years of excommunication from the U.S. market, Indonesia’s airlines learned last month that they can re-start flying to the U.S. Read More »


Regional Aviation

Asia-Pacific airlines lead demand for regional jets

Despite the fact that the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China’s (COMAC), ARJ-21 regional jet made its June commercial debut ten years behind schedule it does not mean it is without customers. Read More »


Farnborough Air Show

Asian airlines keep tills ringing at Farnborough

The big aircraft manufacturers may have sold around $62 billion worth of jets at the Farnborough air show in July, but the sales figures were a long, long way from the record $204 billion signed at the previous UK show in 2014. Read More »


Inflight Entertainment

Reliable WiFi determines passengers’ airline choices

A study by diversified aerospace technology and manufacturing conglomerate, Honeywell Aerospace, has warned airlines they risk losing customers if their onboard WiFi disappoints passengers. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Malaysia’s biggest airline group bumps up against monopoly operator

AirAsia Group chief executive, Tony Fernandes, and the head of the airline’s Malaysia arm, Aireen Omar, have no doubts about the purpose of Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s (KLIA) second terminal. Read More »



News Backgrounder

Mainland regulator names and shames airline sinners

In an effort to curb malpractice, the CAAC has published its first ever industry blacklist, naming and shaming four executives and a training school in the process, and banning them from the industry for life. Read More »


News Backgrounder

European LCC warrior succeeds Mueller at Malaysia Airlines

Christoph Mueller prematurely departed Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB), bound for Emirates Airline on July 1, two months earlier than originally planned, in a truncated resignation period that disappointed the airline reformists at the Kuala Lumpur-based flag carrier and also his industry fans. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Evolution rather than revolution at Thai AirAsia

Thai tycoon and owner of English Premier League champions, Leicester City, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, told Thai media he will adopt a “hands off” approach to his latest business acquisition, Thai AirAsia (TAA). Read More »


News Backgrounder

China remains at the top of Asia-Pacific domestic air travel table

The unstoppable expansion of Asia-Pacific airlines continued across the globe in 2015, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said in its latest World Air Transport Statistics (WATS) report. Read More »



Malaysia airport operator locks horns with country’s biggest airlines

Malaysia’s transport minister, Liow Tiong Lai, is stuck between a rock and a hard place as the country’s two biggest airline groups slug it out with Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad (MAHB) over fees, charges, airport nomenclature and substandard terminal and runway maintenance. Read More »



Industry legend, Joe Sutter, dies aged 95

Legendary Boeing 747 designer, Joe Sutter, the aeronautical engineer who led the design of the world’s first wide body passenger and cargo aircraft, the double decker B747, passed away on August 30. Read More »



Stellar returns at Air New Zealand and Qantas but Virgin Australia remains in loss

Air New Zealand continues to punch above its weight with the announcement of a full year profit, to June 30, of NZ$463 million (US$338 million), an increase of 42% over the previous year. Read More »



THAI accepts first of 12 A350s

Thai Airways International (THAI) became the eighth operator of the A350-900 at the end of last month when it took delivery of the first of 12 A350-900s it has on order. Read More »



Terrible twos knock out Taiwan’s V Air

What a difference a month can make. When your correspondent spoke to V Air chief executive, Eleni Lung, in August, the mood was light, cheerful even. Read More »



UK probes Airbus over fraud and bribery allegations

Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has launched a criminal investigation into suspected fraud, bribery and corruption in connection with commercial airplane sales by Airbus, parent Airbus Group said. Read More »



Big data is a weapon

In 2016, airlines can reach their customers in ways undreamt of not so long ago. Read More »