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MARCH 2019

 

Cover Story

Alliances play catch up with airline expectations

Not for the first time, the raison d’etre for airline alliances and their place in the global industry came into question in recent months with the exit of China Southern Airlines from SkyTeam and the displeasure oneworld member, Qatar Airways, publicly aired about the alliance. Read More »


 

News Backgrounder

Vietnam-US nonstop? Not so fast

It will likely be politics and not business that ticks off the un-served route list and produces a non-stop flight from Vietnam to the United States. Read More »


 

News Backgrounder

Feedback first priority says new Virgin Australia CEO

As transport industry veteran, Paul Scurrah, prepared to take charge of Virgin Australia (VA) this month there was some good news to report to the carrier’s international investors. Read More »


 

News Backgrounder

Yearning for yield

US airlines are vying for a dozen new slots at Tokyo Haneda, whose convenient downtown location sees United command a 12% yield premium over Narita. Read More »


 

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News Backgrounder

Smarter regulation critical to global aviation growth

Smarter Regulation, said IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac, is more common sense than rocket science. Read More »


 

News Backgrounder

World airport body supports private infrastructure investment

As leaders of the world’s airports prepare to gather in Hong Kong next month for the annual Airports Council International (ACI) World Annual General Assembly, the council’s director general, Angela Gittens, underscored the importance of investing in new and improved airport infrastructure to accommodate traffic growth and maintain the high levels of service passengers expect. Read More »


 

News Backgrounder

A queen of the skies abdicates

For Airbus chief executive, Tom Enders, it was a heart-wrenching moment when he announced last month that deliveries of the flagship A380 would come to an end in 2021. Read More »


 

Addendum

Cathay Pacific in talks for local LCC Hong Kong Express

Cathay Pacific Chairman John Slosar often talks about “irresistible propositions”. Read More »


 

Addendum

IATA appoints North Asia boss

Ma Tao, who has spent almost a third of his career representing China at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), commenced work as the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) regional vice president North Asia on March 1. Read More »


 

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Industry Addendum: Innovation

Lufthansa Innovation chooses Singapore for first foreign hub

Established in 2014, the Lufthansa Innovation Hub (LIH) is the aviation group’s digitalization and innovation unit. Read More »


 

Industry Addendum: Innovation

Vietnam Airlines and Sabre Inc. sign expanded agreement

Vietnam Airlines and Sabre Inc. have signed a significantly expanded Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), valued potentially at US$300 million, that includes the Sabre AirVision and AirCentre portfolio that will complement SabreSonic, the Passenger Service System of Vietnam Airlines that Sabre recently renewed with the carrier. Read More »


 

Industry Addendum: Innovation

Etihad Airways and Microsoft launch Gulf AI academy

As part of a digital transformation, Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways and global technology titan, Microsoft, have established an in-house Artificial Intelligence (AI) academy, to optimize operations, broaden the technological skills of the group’s employees and create new revenue streams for all of the Abu Dhabi-headquartered company’s subsidiaries. Read More »


 

Industry Addendum: Innovation

Toyota and ANA test autonomous towing trucks

Global leader in the manufacturing of lift trucks by market share, Toyota Industry Corporation, and All Nippon Airways (ANA) are conducting a trial of Japan’s first autonomous towing tractors at Saga International Airport in the last two weeks of this month. Read More »


 

Industry Addendum: Innovation

Korean Air completes Travelport intelligence solution integration

Korean Air has completed the integration of Travelport’s data and business intelligence tool that will provide the carrier with access to Market Information Data Tapes (MIDT) data. Read More »


 

Industry Addendum: Asia-Pacific MRO

ATR extends Type “A” MRO intervals

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has ruled turboprop manufacturer, ATR, can increase the time frames between Type A maintenance checks by 50% to 750 hours. Read More »


 

Industry Addendum: Asia-Pacific MRO

British MRO establishes joint venture in Thailand’s U-Tapao

The Thai government’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), based around a planned aerotropolis at U-Tapao Airport, has attracted a new joint venture, BOSA-Thayaan Aircraft Services (BTAS). Read More »


 

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Industry Addendum: Asia-Pacific MRO

Boeing and Safran name APU joint venture

Boeing and Safran have announced their Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) joint venture will be called Initium Aerospace, based on the Latin meaning “to start”. Read More »


 

Industry Addendum: Asia-Pacific MRO

Embraer signs pool agreement with Air Astana

Embraer has signed a multi-year flight hour pool program to support the component requirements of the Central Asian airline’s new Embraer E2 jet fleet. Read More »


 

Industry Addendum: Communications and the Cabin

Seamless Air Alliance attracts leading industry participation

In the 12 months since it was set up at the 2018 Mobile World Congress, the Seamless Air Alliance has grown to 23 members from the inflight communications industry, aerospace manufacturers and airlines. Read More »


 

Industry Addendum: Communications and the Cabin

SilkAir chooses Thompson seating for business bed upgrade

Singapore Airlines (SIA) subsidiary, SilkAir, has chosen Thompson Aero Seating to supply business class flatbed seating on its B737-Max 8 fleet. Read More »


 

Industry Addendum: Communications and the Cabin

Inmarsat extends contract with Garuda Indonesia

More than 175 aircraft in the Garuda Group are to be equipped with the Inmarsat GX inflight broadband solution, including A320s, A330s, B737s and B777s. Read More »


 

Industry Addendum: Communications and the Cabin

More than 1,000 aircraft fitted with FlightPath 3D IFE maps

FlightPath 3D passed a major milestone last month with the fitting of its 3D Moving Map on more than 1,000 aircraft. Read More »


 

Industry Addendum: Leasing

IndiGo leases five ATRs from TrueNoord

TrueNoord last month announced it had commenced the delivery cycle of the five new ATR 72 600s it had leased to InterGlobe Aviation. Read More »


 

Industry Addendum: Leasing

BOC Aviation promotes in-house for U.S. roles

Singapore headquartered BOC Aviation has announced its former head of sales, Graham Lees, is now a director of the board of BOC Aviation (USA) Corporation, based in New York. Read More »


 

Comment

Alliances act to stay relevant

The resignation of China Southern Airlines from SkyTeam and the questioning of the benefits of oneworld membership by Qatar Airways Group CEO, Akbar al Baker, have reignited debate about the value of airline alliances. Read More »