It has been a year since the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) elected a new board and revamped its strategic approach to supporting business aviation development in the region. Jean-Noel Robert, Airbus’ executive and private aviation area sales director for Greater China, Japan and Korea, became chairman, while Embraer Executive Aircraft vice president for sales in China Lee Li and Bombardier Business Aircraft’s then Asia Pacific regional vice president for business aircraft David Dixon were appointed vice chairmen.
In a reversal from an earlier policy, which gave state-owned Air India preference over bilateral aviation agreements for international routes, the Indian government will now open access to private airlines.
Lufthansa Technik is not shying away from India, according to August Henningsen, chairman of the German company’s executive board. His comment to AIN here in Singapore this week comes as its former partner in the country, GMR Group, prepares to operate a new maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility with partner Malaysian Airlines in Hyderabad,
The German MRO giant pulled out of a tie-up with GMR Group, inked in 2008, last year to set up its own $20 million MRO facility at the new airport in Hyderabad.
AirAsia X, long-haul subsidiary of Malaysia’s AirAsia, the largest Asian budget carrier, plans to withdraw 11 weekly services to Mumbai and Delhi in India and 10 weeklies to its only European destinations—Paris and London—from its Kuala Lumpur hub.
India’s Kingfisher Airlines is attributing the grounding of 15 aircraft and de-leasing of another two to “rationalization” of its network to counter deep financial losses. “The airline industry in India is going through a tough period due to high costs and lower yields,” said Kingfisher Airlines CEO Sanjay Aggarwal. “We are no exception. We are taking steps to improve our financial performance and are rationalizing network, dropping unprofitable flights and expediting fleet reconfiguration.”
Airports and airlines share common interests in making aviation safer, more secure, user-friendly, operationally efficient and environmentally responsible, so they need to renew their agenda to build their relationships, Tony Tyler, director-general of IATA, told attendees at Airports Council International’s (ACI) World Annual General Assembly in Marrakech, Morocco. He outlined six areas of
Developments planned by Australia’s Qantas Airways and American Airlines demonstrate membership benefits for global alliance partners seeking to rationalize operations while improving competitiveness. The operators belong to Oneworld, whose members include British Airways (BA), Chile’s LAN, Iberia, and Japan Airlines (JAL), with Malaysia Airlines waiting in the wings.
Singapore Technologies, better known for its MRO services as ST Aerospace, has delivered a finished DC-8 to an unidentified Middle East customer.
The design and engineering was done in-house, while the company’s U.S. facility in San Antonio built the interior components and did the installation. The U.S. division also handled engineering authorization and certification.
Asian air transport rebel Tony Fernandes, chief executive of low-cost pioneer AirAsia, will soon join the industry establishment, assuming his planned acquisition of a 20.5-percent stake in failing flag carrier Malaysian Airline System (MAS) proceeds. Last week, his Tune Group agreed to become a significant minority shareholder in MAS in return for Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional taking a 10-percent holding in AirAsia.
If start-ups are indicators of a healthy completion and refurbishment industry, there is cause for optimism in an industry that has been hard hit over the last several years. Recent months saw the creation of new centers, designers, vendors and consultancies as well as expansion by existing MRO facilities to include cabin outfitting.