• BUILDING THE A380, FROM SCRATCH. PIC/SHUKOR YUSOF
    Aviation

    Adieu A380

    “The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.” – Sartre What would Jean-Paul Sartre make of the Airbus A380? Imagine, if you will, Sartre expressing his love for Simone de Beauvoir in the sumptuous Suite of a Singapore Airlines A380 as he coos, “Try to understand me: I love you while paying attention to external things. At Toulouse I simply loved you…” In Toulouse today, they are more focused on profits than on philosophy, on “Love at First Flight” than on decoding what de Beauvoir means when she says, “One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life…

  • IMAGE: CATHAY PACIFIC. SCREENSHOT BY SHUKOR YUSOF
    Aviation

    Cathay Pacific to be more “innovative” – is it just Hogg-wash?

    In a tweet announced following its disastrous 1H17 results, Cathay Pacific Airways (CX) said it was “committed to be a more innovative airline for customers”. See the results here. CX, which is majority owned by the Swire Group, posted a loss of HKD2.05 billion (USD262 million) for the six months ended June 2017, compared to a profit of HKD353 million for the same period in 2016. When measured in terms of yield (the amount of money an airline makes from carrying a passenger over a kilometer), the picture looked even worse. CX’s yields continued to slump, down 5.2% to 51.5 HK cents. By comparison, Singapore Airlines’ latest yield stood at 10.3 Singapore cents, just…

  • THE SINGAPORE GIRL (THE ONE ON THE RIGHT) – SURPLUS OR DEFICIT? *IMAGE: SIA WEBSITE / SCREENSHOT BY SHUKOR YUSOF
    Aviation

    Talking tosh, the Singapore Airlines way

    Here’s proof the standard (in and out of the aircraft) at Singapore Airlines (SIA) has gone down another notch in recent times. As part of an on-going review of its operations, SIA announced on August 3 it was offering voluntary unpaid leave to its cabin crew for three months starting September this year. There’s nothing wrong for an airline to do that. Indeed, we think it’s a wise move. The problem, in our view, is the language used to convey the message to the media. Bloomberg quoted an SIA spokesperson as saying: “Having temporary surpluses or deficits of cabin crew is not unusual due to the nature of our business… The intention is to…

  • BOEING EVERETT FACTORY, THE WORLD’S LARGEST BUILDING BY VOLUME. PIC/SHUKOR YUSOF
    Aviation

    Who’s the fairest of them all?

    It’s earnings season for airlines and aircraft manufacturers. With the exception of a few airlines, they all seem to be doing swimmingly well but… Do you believe Boeing is a better stock buy following its recent success over Airbus at Le Bourget? Indeed, shares of the US aircraft manufacturer soared (now hovering over USD230) end-July after the Chicago-based company reported 2Q core earnings per share of USD2.55/share, above the Street’s estimates of USD2.31. A year ago Boeing reported a loss of 44 cents per share. Look closely at the latest earnings and one will see a drop in commercial aircraft deliveries (minus 16 aircraft from a year ago – that’s…