• A CHINA AIRLINES (CAL) A330 AT TAOYUAN AIRPORT. PIC/SHUKOR YUSOF
    Aviation

    A dragon looms in the year of the dog

    There is a good chance that Tsai Ing-wen has read Immanuel Hsu’s brilliant tome, “The Rise of Modern China”, a book that describes China’s transformation from a traditional empire into the modern, technologically advanced, global power that it is today. Taiwan’s president shouldn’t mess with Beijing. It isn’t good for her and especially for the 23 or so million people on that island just 180km off the southeastern coast of mainland China. Since Tsai took office in May 2016 relations between Beijing and Taipei have soured. That’s because Tsai refused to acquiesce to Beijing’s demand that Taiwan accept the “1992 Consensus” and along with it, the “One China” principle. This…

  • THERE’S ONE JUST LIKE THIS IN TIANJIN. PIC/SHUKOR YUSOF
    Aviation

    China gets an offer, India makes one

    Airbus makes China an offer that it can (and should) refuse Fresh from his China tour with the French president in early Jan., outgoing Airbus COO & President Commercial Aircraft Fabrice Brégier said his company has outsold Boeing in 2017. The Toulouse-based aircraft maker said on Jan. 15 it had surpassed its 2017 target by delivering 718 planes to customers, compared to Boeing’s 763. Orders were up 52% to 1,109 last year, against Boeing’s 912 . But we are obliged to point out that Boeing remains the world’s largest airplane manufacturer – for the sixth consecutive year – and made considerably more money in 2017 than its European rival. Check it out here.…

  • THE LATEST ITERATION OF EMBRAER’S E-JETS: THE E190-E2. ENTRY INTO SERVICE IN THE FIRST HALF OF 2018. PIC/SHUKOR YUSOF
    Aviation

    Boeing-Embraer tie-up: É melhor esperar sentado*

    There is a steakhouse in downtown Seattle appropriately named The Grill from Ipanema and it serves caipirinhas to complement the exotic Brazilian dishes and the mesa de frios. Apparently Brazilian fare is quite popular in that part of Washington state and our friends in Seattle (to paraphrase John Leahy) certainly seem to have acquired an appetite for Brazilian products, notably its airplanes. On Dec. 21, 2017 The Wall Street Journal reported that Boeing was keen to buy Embraer, the Brazilian aerospace company and the world’s third biggest aircraft maker, for USD3.7 billion. Both companies confirmed the WSJ article. Why is Boeing interested in Embraer? Few people out here in Asia know Embraer (or have…