ALAS Group expanding its presence in South Africa

We are pleased to welcome Shelton Nkomo from Zimbabwe to our South African team. Shelton, who is based in Botswana, will be part of our South African team expanding our growing presence in the region, taking on the position as public relations consultant.

A young man of age 30, he has embraced himself as a lifelong learner, consistently investing in personal development, which has seen him undertaking various leadership programs, thus arming him as an active asset to the vision and mandate of this organisation.

Shelton strongly believes that the leadership, interpersonal and operational efficiency skills that he has gained together with the mentorship of ALAS GROUP executives and staff members, will be pivotal in seeing the establishment and propagation of ALAS GROUP'S FOOTPRINT in the Southern African region. "Shelton says" success in any field is a direct function of one’s quality of thought, what you read and who you follow.

His core values are: Hard work, integrity, transparency, and Excellency, as he believes there is no substitute for excellent service delivery in any facet of life.

Besides his love for aviation and hopes to be in the captain's seat, Shelton also has a passion for music which has seen him through as a gifted piano player and Bass player, holding the position of a Music Director on various music platforms.

Shelton expresses his gratitude for this opportunity to serve under ALAS GROUP in this capacity and is inclined to be a team player to ALAS GROUP'S global expansion.


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ALAS Group - Executive Summary Q3

The global economy is rapidly improving, assisted by governments and central banks, and the progress in vaccinations. The global economy is now forecasted to grow 6.0 percent in 2021 and 4.9 percent in 2022 leaving room for optimism and a faster recovery from the pandemic.

While improving market conditions has enabled ALAS Group to increase the activity level for Q2 and Q3, it was the effectiveness of our restructuring program and our focus on capturing maximum value from every business unit that underwrote our increased global utilization.

The output of our efforts in the second and third quarter is now just above last year’s pre-pandemic level. Q4 travel bookings shows visible improvements compared to Q4 2020, however, still well below pre-crisis levels. Global consumer markets are slowly recovering and consumer demands are rebounding indicating post-crisis optimism. However, the rapid increase in demand, boosted by recovering economies and global backlogs, has pushed up prices on key commodities such as oil and metals. Tensions across global supply chains caused by the pandemic have added to cost pressures creating commodity price bubbles. At the same time, shipping costs have increased sharply, which has negatively impacted global prices and market volatility.

In Q2 the global RPK (revenue passenger kilometer) took another hit, where we saw a serious decline in passenger revenue on 61% compared to the pre-crisis levels. This impacted our earnings position and financial position, where we expected to see a stronger recovery in the market. Continuous global travel restrictions and large differences in vaccination rates between countries have added to the unevenness of the recovery, slowing our economic expectations down for the travel industry.

While RPK levels are at an all-time low, global freight services has seen a CTK increase (Capacity Ton-Kilometer) on 7.7% which has affected our IRL (inventory request level) and freight operations positively, meeting our growth targets for this specific segment.

Our pinnacle for Q2, and an important assignment for the Group, was assisting the USAID program with medical supplies from America to the Indian subcontinent. In cooperation with the Orlando, Florida based National Airlines and local government officials, our team in Asia were instrumental in supporting their Boeing 747-400’s with operational planning and execution, carrying crucial medical supplies to help fight the pandemic in the region. Another successful operation on the Indian subcontinent for the Group and an important achievement in fighting the coronavirus.

Looking at our green-tech developments, we are continuing to grow our renewable business in Southeast Asia, together with key stakeholders from the public and private sector, increasing our PPP (Public Private Partnership) footprint in the region. Expanding our renewable capabilities will play an increasingly important role for the Group in the future, accumulating experience and knowledge in the field of green technology and innovation, plus intensifying the company’s sustainability profile and our global green-to-market approach.

Our restructuring program, including our updated financial targets and sustainability targets, outlined late last year, along with the recovering global economy, has positively affected the road ahead for the Group. We will continue to focus our growth on strategic and organic expansion, concentrating our efforts on solid and well-defined areas, minimizing costs and increasing profits.

