All articles by Alfred Chua

  • Firefly ATR 72-600

    For Malaysia Airlines, clarity and urgency in restructuring is key


    The future of Malaysia Airlines was recently thrust back into the spotlight, as it undertakes an urgent restructuring exercise. Again it confronts an existential dilemma about what, exactly, it needs to do.  

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    In depth

    How protests and pandemic pushed Cathay to the brink


    As Covid-19 tore into the aviation industry, some airlines were able to fall back on the profits of previous years, but the impact of anti-government protests removed any possible cushion for Hong Kong’s flag carrier. 

  • Boeing 777-9 Cathay Pacific

    Cathay confirms 777-9 deliveries delayed to ‘beyond 2025’


    Cathay Pacific has given an indication of the timeline surrounding deferrals of its Boeing 777-9 aircraft, confirming that the widebodies will only be delivered “beyond 2025”. 

  • Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-900

    Cathay shutters Cathay Dragon brand, axes 5,900 jobs


    Cathay Pacific Group will cut 5,900 jobs, in a HK$2.2 billion ($284 million) restructuring exercise that will also see the Cathay Dragon brand cease operations effective immediately. As part of restructuring efforts, the group will eliminate 8,500 positions, or about 24% of its existing headcount. Of these, 2,600 ...

  • SIA A350-900ULR

    Singapore Airlines marks return to New York with JFK nonstop


    Singapore Airlines (SIA) will launch nonstop flights between Singapore and New York JFK from 9 November – the first time the carrier will operate such flights between the two airports. Announcing the route’s launch, the SIA says it will operate thrice-weekly flights using its Airbus A350-900s. ...

  • Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-1000 landing

    Glacial recovery will see Cathay operate below half capacity in 2021


    Cathay Pacific will operate only around 10% of its capacity for the rest of year, and just about half for the coming year. This comes as it warns of a very slow recovery in passenger traffic, despite seeing some signs of month-on-month growth. Source: Max Kingsley-Jones/FlightGlobal ...

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    China’s ‘Big Three’ see full domestic traffic recovery in September


    China’s three biggest carriers recorded year-on-year domestic passenger traffic growth for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak began. Releasing their traffic results for September, the ‘Big Three’ — comprising Air China, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines — each carried more passengers compared to the same month ...

  • Comac_ARJ21

    Asian airframers tread diverging paths through the crisis


    The coronavirus outbreak, which upended nearly everything in the aerospace industry, has fuelled the diverging trajectory Asian airframers Comac and Mitsubishi Aircraft are taking. 

  • Firefly ATR 72-600

    Firefly reverts to jet operations amid broad restructuring


    Malaysian regional carrier Firefly – most recently the subject of speculation that it might become the country’s flag carrier – will commence jet operations from next year, reverting to an earlier plan which was eventually shelved. Announcing the move, parent company Malaysia Airlines says the carrier will add up ...

  • MRO Japan

    MRO Japan taps domestic market for growth amid pandemic


    Travel restrictions stemming from the coronavirus pandemic may have crimped international travel, but for one Japanese MRO company, it has presented an opportunity to look inward. MRO Japan, an All Nippon Airways joint venture based on Okinawa island, had intended to begin line maintenance services to carriers from Asian ...

  • Zhuhai 2018

    Airshow China confirms indefinite postponement, citing pandemic


    The organisers of the biennial Airshow China event in Zhuhai have officially confirmed the show’s cancellation, a month after an initial announcement was hastily retracted. A notice on the show’s website gave no indication as to when the next show will take place, except to say that the new ...

  • China Eastern

    China Eastern parent gets CNY31 billion cash injection


    China Eastern Airlines’ parent company, China Eastern Group, has received a CNY31 billion ($4.6 billion) capital boost from four state-owned enterprises. The four companies involved in the capital increase are China Life Investment Holdings, which will inject CNY11 billion; Shanghai Jiushi Group with CNY10 billion; as well as China ...

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    ST Engineering’s new aerospace chief sees opportunity amid pandemic crisis


    ST Engineering’s aerospace unit saw a leadership change on 1 October, when Jeffrey Lam took the helm. While the industry may be mired in crisis, Lam believes there are still plenty of opportunities for innovative companies.

  • Beijing airport - Air China - (C) Rex Shutterstock

    Golden Week adds shine to China’s domestic airline recovery


    Chinese airlines carried more than 13 million passengers across the recent Golden Week holidays in October, with the number of flights mounted during the period close to pre-pandemic numbers. Chinese carriers mounted more than 117,000 flights between 1 to 8 October. Of these, a large majority — nearly 110,000 ...

  • First A320neo for the Philippines’ Cebu Pacific

    Cebu Pacific to raise $500 million in fresh capital


    Cebu Pacific announced plans to raise up to $500 million in additional capital — by selling preferred shares and bonds — as it undertakes a restructuring exercise that sees it cut its fleet and network to cope with reduced travel demand. The Philippine low-cost carrier discloses that it will ...

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    Singapore reiterates support for SIA, Changi Airport through pandemic


    The Singapore government has pledged to support troubled national carrier Singapore Airlines (SIA) and the Changi Airport Group (CAG) “as much as we can” through a “deep crisis”, as it mulls a safe and steady reopening of its borders. Speaking at a parliamentary sitting on 6 October, transport minister ...

  • Singapore Changi Terminal 1 Coronavirus

    Changi Airport warns of worsening financial impact from pandemic


    Singapore’s Changi Airport Group (CAG) expects the coronavirus outbreak — which has torpedoed most of the aviation industry — to “materially and adversely” impact its operating results for the coming financial year. Releasing its full-year results for the year ended 31 March, CAG says the pandemic’s impact “has been ...

  • Malaysia Airlines parked fleet

    Pandemic forces ‘urgent’ restructuring at Malaysia Airlines


    Malaysia Airlines will embark on an “urgent restructuring exercise”, which includes a “drastic” relook at its network and fleet plans, as the coronavirus outbreak upended its business recovery momentum. The process, which will involve revising its long-term business plan rolled out in 2019, will span the next few months, ...

  • AAPA

    AAPA moves annual meeting online


    The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) will be conducting its annual meeting of presidents virtually, the latest in major aviation meetings to move online following the coronavirus outbreak, which precludes large scale gatherings. The annual meeting, which will airline heads from major Asia-Pacific carriers gather, was to have ...

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    ‘Incorrect mental model’ led to Qantas 737 runway incursion


    The captain of a Qantas Boeing 737-800 had developed an “incorrect mental model” of exit taxiways at Perth airport, believing that the aircraft would not need to cross an active runway after exiting the taxiway. Even when he saw an illuminated stop bar, he believed it was installed incorrectly. ...