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The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE: CEB) received a new Airbus A330-300 aircraft last December 14, 2016, creating more available seats for our valued guests in time for the holiday peak.
fficially celebrating the extension of Liebherr-Aerospace China, guests gathered on November 4, 2016 at the Shanghai-based center for liaison and customer service, which has doubled its size to 3,700 m² (ca. 40,000 sq ft)
COMAC (Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd.) held a signing ceremony on November 1 at the Zhuhai Air Show with China Aerospace Leasing Co., Ltd. (CASLC) for 20 firm and 20 options of ARJ21-700 aircraft powered by GE's CF34-10A engines.
The number of people flying by air will double by 2035, according to the latest estimates from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which said it expects to see 7.2 billion passengers to travel by air in 2035
The head of the main trade group representing airlines in Asia said he welcomed the new emissions pact agreed to at the 39th general assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in Montreal.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), have applauded the ICAO members who achieved an historic agreement to implement a market-based measure that will support airlines’
Effective 1 January 2017, FedEx Express said it will no longer accept stand-alone lithium-metal batteries (categorised as UN 3090) and stand-alone lithium ion batteries (categorised as UN 3480) prepared as IATA Section II shipments
Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft product support company in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East is pleased to announce the first Australian order of a Beechcraft King Air C90GTx to the leading flight training provider CAE Oxford Aviation Academy.
Airbus and a Chinese consortium made up of China Aviation Supplies (CAS), Qingdao United General Aviation Industrial Development (Qingdao United) and CITIC Offshore Helicopter (COHC) have agreed to set up a final assembly operation
Today, at the Palais de l'Elysée in Paris, in the presence of the French President, Safran Aircraft Engines and Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M, part of the AIR FRANCE KLM group) signed a Memorandum of Understanding
BOC Aviation Pte. Ltd. (“BOC Aviation”) is pleased to announce that it has delivered the first of three Airbus A320-200 aircraft to ANA Holdings which will be operated by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Vanilla Air.
The training joint venture announced in 2014 by Singapore Airlines and Airbus officially opened its dedicated US$100 million facility on 18 April with officials there saying the centre should become the largest in the world for Airbus training.
Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH, Lindenberg (Germany) achieved a major milestone when delivering the first proof of concept prototype units for the Boeing 777X folding wing tip actuation system end of February 2016.
The Philippines is set to become the centre of the Asian aviation industry on Sunday when top decision makers arrive for Routes Asia 2016 (6-8 March), the largest route development forum in the region.
Jet Aviation Zurich spent months preparing for the surge of VIP customers that arrived in Zurich to attend the 46th annual World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting, held January 20-23, 2016 in Davos, Switzerland.
SINGAPORE, 11 January 2016 – Asian Aviation Magazine, the leading independent information provider on the civil aviation industry in Asia, announced today it has appointed veteran journalist Matt Driskill as its new Editor.
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH), a leading provider of information technology, consulting, and business process outsourcing services, today announced a strategic agreement to drive digital transformation across the airline and its equity partners.
Sydney, Australia – dnata, one of the world’s largest air services providers, has reached an agreement with XiamenAir to provide full-ground handling services for the carrier’s new flights to Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, which commenced on 29 November.
Air New Zealand will begin flying the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to Honolulu from 10 May 2016, introducing its popular Economy Skycouch and Premium Economy product and increasing capacity on the route by almost 20% in the process.
SR Technics, one of the world’s leading providers of technical solutions to airlines, today announce the signing of a six-year integrated component services contract with the Indonesian low-cost carrier Lion Air.
Tigerair Singapore has signed a Flight Hour Services - Tailored Support Package (FHS-TSP) contract with Airbus to provide full component support, and fleet technical management services for its A320-family aircraft.
Ontic, a BBA Aviation company and the aerospace industry’s leading provider of ‘Extended Life Solutions’ for OEM legacy products, recently announced certification by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for its Singapore facility.
Pan Am International Flight Academy announced today plans today to attend the Asian Pacific Training Symposium (APATS) at the Centara Grand Convention Centre in Bangkok Thailand on September 15th and 16th.
Boeing, airline customers, industry partners and community leaders joined together today to celebrate Boeing's donation of the first 787-8 Dreamliner flight test airplane to Centrair International Airport in Nagoya.
Boeing and Vietnam Airlines celebrated a historic event today witnessed by H.E. Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, with the flag carrier's first 787 Dreamliner serving as a backdrop.
The implementation of Rockwell Collins’ ARINC Border Management solution at all international airports in Vietnam has resulted in a 90 percent improvement in passenger processing times, and an 80 percent improvement in the quality of the data when compared to the data handled manually.
Hong Kong Airlines launched a twice-weekly service between Hong Kong and Miyazaki, Japan, becoming the only airline in Hong Kong operating this direct flight service. Miyazaki is situated in the southeastern part of Kyushu.
The Global air transport industry has cut the rate of mishandled bags by 61.3% globally since 2007, creating US$18 billion in total estimated cost savings, according to air transport IT specialist SITA.
Airbus will increase A320 family monthly production rates to 50 from the first quarter of 2017, while rates for the A330 are being cut to six from the first quarter of 2016 as it transitions to the A330neo.
Rolls-Royce has launched a new strategic approach to customer service with the opening of the Customer Service Centre (CSC) – Singapore, the first in a network of dedicated centres providing comprehensive in-region customer support.
Japan’s Skymark Airlines has filed for bankruptcy in the face of fierce completion from true budget airlines and the big two mainline carriers, and the threat of legal action from airbus over a cancelled A380 contract.
Thirty highly respected industry leaders and professionals – including several former CEOs -- have joined in a broad-based business consultancy that specializes in Aviation, Aerospace, Defense and Air Travel under the banner of a new company - Stangarone & Associates.
IATA has increased its full year industry net profit forecast to US$19.9 billion, up from $US18 billion in June, mainly due to the plunge in oil prices – and it is expecting an even better performance next year.
Honeywell Aerospace and Hughes Aerospace are assisting Myanmar’s Yangon and Mandalay international airports to develop satellite-based navigation technologies for optimizing takeoff and landing routes.
NokScoot has unveiled its aircraft livery together with its cabin crew uniform design. The low-cost long-haul’s Boeing 777-200 aircraft arrived at its home base, Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport, on November 23.
Improving passenger processes at the airport is the number one information technology (IT) investment priority of airports around the world and nearly half (47%) rank passenger and airport security as their top priority
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Karl Ulrich Garnadt, the member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa Aktiengesellschaft and CEO of Lufthansa German Airlines has succeeded Stefan Lauer to be the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors at MRO operator Ameco Beijing.
The Dubai Air Show saw some huge widebody orders, with Boeing grabbing the headline by officially launching the 777X on the back of 259 orders from four airlines worth almost US$100 billion at book prices.
Operating losses at Tiger Airways Holdings widened to S$12.8 million (US$10.3 million) from S$11.5 million a year ago in the second quarter to the end of September, as losses at affiliates and the increased costs hit the Singapore budget carrier.
Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) today 16th October announced that its aerospace arm, Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd (ST Aerospace) has secured new orders worth about $600m in the third quarter of 2013.
Airbus has made a crucial breakthrough in the Japanese market, with Japan Airlines (JAL) signing a purchase agreement for 31 A350 XWBs (18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s), plus options for a further 25 aircraft.
Lion Air aims to stamp its mark on the region’s MRO sector - and ensure it can support its own ambitious expansion plans. Lion Air’s ambitious plans in the MRO sector will have a significant impact on Indonesia’s and the wider ASEAN region’s MRO sector.
Airbus saw a slew of A320 orders in the Asia-Pacific region in September - including a 100-strong order from VietJet. The other hot spot at China Aviation Expo was the Chinese domestic market. Start-up Qingdao Airlines signed a purchase agreement for a total of 23 A320 Family aircraft, including five A320ceo and 18 A320neo.
The European manufacturer of turboprop aircraft ATR, Indonesia's national airline Garuda Indonesia and the Danish leasing firm Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) have announced an agreement for the introduction of 35 new ATR 72-600 aircraft into Garuda's fleet.
