SINGAPORE - The U.S. plan to rebalance its forces and shift more resources to the Asia-Pacific region is not only forcing countries there to re-evaluate their geopolitical relationships, but also their military might, especially when it comes to aviation assets.
Australian satellite operator NewSat acknowledges that one of the pitfalls in securing business from Australia’s Department of Defense (DOD) and other national defense departments is that if NewSat were to ever be sold to a foreign party, Australia’s DOD may take issue. (WGS photo: Boeing)
Cebu Pacific Air has received its first Airbus A330, but rather than operate the widebody on routes to the Middle East, as it announced earlier, it plans to deploy the aircraft on short-haul services in Asia.
Airbus on June 13 confirmed that Cebu took delivery of its first A330 in Toulouse and that the aircraft is in an all-economy 436-passenger seat configuration. It says this aircraft is the first of four that Cebu Pacific has agreed to lease from CIT.
The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) is forecasting that carriers in the region will experience an increase in passenger numbers this year, but it stops short of predicting whether that will translate into higher profits.
“We’re not in the business of forecasting profits,” says AAPA Director General Andrew Herdman, adding that with margins “wafer thin” in the airline industry, it is always hard to estimate profits.
SINGAPORE - Minister for National Defense Peter MacKay says the request for proposals for search-and-rescue aircraft will be issued by year’s end. The country is using de Havilland Canada DHC-5 Buffalos and older-model C-130s for SAR. (Photo: USAF)
SINGAPORE - New Zealand continues to face a tight fiscal budget, but is progressing with its plan to get new primary trainer aircraft for its air force, and to replace its Lockheed Martin P-3Ks and C-130Hs next decade. (Photo: USAF)
SINGAPORE - Vietnam has a requirement for long-range maritime patrol aircraft, but it can’t buy the aircraft from the United States unless the U.S. government lifts a restriction banning the sale of lethal weapons to Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party government. (P-3 photo: Lockheed Martin)
The Asian nation of Timor Leste plans to establish its own national carrier to ensure it has more connectivity with Australia and Southeast Asian nations, and help ensure there is more competition on key routes.
SINGAPORE - New Zealand’s defense minister, Jonathan Coleman, is starting to question whether his ministry may need to implement further procurement reforms, particularly for large, complex military programs.
Competition in Malaysia’s medium-haul market is set to intensify, with Malindo Air disclosing that it plans to operate some of the Boeing 787-8s that its parent company, Indonesia’s Lion Air, has on order.
Beijing’s increasingly heavy-handed treatment of Hong Kong, resulting in current street protests, raises the risk of China eventually trying to seize Taiwan by force, though the probability may not have changed much....More