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Thailand To Crack Down on Substandard Flying Schools
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand plans to start an audit of the country’s 10 flying academies in April.
SilkAir To Merge with Singapore Airlines
SIA plans to integrate the operations of narrowbody subsidiary SilkAir by early next year.
SAESL Confident of Growth
SAESL has been operational for over 20 years; it was set up in 1999 and started operations two years later, overhauling Trent 800 engines.
Rolls-Royce Underlines Singapore’s Significance
UK-based engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has been producing Trent engines for airlines in the region for eight years.
Ferocity of Typhoon Damages Three Philippines Airports
This is the second time since 2013 that a typhoon has damaged airports in the Philippines.
Seoul Aims to Grow Foreign Air Traffic
The Korean government is welcoming more foreign airline flights to Korea to offset drops in traffic.
China To Inject $223 Million in Small, Medium-sized Airports
At least three-quarters of China’s airports lose money each year, due to low traffic numbers.
Surplus of Locally Trained Pilots in Thailand and Malaysia
The global pilot shortage has not translated into jobs for candidates trained at some schools in Southeast Asia.
Turbulent Days Ahead for South Korean LCCs
Korea-Japan trade tensions force several low-fare airlines from Korea to suspend service.
Surplus Pilots Let Go as Hong Kong Airlines Cuts Capacity
Political tensions in Hong Kong exacerbate airlines’ competitive challenges.
Maintenance and Modifications
ExecuJet Malaysia Plans New MRO Facility
ExecuJet MRO Services Malaysia (EMSM) plans to build a new 150,000-sq-ft facility at Kuala Lumpur Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport.
Foreign Carriers Reluctant To Move to New Beijing Gateway
The decision to give airlines a choice of airports has led to complications for Chinese aviation authorities.
Regulations and Government
South Korean Low-cost Carriers Face Triple Headwinds
Plans to replace suspended flights to Japan with new services to mainland China are put on hold by Beijing.
Airlines React as Korea Removes Japan from Trade Whitelist
Low-cost carrier Jeju Air adds capacity to China as Japanese services wane.
Japan-Korea Trade Crisis Bites Deeper into Airline Operations
Having lost its position as a trusted partner of Japan, South Korea has initiated a boycott of Japan and its products, a move affecting its airlines.
Airlines Feel Effects of Japan-Korea Trade and Economic Row
Boycotts by South Koreans prompt carriers to cut services to Japan.
Ailing Malaysia Airlines Braces for More Turbulence
The Malaysian government considers four offers to manage MAB from local companies.
Chinese LCCs Hope for More Favorable Business Conditions
The promise of fewer structural barriers in China ushers in several proposals for new low-cost carriers.
Rolls-Royce Singapore Trent Factory Powers Asia-Pacific Growth
Rolls-Royce chose Singapore for its Asia-Pacific aero engine center of excellence, and has not looked back as the region grows.
South Korea's Domestic Market Heading for Turbulence
High speed rail looks likely to replace airlines as the main domestic transportation mode, though there are LCCs set to fight back.
Pilot Shortage Hindering Startup Efforts in South Korea
Three new Korean LCCs hope to launch operations next year.
Garuda Lays Plans To Scale Back Operations
The Indonesian flag carrier will drop unprofitable routes and cut frequencies on those registering low load factors.
China Opens Doors to South Korean Airlines
In a sign of easing political tensions, the People’s Republic has approved 49 more weekly flights into its territory by South Korean carriers.
Earthquake Damages Philippines Airport
MetroJet said its MRO facility at Clark appears to have only suffered minor damage.
Asiana To Drop Unprofitable Routes Before Sale
Korean airline has debts to pay despite a government bailout, and now a sale is the only way to avoid eventual collapse despite route cuts.
Kumho Asiana Group To Offload Stake in Asiana
escalating competition and increased operating costs cited as factors in sale of Asiana shares
Malaysia To Take Back Control of Airspace
New air traffic control center in Kuala Lumpur targets next year for beginning operations
Indonesia To Impose New Work Restrictions on Foreign Pilots
The number of unemployed local pilots grows while Indonesian airlines continue to hire foreign flight crew.
Trio of New Korean LCCs To Operate From Three Airports
Air Premia will enjoy the advantage of a main base at Seoul Incheon.
Myanmar Government Pushes for Airline Mergers
A shrinking Burmese market has already claimed five carriers in the past 15 months.
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