Category Archives: Aerospace

No Flight of Fancy – Real World Examples of Aviation Cyber Vulnerabilities

airplane keyboard

Headlines about aircraft platform cyber vulnerabilities inevitably grab our attention, and the current furor created by the FBI investigation of Chris Roberts, who reportedly hacked an airplane in flight, quite rightly focuses the mind upon platform vulnerabilities. However, airline operators … Continue reading →

IndiGo Airlines CEO: Air Traffic Management a Top Issue for India’s Aviation Sector

Aditya Ghosh, CEO of IndiGo AIrlines

Earlier this year Aditya Ghosh, CEO of IndiGo Airlines, and I discussed the top concerns of airline businesses in his region.  “In India we are such a large country and so underpenetrated in terms of the airline business,” he said. … Continue reading →

Cathay Pacific CEO: Asia’s Rapid Expansion Brings New Risks for Airlines

Asia flight paths

Earlier this year I spoke to Ivan Chu, CEO of Cathay Pacific Airways, about Asia’s enormous growth opportunity for the aviation sector. Chu explained that over half of the world’s population lives within five hours flight time of Hong Kong. … Continue reading →

Marketplace Realities 2015 – Spring Update

commercial rate predictions 2015

The trend remains positive for insurance buyers, as softening conditions accelerate in 2015. Line-by-line details are available in our spring update to Marketplace Realities 2015,the long-running series featuring insights from Willis North America experts. But here’s an overview of where … Continue reading →

The 12 Risks of Christmas: How We Helped Santa This Year

Everyone knows Santa to be a great humanitarian and a “jolly old elf,” but he wants to be known for something else: business transparency. So, in our latest client meeting with St. Nick and his senior elf management, they asked … Continue reading →

Why We Were All Wrong About the Airline Marketplace. Again.

aviation underwriters

I’ll admit it. I was among those predicting serious insurance rate increases for airlines following the terrible and very public disasters in the skies this past year. But here we are in Q4, the crucial season for airline insurance renewals, … Continue reading →

Emerging Threats to Airports, Aircraft and Staff

airport explosion

For corporate travellers, expatriates, airlines and ground facility providers, an upsurge in internal conflict and the proliferation of terrorism are driving threats specific to airports which heighten risks to people and assets both in the air and on the ground. Continue reading →

The Divided Airline Insurance Marketplace

Aviation insurance mktplace

When tragic airline losses filled our screens this past year, the airline insurance marketplace was braced for some heavy turbulence and an end to what’s been a long soft market. Many of us have been surprised by what’s transpired. Rates … Continue reading →

Scariest Risks of 2014

Scariest risks 2014

As risk advisors, WillisWire bloggers tend to think less of ghouls and goblins during the Halloween season than of the frightening real risks our clients face. This year they faced more than their share of new ones, with ISIS, Ukraine, … Continue reading →

Our Scariest Avatiation Risk – Air Travel Crippled by Terror and Disease

Scariest risks 2014

At this scary time of year we celebrate our fear of things that the vast majority perceive as “far-fetched”. It is perhaps the fear of the unknown that is most worrying. The global terror threat has decided that the high … Continue reading →