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

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

Israeli spies exposed Laptop threat

June 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

WASHINGTON, 13 June 2017: Israeli government spies hacked into the operations of Islamic State bomb makers to discover they were developing a laptop computer bomb to blow up a commercial aircraft, The New York Times reported Monday.

The Times said the work by Israeli cyber operators was a rare success of Western intelligence against the constantly evolving, encryption-protected and social media-driven cyber operations of the extremist group.

It said the Israeli hackers penetrated the small Syria-based cell of bomb makers months ago, an effort that led to the 21 March ban on carry-on laptops and other electronics larger than cell phones on direct flights to the United States from 10 airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa. 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

JC signs technical support

June 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 1 June 2017: AJW Group, an aircraft maintenance firm headquartered in the United Kingdom, has recently signed a multimillion-dollar five-year deal to support JC International Airlines’ fleet of Airbus aircraft.

According to the group’s statement, AJW has won a power-by-the-hour (PBH) component support contract with JC (Cambodia) International Airlines for its new A320 fleet.

The multi-million dollar five-year deal, with the option of a five year extension, includes component support and the leasing of the Main Base Kit, for the airline’s fleet of 20 new A320s. 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

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