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Asia Pacific Airlines Traffic Results - May 2018

Preliminary traffic figures released today by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed that both international air passenger and air cargo markets remained buoyant in the month of May,

26th Jun 2018 | Read more

Virgin Australia Group CEO stepping down

Virgin Australia Group CEO John Borghetti announced he plans to step down and will not renew his contract past 1 January 2020.

25th Jun 2018 | Read more

Qantas A380 nosedives over Pacific due to wake turbulence

A Qantas A380 superjumbo suddenly lost altitude for about 10 seconds more than 30,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean after flying through the wake of another plane.

15th Jun 2018 | Read more

Asia Pacific Airlines Traffic Results - April 2018

Air passenger and cargo markets record encouraging growth

28th May 2018 | Read more

Hong Kong's New Service Takes Off

Hong Kong Airlines today celebrated the launch of its new non-stop service connecting Hong Kong with Moscow.

19th May 2018 | Read more


Qantas has today announced an order for six additional Boeing 787-9s to fly on its international network, bringing its fleet of Dreamliners to 14 by the end of 2020.

2nd May 2018 | Read more

Thai airlines flying high

WITH CONTINUING high competition in the airline business, all Thai firms are adding or expanding routes both domestic and oversees to meet the strong demand growth.

27th Apr 2018 | Read more

Vietnam Airlines and ST Aerospace sign MOU

ST Aerospace has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Vietnam Airlines to set up a joint venture (JV) to provide component Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) solutions.

27th Apr 2018 | Read more

AirAsia introduces Coruson safety managment software

Malaysian low-cost airline, AirAsia, held a major safety awareness event recently which involved 20,000 staff across six countries for its ‘OneAirAsia’ safety event.

25th Apr 2018 | Read more

BoardConnect strengthens its position in the Asia-Pacific region

Virgin Australia uses the complete BoardConnect Suite / Citilink relies on connectivity provided by Mahata Aero Teknologi with Lufthansa Systems, Inmarsat and Lufthansa Technik

12th Apr 2018 | Read more

Aircraft to Support the Airline’s Low-Cost, High-Performance Strategy

CDB Aviation Lease Finance DAC (“CDB Aviation”), a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., Limited (“CDB Leasing”), today announced that the company signed an agreement with India’s low-cost carrier SpiceJet Ltd (“SpiceJet”) for the long-term lease of five Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

28th Mar 2018 | Read more

China Eastern and GE Aviation sign comprehensive digital service agreement

China Eastern Airlines (CEA) and GE Aviation reached agreement to provide a comprehensive digital analytics solution for the CEA fleet of more than 700 aircraft over the next three years.

27th Mar 2018 | Read more

Hong Kong Airlines A350 flys to San Francisco

Hong Kong Airlines celebrated the launch of its new A350 service to San Francisco yesterday. The City by the Bay becomes the airline’s third destination in North America, following the successful launch of services to Vancouver and Los Angeles in 2017.

26th Mar 2018 | Read more

GE Aviation's GEnx Engines Power Qantas 787-9 Perth to London Historic Flight

GE Aviation is privileged to power the Qantas 787-9 fleet with the GEnx engine and especially the historic flight from Perth to London. On Saturday evening, March 24, around 236 passengers took part in a major milestone in the aviation industry

24th Mar 2018 | Read more

A new era of travel with Qantas

Qantas' inaugural Perth to London flight will depart tomorrow, a game-changing route flown by a game-changing aircraft, our 787 Dreamliner, connecting Australians direct to Europe for the first time.

23rd Mar 2018 | Read more


Jeju Air, South Korea’s first low cost carrier, has extended its partnership with SITA for Horizon® Passenger Services System (PSS) to support its business growth.

22nd Mar 2018 | Read more

Hawaiian Airlines selects GEnx engines to power Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Hawaiian Airlines selected the GEnx-1B engine to power its intended purchase of 10 Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

7th Mar 2018 | Read more

Korean Air awarded SR Technics as Best Partner of 2017

SR Technics, a world leading MRO service provider, is pleased to announce that Korean Air has awarded SR Technics as Best Partner of 2017 for providing exceptional support and cooperation.

17th Feb 2018 | Read more

Record Year for IAI in Aircraft Conversion

The past year has been a record year for IAI's Bedek Division in terms of conversion of passenger airplanes to cargo configurations.

31st Jan 2018 | Read more

Hong Kong Airlines takes home multiple awards for service excellence

Hong Kong Airlines continues to be recognised for its service excellence as well as its role as an innovator within the aviation industry,

26th Jan 2018 | Read more

Emirates orders 36 A380s worth US$ 16 billion

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, today announced a US$ 16 billion (AED 58.7 billion) deal for 36 additional Airbus A380 aircraft,

19th Jan 2018 | Read more

Hong Kong Airlines to recruit new cadet pilots

Hong Kong Airlines has kicked off recruitment for a new batch of cadet pilots, following the successful launch of its inaugural Cadet Pilot Programme last year.

17th Jan 2018 | Read more

Hong Kong Airlines’ first flight to Los Angeles takes off

Hong Kong Airlines today commenced its new service to Los Angeles, further cementing its growing presence in North America,

19th Dec 2017 | Read more

Qantas opens new London Heathrow Lounge

antas has opened its doors to the new spacious Qantas London Lounge at Heathrow Airport today,

29th Nov 2017 | Read more

Peach Receives Award for Best Low Cost Carrier in North & East Asia

Peach received the Best Low Cost Carrier in North & East Asia Award at the Future Travel Experience Asia Expo 2017

22nd Nov 2017 | Read more

AAR Continues to Grow Business and Capabilities with Air New Zealand

AAR (NYSE: AIR), a global leader in aviation services, has committed to significantly increasing the volume of contracted component repairs with Air New Zealand.

21st Nov 2017 | Read more

Emirates places US$15.1 billion order for 40 Boeing 787 Dreamliners at 2017 Dubai Airshow

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, today announced a US$ 15.1 billion (AED 55.4 billion) commitment for 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners.

14th Nov 2017 | Read more

Boeing kicks off 2017 Dubai Airshow with $15 billion deal

Dubai's Emirates airline unveiled a provisional $15.1 billion order for 40 of Boeing's 787-10 jetliners

13th Nov 2017 | Read more

Emirates Group announces half-year performance for 2017-18

The Emirates Group today announced its half-year results for 2017-18.

10th Nov 2017 | Read more

Juneyao Airlines Orders GEnx Engines for Its B787 Fleet

During U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to China, Juneyao Airlines, a subsidiary under Juneyao Group, reached an agreement with GE to order GEnx-1B engines

9th Nov 2017 | Read more

Hong Kong Express banned from adding new aircraft, flights or destinations

Penalty handed down over October holiday cancellations is harshest meted out by aviation authority in 20 years

9th Nov 2017 | Read more

Partnership with SpiceJet leads STG Aerospace to Inflight Asia-Pacific Award for Interior Retrofit Project

Earlier today, Nigel Duncan, CEO of pioneering aircraft cabin lighting specialists, STG Aerospace, joined Arun Kashyap, Executive Vice President (Engineering) of Indian low-cost carrier, SpiceJet

2nd Nov 2017 | Read more

Asia Pacific Airlines Traffic Results - September 2017

Preliminary traffic figures for the month of September released today by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA)

24th Oct 2017 | Read more

Thai air safety upgrade opens up new routes

The UN's aviation agency has removed a safety "red flag" against Thai carriers, the kingdom's junta leader said on Monday, in a major boost to the country's stuttering airlines.

10th Oct 2017 | Read more


Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI) has won the business from AIRBUS S.A.S.

2nd Oct 2017 | Read more


FlightSafety International announces that SF Airlines of China has purchased a full flight simulator for the Boeing 757-200F aircraft.

29th Aug 2017 | Read more

Qantas earnings drop, but still remain solid

Qantas Airways, Australia’s biggest airline, said on Friday (25 August) its net profit fell following a one-off gain last year

25th Aug 2017 | Read more


VistaJet today announces that it has signed a ground breaking transaction with investment funds affiliated with Rhône Capital, which have invested $150 million of cash into the business.

23rd Aug 2017 | Read more

Air India Chairman Says Divestment To Open Doors For Better Future Of Airline

At present, Air India has a network of more than 30 destinations across the US, Europe, Australia, Far-East and South-East Asia, and the Gulf regions.

8th Aug 2017 | Read more

Liebherr-Aerospace is a leading supplier of systems for the aviation industry

Liebherr-Aerospace & Transportation SAS, Toulouse (France), is one of eleven divisional control companies within the Liebherr Group and coordinates all activities in the aerospace and transportation systems sectors.

4th Aug 2017 | Read more

Hong Kong Airlines Signs Codeshare Agreement with Fiji Airways

Hong Kong Airlines and Fiji Airways signed a codeshare agreement today to offer customers enhanced connectivity and seamless connections

3rd Aug 2017 | Read more

Boeing, Airbus to invest in EEC with Thai Air

The world’s top two commercial aircraft manufacturers, Airbus and Boeing, are paving the way for Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC)

1st Aug 2017 | Read more

Spring Airlines targets China's ascendant middle class

Chairman sees room for foreign partners in a still-underserved market

25th Jul 2017 | Read more

Philippine Airlines Takes Delivery of the First Dual-Class, 86-seat Q400 Aircraft

Bombardier delivered the world’s first dual-class, 86 seat turboprop aircraft to Philippine Airlines at its facility in Toronto, Canada, where the aircraft is manufactured.

25th Jul 2017 | Read more

Australia Widens Safety Oversight Of Foreign Carriers.

Regulator is the first in the Asia-Pacific to access IATA audit data.

24th Jul 2017 | Read more

Lufthansa Technik Provides Global Component Support for New Boeing 787 Fleet

The Israeli airline EL AL Israel Airlines Ltd. and Lufthansa Technik AG have signed a comprehensive, long-term agreement.

15th Jul 2017 | Read more

Thai CAA sanctions Asian Air, Business Air, City Airways

A renewed, muscular Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has sanctioned Asian Air (DM, Bangkok Don Mueang), City Airways (E8, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi) and tightened existing measures

14th Jul 2017 | Read more

Complete Shift to Electronic Flight Bags(EFBs) in cockpit

The first Japanese airline to fully adopt EFBs*1 for its entire fleet

20th Jun 2017 | Read more

Japan Airlines signs GE TrueChoice Overhaul agreement for CF6-80C2 engines

Japan Airlines signed a two-year TrueChoiceTM Overhaul agreement with GE Aviation for the time and material to repair and overhaul 18 CF6-80C2 engines

19th Jun 2017 | Read more

Hong Kong Airlines and Bangkok Airways enter into codeshare agreement

Hong Kong Airlines, the Hong Kong based full-service carrier and Bangkok Airways, the Asia’s boutique airline, have entered into codeshare partnership

2nd Jun 2017 | Read more

Hong Kong Airlines Hosts the 17th “Triumph Sky High” Junior Programme

Full-service airline Hong Kong Airlines brought students from the I-Future Teens International Foundation Limited on board a real aircraft and touring around the airport facilities.

9th May 2017 | Read more

Vietnam Airlines receives 11th Boeing Dreamliner

Vietnam Airlines receives 11th Boeing Dreamliner The plane was put into use on May 7 on the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City route.

8th May 2017 | Read more

Air New Zealand has #1 reputation on both sides of the Tasman

Air New Zealand has taken out the number one spot in AMR’s 2017 Corporate Reputation Index in both Australia and New Zealand.

26th Apr 2017 | Read more

Senior Management Changes at Swire

John Slosar, Chairman of Swire Pacific Limited and Cathay Pacific Airways Limited, today announced senior management changes in the group.

12th Apr 2017 | Read more

Etihad Engineering Looks To Expanded Production, 3D Printing

Etihad Airways Engineering recently received the first EASA certification for Part 21G production granted to a Middle Eastern airline MRO.

11th Apr 2017 | Read more


Qantas customers can look forward to world-leading inflight wi-fi from next year under a partnership with global broadband services provider ViaSat that will tap into the nbn™ network.

7th Apr 2017 | Read more


Selection of magazines now available via SITA DigitalMedia leveraging Adaptive technology

6th Apr 2017 | Read more

HondaJet to make first appearance in Hong Kong, Taipei

Honda Aircraft Company announced today that the HondaJet will make its first appearance in Hong Kong and Taipei next month.

6th Apr 2017 | Read more

Qatar Airways Cargo expands Asia network

Qatar Airways Cargo has announced that it has started its first freighter service to the Cambodian city of Phnom Penh.

3rd Apr 2017 | Read more

Air New Zealand introduces Dreamliner on Adelaide route

With visitor numbers between New Zealand and South Australia continuing to soar, Air New Zealand has today announced it will begin flying the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft to Adelaide from October 2017

15th Mar 2017 | Read more

Manchester Woos U.S. And Asia Markets With Long-Haul Flights And Lounges

The debate over Heathrow’s third runway continues to rumble on. Meanwhile, Manchester, 200 miles to the north, is starting to become a serious contender

21st Feb 2017 | Read more

Vietnam Airlines to Lease Six New A321neo from Aviation Capital Group

Aviation Capital Group announced today it has placed six new Airbus A321neo aircraft on long-term leases with Vietnam Airlines.

17th Feb 2017 | Read more

Japan Airlines adopts Honeywell GoDirect Fuel Efficiency software

Honeywell has been selected by Japan Airlines to provide its fuel-management service to help decrease fuel consumption and costs.

16th Feb 2017 | Read more

Singapore Airlines' intent to purchase 20 GE9X-powered 777-9s

Earlier today, Singapore Airlines announced an order for 20 GE9X-powered Boeing 777-9 aircraft and five spare engines.

