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

MARCH 2020


Cover Story

Virgin Australia’s no-nonsense CEO cutting deep to return to profit

The unpredictable nature of the airline industry is no stranger to Virgin Australia (VA) CEO, Paul Scurrah, 52. Read More »


Main Story

Dealing with the demon disease

As the coronavirus, COVID-19, spreads globally, battering airlines in the process, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has taken the unusual step of asking global regulators to immediately suspend the rules of airport slot allocation for the entire 2020 cycle. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Etihad group recovery derailed by virus outbreak

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways significantly reduced its losses last year, but the airline group still has a long journey to profit. Read More »


News Backgrounder

North Asia offers unlimited potential for ATR’s SKOL 42-600s

Singapore’s February airshow, where attendance was dented by the COVID-19 outbreak, was short on order announcements, with European turboprop manufacturer, ATR, an exception to the rule. Read More »


News Feature

Liberated from the politics of Thai aviation

There is one question former Nok Air CEO, Patee Sarasin, answers without a moment of hesitation. Read More »



Boeing blues add gloss to Airbus success

While Airbus was reluctant to make any direct comment about rival Boeing’s misfortunes with the 737 MAX at the Singapore Airshow last month, it was not slow to herald the spectacular improvement in its market share in 2019. Read More »



Associate editor Tom Ballantyne named inaugural lifetime achievement winner at 2020 Aerospace Media Awards ASIA

Tom Ballantyne, associate editor and chief correspondent of the Orient Aviation Media Group, who has a career spanning 45 years of international journalism, received the inaugural 2020 Aerospace Media ASIA Lifetime Achievement Award at a presentation dinner in Singapore last month. Read More »



COVID-19 new obstacle to Air India sale

The Indian government’s second attempt to sell its debt-ridden national flag carrier, Air India, could be stymied by the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) chief economist, Brian Pearce, said during a recent two-day workshop in Singapore that examined the impact of the outbreak on the industry. Read More »


Industry Addendum: MRO and Components

ST Engineering and Vietnam Airlines explore joint MRO venture

Singapore and Vietnam are coming together in a joint airframe MRO venture planned to satisfy demand for Asia-Pacific MRO services. Read More »


Industry Addendum: MRO and Components

THAI moves closer to partnership in U-Tapao MRO facility

Thai Airways International (THAI) president, Sumeth Damrongchaitlam, said last month additional working groups had been established to determine the joint venture private investors in the proposed MRO facility at U-Tapao. Read More »


Industry Addendum: MRO and Components

SIA Engineering sets up line maintenance joint venture in Korea

SIA Engineering Co. Ltd (SIAEC) and Air Innovation Korea Co. Ltd (AIK) have established a six-year 51%-49% line maintenance venture that will commence operations at Korea’s Cheongju International Airport this month. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Training

Korean Aviation College purchases ALSIM simulator for cockpit crew training

Leading Korean pilot academy, Korean Aviation College (KAC) Flight Training College, has bought an ALSIM AL172 simulator, an exact replica of the Cessna 172 SP Skyhawk NAV111. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Training

Malaysia Airlines Group selects CPaT Global for crew distance learning

Malaysia Airlines Group (MAG) has contracted airline and aviation distance learning specialist, CPaT Global, to provide its airlines with e-learning aviation training solutions. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Airports

Bamboo Airways chooses Munich for direct flights

Emerging Vietnamese carrier, Bamboo Airways has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Munich Airport to launch direct routes from the German city to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Cabin

Sony wins All Nippon Airways contract for first class headphones

All Nippon Airways (ANA) will make Sony’s noise-cancelling WH1000XM3 headphones available to first class passengers on international flights following their success with premium passengers on its A380 Flying HONU routes. Read More »


Industry Addendum: Cabin

Recaro Aircraft Seating equips Vistara’s first 787

The economy and premium economy cabins of Indian carrier Vistara’s first 787 are configured with Recaro Aircraft Seating’s top selling aircraft seats, the premium economy PL3530 and the economy CL3710. Read More »


Industry Addendum: GDS

Sabre and MIAT Mongolian Airlines do deal for Market Intelligence solution

Mongolia’s MIAT Mongolian Airlines has negotiated a long-term agreement with Sabre Corporation to supply the flag carrier with Sabre’s Market Intelligence Global Demand Solution. Read More »


Industry Addendum: GDS

Travelport wins new business from eight Pacific carriers and extends agreement with Malaysia Airlines

Global travel technology company, Travelport, has won long-term contracts from eight Australian and Pacific carriers to provide them with real-time access to 68,000 travel agencies. Read More »



V-shaped or pear-shaped economy ahead?

Little more than two months ago, the Asia-Pacific airline industry was looking at the beginning of 2020 with measured optimism. Read More »