BOC Aviation is pleased to announce the placement of six Airbus A321 aircraft with EVA Airways Corp. (EVA) for delivery between March and August 2015. EVA Air has signed the leases as it renews its narrow-body fleet to expand its regional routes. The aircraft will be equipped with CFM engines.
Tigerair Australia has awarded BAE Systems a five-year contract to provide base maintenance services for its fleet of A320 aircraft - the first major commercial contract for the largely military MRO provider.
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has chosen SITA’s next generation Airport Management System to transform operations at ten airports across India, enhancing the passenger journey for 42 million passengers.
SEATTLE, August 26, 2013 – Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Xiamen Airlines have finalized an order for six 787-8s. Originally announced by Xiamen Airlines in May 2011, the order is valued at $1.3 billion at list prices.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -Preliminary traffic figures for the month of July released today by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed continued growth in international passenger traffic, whereas international air cargo demand remained weak.
GE Aviation has begun testing on its new composite fan blades for the GE9X, the next-generation GE90 engine that will power Boeing’s 777X aircraft. This validation test is the first of several testing programs GE has planned this year for the GE9X fan module.
Its reported that two people may have been killed with a further 12 admitted to hospital in critical conditions, when an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 with more than 300 people on board crashed while landing at San Francisco airport after a flight from Seoul.
Bombardier Aerospace’s latest 20-year business aircraft market forecast, released on 14 June, predicts deliveries of some 24,000 business jets, valued at some US$650 billion, between 2013 and 2032. Growth will be driven by emerging markets, including Asia.
Asia-Pacific's top 30 airports ranked by passenger volume broke through the one billion passenger mark in 2012, but saw growth rates significantly below those of the three key Gulf hubs. Colin Baker reports.
As the world's aerospace industry gathers in Paris for Europe’s premier air show this month, Airbus can "project an image as the more-reliable 'jetmaker', despite the merits of the [Boeing] 777X design" with which the US manufacturer expects to compete against the European company's new Rolls-Royce Trent-powered A350 XWB, according to consultant Richard Aboulafia.
Over the next two decades, Asia is predicted to lead growth in air traffic. With airlines once again placing substantial orders for new aircraft, the region’s MRO providers are expanding engine maintenance capabilities to tap that segment of the market
Last year, the Asia-Pacific region accounted for 36 per cent of the worldwide market in value for composite production and 41 per cent in volume, according to Frederique Mutel, president and chief executive officer of the JEC Group, which is the world’s largest composite industry organisation, representing, promoting and expanding the industry.
The Airport Council International’s (ACI) Asia Pacific Regional Assembly held recently in Phuket was a quiet, even muted, affair. Airports in the region are doing well, will continue to do so based on traffic forecasts and are expected to keep on delivering broader economic benefits. But with this planning for future growth comes issues related to the high cost of building and expanding airports and the political squabbling
Rolls-Royce has welcomed a decision by Singapore Airlines to select 30 additional Airbus A350-900 aircraft that will be powered by Trent XWB engines – the most efficient large civil aero engines flying in the world today.
Every day over 100,000 flights take off around the world. But up to 8 per cent of aviation fuel used on these flights is estimated to be wasted due to the inefficient routes that aircraft currently have to fly, according to the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) in its Revolutionising Air Traffic Management report.
Remanufactured business jet company Nextant Aerospace has appointed Great Wall Industry (CGWIC) as its exclusive sales agent in China and Jet Aviation Singapore as an authorised service centre as it seeks to build its Asian business.
European seat manufacturer EADS Sogerma launched its new Celeste narrowbody business class/premium economy seat during the show. Celeste is pitched at a minimum of 40 inches, with a single actuator or a G mechanism to a cradle relaxed position up to 45 degrees.
Cessna Aircraft rolled out the first production version of its flagship New Citation X business jet at the company’s Wichita, Kansas manufacturing facility on 15 April. The new aircraft was first announced at the NBAA show in 2010 and offers a top speed of Mach 0.935, making it the world’s fastest civil aircraft.
Airlines in the region are exploring mobile technology for passenger booking and processing. Michael Mackey looks at what the future holds. It is early days yet for mobile technology in the airline industry but the potential is there, being acted upon and there is plenty more to come.
Australian operators of Robinson R44 helicopters faced being grounded at the end of April if they had not fitted their aircraft with upgraded fuel tanks designed to reduce the risk of post-accident fire. In early April, when the Civil Aviation Safety Authority issued the directive, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau had assessed that about 100 Australian R44 helicopters would not meet the service bulletin by the deadline.
Bombardier Aerospace is a very pragmatic manufacturer, having wisely responded to changes in the prevailing wind as it spent several years preparing to bring its latest commercial aircraft – the new CSeries (CS) narrowbody – to the runway.
India, one of the fastest growing economies, has 55 billionaires – the fourth largest in the world – owning approximately $250 billion in wealth. This is compared with China’s 115 billionaires valued at $230 billion.
Business jet manufacturer Gulfstream brought its super mid-sized G280 and the ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range G650 to the Avalon air show for the first time, with the manufacturer expecting the aircraft to be popular in the country’s growing business jet market.
Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) received a significant recognition of its environmental efforts today when Airports Council International (ACI) presented it with the Airport Carbon Accreditation "Optimisation" certificate – the second-highest level of accreditation in the programme – f
Nearly 50 million tonnes of cargo are transported by air each year, according to the International Air Transport Association. In dollar terms, this represents US$5.3 trillion of business which accounts for about 35% of the value of goods traded internationally.
Air transport technology firm SITA is marketing fast evolving new products which will allow Asian and other airports to use their space and other resources more efficiently, Ilya Gutlin, SITA’s president of the Asia-Pacific tells Asian Aviation.
Paced by the sales of light helicopters in 2012, Eurocopter India continued its leadership role in the Indian market last year – capturing a 70 percent share of the new civilian helicopter bookings and 43 percent of registered deliveries in this key geographical region.
The AJW Montréal facility continues on its fast track with uncompromising commitment to bring component repair and overhaul services on stream just five months after acquiring the former Aveos Fleet Performance assets.
31 January 2013: Malaysia Airlines today rolled out its first aircraft decorated in the livery of the oneworld(r) alliance - which the flag carrier of Malaysia joins at midnight tonight in one of the most significant steps in its 40-year history
29 January 2013, Singapore – Scoot, Singapore’s newest low cost carrier, today announced the launch of ScooTV, Asia’s first inflight entertainment system that allows passengers to stream content to their own Wi-Fi devices.
The new year may bring in better tidings for Indian aviation gradually emerging from a stormy period that was manifested by an antagonistic environment of high costs, a depreciated rupee, regulatory uncertainty, declining traffic and heavy financial losses.
Airports in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East experienced strong passenger and freight growth last year. Passenger traffic for the period January to November 2012 was up 7.2 percent in Asia-Pacific and increased 11.4 percent in the Middle East when compared to the same period last year.
Sydney and Melbourne Airport are now using controversial full-body scanners, with international travellers being randomly selected for screening -- and unable to opt out unless they have a solid medical reason.
Qantas is set to boast the world's longest flight for its 13,800km (8,500 miles) trek between Sydney and Dallas/Fort Worth, following Singapore Airlines' decision to pull the plug on its direct services from Singapore to New York and Los Angeles.
Virgin Australia has agreed three deals that will shape its future, with Singapore Airlines taking a 10% stake, while Virgin Australia takes majority control of Tiger Airways Australia and buys regional carrier SkyWest.
Sichuan Airlines has leased an additional Airbus A330-300 from Intrepid Aviation. The aircraft, which will be delivered in the 4th Quarter of 2014, will be the third A330 Intrepid will be leasing to the Chinese carrier.
Australian engine overhaul provider LTQ Engineering is to cease operations in September, after joint venture partner Lufthansa Tecknik told Qantas it would no longer invest in the facility that has made a loss every year since it opened in 2004.
Cathay Pacific has selected ARINC to provide a major upgrade of its fleet's onboard communication systems to provide what it describes as "e-Enabled aircraft". The decision comes after two years of extensive trials.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called for what it describes as an “India Inc.” approach to resolve India’s aviation crisis and improve competitiveness to drive economic and social benefits.