10th Feb 2017 | Read more

Jetstar Japan targets business fliers with flexible fares

Budget airline Jetstar Japan on Wednesday launched a new fare option

9th Feb 2017 | Read more


Etihad Aviation Group’s partnership strategy has been a core element of the growth of the business, said President and Chief Executive Officer James Hogan

19th Jan 2017 | Read more

"CEB receives new A330-300 aircraft in time for the holiday peak"

The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE: CEB) received a new Airbus A330-300 aircraft last December 14, 2016, creating more available seats for our valued guests in time for the holiday peak.

20th Dec 2016 | Read more


Air Seoul, the new low-cost carrier based at Seoul Incheon International Airport, successfully launched its operations using Horizon® Passenger Management and Distribution

14th Dec 2016 | Read more

Boeing, Iran Air in deal for 80 airplanes

American manufacturer Boeing and Iran Air announced they have finalised a deal for 80 aircraft that includes 50 737 MAX 8s, 15 777-300ERs and 15 777-9s, valued at US$16.6 billion at list prices.

12th Dec 2016 | Read more

GE Aviation to Provide Flight Analytics Solution to ANA

Introducing digital solutions to the Japanese market for the first time GE's flight analytics improves fuel efficiency, reduces emissions

9th Dec 2016 | Read more

Jet Airways is developing a gateway in Singapore

Jet Airways, which is co-owned by Etihad Airways, is following a network policy independent of the Gulf airline

30th Nov 2016 | Read more

Peach Decides to Introduce Airbus A320neo to its Fleet

Peach Aviation Limited (“Peach”; Representative Director and CEO: Shinichi Inoue; Head office: Osaka Prefecture) today decided to purchase A320neo aircraft from Airbus SAS

18th Nov 2016 | Read more

COMAC Receives Additional Orders of GE's CF34-powered ARJ21 Aircraft

COMAC (Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd.) held a signing ceremony on November 1 at the Zhuhai Air Show with China Aerospace Leasing Co., Ltd. (CASLC) for 20 firm and 20 options of ARJ21-700 aircraft powered by GE's CF34-10A engines.

7th Nov 2016 | Read more

Xiamen Airlines Selects GEnx Engine to Power Its Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Xiamen Airlines signed an agreement with GE Aviation today at the Airshow China 2016 to select GEnx-1B engine to power its additional six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

2nd Nov 2016 | Read more

Boeing, China Southern Airlines finalize Order for 12 787-9 Dreamliners

Boeing and China Southern Airlines said they have finalised an order of 12 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at US$3.2 billion at current list prices.

13th Oct 2016 | Read more

Qatar Airways orders 30 787-9 Dreamliners, 10 777-300ERs

Middle East stalwart Qatar Airways said it had ordered 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 10 777-300ERs, valued at US$11.7 billion at list prices.

8th Oct 2016 | Read more

ICAO, IATA laud carbon pact approval

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), have applauded the ICAO members who achieved an historic agreement to implement a market-based measure that will support airlines’

7th Oct 2016 | Read more

Boeing scores WTO win against Airbus

American plane manufacturer Boeing scored a big win against its European rival Airbus after the World Trade Organisation (WTO)

23rd Sep 2016 | Read more

Malaysia Airlines signs deal for LEAP engines

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) said it has finalised its order with CFM International for LEAP-1B engines

23rd Sep 2016 | Read more

Jetstar Pacific Finalizes Its First Direct Order With Airbus

Vietnam’s Jetstar Pacific Airlines has finalized a purchase agreement with Airbus for 10 A320ceo aircraft. T

15th Sep 2016 | Read more

SIA won’t renew A380 lease

The question of a secondary market for the giant A380 Aibus jet took an interesting turn as Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced on 14 September i

14th Sep 2016 | Read more

Airbus announces Vietnamese deals

European plane maker Airbus announced Tuesday it had signed deals worth about US$6.5 billion with three Vietnamese airlines for 40 planes

6th Sep 2016 | Read more

Cebu Pacific selects Rolls-Royce to power Airbus A330 aircraft

The Philippines’ leading airline, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), has ordered Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, with TotalCare® long-term engine services, to power its two new Airbus A330 aircraft

12th Aug 2016 | Read more


Airlines invest to keep passengers connected on the ground and in the air

27th Jul 2016 | Read more

Malaysia Airlines orders $5 billion in 737 Max jets

Boeing and troubled Malaysia Airlines have announced a deal in which the Southeast Asian airline has signed a firm order for 25 737 MAX 8 airplanes

27th Jul 2016 | Read more


Bangkok Airways led by Capt. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth has received "World's Best Regional Airline 2016" and "Best Regional Airline in Asia 2016"

26th Jul 2016 | Read more

Hawker Pacific announces successful integration of Aeromil Pacific

Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft sales and product support company in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East has today announced the successful integration of Aeromil Pacific

20th Jul 2016 | Read more

Farnborough recap 15 July

Combined sales of US$61.8 billion is nothing to sneeze at, but

15th Jul 2016 | Read more

Aviation trio turns 100

Boeing, Dassault and AAV’s media colleague, Aviation Week & Space Technology celebrate 100 years.

14th Jul 2016 | Read more


Asiana IDT, the IT service provider and affiliate of the Kumho Asiana Group based in Korea, today announced a partnership agreement with global travel technology provider SITA.

14th Jul 2016 | Read more

Hong Kong Airlines Once Again Named as a Skytrax 4-star Airline

Ranked Top Three in the “Best Regional Airline: Asia”

14th Jul 2016 | Read more

Farnborough recap 14 July

Boeing signs deals for 20 737 MAX 8s, 6 Dreamliners

14th Jul 2016 | Read more

Majors score sales, but overall tempo slowing at Farnborough

Global manufacturers Airbus and Boeing scored some big sales on the second day of the Farnborough Airshow but the tempo of sales compared to years past is tapering off

13th Jul 2016 | Read more

Vietnam’s JetStar signs MOU for A320ceos

Airbus announced at Farnborough that Ho Chi Minh City-based low-cost carrier Jetstar Pacific Airlines has signed an MOU for 10 A320ceo aircraft worth up to US$980 million at list prices.

12th Jul 2016 | Read more

AirAsia may list in Hong Kong

AirAsia may seek a public listing in Hong Kong and may set up a joint venture in China

11th Jul 2016 | Read more

Malaysia Airlines names new CEO

Malaysia Airlines has promoted its chief operating officer Peter Bellew to the CEO’s seat to replace embattled Christoph Mueller,

1st Jul 2016 | Read more

Peach Starts Operations Leveraging Electronic Flight Bags

Peach Aviation Limited (“Peach”; Representative Director and CEO: Shinichi Inoue) has obtained approval from the aviation bureau regarding the use of electronic flight bags (EFB*1)

29th Jun 2016 | Read more

Singapore Airlines plane catches fire after touching down at Changi Airport

All passengers are safe after a Singapore Airlines plane caught fire upon landing at Singapore's Changi Airport

27th Jun 2016 | Read more

Strike grounds China Airlines flights

A strike by hundreds of flight attendants protesting working conditions has grounded most flights for Taiwan’s largest airline, China Airlines

24th Jun 2016 | Read more

IATA says air sector will earn more in 2016

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said this week from its annual meeting in Dublin that the global air transport industry will earn US$39.4 billion in profits

3rd Jun 2016 | Read more

Air China Introduces its First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

China's national flag carrier becomes the first customer in the nation to operate the airplane

26th May 2016 | Read more

LCCs in APAC form alliance

A second Asian low-cost carrier alliance was announced on 16 May that will join eight LCCs in a bloc called the Value Alliance.

16th May 2016 | Read more

Etihad shuffles top management

The Etihad Aviation Group board of directors has announced a new management structure for the Etihad Aviation Group

10th May 2016 | Read more

Emirates Opens up New Gateways in Midwest China Airline

Emirates today underscored its commitment to China with the launch of a new service from Dubai to Yinchuan and Zhengzhou,

6th May 2016 | Read more

Boeing, China Eastern Airlines Finalize Order for 15 787-9 Dreamliners

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and China Eastern Airlines today finalized an order for 15 787-9 Dreamliners.

29th Apr 2016 | Read more


BOC Aviation Pte. Ltd. (“BOC Aviation”) is pleased to announce that it has delivered the first of three Airbus A320-200 aircraft to ANA Holdings which will be operated by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Vanilla Air.

26th Apr 2016 | Read more

Malaysia Airlines CEO calls it quits early

Christoph Mueller, the CEO of troubled Malaysia Airlines, said in mid-April he was calling it quits after serving only one year of his three-year contract

21st Apr 2016 | Read more

Langkawi the new Aviation hub for Rayani Air

New budget airline, Rayani Air Sdn Bhd, has picked Langkawi as its aviation hub in its effort to attract more tourists to the resort island.

8th Mar 2016 | Read more

AirAsia starts Penang to Ho Chi Minh City Flights

AirAsia starts Penang to Ho Chi Minh City Flights

8th Mar 2016 | Read more

Malaysia Airlines New A330 Business Class Seats

Malaysia Airlines yesterday, unveiled its new A330-300 Business Class seats at the World Travel Market in London.

8th Mar 2016 | Read more

Asian Aviation heads to the Philippines for Routes Asia 2016

The Philippines is set to become the centre of the Asian aviation industry on Sunday when top decision makers arrive for Routes Asia 2016 (6-8 March), the largest route development forum in the region.

5th Mar 2016 | Read more


Qatar Executive, Qatar Airways’ corporate jet division, took delivery of its first Gulfstream G650ER in a ceremony at Gulfstream’s headquarters in Savannah, Georgia, United States, last week.

15th Dec 2015 | Read more

Tigerair Launches Direct Flights to Lucknow

The airline is the only carrier to operate direct flights between Singapore and Lucknow.

4th Dec 2015 | Read more

Honeywell Celebrates Delivery of First ARJ21 Aircraft to Chengdu Airlines

Honeywell Aerospace and COMAC are celebrating the delivery of the first ARJ21-700 airliner to Chengdu Airlines.

1st Dec 2015 | Read more

Market leader in Asia plans flights with Lido/Flight

China Southern successfully introduced another software solution from Lufthansa Systems

19th Nov 2015 | Read more

Air New Zealand to fly 787-9 Dreamliner to Honolulu

Air New Zealand will begin flying the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to Honolulu from 10 May 2016, introducing its popular Economy Skycouch and Premium Economy product and increasing capacity on the route by almost 20% in the process.

19th Nov 2015 | Read more


Vietjet Joint Stock Company (“Vietjet”) this week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Hanoi with Aviation New Zealand.

18th Nov 2015 | Read more

SR Technics signs multi-year contract with Lion Air

SR Technics, one of the world’s leading providers of technical solutions to airlines, today announce the signing of a six-year integrated component services contract with the Indonesian low-cost carrier Lion Air.

5th Nov 2015 | Read more

Tigerair signs Flight Hour Services - Tailored Support Package

Tigerair Singapore has signed a Flight Hour Services - Tailored Support Package (FHS-TSP) contract with Airbus to provide full component support, and fleet technical management services for its A320-family aircraft.

4th Nov 2015 | Read more


Qatar Airways today unveiled the launch date of yet another exciting Australian destination

13th Oct 2015 | Read more

Airbus launches new Ultra-Long Range version of the A350-900

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has selected Airbus’ newly launched Ultra-Long Range version of the A350-900 for non-stop flights to the US.

13th Oct 2015 | Read more

Vietjet officially launches Yangon - Ho Chi Minh City route

Vietjet has officially celebrated its new route connecting Yangon with Vietnam’s largest business and tourism hub, Ho Chi Minh City

13th Oct 2015 | Read more

Philippine Airlines Nears 787/A350 Choice

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is on track to make a decision by the end of 2015 regarding whether it will order Boeing 787s or Airbus A350s to replace its A340 fleet.

22nd Sep 2015 | Read more

Joyce to stay at Qantas as the good news rolled in

“It is a good feeling to be at the helm of this great company as it begins the first phase of a remarkable turnaround,”

25th Aug 2015 | Read more

Boeing and Japan’s participation in 777X

Boeing has formalised agreements with a consortium of five Japanese suppliers to produce large parts for the 777X programme.

24th Jul 2015 | Read more

Boeing Boom projected in Middle East over next 20 years

Airlines in the Middle East will require 2,610 new airplanes over the next 20 years

16th Jul 2015 | Read more

Boeing Donates First-Ever 787 Dreamliner to Nagoya's Central Japan International Airport

Boeing, airline customers, industry partners and community leaders joined together today to celebrate Boeing's donation of the first 787-8 Dreamliner flight test airplane to Centrair International Airport in Nagoya.

9th Jul 2015 | Read more

Boeing, Vietnam Airlines Celebrate

Boeing and Vietnam Airlines celebrated a historic event today witnessed by H.E. Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, with the flag carrier's first 787 Dreamliner serving as a backdrop.

6th Jul 2015 | Read more

Northeast Asia's combination passenger-freight airlines are re-fleeting their main deck cargo operations.

EVA Air is the latest, announcing at the Paris Air Show its intent to acquire five 777Fs.

3rd Jul 2015 | Read more


Rolls-Royce today joined celebrations to mark Vietnam Airlines becoming the second airline in the world to operate the Airbus A350 XWB

3rd Jul 2015 | Read more


Etihad Airways and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) have signed a codeshare agreement which will provide travelers with enhanced connections

3rd Jul 2015 | Read more

Vietnam Airlines signs first Airbus Flight Hour Services (FHS) agreement for A350 XWB

Vietnam Airlines has selected Airbus to provide Flight Hour Services (FHS) for its new fleet of 14 A350-900s on order.

