Jeremy Torr

Airbus plans more Asian support centers
Airbus is looking to further expand its support operations across Asia, following last week’s announcement of a new subsidiary to produce flight ops data in Thailand.
VietJet Air A320
VietJet expands to Russia
Vietnamese low-cost carrier (LCC) VietJet Air has flagged the next step in its expansion plans on the back of recent figures showing 182% increase in passenger numbers over the previous 12 months.
China Southern Boeing 787
China Southern pushes tier-two connections
China Southern Airlines will start 3X-weekly service from Wuhan to San Francisco, flying out of its base in Guangzhou, as it aims to explore international potential posed by China’s tier-two cities.
Wars & Duties
The commercial air transportation industry is moving to address safety gaps in the system exposed by the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in July. The problem the industry has, however, is that solutions to this crisis lie outside of the commercial industry, whose representative organizations have little to no power to enforce change.
City Airways Boeing 737
Thailand regulator grounds LCC City Airways 
Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has canceled Thai airport landing rights for Don Mueang-based low-cost carrier (LCC) City Airways.
Indonesia’s Batik Air takes new 737-800 
Lion Air subsidiary Batik Air has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737-800 as part of its plan to offer international services later this year.
Garuda Indonesia A330-300
Garuda could delay aircraft deliveries, cut long-haul routes after 1H losses 
Garuda Indonesia could delay some of the fleet renewal aircraft it has on order and cut some long-haul routes following its first-half net loss of $212 million.
Cathay Pacific Airways Boeing 777-300ER
Asia-Pacific passenger traffic up 5% in 1H 
Asia-Pacific passenger traffic in the first half grew 5%, with regional airports seeing a 3.3% growth year-over-year.
Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200
MAS exec: Airlines face serious information-sharing challenges 
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) CCO Hugh Dunleavy underlined the need for the industry to improve information sharing about where it is safe to fly and where it isn’t.
Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200
Malaysian sovereign fund offers to buy MAS 
Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional Berhad, which owns 69.4% of Malaysia Airlines System (MAS), has tabled a plan to buy out the airline’s remaining shareholders at 27 sen ($0.08) per share to take total ownership.
Nok Air aircraft at gate
Thailand vies for SE Asia LCC hub dominance 
Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport could be a contender for low-cost carrier (LCC) dominance in Southeast Asia following the addition of Thai Airways LCC subsidiary Thai Smile.
American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER
American Airlines eyes growth in Asia 
American Airlines is consolidating and expanding—with plans for Asia—on the heels of its record-breaking, second-quarter profit.
Rendering of A320neo in Royal Brunei livery
Royal Brunei reinstates Ho Chi Minh route 
Royal Brunei Airlines will reopen Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh route, which was cut in October 2011, to close up a gap in coverage between its Hong Kong and Bangkok destinations.
Airbus: A350 catalog interiors seeing customer acceptance 
Airbus said its decision to offer a standard catalog cabin interior offering for the A350 is seeing a good take-up from within the industry.
MH17: The Unthinkable Happens 
Malaysia Airlines is struggling to cope with the aftermath of the shooting down of its Boeing 777-200 aircraft 9M-MRD, operating flight MH17 out of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport July17.

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