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The rise of business aviation

The business aviation industry continues its progress towards a recovery from the steep industry downturn suffered during the 2009 global economic crisis. Whilst it may be clear that the industry has yet to return to the giddy high it enjoyed in the days of exuberance before the Lehman Brothers saga, 2015 is shaping up to […]

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Qantas ‘creating great’ in 95th year

Qantas Group BITRE ASK share dipped to 62.07% 5,000 headcount reduction boosted labour productivity significantly Labour expense as % of revenue at Qantas improved to 22.8% in FY15 H1 from 24% in FY12 Key metric bests Virgin Australia’s 23% in H1 FY15; up from 21.5% in FY12 Qantas International accounts for 5 out of top […]

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Delta Air Lines extends its wings

The saga of Japan’s bankrupt Skymark Airlines has shifted attention from the plight of the damsel in distress to the competition among prospective white knights in waiting. Delta Air Lines has emerged as the frontrunner to the rescue of the beleaguered carrier, strongly favoured by Skymark’s creditors, Airbus Group SE and aircraft leasing firm Intrepid […]

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A320neo: Airbus’s new star

The A320neo (new engine option) is Airbus’s update of its popular A320 narrowbody jet, used for medium and short-haul flights by carriers across the globe. Aerodynamic improvements featuring a sharklet that slashes block fuel burn by up to 4%, an updated cabin interior, are key selling points of this modernisation programme. In a nutshell, the A320neo […]

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US airlines cap capacity: Economics or collusion?

A marketing proposition discussed at the recent International Air Transport Association (IATA) annual general meeting (AGM) in Miami has opened a can of worms. It seems that airlines are recognising that it is in their joint interest to cap capacity so as to maintain airfares if not keep them high. It is a lesson learnt from […]

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The real victor behind Jetstar HK’s rejection

It might well have been a technical inquiry. Jetstar Hong Kong’s fate was hanging in the balance as the court debated the definition of “principal place of business” (PPB) which Cathay Pacific Airways and other airlines in the opposing camp so successfully narrowed down to as the sole criterion to decide Jetstar’s legitimacy. They contend […]

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Exclusive: Cathay Pacific plans May 2016 long-haul debut of A350

Auckland, New Zealand is set to become the first destination when Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways launches the long-haul operation of its Airbus A350-900 in May 2016, following the first delivery of the game-changing aircraft next February, according to people familiar with the oneworld carrier’s preliminary plan. The initial year of A350 operation at Asia’s biggest international […]

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The hangman cometh at Malaysia Airlines

If Christoph Mueller, the new man appointed to head Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) – renamed from Malaysian Airline System Berhad (MAS) from 1 September onwards as a new airline – appears to be a hangman at the onset, it is understandable since termination letters have been sent to all employees ahead of the re-launch. It is […]

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Hong Kong International Airport – The next chapter

Earlier this year on 17th March, the Hong Kong government gave its seal of approval to the expansion of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). 650 hectares of land would be reclaimed from the sea north of the current airport; earmarked for a new runway and passenger terminal building. Government sources said the project would begin […]

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Airbus A350: Is the Xtra making the difference?

Airbus says 3-class 325-seat A350-900 OWE per seat 5% lower than 283-seat 787-9 325-seat A350-900 has 6% lower block fuel burn per seat than 283-seat 787-9: Airbus 787-10 can accommodate 324-seat in 3-class, has 1,500nm less range: Airbus Boeing 787-10 EIS brought forward to Q1 2018: exclusive Trent XWB-84 SFC 0.5% better than specification: sources […]

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