Tag: Aviation

Hover-taxi whizzes over Singapore, firm eyes Asian push

A drone-like flying taxi whirred over Singapore's waterfront Tuesday, with the firm behind the test hoping the aircraft will revolutionise travel in traffic-choked Asian cities. The 18 propeller vehicle, developed by German firm Volocopter and with a pilot onboard for safety during the test flight,...

Experts to criticize US aviation authority over 737 MAX: source

A panel of global civil aviation authorities is expected to criticize the US Federal Aviation Administration's approval of Boeing's 737 MAX, which has been grounded for six months following two crashes, a source familiar with the matter said Monday. The panel, known as the Joint...

Boeing suspends test on long-haul 777X aircraft

by Luc OLINGA Boeing has suspended a test on its new long-haul 777X aircraft, the company said Friday, a setback that comes as it battles to rebound from the crisis surrounding the 737 MAX. The so-called "final load" tests are part of the aircraft certification process,...

Singapore is in another league in MRO business, says industry observer

Singapore’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry has been moving up the value chain by doing more design engineering work, putting it in a different league in this lucrative business. Thus Thailand's efforts to penetrate the business segment does not impact Singapore, nor does it...

Can Thailand really take on Singapore in airline MRO business?

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Singapore is moving up the value chain in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business, thus Thailand is not really competing at the same level with Singapore. In fact, Thailand's expansion of its MRO business is more towards the level where Malaysia is at the...

We screwed up in Japan, says Tony Fernandes

Tony Fernandes
AirAsia founder Tony Fernandes (pic) admits that the low-cost carrier failed in its ventures in Japan and Europe. “Japan was a disaster. Our partner didn’t understand what we wanted,” said Fernandes at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2013 in Kuala Lumpur today. AirAsia parted ways with Japan’s...

Dear Singapore Girl

Singapore Girl
By Calvin Soh I loved you the first time I saw you so many years ago. Then you were one of a kind. You were confident, brave, your ideas were ahead of its time and you had a spirit no one else had. You were my...

Why SIA is desperate for a deal

Singapore Airlines' third stab at the Indian market by joining hands with a partner to start an airline there shows how desperate it is in wanting to maintain its premier position. The headwinds moving against SIA are there for all to see. There is intense competition in...