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Chen Chuanren


Based in Singapore, Chen Chuanren is the S.E Asia and China Correspondent for Air Transport World, joining the team on July 2018.

Chuanren has a defence background, serving in the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s Air Defence and Operation Command for five years before pursuing journalism. He has a Diploma in Mechatronics (Aerospace) and a Bachelor Degree in Communications (Mass Communications). He continues to write on defence matters on a freelance basis.

BOC Aviation posts 1H profit, tackles narrowbody delays
Singapore lessor BOC Aviation recorded a 2019 first-half net profit of $321 million, up 8% on the year-ago half.
Cathay Pacific CEO and CCO resign after Hong Kong protests 
The protests sweeping Hong Kong have caused more fallout for Cathay Pacific Airways, with the airline’s CEO Rupert Hogg and chief customer and commercial officer Paul Loo resigning from the carrier.
Lion Air, Garuda Indonesia’s maintenance arms confirm MRO cooperation
Lion Air’s engineering company, Batam Aero Technic (BAT) and Garuda Indonesia’s Garuda Maintenance Facility (GMF) AeroAsia signed a cooperation agreement Aug. 14 to develop and build Phase 3 of BAT’s MRO facility in Batam Hang Nadim airport.
Far Eastern Air Transport ATR 72-600
Far Eastern Air Transport reconsiders narrowbody strategy
Taiwan’s Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) is considering its future narrowbody fleet as it phases out all its aging MD-82s over the next three years.
Hong Kong airport reopens after obtaining injunction to stop protests 
Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has secured an injunction that will prevent pro-democracy protesters from “unlawfully and willfully obstructing” airport operations.
Cambodia Airports 1H passenger numbers up 15.5%
Cambodia’s three international airports recorded a 15.5% year-over-year (YOY) increase in passenger numbers for the first half of 2019.
Protesters occupy the departure hall of the Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong airport suspends departure flights for second day 
Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) was forced to suspend departure flights for the second successive day after pro-democracy protesters continued to disrupt operations Aug. 13.
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Cathay Pacific swings to 1H profit on improved revenue, lower costs
Cathay Pacific Airways is back in the black after achieving a group attributable profit of HKD1.3 billion ($166.4 million) for the first six months of 2019, reversing a HKD263 million loss over the same period in 2018.
Air China leases 10 A320neos to meet market demand growth
Singapore-based lessor BOC Aviation signed leases for 10 new Airbus A320neos for Air China.
Singapore Airlines, SilkAir enhance codeshare with India’s Vistara
Singapore Airlines (SIA), SilkAir and India’s Vistara announced an expansion of its codeshare agreement Aug. 5, a day before Vistara begins its first international flight from New Delhi to Singapore Aug. 6.
Hong Kong airport workers join strike; over 220 flights canceled 
More than 220 flights to and from Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) were canceled Aug. 5 as air traffic controllers and other aviation workers went on strike as part of the territory’s civil protests.
Report: Bali could get LCC airport from 2022
The Indonesia government is reportedly planning to build a second airport on the holiday island of Bali, dedicated for LCC use.
Philippines approves plan for new Manila airport
The Philippine Department of Transportation has approved a proposal by San Miguel Holdings Corp. (SMHC) to construct a four-runway airport in the Bulacan province, north of downtown Manila.
SIA Group 1Q profit drops on subsidiary performance
Losses at its subsidiary airlines contributed to Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group posting a nearly 21% decline in first-quarter net income.
New Vietnamese aviation training centers to address growing demand
In a bid to meet a growing demand for staff in one of Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing aviation markets, FLC Group’s Bamboo Airways broke ground in July on a new training center in Quy Nhon in central Vietnam.
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