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. 

VietJet Expands To Russia 
The carrier says it is looking to extend its roster of international flights, currently restricted to Asian destinations, starting with Russia.
Philippine Airlines To Axe Proposed Services 
The cancellation of proposed routes to Perth and Brisbane is the first significant change in policy since the parties formally agreed to the deal yesterday.
AirAsia X Adjusts Its Business Plan 
AirAsia X is confident it has found the right model, but its results have yet to show improvement
Philippine LCC Cebu Pacific passenger traffic up 19.7% 

SINGAPORE—Despite an overall static outlook for business across the region, Manila-based LCC Cebu Pacific (Cebu) has recorded a 19.7% increase in passenger numbers for Q2 2014, to 4.7 million in total, in addition to 3.8 million passengers in Q1 2014.

Thai Regulator Grounds LCC , Citing Maintenance 

Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has canceled Thai airport landing rights for Don Mueang-based LCC City Airways. 

The DCA has also asked the Civil Aviation Department in Hong Kong to withdraw rights for the airline at Hong Kong International. The move follows claims that the carrier had not been following scheduled maintenance operations on its 20-year old Boeing 737-400 and 737-800 aircraft. To date, there is no ban in place on the China destinations from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). 

Garuda Plans Longhaul Route Cuts 

On the heels of its poor half-year financial report, Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has signaled it will pull back from several route introductions planned for later this year. The airline is to abandon at least two intended new routes between its base at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta and Manila, and from Jakarta to Mumbai. Both were slated to start operations in the second half of 2014. The airline shut down its Jakarta-Taipei last week as part of what it called a “current efficiency campaign.”

Philippine LCC Cebu Pacific Passenger Traffic Up 19.7% 
The airline also managed to boost load factors by 1.4%, averaging an 88% factor. Together, these resulted in a PHP3 billion ($68.5 million) net income for H1 2014, a significant rise from the previous year’s $6.3 million.
Jet Airways To Shed Low Cost Brands 

In the first major changes since it appointed a new CEO in May, Indian carrier Jet Airways will retire its JetLite and Jet Konnect subsidiary brands and integrate the two low-cost carriers (LCCs) into its full-service operations by year’s end. 

Garuda Plans Longhaul Route Cuts 
On the heels of its poor performance in the first half the year, Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has signaled it will not launch some of the new routes planned for later this year.
Nok, ANA Launch Training School In Thailand 

A collaboration between All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Thai low-cost carrier Nok Air is to begin Airbus A320 pilot training at Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport from September.

The new facility, called Pan Am Thailand Flight Training Center, will eventually house two A320 and two Boeing 737NG flight simulators. It is part of the Japanese carrier’s expansion plans for its recently acquired subsidiary, Pan Am International Flight Academy (Pan Am).

Traffic Continues Growing in Asia, But Not Uniformly Across Region 
However, what could be the first signs of a regional slowdown came in June, when factors such as political unrest and currency and fuel price instability drove some major regional centers into negative growth.
MAS: Airlines Face Serious Information Sharing Challenges 1

Malaysia Airlines (MAS)’s Chief Commercial Officer Hugh Dunleavy underlined the need for the industry to improve information sharing about where it is safe to fly and where it isn’t.

ST Engineering Looks To Expand Engine Leasing Business 

Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) is to inject another S$622,400 ($500,000) into its Total Engine Asset Management (TEAM) joint venture with Japan-based Marubeni Corporation.

The additional funds will be channeled through the company’s ST Aerospace Engines division and used for the purchase of additional lease-ready power plant capacity. The latest capital infusion follows the S$7.2 million ST Engineering invested in TEAM in March and October last year.

MAS: Airlines Face Serious Information Sharing Challenges 
“There is a critically urgent need for more [information] sharing,” Dunleavy said. “This is a risk assessment issue that is nothing to do with commercial operations or national security. The situation has to change.”
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