Southeast Asia benefits from having one of the fastest growing economies in the world, driven by the expansion of the trade and tourism sectors.
Despite Indonesia’s apparent ambivalence toward an open skies policy among the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), Garuda Indonesia continues to prepare for its home country’s full participation in the accord when it takes effect in January 2015. Most recently, on November 25, the Indonesian flag carrier introduced a new sub-brand called “Explore” ahead of a December 3 launch into service of its first ATR 72-600.
Wings Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of Indonesian low-cost carrier Lion Air, has expressed interest in operating flights of 60 to 90 minutes flying time from Indonesia to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang using ATR 72-500/600 turboprops. The airline will submit a formal application to the Ministry of Transport in Putrajaya for the approval to launch flights in late 2015 or early 2016 when the expansion of SkyPark is completed.
Malaysia’s National Aerospace and Defence Industries (NADI) and Lion Air parent PT Lion Grup of Indonesia plan to establish a new low-fare airline in Malaysia named Malindo Airways, the new partners announced Tuesday in Kuala Lumpur. Scheduled to start flights next May out of Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s regional transit hub, Malindo would compete directly with AirAsia–the biggest low-fare carrier in the region–in its home market of Malaysia, as well as Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, India and Japan.
Dassault Falcon promoted Jean-Michel Jacob to senior vice president of international sales. In his new position, he will oversee all sales activity for Dassault Falcon in Asia, the Pacific Rim and South America. Jacob, who has worked for the French aircraft manufacturer in several sales capacities since 1987, will be based in Beijing. He was named vice president of international sales in 2005 and established the company’s Asian sales headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2007.
ExecuJet Asia on Subang Airport in Kuala Lumpur was awarded the first direct Cayman Islands Aircraft Maintenance Organization approval in Malaysia. The OTAR Part 145 Option 2 approval permits the MRO to work on Cayman-registered Bombardier Global Expresses, Challenger 300s and Challenger 604/605s and Gulfstream IV/IV-SPs. It complements approvals granted by the Malaysia DCA, the Philippines CAAP and the Isle of Man CAA, together with the appointment last year by Bombardier as an authorized line facility on all models.
AirAsia X, the Malaysian budget long-haul affiliate of Air Asia, is consolidating business in its core markets of China, Australia, Japan and Korea, according to CEO Azran Osman-Rani, who was speaking to AIN at the Low Cost Airlines World conference in Singapore last week.
Jet Aviation has made several key personnel changes. Johannes Turzer, formerly v-p and general manager at Jet Aviation Dusseldorf, is now v-p and accountable manager of maintenance services at Jet Aviation Basel. Sebastian Groeger, v-p and general manager at Jet Aviation Singapore, will succeed Turzer at Dusseldorf. Philippe Crevier has moved into the v-p and general manager spot at Jet Aviation Singapore.
CAE and AirAsia have expanded a prior partnership into a joint venture to provide training for maintenance engineers, technicians, pilots, cabin crew and ground services personnel for airlines throughout the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, including AirAsia’s.
ExecuJet Aviation is moving into a new facility in Malaysia, having entered into a joint venture with local company Dnest Aviation Services. On October 31, the Switzerland-based business aviation services group ended its existing arrangements with the Subang SkyPark FBO and moved into new premises on the other side of Kuala Lumpur's Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (also known as Subang).
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