Solar heads for mainland US

April 22, 2016 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

HONOLULU, 22 April 2016: Solar Impulse 2 resumed its record-breaking quest, Thursday, to circle the globe without consuming a drop of fuel, taking advantage of improved weather to take off from Hawaii.

The experimental sun-powered plane, piloted by Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard, left Kalaeloa Airport at 0615 (1615 GMT) after strong winds delayed the flight around 75 minutes, images beamed live online showed.

“C’est beau! We are in the air,” the 58-year-old pilot, a medical doctor by profession, said as the aircraft left the runway. Read more

Phnom Penh airport expands

April 21, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 21 April 2016: A Malaysian company, Muhibbah Engineering, will construct a new domestic terminal at Phnom Penh International Airport at a cost of about USD23 million.

Cambodia Daily media reported the firm announced the deal in a statement to the Malaysian stock exchange last Wednesday.

Construction of  the new domestic terminal at Phnom Penh Airport is supposed to be completed by the end of 2017. Read more

Garuda signs off on A330s

April 21, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, Indonesia, News

PARIS, 21 April 2016: Airbus said Tuesday that Indonesian carrier Garuda had signed a firm purchase order for 14 of its new generation wide-bodied A330-900neo airliner for USD4 billion.

The deal, sealed in London for the re-engined version of Airbus’ popular A330 airliner, is designed to bolster Garuda’s expansion.

Airbus said the order, for delivery from 2019, replaces and extends an existing one for seven of the earlier version A330-300 planes. Read more

China aircraft faces delays

April 21, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 21 April 2016: China’s home-grown regional jet should have made its first commercial flight weeks ago, but the ARJ21 has still not flown any fare-paying passengers, dealing yet another setback to the country’s ambitious plans for domestically produced planes.

Chengdu Airlines received the aircraft from manufacturer the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) in November, already years behind schedule, and it made several “demonstration” flights without passengers in January.

It was scheduled to ferry passengers from its home base in southwest China to commercial hub Shanghai on 28 February, according to media reports, but has yet to do so. Neither the jet’s maker nor the airline were willing to say why. Read more

Did the terminator jump ship?

April 21, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News, Trade Talk

KUALA LUMPUR, 21 April 2016: Malaysia Airlines’ CEO came under fire, Wednesday, for quitting his job early, as a union blasted him for “abandoning ship” saying his departure threatened the ailing flag carrier’s recovery.

Often nicknamed the “terminator”, Christoph Mueller was picked last year to rescue the airline after it was hit by two disasters in 2014 involving its planes.

But on Tuesday he said he was leaving before the end of his three-year contract for unspecified “personal reasons”. Read more

Turkish nonstop to Vietnam

April 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HANOI, 20 April 2016: Turkish Airlines will start five direct flights a week between Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City and Istanbul 27 June.

The upcoming service will use a 279-seat Airbus A330-300 aircraft. This is the first direct air route between Vietnam and Turkey.

According to Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, Turkish Airlines announced its plans late last month at a presentation in Hanoi. Read more

Debris linked to MH370

April 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

SYDNEY, 20 April 2016: Investigators were Tuesday examining two more pieces of debris for clues to the fate of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, along with marine life found on two other items which “almost certainly” came from the lost jet.

The latest two pieces — one found in South Africa and another on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius — were brought to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s laboratories for testing last week.

“Investigators from the ATSB and the Malaysian authorities are currently examining those two pieces for details which would serve to identify them as coming from a Boeing 777,” the bureau said in a statement. Read more

Malaysia Airlines CEO quits early

April 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 20 April 2016: The German picked last year to turn around Malaysia’s ailing flag carrier will quit as CEO in September before the end of his three-year contract, the airline said Tuesday.

Christoph Mueller, Malaysia Airlines’ first foreign boss, had previously initiated a rescue plan at Ireland’s Aer Lingus that involved hefty job cuts.

“I am proud of what we have achieved as a team in such a short time and that the hard work of all of our employees is already showing the first signs of success,” he said in a statement issued by Malaysia Airlines. Read more

Qantas shares plunge on plan change

April 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 19 April 2016: Shares in Australia’s largest carrier Qantas plunged more than 10% Monday after the airline cut its domestic expansion plans because of weak demand and low consumer confidence.

Shares closed down 10.84% at AUD3.62, while the benchmark S&P/ASX200 slipped only 0.4%.

Earlier in the day Qantas shares had been down as much as 11.6%, the biggest intraday fall in two years, Bloomberg News reported. Read more

Saudi to start low-cost airline

April 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

RIYADH, 19 April 2016: State-owned Saudi Arabian Airlines plans to launch a low-cost offshoot next year under initiatives to restructure the kingdom’s oil-dependent economy, official media said on Monday.

Known as “Flyadeal”, the low-cost carrier will begin operations from the middle of next year, Saudi Arabian Airlines chief Saleh al-Jasser said.

It will operate independently of its parent firm, Jasser was quoted as saying by the official Saudi Press Agency at a ceremony on Sunday. Read more

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