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Orient Aviation October 2018

A VERY PERSONAL CRUSADE
Malaysia Airlines group CEO, Captain Izham Ismail, reveals his deep commitment to restoring the carrier to five star status

• Ex- CFO succeeds sacked Mansyuri at Garuda

• India’s airlines deserve a better government

• Qantas attacks fee “gouging” airports

• INDUSTRY INSIGHT SPECIAL REPORT: BA cyber attack forewarns of future breaches at airlines

 

Cover Story

A personal crusade

“Malaysia Airlines gave a life to me and my family, including my late mother and my late father,” Malaysia Airlines Berhad Group CEO, Izham Ismail, told Orient Aviation in an exclusive interview last month. Read More »


 

Cover Story

A380s move to MAB’s Amal Airlines

Malaysia Airlines’ six A380s serve Kuala Lumpur-London, Sydney and Tokyo Narita. Read More »


 

Main Story

Engine makers address delivery delays

It was the last thing Rolls-Royce wanted to hear. Read More »


 

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Main Story

General Electric expands aviation presence in Malaysia

Last month, now former GE chairman and CEO, John Flannery, signed an agreement in the presence pf Malaysian prime minister, Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, and several government ministers that committed the U.S. conglomerate to a US$80 million investment in GE Engines Services Malaysia (GEESM) as well as the establishment of a global IT service desk at GE’s Malaysian headquarters. Read More »


 

Industry Insight Special Report

British Airways cyber attack a forewarning for Asia-Pacific airlines

It was hardly a surprise. Tech experts have been warning the industry for years that a major cyber attack on an airline was not a matter of “if” but “when”. Read More »


 

Industry Insight Special Report

Biometrics streamlining passenger journeys

Increasing numbers of airlines and airports are embracing biometrics to smooth the passenger journey through the airport to their airline seats. Read More »


 

News Backgrounder

Former Garuda Indonesia CFO appointed president after Mansyuri removed

Indonesia’s Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises, which controls Garuda Indonesia, not only removed the carrier’s president director, Nugraha Mansyuri, last month but also demanded six of the eight directors of the airline’s board follow him out the door. Read More »


 

News Backgrounder

India’s airlines deserve better regulators

Failure to even raise a bid for debt-ridden flag carrier, Air India, epitomizes the problems of the nation’s aviation sector. Read More »


 

Training

Qantas selects regional Queensland city for first flight academy

Qantas Airways’ first dedicated cockpit crew academy, which will train up to 250 pilots annually from Australia and overseas, will be built at Wellcamp Airport in Toowoomba, 125 kilometres west of Brisbane, Australia. Read More »


 

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Training

Alpha Aviation invests US$11 million in simulator upgrade

Asian pilot academy group, Alpha Aviation Group (Phillipines), has announced an US$11 million expansion of its suite of simulators and hangar facilities. Read More »


 

Addendum

Qantas attacks Australia’s fee “gouging” airports

Qantas turned a metaphorical blowtorch on Australia’s major airports in September with accusations of “blatant profiteering” and fee “gouging” in a submission to the Australian Productivity Commission. Read More »


 

Addendum

Asia-Pacific dominates air passenger growth

The Asia-Pacific continues to lead the way in airline traffic growth, even though none of the region’s carriers have made the top five when it comes to total scheduled passenger kilometres flown, according to the latest annual statistics from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Read More »


 

Industry Addendum

Etihad Airways extends content agreement with Travelport

Global travel commerce platform, Travelport, has signed a multi-year agreement with Etihad Airways that commits the carrier to continued use of merchandising tools, Travelport Rich Content and Branding, Travelport Sponsored Flights and Travelport Business Intelligence. Read More »


 

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Industry Addendum

GE installs outsider CEO after firing Joe Flannery

Appointed as CEO in August last year, General Electric (GE) has fired Joe Flannery in a surprise move that initiated a huge surge in the conglomerate’s share price. Read More »


 

Industry Addendum

Embraer Commercial Aviation expands responsibilities fleet leasing expert Baur

In September, a 27-year veteran of United Airlines (UA) and Continental Airlines, Ron Baur, has added global leasing to his portfolio of strategy at Embraer Commercial Aviation. Read More »


 

Industry Addendum

Lessor AerCap promotes Bart Ligthart

AerCap CEO, Aengus Kelly, announced last month that Bart Ligthart is the lessor’s new head of trading and portfolio management with effect from September 24. Read More »


 

Industry Addendum

Cathay Pacific and Salesforce accelerate digital transition

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways has engaged global customer relationship management platform, Salesforce, to assist it in the development of new revenue streams and improve customer experience through personalized engagement. Read More »


 

Industry Addendum

Royal Brunei Airlines signs AFI KLM E&M for LEAP engine support

Global airline MRO, AFI KLM E& M has signed an agreement with Royal Brunei Airlines for full maintenance and repair of its seven A320neos. Read More »


 

Industry Addendum

Inmarsat and Panasonic Avionics Corporation announce 10-year collaboration agreement

Inmarsat and Panasonic Avionics Corporation agreed last month to an initial 10-year collaboration that will combine inflight and communications products from each company into a single IFE broadband connectivity package for airlines and aircraft manufacturers. Read More »


 

Industry Addendum: Briefly...

• Airbus delivered its first aircraft from its Mobile Alabama production line, an A321, that is 15% powered by Air BP sustainable jet fuel to U.S. carrier, JetBlue last month. Read More »


 

Industry Addendum

ADB SAFEGATE wins Indian airport lighting contract

The second runway at India’s Bengaluru airport, due to open in October next year, will be equipped with ADB SAFEGATE SafeLED airfield ground lighting (AGL). Read More »


 

Industry Addendum

ST Engineering announces aircraft leasing partnership

Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) has incorporated Keystone 5 Pte Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of joint venture company, Keystone Holdings (Global) Pte. Read More »


 

Industry Addendum: Training

South Pacific’s Aircalin has selected Spatial to supply cabin crew trainer

New Caledonian carrier, Aircalin, has chosen UAE’s Spatial Composite Solutions to manufacture a hybrid A320/A330 Cabin Emergency Evacuation Trainer (CEET) and a Cabin Service Trainer (CST) to train cabin crew for its A320 and A330 aircraft. Read More »


 

Industry Addendum: Training

Indonesia’s Flybest Flight Academy chooses Pacific Simulators

Flybest Flight Academy, based in Indonesia’s Batam, has ordered a Flight Simulator Training Device and a Eurojet FJ2000 Cockpit Procedures Trainer from Christchurch-based Pacific Simulators. Read More »


 

Comment

Cyber complacency the unwitting accomplice of hackers

A cyber attack on an Asia-Pacific airline’s data base is an ever-present danger. Read More »