Dustin Paul Wilden
Chairman of the Group

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ALAS Group’s annual VIP Conference

ALAS Group recently held its annual VIP Conference, this year with a particular focus on climate changes and sustainable development. The Group has over the past few years developed a special interest in this area, especially in the Far East of Asia and the Indian subcontinent.

"We have to continue to take action to adapt to climate changes.” said Mr. Dustin Paul Wilden, Chairman of the Group in his opening speech, highlighting recent serious weather incidents in the US, Germany, Belgium and Asia. "Our focus on sustainable development is an approach to foster economic growth while preserving the quality of the environment for future generations to come." He added.

During his speech he also mentioned the need to link the environmental and economic agendas, emphasizing circular economy, sustainable consumption, and innovation.

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ALAS Group – Welcome National Airlines

ALAS Group welcomes National Airlines to Kathmandu carrying crucial supplies from America to help fight the pandemic in Asia.
Executive Vice President from ALAS Group, Mr. Navin Shrestha was there to welcome both the American crew and the renown aviation blogger Mr. Sam Chui to Nepal, completing yet another successful operation.

ALAS Group who’s been an active part in facilitating the operation in Asia, thanked both the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) and the American based National Airlines for their cooperation. “Working together with all the stakeholders has been an absolute pleasure and we are happy as a global corporation to take part in saving lives in this part of the world.” said Executive Vice President, Mr. Navin Shrestha in an interview.

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ALAS Group – Executive Summary Q1 2021

Economic downturn and low growth continues to threaten global businesses and markets. While the worst appears to be behind us, many challenges are still clouding the horizon as a result of the coronavirus and the current global recession. There is a sound basis for a rapid economic recovery, however, this all depends on how long the crisis continues to influence the global financial markets. There's still great uncertainty about the economic development, which may be significantly stronger or weaker than our forecasted projections.

We have taken numerous steps to mitigate our operational risks, by strengthening the Group’s operational resilience and core businesses. This includes reducing some of our low-yield activities in specific parts of the world, taking the necessary actions to improve our overall performance and longer-term profitability, by f.x. aligning capacity to market needs. We have explored several new opportunities within our corporation, enhancing our capabilities across the ALAS Group branches, including our financial position.

Looking at the Group’s largest business area, our aviation and aerospace division, 2020 was a difficult year with massive cutbacks throughout the global supply-chain. The continuous lockdown restrictions and market uncertainties, made it difficult to adjust the corporate structure over a short period of time, matching day-to-day market fluctuations, plus maintaining a satisfactory financial performance level. The sudden downturn in the travel industry forced us to change our normal operational practice, focusing more of our business on cargo than actual passenger movement. However, with the number of vaccines increasing daily, we hope to see a positive change in the operational structure around July or August, with more passengers wanting to travel, together with lighter restrictions.

With the current developments in the travel industry, we remain optimistic and still expect to see slight improvements in the global market throughout the 2nd quarter of 2021. Especially our pax services will slowly begin to accumulate revenue as the recovery in the industry gathers momentum, and we see a higher activity level among travelers again.

Looking at our green-tech developments, we are continuing to grow our renewable business in Southeast Asia, together with key stakeholders from the public and private sector, increasing our PPP (Public Private Partnership) footprint in the region. Expanding our renewable capabilities will play an increasingly important role for the Group in the future, accumulating experience and knowledge in the field of green technology and innovation, plus intensifying the company’s sustainability profile and our global green-to-market approach.

In conclusion to the above, the first 3 months of 2021 has shown a relatively stable performance level throughout the Group’s industrial branches, showing positive signs of the corporate changes made in Q3 and Q4 of 2020. We have specifically focused our attention on the immediate future and short-term goals, and managed to adjust our corporate structure to meet changing economic and business challenges. We have scaled our global operations to meet market-specific requirements and goals, in terms of profitability, service quality and the overall global competition. We believe these are all positive changes regarding the direction of ALAS Group, however, the situation remains fragile until the financial markets have stabilized considerably.

Dustin Paul Wilden
Chairman of the Group

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ALAS Group donates clothing to school children in Nepal.

