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APRIL 2022


Cover Story

AirAsia group airlines focusing on ASEAN for growth

Back in late 2000, music industry executive, Bo Lingam, had decided to quit the business. Read More »


Main Story

Start-up carriers hunt opportunities from COVID-19 crisis

When the COVID-19 pandemic turned serious for the world’s airlines in March 2020, it did not take long for a number of investors to see opportunity in the midst of crisis. Read More »


Executive Interview

Airbus plans Asia-Pacific “ready to fly” pilot training centres

Airbus may be a relative newcomer to the business of ab initio pilot training, only entering the sector in 2019 with flight schools in France and Mexico, but it has big plans for expansion and this year the focus is on the Asia-Pacific. Read More »


Executive Interview

Asia-Pacific “is where it’s at” for Airbus ab initio training in 2022

Asia is a huge part of Airbus’s plans for expanding its training facilities. Read More »


Special Report: Training

Demand surge for cockpit crew post pandemic

While the recent industry downturn has resulted in a temporary oversupply of qualified pilots and engineers, long-term demand for qualified crew and skilled technical support remains robust, Boeing vice president of Commercial Training Solutions for Global Services, Chris Broom, told Orient Aviation last month. Read More »


Special Report: Training

Cathay Pacific Airways and local university launch restructured cadet pilot training program

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Group has revamped its cadet pilot training program in collaboration with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). Read More »


Special Report: Training

Survey reveals gender discrimination in crew training sector

A new report has shone a light on significant gender discrimination and a lack of gender diversity among pilots in the airline industry with a specific focus on the airline pilot instructor role. Read More »


News Backgrounder

Piecing together the new Air India

The air is clearing at Airlines House on New Delhi’s Parliament Street, the headquarters of the country’s recently privatized international carrier, Air India. Read More »



Pandemic spurs digital embrace at Asia-Pacific airlines

At press time, LCC group, Jetstar, said it had signed a second partner, India’s IndiGo, to its fledgling virtual interline service. Read More »


Aviation Sustainability

Aviation pursues sustainable aviation fuel advances to meet 2050 zero-emissions goal

In Western Australia last month, Airbus signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Australian renewable energies resources company, Fortescue Future Industries (FFI), to study the application of liquid hydrogen and Power-to-Liquid fuels to aviation. Read More »



Asia still bottom of the global recovery league reports IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced earlier this month air travel experienced a strong rebound in February 2022 compared with January 2022, as Omicron-related impacts moderated outside of Asia. Read More »



Industry falls short in managing customer expectations when booking travel

Toluna Research conducted for global technology company, Travelport, has revealed that the 2,000 respondents from seven countries included in the survey would give up their favorite leisure activities for six months or longer if it meant they could travel. Read More »



A tribute to Peter Ricketts aviation journalist and photographer

“It is was with great sadness that I learned my good friend, Australian aviation journalist and photographer, Peter Ricketts, died on February 16, 2022 at the age of 80. Read More »



Cheap money and parked aircraft prompt avalanche of airline start-ups

The jury is out on how many of the dozens of airlines planned for launch will survive. Read More »