1st Jul 2015 | Read more

Tigerair Philippines rebrands as Cebgo

Tigerair Philippines, the wholly owned subsidiary of Cebu Pacific (CEB), has rebranded as Cebgo.

14th May 2015 | Read more

Etihad to put 787 on Singapore route

Etihad Airways has announced it will put a Boeing 787 on the Abu-Dhabi-Singapore route 1 August 2015.

7th May 2015 | Read more

Honeywell wins IndiGo A320neo deal

IndiGo will become the first Indian airline to feature Honeywell’s SmartRunway/SmartLanding system, following its decision to equip the 250 A320neo aircraft

7th May 2015 | Read more

MAS seeks to offload A380s

Malaysia Airlines is offering for sale or lease all six of its Airbus A380s, its two Boeing 747-400Fs and four Airbus A330-200Fs and four Boeing 777-200ERs.

4th May 2015 | Read more

China Eastern to raise US$2.4 billion

China Eastern Airlines plans to raise up to 15 billion yuan (US$2.4 billion) in a share sale to fund aircraft purchases and repay loans.

24th Apr 2015 | Read more

Rolls-Royce wins Emirates deal

Rolls-Royce has won a US$9.2 billion order from Emirates for 200 Trent 900 engines to power 50 Airbus A380s ordered at the Dubai Air Show in 2013.

21st Apr 2015 | Read more

Hainan Airlines selects Boeing Wind Updates

Hainan Airlines has introduced the Boeing Wind Updates solution into their operations to increase efficiency and reduce fuel consumption across the airline's global operations.

21st Apr 2015 | Read more

Air New Zealand flies to Houston

Air New Zealand will start flying to Houston, Texas from December this year, operating a completely refitted Boeing 777-200 aircraft between Auckland and Houston up to five times a week.

21st Apr 2015 | Read more

VietJet signs credit agreement with BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas and Vietjet have signed an agreement that will see the French bank provide a US$60 million credit to finance the carrier’s purchase of aircrafts in 2015 and 2016.

21st Apr 2015 | Read more

AirAsia X off to Honolulu

AirAsia X plans to launch its first US flights in November, with a service to Honolulu from Kuala Lumpur.

7th Apr 2015 | Read more

Thailand gets partial Japanese reprieve

Japan has given Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) a reprieve, allowing the country’s carriers to operate chartered flights up to the end of May.

6th Apr 2015 | Read more

Hainan plans to order 30 787-9s

Hainan Airlines plans to order 30 Boeing 787-9s in an order valued at US$7.7 billion at list prices.

2nd Apr 2015 | Read more

Hong Kong Airlines launches Miyazaki route

Hong Kong Airlines launched a twice-weekly service between Hong Kong and Miyazaki, Japan, becoming the only airline in Hong Kong operating this direct flight service. Miyazaki is situated in the southeastern part of Kyushu.

1st Apr 2015 | Read more

Fuji Dream takes gold E175

A gold-coloured Embraer E175 with a new wingtip is Fuji Dream Airlines’ latest aircraft to have entered into commercial operation.

31st Mar 2015 | Read more

Cebu sees 2014 profits rise

Cebu Pacific reported a core net income of P3.3 billion (US$73.6 million), up 77% compared to the previous year, on the back of notable improvements in both revenues and operating expenses.

27th Mar 2015 | Read more

VietJet goes double daily on HCMC-Singapore

Vietjet has added a second daily flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore, starting at the end of May.

11th Mar 2015 | Read more

Thai considers selling Nok stake

Thai Airways is considering selling its 39% stake in LCC Nok Airlines as part of a group wide effort to reduce its debt burden.

10th Mar 2015 | Read more

Peach to open base in Sendai in 2017

Japanese LCC Peach Aviation will open a new base at Sendai Airport in the summer of 2017.

9th Mar 2015 | Read more

Vietnam Airlines reveals livery of its first A350 XWB

The first A350 XWB for Vietnam Airlines has been rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Toulouse on Friday 6th March, featuring the airline’s updated distinctive blue and gold lotus livery.

9th Mar 2015 | Read more

China Airlines selects Amadeus Altéa with Chinese language

China Airlines has adopted the full Amadeus Altéa suite of solutions for its domestic business, with the deal also becoming Amadeus’ first Chinese language IT offering to an airline.

6th Mar 2015 | Read more

Air Tahiti Nui to buy Dreamliners

Air Tahiti Nui plans to purchase four Boing 787-9s to replace its Airbus A340-300 long haul fleet. Delivery is planned from the fourth quarter of 2018.

1st Mar 2015 | Read more

Avation delivers ATR72-600 to Air India Regional

Lessor Avation has delivered an ATR 72-600 to Airline Allied Services Limited, otherwise known as Air India Regional, the domestic airline arm of Air India.

1st Mar 2015 | Read more

Thai opts for OnPoint for its GE90-115B engines

Thai Airways has signed a 12-year OnPoint solution agreement for MRO of the GE90-115B engines that power its 14 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

1st Mar 2015 | Read more

Asiana signs LOI for 25 A321neo aircraft

Asiana Airlines has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Airbus for the purchase of 25 A321neo.

14th Feb 2015 | Read more

Bombardier appoints GMF Aero Technic as first ASF in India

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has appointed GMR Aero Technic as its first Authorized Service Facility (ASF) in India.

11th Feb 2015 | Read more

Peach Aviation has announced its first routes from its new Tokyo Narita base.

In addition to the existing Narita-Kansai route currently under operation, Peach will open new routes from Narita to Sapporo (Shin-Chitose) and Fukuoka, starting March 29th.

10th Feb 2015 | Read more

Asiana signs Airbus A330 FHS deal

Asiana Airlines has signed a ten-year Airbus Flight Hour Services (FHS) contract with the OEM for components support, on its A330 fleet.

9th Feb 2015 | Read more

Thai signs AFI KLM E&M 787 component deal

Thai Airways has signed a long-term component support deal with AFI KLM A&E for its fleet of eight Boeing 787s.

6th Feb 2015 | Read more

Lion opts for Trent 700

Lion Group has selected Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines for its three Airbus A330-300ceo aircraft that it ordered in December.

5th Feb 2015 | Read more

AirAsia X reshuffles board and plans rights issue

AirAsia X has announced a rights issue of RMB 395 million (US$110 million) and the departure of chief executive Azran Bin Osman Rani.

30th Jan 2015 | Read more

Skymark files for bankruptcy

Japan’s Skymark Airlines has filed for bankruptcy in the face of fierce completion from true budget airlines and the big two mainline carriers, and the threat of legal action from airbus over a cancelled A380 contract.

29th Jan 2015 | Read more

Investigators examine possible FAC failure on QZ8501

Investigators are examining the possibility of a failure of the twin Flight Augmentation Computers (FAC) on the doomed AirAsia flight QZ8501.

28th Jan 2015 | Read more

Australia-China bilateral boost

A new bilateral deal between Australia and China will more than triple seat capacity between the two countries by 2016.

26th Jan 2015 | Read more

Scoot takes first Seletar Trent 1000

Rolls-Royce has delivered the first Trent 1000 assembled its Seletar, Singapore facility to Scoot.

23rd Jan 2015 | Read more

APG deals

APG has won a number of deals with Asia-Pacific airlines. In mid-January, it announced a new GSSA agreement with Eva Air in Ireland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

23rd Jan 2015 | Read more

SIA selects MTT for mobile apps

Singapore Airlines has selected Mobile Travel Technologies (MTT) as its strategic mobile partner to re-launch the airline’s mobile apps and to collaborate “on a dynamic mobile strategy”.

14th Jan 2015 | Read more

Silk Way close to signing for three 747-8F units

Azerbaijan-based cargo carrier Silk Way West is finalizing terms and working toward a purchase agreement for three Boeing 747-8 Freighter airplanes.

9th Jan 2015 | Read more

Pilots criticise Transportation Minister

Indonesia’s Transportation Minister has been criticised by pilots for his suggestion that Indonesia AirAsia procedural violations played a part in the loss of Flight QZ8501.

8th Jan 2015 | Read more

Hainan Airlines seeks international expansion

China’s Hainan Airlines is looking to add as many as nine international destinations next year as it broadens its global reach.

20th Dec 2014 | Read more

SpiceJet grounded

Indian LCC SpiceJet is reported to have grounded all flights after oil companies refused to refuel any of its planes.

18th Dec 2014 | Read more

AirAsia X adds to A330neo order

AirAsia X has firmed up its 50-strong Airbus A330neo order and ordered five more.

16th Dec 2014 | Read more

Vietjet launches HCMC-Taipei service

Vietjet has officially launched operations of its seventh international flight route from Ho Chi Minh City to Taipei.

15th Dec 2014 | Read more

IATA ups net profit forecast

IATA has increased its full year industry net profit forecast to US$19.9 billion, up from $US18 billion in June, mainly due to the plunge in oil prices – and it is expecting an even better performance next year.

11th Dec 2014 | Read more

Qantas set to return to the black

The Qantas Group says it expects to return to profitability on the back of the successful implementation of its business plan and lower fuel prices.

9th Dec 2014 | Read more

MAS appoints new CEO

Outgoing Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Mueller has been appointed the new CEO of Malaysian Airlines.

8th Dec 2014 | Read more

Lion becomes ATR's biggest ever customer

Lion Group has signed a purchase agreement for 40 ATR72-600s, becoming the world’s largest single ATR customer ever.

28th Nov 2014 | Read more

Vietjet signs CFM support deal

Vietjet has signed a US$300 million contract for engine maintenance with CFM International.

27th Nov 2014 | Read more

CALC signs 100 A320 MoU

Lessor China Aircraft Leasing Company (CALC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for 100 A320 Family aircraft.

7th Nov 2014 | Read more

Xiamen opts for AFI KLM E&M 787 support

Xiamen Airlines has opted for AFI KLM E&M to support the launch of its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners and subsequent component maintenance and overhaul services for the aircraft.

7th Nov 2014 | Read more

SriLankan takes first A330-300

SriLankan Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-300 becoming a new operator for the type

7th Nov 2014 | Read more

Gulfstream launches G550 & G600

Gulfstream has introduced an all-new family of business jets: the Gulfstream G500 and G600

18th Oct 2014 | Read more

Garuda orders 50 Boeing 737 MAX8 narrowbodies

Garuda Indonesia has ordered 50 Boeing 737 MAX 8s

18th Oct 2014 | Read more

China set to overtake US to become largest passenger market by 2030

China will become the largest single passenger market by 2030, overtaking the US.

18th Oct 2014 | Read more

Indigo signs MoU for 250 A320neo aircraft

Indian LCC IndiGo has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 250 firm Airbus A320neo family aircraft.

18th Oct 2014 | Read more

Airbus to adjust A330 production rate to nine a month

Airbus has decided to adjust the production rate for its A330 Family

18th Oct 2014 | Read more

The A320neo has taken to the air for the first time

The A320neo has taken to the air for the first time

1st Oct 2014 | Read more

AAPA August traffic shows continued expansion

Preliminary August traffic figures from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed continued expansion

1st Oct 2014 | Read more

Etihad shows new livery

Etihad Airways recently unveiled a new livery design

1st Oct 2014 | Read more

TransNusa receives first ATR42-600

TransNusa Aviation Mandiri, the fast-growing Indonesian airline

1st Oct 2014 | Read more

China Eastern gets first 777-300ER

China Eastern Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 777-300ER

1st Oct 2014 | Read more

BOC delivers first A320 to Vistara

Lessor BOC Aviation has delivered the first of 20 Airbus A320 Family aircraft to TATA-SIA Airlines Limited

1st Oct 2014 | Read more

Mitsubishi & Eastern Air Lines sign “definitive” agreement

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has signed a definitive agreement with US regional carrier Eastern Air Lines

1st Oct 2014 | Read more

Air Asia sees upturn

Air Asia founder Tony Fernandes says that fares in Malaysia are rising

17th Sep 2014 | Read more

China & UK update ASA

China and the UK have updated their air services agreement (ASA)

17th Sep 2014 | Read more

VietJet inks GECAS deal

VietJet has inked a sale–and-leaseback deal

17th Sep 2014 | Read more

Shandong Airlines opens Chongqing-ASEAN routes

China’s Shandong Airlines introduced three new services

17th Sep 2014 | Read more

Malaysia Airlines to slash 6,000 jobs

Malaysia Airlines will cut it workforce by 6,000 as part of its restructuring.

31st Aug 2014 | Read more

BOC Aviation orders 80 737s

BOC Aviation has ordered 80 Boeing 737 aircraft for delivery from 2016 to 2021

27th Aug 2014 | Read more

Profits up at ANZ

Air New Zealand made a normalised pre-tax profit of NZ$332 million (US$277 million)

27th Aug 2014 | Read more

Qantas gets PED flight mode approval

Qantas customers can now use their personal electronic devices such as smart phones

27th Aug 2014 | Read more

VietJet passes 3 million PAX mark

VietJet has carried more than three million passengers since the beginning of the year,

27th Aug 2014 | Read more

China Southern rebrands First Class

China Southern Airlines has rebranded its First Class product as Business Class

27th Aug 2014 | Read more

MAS taken private

Malaysia Airlines will be delisted from the stock exchange

15th Aug 2014 | Read more

A350-900 completes route-proving tour

The Airbus A350-900, has successfully completed a series of Route Proving trials

15th Aug 2014 | Read more

Mongolian ATC gets Airways New Zealand boost

Mongolian air traffic control separation standards will reduce from 90 to 30 km in September

15th Aug 2014 | Read more

VietJet goes double-daily on HCMC-Bangkok

VietJet has announced plans to increase daily flights on its international route

15th Aug 2014 | Read more

MAS to change name?

