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MARCH 2017

Orient Aviation March 2017

Former banker and self-confessed plane spotter, Benyamin Ismail, lives his dream as AirAsia X’s boss

• Hong Kong government’s new tax law sets up city as aircraft leasing hub

• Trump travel backlash

• All Nippon Airways announces CEO succession

• Industry insight: Astonishing pace of region’s route expansion


Cover Story

Finding his true calling

Finally, there is light at the end of the tunnel for Malaysia’s AirAsia X (AAX) following last month’s announcement of the carrier’s first annual profit since its IPO in July 2013. Read More »


Photo Gallery

Orient Aviation Person of the Year Gala Dinner and Award Presentation Photo Gallery Read More »


Main Story

Trump travel backlash

U.S. president, Donald Trump’s executive order that banned travelers from six Arab nations from entering the U.S. may be blocked by the country’s top courts, but the aborted ruling is impacting on the number of tourists to the U.S., including those from one of its fastest growing sources of visitors – the Asia-Pacific. Read More »


Industry Insight Special Report

Route explosion to force consolidation?

Airline consolidation has run its course in the U.S. and is playing out in Europe. Analysts believe the Asia-Pacific will be next on the list. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Thai aviation must survive second ICAO safety audit

Civil aviation standards and ethics have been thorns in the side of Thai Prime Minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, almost from day one of his successful military coup in 2014. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Payments paradise lost?

Why is it necessary for trade body, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), to involve itself in the commercial sector of the air travel industry? Read More »





Hong Kong to challenge Singapore as lessor hub

The Hong Kong government has unveiled a tax legislative framework to attract aircraft leasing businesses to the Special Administrative Region (SAR) to capture some of the billions of dollars the sector earns worldwide for the local economy. Read More »



Lessors demand different MRO deals from manufacturers

The growing presence of original equipment manufacturers (OEM) in the engine MRO aftermarket, forecast to deliver annual growth of 4.1% annually, it is not only about offering cost-effective “power-by-the-hour” service packages. Read More »


Industry Addendum

Aireon and New Zealand to improve South Pacific ATM

Air Navigation Services Provider (ANSP), Airways New Zealand, and Aireon LLC, a global aircraft tracking company, have agreed to co-operate on developing a cross-regional air traffic management procedures. Read More »



Fernandes fights on for single ASEAN AirAsia Group

Air Asia group chief executive, Tony Fernandes, wants countries in Southeast Asia to relax ownership restrictions so he can combine his separate airline units in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines into a single listed ASEAN company. Read More »



President Trump’s impact on travel

Whatever one thinks about U.S. President Donald Trump’s Executive Order (EO) to ban entry of travelers into the U.S. from seven and now six Arab nations, it had an immediate impact on aviation. Read More »