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JULY 2017

Orient Aviation July-August 2017

All Nippon Airways CEO, Yuji Hirako, focuses on smarter operations at the dynamic carrier

• New Garuda boss has 12 months to fix carrier

• HNA group chairman Chen Feng on charm offensive

• Industry forecasts confirm Asia-Pacific airline market supremacy

• INDUSTRY INSIGHT SPECIAL REPORT: Asia-Pacific crew training: an update


Cover Story

Star performer

Looking younger than his 59 years, Yuji Hirako, a fluent English speaker, has been appointed to the top job at All Nippon Airways (ANA) at a time when the carrier is seeking to consolidate its position as Japan’s leading airline. Read More »


Main Story

Time waits for no airline

In 2017, there is not a full service airline results statement that does not a lament the profit disconnect between booming passenger demand and declining yields. Read More »


Industry Insight Special Report

Airways Aviation ‘Down Under’ seeks Asia’s business

Opened in 2014 at a facility on the southern Queensland coast, Airways Aviation’s cadets are mostly individuals from Asia paying their way through their courses in the hope of working as commercial airline pilots. Read More »


Industry Insight Special Report

Increased demand for Asia-Pacific cockpit crew

The world’s airlines will need 255,000 new pilots in the next decade, with 90,000 of them flying in the Asia-Pacific, to sustain forecast growth in the commercial air transport industry and support retirements, a recent industry survey predicts. Read More »


Industry Insight Special Report

Hong Kong Airlines invests in cadet pilot program

Hong Kong Airlines last month launched its first Cadet Pilot Program. Fully funded by the carrier, it will be delivered in partnership with UK-headquartered L3 Commercial Training Solutions (L3 CTS) at its Airline Academy in Hamilton, New Zealand. Read More »




Industry Insight Special Report

Alpha Aviation adds A330/A340 simulator to Clark training centre

Alpha Aviation Group (AAG), one of Asia’s leading pilot training providers, has launched its multi-million dollar Full Flight Airbus A330/A340 simulator at a ceremony at its Clark training facility in the Philippines. Read More »


Industry Insight Special Report

Top Chinese school joins Airbus global university program

One of China’s most prestigious tertiary institutions, Tsinghua University, has joined the 20 campuses worldwide that are members of the Airbus Global University Partner Program (AGUPP). Read More »


News Backgrounder

Can number cruncher boss fix Garuda?

When new Garuda Indonesia president, Pahala Nugraha Mansury, a 46-year-old banker, had his first meeting with local media after his surprise appointment in April, he made his position clear: the thought of turning down the job never occurred to him. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Narita courts neighbours to advance expansion plans

As Japan’s government sets an aggressive inbound tourism target of 40 million visitors by 2020 – double this year’s numbers – management at Narita International Airport Corporation (NAA) are increasingly confident they will win approval for a multi-billion dollar expansion, including a third runway and expanded terminal space, at the greater Tokyo area facility. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Jetstar code share model fuels group’s growth

Chief executive of Australia’s Jetstar Group, Jayne Hrdlicka, is more than happy with the inroads the budget airline company is making to Asia. Jetstar Japan, part-owned by Japan Airlines, is increasing its share of passenger traffic. Read More »


News Analysis

A bad situation worsens in the Gulf

When the heads of the world’s airlines gathered in Cancun, Mexico for the International Air Transport Association’s 73rd annual general meeting last month it was evident something was amiss. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Airlines urged to share more critical information

Security and issues surrounding its implementation at airlines and airports was the most pressing subject of discussion at the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) 2017 annual general meeting last month, held this year in Mexico. Read More »


Asia-Pacific Airline Market Forecast

Asia-Pacific remains dominant future airline market say manufacturers

The Asia-Pacific will continue to lead the world in total aircraft orders and deliveries in the next two decades as demand for single aisle aircraft remained strong, but the appetite for very large aircraft is diminishing quickly, the major manufacturers have predicted. Read More »



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News Backgrounder

Le Bourget was Asia-Pacific order bonanza

It has been some time coming. Five years in fact. But Boeing finally outpaced rival Airbus in sales at the biennial Paris Air Show last month. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Japan Airlines plots catch up with 23% capacity surge

After exiting bankruptcy protection after seven years on April 1, Japan Airlines (JAL) is back on an expansion trajectory that includes a 23% international capacity expansion by 2021 and the goal of taking back market share lost to rival All Nippon Airways (ANA). Read More »



Airbus’ Leahy names Rao as successor

Airbus Commercial Aircraft chief operating officer – customers, John Leahy, has been the European plane maker’s top salesman for decades, delivering billions in aircraft sales to the group. Read More »



Deeply indebted Air India to be sold off

Almost 70 years after it was nationlised, the Indian government has announced that the country’s-debt laden flag carrier, Air India, will be privatized. Read More »



HNA Group’s Chen Feng mounts charm offensive

Following the news that powerful regulator, the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), had launched an investigation into systemic risk at some of the Mainland’s largest global investors, including the HNA Group, its normally media shy chairman, Chen Feng, 66, hit the media trial in Hong Kong to defend the fiscal reputation of his conglomerate – and have a go at Hong Kong’s biggest property developers while he was at it. Read More »





Airbus launches new black box recorders

Airbus has launched a black box data recorder that separates from the aircraft in a serious incident, making it easier to find in the aftermath of a crash, especially in remote areas. Read More »


Industry Addendum

Qantas and Jetstar sign for AFI KLM E&M B787 component support

Qantas Airways and its low-cost carrier subsidiary, Jetstar, have committed a long-term component pooling services agreement with AFI KLM E&M for the airline group’s fleet of B787s. Read More »


Industry Addendum

SIA engineering to service Embraer’s E-Jets

Embraer Asia-Pacific has appointed SIA Engineering (Philippines) Corporation (SIAEP) as an authorized service centre for its E-jet family: the E170, E175, E190 and E195. Read More »


Industry Addendum

STELIA and Airbus renew A320 cockpit contract

STELIA Aerospace, a world leader in aero- structures and cockpit and passenger seats, have signed a new contract for the furnishing of the cockpits of the A320 aircraft family. Read More »


Industry Addendum

Cathay Pacific buys Honeywell’s GoDirect Connected Maintenance program

Cathay Pacific Airways and Honeywell have come to an agreement for the Fortune 100 software / industrial company to equip the carrier’s A330 fleet with Honeywell’s GoDirect Connected Maintenance Program. Read More »




Industry Addendum

Satair Group and Safran Nacelles agree lifetime contract for A340 airliners

The Satair Group and Safran Nacelles signed a lifetime agreement last month to deliver supply chain services for engine parts and components on A340-500/600 aircraft. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Leasing

TrueNoord attracts Blackrock as investor for Asian expansion

Regional aircraft lessor, TrueNoord, announced in June that funds managed by leading global asset manager, Blackrock, will be co-investing with Bregal Freshstream, in the its portfolio of leased aircraft. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Leasing

AerFin accepts final three Cathay Pacific A340-300s

AerFin Ltd (UK) has taken delivery of its ninth, tenth and eleventh A340-300 (MSN 208, 2018 and 217, respectively) from Cathay Pacific Airways. Read More »



Political screws tighten in the Gulf

For some time several Middle Eastern states have expressed disquiet about Qatar’s apparent closeness to Iran, a country alleged to be funding global terrorism. Read More »