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

MAY 2020


Main Story

Higher fares and longer queues beyond COVID-19

Returning the region’s airline fleets to the sky after travel restrictions are lifted may be the easy part for the industry post COVID-19. Read More »


Aircraft Leasing Asia-Pacific

Cashed up to cope with the COVID-19 fallout

With aircraft leased to 93 airlines in 41 countries worldwide you could be forgiven for believing the COVID-19 crisis is hitting Singapore-based BOC Aviation as hard as its cash-strapped airline customers. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Downturn sets in as first Asia-Pacific airline orders revised

For the world’s two largest aircraft manufacturers, the AirAsia Group decision to cease to accept deliveries of Airbus jets this year is the first but will not be the last domino to fall in forecast aircraft cancellations and deferrals from airline customers across the globe. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Financial “White Knights” enjoin battle for Virgin Australia

As May arrived, interest in Virgin Australia (VA), now in voluntary administration, had become a stampede. Read More »


Air Cargo

Airbus launches passenger cargo deck solution

Airbus has launched a modification package for its A330, A340 and A350 wide-bodies to allow placement of cargo pallets on the passenger decks of the aircraft types after removal of their economy class seating. Read More »



Global pandemic to increase pain for AirAsia India?

Airline analysts, observers and industry executives argue some airlines in India – Air Asia India (AAI) and Go Air in particular - are likely to be shakier than others post the COVID-19 outbreak. Read More »



In at the deep end for new Association of Asia Pacific Airlines boss

Spare a thought for Subhas Menon. When the 35-year veteran from Singapore Airlines (SIA) accepted the director generalship of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) he was not to know he would be taking charge in the midst of the worst crisis in aviation’s history. Read More »



Fall from grace of former Garuda Indonesia boss Emirsyah Satar

Former Garuda Indonesia president, Emirsyah Satar, was deciding at press time if he would appeal against an eight-year prison sentence and US$1.4 million in fines after he was convicted of bribery and money laundering by Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission on May 8. Read More »



Long slog to better times

It is going to be a long haul. Read More »