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Orient Aviation December 2016-January 2017


Alan Joyce
CEO and Managing Director, Qantas Airways

But no let up on costs campaign says Qantas Airways CEO, Alan Joyce

• Year in review: Aviation feats and faces in 2016


Cover Story

Savouring the profit sweet spot

The worst of times and the best of times. That is the sum of Alan Joyce’s last five years as Qantas Airways CEO. Back then, in 2011, bitter union disputes and record losses had taken the iconic Flying Kangaroo to its lowest point in recent history. Read More »


Main Story

More volatility ahead

A rising oil price, sustained over capacity, currency fluctuations, increased borrowing costs and global political uncertainty are the major threats Asia-Pacific airlines face in the coming year. Read More »


Year in Review

The way we were in 2016

It’s been another year of challenges for the region’s airlines with mixed financial results, intensifying competition, unresolved airport and air traffic congestion and plenty of global uncertainty. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Pace quickens at MAB as the carrier plans its A380 pilgrimage airline

Within Malaysia Airlines (MAB), the planned high density spin off airline the flag carrier eventually hopes to sell on is called Project Hope. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Right place, right time

Walter Dias, United Airlines managing director for Greater China and Korea, is no fly in, fly out North American airline executive that local managements often encounter. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Philippine Airlines continues resurgence under Bautista

Philippine Airlines (PAL) president and chief operating officer will report lower profits for his airline this year compared with the carrier’s net profit of $129 million in 2015. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Unbridled ambition

China-controlled Hong Kong Airlines (HX) has had more than its share of critical headlines since it launched a decade ago. Read More »


Distribution Systems

Budget airlines break ground with new booking system

Air Black Box (ABB), the UK-based multi-carrier booking system, whose platform facilitated the launch of the low-cost carrier Value Alliance, has attracted two Asia-Pacific carriers as investors. Read More »



Airbus’ A350-1000 completes maiden flight

In comments typical of the combatant relationship between the world’s top two aircraft manufacturers, Airbus president and CEO, Fabrice Brégier, told Orient Aviation at the ceremony to mark the A350-1000 maiden flight in Toulouse last month that the new aircraft “has killed the B777-300ER”. Read More »



Asia’s top ten megahubs in 2016

Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International airport was the Asia-Pacific’s most connected airport, reports air travel intelligence provider, OAG, in its annual report on the world’s top 50 megahub airports. Read More »



Indian court rules Kingfisher Airlines be wound up

In November, an Indian court ruled that V. J. Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines be wound up after the bankrupt airline failed to settle a US$6 million debt with U.K. component supplier, Aerotron. Read More »



China Aircraft Leasing delivers to HNA Group low-cost carriers

HNA Group controlled low-cost carriers, Lucky Air and West Air, each took delivery of an A320 from Hong Kong-based Mainland lessor, China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings (CALC), last month. Read More »



Into the unknown

As another year draws to a close, Asia-Pacific airlines can look back on a relatively stable 12 months. Fuel prices have remained moderate. Passenger traffic continues to grow. Read More »