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has won an order "in principle" for 100 MRJ regional jets from US regional carrier SkyWest - providing a major boost for Asia's indigenous aircraft manufacturing sector and nearly doubling the MRJ order book.
Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhan said at Farnborough that the carrier is accelerating its disposal of Boeing 747-400s and looking to phase out its 777-200ERs within three years, possibly replacing them with Airbus A330-300s.
Preliminary traffic figures for May from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed continued growth in international air passenger traffic, but international air cargo demand remained soft.
IATA has downgraded its 2012 financial forecast for Asia-Pacific carriers by US$300 million to US$2.0 billion after a generally poor first quarter offset the benefits of the post-tsunami recovery in Japan.
Northwest Aerospace Technologies has obtained FAA STC Certification and Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (HKCAD) VSTC approval for the installation of Cathay Pacific’s Premium Economy product including new Premium Economy class seats, new cabin monuments and associated furnishings for the airlines Boeing 747-400 aircraft fleet.
Preliminary traffic figures for the month of April released today by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed further growth in international air passenger numbers, but international air cargo markets remained weak.
Boeing has shown off its new dual-feather winglet design concept for the 737 MAX, promising up to 1.5 percent fuel-burn improvement on long range flights, on top of the 10-12 percent already offered by the MAX.
AirAsia Philippines has signed a deal to go onto the Abacus International global distribution system (GDS), becoming the latest low-cost or hybrid airline to team-up with the travel technology provider.
Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia have announced they are to terminate their share swap plans in the face of mounting political pressure, although the carriers still plan to cooperate on cost saving joint ventures, mainly on the operations side.
18 months after she suffered an uncontained engine failure shortly after take-off from Singapore, Qantas A380 Nancy Bird-Walton has returned to action after one of the most comprehensive repairs in aviation history.
Air China saw operating profits plunge by more than 80% in the first quarter to 189 RMB million (US$30 million), on the back of weaker international and cargo business, high fuel prices, and exchange rate and investment-related declines.
Oxford Aviation Academy has signed a new training deal with Tiger Airways shortly after winning type rating training organisation approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) - becoming the first foreign training firm to get this approval.
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation (MITAC) has given details on its previously announced programme delay, which will see the first flight slip from the second quarter of 2012 to October-December 2013, and first delivery from first quarter of 2014 to the summer of 2015.
Qantas has selected CFM International’s LEAP-1A engine to power 78 Airbus A320neo aircraft currently on order for its Jetstar LCC subsidiary. The engine order has a catalogue price of US$ 2 billion, including spare engines.
Indonesian LCC Lion Air has completed its first asset-backed bond issuance, the proceeds of which are being used to finance four new Boeing 737-900 ER aircraft worth over US$250 million at catalogue prices.
Two Asia-Pacific companies - Fuji Heavy Industries of Tochigi, Japan and Ferra Engineering of Brisbane Australia - are among 16 firms or academic institutions honoured in Boeing's 'Supplier of the year' awards.
Pilatus Aircraft has appoints Air Charter Services (ACSPL) as its official PC-12 Sales and Service Centre in India with responsibility for India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Burma and Thailand.
Qantas has revealed that the final repair bill for the Airbus A380 that suffered a near-catastrophic engine failure on take-off from Singapore in 2010 will be A$139 million (US$144 million), or more than one-third the catalogue price of a new aircraft.
Rockwell Collins is to form a joint venture in China to develop surveillance products for the Comac C919 narrowbody. The joint venture is with Leihua Electronic Technology Research Institute (LETRI), a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).
IATA says Asia-Pacific carriers saw a 5.9% increase in passenger demand in February, roughly in line with a 6.2% increase in capacity. Load factors stood at 75.4%. Following a small spike in international travel over the Chinese New Year period in January (6.4% growth) February traffic declined.
Shanghai Airport Authority, Shanghai International Airport, Air China and Cathay Pacific Airways are teaming up to launch a ground handling joint venture company for the city's Pudong and Hongqiao International Airports.
Lufthansa Technik Group recorded slight growth of 1.9 percent in sales revenue in 2011to €4.1 billion (US$5.4 billion), but earnings before tax (EBT) declined by 14.5 percent to €241 million with an operating margin of 6.7 percent as the MRO provider warned of toughening market conditions.
Gulfstream has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the FAA for its Elite interior package on the G450 and G550. The new streamlined cabin was originally designed for the ultra-long-range G650, but is being made available as an option on the two other models.
Cathay Pacific became the latest carrier to confirm that the going is getting tougher, with operating profits halving in 2011 to HK$5,514 million (US$710 million) on revenue up just under 10% at HK$98,406 million.
AFI KLM E&M has inked a contract with SriLankan Airlines covering A340 and A330 component support. The contract involves closed-loop repairs for six A330’s and six A340’s. SriLankan is a new customer for the MRO provider.
Australian regional carrier REX warns that the twin effects of global economic slowdown and what it calls Australia\'s \"draconian\" policies on regional aviation will \"wipe out\" most regional air services and warns the group may divert resources to the more lucrative mining charters.
The Asia-Pacific region, and Indonesia in particular, proved just how important it is to the aviation industry in Singapore last week. Lion Air was the star of the show, finalising a huge order from Boeing, ordering business jets for its new high-end venture, and also becoming the largest ATR operator in the world. Much of the action, meanwhile, was across the island within the Seletar Aerospace Park, which witnessed a host of openings and ground breakings - with Rolls-Royce opening its new campus.
Singapore Airlines Cargo has slashed capacity by 20% as it cuts frequencies to Europe and North America. The move is the latest sign that Asia's air cargo sector is struggling in the face of weak demand and over capacity
Mandala Airlines says it expects to resume operations in April, following the reactivation of its AOC by Indonesian authorities. The news comes shortly after Tiger Airways completed its purchase of a 33% stake in the carrier, which will adopt Tiger's low-cost model
The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine has taken to the skies for the first time, powering an Airbus A380 test aircraft in Toulouse, France. The aircraft flew with one of its four Trent 900 engines replaced by a Trent XWB.
Emirates has adopted a rebooking module from Travelport that will enable passengers to rebook flights from any internet-connected device in one go, with information on alternative flights, costs and refunds all available on one screen.
This year’s Singapore Airshow could be the biggest yet and, once again, gives the island nation a chance to highlight its aerospace capabilities and its strategic significance as an aviation hub, writes Andrzej Jeziorski. Despite continued economic uncertainty in key markets such as Europe and the USA, demand for new aircraft remains strong – as evidenced by the order and delivery tallies just released by manufacturers Airbus and Boeing (see pages 26-27). Asia’s relatively healthy economies and pent-up demand in China and India are now more alluring to aircraft makers than ever, and all key forecasts for the next two decades show the region as the driver of the continued growth of the global aviation industry. This is encouraging news for the organisers of this year’s Singapore Airshow – the biggest event of its kind outside of Europe.
With last year’s flooding only the latest challenge to Thai Airways’ bottom line, the carrier is pressing ahead with plans to set up a new regional unit and to modernise its fleet, writes Andrzej Jeziorski. It has not been an easy couple of years for airlines in Thailand, which have had to face not only a global recession, but a political crisis that hurt tourist demand and closed airports, then – more recently – months of heavy rainfall that caused widespread flooding and shut down Bangkok’s secondary airport, Don Muang.
ontinuing concerns about the global economy have not stifled growth in demand for new aircraft, with Airbus and Boeing together collecting about 2,500 new orders and completing more than 1,000 deliveries in 2011, writes Ian Goold. Just hours after Boeing announced plans late last year to close down its plant in Wichita, Kansas, which dates back to the 1920s when it was the Stearman Aircraft factory, the city authorities were on the phone to rival Airbus, discussing possible expansion of the European company's facility there.
Late last year, major aviation organisations approved the formation of a group to map out a path towards seamless air traffic management across the Asia-Pacific region, writes Andrzej Jeziorski. In early September, the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO’s) Asia-Pacific planning group approved the formation of a new team to map out a path towards Seamless Asian Skies (SAS), maximising the efficiency of civil aviation in the region.
