Jeremy Torr

Analysis - Asia in the Spotlight 

At a press conference in Doha for the unveiling of the first Airbus A350 in January, Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker was asked about the safety standards of Asian airlines since three aircraft from the region had crashed in one year.

With his typical directness, Al Baker’s response was swift. “There was only one crash in 2014. One aircraft was shot down—that is not a crash—and the other aircraft is missing and we don’t know what happened,” he said.

AirAsia crash could prompt regional regulatory shake up
The loss of Indonesia AirAsia QZ8501, an Airbus A320, could bring significant changes to Indonesian – even regional – commercial flight regulations. “In my opinion, the industry is not healthy,” Indonesian Minister of Transport Ignasius Jonan said.
Singapore Airlines A380
Singapore Airlines pilots must retire at age 62
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will cut as many as 90 captains over age 62, which is in line with new retirement criteria to alleviate staff surplus, as the carrier faces increasing costs and strong regional competition.
Lion Air Wings subsidiary ATR 72-600
Asian LCCs under increased official scrutiny
Following the crash of Indonesia AirAsia QZ8501 and subsequent revelations of flight scheduling contraventions, regional authorities are clamping down on a number of Southeast Asian operators.
Authorities cancel Air Mekong AOC
The Vietnamese Civil Aviation Administration (CAAV) has canceled the air operator’s certificate (AOC) granted in 2008 to independent Vietnamese carrier Air Mekong.
Tail section of AirAsia Flight QZ8501.
Indonesia AirAsia tail section retrieved; FDR, CVR not found
Part of the tail section of the Indonesia AirAsia Airbus A320-200 that crashed into the Java Sea almost two weeks ago has been pulled from the Java Sea.
Lao Airlines A320
Lao Airlines plans route expansion
Lao Airlines, the national carrier of Laos, will add a new route to its 19-destination network across the landlocked Southeast Asian country.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker at the A350-900 delivery ceremony in Doha
Qatar CEO: No plans to privatize for 10 years 
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker has committed to keeping the Qatari flag carrier private until at least 2024.
Qatar pushes for live aircraft data streaming
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said the carrier is trialing the use of constant data uploads from flight data recorders and cockpit voice recorders, aka black boxes, of its aircraft.
Indonesia suspends AirAsia route
Indonesia AirAsia, the operator of the Airbus A320 that crashed into the Java sea Dec. 28, was not licensed to fly the route Sundays, the day it crashed, resulting in a route suspension by Indonesian authorities.
French BEA to help QZ8501 search
French safety bureau BEA (Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses pour la sécurité de l'aviation civile) is to join the search efforts for black box flight recorders from the missing Indonesia AirAsia A320 in the Java Sea.
AirAsia Indonesia QZ8501 bodies, debris found: UPDATED
Bodies of passengers and debris have been located in the Java Sea, close to the last reported position of AirAsia Indonesia Flight QZ8501 that disappeared Sunday, southwest of Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo.
An AirAsia A320 being delivered at Airbus' Toulouse facility.
AirAsia Airbus A320 missing over Java Sea: UPDATED
An AirAsia Indonesia Airbus A320-200 that took off from Surabaya in Indonesia at 5.20am local time has gone missing over the Java Sea.
Qatar Airways A350 XWB
Qatar Airways plans Asia expansion with A350s 

Qatar Airways, which took delivery of its first Airbus A350 XWB this week, could be looking to Singapore for one of its destinations for the new aircraft.

A source at Qatar, which has a total of 80 A350-900 and -800s on order, said the launch schedules from Doha to Qatar could soon be followed by Doha-Singapore service, as the aircraft “would be perfect for this route.”

Skymark Airlines A380 maiden flight
Airbus to sue Skymark Airlines for ‘default of contract’ on A380 order 
Airbus has filed a claim in a UK court to reclaim expenses caused by the Japan-based low-cost carrier (LCC) Skymark Airlines’ “default of contract,” Skymark spokesman Hiroyuki Sakata said.

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