Cathay suffers massive loss

August 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, China, News

HONG KONG, 17 August 2017: Cathay Pacific on Wednesday reported a massive net loss of HKD2.05 billion (USD262.07 million) for the first half of the year as the airline struggled with intense competition from rivals.

The results, which were far worse than analysts predicted, came after Cathay saw its first annual loss in eight years in 2016, as lower cost Chinese carriers eat into its market share.

Chairman John Slosar described the results as “disappointing” to reporters. Read more

Media names Etihad as plot target

August 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 2 August 2017: Etihad Airways said, Tuesday, it was helping Australian police with their investigation into an alleged plot to bring down a plane, as authorities sifted through evidence from counter-terrorism raids.

Four men were arrested in Sydney on Saturday evening, with security tightened across all major Australian domestic and international airports as investigators search several homes across the city.

Local media on Monday reported that the men, who have not yet been charged, planned to use poisonous gas, or a crude bomb disguised as a meat mincer, although details of the alleged plot have not been confirmed by police. Read more

Crew averts mid-air fire

August 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

COLOMBO, 2 August 2017: Crew on a Sri Lankan Airlines plane carrying 202 passengers extinguished a mid-flight fire triggered by a mobile phone battery in an overhead locker, the carrier said Monday.

The airline said a “major” incident was averted by the quick-thinking attendants on the flight that departed, Sunday, from Kochi in India to Colombo.

Smoke was detected shortly after a meal service on the 70-minute flight, it said. Read more

Lion flies new China route

July 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

CHIANG RAI, 31 July 2017: Thai Lion Air will launch a new international service from Chiang Rai in far-north Thailand to Changsha in China effective 10 August.

The airline has scheduled four flights weekly with a late night departure from Chiang Rai and the return flight landing in Chiang at 0315, according to the airline’s timetable announcement, last week.

Using a 180-seat Boeing 737 the service will fly  Chinese tourists from Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, south central China. The four weekly services will also give Chiang Rai residents and tourists staying in North Thailand a convenient nonstop flight to China. Read more

AirAsia celebrates Shenzhen success

July 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

SHENZHEN, 13 July 2017: AirAsia is celebrating its 10-year anniversary of flying to Shenzhen in China.

A celebratory event was held in Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, Tuesday, to mark the milestone.

To mark the anniversary, AirAsia is offering all-in fares as low as RM256* from Kuala Lumpur to Shenzhen and RM257* from Kota Kinabalu to Shenzhen. Read more

Laptops back in Emirates cabin

July 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

DUBAI, 6 July 2017: Emirates airline announced, Wednesday, that it had won an exemption from a US ban on passengers taking laptops and tablet computers on flights from its base in Dubai.

Emirates is the third carrier after neighbouring Abu Dhabi’s Etihad and Turkish Airlines to win a reprieve from the new rules Washington imposed three months ago on direct flights from 10 airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa.

“The ban on electronic devices has been lifted with immediate effect for flights to destinations in the United States,” an airline spokesman told AFP. Read more

US tightens security

June 29, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

WASHINGTON, 29 June 2017: The United States announced, Wednesday, it would implement tough new security rules for all airlines flying into the country, but held off from a threatened expansion of its carry-on laptop ban.

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said evolving terror threats made it imperative to raise overall security standards, rather than take a piecemeal approach on personal electronics.

“Make no mistake: our enemies are constantly working to find new methods for disguising explosives, recruiting insiders, and hijacking aircraft,” Kelly said. Read more

Qatar eases visa process

June 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

DOHA, 26 June 2017: Qatar’s Ministry of Interior, Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism Authority, have launched an e-visa platform to allow travellers to obtain tourist visas online.

Doha News reported that a tourist visa can now be obtained on the new e-visa platform, which is currently in a  pilot phase, at

Previously, travellers were required to submit their applications through accredited Qatar-based entities, such as hotels and tour operators. Now, they can apply directly and track the status of their application online. Read more

Lufthansa names Molnar GM Thailand

June 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, People

BANGKOK, 26 June 2017: Lufthansa Group has appointed Stefan Molnar as the new general manager sales in Thailand.

He will lead efforts to improve passenger airlines sales in Thailand, Vietnam and the Mekong region.

Lufthansa will be the first European carrier to fly the A380 to Bangkok when the service starts this October. 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

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