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Singapore’s Changi gets top spot at Skytrax awards

Changi Airport in Singapore was voted the World’s Best Airport at the 2017 World Airport Awards for the fifth consecutive year.

15th Mar 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

Embraer lands in the Silicon Valley, with sights on disruptive innovation

Embraer announced today that it is forming innovation teams in Silicon Valley and in Boston, in the United States.

15th Mar 2017 | Read more

New Danang International Airport terminal ready for take-off

The Danang International Airport will throw open the doors to its new US$154 million terminal on April 25, say airport officials.

14th Mar 2017 | Read more

Embraer Executive Jets performance set for 'gradual' improvement

Embraer predicts a “gradual” improvement in the performance of its executive jets division from 2017

14th Mar 2017 | Read more

Airports Authority of India green signal for aeropolis hub

Plan involves development of airport as hub of various transportation modes.

13th Mar 2017 | Read more

Honeywell and Australia¹s Flite Path Sign Agreement for Defence Aviation and Commercial Helicopter Customers

Honeywell has signed an agreement with Flite Path, an Australian-owned aerospace parts supplier and stocking distributor.

4th Mar 2017 | Read more

Singapore calls for increasing connectivity between South Asia, SE Asia

Countries in South Asia and South East Asia should liberalise air, land, sea and digital technology

4th Mar 2017 | Read more

Honeywell lights way for Singapore airport expansion

Honeywell has announced a multi-million dollar, multi-year contract to implement a new airfield ground lighting control and monitoring system at Singapore Changi Airport

4th Mar 2017 | Read more

Hawker Pacific confirms certification of Bell 505 Jet Ranger X in Australia

Australia is the first country outside of Canada to be awarded certification of the new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Helicopter

1st Mar 2017 | Read more

Cessna 182 with latest Garmin 1000 NXi Avionics touches down at Avalon Airshow

Hawker Pacific showcasing a Cessna Skylane 182 fitted with the latest Garvin 1000 NXi Avionics at Avalon Airshow

1st Mar 2017 | Read more

AFI KLM E&M Sets Up China Joint Venture With Beijing General Aviation Co. Ltd

AFI KLM E&M and Beijing General Aviation Co Ltd (BGAC) today held an opening ceremony to celebrate the creation of AFI KLM E&M-BGAC Line Maintenance Co. Ltd

28th Feb 2017 | Read more

Hawker Pacific announces lineup for Avalon 2017

Hawker Pacific confirms stellar lineup of aircraft on static display at Avalon Airshow including a Cessna Citation Latitude

22nd Feb 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

China Airlines to launch Paris, London flights

China Airlines (CAL) plans to launch new routes to London and Paris, chairman Ho Nuan-hsuan (何煖軒) said on Wednesday, adding that he is optimistic the airline will perform better this year.

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

Christchurch Airport reports record numbers and healthy dividend

The work our team has been doing with the regions of the South Island in China, South East Asia and Australia has seen this growth spread

16th Feb 2017 | Read more

Philippines eyes more airports to unclog Manila hub

The Philippine government is considering adding airports to serve the capital Manila and nearby areas,

16th Feb 2017 | Read more

Liebherr-Aerospace Opens New Office in India

Liebherr-Aerospace has opened a new regional office in Bangalore on February 13th, 2017.

15th 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

Air travel growth lags GDP due to NAIA constraints

THE PHILIPPINES will eventually need to build a new airport to accommodate increasing passenger traffic, the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) said

6th Feb 2017 | Read more

Gogo Appoints New Regional President in Asia Pacific

Gogo has appointed Patrick Carroll as regional president in Asia Pacific (APAC).

