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China’s aviation industry is growing rapidly, in line with its burgeoning economy. The CAAC is the aviation authority under the Ministry of Transport of the People's Republic of China responsible for civil aviation and the investigation of aviation accidents and incidents. The military controls Chinese airspace (restricted), in addition to flight clearances and authorisations. Non-commercial air travel is subordinate to military traffic and as such, general and private aviation in the country is rare.
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Malaysia Airlines will resume expansion in 2017 with several new routes and capacity increases on existing routes. Most of the expansion is directed at China, with eight new destinations, the resumption of a second daily flight to Shanghai, and upgauging one of its Hong Kong flights.
The airline is evaluating further expansion in China and elsewhere in North Asia in 2H2017 if it succeeds at securing additional A330s. Malaysia Airlines continues to seek leases on up to four A330s, which would result in a fleet of 19 aircraft.
Overall seat capacity will be up by 5% to 6% in 2017. Passenger numbers could potentially increase by more than 10% as Malaysia Airlines aims to significantly improve its load factor on the back of new lower fares.
The repeated strategic failures of TransAsia Airways have resulted in the Taiwanese carrier being punished with market exit. Outside the domestic market TransAsia amassed little presence, and its departure will not greatly affect the market. But its collapse is an example for all: TransAsia is an unfortunate example of having failed to address market changes around Asia, and more specifically – needing to evolve out of a small regional full service airline.
There will undoubtedly be a superficial narrative that TransAsia struggled to recover from two tragic fatal accidents. But as at Malaysia Airlines, TransAsia's underlying problems existed before the crashes. Unlike Malaysia Airlines, TransAsia did not move fast enough to get its house in order.
The second day of the CAPA Asia Aviation Summit began with a Q&A featuring AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail and Spring Airlines VP Jonathan Hutt. The Chinese market dominated the conversation, particularly opportunities between China and Southeast Asia for both airlines.
The CAPA Asia Aviation Summit was held on 16-Nov-2016 and 17-Nov-2016, attracting over 300 delegates. The summit also included a gala dinner on 16-Nov-2016 featuring the CAPA Asia Pacific Aviation Awards for Excellence.
The remainder of Day 2 featured three panels: on distribution, ancillaries, and a wrap-up of the market outlook.
Delta-Korean Air joint venture creates trans-Pacific's second largest bloc. Cathay, EVA under threat
The unprecedented aviation market growth between Asia and North America is forcing airlines to re-evaluate their core strategy and reassess who is a competitor and who could be a partner. It seems probable that Delta Air Lines and Korean Air will form a joint venture, potentially making them the second largest trans-Pacific bloc.
The next two largest airlines without a deep partnership, EVA Air and Cathay Pacific, are having to confront significant change, without the support of partners. Delta-Korean Air brings United-ANA its closest rival yet, while the American-JAL JV – already smaller – needs bulking up.
Korean Air brings Delta a wider network in Asia than ANA or JAL offer to their respective JV partners, United and American. A Korean Air-Delta JV could result in more destinations and flights being added once they are able to sell jointly.
China Eastern Airlines, Malindo Air, Philippine Airlines and Spring Airlines scooped the airline awards at the 2016 CAPA Asia Pacific Aviation Awards for Excellence, held on 15-Nov-2016 in Singapore as part of the 2016 CAPA Asia Aviation Summit. BOC Aviation CEO Robert Martin received the executive award, while Mactan-Cebu was the airport winner and Air New Zealand won in the innovation category. Spring Airlines founding CEO and chairwoman Zhang Xiuzhi was recognised with the CAPA Legends Award (CAPA Hall of Fame).
Now in its fourteenth year, CAPA’s Aviation Awards for Excellence are intended to reward airlines and airports that are not only successful but have also provided industry leadership in an always changing environment. At a time of industry upheaval, our winners are adopting strategies that offer new directions for others to take.
Initially limited to Asia Pacific and the Middle East, the awards were expanded by CAPA in 2012 to include all regions. This year the Aviation Awards for Excellence were presented at two gala dinners – one for the global industry on 27-Oct-2015, and one for Asia Pacific including the Middle East on 15-Nov-2016.
Thai AirAsia is planning further growth in China as it continues to expand its fleet rapidly. The LCC is planning to add five to six aircraft per annum over the next few years and allocate approximately half of the additional capacity to China, which is already by far its largest international market. India is another focus area for Thai AirAsia.
A large portion of the additional aircraft will be based at secondary cities. Approximately 30% of Thai AirAsia’s fleet is now based outside Bangkok, compared to 15% two years ago, and this portion will continue to increase as the airline expands.
Thai AirAsia is particularly keen to grow its base at U-Tapao near the resort of Pattaya, which opened in Sep-2015 and now has two aircraft. Thai AirAsia plans to expand the U-Tapao/Pattaya base by one or two aircraft in 2017, enabling new routes to China. Thai AirAsia is also considering the launch of international services in 2017 from Khon Kaen, which could become its seventh base and the fifth gateway for services to mainland China.