In connection with the religious festival of Holi, ALAS Group gave a small contribution to the colourful festivities, by showing support to a local school in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Group has previously donated items to developing countries, namely to draw attention to education and the importance of proper schooling.

“As a global corporation, it’s important we take part in supporting the continuous improvements in our society, building a proper platform for our young ones to grow and develop their skills.” said company spokesperson Mr. Manarup Shahi.

“Our donation will hopefully draw more attention to education, social equality and our responsibilities as global citizens to invest in education and quality of schooling.“ he continued.

In a following speech, School Committee Chairman Mr. Radheshyam Khadka thanked Mr. Dustin Paul Wilden, Chairman of ALAS Group, including the Group's spokesperson Mr. Manarup Shahi for the company’s kind support and contribution to the school and its students.

School Principal Mr. Ganesh Chand also expressed his gratitude, especially thanking Mr. Dustin Paul Wilden, and all the team members from ALAS Group for the Group's educational support in Nepal.

Gandhi Adarsh Secondary School is situated in Kadaghari, Kathmandu. The school was established in 1953 under the ideology and ideals of Mahatma Gandhi. About 80 % of the students are from lower class families.

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ALAS Group shows interest in future space explorations.

NASA recently landed their latest rover on Mars making another historic milestone in their search for life beyond our planet. Onboard the rover are seven instruments that will be testing completely new technology and conducting unprecedented science.

ALAS Group, who is closely connected to a few of the stakeholders carrying equipment onboard the Mars expedition, expressed their excitement as they look forward to contributing to future space explorations.

“Being an aviator and an explorer, I’m excited to see another successful landing on the red planet. We have come a long way in circumnavigating our solar system, but we’ve only just scratched the surface. What lies beyond our interstellar neighborhood is a mystery, but exploring the physical boundaries of our solar system gives us the knowhow and the confidence to continue our journey into the cosmos.“ said Chairman of ALAS Group, Dustin Paul Wilden in a recent interview.

Dustin Paul Wilden who also serves on the Board of Directors at the Center for Defence, Space and Security has followed the Mars mission with great interest, and is particularly proud to see several space agencies under Censec providing state-of-the-art technology to NASA and the Perseverance Rover.
“I am very proud of their achievements and feel privileged to witness their success as we take another step into the unknown. Our continuous search for life beyond our planet pushes the boundaries of our engineering capabilities and our quest to understand the mysteries of deep space.” He added.

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ALAS Group - Annual Executive Summary FY20

We have just completed our financial report for fiscal year 2020, including our executive summary and year-end results, showing visible signs of a weakening economy caused by the pandemic.

 The group has experienced an increasingly difficult year in most of our business areas, showing much lower volumes than previous years. It’s been a year with significant losses in the aviation industry, leaving most businesses in this sector paralyzed as a result of the coronavirus. Airbus recently published their 9m report, showing a serious decline in revenue falling from € 46.2 billion in 2019 (9m) to € 30.2 billion in 2020 (9m), with around 40% fewer deliveries year-on-year. Witnessing a significant decrease in demand for commercial airliners compared to the year before, shows visible signs of a global economic crisis, sending a tsunami through most of the global supply-chain and the surrounding companies. Many thousands of people have been left unemployed and numerous unable to travel as a result of the lockdown restrictions, which have forced airlines to temporarily cease operations, or worse, file for bankruptcy.

Looking at the global aviation market and passenger numbers from IATA, the total traffic demand (RPKs - revenue passenger kilometers) saw a serious decline in September on 72.8% year-to-year, and a capacity hit on -63%, which reflected most of our downturn on passenger movements in 2020. However, there were still small movements to been seen in other areas of our inventory. Especially charter and cargo services dominated most of 2020, including long-haul operations with the Boeing 747's and Boeing 777's, and short-hauls operations with the Boeing 737 classic. The positive increase in freight however, couldn't compensate for the serious decline we saw in passenger capacity, making an overall deficit for the year in this specific area.

