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

JUNE 2021


Cover Story

Hoping for the best while preparing for the worst

Ronojoy Dutta, the CEO of India’s largest airline, IndiGo, did not mince words when he described the pandemic as the worst crisis his airline has faced. Read More »


Cover Story

Smaller but smarter SpiceJet

In March last year, soon after the collapse of airline operations worldwide and in domestic India, SpiceJet’s obituary was written - and before most of its rivals. Read More »


Cover Story

Robbing Peter to pay Paul

When airlines in India found themselves in a tight spot after air travel fell away sharply from March, they adopted different strategies to stay afloat. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Complicated journey into the skies for parked aircraft

As the COVID-19 pandemic deepened early last year and air traffic collapsed from border restrictions and quarantine measures, airlines worldwide were faced with tough decisions. Read More »


News Backgrounder

COVID-19 delivers another blow to struggling Asia-Pacific flag carriers

It has been tough enough for the Asia-Pacific’s leading carriers to keep their businesses alive during COVID-19, but in one part of the region several airlines have been operating on a financial knife edge for several years. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Pandemic’s experience prepares SIA group for “new aviation world”

Singapore Airlines (SIA) CEO, Goh Choon Phong, can be forgiven for indulging in a brief moment of nostalgia when he discussed the carrier’s record loss of S$4.3 billion (US$3.2 billion) in a digital press conference last month. Read More »




News Backgrounder

Taiwan’s “good pandemic” halo slips as COVID-19 cases surge

In the week leading up to the popular mid-June Dragon Boat festival, Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, and her advisors asked citizens not to travel over the holiday period to help fight Taiwan’s first major outbreak of COVID-19. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Gradual recovery ahead predicts Qatar Airways boss Akbar al Baker

If there is one issue that riles Qatar Airways Group CEO, Akbar al Baker, it is the slightest suggestion the US$2 billion cash injection it received from its government owners last year was a bailout. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Emirates Airline to operate near 90% of pre-pandemic schedule from July

Dubai-headquartered Emirates Airline is expanding its summer season network “to meet strong leisure demand as entry restrictions ease for travellers”, it announced this month. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Vietnam’s airlines forecast for explosive growth to 2030

Apart from a recent spike in COVID-19 outbreaks, Vietnam has coped much better with the pandemic than most of its Asia-Pacific neighbours. Read More »



Airports must offer digital passenger processing to avoid bloated check-in queues

The days of Asia-Pacific airport hubs thronging with passengers are long gone. Read More »



Taiwan’s STARLUX Airlines approved to fly to the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) has issued Taiwanese full-service carrier, STARLUX Airlines, with a foreign air carrier permit, effective from April 26. Read More »


Industry Addendum

Aircraft lessor and Vertical aerospace announce world’s largest eVTOL aircraft order

Aircraft lessor, Avolon, and Vertical Aerospace (Vertical), the most advanced electric vertical take-off and landing (‘eVTOL’) company in the world, have announced a US$2 billion order for up to 500 electric eVTOL aircraft. Read More »


Industry Addendum

Australian drone manufacturer signs MoU for Honeywell’s smallest SATCOM System

Honeywell’s one kilogram Small UAV SATCOM System has been named as the preferred supplier for Australian drone manufacturer, Carbonix, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two companies on June 1. Read More »


Industry Addendum: MRO and Components

HAECO Hong Kong completes Air Hong Kong C-Check

Subsidiary of HAECO Group, HAECO Hong Kong, has completed its first C-Check of an Air Hong Kong A330F, one of a fleet of five A330 freighters Air Hong Kong has introduced to its network to cater for rising air cargo demand. Read More »


Industry Addendum: MRO and Components

Tommaso Auriemma named AFI KLM E&M Asia-Pacific sales boss

Aerospace engineer, Tommaso Auriemma, is to succeed Dominik Wiener Silva as vice president sales Asia-Pacific for global MRO, AFI KLM E&M, effective August 1. Read More »


Industry Addendum: MRO and Components

Collins Aerospace broadens Air China relationship with new 10-year contract

In an expanded power-by-the-hour agreement, Collins Aerospace will support Air China’s next generation fleet as well as continuing to maintain avionics onboard the flag carrier’s existing aircraft. Read More »


Industry Addendum: MRO and Components

ATR and Skyways Technics extend service offerings for Asia-Pacific regional aircraft

Regional aircraft manufacturer, ATR, has strengthened its partnership with the Malaysian branch of MRO, Skyways Technics, by offering leading edge repairs, flight controls and flaps “at a more attractive price”. Read More »



Shortsighted governments failing flag carriers

In normal times, the reluctance of governments to inject additional cash into their State-owned airlines would be understandable, particularly if the management of the carriers has been questionable and profits never come. Read More »