Chen Chuanren


Based in Singapore, Chen Chuanren is the S.E Asia and China Correspondent for Air Transport World, joining the team on July 2018.

Chuanren has a defence background, serving in the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s Air Defence and Operation Command for five years before pursuing journalism. He has a Diploma in Mechatronics (Aerospace) and a Bachelor Degree in Communications (Mass Communications). He continues to write on defence matters on a freelance basis.


Construction to begin in 2021 on Jakarta Terminal 4
Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport new terminal 4 is slated for construction beginning in 2021, according to state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II.
Malaysia Airlines narrows 2018 loss in face of ‘intense competition’
Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) reported a net loss of MYR791.7 million ($190.5 million) for 2018, narrowed from a MYR812.1 million loss in the previous year.
Starlux cabin crew uniform and business class seats.
Taiwan startup Starlux unveils new A321neo cabin products
Taiwan’s Starlux Airlines has introduced its Airbus A321neo cabin products ahead of the startup carrier’s launch in January 2020.
The new Beijing Daxing International Airport
China’s airports handle 12.8 million passengers Oct. 1-7
China’s week-long national day holiday, known as the Golden Week, saw 12.8 million passenger movements across China, a 5.1% year-on-year (YOY) increase. The Golden Week ran from Oct. 1-7.
Vietnam warns of capacity bubble; pulls back on startup Kite Air
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has introduced a series of recommendations to both the Ministry of Transport and local airlines, warning of overcapacity if airlines do not keep track of their own fleet expansion.
AirAsia A320neo
AirAsia files $114.6 million lawsuit against Malaysia Airports
AirAsia and its long-haul subsidiary AirAsia X have filed a MYR479.8 million ($114.6 million) claim at the Kuala Lumpur High Court against Malaysia Airports, the operator of Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s (KLIA) two terminals.
NokScoot Boeing 777-200
Thailand’s NokScoot expands Boeing 777 fleet
Thailand’s NokScoot has expanded its fleet to seven aircraft, after commissioning the sixth and seventh Boeing 777-200 Oct. 3.
Singapore to explore SITAONAIR space-based ATM voice communications
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has inked an MOU with SITAONAIR to explore the deployment of space-based VHF voice communications for air traffic management (ATM) in Singapore’s flight information region (FIR).
China Southern Boeing 787-8
China Southern, Qatar Airways ink codeshare agreement
China Southern Airlines has signed a codeshare cooperation agreement with Qatar Airways, and pending approval, will begin Jan. 14, 2020.
Hong Kong Airlines opens new training academy
Hong Kong Airlines opened a new training academy for flight and cabin crews Sept. 25.
KAL Cargo stays strong in a tough market 
For Korean Air Cargo, 2019 has become a year to prepare for 2020 and beyond as the air freight market becomes tougher.
LCCs in Southeast Asia drive need for more pilot academies 
The Southeast Asia region is focusing on creating a whole new generation of pilots for a rapidly growing LCC sector.
AirAsia’s Fernandes to step down from most board posts
AirAsia co-founder Tony Fernandes said he will be stepping down from most board positions, but will remain on the boards of AirAsia Group and AirAsia X and continue as group CEO.
Hong Kong airport traffic slumps in August; Shenzhen benefits 
Passenger traffic at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) dropped 12.4% year-over-year (YOY) in August to 6 million passengers as visitors avoid the territory amidst civil unrest.
Rendering of Airbus A321 XLR
Report: Vietjet Air becomes A321XLR customer
Vietnam LCC Vietjet Air has reportedly placed an order for 15 Airbus A321XLRs, according to a Reuters report.
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