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
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
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
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
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
NEW DELHI, 16 January 2017: A major acquisition by Indian budget airline SpiceJet, this week, underscored the vast potential of the world’s fastest-growing aviation market.
But there is another side to the story. Experts say woefully inadequate infrastructure and high operating costs could threaten the industry’s rapid expansion.
India’s burgeoning middle classes are taking to the skies in ever greater numbers, with passenger growth of 20% in 2015 according to industry body IATA — nearly double China’s 11% increase over the same period. 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
DUBAI, 30 December 2016: Dubai’s Emirates said Thursday it has reached an agreement with Rolls-Royce over a “technical issue” relating to the engines of Airbus’s A380 superjumbo, and confirmed receiving one plane this week.
The carrier also said it “will continue to receive deliveries of both A380s and (Boeing) 777s in 2017”.
“Emirates can confirm that we have come to an agreement with Rolls-Royce on the technical issue relating to engines for our A380s. We have received delivery of our first Rolls-Royce powered A380s this week,” a spokesperson told AFP. Read more
PARIS, 29 December 2017: Airbus said earlier this week it was postponing for a year the planned delivery of 12 A380 superjumbos to Dubai’s Emirates airline, without offering reasons for the delay.
The aerospace giant will “change its pace of its deliveries by delaying the delivery to Emirates of six A380 planes from 2017 to 2018 and six others from 2018 to 2019,” it said in a statement.
Despite the delay, Airbus restated its aim announced earlier this year of delivering 12 planes annually from 2018. Read more
DOHA, 14 December 2016: Qatar Airways will introduce its A380 on the Melbourne route 30 June 2017.
The 517-seat A380 aircraft will increase Qatar Airways’ current daily seat capacity on the route by 44% to meet growing travel demand.
Seven years ago Melbourne was the first destination in Australia for Qatar Airways, but it has since added services to Perth, Sydney and Adelaide. Read more