The review into the future of Malaysia Airlines is considering a name change

30th Jul 2014 | Read more

Lion Air opts for Rockwell Collins

Lion Air has selected a comprehensive suite of avionics from Rockwell Collins

30th Jul 2014 | Read more

China Eastern launches onboard Wi-Fi

China Eastern Airlines has begun offering broadband

30th Jul 2014 | Read more

AAPA sees continued expansion in June

Preliminary traffic figures for the month of June released today

30th Jul 2014 | Read more

GoAir selects Accelya solution

Indian LCC GoAir has opted for Accelya’s REVERA Next solution to automate its revenue accounting process

30th Jul 2014 | Read more

Airliner shot down over Ukraine; 28 Australians among 298 dead

28 Australians among 298 killed on MH17 crash in Ukraine

17th Jul 2014 | Read more

PAL set for foreign carrier stake

The president of Philippine Airlines has said a foreign airline is set to acquire

9th Jul 2014 | Read more

Korean Air increases China frequencies

Korean Air, South Korea’s flagship airline, has increased frequency on its routes to China starting from July

9th Jul 2014 | Read more

VietJet signs up with Amadeus

The agreement will expand VietJet sales channels,

9th Jul 2014 | Read more

MAS AGM sees calls for change

Few firm details on the future direction of Malaysia Airlines emerged

27th Jun 2014 | Read more

Garuda selects SITA

Garuda Indonesia has selected air transport IT specialist,

27th Jun 2014 | Read more

Etihad reaches Alitalia agreement

Etihad Airways has reached agreement with Alitalia

27th Jun 2014 | Read more

Tianjin Airlines launches E-Jet AHEAD-PRO

Embraer welcomes Tianjin Airlines, the first E190 Chinese operator

27th Jun 2014 | Read more

Air Astana joins AAPA

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has announced that Air Astana

4th Jun 2014 | Read more

AAPA sees “encouraging growth”

Preliminary traffic figures for April from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed “encouraging growth”

4th Jun 2014 | Read more

Fiji Link gets first ATR 72-600

Fiji Link recently took delivery of its first brand new ATR 72-600

4th Jun 2014 | Read more

New CEO for Dragonair

Dragonair has appointed Algernon Yau as CEO.

23rd May 2014 | Read more

Boeing firms up Nok order

Boeing and Thai LCC Nok Airlines have finalised an order today for eight Next-Generation 737-800s

23rd May 2014 | Read more

Emirates takes recruitment show to Singapore

Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines

23rd May 2014 | Read more

Double joy for EVA Air

EVA Air has recently taken it’s first double delivery as the airline received its 16th and 17th 777-300ERs.

23rd May 2014 | Read more

9 Air opts for Boeing 737

Juneyao Airlines LCC start up 9 Air has committed to buying 50 Boeing 737s

14th May 2014 | Read more

Inmarsat offers free tracking service

Satellite operator Inmarsat has proposed a free global airline tracking services

14th May 2014 | Read more

VietJet close to making MRO decision

VietJet Air is close to announcing its plans for the MRO sector

9th May 2014 | Read more

Tigerair CEO resigns

Tiger Airways Group CEO Koay Peng Yen has resigned, with Lee Lik Hsin taking his place.

9th May 2014 | Read more

SriLankan Airlines has joined oneworld

SriLankan Airlines has joined oneworld, becoming the first carrier from the Indian subcontinent to join a global alliance.

2nd May 2014 | Read more

Cathay first for Changi T4

Cathay Pacific has become the first airline to announce it will operate out of Singapore’s Changi Airport T4.

2nd May 2014 | Read more

ICAO to convene global tracking meeting

As the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 continues

11th Apr 2014 | Read more

Cathay announces Manchester service

Cathay Pacific has announced that it will launch a four-times-weekly

11th Apr 2014 | Read more

Etihad and Air Berlin go live on APG e-ticketing

Etihad and its part-owned affiliate Air Berlin

11th Apr 2014 | Read more

Airbus agrees massive China deal

Airbus has announced a series of investments and deals in China

1st Apr 2014 | Read more

JTA goes for Boeing narrowbodies

Okinawa-based Japan Transocean Air (JTA) has ordered 12 Boeing 737-800

1st Apr 2014 | Read more

MH370 – now comes the hard part

As the search for MH370 continues, important questions remain.

25th Mar 2014 | Read more

First Boeing 737 at rate 42

The first Boeing 737NG to be built at the increased rate of 42 units per month rolled out of the factory in Renton, Wash on March 13.

22nd Mar 2014 | Read more

China set for 100+ Airbus deal

China is set to place an order for over 100 aircraft with Airbus

21st Mar 2014 | Read more

MAS MH370 mystery continues

The Malaysia Airlines MH370 mystery shows no sign of ending soon, given the huge search area.

19th Mar 2014 | Read more

Airbus and Lion Group team up for training

Airbus and Lion Group have signed a training services agreement to develop flight-training programmes

19th Mar 2014 | Read more

Qantas and VA both in red

The bloodbath in the Australian airline industry is continuing, with both Qantas and Virgin Australia reporting dire results.

1st Mar 2014 | Read more

Batik Air to take on Garuda

Lion group's Batik Air is taking on Garuda Indonesia in the mainline market with an aggressive expansion plan.

1st Mar 2014 | Read more


SYDNEY, 27 February 2014: Qantas today announced detail of its $2 billion cost reduction program and capital expenditure review.

27th Feb 2014 | Read more

Airbus Reveals P&W A330neo, A380 Reengining Involvement

Airbus this year is facing crucial decisions that will determine the shape of its widebody product line

25th Feb 2014 | Read more

Collins Sees Chinese Joint Ventures As Key

Opportunities should be created by new and upgraded Chinese civil aircraft, resulting in local development

25th Feb 2014 | Read more

Garuda Plans To Develops Aviation Hub In Bintan

In a development that could possibly upset the balance of established maintenance

25th Feb 2014 | Read more

Lufthansa Technik Focuses On Asia MRO Growth

Lufthansa Technik chairman August Henningsen wants to serve the Asia-Pacific region as broadly as possible in the aftermarket

25th Feb 2014 | Read more

Regionals shine in Singapore

The Singapore Airshow 2014 saw orders US$32 billion at list price, surpassing the value of deals announced in 2012.

20th Feb 2014 | Read more

Xiamen signs up with APG

China’s Xiamen Airlines has announced its appointment of APG as its GSA in six countries.

4th Feb 2014 | Read more

Cathay orders two L-3 FFS units

Cathay Pacific has ordered two Airbus A350 Full Flight Simulators

4th Feb 2014 | Read more

India lifts A380 ban

India has partially ifted its ban on the Airbus A380

4th Feb 2014 | Read more

CFM wins out in Lion battle

Lion Group has selected CFM International’s CFM56-5B engine to power 60 Airbus A320ceo

28th Jan 2014 | Read more

Asiana goes for A380 FHS support

Asiana Airlines has selected Airbus’ Flight Hour Services (FHS) to provide components

28th Jan 2014 | Read more

Boeing rolls out first rate 10 787

Boeing has rolled out the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner built at rate 10.

28th Jan 2014 | Read more

Airbus A350 XWB set for Singapore

The Airbus A350 XWB is set for a starring role at this month's Singapore Airshow

26th Jan 2014 | Read more

Tiger Airways takes third quarter hit

Tiger Airways Holdings has reported a loss after tax of S$118.5 million (US$92.6 million)

26th Jan 2014 | Read more

Spring deal for Abacus

Spring Airlines has appointed Abacus as the exclusive distribution partner promoting its new international routes and fares.

26th Jan 2014 | Read more

CSeries EIS delay

Bombardier has put back the CSeries CS100 entry

20th Jan 2014 | Read more

Mixed fortunes for Cathay

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair saw a modest increase in December passenger numbers

20th Jan 2014 | Read more

Boeing flies 787-9 to Auckland

Boeing has flown the 787-9 Dreamliner to Auckland, home of launch customer Air New Zealand

8th Jan 2014 | Read more

Airbus unveils A350 carbon livery

Airbus rolled-out its third A350 XWB flight-test aircraft MSN2 in early January

8th Jan 2014 | Read more

Tigerair and Cebu Pacific join forces

Tigerair is selling its 40% stake in Tigerair Philippines to Cebu Pacific

8th Jan 2014 | Read more

Cathay first APAC 777X customer

Cathay Pacific has become the first Asia-Pacific airline to order the Boeing 777X

29th Dec 2013 | Read more

PAL partners with APG for expansion

Philippine Airlines has appointed airline distribution and financial services provider APG

29th Dec 2013 | Read more

Boeing delivers first 747-8 with improved engines

Boeing has delivered it first 747-8 with performance-improved GEnx-2B engines

19th Dec 2013 | Read more

AirAsia X orders 25 A330-300s

AirAsia X has placed a firm order with Airbus for 25 more A330-300s.

17th Dec 2013 | Read more

Singapore LCC carriers in JV push

Singapore's Tigerair and Scoot have both announced joint ventures in third countries

16th Dec 2013 | Read more

Kuwait opts for A350 and A320neo

Kuwait Airways has signed a Memorandum of Understanding

11th Dec 2013 | Read more

Another China deal for Bombardier

Nantong Tongzhou Bay Aviation has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Bombardier Aerospace

11th Dec 2013 | Read more

Dubai: Big orders roll in

The Dubai Air Show saw some huge widebody orders, with Boeing grabbing the headline by officially launching the 777X on the back of 259 orders from four airlines worth almost US$100 billion at book prices.

20th Nov 2013 | Read more

Dubai: Iraqi Airways signs LOI for CSeries

Bombardier has signed a a letter of intent (LOI) with Iraqi Airways for five CS300 , with options for 11 more.

20th Nov 2013 | Read more

Dubai: Narrowbody orders

While the widebody orders grabbed the headline, both Airbus and Boeing also saw significant orders in the narrowbody sector.

20th Nov 2013 | Read more

Dubai: Nok Air first to operate Q400 with extra seats

Bombardier has launched an extra capacity seating option for the Q400 NextGen, with Thai carrier Nok Air as launch customer.

20th Nov 2013 | Read more


Qantas has today announced it will close its Avalon heavy maintenance facility at the end of March 2014 due to the gradual retirement of its Boeing 747 fleet making the operation unviable.

8th Nov 2013 | Read more

Airbus calls for larger seat pitch

Airbus is proposing an 18 inch (45.72cm) seat width as the standard for future long haul economy air travel.

29th Oct 2013 | Read more

Tiger Airways operating loss widens

Operating losses at Tiger Airways Holdings widened to S$12.8 million (US$10.3 million) from S$11.5 million a year ago in the second quarter to the end of September, as losses at affiliates and the increased costs hit the Singapore budget carrier.

29th Oct 2013 | Read more

LHT develops process for safe cabin installations in CFC aircraft

Lufthansa Technik (LHT) has developed methods for load transmission into carbon fibre composites (CFC) aircraft fuselage structures for VIP customer aircraft.

29th Oct 2013 | Read more

Korean Air firms up Boeing order

Korean Air has finalised an order for five Boeing 747-8 Intercontinentals and six 777-300ERs that was announced as a commitment during the Paris Air Show in June

29th Oct 2013 | Read more


Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) today 16th October announced that its aerospace arm, Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd (ST Aerospace) has secured new orders worth about $600m in the third quarter of 2013.

16th Oct 2013 | Read more

Airbus in Japanese breakthrough

Airbus has made a crucial breakthrough in the Japanese market, with Japan Airlines (JAL) signing a purchase agreement for 31 A350 XWBs (18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s), plus options for a further 25 aircraft.

7th Oct 2013 | Read more

Royal Brunei takes first 787

Royal Brunei Airlines has taken delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner – and the first 787 for Southeast Asia.

4th Oct 2013 | Read more

BIG in Batam

Lion Air aims to stamp its mark on the region’s MRO sector - and ensure it can support its own ambitious expansion plans. Lion Air’s ambitious plans in the MRO sector will have a significant impact on Indonesia’s and the wider ASEAN region’s MRO sector.

1st Oct 2013 | Read more

Airbus APAC success

Airbus saw a slew of A320 orders in the Asia-Pacific region in September - including a 100-strong order from VietJet. The other hot spot at China Aviation Expo was the Chinese domestic market. Start-up Qingdao Airlines signed a purchase agreement for a total of 23 A320 Family aircraft, including five A320ceo and 18 A320neo.

1st Oct 2013 | Read more

ATR in Garuda/NAC deal

The European manufacturer of turboprop aircraft ATR, Indonesia's national airline Garuda Indonesia and the Danish leasing firm Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) have announced an agreement for the introduction of 35 new ATR 72-600 aircraft into Garuda's fleet.

1st Oct 2013 | Read more


BOC Aviation is pleased to announce the placement of six Airbus A321 aircraft with EVA Airways Corp. (EVA) for delivery between March and August 2015. EVA Air has signed the leases as it renews its narrow-body fleet to expand its regional routes. The aircraft will be equipped with CFM engines.

1st Oct 2013 | Read more

BAE gets Tigerair MRO contract

Tigerair Australia has awarded BAE Systems a five-year contract to provide base maintenance services for its fleet of A320 aircraft - the first major commercial contract for the largely military MRO provider.

1st Oct 2013 | Read more

Airbus announces lower weight A330 for regional & domestic operations

Airbus has announced a new lower weight variant of its versatile A330-300 wide-body aircraft that is optimised for use on domestic and regional routes in high growth markets

1st Oct 2013 | Read more

787-9 takes to the Air

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner took to the skies for the first time today, beginning a comprehensive flight-test program leading to certification

19th Sep 2013 | Read more

Etihad announces new São Paulo timings

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, unveiled new timings for its daily service

19th Sep 2013 | Read more

Xiamen Airlines Finalizes Order for Six 787 Dreamliners

SEATTLE, August 26, 2013 – Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Xiamen Airlines have finalized an order for six 787-8s. Originally announced by Xiamen Airlines in May 2011, the order is valued at $1.3 billion at list prices.

