All Analysis – Page 22

  • Emirates Airbus A380 at Munich airport

    Middle Eastern carriers face long recovery from crisis


    Having built their networks around the transfer of long-haul passenger through their hubs, with limited short-haul networks to fall back upon, the Middle East’s largest carriers are perhaps uniquely vulnerable to the coronavirus crisis.

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    Is personal jet pack set for thrust into mass market?


    They have long been the stuff of sci-fi, but, after the collapse of the most prominent manufacturer of a personal propulsion device, other developers are confident of a breakthrough.

  • Boeing 737 Max test flight

    Questions persist after 737 Max recertification


    The grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft highlighted doubts about the effectiveness of US Federal Aviation Administration oversight. The FAA’s end of the Max flight ban on 18 November leaves families of Max crash victims unsatisfied and Congress trying to pass aircraft certification reform.

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    Is Korean acquisition of Asiana bellwether for wider consolidation in Asia?


    As the dust settles on the proposed Korean Air acquisition of its embattled rival Asiana Airlines, questions begin to emerge about what the future merged carrier will look like and whether this is the start of many other pandemic-driven mergers and acquisitions to come? 

  • SIA A380

    Costly refits further dim A380’s appeal for Asia-Pacific operators


    The small number of Airbus A380s in the Asia-Pacific that have undergone cabin upgrades is a challenge for the type’s post-pandemic future in the region.

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    How practical is a Chinese and US aerospace breakup over Taiwan?


    Despite opposition from the Chinese Communist Party, in the past year and a half the Trump administration has approved billions of dollars in potential arms sales to Taiwan. China, which claims the island democracy as its own, has vowed to retaliate.

  • Cathay Pacific aircraft parked at Hong Kong airport June 2019

    Hong Kong’s cautious approach to travel bubbles


    Hong Kong’s government will take a safety-first approach when its travel bubble with Singapore launches on 22 November, and the launching of further bubbles with other countries or regions will come with strict anti-Covid-19 preconditions. “It takes two to tango,” the city’s secretary for commerce and economic development Edward ...

  • United Airlines Boeing 767-300ER 2019

    United Airlines returns to New York’s JFK airport


    United Airlines will return to New York’s John F Kennedy International airport in early 2021 with flights to the US West Coast, aiming to benefit from new trends in travel following the coronavirus crisis.

  • Tigerair Australia

    Calm before the storm for airline failures


    The relatively small number of airline failures so far is not indicative of the health of the sector.

  • ANA 777

    Once prolific operators, Japanese majors bid sayonara to venerable 777 ‘Classics’


    Once profilic operators of the Boeing 777, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways have recently announced that they will cut their 777 fleets by significant numbers. While not entirely a surprise given the state of the aviation industry, this marks the passing of an era for Japanese carriers, which have been intimately entwined with programme from its infancy decades ago. 

  • Thai Airways fleet at Bangkok airport May 2020, Shutterstock

    Lessors submit proposals to Thai Airways – reluctantly


    Thai Airways’ lessors were given a 4 November deadline to tell the carrier what by-the-hour rates, rental haircuts, and other concessions they would be willing to offer the struggling flag carrier to help with its restructuring. Sixteen lessors have exposure to the airline and its subsidiaries, to the tune ...

  • Japan Future Fighter

    Tokyo weighs options for overseas participation in ambitious F-X future fighter programme


    As Tokyo advances its ambitious F-X future fighter programme, it must weigh a number of factors – including concerns around intellectual property (IP) and ease of upgrade – as it decides which nations to partner with for the effort, according to two leading airpower experts.

  • Southwest 737-700 Max KJ FG

    Southwest flirts with Airbus in fleet renewal


    Southwest Airlines, an all-Boeing carrier since its inception almost 50 years ago, is again flirting with the idea buying aircraft from a competing airframer.

  • Air New Zealand A321neo

    Domestic travel green shoots in New Zealand, Australia


    Air New Zealand is relaunching its mystery holiday packages, showing how domestic travel remains a key focus in the region while Covid-19 continues to decimate international travel. Domestic travel is virtually the only way airlines in the Asia-Pacific region can get passengers to board their aircraft these days. In ...

  • 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.  

  • Lion Air 737-900ER

    Lion Air tries new approach with lessors


    Lion Air has approached its lessors with an alternative proposal for their leased aircraft on the back of their feedback on its requests for by-the-hour arrangements, according to sources and an email seen by Cirium. The Indonesian carrier is proposing a four-part plan, involving the partial payment of rentals ...

  • Malaysia Airlines parked fleet

    Lessors baulk at Malaysia Airlines’ restructuring plan


    Sixteen third-party lessors have exposure to Malaysia Airlines, which earlier this month announced an “urgent restructuring exercise” that would include a “drastic” relook at its network and fleet plans. Leasing executives from some of those lessors, who spoke to Cirium on condition of anonymity, are not happy about the ...

  • MQ-9 Reaper

    Landmark Taiwan MQ-9 sale would vex Beijing


    A reported US plan to sell the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9 unmanned air vehicle to Taiwan will complicate Beijing’s incessant prodding of the island’s defences.

  • Icelandair Amsterdam-c-Icelandair

    Icelandair plans for 30% capacity cut in summer 2021 schedule


    Icelandair is expecting to operate a summer 2021 schedule with capacity down by 25-30% compared with last year. It is planning to serve 32 destinations – among them the Canary Islands resort of Tenerife, which is a new route for the carrier. Twenty-two of the destinations will be ...

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    China Express details delivery schedule of initial 50 domestic jets


    China Express Airlines has detailed its agreement to take 100 domestically-built jets, with at least 50 set to be Comac ARJ21s. It had previously disclosed, in June, provisional plans to acquire a mix of ARJ21s and Comac C919s. China Express says that “all or part” of the balance ...