Maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service providers are here at the Singapore Airshow chasing more market share in a still-promising Asia-Pacific region.
Association of Asia Pacific Airlines
This year will likely be an improvement on 2009 for airlines in this part of the world but it won’t mean a quick return to profitability, according to Andrew Herdman, director general of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA). But the substantial losses the group’s members have suffered in the last two years should at least be reduced, he told AIN in an interview ahead of this week’s Singapore Airshow.
Given Asia’s affinity for big airplanes and the fact that the region is emerging from the global recession as one of the few in the world that has experienced growth in airline traffic, it should come as little surprise that some of Boeing’s brightest prospects for the 747-8 reside there.
Japan Airlines (JAL) filed for bankruptcy on January 19, hammering home a sobering lesson for air carriers worldwide that the industry’s latest crisis is far from over–despite tentative recovery in traffic volumes.
Boeing is “assessing the market viability of the 787-3” after the only remaining customer for the type, Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA), converted its order for 28 of the planned high-density, short-range version of the 787 Dreamliner to an order for the same number of 787-8s.
Following what UAL Corp. chairman, president and CEO Glenn Tilton characterized as a rigorous six-month RFP process, United Airlines this morning announced that it has placed firm orders for 25 Boeing 787-8s and 25 Airbus A350-900s, scheduled for delivery between 2016 and 2019. The contract includes so-called purchase rights for 50 more of each aircraft.
Air France officially joined the A380 operators club on November 20, when it took its first newly delivered Airbus superjumbo on a ceremonial inaugural flight from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to New York JFK.
Although Airbus CEO Thomas Enders “certainly didn’t come [to the Dubai Airshow] with expectations of a miracle,” the German executive sounded a rather upbeat tone during the company’s main press conference in which he and Airbus COO for customers John Leahy issued an overview of the company’s performance this year and prospects for 2010.
Royal Jordanian Airlines’ new president and chief executive, Hussein Dabbas, is maintaining the carrier’s long-held ambition to become the Middle East’s airline of choice. After 30 years in the airline’s marketing and sales organization, Dabbas brings contrasting experience to that of his predecessor, Samer Majali, an aeronautical engineer who left Royal Jordanian abruptly four months ago to lead troubled Bahrain carrier Gulf Air.
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