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JUNE 2017

Orient Aviation June 2017

Chairman Nuan-Hsuan Ho has adapted the airline’s strategy to Taiwan’s changed political climate

• China to open more civilian airspace

• Japan’s low-cost carrier, Peach Aviation, accepts bitcoin

• THAI makes progress in leadership search

• Industry insight: Big Data changing face of Asia-Pacific aviation


Cover Story

New normal for Taiwan’s China Airlines

For years, Taiwanese carriers were excited by an expected breakthrough in cross strait transfer traffic from the Mainland. They hoped the Chinese government would lift bans on travellers transiting onward from the Mainland to North America and beyond. Read More »


Main Story

Unintended consequences

Plans by the U.S. government to extend its March ban on onboard Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) beyond the Middle East and North Africa have propelled the controversial ruling to the top of the global airline agenda. Read More »


Industry Insight Special Report

No place to hide from impact of Big Data

Big Data and its impact on aviation has gripped the industry. At every major conference, from airline and airport operations to MRO, customer service and marketing, safety and security, it is central to industry discussions. Read More »


Industry Insight Special Report

Getting to the heart of the engine

Engine manufacturer and MRO, Pratt & Whitney, has developed a software tool, EngineWise, that uses Big Data collection to forecast and improve maintenance across all its commercial aviation product family. Read More »


Industry Insight Special Report

Frantic pressure of keeping up with customer expectations

Big data and data analytics now offer airlines greater opportunities to determine travel trends than at any time in history. Read More »


Industry Insight Special Report

MRO transformed by Big Data

Two of Asia’s major airlines are the first carriers in the world to sign up for a maintenance service program that utilizes connectivity and data analytics to improve maintenance quality and reduce airline downtime. Read More »


News Backgrounder

AirAsia wins the region’s prize - AirAsia China

Many airlines across the region have been avidly seeking a share of China’s fast growing air passenger market, but it was revealed in May that Malaysia’s AirAsia Group has pretty much beaten everyone to the punch with the surprise announcement that there will soon be an AirAsia China. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Star loosens rules to attract new members

Doomsayers have long predicated the golden years of global airline alliances were over, but Star begs to differ. It believes its leaner Connecting Partner Model (CPM) and digital transformation in the industry will ensure its continuing success. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Air New Zealand leaves competitors in slip stream

Mainland Chinese carriers may be rapidly increasing their capacity into Australia and New Zealand, but Air New Zealand (Air NZ) CEO, Christopher Luxon, and his Air New Zealanders are thriving on the competition. Read More »


News Backgrounder

China slow to succumb to Hawaii’s charms

Hawaii may be one of the world’s best known island destinations; a place of palm trees, endless beaches and Polynesian music, but for the growing millions of Chinese hitting the international airways it is not top of their travel hit list, Hawaiian Airlines has discovered. Read More »


News Backgrounder

THAI makes progress in leadership search

Thai Airways International’s (THAI’s) acting president and executive vice president of its business aviation unit, Khun Usanee Sangsingkeo, will not be confirmed as permanent president at the flag carrier, that much is certain. Read More »


News Backgrounder

By the book at HNA Group

Mainland-headquartered conglomerate, HNA Group, has revealed the scale of the group’s ambitions in a series of six booklets, HNA’s Mysterious Code, that include a preface written by group’s founder, Chen Feng. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Airlines urged to adapt and ‘sell more stuff’

Co-founder of Air Black Box (ABB), Timothy O’Neil-Dunn, told delegates at the annual UATP conference, held in Hong Kong in April, that his Manchester-headquartered company works on a simple premise: “sell more stuff”. Read More »


News Backgrounder

No more lost luggage

New industry data has revealed the percentage of passenger bags lost or delayed by airlines is dropping fast. A recent report by aviation IT and communications group, SITA, said that in 2016 the rate of mishandled bags was the lowest on record. Read More »


News Backgrounder

ICAO calls out ASEAN countries for infrastructure failures

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Asia-Pacific regional director, Arun Mishra, has joined the huge chorus of Asia-Pacific airlines calling for faster, smarter airport and air traffic infrastructure development in the region. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Sydney’s second airport finally receives go ahead

Macquarie’s Sydney Airport Group, operators of Australia’s major gateway, Kingsford Smith International Airport, held the first option to build and operate the city’s second airport at Badgerys Creek, but after three years of mulling the commitment, the answer turned out to be a definite “no thanks”. Read More »



