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FEBRUARY 2020

 

Cover Story

SpiceJet’s go-getter boss

In March 2019, a month before the collapse of Jet Airways and in the midst of the frenzy of the country’s general election, a high level meeting of government ministers and officials was held in New Delhi. Read More »


 

Main Story

Tariff truce boosts region’s freight prospects

New Boeing boss, David Calhoun, needed some good news when he took charge of the crisis hit aircraft manufacturer last month. Read More »


 

News Backgrounder

Nimble budget carriers feed Vietnam’s bull run

Vietnam’s airline sector continues to boom, with privately owned carriers seizing more market share from government controlled Vietnam Airlines (VNA), the latest Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) statistics reveal. Read More »


 

News Backgrounder

Vingroup tycoon scraps new carrier citing competitive pressures

The launch of airline Vinpearl Air was one of the most anticipated events of Vietnam’s 2020 aviation calendar, but it is not to be. Read More »


 

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News Backgrounder

Long road back for Boeing as MAX grounding drifts into June

Immediately after new president and chief executive, 62-year-old David L. Calhoun, moved into the hot seat at Boeing last month, he outlined plans for rebuilding the company’s flagging fortunes and damaged reputation. Read More »


 

News Backgrounder

Qatar Airways adds Malaysia Airlines to its partnership list

Malaysia Airlines (MAS), reported to be discussing a 49% sale to Air France KLM, began operating an expanded code-share with Qatar Airways last month. Read More »


 

News Backgrounder

All Nippon Airways expands “down under” with Virgin Australia partnership

All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Virgin Australia (VA) have established a code-share for flights within Japan and Australia and agreed to share frequent flyer benefits for travelers on both carriers. Read More »


 

News Backgrounder

Singapore aerospace skills outpace rivals across the region

Despite turbulence in global and regional economic markets, Singapore’s aerospace business continues to boom, with its Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) sector alone growing at a healthy 8.6% annually. Read More »


 

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Addendum

Sibling feud at Korean Air explodes into public view

It was not the happiest festive season for the Cho family, shareholders of the Hanjin Group conglomerate, and its flagship national carrier, Korean Air (KAL). Read More »


 

Addendum

Thai government consolidates board control at flag carrier

As expected, air chief marshal Chaiyapruk Didyasarin, the acting chairman of Thai Airways International (THAI), was formally appointed chairman last month. Read More »


 

Addendum

New blow to Hong Kong as Wuhan virus spreads beyond China

Just when it was thought things could not get any worse for Hong Kong’s decimated travel industry, they did. Read More »


 

Industry Addendum: Airlines

All Nippon Airways plans third A380 Narita-Honolulu service

Award winning global carrier, All Nippon Airways (ANA), will commence its third A380 FLYING HONU service between Narita and Honolulu on July 1, enabling it to offer a double daily A380 service on the route. Read More »


 

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Industry Addendum: GDS

Amadeus identifies top traveler trends

At the turn of the year, an Amadeus survey forecast its traveler trends for 2020 with communications with customers via Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning topping the list. Read More »


 

Industry Insight: Innovation in Global Aerospace

Boeing suppliers agree to US$6.4 billion merger

Composites technology company, Hexcel, and aircraft and industrial parts manufacturer, Woodward Inc., have merged into a 55/45 integrated systems provider for the aerospace and industrial sectors to be named Woodward Hexcel. Read More »


 

Industry Insight: Innovation in Global Aerospace

Collins Aerospace wins pilot training order from U.S. regulator

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is purchasing a Collins Aerospace Heads Up Display (HUD) Virtual Reality training device to support the regulator’s research into the pilot-HUD interface, pilot performance and crew workload. Read More »


 

Industry Addendum: Leasing

CALC orders A321neo for its portfolio

Hong Kong listed lessor, CALC, has ordered 40 A321neo, taking its order book with Airbus to 252 aircraft and lifting the Chinese funded group to seventh place on the Airbus list of customers. Read More »


 

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Industry Addendum: Leasing

Magnetic MRO and Crestline Investments set up leasing joint venture

New aviation asset management and leasing joint venture, Magnetic Leasing, which is focused on mid-life A320s and 737 CL/NG aircraft and engine and landing gear, is aiming to build a US$100 million portfolio by year end. The company’s goal is to manage 30 narrow-bodies and 20 engines by 2025. Read More »


 

Comment

“Welcome thaw” for Asia-Pacific airlines

For airlines in the Asia-Pacific, the signing of a “Phase One” trade deal last month between the U. S. and China after two years of a tit-for-tat tariff war comes as welcome relief. Read More »