Long-haul low-cost carrier (LCC) AirAsia X will cease operating to Europe, dropping its four-times weekly service to Paris on 30 March, followed by its six-times weekly London flights the following day.
VistaJet plans to double business within four years Switzerland-based business-jet charter and aircraft-management company VistaJet says it has begun the second phase of its strategic expansion across fast- growth markets – including China, India and the Middle East – as it seeks to double the size of the business within four years.
Sydney plans for future Australia’s Sydney Airport has launched discussions with stakeholders on a proposal to redesign the airport into two airline alliance-based precincts, each comprising international, domestic and regional services under one roof.
Malaysia increases size of new KL budget terminal Malaysia has opted to increase the size of the planned new low-cost carriers terminal (LCCT) at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), offering annual passenger-handling capacity of 45 million, 50 percent more than originally planned.
Malaysia has opted to increase the size of the planned new low-cost carriers terminal (LCCT) at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), offering annual passenger-handling capacity of 45 million, 50 percent more than originally planned.
Despite widespread flooding in Thailand from July to October last year, which saw domestic travel demand drop about 11 percent, budget carrier Nok Air has reported annual profit of 220 million baht (US$7.33 million).
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is considering reducing its workforce as it continues to scale down its network as part of a drive to turn its business around. Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya says retrenchments are under consideration, while the MAS Employees Union has said in local press reports that senior airline official intend to cut the workforce. In the meantime, Malaysia’s flag carrier is continuing to slash unprofitable services, refocusing efforts onto its most promising markets.
Low-cost carriers may have undergone significant change since the model was launched by Southwest Airlines in the 1970s, but they remain true to the core principle of keeping fares as low as possible to maximise load factors, writes Emma Kelly.
Beijing-based Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (Ameco Beijing) says it is closely monitoring the market for Airbus A380 maintenance, repair and overhaul market (MRO) as it plans to expand its capabilities for the type. The company also plans to expand heavy maintenance capability for smaller A330 widebody twinjet. With more than 240 A380s – the world’s largest jetliner – sold to airlines worldwide, Ameco says MRO demand for the aircraft is expanding.
AgustaWestland has signed a contract with Weststar Aviation Services for the sale of ten helicopters to the Malaysian company. The deal covers five AW139s configured for offshore transport, one AW139 for VIP transport, two AW169s and two AW189s. The contract, valued at about US$150 million, was signed on 7 December by Syed Azman Syed Ibrahim, Group Managing Director of Weststar, and AgustaWestland Chief Executive Bruno Spagnolini at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in Malaysia.
Now approaching its tenth anniversary, Kazakhstan’s flag carrier Air Astana has big plans for the future, writes Kok Chwee Sim. The geography of Kazakhstan – the largest land-locked country in the world – is as unique as it is challenging. The shores of the Indian and Arctic Oceans are equally far from its borders and while it depended on the Silk Route in ancient times for trade, it is today highly dependent on aviation for the movement of all commerce, trade, capital and people. Today, the responsibility for maintaining air connectivity with the world rests on the shoulders of Air Astana.
The Middle East has become the world’s fastest-growing aviation market and – although it looks set to be overtaken in growth by China – it will remain a key focus for aircraft manufacturers, writes Ian Goold.
With Asia expected to lead growth in air traffic over the next two decades, the region’s MRO providers are expanding engine maintenance capabilities to tap that segment of the market, writes William Dennis. Aircraft engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) is the largest segment of the global MRO market and a highly competitive sector for the Asia-Pacific region’s commercial aviation industry. While dedicated MRO service providers are set to benefit from massive expansion in airline fleets over the next two decades, engine makers themselves are also making efforts to expand their share of the market with after-sales support packages.
Australia’s Qantas will no doubt be pleased to see the back of 2011, hoping the New Year will bring with it a resolution to its labour union woes, writes Emma Kelly. Labour relations for Australia’s largest airline, Qantas Airways, were at an all-time low as Asian Aviation went to press, with disputes with three unions now handed over to be resolved by national tribunal Fair Work Australia (FWA). Months of negotiations are likely, with any decisions made by the independent tribunal binding on all sides, for a maximum of four years. In addition, Qantas is facing possible court action from one union as it embarks on the long process of rebuilding its image, which has been severely damaged by months of industrial action and the grounding of its fleet in late October. Over a 15-month period, Qantas had reached accord with four unions, representing more than 10,000 employees – or a third of the workforce – on five enterprise agreements. But the airline was unable to reach agreement with three more: the Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA), the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) and the Transport Workers Union (TWU), which respectively represent long-haul pilots, licensed engineers, and ramp, baggage and catering staff. Months of failed negotiations resulted in industrial action by the unions, which saw flights cancelled and aircraft grounded. By 28 October, Qantas said the industrial action had cost it A$68 million (US$69 million) – or A$15 million per week in lost revenue.
US investment-advice consultancy Bernstein Research believes that the new Airbus A350 twin-aisle twinjet may be delayed beyond the manufacturer’s latest schedule, issued in November. The European manufacturer revised its production timetable for the A350 XWB (an abbreviation of "extra-wide body") following delays in sub-assembly deliveries from suppliers in Europe and the USA, pushing the start of final assembly back from late 2011 to early 2012. The scheduled first-flight date for the initial A350-900 variant has slipped from late 2012 to 2013's first quarter, with entry into service (EIS) with launch customer Qatar Airways consequently delayed by six months, to the first half of 2014. Similarly, Bernstein has revised its own, more pessimistic, prediction of A350-900 EIS by some six months to mid-2015, having previously predicted delivery of eight A350s in 2014 and 50 in 2015.
Changi Airports International (CAI) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Russian industrial group Basic Element and Russia’s largest bank Sberbank to form a joint venture to invest in and develop airports in the country. The deal is the latest expansion of CAI’s airport-investment and consulting business, which includes a 26 percent stake in India’s Bengal Aerotropolis Project and an 8 percent stake in Gemina, the holding company of the operator of Rome’s airports. CAI will hold a 30 percent stake in the new Russian joint venture, 50 percent plus one share going to Basic Element and the remaining 20 percent, minus one share, going to Sberbank. The joint venture is expected to be established in the second quarter of 2012.
Boeing has revealed, in a filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), that first deliveries of the 747-8 Intercontinental and the 787-9 have both been delayed. The first example of the passenger version of the 747-8 will now be handed over to a VIP customer in the first quarter of 2012, instead of late this year as previously stated. Deliveries of the 787-9 to launch customer Air New Zealand will now begin in early 2014, instead of late 2013.
The growth of India’s airline industry continues apace, making the country one of the world’s key aviation markets. Yet infrastructure challenges remain and India’s airlines are deep in debt, writes Radhakrishna Rao. India’s civil-aviation sector, estimated to be growing at a robust annual rate of 15-20 percent, is considered India’s second emerging sunrise industry after Information Technology. The growth rate is one of the fastest in the Asia-Pacific region, and the country is currently the ninth-largest aviation market in the world. A massive boom in the tourism industry, coupled with a growing, cash-rich middle class and strong government support have helped, alongside growing private participation and foreign investment, and a favourable business environment. With the Government’s Open Skies policy luring an increasing number of foreign entities to enter the country’s civil-aviation market, the number of airlines and the nationwide aircraft fleet are both expanding. Recognising this, the Indian Civil Aviation Ministry’s Vision 2020 plan stresses a need to develop the country’s infrastructure, with a particular focus on well-equipped, user friendly airports to handle as many as 280 million passengers per year expected in the country by 2020.
Airbus and Boeing’s re-engined versions of their best-selling single-aisle jetliners face competition from a number of all-new designs, writes Andrzej Jeziorski. Airbus and Boeing have both been grabbing headlines and racking up orders with re-engined versions of their market-leading single-aisle aircraft families. With all the attention that has been focused on these manufacturers as Airbus’s A320neo and Boeing’s 737 MAX go head-to-head, it is easy to forget that both those models will be facing emerging competition from a clutch of all-new single-aisle jetliners.