In early Q3 2020, we announced a new international partnership in Asia, taking a significant step towards meeting our sustainability goals, including our continuous work with long-term PPPs (Public-Private partnerships) in the SAARC region. We will continue our strategy to improve our position in Asia enhancing our political-commercial relationships and capabilities, strengthening our bilateral and multilateral relations with the SAARC countries. Working collaboratively with governments and industry partners in Asia will ensure sustainable developments in the region with economic benefits, and at the same time strengthen our position as a leading global brand.

Focusing on Europe and North America our activities declined increasingly due to the continuous lockdown restrictions in both regions. These disruptions made it difficult for our consultancy divisions to follow planned schedules and deadlines, forcing us to delay most of our projects in these areas. The Middle East however, showed a positive climb rate in activity levels supported by an increase in domestic demands, sales volumes and corporate investments.

The lessons learned from FY20 have forced us to amend our long-term strategy in certain areas. We are currently focusing on a more comprehensive and cost-effective digital-to-market approach, offering new streamlined services to clients and partners based on our existing business portfolio. This includes designing and developing a new extensive digital platform tailored to all segments under the group name, ensuring all our businesses are kept properly aligned with up-to-date market demands using state-of-the-art technology. The benefits of this new digital platform will give our clients much easier access to their preferred services, and at the same time giving us a much higher success rate on the commercial side of our activities.

The poor global demand in the aviation industry has negatively influenced our results for FY20 and will most likely impact our targets for 2021. With that in mind, we will continue to simplify our operating structure and focus more on our core business lines to better position the group for success in the future. This includes postponing planned acquisitions and large future investments, which unfortunately means terminating some of our expansion plans in the Southeast Asia region. Even though we have maintained a steady performance level in Q4 we still need to improve our working capital and strengthen our financial position, to allow us to further advance our long-term growth strategy. The global downturn has taken its toll on the economy, which is why we need to focus our attention on profitability and our global market position to avoid any future risks.

Chairman of the Group

Dustin Paul Wilden

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Our ACMI fleet is growing.

ALAS Group continues to focus on dedicated transportation for moving passengers and freight. Executive Vice President Navin Shrestha explains: "As we continue to experience major disruptions in the market, ALAS Group has decided to look at the critical gaps to make sure they are supported by feasible solutions, in order to strengthen a crumbling infrastructure."

Happy New Year from all of us.

As the year is coming to an end, I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of ALAS Group, to wish you all a Happy New Year and a Prosperous 2021.

I would like to thank you for your loyal support during this challenging year. Your business enables us to support global communities, providing jobs, and assisting with economic growth and sustainable development. The Group is looking forward to seeing you all again in 2021 to a hopefully brighter future.

We are currently in the early stage of finalizing our 2020 executive summary which will be published in the beginning of 2021. This concludes the fiscal year 2020 fourth quarter and year-end results, showing visible signs of the economic impact caused by the pandemic.

2020 has disrupted many of our original plans, forcing us to deviate from current objectives. We have managed to minimize financial impacts from the pandemic, by postponing planned acquisitions and investments, including terminating some of our expansion plans in the Southeast Asia region.

Hopefully we will be able to pick up on some of our original plans in 2021, depending on how well governments are able to control the pandemic and how well they can ensure safe passage for future operations and investments, including FDI’s. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, while we remain optimistic about the future and the measures the politicians are putting in place to tackle the current situation.

We will continue to work hard in 2021 implementing strategic solutions to bring you even more value in all our business areas.

Wishing you all the best for a prosperous New Year.

Chairman of the Group
Dustin Paul Wilden

"Ensuring a stable connectivity between our continents during difficult times like these, has been a complicated task. Working around the clock to keep our current fragile infrastructure from collapsing, has yet again proven our strength as a group and our commitment to keep the skies busy.” 

Executive Vice President
Navin Shrestha

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Denmark has a new Aerospace and Defence Cluster.

Center for Defence, Space & Security was recently awarded the title as Denmark’s new national aerospace and defence cluster. Dustin Paul Wilden, who is an active part of Censec’s board, has played a partial role in the new national cluster, creating a particular political focus on the aerospace and defence industry in Denmark.