27th Aug 2013 | Read more


KUALA LUMPUR – 22 August 2013 – Malaysia Airlines aims to reduce fuel costs on 40 aircraft, including their A380 fleet, with SITA’s FMS Wind Uplink service.

27th Aug 2013 | Read more

Boeing raises list price on jetliners

Boeing Co said it raised the list prices on Thursday for most of its family of commercial jetliners by about 1.6 percent, compared with 2012 levels.The prices of 787 Dreamliner models,

16th Aug 2013 | Read more

Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 Crashes

Its reported that two people may have been killed with a further 12 admitted to hospital in critical conditions, when an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 with more than 300 people on board crashed while landing at San Francisco airport after a flight from Seoul.

6th Jul 2013 | Read more

Bangkok Airways set for IPO

Bangkok Airways is expected to launch an IPO in July in a partial divestiture set to end its 45 years as a private company.

3rd Jul 2013 | Read more

Trent XWB Egines for Singapore Airlines A350-900

Rolls-Royce has welcomed a decision by Singapore Airlines to select 30 additional Airbus A350-900 aircraft that will be powered by Trent XWB engines – the most efficient large civil aero engines flying in the world today.

31st May 2013 | Read more

Environment Driving efficiencies

Every day over 100,000 flights take off around the world. But up to 8 per cent of aviation fuel used on these flights is estimated to be wasted due to the inefficient routes that aircraft currently have to fly, according to the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) in its Revolutionising Air Traffic Management report.

6th May 2013 | Read more

China Southern Airlines in Australia

China Southern Airlines has introduced new A330-200 aircraft onto Australian routes with the airline’s A330-223 touching down in Brisbane for the first time yesterday.

2nd Apr 2013 | Read more

SITA eases passenger flow

Air transport technology firm SITA is marketing fast evolving new products which will allow Asian and other airports to use their space and other resources more efficiently, Ilya Gutlin, SITA’s president of the Asia-Pacific tells Asian Aviation.

3rd Mar 2013 | Read more

Malaysia Airlines unveils first aircraft in oneworld livery

31 January 2013: Malaysia Airlines today rolled out its first aircraft decorated in the livery of the oneworld(r) alliance - which the flag carrier of Malaysia joins at midnight tonight in one of the most significant steps in its 40-year history

6th Feb 2013 | Read more

Scoot Launches ScooTV via Streaming – Asia’s First Inflight Entertainment Streamed to Your Own Device

29 January 2013, Singapore – Scoot, Singapore’s newest low cost carrier, today announced the launch of ScooTV, Asia’s first inflight entertainment system that allows passengers to stream content to their own Wi-Fi devices.

30th Jan 2013 | Read more

China Southern lands in Cairns

China Southern Airlines’ first scheduled Cairns flight arrived in the far north today with thrice weekly services running throughout February to cater for high season demand.

30th Jan 2013 | Read more

Asia drives regional aircraft demand

While surging fuel prices have damped the global market’s early enthusiasm for certain smaller regional jets, the market for regional aircraft remains strong, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.

28th Jan 2013 | Read more

Indian Aviation 2013- slow progress ahead

The new year may bring in better tidings for Indian aviation gradually emerging from a stormy period that was manifested by an antagonistic environment of high costs, a depreciated rupee, regulatory uncertainty, declining traffic and heavy financial losses.

28th Jan 2013 | Read more


The Australian domestic market is set to undergo another transformation as Virgin Australia squares off against Qantas in all sectors. Emma Kelly reports.

28th Jan 2013 | Read more

BOC Aviation orders 50 A320 Family aircraft, including 25 NEO

BOC Aviation, the Singapore-based aircraft leasing subsidiary of Bank of China, has placed a new firm order, signed in December 2012, for the purchase of 50 A320 Family aircraft including 25 NEOs.

16th Jan 2013 | Read more

Pegasus selects up to 100 A320neo Family Aircraft

Pegasus Airlines, the second largest airline in Turkey, has signed for up to 100 A320neo Family aircraft (58 A320neo and 17 A321neo models), of which 75 are firm orders.

20th Dec 2012 | Read more

Cathay Pacific Airways optimizes flight operations with IT from Lufthansa Systems

Lufthansa Systems announced that Cathay Pacific Airways, based in Hong Kong, has opted for its NetLine/Ops ++ operations control system.

14th Dec 2012 | Read more

Starflyer takes delivery of its first directly purchased Airbus A320

Starflyer, Japan’s fast-growing, value-based airline, has taken delivery of its first ever directly purchased aircraft, an Airbus A320, during a delivery ceremony in Toulouse, France.

13th Dec 2012 | Read more


Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has brought home top honours at the World Travel Awards, taking the World’s Leading Airline title for the fourth year in a row.

13th Dec 2012 | Read more

Airbus Orders Deliveries

With 186 orders and 54 deliveries in November, Airbus achieved new programme milestones and reconfirmed its commercial strategy.

12th Dec 2012 | Read more

Heavier Airbus A330s will offer Kuala Lumpur-Paris or –Frankfurt range

Airbus A330-300 direct flights from South East Asia to Europe should be possible with the additional fuel capacity that is scheduled to become available on new aircraft from 2015.

10th Dec 2012 | Read more

China Eastern to fly to Nanjing direct three times a week

China Eastern will fly direct between Nanjing and Sydney three times a week from 21 December, maintaining Sydney Airport’s position as Australia’s number one gateway airport for Chinese visitors.

10th Dec 2012 | Read more

Qantas is set to boast the world's longest flight

Qantas is set to boast the world's longest flight for its 13,800km (8,500 miles) trek between Sydney and Dallas/Fort Worth, following Singapore Airlines' decision to pull the plug on its direct services from Singapore to New York and Los Angeles.

10th Dec 2012 | Read more

Indonesia’s Lion Air

Indonesia’s Lion Air, the world’s largest customer for Boeing 737-900ERs, may be about to place an order for Airbus aircraft.

3rd Dec 2012 | Read more

Air Asia Rules out CSeries

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes has ruled out ordering Bombardier’s CSeries. The carrier seriously considered buying CSeries aircraft, but decided against it.

26th Nov 2012 | Read more

Airbus A350-1000 in Limbo

Emirates Airline President Tim Clark says the carrier’s current order for the Airbus A350-1000 is “in limbo at the moment,” but he is not ready to step back from it.

26th Nov 2012 | Read more

SSJ100 set for Indonesia

The first Sukhoi Superjet 100 for an Indonesian customer has arrived in Ulyanovsk from Komsomolsk-on-Amur for painting and interior installation.

1st Nov 2012 | Read more

Etihad/Seychelles team up for HK

Etihad is to codeshare on the new Air Seychelles service to Hong Kong that is due to start in February next year.

1st Nov 2012 | Read more

ANZ gets first ATR72-600

Air New Zealand has taken delivery of its first ATR 72-600 aircraft, painted in the colours of the national rugby team the All Blacks.

1st Nov 2012 | Read more

Boeing delivers with a smile

Boeing has delivered a 777-300ER to Air China, featuring a livery with 40 smiling faces of Chinese people, selected through a social media campaign.

1st Nov 2012 | Read more

Malaysia faces capacity battle

The entry of Malindo Air into the Malaysian market next year could see an intense price war if, as is projected to be the case, capacity growth rates far exceed what the market can take.

2nd Oct 2012 | Read more

First Asian ATR 72-600 delivered

ATR has delivered the first ATR 72-600 aircraft in the livery of an Asian carrier.

2nd Oct 2012 | Read more

Thai gets first A380

Thai Airways International has taken delivery of its first A380, becoming the ninth airline to operate the super jumbo.

2nd Oct 2012 | Read more

Scoot Tiger tie-up

Tiger Airways and Scoot have agreed an MoU that will see the two carriers interline with DIY connections on selected routes, but with plans to offer a full interline product in the future.

2nd Oct 2012 | Read more

IATA ups forecast

IATA has upped its 2012 profit forecast for Asia-Pacific carriers by US$300 million to US$2.3 billion profit for the year as part of a global upgrade.

2nd Oct 2012 | Read more

Qantas and Emirates tie the knot

Qantas has agreed a partnership with Emirates that will see the Australian carrier operate its European services via Dubai rather than Singapore.

6th Sep 2012 | Read more

ICBC orders 50 A320s

ICBC Financial Leasing has signed an agreement with Airbus for a total of 50 A320 Family aircraft, including 30 A320ceo and 20 A320neo.

6th Sep 2012 | Read more

SIA set for Myanmar

Singapore Airlines is launching daily services to Yangon on 28 October as it sees the fast-growing Myanmar market justifying a widebody service.

6th Sep 2012 | Read more

Qantas cancels 35 787-9s

Qantas has cancelled a firm order for 35 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners after announcing a full year net loss of A$244 million ($254.80 million).

23rd Aug 2012 | Read more

Intrepid move for Sichuan

Sichuan Airlines has leased an additional Airbus A330-300 from Intrepid Aviation. The aircraft, which will be delivered in the 4th Quarter of 2014, will be the third A330 Intrepid will be leasing to the Chinese carrier.

22nd Aug 2012 | Read more

GOAIR set to double flight numbers

India's GoAir is planning to double the number of flights to about 1,400 a week by the end of the financial year.

22nd Aug 2012 | Read more

Cebu warns on bookings

Cebu Pacific has given a warning on forward bookings as capacity floods into the Philippine market.

22nd Aug 2012 | Read more

SIA gears for revamp

Singapore Airlines has appointed two world-renowned design firms as it attempts to revamp its product amid growing competition from Middle East and other Asia-Pacific carriers.

22nd Aug 2012 | Read more

SIA net profits up, but yields weaken

Singapore Airlines posted a better than expected S$78 million net profit for the April-June quarter, but saw yields slip and warned on the outlook for cargo.

26th Jul 2012 | Read more

Cathay fleet to be "e-Enabled"

Cathay Pacific has selected ARINC to provide a major upgrade of its fleet's onboard communication systems to provide what it describes as "e-Enabled aircraft". The decision comes after two years of extensive trials.

26th Jul 2012 | Read more

IATA calls for Indian reform

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called for what it describes as an “India Inc.” approach to resolve India’s aviation crisis and improve competitiveness to drive economic and social benefits.

26th Jul 2012 | Read more

Qantas and Emirates in talks

Qantas has confirmed media reports that it is talking to Emirates on a potential codeshare alliance.

26th Jul 2012 | Read more

Farnborough 2012: Asian orders

The Farnborough Air Show may have been relatively subdued, but Asian carriers were (as ever) still prominent amongst the order announcements from Airbus and Boeing.

13th Jul 2012 | Read more

Farnborough 2012: MAS set to replace 777-200ER with A330

Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhan said at Farnborough that the carrier is accelerating its disposal of Boeing 747-400s and looking to phase out its 777-200ERs within three years, possibly replacing them with Airbus A330-300s.

13th Jul 2012 | Read more

Farnborough 2012: ATR signs Asia deals

Asia continued to be a key market for ATR at Farnborough, with TransAsia Airways and Lao Airlines signing orders.

13th Jul 2012 | Read more

ICAO predicts APAC 8% air travel growth

ICAO expects Asia-Pacific air travel to grow by 8% this year in terms of passenger-kilometres performed, well above the global average of 5.4%.

6th Jul 2012 | Read more

Thai Smile gets first A320

THAI Smile has taken delivery of its first aircraft, an Airbus A320, in Hamburg, Germany on Friday 28th June - the first A320 in the Thai Group.

6th Jul 2012 | Read more

Abacus sees continued Asian resilience

Asian travel technology provider Abacus is seeing bookings up around 3-to-5% so far this year, although performance varied significantly around the region.

28th Jun 2012 | Read more

AAPA sees continued passenger growth, cargo weakness

Preliminary traffic figures for May from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed continued growth in international air passenger traffic, but international air cargo demand remained soft.

28th Jun 2012 | Read more

BOC gets inaugural BBB credit rating

BOC Aviation has been assigned a corporate credit rating of BBB with stable outlook by Standard & Poor’s - the first credit rating for the lessor.

28th Jun 2012 | Read more

THY set for A380 or 747-8 order

Turkish Airlines is looking to order at least 15 jumbos - either Airbus A380s or Boeing 747-8s, with a decision possible by next month.

28th Jun 2012 | Read more

China Airlines looks to replace 747

China Airlines is looking at either the Airbus A350-1000 or Boeing 777-300ER to replace its fleet of 10 ageing 747-400s, with a deal expected to be finalised over the next two years.

28th Jun 2012 | Read more

IATA downgrades Asian forecast

IATA has downgraded its 2012 financial forecast for Asia-Pacific carriers by US$300 million to US$2.0 billion after a generally poor first quarter offset the benefits of the post-tsunami recovery in Japan.

22nd Jun 2012 | Read more

Korean Air wins Airbus award

Korean Air received the accolade of best operator of A330 at the Airbus A300/A340 Technical Symposium event held in Bangkok, the seventh award that Korean Air has obtained since the year 2000.

22nd Jun 2012 | Read more

NAT gets Cathay premium approval

Northwest Aerospace Technologies has obtained FAA STC Certification and Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (HKCAD) VSTC approval for the installation of Cathay Pacific’s Premium Economy product including new Premium Economy class seats, new cabin monuments and associated furnishings for the airlines Boeing 747-400 aircraft fleet.

22nd Jun 2012 | Read more

Tiger takes SEAir stake

Tiger Airways Holdings has taken a 40% stake in Philippine carrier Southeast Asian Airlines (SEAir) as it seeks to build its Asian network.

