• SCREENSHOT OF NARESH GOYAL FROM JET AIRWAYS’ WEBSITE
    Aviation

    Naresh Goyal: Kid in the candy store

    In an interview with CNN in 2005 the founder of Jet Airways, Naresh Goyal, was asked what he wanted people to remember him by when he is no longer around. “I want people to remember that this Indian guy did something for the country, he did something for the society, he created something, he created an institution, where my family and my friends and the country can be proud of,” was Goyal’s answer. He may have spoken too soon. On 17 April Jet Airways suspended all flights both domestic and international after 25 years of flying. The airline was forced to ground its entire fleet having failed to raise INR4 billion (USD57.2 million)…

  • THE RAIN VORTEX AT JEWEL, CHANGI AIRPORT’S LATEST STAR ATTRACTION. PIC/SHUKOR YUSOF
    Aviation

    What’s it really like at Jewel?

    Water plays an important role in Singapore. In many parts of Southeast and East Asia, water equates to wealth, to the extent that money and water are somehow intertwined; how a country manages its water resources is a reflection of how it manages its finances. Amongst the Chinese, water denotes luck and fortune, and thus water elements that are sited properly in one’s abode is considered auspicious, likely to bring prosperity and success. In the heart of Singapore, there already exists a Fountain of Wealth, listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest fountain. It is believed you’ll be blessed with good luck if you walk around it…

  • ENTRANCE TO THE AIRBUS FACILITY IN TOULOUSE. PIC/SHUKOR YUSOF
    Aviation

    Advantage Airbus (in Asia, at least)

    Guillaume Faury is taking on the role of Airbus’s new CEO at a time when the European consortium’s rival Boeing is sapped by a series of negative events recently. Will it make Monsieur Faury’s job any easier? Nothing is easy in the aviation business, a dog-eat-dog world marked often by many unpredictable, unforeseen occurrences. The latest problem bugging Boeing is one example. If a week is a long time in politics, the past month must have been an eternity for Boeing. On 10 March an Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302, a B737 MAX 8 with 157 people on board, crashed six minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa. There were no survivors.…