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Cover Story

No time to waste in climb to the top

In September last year, the then president of China Southern Airlines (CSA), Tan Wangeng, told delegates at the World Routes Conference in Guangzhou that the carrier, Asia’s largest airline and the third biggest carrier in the world, planned to have 1,000 jetliners “real ones, big ones, not small regional jets, turboprops or ancient aircraft built in the old Soviet Union or more recently in the third world” in its fleet in less than two years. Read More »


Person of the Year Awards Dinner

Goh Choon Phong honored as 2018 Orient Aviation Person of the Year

Global aerospace leaders individually paid tribute to the leadership of Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong by video and in person at the 2018 Orient Aviation Person of the Year dinner in Hong Kong last month. Read More »


Person of the Year Awards Dinner

Highlights from Goh Choon Phong’s Orient Aviation Person of the Year address

“For those of you who know Singapore Airlines well, you’ll know we generally shy away from personality-focused awards. Read More »


Industry Insight Special Report

What a passenger must have — now

We take WiFi availability for granted on the ground. In the air, some airlines offer it. Many do not - and they are penny pinching to their detriment. Survey upon survey reveals WiFi on board is critical to attracting and retaining customers. Read More »




News Backgrounder

All Nippon Airways signals appetite for Southeast Asia with PAL investment

On January 29, in a bold defensive move, All Nippon Airways made it clear it had no intention of surrendering market share to Japan Airlines in the demographically dynamic Southeast Asian region. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Politics keeps Air India afloat

After India’s government failed to sell 76% of debt-laden Air India group last May, the national government has decided to launch a strategic disinvestment strategy for the airline company that is aimed at raising US$1 billion. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Potential Jet Airways investors call time on founder’s influence

Negotiations to keep Jet Airways afloat were drawing closer to settlement at press time with the airline’s founder and chairman, Naresh Goyal, reported to be prepared to step down from the carrier’s board if minority shareholder, the Etihad Airways Group, agreed to raise its price for an enlarged holding in the carrier. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Virgin Australia protests scope of Qantas and Cathay Pacific code share

Virgin Australia is not happy. Its efforts to break into the lucrative China market are being stymied by a developing love affair between former frenemies, Qantas Airways and Cathay Pacific Airways. Read More »




News Backgrounder

Thoughts of “chairman Bruns” Boeing’s veteran China hand

Asked if there have been signs that U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariff dispute with China is damaging Boeing’s Mainland business, Beijing-based Boeing China president, John Bruns, said: “I’ll give you a data point. Read More »


Air Cargo

Rough ride ahead for Asia-Pacific air cargo

When U.S and Chinese negotiators met last month in their latest effort to resolve their damaging trade war, there were signs some of the heat had gone out of the talks and a resolution to the commerce conflict could be negotiated. Read More »


Air Cargo

Toll of the trade war

There is little doubt that the China-U.S. trade impasse is the major reason for uncertainty in the air cargo sector as China is the major driver of air cargo growth and not only in the Asia-Pacific. Read More »



Brazil gives Boeing-Embraer union crucial approval

Boeing could complete its US$4.2 billion deal to acquire 80% of Embraer commercial aircraft operations by year end following the Brazilian government’s approval of the proposed joint venture last month and the agreement of the Embraer board to the partnership soon afterwards. Read More »





Ma Xulun succeeds Tan Wangeng at China Southern Airlines

In a significant reshuffle at the top of two of China’s “Big Three” airlines, China Eastern’s Ma Xulun is China Southern’s (CSA) new chairman and president. Read More »



Dutta ends speculation by taking charge at IndiGo

InterGlobe Aviation, the parent company of Delhi headquartered, IndiGo, has announced an ex-United Airlines president, Ronojoy Dutta, will run the low-cost carrier for the next five years, with effect from January 24. Read More »



China Southern signs MoU with British Airways

China Southern Airlines (CSA) and British Airways (BA) signalled the deepening of their relationship with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) late last month that will broaden their code share arrangements, including expansion on domestic routes, and will introduce reciprocal frequent flyer benefits for passengers of both airlines. Read More »



