App finds a pilot

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

LONDON, 15 August 2017: A French start-up is reaching for the skies with a flight-sharing app, matching pilots with passengers looking for a low-cost way to take off in a private aircraft.

“It’s a great way to get on planes. It’s quite a unique experience. It’s something new,” says Adam Nicholas, 27, at an airfield close to London.

He is readying for his second trip with Wingly, a French firm connecting passengers and pilots for short flights, and the undisputed market leader in Europe with a community of more than 80,000 members. Read more

Vietnam’s passenger traffic grows

July 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HANOI, 24 July 2017: Vietnam’s Civil Aviation Authority  reports passenger movements reached 30.3 million, up 19.5% year-on-year, for the first half of this year.

Saigon Times media quoted the CAAV data that showed there were 21.8 million passenger trips representing an increase of 15.1% year-on-year.

Four domestic airlines operate 52 domestic routes connecting Hanoi, Danang and Ho Chi Minh City with 18 local airports. Airlines serving the domestic market comprise of Vietnam Airlines, VietJet Air, Jetstar Pacific Airlines and VASCO. Read more

Airbus wins mega China order

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

BERLIN, 7 July 2017: Airbus said Wednesday it had won a major order from China of 140 planes for USD22.8 billion, during a visit by President Xi Jinping to Berlin.

The European aircraft maker said it had sealed the agreement with China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS), which chief executive Tom Enders called “one of the biggest contracts signed in a long time by Airbus”.

The deal covers 100 A320 single-aisle jets and 40 A350 wide-body aircraft. Read more

Lion leads with newest 737 model

July 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Indonesia, News

JAKARTA, 5 July 2017: Lion Air took deliver of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, earlier this week.

Earlier in the year, Malaysian-based Malindo Air, which is also part of the Lion Air Group and due to be rebranded Batik Air Malaysia, took delivery of the first Boeing 737 MAX-8 from the US aircraft manufacturer. Read more

Good vintage air show

June 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LE BOUGET, FRANCE, 27 June 2017: This year’s Paris Air Show at Le Bourget has proved a “good vintage” with orders up 13% though fewer visitors showed up, organisers said as the event wound down Sunday.

Tight security owing to an ongoing state of emergency in the wake of several terror attacks in France in the past 18 months saw the number of visitors slide compared with the last edition two years ago — the event alternates with Farnborough in England.

But orders rose to USD150 billion (134 billion euros) compared with the USD130 billion the industry put in its order books two years ago, with giants Boeing and Airbus between them taking the lion’s share with USD114 billion — USD74.8 billion and USD39.7 billion respectively. Read more

AirAsia in shaky scare

June 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

SYDNEY, 26 June 2017: An AirAsia flight to Malaysia was forced back to Australia Sunday due to a technical problem, with one passenger saying the plane was “shaking like a washing machine”.

The Airbus A330 from Perth to Kuala Lumpur experienced problems about 90 minutes into the journey.

It landed safely, with Perth Airport reporting a “technical issue”. Read more

AirAsia orders 14 more A320ceo

June 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

LE BOURGET, FRANCE, 23 June 2017: AirAsia has signed an agreement with Airbus to order an additional 14 A320ceo aircraft to meet higher than expected near-term growth on the carrier’s regional network.

The contract, which is subject to AirAsia board approval, was announced at the Paris Air Show Thursday.

It will see the total number of A320 family aircraft ordered by AirAsia rise to 592, reaffirming its position as the largest airline customer for the Airbus single aisle product line. Read more

Iran agrees to buy more A320s

June 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

LE BOURGET, FRANCE, 23 June 2017: Iran’s Zagros Airlines has agreed to buy 28 planes from Airbus, the European aircraft maker said on Thursday at the Paris Air Show.

Zagros, which flies domestic routes in Iran, signed a memorandum of understanding to pick up 20 planes of the A320neo family, and eight of the A330neo type, Airbus said in a statement.

Zagros is already the largest operator of Airbus single-aisle aircraft in Iran with 11 A320ceo planes, it said. Read more

Bid to topple giants

June 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

PARIS, 21 June 2017: China’s C919 and Russia’s MC-21 may be absent from the tarmac at the Paris Air Show, but their makers don’t hide their ambition to nose into the biggest part of the civil aviation market — single-aisle medium-haul aircraft — which is dominated by Airbus and Boeing.

“For decades there were just two families of competing aircraft in the single-aisle segment, the A320 and the 737” built by Airbus and Boeing, said Stephane Albernhe, managing partner at Archery Consulting.

Both firms have been announcing business worth tens of billions of dollars for their mid-range bestsellers at the Paris Air Show, but they’re unlikely to keep the market for themselves for long. Read more

Boeing unveils latest 737

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

LE BOURGET, FRANCE, 20 June 2017: Boeing announced Monday what it claims will be the most efficient jet yet to enter the highly competitive civil aviation market, as it tries to claw back market share from rival Airbus.

“Today, it is our pleasure to officially announce the newest member of our 737 family, the 737 MAX 10,” Kevin McAllister, head of the company’s commercial aviation division, told journalists as the Paris Air Show got under way.

It quickly announced more than 100 orders worth some USD13.5 billion (12.1 billion euros), although some were customers changing their selection of models from previous orders. Read more

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