5th Jun 2012 | Read more

747-8I enters commercial service

The first commercial service for the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental was flown by Lufthansa on the first day of June, with a flight from Frankfurt to Washington D.C.’s Dulles International Airport.

5th Jun 2012 | Read more

China Southern set for capital injection

China Southern has suspended trading of its shares in Hong Kong ahead of an expected capital injection by the Chinese Government.

5th Jun 2012 | Read more

Air Astana gets 4-star rating

Air Astana has become the first carrier from Russia /CIS /Eastern Europe to be awarded a 4-Star rating in the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2012.

5th Jun 2012 | Read more

Divergent trend continues

Preliminary traffic figures for the month of April released today by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed further growth in international air passenger numbers, but international air cargo markets remained weak.

5th Jun 2012 | Read more

Korean Air sees Q1 loss

Korean Air is considering network adjustments as it posted a first quarter operating loss of 114.7 billion KRW (US$101 million).

4th May 2012 | Read more

Abacus adds another LCC

AirAsia Philippines has signed a deal to go onto the Abacus International global distribution system (GDS), becoming the latest low-cost or hybrid airline to team-up with the travel technology provider.

4th May 2012 | Read more

MAS-AirAsia end share swap deal

Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia have announced they are to terminate their share swap plans in the face of mounting political pressure, although the carriers still plan to cooperate on cost saving joint ventures, mainly on the operations side.

4th May 2012 | Read more

Nancy Bird-Walton returns

18 months after she suffered an uncontained engine failure shortly after take-off from Singapore, Qantas A380 Nancy Bird-Walton has returned to action after one of the most comprehensive repairs in aviation history.

27th Apr 2012 | Read more

AAPA sees sustained passenger growth in March

Preliminary March traffic figures from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) continued to show a pattern of robust passenger demand but a weak air cargo market.

27th Apr 2012 | Read more

Air China sees profits slump

Air China saw operating profits plunge by more than 80% in the first quarter to 189 RMB million (US$30 million), on the back of weaker international and cargo business, high fuel prices, and exchange rate and investment-related declines.

27th Apr 2012 | Read more

ANA conducts first 787 bio-fuel flight

Boeing has flown its first biofuel-powered 787 Dreamliner, with a delivery flight for launch customer All Nippon Airways (ANA) part-fuelled by used cooking oil.

20th Apr 2012 | Read more

Lion Air in first asset-backed bond issuance

Indonesian LCC Lion Air has completed its first asset-backed bond issuance, the proceeds of which are being used to finance four new Boeing 737-900 ER aircraft worth over US$250 million at catalogue prices.

20th Apr 2012 | Read more

IATA calls for Gulf cooperation

IATA has called upon all parts of the aviation value chain in the Gulf region to work together on issues critical to the region's ability to serve as a catalyst for economic growth.

20th Apr 2012 | Read more

Garuda orders 11 A330s

Garuda Indonesia has placed an order with Airbus for 11 Airbus A330-300s as it continues its expansion that will see it have a fleet of 194 aircraft by 2015.

12th Apr 2012 | Read more

Air Astana retires first Fokker 50

Kazakh flag carrier Air Astana has retired the first Fokker 50 from its fleet, as it begins to move its regional operations over to the Embraer 190.

12th Apr 2012 | Read more

Virgin Australia makes regional move

Virgin Australia has taken a ten percent stake in Australian regional carrier Skywest as it seeks to bolster its presence in the country's regional market.

12th Apr 2012 | Read more

Etihad expands in Asia-Pacific

Etihad is to launch service to Vietnam and increase frequencies to a range of destinations in the Asia-Pacific region over the next 18 months.

4th Apr 2012 | Read more

JAL adds another E170

JAL has ordered another Embraer E170, roughly three years after the type originally went into service with its regional offshoot J-Air.

4th Apr 2012 | Read more

Steady February for APAC carriers

IATA says Asia-Pacific carriers saw a 5.9% increase in passenger demand in February, roughly in line with a 6.2% increase in capacity. Load factors stood at 75.4%. Following a small spike in international travel over the Chinese New Year period in January (6.4% growth) February traffic declined.

4th Apr 2012 | Read more

Fuel costs hit Air China 2011 profits

Air China saw an operating profit of RMB6.26 billion (US$1 billion) in 2011, a year-on-year decrease of 42.7%, as jet fuel cost shot up by 44%.

29th Mar 2012 | Read more

Etihad and China Eastern in MoU

Etihad has taken another step in its international alliance strategy with the signing of memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China Eastern Airlines.

29th Mar 2012 | Read more

JetStar set for Hong Kong

Qantas low-cost off-shoot Jetstar is stepping up its Asian expansion plans with the launch of JetStar Hong Kong - a joint venture with China Eastern Airlines.

29th Mar 2012 | Read more

ST gets Hainan pilots flying

ST Aerospace’s commercial pilot training arm, ST Aerospace Academy (STAA) has entered into a partnership with Hainan Aviation Academy (HNAA) to train commercial pilots.

23rd Mar 2012 | Read more

APAC aviation benefits outlined

Over 24 million jobs and US$470 billion in GDP in the Asia-Pacific region are supported by aviation, according to a new report by the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) and Oxford Economics.

23rd Mar 2012 | Read more

JAL set for 787 launch

Japan Airlines has announced that it will take delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 on March 25, with the aircraft to be flown from Seattle, Everett to Tokyo, Narita by JAL pilots the following day.

23rd Mar 2012 | Read more

Abacus sees emerging market growth

Travel IT provider Abacus is seeing significant growth in Asian emerging markets such as Myanmar and Kazakhstan and is cautiously optimistic for region-wide bookings in 2012.

15th Mar 2012 | Read more

Cathay sees profits halve

Cathay Pacific became the latest carrier to confirm that the going is getting tougher, with operating profits halving in 2011 to HK$5,514 million (US$710 million) on revenue up just under 10% at HK$98,406 million.

15th Mar 2012 | Read more

IATA warns India on fuel tax

IATA has warned that high jet fuel taxes are killing off the Indian airline industry. IATA director general Tony Tyler made the warning as part of a call for a rethink on aviation policy in India.

15th Mar 2012 | Read more

Qantas and MAS call off premium talks

Talks between Qantas and Malaysia Airlines on setting up a new premium carrier has ended, the Australian carrier said in a statement to the Sydney Stock Exchange.

15th Mar 2012 | Read more

MAS reveals A380 details

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has released details on the cabin of its Airbus A380s that will play a crucial role in its turnaround plan.

8th Mar 2012 | Read more

AFI KLM E&M gets Sri Lankan deal

AFI KLM E&M has inked a contract with SriLankan Airlines covering A340 and A330 component support. The contract involves closed-loop repairs for six A330’s and six A340’s. SriLankan is a new customer for the MRO provider.

8th Mar 2012 | Read more

FlyBagEat with Scoot!

Singapore Airlines long-haul low-cost offshoot Scoot has announced some of its ancillary revenue ideas, including concepts such as FlyBagEat.

8th Mar 2012 | Read more

Gulf carriers outpace APAC rivals

Middle Eastern airlines saw annual traffic growth rates more than double those of their Asia-Pacific rivals in January, adding to evidence of a shift in power to the Gulf carrier's and their hubs.

1st Mar 2012 | Read more

Home sweet home

Nok Air is to move back to Don Mueang Airport and will start operating its flights out of there from 6 March onwards, after the reopening of Don Mueang Airport by Airports of Thailand (AOT).

1st Mar 2012 | Read more

REX warns on regional services

Australian regional carrier REX warns that the twin effects of global economic slowdown and what it calls Australia\'s \"draconian\" policies on regional aviation will \"wipe out\" most regional air services and warns the group may divert resources to the more lucrative mining charters.

1st Mar 2012 | Read more

MAS reports huge loss

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) reported an unaudited full year loss of RM2.52 billion (US$841 million) for the financial year to December 2011 as fuel costs shot up by 33% and non-fuel costs by 15%.

1st Mar 2012 | Read more

China Southern orders ten 777-300ERs

China Southern has placed an order with Boeing for ten 777-300ERS. The aircraft are due to be delivered from 2013 to 2016.

28th Feb 2012 | Read more

Singapore Air Show Review

The Asia-Pacific region, and Indonesia in particular, proved just how important it is to the aviation industry in Singapore last week. Lion Air was the star of the show, finalising a huge order from Boeing, ordering business jets for its new high-end venture, and also becoming the largest ATR operator in the world. Much of the action, meanwhile, was across the island within the Seletar Aerospace Park, which witnessed a host of openings and ground breakings - with Rolls-Royce opening its new campus.

23rd Feb 2012 | Read more

PIA buys five 777-300ERs

Pakistan International Airlines is to buy five Boeing 777-300ERs as it seeks to renew its fleet and expand into new long-haul markets

23rd Feb 2012 | Read more

Mandala plans April relaunch

Mandala Airlines says it expects to resume operations in April, following the reactivation of its AOC by Indonesian authorities. The news comes shortly after Tiger Airways completed its purchase of a 33% stake in the carrier, which will adopt Tiger's low-cost model

23rd Feb 2012 | Read more

Singapore Special

This year’s Singapore Airshow could be the biggest yet and, once again, gives the island nation a chance to highlight its aerospace capabilities and its strategic significance as an aviation hub, writes Andrzej Jeziorski. Despite continued economic uncertainty in key markets such as Europe and the USA, demand for new aircraft remains strong – as evidenced by the order and delivery tallies just released by manufacturers Airbus and Boeing (see pages 26-27). Asia’s relatively healthy economies and pent-up demand in China and India are now more alluring to aircraft makers than ever, and all key forecasts for the next two decades show the region as the driver of the continued growth of the global aviation industry. This is encouraging news for the organisers of this year’s Singapore Airshow – the biggest event of its kind outside of Europe.

20th Jan 2012 | Read more

Thai Airways plans new unit, modernises fleet

With last year’s flooding only the latest challenge to Thai Airways’ bottom line, the carrier is pressing ahead with plans to set up a new regional unit and to modernise its fleet, writes Andrzej Jeziorski. It has not been an easy couple of years for airlines in Thailand, which have had to face not only a global recession, but a political crisis that hurt tourist demand and closed airports, then – more recently – months of heavy rainfall that caused widespread flooding and shut down Bangkok’s secondary airport, Don Muang.

20th Jan 2012 | Read more

Manufacturers A380 faces wing-cracking problems

Four years after entry into service, the Airbus A380 – the world’s largest airliner –

20th Jan 2012 | Read more

Industry Round-Up

Updates from AJ Walter, AgustaWestland, Bombardier, HAECO

17th Jan 2012 | Read more

Airline News Jan 2012

Despite widespread flooding in Thailand from July to October last year, which saw domestic travel demand drop about 11 percent, budget carrier Nok Air has reported annual profit of 220 million baht (US$7.33 million).

17th Jan 2012 | Read more

MAS cuts deeper in restructuring drive

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is considering reducing its workforce as it continues to scale down its network as part of a drive to turn its business around. Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya says retrenchments are under consideration, while the MAS Employees Union has said in local press reports that senior airline official intend to cut the workforce. In the meantime, Malaysia’s flag carrier is continuing to slash unprofitable services, refocusing efforts onto its most promising markets.

17th Jan 2012 | Read more

Airlines Low-cost evolution

Low-cost carriers may have undergone significant change since the model was launched by Southwest Airlines in the 1970s, but they remain true to the core principle of keeping fares as low as possible to maximise load factors, writes Emma Kelly.

8th Dec 2011 | Read more

Airlines - Determined Garuda aims for the top

Garuda faces an uphill struggle to restore its reputation and become a top-tier Asian airline

8th Dec 2011 | Read more

General News Ameco eyes expansion of A380 capabilities

Beijing-based Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (Ameco Beijing) says it is closely monitoring the market for Airbus A380 maintenance, repair and overhaul market (MRO) as it plans to expand its capabilities for the type. The company also plans to expand heavy maintenance capability for smaller A330 widebody twinjet. With more than 240 A380s – the world’s largest jetliner – sold to airlines worldwide, Ameco says MRO demand for the aircraft is expanding.

8th Dec 2011 | Read more

Air Astana succeeds through measured growth

Now approaching its tenth anniversary, Kazakhstan’s flag carrier Air Astana has big plans for the future, writes Kok Chwee Sim. The geography of Kazakhstan – the largest land-locked country in the world – is as unique as it is challenging. The shores of the Indian and Arctic Oceans are equally far from its borders and while it depended on the Silk Route in ancient times for trade, it is today highly dependent on aviation for the movement of all commerce, trade, capital and people. Today, the responsibility for maintaining air connectivity with the world rests on the shoulders of Air Astana.

6th Dec 2011 | Read more

Qantas locks horns with unions

Australia’s Qantas will no doubt be pleased to see the back of 2011, hoping the New Year will bring with it a resolution to its labour union woes, writes Emma Kelly. Labour relations for Australia’s largest airline, Qantas Airways, were at an all-time low as Asian Aviation went to press, with disputes with three unions now handed over to be resolved by national tribunal Fair Work Australia (FWA). Months of negotiations are likely, with any decisions made by the independent tribunal binding on all sides, for a maximum of four years. In addition, Qantas is facing possible court action from one union as it embarks on the long process of rebuilding its image, which has been severely damaged by months of industrial action and the grounding of its fleet in late October. Over a 15-month period, Qantas had reached accord with four unions, representing more than 10,000 employees – or a third of the workforce – on five enterprise agreements. But the airline was unable to reach agreement with three more: the Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA), the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) and the Transport Workers Union (TWU), which respectively represent long-haul pilots, licensed engineers, and ramp, baggage and catering staff. Months of failed negotiations resulted in industrial action by the unions, which saw flights cancelled and aircraft grounded. By 28 October, Qantas said the industrial action had cost it A$68 million (US$69 million) – or A$15 million per week in lost revenue.

