Changi marks nation’s 50th anniversary

July 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 17 July 2015: Changi Airport is supporting the nation’s 50th year anniversary celebrations by featuring tourist icons, some famous national dishes and landmarks at an airport display.

The display is designed to take “visitors down memory lane to relive the history and celebrate the achievements of Singapore and Changi Airport,” the airport’s media release states.

To date, this is the largest number of displays to be featured at the airport’s three terminals at the same time.

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EU adopts single PNR system

July 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

BRUSSELS, 17 July 2015: European lawmakers approved Wednesday plans to collect EU passenger data, a measure sought by the United States after years of controversy over how to protect personal information while fighting terrorism and serious crime.

The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Commission passed the Passenger Name Record (PNR) system by a narrow 32 votes to 27, after five years of being blocked by lawmakers.

It also includes limits on access and storage to address concerns that personal data could be used for other purposes.

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Delta ditches aircraft order

July 17, 2015 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

NEW YORK, 17 July 2015: Delta Air Lines plans to cancel orders for 60 new planes after company pilots last week voted down a new three-year labour contract, the company’s chief executive said Wednesday.

“Those orders will be cancelled,” said Delta chief executive Richard Anderson in response to a question on a conference call on the US carrier’s second-quarter results.

Delta’s move affects 40 Boeing 737-900 planes and 20 Embraer E-190 aircraft worth an estimated USD4 billion based on the list price of the planes.

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Delta makes bid for Skymark

July 16, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

TOKYO, 16 July 2015: US airline Delta Air Lines will join a bid to rescue Japan’s bankrupt carrier Skymark, the US firm leading the push said Wednesday, possibly giving it unprecedented access to the domestic market.

Intrepid Aviation’s announcement followed a report that said the plan — under which Delta would buy as much as 20% of Skymark– would give the US airline access to domestic landing slots at Tokyo’s Haneda airport.

The Intrepid-led plan is a rival offer to one submitted by Skymark earlier this year that would see it owned by its banks, All Nippon Airways (ANA) and a domestic investment fund. Read more

Delta throws Skymark a lifeline

July 15, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

TOKYO, 15 July 2015: Delta Air Lines is offering a lifeline to Japan’s bankrupt Skymark Airlines that would give the US carrier unprecedented access to domestic landing slots at Tokyo’s Haneda airport, a report said Tuesday.

The Nikkei business daily said Delta has agreed to join a turnaround plan being led by Skymark creditor Intrepid Aviation, which would see the US company buy as much as 20% of the Japanese airline for an unspecified price.

The plan is a rival offer to one submitted by Skymark earlier this year that would see it owned by its banks, All Nippon Airways and a domestic investment fund.

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Luggage thefts thrive at Vietnam airports

July 14, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HANOI, 14 July 2015: The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam will adopt a series of measures to deal with the theft of check-in luggage at airports nationwide.

CAAV general director, Lai Xuan Thanh, told local media, last week, that individuals and enterprises involved in the process of inspecting check-in luggage and goods at airports will be made responsible if thefts are reported.

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Solar grounded for repairs

July 14, 2015 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

HAWAII, 14 July 2015: The sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft has been grounded in Hawaii, its crew said at the weekend, after a gruelling five-day, fuel-less flight across the Pacific Ocean overheated its batteries.

The airplane took 118 hours to cross from Japan to Hawaii in the most perilous leg of its goal to circumnavigate the globe without a drop of fuel.

The flight last week saw Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg smash a record for the longest solo plane flight. But the historic journey also took its toll on the aircraft’s batteries, grounding it for repairs until at least August.

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Bali battles flight backlog

July 14, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, Indonesia, News

DENPASAR, 14 July 2015: Indonesian authorities at Bali’s international airport were fighting to clear a backlog, Monday, after almost 900 flights were cancelled or delayed in recent days due to a volcanic eruption, causing travel chaos during the peak holiday season.

Mount Raung on Indonesia’s main island of Java, which has been rumbling for weeks, sent an ash cloud floating over Bali last Thursday, forcing the airport to close for two days.

Thousands of tourists who were visiting the resort island famed for its palm-fringed beaches found themselves stuck at Ngurah Rai airport, near Bali’s capital Denpasar, anxiously watching departure boards, sitting and sleeping on the floor.

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Airbus flies electric two-seater

July 13, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

CALAIS, FRANCE, 13 July 2015: Airbus hailed a new chapter in aviation history on Friday by claiming the first electric flight across the Channel, brushing off a similar feat by another French pilot a day earlier.

Nearly 106 years after French pilot Louis Bleriot became the first to fly across the Channel, test pilot Didier Esteyne took off from Lydd Airport on the southeastern English coast in Airbus’s battery-powered E-fan aircraft at 10:15 Friday morning.

In a bright, cloudless sky he flew 74 kilometres (45 miles) to the Calais Dunkerque airport in 38 minutes at an altitude of 3,500 feet.

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Bali flights back to normal

July 13, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, Indonesia, News

JAKARTA, 13 July 2015: Holidaymakers stranded for days in Bali when a volcanic ash cloud forced the closure of the island’s main airport began departing Saturday as flights resumed after Indonesian authorities reopened the terminal.

Ngurah Rai International Airport was closed since late Thursday as Mount Raung on Java spewed clouds of ash into the sky, grounding hundreds of flights during peak tourist season on the resort island.

But the airport was reopened by Indonesia’s transport ministry, Saturday, after the ash cloud drifted southwest, clearing the skies for take off.

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