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APRIL 2019


Cover Story

Positive progress report

Cathay Pacific Airways may have surprised the market with better than expected financial results for full year 2018, but there was nothing triumphant about CEO Rupert Hogg’s view of where the news positions the carrier after two years of losses. Read More »


Industry Insight Special Report

Cutting edge technology revolutionises cabin design

Digitalisation’s impact on aircraft interior trends is re-shaping airline cabins from the seat and WiFi-run IFE to the galley, the trolley and luggage storage. Read More »


Industry Insight Special Report

Connected Cabin advances to development phase

Three European companies, gategroup, Stelia Aerospace and Recaro Aircraft Seating, have signed cooperation agreements with Airbus to develop an Internet of Things (IoT) platform for the aircraft cabin. Read More »


Industry Insight Special Report

Passengers place high value on baggage tracking

While the adoption of technology has improved passenger satisfaction across the airport journey, the biggest jump by far in the last year has been in baggage collection, IT and air transport communications leader SITA, said last month. Read More »



Cathay Pacific’s to do list at HK Express

When Cathay Pacific first visits the office of new acquisition HK Express (HKE), one of the initial changes it may suggest will be a taking down of posters with aphorisms coined by the founder of HNA whose company is selling HKE. Read More »



Too little too late for Jet Airways?

When Naresh Goyal, who founded Jet Airways 25 years ago, bowed to pressure and stepped down from the airline’s board on March 25 it was a breakthrough in the complicated and often chaotic efforts being made to keep the full service carrier alive. Read More »





NokScoot building North Asia network with SIA’s 777-200s

Medium haul low-cost carrier, NokScoot, will revive its North Asia expansion strategy with the arrival in the second half of this year of seven ex-Singapore Airlines B777-200s. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Boeing’s heavy hit from deadly 737 MAX crashes

As Boeing scrambled to introduce a fix to the anti-stall system blamed for the crashes of a Lion Air B737 MAX 8 last October and an Ethiopian Airlines jet of the type in March, the global aerospace manufacturer was pulling out all the stops to reassure customers and regulators that the jet would soon be returning to the skies. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Asiana restructuring must finally deliver

The ambulance siren is wailing at Asiana Airlines after an auditor disagreement saw accounts re-stated, the chairman departed and debt increases that triggered warnings. Read More »



Focus on Walter Cho after death of disgraced Korean Air patriarch

At press time, Korean Air (KAL) announced its chairman and CEO, Cho Yang-ho, 70, had died peacefully in a Los Angeles hospital on April 7. Read More »



Asia-Pacific travel binge accelerates

Seventy five per cent of the top 20 busiest routes in the world were in the Asia-Pacific in the 12 months to March 31, OAG’s regional sales director, Japan and the Asia-Pacific, Mayur Patel, said at a recent media briefing of the OAG Busiest Routes 2019 survey. Read More »



Firm no from Fernandes to Malaysia Airlines rescue

Finding a buyer for a debt-ridden, unprofitable airline is not easy these days, but Malaysia’s prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, told media last month there had been interest from some local and foreign companies in taking the plunge of investing in the flag carrier, Malaysia Airlines. Read More »





China Airlines' Hsieh adds chairman to work roster

China Airlines (CAL) has named the carrier’s president, Hsieh Su-Chien, chairman of the group, after directors of the airline voted to dismiss Ho Nuan-Hsuan. Read More »


Industry Addendum

IATA launches new perishable cargo certification

International Air Transport Association director (IATA) general and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac, announced a new industry certificate, the Centre for Excellence in Perishable Logistics (CEIV Fresh), to improve the handling and transport of perishable products, at the World Cargo Symposium in Singapore last month. Read More »


Industry Addendum

Japan Airlines forms GDS joint venture and signs Satair A350 supply contract

Intended to target the specific travel needs of Japanese travelers, Japan Airlines (JAL) and Travelport Worldwide have created a joint venture Global Distribution System (GDS) from Travelport Japan K.K. and JAL’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Axess International Network. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Air Traffic Management

Airways New Zealand and Leidos jointly promote new ATM technology

Air navigation services provider, Airways New Zealand (Airways NZ), and global technology provider, Leidos, will jointly co-operate in seeking customers for future ATM platforms and associated products, through an agreement signed last month. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Air Traffic Management

Drone ship to shore deliveries forecast to cut costs by 90%

Airbus’s Skyways, an experimental project intended to establish multi-modal transportation networks for smart cities, has commenced ship-to-shore trials with its parcel delivery drone, the first time drone technology has been explored in physical port conditions. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Air Traffic Management

Honeywell and AirMap develop drone tracking system

Global drone management platform, AirMap, and Honeywell will jointly develop a cost-effective device that will allow airspace safety authorities to track Unmanned Aerial Systems (UMS) or drones. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Air Traffic Management

Thales and Singapore to develop open ATM system architecture

Singapore’s Civil Aviation Authority and global communications group, Thales, have agreed to jointly develop an open ATM architecture system. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Training

Malaysia’s HM Aerospace expands ALSIM partnership

Simulator manufacturer, ALSIM has reached an agreement with long-term customer, HM Aerospace (HMA) to supply the company with a fourth simulator, an ALSIM AL250. Read More »



Boeing battling intense global scrutiny

There were no survivors from the 737 MAX Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes, but unlike the majority of such accidents, these two tragedies have far wider ramifications for the aviation industry. Read More »