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Orient Aviation February 2018

Etihad Airways ”always had a life beyond airberlin and Alitalia“ CEO Peter Baumgartner, reminds critics

• JAL announces major leadership transition

• Records topple as Asia’s carriers go ultra long haul

• Putting glamour back into the cockpit

• INDUSTRY INSIGHT SPECIAL REPORT: Singapore: top of Asia’s aerospace league

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Cover Story

Etihad comes out swinging

Etihad Airways Swiss-born CEO, Peter Baumgartner, wants to make one point very clear to both detractors and supporters. Read More »


Main Story

Winning ways

Only days before his retirement, Airbus chief operating officer customers, John Leahy, and his team signed a deal the manufacturer had been chasing for months – a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 36 more A380s with the aircraft’s biggest customer, Emirates Airline. Read More »


Industry Insight Special Report

Top of Asia’s aerospace league

By pumping investment into the region like no other nation in the region, Singapore has become the unchallenged centre for aerospace innovation. Read More »




Industry Insight Special Report

Rolls-Royce launches IntelligentEngine

Rolls-Royce has the largest presence in Singapore’s aerospace industry. Read More »


Industry Insight Special Report

Hangar in the cloud

Airbus and Boeing have launched several important projects to showcase different approaches to intelligent systems solutions. Read More »


Industry Insight Special Report

Boeing’s AnalytX solution

Like its European rival, Boeing is betting on Singapore’s hub status. Read More »


Industry Insight Special Report

Honeywell’s Connected Aircraft

Making data available to pilots as well as operators and manufacturers helps improve their overall situational awareness, safety and efficiency in the face of busy traffic and inclement weather. Read More »


Industry Insight Special Report

Singapore Airlines fosters digital champions

Singapore Airlines (SIA) is very fortunate, said the carrier’s chief financial officer, Stephen Barnes, to have a CEO who understands the importance gets the importance of innovation. Read More »




News Backgrounder

Indebted Air India in sell-off

Debt-ridden Indian airline group, Air India, will be restructured as four separate businesses with the intention of selling up to 51% of each of the new entities by year end, the government owners have announced. Read More »


News Backgrounder

IATA fights new tourism taxes in Japan and New Zealand

Proposed new taxes on airline passengers in Japan and New Zealand have provoked a sharp response from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Read More »


News Backgrounder

Records topple as Asian carriers go ultra long haul

When Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, challenged Airbus and Boeing last year to produce an aircraft that could to fly non-stop between Sydney and London, a distance of 16,991 kilometres, it was not a Blue Sky chat -and aircraft manufacturers were listening. Read More »



Restoring glamour to the cockpit

As warnings increase about future cockpit crew shortages, the secretary general of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Dr. Fang Liu, said the organization would support efforts to recruit “the best and brightest” candidates to crew and maintain the world’s airline fleet. Read More »


Cargo Update

Drones the cargo carriers of the future

Imagine a time when a Singapore Airlines (SIA) freighter lands at Changi airport with a valuable cargo payload. Read More »



Japan Airlines announces major leadership transition

Yoshiharu Ueki (65), the former pilot credited with leading Japan Airlines’ recovery from bankruptcy, is to move up to company chairman, following the announcement that current chairman, Masaru Onishi, will remain on the group’s board but will relinquish the chairmanship. Read More »





Blow to Boeing as C Series 300% duty nullified

In a decision that surprised many in the industry, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) announced on January 26 that it had voted unanimously in favour of Bombardier in a dispute with Boeing over subsidies for the Canadian manufacturer’s new C Series jet. Read More »



HK Express adds new CEO to management team

Former chairman of HNA-controlled Suparna Airlines Co. Ltd, Luo Cheng, is the new CEO of low-cost carrier, HK Express. Read More »



Olivia Wirth to succeed Jayne Hrdlicka at Qantas Loyalty

Qantas has recruited from its senior executive team to replace Qantas Loyalty boss, Jayne Hrdlicka. Read More »



Lessor Aergo Capital hangs out shingle in Hong Kong

Dewey Yee, a key player in the launch of Hong Kong’s fast developing aircraft leasing sector, will head the newly opened Hong Kong office of Dublin headquartered Aergo Capital. Read More »



Orient Aviation Person of the Year 2017

ANA Holdings chairman, Shinichiro Ito, will receive his Orient Aviation Person of the Year 2017 award at an invitation only dinner and presentation at The Ritz Carlton, Tokyo. Read More »


Industry Addendum

Digital warehouse for Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services

Wholly owned Lufthansa Technik subsidiary, Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services (LTLS), is automating, digitalizing and inter-connecting all its fundamental processes using The Internet of Things technology in its first digital warehouse at Munich airport. Read More »


Industry Addendum

Hong Kong Airlines buys into SIA Engineering joint venture

Hong Kong Airlines has joined Malaysia Airlines (23.53%), Garuda Indonesia (17.65%), Royal Brunei (11.76%) and SIA Engineering Company Ltd (47.06%) as a shareholder in Pan Asia Pacific Aviation Services (PAPAS). Read More »


Industry Addendum

ADB Safegate to upgrade Incheon Seoul operations

The Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC) has signed a contract with global provider of intelligent airport solutions, ADB SAFEGATE, to provide upgraded docking and management systems at Seoul Airport’s Terminal 1. Read More »


Industry Addendum

AAR announces partnership with inflight’s Viasat

Global aftermarket solutions company, U.S. headquartered AAR, will provide inflight connectivity logistics, repair and aftermarket management services to global communications company, Viasat. Read More »


Industry Addendum

China grants SR Technics Malaysia air worthiness certificate

The Malaysian operations of global MRO, SR Technics recently received its air worthiness certificate from the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC). Read More »


Industry Addendum

Resource Group UK expands Gulf training plans

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has awarded British aviation technical training Company, Resource Group, approval to perform aviation maintenance basic training and knowledge examinations for both fixed wing and rotary aircraft. Read More »


Industry Addendum

Global technology provider to the airline industry, Sabre, has announced a renewed distribution partnership with South Korea’s largest low-cost carrier, Jeju Air. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Leasing

China owned lessor, CDB Aviation, reports robust 2017

CDB leasing, headquartered in Dublin, but 100% owned by the Mainland’s China Development Bank, said it executed 162 aircraft transactions for the 12 months to December 31, last year, which were the lessor’s best operational results to date. Read More »



Challenges ahead for Airbus

Saved by the bell. Or at least by Emirates Airline. Read More »