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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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Airbus A380: The next decade

Mention the Airbus A380 to travellers, and one would be showered by a barrage of praise about this superjumbo; on its quiet smooth ride or how it reminded them of the glamour of flying from a bygone era. However, has this positive sentiment translated to a profitable model for Airbus? April 2015 marked the 10th anniversary […]

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Premium economy: The next big push for Singapore Airlines

Although the numbers are not exactly the result to be excited about when Singapore Airlines (SIA) had seen better days, its performance for FY2014/15 ending March 31st nevertheless is an encouraging sign that the airline, once the world’s most profitable, is regaining lost ground, at least on an operating level (“Is Singapore Airlines getting its mojo […]

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Japan Airlines flies into tomorrow with simplicity

ANA overtakes JAL as largest Japanese international airline for the first time JAL now a full 32% smaller than ANA; doubling 16% in FY11 Employee productivity at JAL is 93% lower than at ANA JAL CASK advantage against ANA widens to 7.36% in FY14 Q4 due to fuel Peach makes Sendai 4th hub by mid-2017 as Skymark […]

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Changi Airport feels the heat

Singapore Changi Airport is feeling the heat of competition, which has pressured the world’s best airport in the Skytrax survey 2015 to cut airport charges for airlines and introduce incentives for ground agents. The airport admits to the increased competition posed by airports such as Hong Kong International (HKIA) and Dubai International. Airlines operating large […]

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Tackling 787 cash burden will unlock Boeing’s earnings potential

737 MAX will meet 14% block fuel burn reduction target by 2020: sources 777X fuselage material not chosen; corrosion drives Al-Li study more than weight Al-Li shaves 2-3% of empty weight off 777X fuselage ~230 empty 777 slots till 2020 will put considerable pressure on margins 36 empty slots in 2017, 68 in 2018, 71 […]

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US vs Gulf carriers: Redefining Open Skies

The new American mantra for aviation is fair skies, not open skies. With the rise of the Gulf carriers and their increased presence in the US, home carriers are banding to press the Department of Transportation (DOT) to review the long-standing Open Skies policy and the agreements executed thus far. Their grouse: Unfair competition because […]

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