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has embarked on a major restructuring programme to cut operating costs. The project, expected to be completed by early November, is aimed at making the airline’s operations leaner, cutting unprofitable services and possibly downsizing the workforce. Some measures have already been put in place. One of the carrier’s two daily Boeing 747-400 flights to London has been downgraded to smaller 777-200 aircraft, while the twice-daily 777-200 service to Melbourne has been downgraded to Airbus A330-300s.
Qantas said it would resume services by mid-afternoon on Monday 31 October 2011, subject to approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), after a two-day stoppage caused by industrial action. Australia’s largest carrier grounded its entire 108-aircraft fleet on Saturday, 29 October, over the labour dispute. The resumption of services was announced after an Australian arbitration court stepped in to end a week of strikes and cancelled a staff lockout.
In this issue, we see a number of major industry players underlining the significance of the Asia-Pacific region as a long-term driver of growth in the aviation industry. Simulator maker CAE (see page 32) says long-term demand for its products will be bolstered by growth in emerging markets such as China, India and South-East Asia. Elsewhere (see page 20), Airbus’s top salesman John Leahy says key factors in the company’s latest 20-year outlook “include a strong driving of traffic growth by the emerging economies, the nearly doubling of traffic in and between more mature markets, and the positioning of Asia-Pacific as the leader in world traffic”.
Air China is focusing on expand international operations, due in part to concern over the rapid expansion of the high-speed train services across the country, which are affecting passenger loads on domestic flights.
High taxes and complex approval procedures are slowing the growth of China’s aircraft-leasing sector. A 21.42 percent tax is levied by the Chinese authorities on the value of aircraft leased from foreign companies. By comparison, the tax on aircraft purchased from a foreign country is only 5 percent.
Southwest Airlines was the forerunner of the world’s most successful low-cost carriers. With the acquisition of rival AirTran earlier this year, the airline has entered a whole new era, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.
Bombardier Aerospace announced on 15 September that final assembly of its new Global 7000 and Global 8000 business jets would take place at the company’s plant in Toronto, Ontario. “Our Toronto site employees have the knowledge and expertise required to assemble these two new business aircraft,” says Steve Ridolfi, president of Bombardier Business Aircraft.
Malaysia Airlines’ MAS Aerospace Engineering (MASAE) unit aims to be the world’s number one airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service provider in terms of utilised man-hours within two to three years.
Platform for cross-industry thought leadership to fast track development and future growth strategies ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 26 SEPTEMBER 2011: CEOs from the world’s leading airlines, aircraft manufacturers, satellite companies, and aerospace associations, as well as heads of the world’s most prominent aerospace teaching and research facilities, will come together at the inaugural Global Aerospace Summit for four days of strategic level discussions, closed-door debates, networking, and site visits.
n this issue, we see a number of major industry players underlining the significance of the Asia-Pacific region as a long-term driver of growth in the aviation industry. Simulator maker CAE (see page 32) says long-term demand for its products will be bolstered by growth in emerging markets such as China, India and South-East Asia. Elsewhere (see page 20), Airbus’s top salesman John Leahy says key factors in the company’s latest 20-year outlook “include a strong driving of traffic growth by the emerging economies, the nearly doubling of traffic in and between more mature markets, and the positioning of Asia-Pacific as the leader in world traffic”.
According to European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, demand for new aircraft over the next 20 years will total 26,900 new passenger jetliners and more than 900 dedicated freighters, with the Asia-Pacific region as a major growth driver. The combined value of the new aircraft will be about US$3.5 trillion. In its latest Global Market Forecast, covering the years 2011-2030 – released in London on 19 September – the company says the demand will arise from the continuing “democratization” of air transport – driven by emerging economies, a global increase in wealth, greater urbanization, the need for more eco-efficient aircraft and a near-doubling of major airport hubs for mega-cities. The forecast predicts an overall doubling of the global fleet of passenger airliners with 100 or more seats, increasing from 15,000 aircraft today to 31,500 by 2030. About 10,500 of the total new deliveries will be needed as replacements for older, less fuel-efficient aircraft. The trend towards larger aircraft will continue, in order for the aviation sector to keep pace with future growth in demand.
Singapore’s Seletar Airport has completed a runway extension as part of a major upgrade project designed to position the airport as a niche facility for business aviation, general aviation and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) activities.
From biofuels to efficient aircraft design to aircraft recycling – the global aviation industry is trying to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Emma Kelly reports on the industry’s green initiatives.
AIRBUS has transported the first A350 XWB nose section to its plant in St Nazaire from partner Aerolia’s site in Méaulte, using one of the manufacturer’s Beluga aircraft. The A350 XWB nose section comprises three main sub-assemblies: the cockpit plus upper and lower forward fuselage parts, which incorporate door one and the nose landing gear bay. Making the best use of modern, high-tech materials, the A350 XWB nose section is made of 40 percent composites, 55 percent aluminium/aluminium-lithium and 5 percent titanium. Once assembled and equipped, the nose section will be joined to the forward fuselage (made and equipped in Hamburg) to form the A350 XWB front fuselage.
According to European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, demand for new aircraft over the next 20 years will total 26,900 new passenger jetliners and more than 900 dedicated freighters, with the Asia-Pacific region as a major growth driver. The combined value of the new aircraft will be about US$3.5 trillion.
Rising fuel costs have taken their toll on Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways, which said in August that profit for the first half of this year fell 59 percent, in the wake of an exceptionally strong 2010 and despite rising passenger demand and increased revenue. Profit for the first six months fell to HK$2.81 billion (US$361 million) from a total of HK$6.84 billion in the same period of last year. Earnings per share fell 58.9 percent to 71.4 Hong Kong cents, while sales rose 13.2 percent to HK$46.79 million.
Traffic results for July released by the International Air Transport Association show that global passenger travel rose 5.9 percent compared with July 2010. However, freight markets were stagnant, with a 0.4 percent decline in demand from the previous year’s level.
Bombardier Aerospace has announced that Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet took delivery in August of the first two of 15 Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft ordered in December 2010. “SpiceJet’s order was a breakthrough for our Q400 NextGen turboprop in the Indian market, and Bombardier’s portfolio of commercial aircraft and customer services continues to be well positioned to support the development of India’s airline network,” says Chet Fuller, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s senior vice-president of sales, marketing and asset management, during a ceremony held on 26 August at Bombardier Aerospace’s Toronto facility, where the aircraft is manufactured.
Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) will increase aeronautical fees starting with the international passenger service charge (IPSC) from 15 September. The IPSC will be increased by 14 ringgit (US$4.66) to 65 ringgit at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang, Langkawi International Airport, Penang International Airport, Kota Kinabalu International Airport and Kuching International Airport. At the Low-Cost Carriers (LCC) Terminal at KLIA and Terminal 2 Kota Kinabalu, the charge will rise by 7 ringgit to 32 ringgit.
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and budget airline AirAsia have signed a landmark agreement that will mark the end of the flag carrier’s wholly-owned low-cost subsidiary FireFly. MAS and AirAsia plan to co-operate to take advantage of their core strengths, reducing competition and co-operating where possible in aircraft purchasing, engineering, ground support services and catering. The deal is valid for five years, with a provision to extend for another five.
Meanwhile, despite an increase in turnover, Cathay’s profit for the first six months of the year slipped 58.9 percent, compared with the same period in 2010, falling to HK$2.81 billion. Cathay attributes the drop to increased fuel prices and rising operational costs. Fuel expenditure, the group’s biggest single cost, rose by 49.5 percent to HK$6.46 billion.
Chinese budget carrier Spring Airlines has firmed-up plans for an initial public offering (IPO) in the first quarter of 2012. Pending approval from the China Securities Regulatory Commission, the stock market regulator, the airline will be listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. It hopes to raise US$1.2 billion to help fund new aircraft acquisitions.
Dubai Airports has committed to a US$7.8 billion airport expansion programme that will allow Dubai International to handle 90 million passengers annually by 2018. The expansion plan for the airport, which now has capacity for 60 million passengers a year, is based on ten-year forecasts predicting a surge in traffic for Dubai International and the new Dubai World Central (DWC) airport – which currently only handles freight operations. International passenger numbers and cargo volume are expected to increase at an average annual growth rate of 7.2 percent and 6.7 percent respectively.