6th Feb 2017 | Read more

Indonesian airport closes after runway incident

Garuda jet skids while landing in heavy rain at Yogyakarta airport

3rd Feb 2017 | Read more

Japan's Haneda Airport set to raise landing fees

Japan's transport ministry will adjust international landing fees at Tokyo's Haneda Airport in April for the first time in nearly two decades

3rd Feb 2017 | Read more

Mitsubishi Aircraft rejigs leadership

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), the parent company of Mitsubishi Aircraft, has again changed the leadership of its aircraft

3rd Feb 2017 | Read more

Panasonic in bribery probe

Panasonic Corp said its avionics unit is being investigated by US authorities for possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

3rd Feb 2017 | Read more

Staff licence uncertainty may ground airport operations from April

Airline officials are wary of flight disruptions from April 1 if the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) refuses entry passes to staff of ground-handling agencies

1st Feb 2017 | Read more

Air intelligence unit to monitor VVIP movement at airport

The Airport Authority of India (AAI) will report movement of all VVIPs coming to Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport, to the election commission daily.

1st Feb 2017 | Read more

SITA APPOINTS GLOBAL LEADERS IN SINGAPORE

New Air Travel Solutions global division to be led from Singapore

23rd Jan 2017 | Read more

PARTNERSHIP STRATEGY A CORE ELEMENT OF ETIHAD GROWTH, SAYS GROUP PRESIDENT AND CEO

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

Dust vs. CMCs: A Cool Winner

The second phase of GE9X CMC (ceramic matrix composite) component testing in a GEnx demonstrator engine is complete

19th Jan 2017 | Read more

Hiratagakuen takes delivery of Airbus H135 helicopter

First H135 to be deployed for emergency medical services in Japan Tokyo,

13th 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

Gulfstream G600 takes to the skies

Gulfstream has kicked-off the certification campaign for its new G600 business jet, following first flight of the large-cabin, long-range twin on 17 December.

20th Dec 2016 | Read more

LOW-COST CARRIER AIR SEOUL CHOOSES SITA’S HORIZON FOR FLEXIBLE PASSENGER MANAGEMENT

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

AAPA 60th General Assembly

AAPA optimistic about future growth

9th Dec 2016 | Read more

Anne Brachet appointed Executive Vice President AIR FRANCE KLM Engineering & Maintenance

Anne Brachet has been appointed Executive Vice President AIR FRANCE KLM Engineering & Maintenance.

30th Nov 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

AAR and Air New Zealand Form Strategic Partnership for Components

AAR (NYSE: AIR), a global leader in the aviation aftermarket, has entered into a long-term contract with Air New Zealand

18th 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

Liebherr-Aerospace Celebrates Extension of its Center for Liaison and Customer Service in Shanghai

fficially celebrating the extension of Liebherr-Aerospace China, guests gathered on November 4, 2016 at the Shanghai-based center for liaison and customer service, which has doubled its size to 3,700 m² (ca. 40,000 sq ft)

8th 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

Thales scores significant avionics wins in 2016 to equip over 400 aircraft in China

Across 2016 Thales has consolidated its position as the avionics component supplier of choice in China.

2nd 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

UPS order gives Boeing a lift

Global parcel company United Parcel Service gave a boost to Boeing’s fortunes with an order for 14 747-8 cargo jets worth US$5.3 billion at list prices.

28th Oct 2016 | Read more

Lufthansa Systems expands partner network for BoardConnect

Airlines now have even more flexibility in providing inflight entertainment

24th Oct 2016 | Read more

Bombardier job cuts

Canadian plane maker Bombardier said it would cut 7,500 additional jobs this year on top of the 7,000 it announced in February as it tries to turn around its business.

22nd Oct 2016 | Read more

Singapore breaks ground on Seletar terminal

Singapore officials broke ground on a new US$35 million, two-storey passenger terminal at the country’s Seletar Airport that is designed to handle up to 700,000 passengers a year

21st Oct 2016 | Read more

Passenger growth to double by 2035 – IATA

The number of people flying by air will double by 2035, according to the latest estimates from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which said it expects to see 7.2 billion passengers to travel by air in 2035

19th Oct 2016 | Read more

SITA COMPLETES ISO CERTIFICATION FOR INFORMATION SECURITY AT CHANGI AIRPORT

SITA today announced that the operations and management of SITA Airport Solutions Services for Changi Airport Group (CAG) have successfully met the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification requirements.