"I'm honored to be a part of our national defence cluster. The Ministry of Higher Education and Science has recognized Censec as the new national defence cluster, which includes a stronger connection to the outside world and the global eco-system related to innovation and science. This means, from a national perspective, a higher focus on aerospace and defence related subjects which will benefit our nation in so many ways, including our multilateral connections. It has been an absolute pleasure being onboard this unique project and I'm looking forward to the road ahead." said Dustin Paul Wilden, Board of Directors at Censec in a recent interview.

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ALAS Group – Executive Summary Q3 2020

We have just completed our 3rd quarter, which again emphasizes that 2020 has been a difficult and turbulent year.
Economic downturn and low growth have sent last year's expectations into the history books, with no visible health signs to be seen that things will get better soon. Continued aid packages are a necessity to stabilize and support the global economy as well as minimizing further losses on the global job market, creating an even bigger gap between a global recession and a speedy recovery.

If we look at aviation, this is probably the industry worst affected by the pandemic, with large financial losses as a result of the coronavirus.
Expensive equipment stands dormant on ground with no immediate opportunity for revenue, which has a catastrophic impact on both liquidity and profitability for the airlines and the aviation industry as a whole.

ALAS Group has worked hard on new initiatives with several stakeholders from the industry, in order to solve the crisis that the industry is facing at the moment. Among other things, we have worked closely with politicians, ministries and government advisors from around the world to expose the consequences of the travel restrictions that the airlines and the industry are subject to. Paralyzing the infrastructure has a devastating impact on the global economy, hence the reason to find a solution as soon as possible to minimize further losses and get the industry operational again. Our hard work will continue in Q4, to help find a resolution to the problem, which hopefully will bring back hope to the industry and a more promising 2021.

Looking into our different business areas we are happy to report a slight increase in our activities. Our IRL (Inventory Request Level) has seen yet another increase as expected in Q2. In Q2 we reported a 130 million-dollar IRL, but can now adjust this figure with a 100 million-dollar increase for Q3, which has reached a satisfying 230 million dollars. This is a positive development showing both signs of optimism and an interest to invest in a tough and challenging market.

Especially the African continent has shown a higher activity level, with a few new startup airlines on the horizon.
Also the Middle East has shown signs of optimism with an urgent request for new short-haul routes aligning current market demands with market capacity.
The Asian market remains stable with no unexpected activities, whereas the European and North American markets lay dormant, facing continuous layoffs. We don’t expect to see any sudden rise in activities for Q4, as global restrictions prevent the industry from realizing both growth, and even worse, break-even targets.

In august we signed an MoU with an Asian stakeholder from the renewable energy sector on a 30MW project, with a value around 50 million dollars. We are currently focusing our activities on PPP projects (public private partnership) building a stronger connection between governments and ALAS Group, as an important stakeholder from the private sector. Our goal is to become the frontrunner in the aviation industry, looking at future solid sustainability models and green tech, to support the UN's 17 goals and the industry’s contribution in minimizing carbon emissions.

With the above said, Q3 has shown a few interesting but spontaneous developments. However, we are still very skeptical about what the future holds for the aviation industry. We don’t predict any immediate resolution to the pandemic, but hope to see new technologies together with rational government decision making, preventing a further meltdown of the economy. We need to get the industry operational again and put trust back into the aviation industry. One thing is sure, the longer it takes the bigger the damage.

Chairman of the Group

Dustin Paul Wilden

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ALAS Group signs MoU for development of hydropower projects in Asia. 

Kathmandu, Nepal 17th August. - ALAS Group and Pike Hydropower have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a view to pursue a collaboration in the renewable energy sector, endorsing the government of Nepal’s PPP policy (Public Private Partnership).

“Attracting foreign investors is important for our country and our future. ALAS Group has previously shown an interest in Nepal, and with their support and by signing this MoU, we hope to come closer to an agreement that will benefit our nation and the continuous improvement of our infrastructure.” said Executive Chairman of Pike Hydropower Mr. Rajendra Prasad Tiwari.

