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The elusive Asean open skies dream

Still waiting. Asean Open Skies, or more formally known as the Asean Single Aviation Market (Asean-SAM), continues to be an elusive dream for the 10-nation bloc as members renewed their commitment at this year’s Asean meeting of their leaders in Kuala Lumpur. Asean, which stands for Association of Southeast Asian Nations, is made up of […]

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Singapore Airlines rationalises operations

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has finally woken up with a shot of new energy as it announced its intention to resume non-stop flights between Singapore and New York, an improved performance for FY2015/16 first-half, and the acquisition of budget carrier Tigerair as a full subsidiary. Not in a long, long while has the industry witnessed such […]

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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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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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Is budget long-haul but a pipe dream?

Only days after announcing plans to launch transatlantic flights in five years, Ryanair retracted its position, abandoning the plans. In a statement, it said it “has not considered or approved any transatlantic project and does not intend to do so.” This ran contrary to the earlier announced approval by its board to mount budget flights […]

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Is Singapore Airlines getting its mojo back?

SIA’s return on capital employed (ROCE) collapsed from pre-GFC threshold of 8% SIA’s break-even load factor below its actual L/F in 12 of past 15 quarters Premium economy progress partially offset by initial launch pricing A380’s first C3 check offers excellent PEY introduction timing SIA should retrofit New Business & New Economy classes on A380s as […]

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Tigerair not out of the woods

At last Tigerair is making a profit. The Singapore budget carrier reported a positive FY2014/15 third-quarter with a profit after tax of S$2.2 million (US$1.76 million), compared to a hefty loss of S$118.5 million in the previous year. The improved performance was achieved on the back of a reduction in costs by 1.5% and capacity by […]

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Interview: Jetstar Hong Kong chief executive Edward Lau

It has been a long wait for Jetstar Hong Kong since its application (“Jetstar Hong Kong’s long and costly wait to fly“, Nov 21st, 14). Almost two years after its launch, the airline has yet to receive approval from the Hong Hong Kong authorities to fly with its air transport licence application with the Air […]

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Qantas/China Eastern partnership: Dressing up an old arrangement

Qantas and China Eastern Airlines (CEA) announced a new agreement that the airlines said will enlarge their existing codeshare arrangement signed in 2008 for a deeper level of commercial co-operation on flights between Australia and China. A statement issued by Qantas referred to the new relationship as a “joint venture”. In the application to the […]

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Jetstar Hong Kong’s long and costly wait to fly

Twenty-one months after Qantas announced the birth of its fifth Jetstar venture in March 2012, initially in partnership with China Eastern Airlines, the airline , Jetstar Hong Kong, has yet to receive approval from the Hong Kong authorities to fly. No doubt it is a costly affair waiting, with 3 remaining Airbus A320 aircraft sitting in […]

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