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
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.
Asian Fleet Boom Could Spawn Regional Recycling Business
Air Salvage International (ASI) CEO Mark Gregory told Aviation Week his company—one of the largest in Europe—is looking at possible sites in Southeast Asia to set up a facility, and has talked with officials in Senai, Malaysia.
Changi Airport Figures Continue To Slide 

Singapore’s Changi Airport, challenged by changes in airlines’ long-haul strategies and its hub carrier’s stagnation, saw key metrics decline in September with a 0.5% reduction in passenger numbers and a 5% drop in aircraft movements compared to year-ago figures.

Changi Airport saw 4.25 million passengers and just over 27,020 aircraft movements, down from 4.65 million passengers and 28,360 movements in August 2014.

Cargo volumes, which saw upticks at other cargo hubs in the region, including Hong Kong, slipped 2.7%, to 147,800 tons.

Avic Aims At June 2017 First Flight For MA700 

XIAN, China—By mid-2015, Avic plans to begin detail design of the MA700, the first all-new turboprop airliner for more than 30 years, with a target to fly it two years later.

The aircraft is due to enter service in 2019 as a larger alternative to the ATR 72 and Bombardier Q40,  featuring new propulsion technology.

Pratt & Whitney Canada is promising that its PW150C engine, when combined with the highly efficient Dowty R504 propeller, will “provide significant fuel-burn economics for the new aircraft.”

SilkAir Opens Denpasar Flight Schedule 

Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) regional offshoot, SilkAir, will start daily flights to Bali’s Denpasar International from the start of December 2014, in time for the European winter holiday season. The SilkAir flights will complement SIA’s existing flight shedules to the tourist island destination’s newly revamped airport, but will offer point to point schedules rather than the parent carrier’s existing “last leg” options. SilkAir said the move was part of a plan to “synergize the networks of both airlines.”

 
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