South Korea’s Incheon Airport has signed a memorandum of understanding on strategic co-operation with two of Europe’s leading airport groups, France’s Aeroports de Paris and the Schiphol Group of the Netherlands.
Christchurch Airport is the biggest on New Zealand’s South Island, and is investing heavily in developing into a regional hub. Pat Brennan spoke with airport CEO Jim Boult on the sidelines of July’s Aviation Outlook Summit in Sydney.
So we finally know the answer. For months now, it appeared that Boeing was unable to commit itself to a concrete strategy on the future of its single-aisle product, while Airbus racked up more than 1,200 orders for its re-engined A320neo in the nine months since the programme’s launch.
American joins Airbus club American Airlines has unveiled plans to add up to 925 new single-aisle aircraft during 2013-25, in a move that will see four of the top five US carriers operating Airbus equipment. Ian Goold reports. As part of a long-term fleet-renewal strategy for American Airlines (AA), owner AMR Corporation announced in July a narrowbody aircraft acquisition plan aimed at reducing operating and fuel costs. AA plans to acquire some 260 Airbus A320-series and 200 Boeing 737-family aircraft (including new variants) during 2013-22. Options and purchase rights for 465 additional A320 and 737 machines could see American take delivery of as many as 925 new aircraft in the 12 years up to 2025.
Connectivity and personal entertainment and communication devices have not killed off seatback in-flight entertainment and communications systems, as some had predicted. Emma Kelly looks at how IFEC manufacturers are planning for the future.
Boeing Commercial Airplane has been celebrating significant milestones in its latest Model 787 and 747-8 programmes despite having to tighten up its forecast for 2011 output. Ian Goold reports. A reduction in the number of Boeing 787 and 747 deliveries expected by the end of this year (down from 25-40 to 25-30) have prompted the US manufacturer to reduce its overall estimate for 2011 shipments to 485-495 commercial aircraft. Nevertheless, Boeing is approaching the end of the its third quarter on a high, with the handover of the first 787 to Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) expected on 26 September, coinciding with the start of deliveries the initial four 747-8F cargo aircraft to Europe's Cargolux and Asian operator Cathay Pacific Cargo. Just over 600 days after the 787's maiden flight, systems function and reliability (F&R) testing was completed in mid-August, clearing the way for formal joint US and European certification by the end of the month (see news story, page 7). Enhanced engine performance is already planned for the 787 with development of a Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 "Package B" upgrade and a General Electric GEnx "performance improvement package" (PIP1) under way.
Alan Joyce’s plans to restructure Qantas have been described as everything from a bold move to a sham, writes Emma Kelly. For some, 16 August 2011 marked the point at which Qantas’ fortunes changed for the better, while others warn it heralds the end of the Australian carrier as we know it.
Asia-Pacific ATM goes green A new round of innovative ATM initiatives in the region has been launched, designed to reduce emissions and increase operational efficiency. Emma Kelly examines the latest projects. First there was ASPIRE – the Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions – and now there is INSPIRE – the Indian Ocean Strategic Partnership to Reduce Emissions. Both are collaborative environmental air traffic management (ATM) initiatives with the same goals at their core: to implement “green” ATM processes and technology, and reduce aviation’s environmental footprint.
Dubai Airports has committed to a US$7.8 billion airport expansion programme that will allow Dubai International to handle 90 million passengers annually by 2018. The expansion plan for the airport, which now has capacity for 60 million passengers a year, is based on ten-year forecasts predicting a surge in traffic for Dubai International and the new Dubai World Central (DWC) airport – which currently only handles freight operations. International passenger numbers and cargo volume are expected to increase at an average annual growth rate of 7.2 percent and 6.7 percent respectively.
Qantas is to acquire at least 110 Airbus A320-family as it plans to set up a new premium airline in Asia and a low-cost carrier (LCC) in Japan. The Australian giant also announced that it is cutting about 1,000 jobs from its international business.
India’s maintenance, repair and overhaul industry is poised for growth, but has to overcome some key hurdles first, writes Radhakrishna Rao. India’s civil aviation sector is one of the most dynamic in the world, with an estimated 15 percent annual passenger traffic growth rate triggering fleet expansion among the country’s airlines, as well as the expansion and modernisation of the its airport infrastructure.
kyo’s Haneda Airport, which opened a fourth runway and a new terminal in October 2010 with the goal of becoming a 24-hour international hub, has seen passenger traffic plunge since East Japan was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in March.
Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) has released for public feedback a 20-year development blueprint for Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). The plan sees the airport either maintaining its existing two-runway system or committing to a third runway over a 15-year period between 2016 and 2030.
Thai Airways International’s board has approved a fleet modernisation programme that will see the airline buy 15 new aircraft and lease 22 more up to 2017. The airline will order: six Boeing 777-300ERs, for delivery from May 2014 through to September 2015; four Airbus A350-900s, for delivery from the second quarter of 2016 through to the third quarter of 2017 and five single-aisle A320-200s for delivery in 2014 and 2015.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has slashed its 2011 airline industry profit forecast to US$4 billion – a 54 percent cut from the previous projection and less than a quarter of the 2010 figure. In March, the organisation predicted a US$8.6 billion industry-wide profit, while last year airlines reported net income of US$18 billion. IATA, which represents 230 member airlines – or about 93 percent of the world’s scheduled international air traffic – attributed the reduced forecast to soaring oil prices, the consequences of March’s catastrophic earthquake in Japan and political unrest in the Middle East and North Africa. Acco
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will join Oneworld, the global airline alliance has confirmed. The Kuala Lumpur-based will now become the group’s first South-East Asian member. “A formal alliance membership agreement will be completed soon,” Oneworld says in a statement. Based on a typical 18-month integration process and safety audit, MAS is expected to be a full member of the group by the end 2012. Members-elect Kingfisher Airlines and Air Berlin are both on track to join early the same year.
Vietnam has proven to be an increasingly popular destination for tourists, helping generate strong growth in demand for air travel to, from and within the country. National carrier Vietnam Airlines has been reaping the benefits, having completely modernised its fleet and last year become a member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance, alongside carriers such as Air France, KLM, China Eastern Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Korean Air.
Airbus and Rolls-Royce jointly announced at an EADS event just before the Paris show that they would develop a more ambitious version of the A350-1000, with 97,000lb thrust RR Trent XWB engines, to meet customer demand. The aircraft will offer customers 4.5 tonnes more payload capability or 400 nautical miles of additional range than the original concept. Airbus Chief Operating Officer Fabrice Bregier said the jetliner could now match the capabilities of the 777-300ER, but with 25 percent greater efficiency.
Progress reports on the production of the first Airbus A350-900 were overshadowed at June\'s Paris air show by the confirmation of a two-year delay in the A350-800 and -1000 models scheduled to follow it.
Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) suspended the operations of low-cost carrier Tiger Airways Australia, with immediate effect from Saturday, 2 July 2011, saying the carrier posed a “serious and imminent risk to air safety”. The agency applied on 7 July to the Federal Court in Melbourne to extend the initial five-working-day suspension until 1 August. As CASA announced its intention to make the application, Tiger Airways Australia revealed that its Chief Executive Officer Crawford Rix is to leave the airline at the end of the month.
CASA grounds Tiger Airways Australia over safety Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) says it suspended the operations of low-cost carrier Tiger Airways Australia, with immediate effect from Saturday, 2 July 2011.
A new brand and approval for an alliance with Delta is the latest development for the former Virgin Blue. Emma Kelly examines the airline’s transformation. When the US Department of Transportation (DOT) decided to grant anti-trust immunity to Virgin Australia Airlines’ proposed trans-Pacific joint venture with Delta Air Lines, it added another crucial element to the transformation the Australian carrier has undergone.
Lufthansa Technik is one of the world’s leading providers of maintenance, repair and overhaul services, and is extremely active in Asia via several local joint ventures. Richard Haas, the company’s director of sales for North-East Asia, speaks with Asian Aviation’s Andrzej Jeziorski.