5th Dec 2011 | Read more

Boeing delays 747-8I, 787-9 deliveries

Boeing has revealed, in a filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), that first deliveries of the 747-8 Intercontinental and the 787-9 have both been delayed. The first example of the passenger version of the 747-8 will now be handed over to a VIP customer in the first quarter of 2012, instead of late this year as previously stated. Deliveries of the 787-9 to launch customer Air New Zealand will now begin in early 2014, instead of late 2013.

16th Nov 2011 | Read more

MAS undergoing major restructuring

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has embarked on a major restructuring programme to cut operating costs. The project, expected to be completed by early November, is aimed at making the airline’s operations leaner, cutting unprofitable services and possibly downsizing the workforce. Some measures have already been put in place. One of the carrier’s two daily Boeing 747-400 flights to London has been downgraded to smaller 777-200 aircraft, while the twice-daily 777-200 service to Melbourne has been downgraded to Airbus A330-300s.

10th Nov 2011 | Read more

Court ends Qantas strike; services resume

Qantas said it would resume services by mid-afternoon on Monday 31 October 2011, subject to approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), after a two-day stoppage caused by industrial action. Australia’s largest carrier grounded its entire 108-aircraft fleet on Saturday, 29 October, over the labour dispute. The resumption of services was announced after an Australian arbitration court stepped in to end a week of strikes and cancelled a staff lockout.

1st Nov 2011 | Read more

General News Air China eyes international expansion

Air China is focusing on expand international operations, due in part to concern over the rapid expansion of the high-speed train services across the country, which are affecting passenger loads on domestic flights.

11th Oct 2011 | Read more

General News - High taxes stifling China’s leasing sector

High taxes and complex approval procedures are slowing the growth of China’s aircraft-leasing sector. A 21.42 percent tax is levied by the Chinese authorities on the value of aircraft leased from foreign companies. By comparison, the tax on aircraft purchased from a foreign country is only 5 percent.

11th Oct 2011 | Read more

In Focus Southwest Airlines still setting LCC standard

Southwest Airlines was the forerunner of the world’s most successful low-cost carriers. With the acquisition of rival AirTran earlier this year, the airline has entered a whole new era, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.

11th Oct 2011 | Read more

Asia-Pacific dominates aircraft deliveries

n this issue, we see a number of major industry players underlining the significance of the Asia-Pacific region as a long-term driver of growth in the aviation industry. Simulator maker CAE (see page 32) says long-term demand for its products will be bolstered by growth in emerging markets such as China, India and South-East Asia. Elsewhere (see page 20), Airbus’s top salesman John Leahy says key factors in the company’s latest 20-year outlook “include a strong driving of traffic growth by the emerging economies, the nearly doubling of traffic in and between more mature markets, and the positioning of Asia-Pacific as the leader in world traffic”.

5th Oct 2011 | Read more

Airbus predicts strong growth in airliner numbers to 2030

According to European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, demand for new aircraft over the next 20 years will total 26,900 new passenger jetliners and more than 900 dedicated freighters, with the Asia-Pacific region as a major growth driver. The combined value of the new aircraft will be about US$3.5 trillion. In its latest Global Market Forecast, covering the years 2011-2030 – released in London on 19 September – the company says the demand will arise from the continuing “democratization” of air transport – driven by emerging economies, a global increase in wealth, greater urbanization, the need for more eco-efficient aircraft and a near-doubling of major airport hubs for mega-cities. The forecast predicts an overall doubling of the global fleet of passenger airliners with 100 or more seats, increasing from 15,000 aircraft today to 31,500 by 2030. About 10,500 of the total new deliveries will be needed as replacements for older, less fuel-efficient aircraft. The trend towards larger aircraft will continue, in order for the aviation sector to keep pace with future growth in demand.

4th Oct 2011 | Read more

Environment - Leading the green revolution

From biofuels to efficient aircraft design to aircraft recycling – the global aviation industry is trying to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Emma Kelly reports on the industry’s green initiatives.

28th Sep 2011 | Read more

Airlines - Xiamen Airlines to join SkyTeam

China’s Xiamen Airlines is expected to become an official member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance by December.

28th Sep 2011 | Read more

General News Sept 2011

Bombardier Aerospace has announced that Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet took delivery in August of the first two of 15 Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft ordered in December 2010. “SpiceJet’s order was a breakthrough for our Q400 NextGen turboprop in the Indian market, and Bombardier’s portfolio of commercial aircraft and customer services continues to be well positioned to support the development of India’s airline network,” says Chet Fuller, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s senior vice-president of sales, marketing and asset management, during a ceremony held on 26 August at Bombardier Aerospace’s Toronto facility, where the aircraft is manufactured.

6th Sep 2011 | Read more

Gulfstream forges ahead in G650 testing

Gulfstream Aerospace says it has completed several new milestones en route to the scheduled US and European certification this year of its new G650 ultra-large cabin, ultra-long range business jet.

6th Sep 2011 | Read more

Airline News - Cathy Pacific Orders

Meanwhile, despite an increase in turnover, Cathay’s profit for the first six months of the year slipped 58.9 percent, compared with the same period in 2010, falling to HK$2.81 billion. Cathay attributes the drop to increased fuel prices and rising operational costs. Fuel expenditure, the group’s biggest single cost, rose by 49.5 percent to HK$6.46 billion.

2nd Sep 2011 | Read more

Industry Round-Up Sept 2011

Updates from Fokker Services, AJ Walter, Gulfstream

2nd Sep 2011 | Read more

Boeing comes out swinging

So we finally know the answer. For months now, it appeared that Boeing was unable to commit itself to a concrete strategy on the future of its single-aisle product, while Airbus racked up more than 1,200 orders for its re-engined A320neo in the nine months since the programme’s launch.

2nd Sep 2011 | Read more

American joins Airbus club

American joins Airbus club American Airlines has unveiled plans to add up to 925 new single-aisle aircraft during 2013-25, in a move that will see four of the top five US carriers operating Airbus equipment. Ian Goold reports. As part of a long-term fleet-renewal strategy for American Airlines (AA), owner AMR Corporation announced in July a narrowbody aircraft acquisition plan aimed at reducing operating and fuel costs. AA plans to acquire some 260 Airbus A320-series and 200 Boeing 737-family aircraft (including new variants) during 2013-22. Options and purchase rights for 465 additional A320 and 737 machines could see American take delivery of as many as 925 new aircraft in the 12 years up to 2025.

31st Aug 2011 | Read more

Qantas at the crossroads

Alan Joyce’s plans to restructure Qantas have been described as everything from a bold move to a sham, writes Emma Kelly. For some, 16 August 2011 marked the point at which Qantas’ fortunes changed for the better, while others warn it heralds the end of the Australian carrier as we know it.

30th Aug 2011 | Read more

Qantas buys A320s, plans new carriers

Qantas is to acquire at least 110 Airbus A320-family as it plans to set up a new premium airline in Asia and a low-cost carrier (LCC) in Japan. The Australian giant also announced that it is cutting about 1,000 jobs from its international business.

19th Aug 2011 | Read more

Thai Airways to acquire new aircraft

Thai Airways International’s board has approved a fleet modernisation programme that will see the airline buy 15 new aircraft and lease 22 more up to 2017. The airline will order: six Boeing 777-300ERs, for delivery from May 2014 through to September 2015; four Airbus A350-900s, for delivery from the second quarter of 2016 through to the third quarter of 2017 and five single-aisle A320-200s for delivery in 2014 and 2015.

21st Jul 2011 | Read more

MAS prepares to join Oneworld

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will join Oneworld, the global airline alliance has confirmed. The Kuala Lumpur-based will now become the group’s first South-East Asian member. “A formal alliance membership agreement will be completed soon,” Oneworld says in a statement. Based on a typical 18-month integration process and safety audit, MAS is expected to be a full member of the group by the end 2012. Members-elect Kingfisher Airlines and Air Berlin are both on track to join early the same year.

20th Jul 2011 | Read more

Paris Show Report - Airbus raises bar for A350-1000

Airbus and Rolls-Royce jointly announced at an EADS event just before the Paris show that they would develop a more ambitious version of the A350-1000, with 97,000lb thrust RR Trent XWB engines, to meet customer demand. The aircraft will offer customers 4.5 tonnes more payload capability or 400 nautical miles of additional range than the original concept. Airbus Chief Operating Officer Fabrice Bregier said the jetliner could now match the capabilities of the 777-300ER, but with 25 percent greater efficiency.

18th Jul 2011 | Read more

CASA grounds Tiger Airways Australia over safety

CASA grounds Tiger Airways Australia over safety Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) says it suspended the operations of low-cost carrier Tiger Airways Australia, with immediate effect from Saturday, 2 July 2011.

4th Jul 2011 | Read more

Airlines - Virgin Australia: an airline reborn

A new brand and approval for an alliance with Delta is the latest development for the former Virgin Blue. Emma Kelly examines the airline’s transformation. When the US Department of Transportation (DOT) decided to grant anti-trust immunity to Virgin Australia Airlines’ proposed trans-Pacific joint venture with Delta Air Lines, it added another crucial element to the transformation the Australian carrier has undergone.

7th Jun 2011 | Read more

JAL, ANA emerge from turbulence

Japan Airlines, once Asia’s largest carrier, has gone through bankruptcy protection and major restructuring, while rival All Nippon Airways is pushing ahead with expansion plans, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.

6th Jun 2011 | Read more

Qantas incident investigation targets R-R’s quality control

The Australian Transportation Safety Board (ATSB) says it is reviewing Rolls-Royce’s quality control system as part of its continuing investigation into the uncontained failure of a Trent 900 engine that severely damaged a Qantas A380 last November.

6th Jun 2011 | Read more

SIA pins hopes on new long-haul LCC

“[SIA’s plan] appears to be a recognition that the flag carrier’s long-standing focus on premium traffic (which must, in turn, mutually subsidise lower-priced leisure travellers) is not, in itself, a formula for the future.” – Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation]

6th Jun 2011 | Read more

Business Aviation-Bigger is better

After suffering a severe slump in demand during the global economic crisis of 2009, the business aviation sector has enjoyed a rebound, with particular emphasis on larger, longer-range models, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.

12th May 2011 | Read more

Bombardier’s China optimism grows

In the past two years, Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier has tripled its 10-year forecast for business jet demand in China, and the company’s regional sales chief David Dixon believes those figures are understated. Andrzej Jeziorski reports. As a transportation group, Canada’s Bombardier has had a presence in China for half a century. The company has been involved in numerous rail projects, as well as supplying commercial and business aircraft to customers across Greater China. The company has established a number of manufacturing partnerships in the region. On the aerospace side, major components of the Q400 regional turboprop are being manufactured in Shenyang, while China’s aerospace industry is also a risk-sharing partner in Bombardier’s 100- to 149-seat CSeries single-aisle jetliner, which is expected to have its maiden flight in 2013. With an office in Beijing and a strong customer-s

9th May 2011 | Read more

Rekkof ponders potential F100 suppliers

Amsterdam-based Rekkof Aircraft – which trades as NG Aircraft – expects to involve Tier 1 aerostructures companies in its planned re-engined development of the Fokker 100 (F100) regional jet, says chief executive Maarten van Eeghen. The company has enlisted the help of Fokker Technologies, the former Stork Aerospace group that includes Fokker Aircraft Services, which is responsible for worldwide F100 fleet support. The latter is seen very much as the "housekeeper" of all things F100 and provides a link with the original design.

9th May 2011 | Read more

MAS to focus on China and India markets

With renewed concern over spiralling fuel prices, Malaysia Airlines has had to moderate its expansion plans, focusing on the most promising markets, writes William Dennis.

9th May 2011 | Read more

Tiger Airways to buy stake in SEAIR

Singapore-based Tiger Airways plans to acquire a 32.5 percent stake in Filipino carrier South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) for US$6 million. The deal, which is expected to be sealed by May, paves the way for Tiger to gain access to the Philippines’ domestic air travel market. Low-cost carrier (LCCs) Cebu Pacific Air has the lion’s share of the market with 48.2 percent, while Philippine Airlines (PAL) has 37 percent, with the rest divided among SEAIR and LCCs such as Zest Airways and PAL Express.

4th Apr 2011 | Read more

AirAsia X orders three A330-200s

Malaysian long-haul low-cost carrier AirAsia X has ordered three Airbus A330-200 widebody twinjets, with options for two more. The first two aircraft will be delivered in 2012 and the third in 2014. The airline now has outstanding orders with Airbus for 19 A330s, including 16 -300 variants, and ten of the manufacturer’s proposed A350 jetliners. Nine A330-300s have already been delivered to the carrier, while A350 deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2015.

4th Apr 2011 | Read more

General News April 4 2011

Indonesia’s state-owned Merpati Nusantara Airlines – weighed down with debt of 1.9 trillion rupiah (US$214.68 million) and with creditors chasing it for payment – has denied that it is heading for bankruptcy. The cash-strapped carrier has approached the Indonesian government through the Ministry of Finance (MOF) in Jakarta in the hope of obtaining 600 billion rupiah to support day-to-day operations. An MOT official, who asked to remain anonymous, says the government cannot keep bailing the airline out each time it asks. Still, Merpati’s President Director Sardjono Jhony Tjitrokusumo dismisses the idea that the airline may go bankrupt. “We may be in debt, but we will pull through the storm,” Sardjono says. He adds that the 600 billion rupiah requested is in fact needed as part payment for new aircraft to be acquired, declining to elaborate.

