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Rolls-Royce at a transitional altitude

To issue a group profit warning during your first week of joining is no easy task, but that was exactly what Warren East, Rolls-Royce’s new chief executive, had to do. Earlier last month, East, the former chief executive of Arm Holdings – which manufactures microprocessors for Apple – issued the company’s fourth profit warning in 18 […]

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Joyce rejoices: Qantas Asia/Pacific’s new star performer

The new star performer of Asia/Pacific is Australian flag carrier Qantas. Move over, Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Cathay Pacific. The flying kangaroo posted a FY2014/15 full-year statutory net profit of A$787 million, a dramatic turnaround from a net loss of A$2.84 billion the previous year and an impressive report card for chief executive Alan Joyce. […]

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Airbus, Boeing face defining moments

Boeing 777-9X 4-class OEW grew from 182 tonnes to 185t OEW still below 4-class Rev E spec of 188,241kg 777X take-off field performance better than -300ER; no need for increased thrust Boeing replaced CFRP MLG sidestays on all 787 variants with titanium part MLG material switch due to producibility issue with braided CFRP part Airbus […]

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Bombardier: Quebec’s poster-child

Bombardier Aerospace, having struggled for months with its CSeries single-aisle twin-jet programme, faced further bad news last week, as Fitch rating agency downgraded its debt to B, down from B+, and cut its rating outlook to negative. Bombardier shares tumbled dramatically, sliding by 4% to C$1.45 on the news, falling to a 22-year low at […]

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Scoot to go where others failed

It will happen, as it must. So it seems, but a matter of time. Scoot, the medium to long-haul low-cost subsidiary of Singapore Airlines (SIA) has made known its intention to extend its network to possibly include a destination as far away as London from Singapore. After all, London is a prime destination for SIA, […]

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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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