As Australia’s Qantas celebrates 90 years of operations, including 80 serving flights to the UK, Ian Goold examines the carrier's continuing response to recent economic, natural, and technical challenges, and its growth plans over the next seven years. By August, Qantas Airways should have received 11 of the 12 Rolls-Royce Trent 900-engined Airbus A380-800s it ordered in 2000. Six years later, the Australian flag-carrier, which is celebrating 90 years of operation, booked a further eight of the very-large airliners (VLAs), the last of which is scheduled for delivery by 2015.
Japan Airlines, once Asia’s largest carrier, has gone through bankruptcy protection and major restructuring, while rival All Nippon Airways is pushing ahead with expansion plans, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.
The 11th annual European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) was help in Geneva, Switzerland, on 17-19 May. The industry’s recovery from the slump of the last two years was reflected in a bigger, better attended show, as demand for new aircraft grows once again, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.
The Australian Transportation Safety Board (ATSB) says it is reviewing Rolls-Royce’s quality control system as part of its continuing investigation into the uncontained failure of a Trent 900 engine that severely damaged a Qantas A380 last November.
“[SIA’s plan] appears to be a recognition that the flag carrier’s long-standing focus on premium traffic (which must, in turn, mutually subsidise lower-priced leisure travellers) is not, in itself, a formula for the future.” – Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation]
After suffering a severe slump in demand during the global economic crisis of 2009, the business aviation sector has enjoyed a rebound, with particular emphasis on larger, longer-range models, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.
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Airbus has brought its re-engined A320neo programme forward by six months, while claiming that the technology required to justify an all-new single-aisle design will not be available until at least 2030. Ian Goold reports from Toulouse. Formally launched by Airbus last December, the A320neo (for ‘New Engine Option’) programme has been accelerated by six months. The European manufacturer now plans to certificate and deliver the latest variant of its best-selling single-aisle family in October 2015, instead of the second quarter of 2016 as previously scheduled.
In the past two years, Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier has tripled its 10-year forecast for business jet demand in China, and the company’s regional sales chief David Dixon believes those figures are understated. Andrzej Jeziorski reports. As a transportation group, Canada’s Bombardier has had a presence in China for half a century. The company has been involved in numerous rail projects, as well as supplying commercial and business aircraft to customers across Greater China. The company has established a number of manufacturing partnerships in the region. On the aerospace side, major components of the Q400 regional turboprop are being manufactured in Shenyang, while China’s aerospace industry is also a risk-sharing partner in Bombardier’s 100- to 149-seat CSeries single-aisle jetliner, which is expected to have its maiden flight in 2013. With an office in Beijing and a strong customer-s
Airbus showcased its latest cabin innovations at this year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo, presenting a mock-up of a space-saving rear lavatory and galley concept for the single-aisle A320 jetliner family for the first time.
Amsterdam-based Rekkof Aircraft – which trades as NG Aircraft – expects to involve Tier 1 aerostructures companies in its planned re-engined development of the Fokker 100 (F100) regional jet, says chief executive Maarten van Eeghen. The company has enlisted the help of Fokker Technologies, the former Stork Aerospace group that includes Fokker Aircraft Services, which is responsible for worldwide F100 fleet support. The latter is seen very much as the "housekeeper" of all things F100 and provides a link with the original design.
Initiatives to enhance aviation security are being developed around the world as industry and governments accept that the current, multi-layered approach isn’t working. Emma Kelly reports. The original Chicago Convention of 1944 didn’t include security measures: at that time, no-one saw the need.
The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) comprises 17 of the region’s largest carriers, which collectively handle about 285 million passengers and 10 million tonnes of cargo a year. AAPA Director General Andrew Herdman spoke with Asian Aviation’s Andrzej Jeziorski during the Asian Aerospace 2011 show in Hong Kong.
An Airbus A330-200 operated by Australia’s Qantas suffered a cockpit fire on 23 March, forcing the aircraft to divert to Cairns from its original destination, Sydney. According to the airline, the incident was caused by an electrical fault, which triggered a small fire and smoke near the left-hand windscreen in the cockpit. The pilots extinguished the fire and landed safely about 50 minutes later.
The recovery in air travel demand looks increasingly convincing. Cargo volumes are continuing to grow. It must be time for something new to worry about: how about oil prices? True, it’s not all that long ago that the industry last had to deal with peak oil – July of 2008, in fact, when oil hit an all-time high of US$145 a barrel. By December of that year, the price had dropped down to just over US$30 a barrel, trading between US$35 and US$82 a barrel throughout 2009, as the global economy languished in recession.
Sendai Airport, in Japan’s Miyagi prefecture, was swamped by a massive tsunami triggered by a 9.0-magnitude undersea earthquake that killed thousands in the country. Television pictures from Japan’s NHK network showed the airport to be completely flooded. No aircraft were visible near the terminal building. The airport handles about 40 flights a day, although no commercial aircraft were on the ground at the time of the disaster. When the water subsided, upturned vehicles, trees and other debris were scattered around the airport apron and parking lot.
Boeing began flight-testing its 747-8 Intercontinental on 20 March, with the new jetliner’s first flight taking off from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, before an audience of thousands of employees, customers, suppliers and community leaders. The aircraft landed four hours and 25 minutes later at Boeing Field in Seattle. The aircraft will now embark on a flight-test programme scheduled to finish in the fourth quarter, including more than 600 flight hours.
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) posted a profit of 234 million ringgit (US$77 million) for the year ended 31 December 2010, a drop of 52.24 percent from the previous year, due to rising oil prices. Revenue increased 14.4 percent to RM12.9 billion ringgit. MAS’ Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Azmil Zahruddin describes the performance as satisfactory, but adds that fuel remains a major concern for the airline. “It is difficult to predict how the price of fuel will be ... for the rest of the year,” Azmil said.
Singapore-based Tiger Airways plans to acquire a 32.5 percent stake in Filipino carrier South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) for US$6 million. The deal, which is expected to be sealed by May, paves the way for Tiger to gain access to the Philippines’ domestic air travel market. Low-cost carrier (LCCs) Cebu Pacific Air has the lion’s share of the market with 48.2 percent, while Philippine Airlines (PAL) has 37 percent, with the rest divided among SEAIR and LCCs such as Zest Airways and PAL Express.
Malaysian long-haul low-cost carrier AirAsia X has ordered three Airbus A330-200 widebody twinjets, with options for two more. The first two aircraft will be delivered in 2012 and the third in 2014. The airline now has outstanding orders with Airbus for 19 A330s, including 16 -300 variants, and ten of the manufacturer’s proposed A350 jetliners. Nine A330-300s have already been delivered to the carrier, while A350 deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2015.
Indonesia’s state-owned Merpati Nusantara Airlines – weighed down with debt of 1.9 trillion rupiah (US$214.68 million) and with creditors chasing it for payment – has denied that it is heading for bankruptcy. The cash-strapped carrier has approached the Indonesian government through the Ministry of Finance (MOF) in Jakarta in the hope of obtaining 600 billion rupiah to support day-to-day operations. An MOT official, who asked to remain anonymous, says the government cannot keep bailing the airline out each time it asks. Still, Merpati’s President Director Sardjono Jhony Tjitrokusumo dismisses the idea that the airline may go bankrupt. “We may be in debt, but we will pull through the storm,” Sardjono says. He adds that the 600 billion rupiah requested is in fact needed as part payment for new aircraft to be acquired, declining to elaborate.
The first systems for Bombardier’s CSeries jetliner program are now being developed and tested by partners and vendors in Canada, the USA and Europe, prior to delivery to Bombardier’s Complete Integrated Aircraft Systems Test Area (CIASTA). According to Bombardier, the installation of the systems rigs at the CIASTA is progressing on schedule, and some parts, including the engine accessory gearbox and flight deck controls, have already arrived.
urocopter announced “a comprehensive evolution” of its helicopter product line at this year’s Heli-Expo 2011 exhibition in Orlando, Florida in March. The upgrades are intended to offer “enhanced operating capabilities, improved mission effectiveness and increased efficiency across four families in the company’s light, medium and heavy rotary-wing aircraft categories,” as the manufacturer responds to evolving customer needs, Eurocopter says.