Bangkok Airways scion succeeds disgraced father in top job

Captain Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth has added the positions of CEO and vice chairman of Bangkok Airways to his responsibilities as president of the carrier following the recent resignation of his father and airline founder, Dr. Prasert Prasartthong-Osoth (85) from the company. Read More »



Smoking ban enforced in Mainland cockpits

Who knew? Much to the surprise of many in the industry smoking in the cockpits of some Mainland domestic carriers was permitted until last month. Read More »




Industry Addendum

Eagle Services Asia commences P&W GTF MRO

Pratt & Whitney’s Singapore engine centre, Eagle Services Asia (ESA), part of the group’s global MRO network for servicing the engine manufacturer’s GTF engines, has commenced its first overhaul of the PW1100G-JM turbo fan engine. Read More »


Industry Addendum

Airbus breaks ground on U.S. A220 plant

Airbus leaders and 700 guests attended the groundbreaking ceremony of its A220 assembly line in Mobile, Alabama on January 16. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Leasing

Avolon launch customer for Rolls-Royce’s LifeKey

Global aircraft lessor, Avolon, is the first customer of Rolls-Royce’s LifeKey, the recently established asset management facility available exclusively to customers of one-year-old LessorCare. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Briefly...

• Samoa Airways, the flag carrier of Samoa, will lease a B737MAX 9, powered by CFM LEAP-1B27 engines, from U.S. headquartered Air Lease Corporation. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Innovation

Airbus in Shenzhen enters cabin technology partnership

The Airbus China Innovation Centre (ACIA), the OEM’s first innovation complex to be established in Asia, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with global manufacturer of flexible displays, sensors and foldable phones, Royole Technology. Read More »


Industry Addendum: MRO and Components

Japan Airlines and Lufthansa Technik deepen component relationship

Japan Airlines (JAL) and MRO, Lufthansa Technik, have expanded their partnership to include a ten-year Total Component Support (TCS) services for the Japanese carrier’s A350s. Read More »


Industry Addendum: MRO and Components

SITAONAIR & Rolls-Royce unite to overcome airline resistance to sharing data

Engine OEM, Rolls-Royce is the launch customer for SITAONAIR’s e-aircraft DataHub. Read More »


Industry Addendum: MRO and Components

GMF AeroAsia sign parts agreement with Satair

Garuda Maintenance Facility (GMF) and Satair, a subsidiary of Airbus, have agreed a Letter of Intent (LoT) that confirms the European company as the sole supplier of material support for Airbus’s third party maintenance work at the Indonesian MRO’s four hangar facility at the Soekarno Hatta International Airport in Jakarta. Read More »


Industry Addendum

Travelport and Jin Air establish technology partnership

Travelport and South Korean low-cost carrier, Jin Air, have signed a multi-year comprehensive agreement for merchandising, branding and technology collaboration. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Airlines

Air Lease Corporation delivers As321neo to Vietnam Airlines

Vietnam Airlines has accepted an on lease A321-200neo from global lessor, Air Lease Corporation (ALC). Read More »


Industry Addendum: People

CDB Aviation promotes Hannigan to president

CDB Aviation, a wholly owned subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co. Ltd, has added to the position of president to the responsibilities of its chief commercial officer, Patrick Hannigan, with immediate effect. Read More »


Industry Addendum: People

Norman Liu takes GE Telesis board seat

Retired chairman, president and CEO of GE Capital Aviation Services, Norman Liu, has joined the board of GA Telesis as an independent director. Read More »


Industry Addendum: People

Harry Forsythe moves to Kahala Aviation

Kahala Aviation Corporation Limited has announced Harry Forsythe has joined the lessor as its senior marketing representative. Read More »


Industry Addendum: People

AAR names new chief financial officer

Global aerospace solutions company, AAR Corp. has appointed Sean Gillen to succeed Michael Milligan as vice president and chief financial officer of the U.S. group. Read More »



New China Southern leader faces challenging year

China Southern Airlines, Asia’s largest carrier and the third largest airline in the world, is heading to the top of the global industry’s table. Read More »