AirAsia took delivery of its first Aneo on 7 September this year in Hamburg. Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that it has finalized a firm purchase agreement with Philippine Airlines, consistent with the Letter of Intent announced on October 14, The purchase agreement includes a firm order for five Q aircraft and purchase. Garuda Indonesia will provide the first direct link between Indonesia and India by operating a new route from Jakarta to the Indian metropolis Mumbai, starting 12 December The new service will be served through Bangkok three times a week. Atlas Air has entered into an agreement to operate its first Boeing Freighter for Nippon Cargo Airlines NCA , with an opportunity for additional aircraft in the future. The contract is initially for one aircraft to be flown in key.
ANALYSIS: Asian airlines growing, but beware the speed bumps
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Aigle Azur Paris-Orly will enter receivership. A French court has appointed a temporary administrator. Yvelin was able to fight off a coup attempt by minority shareholder Gerard Hua. David Neeleman has threatened a lawsuit. Operations will continue. The company currently operates regular flights per week departing from six French airports to around 25 destinations.
The result of a long-running procedure to find a concessionaire for Sofia Airport in Bulgaria has concluded, with the award being made to a consortium. Following a day tender evaluation, Bulgaria's Ministry of Transport MoT has selected a consortium comprising Munich Airport GmbH and the asset manager Meridiam to operate and manage Sofia Airport for 35 years under the consortium name 'Sof Connect'. This outcome was pretty well unexpected because those two had not figured highly in the odds and had not made the highest financial offer. However, perhaps it was a dose of pragmatism that won the consortium this deal as they identified crucial infrastructure and operational failings and offered to do something about them forthwith, rather than engaging in airy-fairy musings on grand schemes in the distant future. There are now more than widebodies operated by Asia Pacific LCCs, but only a small fraction is used on long haul routes of more than nine hours.
While airport capacity problems are nothing new for Asia, concerns are shifting from the lack of terminal and runway capacity in some cities to the delays caused by hold-ups in security, customs and immigration processing. Airlines and airports were largely united in their calls on governments to look at ways to speed up passenger processing as a way of decongesting terminals, and ultimately being able to use them more efficiently. Key is the adoption of technologies such as facial recognition, automated kiosks and self-service options for passengers. For some governments that has been an easy process, but many in Asia are reticent to rely on technology to process passengers rather than people.