DOHA, 6 January 2017: Qatar Airways has renegotiated an order with Airbus to take delivery only of larger A321 planes, not A320s as originally planned, the Gulf carrier’s chief executive said on Thursday.
The switch to the different aircraft comes after the airline refused to accept four A320neos last year over issues with their engines.
“We are going to take all A321s, there will be no more A320s,” Baker told reporters at a press event in Doha. Read more
BANGKOK, 5 January 2017: Thai Smile will start a new daily service from Bangkok to Zhengzhou, in China, starting 27 January.
The service will operate from its main base, Suvarnabhumi airport, to Zhengzhou using Airbus A320-200 aircraft.
Zhengzhou is Thai Smile’s third China destination after Changsha and Chongqing, both introduced last year. Read more
NEW YORK, 5 January 2016: Boeing won a contract to supply 75 single-aisle 737 Max 8 planes to General Electric’s airplane leasing arm worth USD8.25 billion at current listed prices, the companies announced Wednesday.
The order, booked in December, increases GE Capital Aviation Services’ backlog of the popular Boeing model to 170 planes.
Boeing said its 737 Max model has had a total of 3,419 orders, making it the aerospace giant’s fastest-selling plane in history. Read more
LONDON, 5 January 2016: Irish budget airline Ryanair carried a record 117 million passengers in 2016, an increase of 15% on the previous year, a spokesman said Wednesday.
The carrier, Europe’s busiest, beat its previous record of 101.4 million passengers set in 2015, thanks to what it said was a combination of low fares, new routes and bases and improved customer service.
Britain accounts for 26% of Ryanair revenues and following the vote to leave the European Union last year, the airline expects growth in that country to slow. Read more
SIEM REAP, 4 January 2017: Cambodia has commissioned a Chinese consortium to build a new international airport at Siem Reap.
Phnom Penh Post reported the Chinese state-run Yunnan Investment Holdings Ltd (YIHL) will build a new USD880 million airport about 50 km from Siem Reap.
The agreement, signed by Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sok An and YIHL chairman Sun Yun during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the Kingdom in October, grants a joint investment consortium formed by YIHL, the Yunnan Construction Investment Group and the Yunnan Airport Group an exclusive 55-year build, operate, transfer (BOT) concession on the new airport. Read more
MONTREAL, 4 January 2017: A Sunwing pilot was arrested Saturday after being found intoxicated in a plane he was about to maneuver out of Calgary airport in western Canada.
The 37-year-old man was found drunk shortly after 0700 in the cockpit of the plane he was supposed to pilot to Cancun, Mexico.
Before the flight was schedule to take off, the crew and other airline staff noticed the pilot’s behaving strangely before he fainted in the cockpit. They then alerted the authorities. Read more
LONDON, 4 January 2017: A group of British Airways cabin crew on Tuesday announced a 48-hour walkout for later in January, in an ongoing pay dispute which saw the airline narrowly avert a Christmas Day strike.
Up to 2,700 cabin crew are due to strike from 10 January after rejecting a deal proposed by the airline in December, Unite union said.
Last month’s offer averted a walkout originally planned for Christmas Day and 26 December (Boxing Day), but 70% of Unite members involved in the dispute subsequently rejected it in a vote which ended on 1 January. Read more
MONTREAL, 4 January 2017: Worldwide passenger air traffic grew again last year, albeit at a slightly slower pace, led by the dynamic growth of low-cost air carriers, the International Civil Aviation Organisation reported Monday.
A total of 3.7 billion passengers were transported by the world’s airlines last year, a 6% increase from 2015. That was just under the previous year’s 7.1% rise, the United Nations agency said.
Growth was most pronounced in the Middle East (11.2%), Asia (8%), Latin America (6.5%) and Africa (5.7%), while it was slower in Europe (4.3%) and North America (3.5%). Read more
YANGON, 30 December 2016: Myanmar’s vice president, U Henry Van Thio, has called for a show of transparency to ensure the Hanthawaddy International Airport project becomes a showcase for the country’s tourism development.
Global New Light of Myanmar quoted the vice president saying the airport, once completed will become a major gateway for international airlines.
“Therefore, it will be implemented as a national project and needs to be transparent at all levels.” Read more
PHNOM PENH, 30 December 2016: A direct flight connecting Cambodia and Indonesia remains in the pipeline, although airlines have told officials it will depend on commercial viability and the chances of success are remote.
Khmer Time quoted the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation spokesman, Sinn Chan Sereyvutha, saying the Cambodian government has already signed an MoU with Indonesia to pave the way for direct flights between the two countries, but market factors are not positive and airlines are not convinced there is enough traffic.
“The main problem for Indonesian airlines is market demand, but there are still choices for them as they can also enter into a codeshare with other airlines to save costs.” Read more