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Orient Aviation November 2017

President Jaime Bautista is expanding Philippine Airlines’ fleet and network with an eye to winning five star status by 2020

• Career pilot takes top job at Malaysia Airlines

• Infrastructure overload morphing into crisis

• HK Express recruits president from sister HNA carrier

• INDUSTRY INSIGHT SPECIAL REPORT: Asia-Pacific engine market: an update

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Cover Story

Shooting for stars

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is facing the same threats as its full service rivals across the Asia-Pacific, including fierce competition from budget carriers and unprecedented capacity being thrown into the market by Gulf airlines, forcing yields down. Read More »


Main Story

Infrastructure overload morphing into crisis

Industry leaders gathered in Taipei last month once again warned governments that the aviation faced an infrastructure crisis and that in the Asia-Pacific several airports were close to crisis operating conditions. Read More »


Industry Insight Special Report

Engine business booms in Asia-Pacific

The most recent global fleet forecasts of Airbus and Boeing give the “Big Three” engine manufacturers the reason to dream big. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Bombardier deal adds heat to subsidy battles

“The stunning Airbus-Bombardier partnership for the C Series program guarantees the future of the new airplane, kills off the A319 and thrusts a big stick up Boeing’s tailpipe,” said Scott Hamilton, the founding principal of a North American aviation consultancy, after it was announced that the Toulouse-headquartered manufacturer is buying 50.01% of the Canadian rail and aircraft builder. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Digging deeper in China

China and Russia have agreed on their individual roles in the production of their joint venture CR929 wide-body commercial jet. Read More »




News Backgrounder

Spicejet deal highlights Bombardier’s change of fortunes

Only days after the U.S. Department of Commerce announced it would impose up to 300% in duties on Bombardier’s C Series jet programme, the Canadian manufacture had some much better news. Read More »



Career pilot takes top job at Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) quickly appointed a successor to Peter Bellew after the Irishman accepted Ryanair’s offer to return to his former employer as chief operating officer. Read More »



Air fares in the Philippines 77% lower than a decade ago

Speaking at an International Air Transport Association aviation (IATA) day in Manila last month, the association’s director general, Alexandre de Juniac, said that in 2016 air fares in the Philippines were 77% cheaper than they were in 2006. Read More »



Li Dianchun anointed new HK Express president

Former Hong Kong Airlines chief commercial officer, Li Dianchun, is the new president of HK Express, effective from October 31. Read More »





Hong Kong gets serious about aircraft leasing

Hong Kong made it clear it was on a mission to build the Special Administrative Region into an aviation finance hub with the coming out party of the Hong Kong Aircraft Leasing and Aviation Finance Association on November 1. Read More »



Asia-Pacific carriers dominate top ten ratings poll

In 2017, eight of the top ten airlines in the world, as assessed by Airline Ratings.com, are Asia Pacific carriers. Read More »



Malaysia considers restarting search for MH370

The Malaysian government is considering offers from three private companies to resume the search in the Indian Ocean for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the B777 which disappeared in March 2014. Read More »


Industry Addendum

Airbus takes control of Sepang Aircraft Engineering

Airbus, which has partially owned Sepang Aircraft Engineering (SAE) since 2011, has bought all remaining shares in the Kuala Lumpur MRO. Read More »




Industry Addendum

ExxonMobil establishes scholarship at Chinese University

Multi-national oil conglomerate, ExxonMobil, has established a scholarship program with Tianjin’s Civil Aviation University of China (CAUC) for students of aviation, beginning this year. Read More »


Industry Addendum

European MROs to service CFMI LEAP engines

Engine manufacturer, CFMI, has awarded European headquartered MROs, AFI KLM E&M and Lufthansa Technik contracts for overhaul and maintenance of its LEAP propulsion product line. Read More »




Industry Addendum

SIA Engineering and Air India Engineering sign MoU

SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC) and Air India Engineering Services Ltd (AIESL) have signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on MRO services in India. Read More »


Industry Addendum

Airbus selects Nordam for A320neo P&W engine build up

Airbus and family-owned Nordam have agreed that the U.S. aerospace manufacturer will supply the engine build up system for A320neos equipped with Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines. Read More »


Industry Addendum

AAR explores ways to implement blockchain

Application of the new technology blockchain is moving to the aviation MRO industry, reports North American industry media. Read More »


Industry Addendum: People

Flight safety promotes distinguished air force veteran to vice president simulation

Global flight training company, FlightSafety International, has appointed Scott Goodwin from general manager simulation to vice president simulation at the New York headquartered group. Read More »


Industry Addendum: People

Rapid move up the ranks for AJW Group’s Tom De Geytere

Global component and repair company, the AJW Group, has announced Tom De Geytere has broadened his role at the company to chief sales officer. Read More »



Bombardier back from financial brink

The industry was caught off guard last month when it was revealed Airbus had become Bombardier’s White Knight with its planned purchase of 50.01% ownership of the Canadian C Series single aisle jet programme. Read More »