Air Macau

Viva Macau takes government loan amid financial crisis

Start-up budget airline Viva Macau received a government bailout loan package of nearly 200 million patacas after hitting heavy turbulence last year in the wake of the financial crisis.

Wednesday, 20 January, 2010, 12:00am

Carrier targets lucrative market

The rapid rise in the number of international hotels and resorts in Macau, such as Wynn, The Venetian, MGM Grand Macau and others, means tourism is booming. Hordes of visitors are pouring into Macau and this trend is expected to continue.

20 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Fledgling carrier flying high

Viva Macau is expanding and looking for staff around the world

Asia's growing demand for budget air travel combined with Macau's rapid economic growth has provided Viva Macau with the ideal launch pad.

The new low-fare airline, which has been operating for eight months, has grand plans for expansion, but faces a host of challenges.

18 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Soaring Air Macau chases pilots

Air Macau hopes last month?s bankruptcy of Brazilian carrier Varig will let it hire the pilots needed to spearhead an expansion of regional services, according to chief executive David Fei Hong-jun.

3 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Air Macau wins international quality service award

Updated at 5.32pm: Air Macau - the state-owned regional airline based in Macau - has won a top award for customer service.

Xinhua reported on Friday that the airline had been awarded the ISO9001 Standard of Quality Certificate.

19 May 2006 - 12:00am

Right time for an aviation career to take off

TO COPE WITH rapidly increasing tourist numbers, Macau plans to double its airport capacity in the next few years. This move, along with the establishment of new airlines and additional services, will create hundreds of jobs in the city's aviation sector, which is estimated to grow 8 per cent annually until 2010.

8 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Macau's skies set to get crowded as three new airlines take wing

The dust appears to be settling on the airline shake-out in Macau, with three soon-to-be start-ups having carved out the niches they will serve - at least in principle.

Shun Tak Holdings managing director Pansy Ho Chiu-king is on the verge of getting a stake in an as-yet unnamed but nevertheless coveted low-cost carrier.

12 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Air Macau set to cede exclusive rights

Air Macau has begun negotiations with management from at least two airlines with a view to surrendering its exclusive right to operate from the former Portuguese colony.

18 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Macau opens up China for Virgin Blue

New aviation pact with Beijing gives operation to be set up by the no-frills carrier extensive access to mainland centres

Macau yesterday signed a liberal-ised air-services pact with the mainland, opening the door for Australian no-frills carrier Virgin Blue to go ahead with plans for a new China-focused airline in the former enclave.

18 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Virgin Blue weighs Air Macau takeover option

Australian no-frills airline Virgin Blue could assume management control of Air Macau under one option being discussed for its proposed launch of a new China-focused airline from Macau.

Virgin Blue has been in talks for several months with Air Macau and majority shareholder China National Aviation Corp (CNAC).

22 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Virgin Blue in bid to launch service based in Macau

Talks on mainland-focused airline will hinge on local carrier waiving sole rights

Australian no-frills airline Virgin Blue is in negotiations to launch a new China-focused airline from Macau, flying into and out of mainland cities, by early next year.

31 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Air Macau eyes Taipei-Yangtze delta freighter linkage

The frequency of the proposed service will be four to seven times a week

Air Macau by the end of the year will launch a freighter service linking the booming Yangtze River Delta manufacturing sector with Taipei via its home base in the former Portuguese colony.

6 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Buyer in sight for Air Macau stake

Transportes Aereos Portugueses (TAP), Portugal's state-owned flag carrier, may have finally found a ready buyer for its Air Macau stake in the former Portuguese enclave's SAR government.

A report published yesterday in the Diario Economico, a Portuguese newspaper, said TAP would sell its 20 per cent stake in Air Macau to the Macau government, according to Bloomberg.

13 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Passenger rise fails to aid Air Macau

Air Macau has reported a net loss of 75.7 million patacas last year compared with a net profit of 79 million patacas in 1997.

Air Macau president Leonel Miranda said the airline's main objective this year was to break even and to set up an air cargo subsidiary.

He said Air Macau also planned to launch its first flights to Europe in April next year.

3 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Airline builds up 'hub' trade

Air Macau is feeling a little bit lonely these days, according to market development manager Dominic Ching.

With the Asian economic downturn biting deep into their profits, airlines are seeking to reduce costs by cutting back on non- core routes.

8 Dec 1998 - 12:00am