NAIROBI, 8 August 2016: When Kenya Airways published the country’s worst-ever corporate results last month, the scale of the loss revealed the effects of several disastrous decisions that the national carrier is struggling to reverse.
The airline’s “Pride of Africa” slogan rang uncomfortably hollow when the 26.22-billion-shilling (USD259-million) loss was announced, driven by higher borrowing costs and unfavourable exchange rates.
Kenya Airways, founded in 1977 following the demise of East African Airways, was considered a cash cow just a decade ago, but is now floundering, said independent analyst Aly-Khan Satchu. Read more
FRANKFURT, 8 August 2016: Air Berlin, Germany’s second-largest airline, said on Friday it would introduce business-class travel on all its German and European flights as part of a bid to escape long-standing financial difficulties.
“We’re at the beginning of a far-reaching process of change, at the end of which will stand a new, strengthened Air Berlin,” chief executive Stefan Pichler said in a statement.
It was part of “decisive strategic steps for a sustainable future of the company”, he went on, saying that the airline was now “clearly positioned in the premium segment among European airlines”. Read more
SYDNEY, 8 August 2016: A Jetstar flight from Tokyo to Australia’s Gold Coast was diverted to Guam and an engine was shut down Sunday after a warning light came on.
The twin-engine JQ12 Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight from Narita international airport to the Gold Coast landed on the US island territory of Guam in the Pacific on Sunday morning after an oil pressure warning light came on, Jetstar said.
“A flight from Narita to the Gold Coast was diverted this morning after the aircraft displayed an indicator message regarding oil pressure,” the carrier said in a statement. Read more
HANOI, 5 August 2016: The Airports Corporation of Vietnam faces the difficult task of banning birds from overflying airports in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
ACV has submitted its plan to install a foreign object debris detection system (FODetect) at Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat International airports to enable air traffic control to detect the presence of flocks of birds on the landing and take off paths.
The system costs USD52 million to install and provide around the clock surveillance, but it will do away with the need to send out patrols to frighten off birds that get too close to the airports. Read more
SHANGHAI, 5 August 2016: Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines has completed a USD450-million purchase of nearly a quarter stake in Brazil’s third largest airline Azul, according to a statement issued Thursday, as its parent HNA embarks on an overseas investment binge.
The deal, originally announced in November, gives Hainan Airlines a 23.7% stake in Azul, making the Chinese company the Brazilian firm’s single largest shareholder, the statement said.
“We view Azul as a strong and lasting partner for HNA to explore further expansion and capital investment in Latin America,” Adam Tan, chief executive of Hainan Airlines’ parent HNA Group, said in the statement. Read more
JAKARTA, 4 August 2016: The main airport serving the Indonesian capital Jakarta will next week open a new terminal to ease the burden on the country’s busiest aviation hub, the airport operator said Wednesday.
Air passenger numbers are soaring in Indonesia, the world’s biggest archipelago nation, as a growing middle class increasingly chooses to fly, but ageing infrastructure is struggling to keep up.
The USD380 million terminal at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, which will start operations at about midnight Monday, will have a capacity of 25 million passengers a year once fully operational, said state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II. Read more
DUBAI, 4 August 2016: Hundreds of passengers were safely evacuated from an Emirates airliner that crash-landed and caught fire in Dubai Wednesday, resulting in the death of a firefighter and a four-hour shutdown of the busy airport but no other fatalities.
The exact circumstances of the accident involving a Boeing 777 flying from India with 300 people on board were not immediately clear.
Footage on social media showed thick black smoke billowing from the aircraft on the ground. Read more
TOKYO, 4 August 2016: The parent company of Japan’s All Nippon Airways, on Wednesday, blamed “terrorist incidents” in Europe and earthquakes at home for a 20% decline of its April-June net profit.
ANA Holdings posted net profit of 6.6 billion yen (USD65.8 million) for its fiscal first quarter, 20.7% lower than the same period last year, adding that a strong yen also took a bite out of its bottom line.
Demand for domestic flights was affected by deadly earthquakes in southern Japan in April. Read more
JAKARTA, 4 August 2016: Volcanic eruptions in Indonesia in recent days have forced the closure of two airports and disrupted some flights to the holiday island of Bali, officials said Wednesday.
Mount Gamalama on the eastern island of Ternate erupted, early Wednesday, after a moderate earthquake in the area, sending ash up to 600 metres (1,900 feet) into the air and closing the island’s airport, said the national disaster agency.
“People are advised to stay calm,” said agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, adding that authorities were not yet planning evacuations. Read more
MONTREAL, 4 August 206: The UN agency responsible for air travel standards on Tuesday urged airports to start preparing now for severe impacts on operations related to global warming.
The Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) warned in its 2016 environmental report of increased cloud cover at airports in the Middle East and Latin America affecting visibility, as a result of rising temperatures and humidity.
It also pointed to a need to protect coastal airstrips around the world from rising sea levels. Read more