All Analysis – Page 11

  • Xian H-6N October 2019

    H-6 evolves from Cold War relic to Beijing’s hammer


    Beijing’s years of patient investment in the Xian H-6 bomber, a local variant of the Cold War-era Tupolev Tu-16, have created an attack asset which is of significant concern to Washington DC. If aircraft mentions are anything to go by, the Pentagon’s recent China Military Power Report suggests ...

  • Virgin Orbit drop test

    Why the sky is no limit for RAF’s space ambitions


    Like its key allies, the UK is increasingly reliant on space-based assets for daily life in ordinary civil society and for the perfornance of its military forces. So, the Royal Air Force’s operating domain now extends from the ground to far beyond the atmosphere

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    Airline caterers launch push to restore crisis-hit confidence


    Airline food service has been doubly affected by the crisis – with fewer flights but passengers also wary about the safety of the meals they are being served. Can the sector bite back?

  • Bangkok

    Once the industry’s darlings, Asian LCCs struggle in pandemic’s wake


    Asia-Pacific’s low-cost carriers were once the region’s success stories and seen as the next phase of growth. Amid the coronavirus outbreak though, many are now struggling. How will they overcome the crisis? 

  • Frankfurt airport

    Europe’s air travel recovery runs out of steam


    The rebound in the levels of aircraft being operated in Europe has stalled, with indications that several airlines are beginning to pull back on capacity.

  • EVA A330-300 Hello Kitty

    Can sightseeing flights tap pent-up air travel demand?


    Two Asia-Pacific airlines have this month operated domestic sightseeing flights to meet pent-up flying demand as Covid-19 limits air travel, but how much potential does this market offer in the long run? DINE AND FLY Royal Brunei Airlines’ first-ever scenic flight took off on 16 August, departing from ...

  • AirAsia X Thailand Airbus A330neo

    ‘X’ doesn’t mark the spot for A330neo


    The coronavirus is a disaster for all airlines and airframers, but a concentration of orders with troubled Southeast Asian carriers presents a particular challenge for the Airbus A330neo. The world was very different in July 2014. Brent crude stood at well over $100 a barrel, a price that seemed ...

  • Fiji Airways A350 Airbus

    Covid-19 travel restrictions bog down Fiji Airways


    Fiji seems unlikely to resume international air travel soon, especially as its national carrier cancelled scheduled international passenger service through the end of September. “This is due to ongoing border closures and travel restrictions as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Fiji Airways said in a 12 August ...

  • PIA Karachi c Shahzaib Akber_EPA-EFE_Shutterstock_10657168l

    Safety: Accidents, lockdowns and shoot-downs under scrutiny


    During a half year characterised by coronavirus lockdown, airlines were reminded that political instability remains a risk to flight safety

  • China Air Lines 747-400F

    Safety: Accident reports published in first six months of 2020


    Skyward International Aviation Fokker 50, Nairobi, 2 July 2014 Kenyan investigators report the crew of a cargo flight (5Y-CET) continued a night take-off despite multiple warnings of engine problems and crashed some 50s after becoming airborne. The report said the crew of the Skyward International Aviation Fokker 50 departing ...

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    Airline safety review January-June 2020


    Nothing has been normal about air transport operations during the first half of this year, so analysis is subjective. But, our semi-annual review of global flight safety points to a period that may not have matched the high standards of recent years

  • Women with facemask on plane

    Asia-Pacific airlines temper optimism with caution - but for how long?


    While capacity is expected to increase in coming months, airlines in and around the region warn of material losses in upcoming financial results. With the pandemic-induced downturn showing no sign of easing off anytime soon, they are finding it increasingly trickier to match expectation with reality. 

  • Nok Air 10th anniversary

    Rehabilitation crucial to Nok Air’s survival


    When Thailand’s flag carrier filed for business rehabilitation in May, the airline’s creditors strapped in for what is looking to be a long and possibly wild ride. Thai Airways International ’s rehabilitation could take years, lawyers familiar with the process told Cirium at the time, adding that the carrier’s ...

  • Pittsburgh International airport

    Airline losses mount for second quarter after revenues collapse


    Airlines routinely posted losses deeper than the revenue they brought in during the April-June quarter, as the virtual grounding of international scheduled services wiped out much of their business.

  • Undelivered aircraft more than 60 days after first flight (5 Aug)

    Rising backlog of jets still undelivered 60 days after first flight


    Airbus and Boeing have collectively accumulated a backlog of more than 120 passenger jets that had their first flights more than 60 days ago but are yet to be delivered to customers (excluding the grounded 737 Max).

  • Nok Air

    The lessors with exposure to Nok Air


    Nok Air has followed the lead of compatriot Thai Airways in filing for business rehabilitation amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The filing is bad news for lessors insofar as it puts an automatic stay on creditor claims, which means no lease rentals will be forthcoming from Nok until at ...

  • Faradair runway impression

    Duxford holds keys to unlock funding for Faradair’s hybrid-electric workhorse


    A bid to make the UK a leader in a new generation of quiet, low-carbon regional aircraft has got a fresh surge of momentum from a new plan to establish a general aviation-focussed business cluster near the Imperial War Museum’s Duxford airfield site, within the high-technology region around Cambridge University. 

  • Airport seats

    Airlines left doubting if enough people can, or will, travel in 2020


    The industry’s relief at being able to ramp up services as the second half of 2020 began is quickly being replaced by concern that the coronavirus is likely to weigh more heavily on demand than previously thought.

  • MQ-9 Reaper - US Air Force

    Trump administration’s relaxation of UAV export rules offers belated boon for US manufacturers


    The Trump administration’s decision to modify its adherence to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) is positive for American manufacturers of large unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), but comes after much ground has already been ceded to China. From the perspective of US defence firms, the MTCR is perhaps the ...

  • RafplusFalcon-Dassault

    Dassault stays steady despite Covid-19 tensions


    As a producer of both business jets and combat aircraft Dassault must always perform a delicate balancing act, but with the effects of coronavirus being felt across the industry, this year that is more pronounced than ever.