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Orient Aviation September 2018

CEO Karam Chand pushing Royal Brunei Airlines beyond its legacy carrier comfort zone

• Asia-Pacific LCCs bet on long haul expansion

• Manufacturers chip away at delivery backlog

• CEO Piya Yodmani walks away from Nok Air

• INDUSTRY INSIGHT SPECIAL REPORT: Data analytics defining modern passenger management


Cover Story

Determined to be viable

Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) CEO, Karam Chand, is having a busy year. Read More »


Main Story

Asia’s low-cost carriers bet on international expansion

When the region’s largest long haul low cost carrier, Malaysia’s AirAsia X, added 34 A330neos to its order book at the mid-July Farnborough Air Show the commitment underscored the determination of co-founder, Tony Fernandes, to return the low-cost airline group to Europe after a six-year hiatus. Read More »


Industry Insight Special Report

Easing passenger irritation at Asia-Pacific airports

At any Asia-Pacific hub airport – and many of the region’s smaller ones – long check in queues, backed up lines at security barriers and delayed flights are the norm. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Manufacturers chip away at aircraft delivery backlog

For a change, Airbus and Boeing are sharing some common ground. Read More »



The “connected aircraft” will transform airline operations

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 above the Indian Ocean on March 8, 2014 was a tragic wake-up call for the aviation industry, Inmarsat senior vice president, Strategy and Business Development, Frederik van Essen, told Orient Aviation during the recent International Air Transport Association’s 74th annual general meeting in Sydney. Read More »



Research recently published by the Britain’s London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has forecast the connected aircraft would reduce airline operating costs by US$15 billion a year by 2035 and has the potential to eliminate 21.3 million tonnes of CO2 emissions from flights in the same period. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Entering the era of fewer pilots in the long haul cockpit

Forecast demand for pilots in the Asia-Pacific to 2037 declined by five per cent, to 240,000 cockpit crew, said Boeing in its latest annual Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook released last month. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Airbus embarks on big push for A220 business

Airbus has identified North America as the major market for its new A220 aircraft, a region where the manufacturer expected to generate 40% of all sales of the former Bombardier C Series regional jet. Read More »



California cool for SIA’s record breaking Singapore-New York route

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has turned to leading global wellness group, Canyon Ranch, to re-invent the cabin experience on the carrier’s new ultra long haul Singapore-New York service. Read More »



Nok Air CEO quits after 11 months

Piya Yodmani, who was promoted from deputy CEO to the top job at Bangkok-based Nok Air a year ago, unexpectedly resigned from his positions at the low-cost carrier on August 23. Read More »





Internal turmoil continues at HNA Group

Not a week goes by without more news about the perceived perilous state of the HNA Group’s indebtedness. Read More »



IATA global study forecasts jump in aviation jobs worldwide

An International Air Transport Association (IATA) global study has revealed that 73% of respondents forecast the major areas of job growth in the industry will be in ground operations and the customer service and cabin crew sectors in the next two years. Read More »



Air New Zealand and Qantas remain top of the profit charts

For the fiscal year to June 30, 2018, Air New Zealand (Air NZ) and the Qantas Group reported impressive results. Read More »



Industry veteran Hill to return to Srilankan Airlines?

As Srilankan Airlines rumbles on in its shambolic way following a forced change of senior management earlier this year, it is rumoured that industry veteran, Peter Hill, who most recently has spent several years running TAAG in Angola, is returning to the carrier. Read More »


Industry Addendum

CFM International and IATA agree to MRO code of conduct

Joint venture engine manufacturer, CFM International, and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have reached an agreement “to maintain and foster robust and open MRO competition as well as the competitive nature of its MRO model”. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Aircraft Interiors

Vistara orders Bluebox Wow portable streaming platform

Joint venture full service carrier, India’s Vistara, has agreed that Scotland’s Bluebox Wow will provide portable wireless IFE aboard its 21 A320s and additions of the type to the fleet from this month. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Aircraft Interiors

Travelport embraces IATA’s New Distribution Capability

Global distribution platform, Travelport, which was the first GDS to receive IATA New Distribution Capability (NDC) Level 3 certification, is conducting pilot programs with several carriers to determine how NDC works for them. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Aircraft Interiors

Orix Corporation buys into HNA Group controlled lessor Avolon

Aviation to services conglomerate , the HNA Group, has agreed to sell 30% of its leasing subsidiary, Avolon, to Japan’s Orix Corporation for US$2.2 billion. Read More »



Second time round for long haul LCCs

When the AirAsia Group pioneered long-haul, low-cost flying in 2009 with the launch of Kuala Lumpur-London and then Kuala Lumpur-Paris in 2010, naysayers abounded. Read More »