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022 JNB - Don Hunter, fmr Cathay Pacific and Kai Tak, debating the future of flying

Episode Summary

Flight 022. Don Hunter has been around the world, from the Royal Air Force to Oman Air, from Cathay Pacific to managing Kai Tak airport and he’s our guest on this flight. We ask him about the huge operation that was the transfer of HKG, the future of flying in Africa, the lessons in accident readiness we can learn from Malaysian and the recent Shoreham air show disaster.

Episode Notes



Don Hunter. Chief Officer Airport Operations at Oman Air since 2010. Prior to that, MD Dnata Philippines and Vice President Operations Dnata Dubai. Managing director of Menzies Macau in 2007-2008. General Manager Airport Services Virgin Atlantic in 2004-2007. Cathay Pacific Airways in 1986-2004, posts included General Manager Kai Tak, Managing Director Hong Kong Air Terminal Services, and MD Hong Kong Airport Services, General Manager Africa and Airport Manager San Francisco. 10 years as commissioned officer in the Royal Air Force.

News of the week

The story of the HKG transfer, by Don Hunter

Other future airport switches

The rise of the Middle Eastern airlines

We've discussed about this topic in all our episodes so far. Of note, check episode 005 MUC on the origins of the Gulf airlines, 004 GVA on the US versus Middle-East debate, 008 SIN on Lufthansa's low cost strategy or 014 DXB where we talk about Emirates.

The future of flying in Africa

Low costs and the legacy airlines

We've also discussed the low cost model in various past episodes, including 008 SIN when we discussied RyanAir potential long haul low cost offering.

New modular fares and the Malaysia Airlines relaunch

BA keeps its 747 alive

Check our various past episodes about our discussions on the future of the A380.

A different ranking of best and worst airports in the world

The Shoreham Airshow disaster

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