4th Apr 2011 | Read more

Bombardier prepares for CSeries systems testing

The first systems for Bombardier’s CSeries jetliner program are now being developed and tested by partners and vendors in Canada, the USA and Europe, prior to delivery to Bombardier’s Complete Integrated Aircraft Systems Test Area (CIASTA). According to Bombardier, the installation of the systems rigs at the CIASTA is progressing on schedule, and some parts, including the engine accessory gearbox and flight deck controls, have already arrived.

4th Apr 2011 | Read more

Eurocopter announces product line upgrades

urocopter announced “a comprehensive evolution” of its helicopter product line at this year’s Heli-Expo 2011 exhibition in Orlando, Florida in March. The upgrades are intended to offer “enhanced operating capabilities, improved mission effectiveness and increased efficiency across four families in the company’s light, medium and heavy rotary-wing aircraft categories,” as the manufacturer responds to evolving customer needs, Eurocopter says.

4th Apr 2011 | Read more

Aircraft Interiors

The good news for airlines over the past year has been a resurgence in demand for air travel, as the world recovers from economic crisis. The bad news is that margins remains – in the words of IATA chief Giovanni Bisignani – “pathetic”. This means carriers must redouble their efforts to maximise the efficiency of their operations and fill as many seats as they can – especially in their high-yield premium cabins. One vital strategy they have had to pay increasing attention to is their aircraft cabin interiors.

4th Apr 2011 | Read more

Asian Aerospace Show Report

Hong Kong once again played host to the Asian Aerospace International Expo and Congress on 8-10 March. While some exhibitors seemed disappointed that the halls were not busier at a time of recovery for commercial aviation, attendance still reached a record 12,300 delegates and the show had its fair share of major announcements, as Andrzej Jeziorski reports.

1st Apr 2011 | Read more

IATA’s Bisignani appraises Asia

In Singapore in June, International Air Transport Association director-general Giovanni Bisignani will stand down at the airline lobby group's annual meeting. Before doing so, he paid a final visit to the Asia-Pacific region, during which he challenged governments and regulators to prepare for rapid growth. Ian Goold reports.

1st Apr 2011 | Read more

A320neo lures customers, awakens Boeing.

Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia has modified its fleet plans to accommodate possible acquisition of the Airbus A320neo, thus joining a number of potential owners or operators showing interest in the re-engined aircraft.

1st Mar 2011 | Read more

Airline News, March 2011.

A summary of Airline News from March of 2011.

1st Mar 2011 | Read more

Aviation Awards Asia entries round-up

Aviation Awards Asia.

1st Mar 2011 | Read more

China’s aviation industry’s profit triples.

With China overtaking Japan as the world’s second-largest economy, the country’s aviation industry has been enjoying healthy growth, writes William Dennis.

1st Mar 2011 | Read more

Boeing again reschedules ‘seven-late-seven’

Following November's Boeing 787 in-flight fire, emergency landing, and subsequent temporary grounding, Boeing has developed a temporary modification for its six test aircraft, which now have resumed test flying. But the manufacturer has also confirmed a seventh delay to the troubled programme, as Ian Goold reports.

28th Feb 2011 | Read more

Boeing rolls out final 747 development

At a ceremony attended by about 10,000 guests, Boeing unveiled what is most likely the final chapter in the history of its 40-year-old 747 programme, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.

28th Feb 2011 | Read more

Airbus’s A350XWB takes wing

Airbus is aiming the new 270- to 440-passenger A350 XWB family at a forecast US$1.34 trillion, 20-year market for 6,240 twin-aisle jetliners, reports European correspondent Ian Goold.

28th Feb 2011 | Read more

Boeing refines a classic.

While Boeing has so far shied away from offering a re-engined version of its single-aisle 737 family, it is offering substantial performance gains with aerodynamic and engine improvements, as well as an all-new cabin, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.

1st Feb 2011 | Read more

IT solutions help optimise flight planning.

Singapore Airlines has been reaping the benefits of using Lufthansa Systems’ Lido/Flight flight-planning solution, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.

1st Feb 2011 | Read more

Asia-Pacific airports boost security spending.

Airports across the region are being forced to increase spending on airport security in response to the threat of terrorism and increasing travel demand, William Dennis.

1st Feb 2011 | Read more

Taipei’s in-town airport enjoys resurgence.

Last year, a tourism expert close to Taiwan’s president suggested the eventual demolition of Taipei’s downtown Songshan International Airport to make way for a riverside park.

1st Feb 2011 | Read more

Thai Airways

Thai people are famed for their friendly smiles, but given the violent political protests afflicting the country since 2008, one could forgive Thai Airways International employees if they were less than optimistic about travel demand in the coming year.

1st Feb 2011 | Read more

Cargo carriers’ road to recovery

Asian cargo carriers are gearing up for long-term growth, despite a gloomy near-term outlook. Emma Kelly reports.

28th Jan 2011 | Read more

Firefly takes aim at AirAsia’s dominance

Malaysia Airlines’ Firefly subsidiary has begun to operate as a low-cost carrier with the arrival of its first Boeing 737 narrowbodies, offering fresh competition to the region’s market leader, AirAsia, writes William Dennis.

28th Jan 2011 | Read more

Air NZ taps viral marketing to raise profile

s an end-of-the-line carrier located in a small country, Air New Zealand might well be expected to be a follower rather than a leader in the industry. But, as the online viral success of its latest television commercials show, innovation does sometimes originate in unexpected places.

28th Jan 2011 | Read more

Emirates surges to record first half

With traffic on the rebound, Emirates has posted a massive 352 percent surge in first-half profit. At the same time, the carrier has committed itself to a dramatic expansion of its fleet.

13th Dec 2010 | Read more

MAS launches Boeing Sky Interior in Asia

Inspired by the cabin of the 787 Dreamliner, the Boeing Sky Interior for the 737NG jetliner offers passengers more space, enhanced lighting and less noise.

13th Dec 2010 | Read more

JAL’s Onishi targets turnaround

Japan’s most recognisable recent Prime Minister, Junichiro Koizumi, succeeded in large part because he was a pragmatist. By confronting several of Japan’s structural problems, he won a landslide election for his Liberal Democratic Party.

13th Dec 2010 | Read more

MRO Asia Report 2010 - Part one

Amid expectations that Asia will become the first MRO market to recover from the global economic downturn, the MRO Asia 2010 Conference and Exhibition was held in Singapore pm 2-4 November

13th Dec 2010 | Read more

In-flight fire compounds Boeing's 787 challenges

The latest setback to the Boeing 787 programme could see entry-into-service pushed back as far as 2012, writes Ian Goold.

13th Dec 2010 | Read more

Qantas begins legal action against Rolls-Royce

Qantas has begun legal action against UK-based engine maker Rolls-Royce, as a back-up in case the companies cannot reach a settlement over problems with the Trent 900 engine that powers the Australian carrier’s Airbus A380 fleet.

13th Dec 2010 | Read more

Aviation Outlook Asia - Part one

The Aviation Outlook Asia 2010 conference was held at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, on 20-22 October, bringing together senior officials from airlines, airports, aviation authorities and service providers. William Dennis reports.

13th Dec 2010 | Read more

Aviation Outlook Asia - Part two

Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) estimates that passenger numbers grew 11.5 percent in 2010 from the previous year to 73 million. The airport predicts growth will average 10.5 percent from 2011 through to 2015.

13th Dec 2010 | Read more

Trent 900 engine checks continue after Qantas incident

Qantas is still scheduled to take delivery by year's end of two new Rolls-Royce Trent 900-powered Airbus A380s, even though the carrier’s operations were severely compromised in November when a major uncontained engine failure led to the grounding of its six-strong fleet of Superjumbos. Another two A380s are scheduled for delivery by March 2011.

13th Dec 2010 | Read more

Rolls-Royce pinpoints component failure in Qantas incident

“The failure was confined to a specific component in the turbine area of the engine,” the company says.

16th Nov 2010 | Read more

Qantas’s Airbus A380 fleet remains grounded a week after an uncontained engine failure forced one of the aircraft to make an emergency landing in Singapore.

Qantas now has six A380s in service and 14 more on order.

12th Nov 2010 | Read more

NBAA First News

Cessna Announces Larger, Advanced Citation Ten

1st Nov 2010 | Read more

Russia’s aerospace revival

The aerospace industry in Russia is being renovated and developed by United Aircraft, which has absorbed many of the country’s Soviet-era design bureaux and factories.

1st Nov 2010 | Read more

MRO business adapts to changing needs

Airlines have become more cost-conscious than ever, as the industry struggles to find its feet again following the global economic crisis that took hold in 2008. As a result, maintenance, repair and overhaul service providers need to adapt to the modified needs of the airlines they serve. Asian Aviation presents an overview of the industry with summaries of key Asia-Pacific players’ activities.

1st Nov 2010 | Read more

Boeing struggles with fresh 787 delays

Boeing recently announced its seventh delay to the 787 Dreamliner programme as the fleet of uncompleted aircraft at its Everett production site grows

1st Oct 2010 | Read more

Malaysia expands aerospace capabilities

Malaysia is continuing to pursue its ambition to become an aerospace hub for the Asia-Pacific region

1st Oct 2010 | Read more

Virgin Blue, Etihad announce alliance plan

Virgin Blue has been counting on alliances to help it compete with larger rival Qantas

1st Oct 2010 | Read more

Cathay refocuses as demand grows

Cathay Pacific Airways has reported an eight-fold increase in its first half profit and announced substantial new aircraft orders, as it concentrates its efforts on its core business.

1st Sep 2010 | Read more

Chinese airlines experience boom year

China’s airlines are experiencing a surge in domestic and international travel demand that will more than double their profits this year

1st Sep 2010 | Read more

ARINC adapts to airlines’ technology needs

Communications, engineering and integration solutions specialist ARINC has been adapting to airlines’ developing technological needs and expanding its presence in the Asian market

1st Sep 2010 | Read more

Training News. September 2010.

Boeing launches 787 flight training

1st Sep 2010 | Read more

General News. September 2010.

A glance at Aviation News. Sept, 2010.

1st Sep 2010 | Read more

Emirates A380 order: a last hurrah from the Middle East?

Airbus believes Asia now offers a bigger A380 market opportunity than the Middle East, with June's order for 32 more of the double-deck jetliner viewed as perhaps the final huge investment from the Arab region.

1st Jul 2010 | Read more

Hawaiian Airlines eyes Asian expansion

Over a million Japanese visit Hawaii every year, drawn by the tropical beaches, the US culture and relative proximity.

1st Jul 2010 | Read more

Airline News. July/ Aug 2010

South Korea’s air transport authorities will not issue any more air operating certificates (AOC) for new domestic low-cost carriers (LCCs)

1st Jul 2010 | Read more

EU may appeal WTO ruling on Airbus aid

The European Union (EU) says it may appeal a ruling at the end of June by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), which declared that some launch aid subsidies to aircraft manufacturer Airbus were illegal.

1st Jul 2010 | Read more

Vietnam Airlines joins SkyTeam alliance

Vietnam Airlines officially joined the SkyTeam alliance on 10 June, as the global airline grouping increases its focus on Asia.

1st Jul 2010 | Read more

AirAsia Group restructuring

The AirAsia group is embarking on a corporate and organisational restructuring plan, which it says it aimed in part at giving shareholders a better understanding of its business model.

1st Jul 2010 | Read more

Bombardier sees stabilisation in business jet market

Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier says its first-quarter financial performance indicates that the worst is over for the business jet market, while the commercial aircraft business is showing signs of recovery.

1st Jul 2010 | Read more

Hong Kong Airlines takes delivery of first Airbus

Hong Kong Airlines formally took delivery of its first Airbus aircraft, an A330-200 at a ceremony on 15 June.

1st Jul 2010 | Read more

MAS still considering A380 order cancellation

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is still looking into the possibility of cancelling its 2005 order for six Airbus A380-800s if there is a further delay in the delivery of the aircraft

1st Jul 2010 | Read more

AirAsia seeks LCC Airport in Bangkok

The AirAsia Group of low-cost airlines has appealed to the Thai government to convert Bangkok’s old Don Muang Airport into a hub for budget carriers.

1st Jul 2010 | Read more

Airbus targets emerging markets

Airbus is focusing its business efforts increasingly on emerging markets, whose economies are predicted to grow more strongly in coming years. Ian Goold outlines the manufacturer's view of the future, including its plans for an increasingly global footprint.

1st Jun 2010 | Read more

Aircraft Interiors Expo Report

The Aircraft Interiors Expo 2010 in Hamburg, Germany, attracted more than 7,300 visitors over its run from 18 to 20 May. Show organisers say the number of airlines in attendance increased this year, with 852 representatives from 200 carriers visiting the show.

1st Jun 2010 | Read more

Thai carriers hurt by political unrest

Thai airlines are cutting capacity on domestic and international routes to weather a slump in demand caused by recent violent political turmoil in Thailand.

1st Jun 2010 | Read more

Airbus wins first order for ‘Sharklet’ A321

Finnair has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for five Airbus A321s equipped with new, fuel-saving ‘Sharklet’ winglets, becoming the first airline to commit to the aircraft with the wingtip devices.

1st Jun 2010 | Read more

China’s big three to be C919 launch customers

China’s big three carriers – Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines – are expected to be the launch customers for the planned Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) C919 aircraft.

1st Jun 2010 | Read more

Malaysia Airlines

MALAYSIA AIRLINES (MAS) is to lease another three Boeing 737-800s to take over some routes now operated by Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

1st Jun 2010 | Read more

Kuwait’s Jazeera posts loss, grabs market share

Kuwaiti budget carrier Jazeera Airways took over as the country’s largest airline last year, offering some consolation for the full- year financial loss it has just announced. Analysts remain unconcerned

16th Apr 2010 | Read more

Asian Aviation at a glance