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. 

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China’s Golden Weeks Hit By Travel Warnings 

The Philippines and Thailand have both seen significantly lower-than-usual passenger numbers from mainland China during the first two weeks of October, following warnings from the country’s National Tourism Administration (NTA).

Although the two weeks are traditionally massive for Chinese travel because of the National Day Golden Week holiday, low-cost carriers (LCC) to both destinations have been hit badly by travel advisories from China’s state tourism body.

Manila Airport To Be Privately Operated 

Manila’s notoriously congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is to be sold to private operators by the end of 2016 in an effort to shake off its poor passenger handling reputation.

SIA Pushes Buyout, Sell-off At Tigerair 
In doing so, SIA has effectively bailed out the Tigerair group as well as upped its stake in Tiger Airways Holdings, to 55% from 40%.
Tyler Warns Of Asian Infrastructure Bottlenecks 
“Building aviation infrastructure is a strategic state investment,” Tyler noted. “But for many countries, it is a struggle to ensure that there is sufficient airport and airspace capacity available to meet demand.”
China’s Golden Weeks Hit By Travel Warnings 
Although the two weeks are traditionally massive for Chinese travel because of the National Day Golden Week holiday, low-cost carriers (LCC) to both destinations have been hit badly by travel advisories from China’s state tourism body.
Mongolia’s MIAT Eyes Expansion 

With the official launch of its first flights to Singapore, MIAT Mongolian Airlines has signaled its intention to significantly extend its east-west route network—potentially to the U.S. and Australia.

The Mongolian flag carrier’s network also serves Japan, China, and Korea to the east, and Berlin and Moscow to the west, from its base at Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 

Philippine Airlines May Alter Airbus Order 

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has signaled it may defer an order with Airbus for at least some of the 46 aircraft it has on order from the manufacturer. 

“We have to discuss with Airbus,” PAL Executive VP and GM Jaime Bautista said. Bautista noted that any deferment would “entail cost,” but did not elaborate on the potential scale or scope of any changes.

According to Airbus’s latest delivery schedule, PAL’s 46 outstanding orders include 25 A321ceos, 18 A321neos and 3 A330-300s. 

Garuda Places Order For 50 Boeing 737 MAXs 

Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has placed an order for 50 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

The contract is for 50 737 MAX-8s and includes a conversion of Garuda’s outstanding order for four 737-800s to the new aircraft type. Deliveries will start in the third quarter of 2017.

The decision to confirm such a significant order may be part of CEO Emirsyah Satar’s drive to cut operating costs. 

CAE Enters Japanese Market With JAL Deal 
Pending regulatory approval, JAL will move its entire crew-training operation to a facility jointly owned by JAL and CAE in April 2015.
Tigerair Leasing Out Surplus A320s 

Singapore-based Tigerair, seeking to improve cash flow and put unneeded aircraft to work, is sub-leasing some of its leased Airbus A320s to Indian low-cost carrier (LCC) Indigo.

With up to 20 out-of-service aircraft on its books, Tigerair parent Tiger Airways Holdings (TAH) has signed a deal to deliver 12 A320s to the Indian carrier between October 2014 and March 2015.

Garuda Places Order For 50 Boeing 737MAXs 
The contract is for 50 737 MAX-8s and includes a conversion of Garuda’s outstanding order for four 737-800s to the new aircraft type. Deliveries will start in the third quarter of 2017.
Tigerair Leasing Out Surplus A320s 
With up to 20 out-of-service aircraft on its books, Tigerair parent Tiger Airways Holdings (TAH) has signed a deal to deliver 12 A320s to the Indian carrier between October 2014 and March 2015.
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