“Sustainability is deeply embedded throughout our organization as a strategic priority of the company. Being a front figure in the aviation industry and receiving a formal invitation from major stakeholders in Asia to take part in a renewable energy project is a great honor and opportunity for ALAS Group.” said Chairman of the Group, Mr. Dustin Paul Wilden.

“Signing this MoU is another important step for us as we continue our journey towards a greener tomorrow, highlighting the aviation industry’s contribution to a carbon friendly future.” He added.

Mr. Manarup Shahi, assisting on behalf of ALAS Group, expressed his gratification and welcomes a future collaboration between ALAS Group and the government of Nepal. “We’ve come a long way with our work but there’s still a lot for us to do here. We’ve previously expressed our interest in other areas including a collaboration with Nepal Airlines, and hope to continue our work with the aviation industry here in Nepal alongside future renewable projects in Asia. This MoU is just the beginning.” He said.
Mr. Manarup Shahi previously held the position as Executive Chairman / CEO of Nepal Airlines.

Mr. Dustin Paul Wilden, who previously had meetings with Mr. Yogesh Bhattarai, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation regarding aviation related projects in Asia, plans to meet with senior members from the Cabinet of Nepal to discuss future PPP related opportunities and investments.

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"A man with a vision and a dream."

As we've reached halfway through the year our chairman recently gave his view on how we should approach the future. In a recent story "A man with a vision and a dream", chairman Dustin Paul Wilden shares his thoughts about the future and how we should adapt to a new world, future threats and symbioses between businesses. How we should learn to interconnect between industries to benefit mutual goals. How to save on costs and the impact we have on the environment. “We’ve been faced with new challenges and will have to get used to a new world slightly different from the one we were used to. However, this particular challenge we are facing doesn’t change our need to explore, to be adventurous, to be innovative, or simply our need to socialize. The only way to adapt to the new world is looking at old habits and changing them to something that will benefit both our current situation and our future. Building businesses and connecting our products with each other is an old craftsmanship practiced for centuries. We’ve always been proud of showcasing our inventions and ideas at global exhibitions. A traditional way to physically interact with potential customers, but also to be inspired by others. Our economy heavily relies on global trade and the freedom to move both people and goods between countries. But how should we adapt old traditions with new global standards”…. To be published soon.

ALAS Group considers partaking in an international renewable project in Asia.

As sustainability attracts more and more attention, ALAS Group takes another important step, considering a PPP (Public Private Partnership) project in Asia.

“We, as an international company, have to take the lead and show responsibility, as we see global pollution numbers rising. We were recently invited to partake in a renewable project in Asia and saw this as an opportunity to execute some of our strategic goals. We are currently researching the possibilities surrounding the project and are in close dialogue with all the stakeholders involved. If we decide to move forward we will issue an official press release.” Explained a company spokesperson recently.

We expect to see a booming ACMI market!

"Even though we are facing one of the biggest calamities in history, I still believe we will come out on top" said Chairman of the Group, Mr. Dustin Paul Wilden in a recent interview. He believes the ACMI market will grow exponentially over the next coming years: "As we see legacy airlines around the world suffering from low yield and financial instability, requires an urgent need for fleet scalability. The majority of airlines are forced to downsize their operation, aligning their businesses with current market demands in order to survive. This will leave a surplus of aircraft on ground, attracting entrepreneurs and new startup airlines." He added.

ALAS Group expanding its MRO activities as the aviation industry slowly recovers.

Executive Vice President - Mr. Navin Shrestha seen here inspecting a CFM engine, says the Group needs to prepare itself globally as airlines around the world slowly recovers from the pandemic: “We need to be able to supply our clients worldwide with vital spare parts from day one, as they get ready to commence operation. It’s crucial that we are able to sustain the industry and minimize further sufferings.”

ALAS Group is currently monitoring government decisions around the world as more countries are slowly recovering from the coronavirus. “We need to be prepared to offer our full support through all our business units, as the industry and the economy is extremely fragile, and requires our full attention.” He added.

