The MRJ programme: delayed but not defeated
Mitsubishi’s MRJ90 programme has been delayed by five years and the company is now scheduled to deliver its first aircraft in mid-2018. Delays are commonplace with all new aircraft programmes but lengthy delays can be ill afforded while the MRJ faces stiff competition from Embraer with its E2 aircraft which is on schedule. The Ishka View is that MRJ’s programme still has plenty of promise but any more material delays will hurt future aircraft sales for the Japanese manufacturer.
More firms seek to set up aviation debt funds
At least three non-bank institutions including an insurance firm are actively looking to create their own private aviation debt fund, according to Ishka research. more
Can the low-cost long-haul model be profitable?
Low-cost airlines revolutionised the aviation industry in the last ten years, driving prices down and forcing incumbents to compete. Now carriers like Norwegian and Air Asia X have applied the same low-cost model to long-haul flights. The challenge now is to deliver sustainable profitability. more
Closing the tax loop: BEPS and aviation
A project launched by the G20 and the OECD to improve international tax laws and prevent aggressive tax planning is set to impact aviation firms. Ishka examines how the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project will affect airlines and lessors. more