Counter intuitive Bellew strikes again

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) group managing director and CEO, Peter Bellew, is bucking the industry trend by including a four-seat first class in the airline’s new A350s. Read More »



China to open more airspace for civilian flights

A deputy director of China’s Air Traffic Control Commission, Cai Jun, told a Beijing forum the Mainland government had recognized the problem of the country’s crowded skies and would announce a new “airspace management system” this month. Read More »



Japan’s Peach aviation accepts bitcoin fares

Successful Japanese low-cost carrier, Peach Aviation, will be the first airline in the country to accept payment for fares in bitcoin. Kansai-based Peach has embraced bitcoin to exploit Japan’s fascination with the crypto currency. Read More »



Airbus announces independent compliance panel

Airbus announced last month it would establish a three-member independent panel to review the company’s compliance with contemporary anti-bribery laws. Read More »



Asia’s airline association adds voice to laptop ban protests

The ripple effects of the recent laptop bans and their proposed expansion produce no tangible public security benefits, the region’s airline association said last month. Read More »



Air India boss defends his staff as “the finest there is”

Air India chairman and managing director, Ashwani Lohani, does not accept criticism lightly. Besieged by complaints about the carrier’s dire financial performance, he has taken to Facebook to defend the company and its employees. Read More »


Industry Addendum

Malaysia Airlines extends agreement with AFI KLM E&M

Kuala Lumpur-headquartered Malaysia Airlines and AFI KLM E&M have expanded their agreement to cover component parts supply for all of the B737 800s in the MAB fleet. Read More »


Industry Addendum

SITA Lab experiments with Hololens

SITA Lab, the research arm of SITA, has released early results of research completed at Helsinki Aiport in association with Microsoft Hololens, a project developed to analyze management airport operations in a mixed reality environment. Read More »


Industry Addendum

AJW wins deal with new Cambodian airline

Global specialist in the supply of aircraft and engine components, AJW, has won a power-by-the-hour component support contract with the A320 fleet of start-up Cambodian carrier, JC (Cambondia) International Airlines. Read More »


Industry Addendum

AerFin acquires Saudia Air’s 15 Embraer 170-LRs

AerFin Ltd, which specializes in aircraft end of life solutions, has accepted Saudi Arabian Airlnes’ fleet of 15 Embraer 170-LR airplanes, including all spares parts, engines, tooling and equipment necessary to support the fleet. Read More »


Industry Addendum

Asia’s MRO business to double by 2027

Key findings in the Oliver Wyman 2017-2027 Fleet and MRO study forecasts the Asia-Pacific will record annual MRO growth of 4.4% for the next ten years, with MRO business to equal Europe and North America by the end of the next decade. Read More »


Industry Addendum

Lufthansa Technik develops ground handling location software

Global MRO, Lufthansa Technik, has created a tracking software solution, GSE 4.0, which can locate all equipment required by airport ground support equipment teams. Read More »


Industry Addendum

Jeppesen and IBM’s The Weather Company to cooperate

Jeppesen and IBM have agreed The Weather Company would become the primary weather source for all Jeppesen and Boeing aviation products. Read More »


Industry Addendum

Thales forecasts the future of IFE

IFE systems of the future will interact with passengers, generate ancillary revenue and deliver customized content to each airline seat, Thales InFlyt Experience CEO, Dominique Giannoni, has forecast. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Briefly...

Mobil Jet Oil approved for Pratt & Whitney engines

Engine manufacturer, Pratt & Whitney has approved the use of high performance capability Mobil Jet Oil 387 for its PW4000 engines. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Briefly...

Alsim sells simulator to Indonesia training school

French simulator manufacturer, Alsim, has sold one of its AL250 simulators to Indonesia’s Banyuwangi pilot academy in East Java, Indonesia. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Briefly...

China controlled CDB wins Mainland single aisle aircraft leases

CDB Leasing Aviation Lease Finance, a wholly-owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co. Ltd, has delivered a B737-800 to the Jinan-based Shandong Airlines and a new A320-200ceo to China’s Loong Air. Read More »



Baffled by bans

Even if the U.S. government does not extend its ban on passengers’ personal electronic devices (PEDs) beyond the Middle East and North Africa, the present ruling raises serious issues of safety and security for airlines. Read More »