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

JUNE 2019


Cover Story

Taking aerospace technology to new heights

At Airbus in Toulouse, a revolution is underway that is intended to introduce unprecedented change to the operations of one of the world’s great aerospace companies. Read More »



Risky business ahead as profits decline

It did not come as a shock to the world’s airline leaders to hear from the director general and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) that their profits would shrink this year. Read More »


Main Story

Conquering the tyranny of weariness

Qantas Airways is counting down to Project Sunrise: non-stop journeys between Sydney and London that will take a record-breaking 21 hours. Read More »


Special Report

Asia-Pacific airlines respond to shifting market demands

When the heads of Asia-Pacific airlines – both full-service and low-cost – consider the hurdles ahead of them, several potential challenges will be more than familiar. Read More »


News Backgrounder

New figures herald regional slowdown on the horizon

Times are tough for many of Southeast Asia’s airlines as they struggle to maintain profitable in the face of specific industry headwinds. Read More »



All eyes on Beijing Daxing

Drones provided photographic updates about the steel and concrete infrastructure rising south of Beijing. Read More »



China Southern sheds premium seats for more profits in economy

A premium decrease positions China Southern as economy-heavy airline. Read More »


Cargo Update

Asia Pacific freighter fleet setback by tariff wars

When U.S. president Donald Trump imposed higher tariffs on Chinese goods entering the U.S. on May 10, his timing could not have been worse for the Asia-Pacific air cargo business. Read More »



Malaysia Airlines CEO submits rescue plan to government owners

The coming few weeks will be critical to the fate of Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) as its owner, sovereign wealth fund Kazannah Nasional Berhad, considers a rescue plan for the carrier. Read More »





Korean Air’s Cho takes on local media

June has been a memorable month for Korean Air’s (KAL) Walter Cho. Read More »



Qantas to appeal rejection of extended code share with Cathay Pacific

Australia has rejected an application from Qantas Airways and Cathay Pacific Airways to extend their codeshare arrangements, but the Australian airline’s CEO, Alan Joyce, said this month the International Air Services Commission (IASC) has it wrong. Read More »



HNA: domestic break-up?

The industry is watching ownership changes at HNA Group’s domestic airlines. Read More »


Industry Addendum

ANA and Panasonic testing self-driving wheelchairs

Japan’s largest and most awarded airline, All Nippon Airways (ANA), and the Panasonic Corporation will test self-driving electric wheelchairs at Tokyo Narita Airport. Read More »


Industry Addendum: MRO and Components

Honeywell and Lufthansa Technik collaborate on MRO for Asia-Pacific A350 fleets

Two global giants in the MRO and components sectors are collaborating on MRO and parts supply to operators of A350s in the region. Read More »


Industry Addendum: MRO and Components

Inmarsat approves Smart4Aviation’s electronic flight bag

Mobile satellite communications company, Inmarsat, has certified the Smart MOBILE Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) for its SB-S aircraft operations platform. Read More »


Industry Addendum: MRO and Components

Amadeus joins IATA’s One order standard

Amadeus certification of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) One order standard as a capable Order Management System will position the GDS as a leader in replacing a system of multiple industry records with a single order record. Read More »




Industry Addendum: MRO and Components

Mobil Jet Oil 387 aboard ANA new A380

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is using Mobil Jet Oil 387 in the generators and engines of the A380s it is flying between Tokyo and Hawaii. Read More »


Industry Addendum: MRO and Components

KLM commits to first European sustainable aviation fuel manufacturer

SkyNRG and its supporting bioLPG partner, SHV Energy, will build Europe’s first dedicated plant for the production of sustainable aviation fuel as well as bioLPG (liquid petroleum gas) and feedstock Naphtha, with the new facility in Delfzijl in The Netherlands to begin production in 2022. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Innovation

ANA trials hearable device for flight attendants

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is trialling a hearable device, BONX Grip, that is intended to simplify communications between flight attendants working on the airline’s A380 services to Honolulu. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Air Traffic Management

Singapore to spend big on ATM infrastructure

Transport minister, Khaw Boon Wan, last month committed Singapore to a multi-billion dollar project to upgrade and make more efficient its air traffic management system. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Training

All Nippon Airways opens Haneda training academy

All Nippon Airways (ANA) parent, ANA HOLDINGS INC., has opened its ANA Blue Base (ABB), an operations and hospitality trianing centre that will be fully operational in June 2020. Read More »



Regulators must address conflicts of interest

Boeing’s 737 MAX will certainly fly again in commercial operations. Read More »