Michael Mackey

Articles by Michael Mackey
Altogether Now 
More collaborative work could help cargo operators through tough times.
Paradise Revamped 
Flush with new investment cash, Malé Airport is getting a makeover that will better match the expectations of its high-end visitors.
Phuket Airport expansion work begins 

The Airports of Thailand have confirmed that work on Phuket International Airport’s THB5.8 billion ($188 million) expansion program, which will double the number of passengers from 6.5 million to 12.5 million per year.

The project will add 10 more aircraft bays, bringing the number to 25, and another four passenger boarding gantries, to a total of 11.
First phase of the expansion, slated to take about a year, will be the building of a new international terminal. Refurbishing the old terminal will follow.

Taiwan’s Uni Air receives first ATR 72 
Taiwan-based Uni Air (B7), a subsidiary of Eva Air, took delivery of its first of 10 new ATR 72-600s, the first -600 in Asia.
JAL to temporarily cut China services 
Japan Airlines (JAL) will temporarily cut some of its daily services to China due to escalating political tension between the two countries over a chain of disputed islands in the East China Sea.
Japan Airlines relists on the Tokyo Stock Exchange 
Japan Airlines (JAL) has relisted on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, more than two years after it entered bankruptcy restructuring.
Thai Airways names new president 
Thai Airways International (TG) has named media veteran Sorajak Kasemsuvan as the airline’s new president, effective in October.
Reports: Lion Air to launch new LCC 
Indonesian carrier Lion Air (JT) will reportedly launch a low-cost carrier (LCC), Malindo, to begin services in May 2013, according to a Bloomberg report.
Reports: AirAsia to order another 100 A320s 
Low-cost carrier AirAsia (AK) is reported to be near to closing a deal for 100 more Airbus A320s.
Qantas, Emirates sign global partnership 
Australia’s Qantas (QF) and Dubai-based Emirates Airline (EK) have entered into a 10-year global aviation partnership, enabling the two carriers to grow their international sides.
Korean Air fails to buy KAI stake 
Korean Air’s (KE) attempt to buy a stake in Korean Aerospace Industries has failed, putting its plans to expand its aerospace business in jeopardy.
Singapore Changi prepares to move LCCs 

Singapore Changi Airport has implemented measures to ensure the move of low-cost carriers from its “Budget Terminal” to “Terminal 2” goes smoothly, the airport said in a statement.

“With the closure of the Budget Terminal at Singapore Changi Airport on Sept. 25 … airlines currently operating at the terminal—Berjaya Air, Cebu Pacific, Firefly, Mandala Airlines, South East Asian Airlines and Tiger Airways—will move their operations to Terminal 2 on that day,” the statement said.

AAPA: International traffic grows; airfreight markets remain depressed 
International air passenger traffic continues to grow but airfreight markets remained depressed, according to the Assn. of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA).
Garuda invites bids 
Garuda Indonesia (GA) has invited bids to finance its next round of acquisitions, including 10 Boeing 777-300ERs via sale and leaseback, four 737-800s and 10 Airbus A320s via operating leases.
Virgin Australia returns to profit 
Virgin Australia (DJ) reported a net profit of A$22.8 million ($23.6 million), reversing an A$67.8 million loss in the year-ago period.

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