Paris Air Show opens

June 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

PARIS, 19 June 2017: The aircraft industry descends on Paris, Monday, for the world’s biggest airshow, a prime battleground for bitter rivals Boeing and Airbus, but also a chance for new kids on the block to snap at the heels of the two giants.

Single-aisle planes for short and medium distances are the hottest ticket in the world’s civil aviation industry, with airline demand for models in the Airbus A320 family giving the European company an edge, for now, over its American opponent which is racing to return in force to the mid-range segment.

But the duopoly is not without challengers: Competition is looming, notably from Russia and China who have each been test-flying their own mid-range models. Read more

Lufthansa move A380s to Munich

June 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

FRANKFURT, 15 June 2017: German airline Lufthansa said Tuesday it would transfer five Airbus A380 planes from its Frankfurt home base to Munich, as a dispute with airport operator Fraport rumbles on.

“Starting in summer 2018, Lufthansa will introduce the Airbus A380 in Munich on long-haul destinations to Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Beijing,” the firm said in a statement.

Five of the airline’s 14 A380s — the world’s largest airliner — will move to the Bavaria state capital in southern Germany for the first time. Read more

Cebu tweaks aircraft order

June 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Philippines

MANILA, 13 June 2017: Philippine carrier, Cebu Pacific, has placed an order with Airbus for an additional seven A321CEO (Current Engine Option) aircraft, for delivery from March 2018.

The aircraft will meet the airline’s increased capacity requirements pending the start of delivery of 32 A321NEO aircraft, which will now begin in the fourth quarter of 2018.

CEB has chosen to defer the A321NEO deliveries due to delays with the Pratt & Whitney engines selected to power the aircraft. Read more

MH seeks more A330s

June 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

CANCUN, MEXICO, 8 June 2017: Malaysia Airlines is close to signing deals for six or seven second-hand A330 planes for its fleet this year as it seeks to grow international routes amidst good demand for summer bookings, its chief executive told Reuters on the sidelines of the IATA annual general meeting earlier this week.

Malaysia Airlines has been in talks with airlines and leasing companies about bringing in used wide-body planes to replace older aircraft that it currently flies on routes to India, China and Hong Kong.

Earlier in the year the airline said it would off-load six Airbus A380s or use them for charter and pilgrimage flights and on some high density routes to Japan and South Korea. Currently they are used to fly a double daily service to London. Read more

Russia test flies passenger jet

May 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

MOSCOW, 30 May 2017: Russia on Sunday held a successful test flight of its new MC-21 medium-haul passenger jet that it hopes will revive its troubled civil aviation industry and challenge giants Airbus and Boeing.

The plane, whose prototype was unveiled last June, flew for 30 minutes at a height of 1,000 metres and a speed of 300 kilometres (186 miles) per hour, said its makers, the Irkut Corporation aircraft manufacturer.

The plane took off from the Siberian city of Irkutsk where the Irkut company is based, said Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, writing on Twitter. Read more

Airbus taps students for ideas

April 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

BANGKOK, 20 April 2017: Airbus has shortlisted five finalist student teams competing in the fifth edition of the Fly Your Ideas challenge.

The radical concepts selected cover a wide range of innovations going from an alternative to satellite imagery, to improved aircraft taxiing, clever ways of boarding, new areas for luggage storage or offering a new business model using existing Airbus aircraft.

Representing nine different nationalities and eight universities across Africa, Europe and Asia-Pacific, the five finalist teams are competing for a €30,000 prize. Read more

HK Express celebrates best year

February 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

HONG KONG, 22 February 2017: HK Express recorded expansion and a healthy performance during 2016 as it builds traffic on  eight new routes in Asia including three in the Mekong Region – Nha Trang, Vietnam, Yangon in Myanmar and Chiang Rai in Thailand.

Flights were also launched to Ishigaki, Takamatsu, Kagoshima, Hualien and Guam.

The airline reported it also introduced its first Airbus 320neo aircraft in late 2016 and launched a new U-Biz corporate programme, as well as becoming a founding-member of the U-FLY Alliance. Read more

Air Arabia reports loss

February 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

DUBAI, 10 February 2017: Air Arabia, the Middle East’s largest low-cost airline, announced, Thursday, its first-ever quarterly loss, blaming challenging market conditions and overcapacity.

The UAE carrier reported a net loss of 33 million dirhams (USD9 million) in the last three months of 2016, while revenue dropped 15% to 814 million dirhams.

Earnings of the Sharjah-based carrier “were impacted by (a) continuous drop in yield margins as a result of the overcapacity deployed in the market and the slow growth environment in major economic hubs,” said Air Arabia chairman Sheikh Abdullah al-Thani. Read more

2017 debut for China’s passenger plane

February 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

BEIJING, 7 February 2017: China’s first home-grown big passenger plane will make its maiden voyage in the first half of this year, state media said, Monday, as the country seeks to challenge foreign giants Airbus and Boeing.

The C919 narrow-body jet is expected to “realise its blue-sky flight dream” in the first six months of 2017, the People’s Daily newspaper reported, with the installation of on-board systems almost completed.

The plane, produced by the state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC), was originally scheduled to make its debut journey in 2015, but the date was repeatedly pushed back as it underwent additional testing and certification. Read more

Saudi low-cost airline buy aircraft

January 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

RIYADH, 17 January 2017: Low-cost Saudi carrier flynas on Monday signed an USD8.6-billion deal with European plane manufacturer Airbus to purchase 80 A320neo single-aisle jets.

Flynas chairman Ayed al-Jeaid said at a ceremony in Riyadh that the deal includes an option for 40 more of the short to medium-haul planes, to cater for what airline executives described as a growing domestic market.

Bander al-Mohanna, the chief executive of NAS Holding, of which flynas is a division, signed the agreement with Fouad Attar, Middle East director for France-based Airbus. Read more

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