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Orient Aviation November 2016

Wang Junjin’s extraordinary journey from roadside hawker to chairman of Shanghai’s Juneyao Airlines

• New Philippines president improves Manila airport operations says airline boss

• ATR pursues market share with a reluctant China

• Nok Air unfairly attacked says its CEO

• Industry insight: Training in the Asia-Pacific: beyond the simulator


Cover Story

From hawker to flying high

Juneyao Group chairman and owner of Shanghai’s Juneyao Airlines, Wang Junjin, started his working life as a teenage hawker of milk and yoghurt, alongside his two brothers, in the poor fishing village of Dayuzhen in Zhejiang province. Read More »


Main Story

More action, less talk

Four principles to reduce terror attacks in aviation were presented in a landmark address by the director general of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) director general, Alexandre de Juniac, at the industry’s annual AVSEC conference, held this year in Kuala Lumpur. Read More »


Industry Insight Special Report

Beyond the simulator

This month, Canadian simulator manufacturer and pilot training group, CAE, and the AirAsia Group will begin testing a pilot training system intended to improve the objective performances of pilots by exploiting the brave new world of data analytics. Read More »


Industry Insight Special Report

Training flourishes as pilot demand escalates

Given the rapid growth of Vietnam’s airline industry, it is surprising the country does not have a single pilot training school. Apart from Viet Flight Training JSC (BayViet), which provides aviation ground training in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam has no civilian flight training organization. Read More »


Industry Insight Special Report

Challenges of the automated flight deck

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has identified loss of control of highly automated aircraft as the single most significant threat to aviation safety. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Building on an extraordinary performance record

Air New Zealand (Air NZ) CEO, Christopher Luxon, has never been shy about his ambitions. “We’re incredibly proud of our achievements in the last five years,” he told Orient Aviation last month. Read More »


News Backgrounder

New Philippines president improves operations at Manila airport says Cebu Pacific

Congestion at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has greatly eased since the election in September of the controversial new president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, the CEO of low-cost carrier, Cebgo, told Orient aviation last month. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Juneyao Airlines expands Star presence in Shanghai

Star Alliance and Juneyao Airlines have formally sealed a strategic partnership which will see the Shanghai-based carrier become a “Connecting Partner (CP)” of Star Alliance, “hopefully before April 2017,” the airline newlyweds told Orient Aviation at a ceremony at Shanghai’s iconic Jin Mao Tower last month. Read More »


News Backgrounder

The hard work begins

When representatives of the world’s aviation regulators, airlines and other interested parties gathered in Montreal in late September for the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s triennial Assembly, they expected the world’s first carbon offsetting scheme for the industry would be approved. Read More »



Nok Air unfairly attacked says its CEO

Patee Sarasin, the flamboyant chief executive of Nok Air, has angrily rejected claims the Thai carrier has one of the worst reputations for cancelling or delaying flights. Read More »



Etihad and Jet still good friends

All is well. That was the message from Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways and India’s Jet Airways last month after India’s Economic Times reported the two airlines were headed in different directions. Read More »



Chinese investors join Virgin Australia board

Two Chinese investors, who bought into Virgin Australia (VA) earlier this year, have named the executives that will join the Australian airline’s board. Read More »



ATR pursues market share with reluctant China buyers

ATR Global head of sales, John Moore, forecasts that regional traffic demand in emerging countries like the Philippines will grow eight times faster than in more mature economies and that turbo props often are the only way to access remote airfields in several countries in the region. Read More »



Industry must unite to thwart terror assault

At long last the aviation industry is developing a global plan to better combat terror attacks aboard its aircraft and at its airports. Read More »