Executive Vice President - Mr. Navin Shrestha speaks about the current situation in Asia from our Kathmandu location:
The Impact The Coronavirus Has On The Indian Sub-Continent and The Aviation Industry.
The impact of the coronavirus has been considerable. In the span of just four weeks, airlines from the Indian Sub-continent have suspended international travel and cut domestic schedules. These moves come as governments place more restrictions on travel and the coronavirus shows no signs of slowing. The trillion-dollar question in today’s world is how long will the coronavirus continue to spread? In the Indian Sub-continent, the number of cases only seems to be growing every day and shows no signs of slowing. This has caused the aviation industry to go into a tailspin, with demands evaporating overnight and stocks nosediving. However, things are only set to get worse in the coming weeks. The governments of the Indian Sub-Continent countries is indeed in the process of negotiating a bailout package for airlines. This will likely include a temporary suspension of government-imposed taxes as well as deferred payment of taxes such as fuel surcharges. The move will provide a short-term impetus to the carriers, but airlines will need a lot more to survive. If the situation drags on, airlines will likely require aid in the form of direct capital to continue paying salaries and keeping planes in the sky. However, the government’s prompt response will definitely help airlines survive in the next few weeks.

ALAS Group in discussion with the government of Nepal about a new training facility in Kathmandu.

ALAS Group considers establishing an ATO (Approved Training Organization) in Nepal, focusing primarily on pilot training and cabin training.
This will be the first of its kind in Nepal and a two-figured million-dollar investment in Kathmandu, if the stakeholders comes to an agreement.

After discussing with both Mr. Yogesh Bhattarai, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. and Mr. Rajan Pokhrel, Director General of CAAN, ALAS Group is in the final stage of deciding to move forward with an ATO in Nepal.
Mr. Dustin Paul Wilden, Chairman of ALAS Group, who had meetings with both parties, explains that the interest from the stakeholders are important to motivate future investments in Nepal. “We will now discuss internally how to continue, with the inputs and requirements from CAAN and the rest of the stakeholders. We hope to have a plan ready no later than end February 2020, but this of course all depends on the inputs.” he adds.

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Kathmandu snapshots:

Mr. Dustin Paul Wilden, Chairman of ALAS Group, had a really busy week in Nepal, discussing numerous opportunities for the aviation industry in Nepal with all the major stakeholders. Supported by our professional local team, he managed to meet with all the influential people from the industry, including Mr. Yogesh Bhattarai, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation .
In this photo he’s seen with Mr. Madan Kharel, Executive Chairman of Nepal Airlines after a fruitful meeting.

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Words from our Dubai team.

The Middle East continues its growth, yet not as fast as Asia’s. However, the level of requests we’ve seen in this region has shown an increase in demands for our ACMI and wet lease services. Typically our midsize aircraft’s like the Airbus A320 and our long-haulers like the Boeing 777-300. The same counts for our consultancy division where we’ve seen an increase in inquiries for our management services, assisting the airlines in the region with both their operations and their growth. The conclusion so far is, we expect to see a slight increase in all our business areas, with only 3 months left of 2019.


ALAS Group visits CAAN at their headquarters in Kathmandu to discuss a future ATO in Nepal.

ALAS Group is focusing on expanding its services in Asia, which includes both pilot and cabin training for the Asian market. Chairman of the Board, Mr. Dustin Paul Wilden had the first informal meeting with Director General, Mr. Rajan Pokhrel regarding the initial startup requirements.

“We’ve been following the growth pattern closely in Asia, and the executive board has decided to move forward with an independent ATO facility in Central Asia. Among our choices is Nepal, which is located in the heart of the Himalayan mountains and strategically well-equipped to support such an establishment.” said Chairman of the Board, Mr. Dustin Paul Wilden.

“We’ve had discussions with a few suppliers regarding an ATR simulator, to cover both present and future market demands in Asia, and have almost completed our studies. The requirements from CAAN are equally important in order to finalize our business plan.” he added.

ALAS Group is looking forward to working with both CAAN and the Government of Nepal.

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