The good news for airlines over the past year has been a resurgence in demand for air travel, as the world recovers from economic crisis. The bad news is that margins remains – in the words of IATA chief Giovanni Bisignani – “pathetic”. This means carriers must redouble their efforts to maximise the efficiency of their operations and fill as many seats as they can – especially in their high-yield premium cabins. One vital strategy they have had to pay increasing attention to is their aircraft cabin interiors.
Lufthansa will become the first airline to use biofuel on commercial flights in April, when it starts a six-month trial using an Airbus A321 aircraft on the Hamburg-Frankfurt route. One of the aircraft’s two International Aero Engines (IAE) V2500 powerplants will use a 50-50 mix of biofuel and traditional kerosene. The German airline’s Chief Executive Officer Wolfgang Mayrhuber says the primary goal is to conduct a long-term trial to study the effect of biofuel on engine maintenance and engine life. During the six-month trial, Lufthansa estimates it will cut its carbon dioxide emissions by about 1,500 tonnes.
Hong Kong once again played host to the Asian Aerospace International Expo and Congress on 8-10 March. While some exhibitors seemed disappointed that the halls were not busier at a time of recovery for commercial aviation, attendance still reached a record 12,300 delegates and the show had its fair share of major announcements, as Andrzej Jeziorski reports.
The 2011 Australian International Airshow was held at Avalon, Victoria on 1-6 March, with the organizers announcing record total attendance for all trade and public days in excess of 180,000. Emma Kelly reports.
In Singapore in June, International Air Transport Association director-general Giovanni Bisignani will stand down at the airline lobby group's annual meeting. Before doing so, he paid a final visit to the Asia-Pacific region, during which he challenged governments and regulators to prepare for rapid growth. Ian Goold reports.
Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia has modified its fleet plans to accommodate possible acquisition of the Airbus A320neo, thus joining a number of potential owners or operators showing interest in the re-engined aircraft.
By the end of the next decade, Asia-Pacific airlines – including those in China and India – will be carrying about a third of the world's passenger traffic, making the region the world’s largest aviation market, according to Chris Emerson, Airbus’s head of product strategy and market forecasts.
As of mid-February, Australia’s Qantas Airways was still mulling the compensation it would seek after November's grounding of its A380 fleet, triggered by the uncontained failure of a Rolls-Royce (R-R) Trent 900 engine.
Following November's Boeing 787 in-flight fire, emergency landing, and subsequent temporary grounding, Boeing has developed a temporary modification for its six test aircraft, which now have resumed test flying. But the manufacturer has also confirmed a seventh delay to the troubled programme, as Ian Goold reports.
While Boeing has so far shied away from offering a re-engined version of its single-aisle 737 family, it is offering substantial performance gains with aerodynamic and engine improvements, as well as an all-new cabin, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.
The Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show, in Dubai from 7-9 December provided an up-beat close to the year for the business aviation sector. Although the show was no order bonanza, optimism was evident, especially in the large-cabin segment, as Andrzej Jeziorski reports.
Thai people are famed for their friendly smiles, but given the violent political protests afflicting the country since 2008, one could forgive Thai Airways International employees if they were less than optimistic about travel demand in the coming year.
Indian conglomerate Mahindra Group is moving from tractors to aircraft, with ambitions to become a tier one aerospace supplier and globally recognised aircraft manufacturer. Emma Kelly takes a closer look.
Malaysia Airlines’ Firefly subsidiary has begun to operate as a low-cost carrier with the arrival of its first Boeing 737 narrowbodies, offering fresh competition to the region’s market leader, AirAsia, writes William Dennis.
s an end-of-the-line carrier located in a small country, Air New Zealand might well be expected to be a follower rather than a leader in the industry. But, as the online viral success of its latest television commercials show, innovation does sometimes originate in unexpected places.
Japan’s most recognisable recent Prime Minister, Junichiro Koizumi, succeeded in large part because he was a pragmatist. By confronting several of Japan’s structural problems, he won a landslide election for his Liberal Democratic Party.
Airbus and Boeing are facing major challenges as they approach decisions on the future of their single-aisle jetliner families. The manufacturers may decide by the end of 2010, whether to re-engine or replace current designs, as Ian Goold reports.
Even as the Asia-Pacific is poised to be a driver in global aviation growth over the next 20 years, airlines in the region are suffering from regulations being imposed overseas, writes Justin Wastnage
Qantas has begun legal action against UK-based engine maker Rolls-Royce, as a back-up in case the companies cannot reach a settlement over problems with the Trent 900 engine that powers the Australian carrier’s Airbus A380 fleet.
The Aviation Outlook Asia 2010 conference was held at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, on 20-22 October, bringing together senior officials from airlines, airports, aviation authorities and service providers. William Dennis reports.
Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) estimates that passenger numbers grew 11.5 percent in 2010 from the previous year to 73 million. The airport predicts growth will average 10.5 percent from 2011 through to 2015.
Qantas is still scheduled to take delivery by year's end of two new Rolls-Royce Trent 900-powered Airbus A380s, even though the carrier’s operations were severely compromised in November when a major uncontained engine failure led to the grounding of its six-strong fleet of Superjumbos. Another two A380s are scheduled for delivery by March 2011.
Airlines have become more cost-conscious than ever, as the industry struggles to find its feet again following the global economic crisis that took hold in 2008. As a result, maintenance, repair and overhaul service providers need to adapt to the modified needs of the airlines they serve. Asian Aviation presents an overview of the industry with summaries of key Asia-Pacific players’ activities.
The Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East markets figured prominently in new business announcements at July’s Farnborough International Airshow in the UK, providing evidence that these regional markets are alive and well even as Europe and North America remain less active
Airbus believes Asia now offers a bigger A380 market opportunity than the Middle East, with June's order for 32 more of the double-deck jetliner viewed as perhaps the final huge investment from the Arab region.
With the need to cut operating costs, pressure on yields and the growth of low-fare carriers, airlines are being forced to boost the efficiency of every aspect of their business to remain competitive. IT companies are offering the sector innovative products to help them
An Air China Airbus A319 jetliner recently conducted a validation flight using required navigation performance-authorisation required (RNP-AR) procedures at Ali Airport in the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China.
As Asian Aviation reported last issue, May’s European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) was an indicator that the blighted business aviation sector is more optimistic than it has been in two years
The European Union (EU) says it may appeal a ruling at the end of June by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), which declared that some launch aid subsidies to aircraft manufacturer Airbus were illegal.
Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier says its first-quarter financial performance indicates that the worst is over for the business jet market, while the commercial aircraft business is showing signs of recovery.
The next 10 years will see several new jetliners enter into service, featuring the latest engine technology developments that will yield significant economic and environmental advantages over today’s powerplants, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.
Airbus is focusing its business efforts increasingly on emerging markets, whose economies are predicted to grow more strongly in coming years. Ian Goold outlines the manufacturer's view of the future, including its plans for an increasingly global footprint.
Tokyo’s Haneda Airport will support international air services from October, with the opening of its fourth runway and new international passenger terminal, according to the country’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
The Aircraft Interiors Expo 2010 in Hamburg, Germany, attracted more than 7,300 visitors over its run from 18 to 20 May. Show organisers say the number of airlines in attendance increased this year, with 852 representatives from 200 carriers visiting the show.
China’s big three carriers – Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines – are expected to be the launch customers for the planned Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) C919 aircraft.
Last year they came because they had to. This year they came because they wanted to. Some 11,106 people turned up at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition on 4-6 May, up from 2009’s 10,917 attendance figure. Liz Moscrop reports from Geneva.
As Airbus investigates potential future technologies that could be introduced in the second half of the next decade, Ian Goold reports that the company is considering a fourth engine option for the A320 series and continuing to improve and develop the successful single-aisle family.
Earlier this decade, India experienced a massive – and unsustainable – surge in air travel demand. Now, however, more stable growth has returned and the country’s plans to develop its airport infrastructure are more important than ever
Kuwaiti budget carrier Jazeera Airways took over as the country’s largest airline last year, offering some consolation for the full- year financial loss it has just announced. Analysts remain unconcerned