Alfred Chua reports from FlightGlobal’s Asia office, where he primarily covers aerospace and air transport topics in the region. He joined FlightGlobal in 2019, and was a news reporter for a local news agency before that. Apart from aviation, Alfred enjoys good coffee, living on social media, and (occasionally) talking about himself in third person.
Malaysia regional carrier SKS Airways commits to ten E195-E2s
Malaysian regional operator SKS Airways has committed to taking 10 Embraer E195-E2 regional jets from lessor Azorra, making it the type’s first operator in Southeast Asia.
Vietjet eyes more A330s, hints at long-haul expansion
Vietjet has disclosed plans to take delivery of at least three more Airbus A330s, as part of a fleet and network ramp-up this year.
AirAsia X to raise MYR50 million for fleet reactivation
AirAsia X is looking to raise up to MYR50 million ($10.9 million) through share placements, which it will use for the reactivation and maintenance of its fleet.
China Airlines mulling ‘feasibility’ of Kaohsiung hub: president
China Airlines will study the “feasibility” of a second hub at the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, amid growing travel demand post-pandemic.
Qantas forecasts bumper annual profit amid strong travel demand
Qantas expects a record full-year profit on the back of “continued strong travel demand”, and as fuel costs and supply chain issues begin to moderate.
HAECO, Finnair renew Airbus widebody base maintenance deal
HAECO has extended a base maintenance agreement with Finnair through 2026.
Qantas eyes full capacity recovery by March 2024; to lease two Finnair A330s
Qantas expects to return to pre-pandemic capacity on it international network by March 2024, amid a ramp-up in flying that will also see the airline lease two Airbus A330s from Finnair to meet demand.
Merger gives Thai something to Smile about, but it must act fast
The merger of regional operator Thai Smile into parent Thai Airways International finally closes the chapter on regional airline units in Asia, and Thai must now act quickly to make up for lost ground, especially in the face of low-cost competition.
SIA, Cathay flag weaker cargo traffic amid strong passenger demand
Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific have flagged challenges in a weakening cargo market, even as passenger traffic continues to climb on the back of strong demand recovery.
Philippine Airlines parent ups Q1 profit on travel rebound
PAL Holdings, the parent of Philippine Airlines, reported a marked improvement in its first-quarter profit, as air travel demand continued to recover.
SIA cancels eight Boeing 737 Max orders in fleet rejig
Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group has cancelled orders for eight Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, as part of a wider Boeing order adjustment for “projected operational requirements”.
Singapore Airlines Group swings to record S$2.7 billion annual profit
Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group has posted the highest full-year net profit in its history, on the back of what it says were “proactive strategic initiatives” and “pre-emptive preparation” it undertook during the pandemic.
Japan’s Skymark Airlines turns profitable on ‘remarkable recovery’ in demand
Japanese operator Skymark Airlines rebounded to a full-year profit amid “remarkable recovery” in travel demand as Japan eased much of its pandemic curbs.
Asiana net loss widens on weaker Won, though operating profit grows
Asiana Airlines widened its first-quarter net loss on the back of foreign exchange losses, and despite improving on its operating profit as travel demand picked up.
Can Indian MRO sector meet market potential?
For all its ambitions to be an aviation powerhouse in its own right, India’s fledgling aerospace sector has some way to go.
Philippine Airlines confirms intention to sell Dash 8 Q300s
Philippine Airlines (PAL) has confirmed plans to sell its fleet of De Havilland Dash 8 Q300s, and is looking at “newer generation” aircraft to replace them.
ST Engineering aerospace revenue sees strong Q1 recovery
ST Engineering’s commercial aerospace business recorded a “strong” rise in first-quarter revenue, as it eyes opportunities from China’s reopening.
Cargolux 747 freighter loses landing gear bogie after emergency landing
A Cargolux Boeing 747-400 freighter suffered a “significant” landing incident at Luxembourg airport, where its right body landing gear bogie detached following an emergency landing.
Thai full-service carriers return to black amid tourism rebound
Thai Airways International and Bangkok Airways returned to profitability in the first quarter of the year amid strong growth in tourist arrivals, especially from North Asia.
Mitsubishi Heavy eyes rise in defence order intake as full-year profits up 66%
Mitsubishi Heavy Industry’s (MHI) aircraft, defence and space unit expects a significant rise in defence order intake this year – led by an uptick in missile systems orders – as Japanese defence spending grows.