• GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN. A MAS B777-200ER ABOUT TO LAND.
    Aviation

    Does Malaysia need a national airline?

    Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is once again in the centre of a maelstrom following the departure of Peter Bellew, its second expatriate chief executive in as many years. The airline has had a chequered past, marked by persistent losses (over MYR20 billion or USD4.8 billion, in two decades), mismanagement and most recently the loss of over 500 lives on board two of its aircraft. In view of the debate currently raging in Malaysia over the future of MAS, which unfortunately has spilled into the political arena, it is timely to ask if some countries actually need a national airline. Consider this: Malaysia has injected billions into MAS since the late 1990s,…

  • THE FOUR MUSKETEERS. L-R: PIERRE BAUDOIN (BOMBARDIER CHAIRMAN), TOM ENDERS (AIRBUS PRESIDENT & CEO), ALAIN BELLEMARE (BOMBARDIER PRESIDENT & CEO), AND FABRICE BREGIER (AIRBUS COO & PRESIDENT COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT). PIC/AIRBUS
    Aviation

    The French Connection

    Apart from AirAsia, at least two Southeast Asian carriers are believed to have expressed interest in Bombardier’s CSeries planes after Airbus announced it would take 50.01% control of the troubled programme on October 17. It is understood informal talks have started. Although details are sketchy, the carriers are exploring acquiring between 20 and 30 planes. So far in Asia Pacific, only Korean Air has placed orders, for 10 CS300 aircraft. In August this year AirAsia co-founder and CEO Tony Fernandes visited Mirabel in Montreal and said his company was keen on both the CS100 and CS300 variants. In spite of Bombardier’s widely reported funding problems with the CSeries, the aircraft itself has…

  • READ MY LIPS: MALAYSIA IS THE MOST WONDERFUL COUNTRY…
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    The greatest turnaround flop?

    Ravi’s Banana Leaf Restaurant in Mont Kiara, located in a leafy, upmarket suburb in Kuala Lumpur, is about to bid farewell to a loyal customer. Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) CEO Peter Bellew has done a U-turn. He is leaving his job after just a year as boss of the beleaguered airline and is heading back to Ryanair and to Ireland, his homeland. But what made Bellew’s departure intriguing was this: apparently his employer was unaware of it until news of his move was made official by Ryanair via the London Stock Exchange. To say the MAB board and stakeholder were left with red faces is an understatement. Barely a month ago Bellew…

  • DISCUSSING BIG DATA. L-R: STEPHEN LEUNG (LAZADA), VENKY PAZHYANUR (UNISYS), ENDAU ANALYTICS, LUQMAN AZMI (MASKARGO) & DIDIER LENORMAND (PHOENIX AERO CONSULT)
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    Big Data

    What’s big data analytics and how can this be used to drive profits in the aviation industry? That was the big question posed in one of the sessions at the Payload Asia Conference on Oct 12 in Singapore. Endau Analytics was invited by the organiser, Payload Asia (a publication focusing on the global airfreight industry), to moderate the discussion on big data. According to Google big data is a “buzzword to describe a massive volume of both structured and unstructured data that’s so large it’s difficult to process using traditional database an software techniques.” Big data itself essentially is a high volume of data stream that originates from multiple sources…

  • MUSTAPA MOHAMED: CRITICISMS OF BOEING DEAL MISPLACED, MISINFORMED. PIC/SHUKOR YUSOF
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    It’s “engagement” more than “investment”, says Malaysian minister of Boeing plane purchase

    A month after Malaysia’s prime minister stunned the world by revealing his country, whose GDP is many times smaller than that of California, was buying Boeing planes to help strengthen the US economy, a minister who accompanied him on that trip has said the main purpose was actually to “engage with the Americans”. During a networking dinner with Malaysian professionals held at the Malaysian embassy in Singapore on Oct 11, we asked Mustapa Mohamed, Malaysia’s trade minister: the premier said Malaysia Airlines was buying Boeing planes to help prop up the US economy but the airline’s CEO has clarified the planes will be leased, not purchased, thus it wasn’t an investment. So…