MANILA, 17 June 2015: Budget Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific has ordered 16 ATR 72-600 turboprop planes from the France-based manufacturer in a deal worth USD673 million, the two companies said in a joint statement Tuesday.
The order, also announced at the ongoing Paris Air Show, includes options for 10 additional planes of the same model and will serve Cebu Pacific’s domestic routes, they said.
Deliveries are to start between July and September next year.
BANGKOK, 16 June 2015: Airports of Thailand will partner with Centre for Asia-Pacific Aviation to host The LCC Airports Congress Asia, Bangkok,15 September.
AoT signed an agreement, last week, to host the first LCC Airports Congress that will look at low-cost airlines and how airports can work with them to provide competitive services.
According to CAPA, LCCs now account for more than one in four airline seats, worldwide, and in Southeast Asia close to three in every five seats.
LE BOURGET, FRANCE, 16 June 2015: Airbus and Boeing got their sales war off to a flying start at the world’s premier air show near Paris, on Monday, with nearly USD20 billion (18 billion euros) in orders.
President Francois Hollande inaugurated the week-long Paris Air Show, which is expected to draw 315,000 visitors and 2,260 exhibitors from 47 countries.
France-based Airbus, which usually groups orders to announce at the show, got the competition going with two big deals: an USD8 billion order for 50 planes from Saudi Arabian Airlines, and a USD6.4 billion order for 60 of the upcoming A320neos by GE Capital Aviation.
SEATTLE, 15 June 2015: Boeing and Myanmar National Airlines marked the delivery of the airline’s first Next-Generation 737-800 leased from GE Capital Aviation Services, the commercial aircraft leasing arm of GE.
The celebration also marked the first all-new Boeing airplane to be delivered to any Myanmar-based airline.
The aircraft is the first to feature Myanmar National Airlines’ new livery and interior.
ROME, 15 June 2015: Flights across Europe from Italy’s busiest airport to as far afield as Moscow were cut back over the weekend, disrupting travel for thousands of passengers on low-cost airlines in particular.
Rome’s Fiumicino airport announced this week it would be cutting back the number of flights to ease passenger congestion after a fire caused widespread damage at one of its terminals.
Capacity will gradually be reduced to 60% as “a precautionary measure” after the May blaze forced the closure of the security gates in terminal three, which handles international flights.
MELBOURNE, 15 June 2015: A Malaysia Airlines passenger flight made an emergency landing in Melbourne on Friday after its aircraft systems signalled an engine fire, Australian authorities said, with the carrier grounding the jet for inspections.
Flight MH148, which had 300 passengers and crew on board, departed Melbourne Airport at 2:16 pm (0416 GMT) for the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur but had to perform an emergency landing, the airport’s spokeswoman told AFP.
“The plane landed safely a couple of minutes before 3pm Australian time this afternoon,” she said.
PARIS, 15 June 2015: With air passenger numbers set to double to six billion annually by 2030, the world’s premier air show in Paris will next week focus on green issues even as the aircraft sales war remains centre stage.
The Paris Air Show brings together some 315,000 visitors and 2,260 exhibitors from 47 countries, with much of the attention focused on which big manufacturers, particularly Airbus and Boeing, will land the most orders.
But the event happens to be hosted in the same Le Bourget venue outside Paris that will welcome world leaders later this year as they try to hash out a global deal to curb greenhouse emissions.
LAHORE, 12 June 2015: Pakistani officials said Thursday they have detained five Thai nationals for trying to board a plane with a pistol and ammunition.
A handgun and bullets were found in the Thais’ luggage as they checked for a Thai Airways International flight at Allama Iqbal International Airport in the eastern city of Lahore on Monday, they said.
“Five nationals of Thailand, supposedly students, were detained, 8 June, after a 32-bore pistol and six live bullets were found in the luggage of one of them,” an official from the Airport Security Force (ASF) told AFP.
HO CHI MINH CITY, 11 June 2015: VietJetAir will operate a new daily service connecting Ho Chi Minh City with Seoul in South Korea, effective 7 November.
The inaugural flight will depart from Tan Son Nhat International Airport at 0015 (local time) and arrive in Incheon International Airport at 0725 (local time).
The return flight will take off from Incheon International Airport at 1120 (local time) and arrive in Tan Son Nhat International Airport at 1450 (local time).
BANGKOK, 11 June 2015: Etihad Airways will add a fourth daily service between Abu Dhabi and Bangkok from 1 July.
Using a B777-300ER aircraft, the new service will increase Etihad’s roundtrip flights between the two cities to 28 a week and add approximately 5,000 weekly seats to the route.
All the services have seamless connections with flights to Europe.
The airline’s chief strategy and planning officer, Kevin Knight said: “Bangkok is one of the most popular destinations in our global network. The route has strong year-round demand and attracts guests from across the UAE, GCC, Middle East, Africa and Europe.” Read more