A trusted source of Asia-Pacific commercial aviation news and analysis

MAY 2019


Cover Story

A bolder Vietnam Airlines

When the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded a Category 1 safety rating to Vietnam in February, clearing the way for the first non-stop flights between Vietnam and the United States in aviation history, it was a decision a long time coming. Read More »


Main Story

Airports plea for understanding on exploding infrastructure demands

When Singapore Changi Airport CEO, Lee Seow Hiang, addressed delegates at Airports Council International’s (ACI) World Annual General Assembly (WAGA) in Hong Kong last month, he took pains to point out the Asia-Pacific contributed significantly to global GDP amounting to $2.7 trillion of economic impact. Read More »




Industry Insight Special Report

Offloading capacity in a nervous market

Global economic factors, including higher fuel costs and varying tax and legislative regulation, are mitigating the expansion of aircraft leasing in the Asia-Pacific. Read More »


Industry Insight Special Report

MAX woes “silver lining” for region’s lessors

Boeing’s 737 MAX has yet to become a large component of the region’s airline fleet, although Asia-Pacific airlines and China-funded lessors have ordered hundreds of the type. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Broke and grounded

Jet Airways may be down but it’s not quite out. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Boeing’s battle to restore reputation

When Boeing disclosed last month that its first quarter financial results had slumped 13%, the news was the first indication of the impact on the company’s bottom line of the global grounding of its B737 MAX jet: an estimated US$1 billion since the fleet was taken out of operations on March 13. Read More »





Asia-Pacific remains weakest air freight market

In its latest air freight market analysis, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported air cargo volumes rebounded in March, but that the Asia-Pacific was the only region to record cargo volume below that of a year ago. Read More »


Industry Addendum

AFI KLM E&M signs deals with three airlines across region

AFI KLM E&M has brought new customer, Virgin Australia, into its fold and extended its partnerships with Air Tahiti and Gulf Air. Read More »




Industry Addendum

New Maldives carrier selects ATR for maintenance

Republic of Maldives domestic carrier, Manta Air, has contracted a Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA) with ATR. Read More »


Industry Addendum

MTUPlus Intelligence Solutions unveiled

Global engine MRO, MTU Maintenance, has launched MTUPlus Intelligent Solutions to better meet the specific needs of its 200 airline customers worldwide. Read More »



On the brink

It is often said the airline business is easy to enter and almost impossible to exit. Never has this been truer than in India in 2019. Read More »