Jeremy Torr

Jeremy Torr
SE Asia Bureau Chief

Jeremy Torr is an experienced editor and journalist, with extensive publishing experience across three continents. Originally from the UK, he is a trained engineer, where he wrote for a range of technical publications plus The Guardian, Sunday Times and Penguin Books. 
 
In Australia he worked as technology editor and contributor for the Sydney Morning Herald, Business Review Weekly, and the Melbourne Age – as well as successfully establishing a paragliding school.
 
Since moving to Singapore 13 years ago, he has worked most recently as editor of Asian Airlines and Airports magazine, previously edited SilverKris inflight, and contributes to Discovery Channel and Forbes magazine on business, science and technology issues. 

Articles
Hainan Airlines Takes 23% Stake In TAP Portugal 
China’s Hainan Airlines plans to take a 23% share in TAP Portugal, with a bond buy from Azul Brazilian Airlines, in a €30 million ($33 million) transaction.
Bell 429 Demo Flight
Bell's medium sized twin-engine 429 is proves as easy to fly in as it is to look at.
Bell Helicopter Upbeat About Asia 1
Despite plunging oil-and-gas budgets, rotary manufacturer Bell sees significant sales opportunities in developing Asia-Pacific markets.
Bell Helicopter Upbeat About Asia, Despite Oil & Gas Woes 
Despite plunging oil-and-gas budgets, rotary manufacturer Bell sees significant sales opportunities in developing Asia-Pacific markets.
Rolls-Royce Pursues New Asia Service Strategy  1
Rolls-Royce opens a customer service center in Singapore, which means for the first time the engine manufacturer is basing critical, real-time support efforts outside of its U.K. headquarters.
Rapid Growth Of Vietnam’s Vietjet Mirrors Country’s Development 
Vietjet Air has grown dramatically in three years—but things are likely to get tougher as it looks to file for an IPO and expand internationally
Asia-Pacific MRO Boom Faces Hurdles 

SINGAPORE—Despite solid sales projections by airframers, difficult national geographies and the fragmented nature of the Asian maintenance, repair, and overhaul industry point to mixed prospects for its future. 

The Asia-Pacific region generates a healthy 27% of the $60 billion yearly global airline MRO spend. With an estimated global growth rate of 5.4% going forward, the region seems well-positioned for a boom, said ICF International VP David Stewart. But there are challenges.

Airlines, Authorities Key To Ending Wasteful Paper-Based Lease Documentation 

SINGAPORE—Using paper-based documentation for aircraft lease transactions adds several hundred thousand dollars to each deal, but paper won’t be replaced by digital until either airlines and civil aviation authorities step in and agree on a path forward.

Speaking at MRO Asia, AerCap SVP Jock Seals said his company spent an average of about $350,000 per deal using paper in the last year.

AirAsia X Kicks Off Indonesian Operations 

A new AirAsia X long-haul, low-cost franchise based in Indonesia is to start operations in late December, flying to Melbourne, Australia, from Denpasar in Bali.

The airline, Indonesia AirAsia X (IAAX), is 51% owned by local company PT Kirana Anugerah Perkasa (PTKAP). It will fly five-times-weekly service on the popular tourist route using Airbus A330-300s and starting Dec. 26.

Asia-Pacific MRO Boom Faces Hurdles 
The Asia-Pacific region generates a healthy 27% of the $60 billion yearly global airline MRO spend. With an estimated global growth rate of 5.4% going forward, the region seems well-positioned for a boom, said ICF International VP David Stewart. But there are challenges.
Manpower Strategy Key To Singapore MRO Industry 
“This country has a tradition of a large and competent local workforce, and today many of our aviation-based courses at institutes of further education are oversubscribed,” she said.
Airlines, Authorities Key To Ending Wasteful Paper-Based Lease Documentation
Speaking at MRO Asia, AerCap AVP Jock Seals said his company spent an average of about $350,000 per deal using paper in the last year.
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