Shaky stick gives Qantas flight a scare

April 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 18 April 2017: Fifteen passengers were hurt after a Qantas plane’s alert system warned of an imminent stall as it approached Hong Kong, Australian transport safety officials said, Thursday, as they launched an investigation.

Flight QF29 from Melbourne to Hong Kong was about 100 kilometres (60 miles) from its destination, last Friday, when a “stick shaker” alert occurred.

The warning causes the control stick to shake noisily, informing pilots that the plane is about to stall. Read more

Iranian airlines signs Boeing deal

April 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

NEW YORK, 5 April 2017: US plane maker Boeing said Tuesday that Iran’s Aseman Airlines had agreed to buy 30 737 MAX jets for USD3.0 billion in its second major deal since sanctions were eased last year.

“Boeing confirms the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Iran Aseman Airlines, expressing the airline’s intent to purchase 30 Boeing 737 MAX airplanes with a list price value of USD3 billion,” the US group said in a statement.

“The agreement also provides the airline with purchase rights for 30 additional 737 MAXs,” it added. Read more

Thai airports improve passenger traffic

March 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 24 March 2017: Airports of Thailand reported strong increases in both aircraft movements and passenger traffic at the six airports under its management during February this year.

AoT reported, on Tuesday, that all of its supervised airports served 11,177,269 passengers, up 4.59% from 10,686,642 when compared with the same month in 2016.

Overall, aircraft movements also increased by 2.96% from 64,624 to 66,535. Read more

Jetstar Pacific inks deal with Air France

March 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 15 March 2017: Low-cost carrier Jetstar Pacific has officially signed a long-term component support agreement for its fleet of A320s with Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) for the provision of aircraft spare parts.

The deal was signed, last week, according to local media that quoted Jetstar Pacific general director, Nguyen Quoc Phuong, saying: “Cooperation will help us make significant improvements in maintenance and on-time performance. Support services will start later this month.”

The airline, whose major shareholders are Vietnam Airlines and Australia’s Qantas Airways, operates a fleet of 14 Airbus A320 jetliners, which is expected to grow to 30 by 2021. Read more

AoT starts 2017 on positive note

February 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 27 February 2017: Airports of Thailand reports strong increases in both aircraft movements and passenger traffic, during January, at six airports under its management.

AoT reported in its latest data  that all of its supervised airports handled 12,090,048 passengers up 10.72% from 10,919,106 when compared with the same month, last year.

Aircraft movements increased by 8.37% from 67,692 to 73,358. Read more

Rule books emerge on drones

February 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

PARIS, 23 February 2017: As drones increasingly crowd the skies, the risk of collision with other aircraft has come to the fore.

Here’s an overview of international regulation aimed at limiting the dangers.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which sets global standards for the aviation industry, counted 856 cases worldwide between January 2013 and August 2015 of a drone getting too close to a plane for comfort. Read more

Thailand’s outlines aviation aspirations

February 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 14 February 2017: Thailand has outlined a plan to expand its aviation industry in the hope it can become a leader offering maintenance and aviation spare parts.

The Thai Cabinet recently approval an ambitious Ministry of Transport’s 15-year aviation development plan that is part of a wider agenda to pursue what economists call Thailand 4.0 version.

Prime Minister’s Office assistant minister, Kobsak Phutrakul, said the Cabinet endorsed, last week, an Aviation Industry Development Plan that will support aircraft maintenance and spare parts production in Thailand. 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

Garuda plane skids off runway

February 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Indonesia, News

JAKARTA, 3 February 2017: An Indonesian passenger plane carrying 130 people skidded off the runway as it landed at a major airport in heavy rain, the airline said Thursday, the latest mishap to hit the country’s aviation sector.

No one was hurt after the Boeing 737-800 operated by Indonesian flag carrier Garuda came off the runway at the airport serving the city of Yogyakarta late Wednesday as it arrived from Jakarta.

Adisutjipto International Airport, on Java island, was closed following the incident, with authorities saying it would remain shut until Thursday afternoon to allow the plane to be removed from the area. 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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