18th Oct 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

IATA says airline profit cycle may be peaking

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said in its most recent airlines financial monitor that data on global airlines show industry profitability and cash flow remained “solid”

12th Oct 2016 | Read more

ATR getting new CEO

Turboprop maker ATR’s CEO, Patrick de Castelbajac, confirmed at an industry gathering that he is stepping down and that Airbus Group executive Christian Scherer will be taking his place

12th Oct 2016 | Read more

AAPA lauds carbon pact

The head of the main trade group representing airlines in Asia said he welcomed the new emissions pact agreed to at the 39th general assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in Montreal.

11th Oct 2016 | Read more

China company buys Albanian airport

China Everbright Group said it has acquired all the shares of Albania's airport operator for an undisclosed sum

11th Oct 2016 | Read more

Turkish Airlines To Cut Fuel Costs Using Honeywell Connected Software

Honeywell has been selected by Turkish Airlines to provide its Fuel Efficiency software, part of Honeywell's GoDirect suite of connected aircraft services,

11th 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

HNA’s Avolon Holdings to acquire CIT leasing business

HNA Group in China has agreed to buy CIT Group’s aircraft-leasing business for US$10 billion

7th 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

FedEx adopts new battery rules

Effective 1 January 2017, FedEx Express said it will no longer accept stand-alone lithium-metal batteries (categorised as UN 3090) and stand-alone lithium ion batteries (categorised as UN 3480) prepared as IATA Section II shipments

7th Oct 2016 | Read more

AerCap places five Embraer E-Jets E2 with Borajet

Embraer and AerCap Holdings announced the placement of the first E-Jets E2 by a lessor.

7th Oct 2016 | Read more

AJW Aviation gets CAAC nod

UK-based AJW Aviation said its Canadian unit, AJW Technique, has been certified by the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) for component maintenance and sales in China

3rd Oct 2016 | Read more

Airbus reorganises and Bregier gets COO post

Airbus Group announced on Friday that it will combine all of the company’s separate divisions into one company to cut costs

1st Oct 2016 | Read more

ACLAS Global and Fokker sign MRO Agreement

Singapore GKN Aerospace’s business unit Fokker and ACLAS Global said they have signed a deal for exchange, repair and maintenance covering ATR leading edges.

1st Oct 2016 | Read more

DIEHL AEROSPACE ESTABLISHES SINGAPOREAN SUBSIDIARY IN COOPERATION WITH ITS PARTNER THALES

Diehl Aerospace, a unit of the first tier supplier Diehl Aerosystems, is establishing a fully owned subsidiary in Singapore,

26th Sep 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

Boeing forecasts China demand at US$1 trillion

Boeing said it is projecting that China will need 6,810 new airplanes over the next 20 years.

14th Sep 2016 | Read more

PhilJets expands its operations with an acquisition of two brand new H130 helicopters

Since its inception, three and half years ago, PhilJets, the aviation start-up is pursuing its growth and its objective to develop aerospace, aviation and tourism in the Philippines

14th 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

Hawker Pacific NZ Limited achieves SMS certification

Hawker Pacific NZ Limited (HPNZ) has achieved a notable milestone in becoming the first aviation company in New Zealand to be certified by the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand

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

Emirates adds Guangzhou to its global list of A380 destinations

Emirates, voted the World’s Best Airline 2016 at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, announced today that it will operate its flagship A380 on services between Dubai and Guangzhou

10th Aug 2016 | Read more

Boeing posts Q2 loss

US airplane manufacturer Boeing announced this week that its second quarter loss was lower than expected at US$234 million

28th Jul 2016 | Read more

PASSENGERS IN CHINA ARE HYPER-CONNECTED AND HAPPY

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 WINS "WORLD'S BEST REGIONAL AIRLINE 2016"

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

SATS net profit rises

Singapore-based SATS announced its fiscal year net profit for 2015/2016

22nd Jul 2016 | Read more

UBS business jet index on the rise

The business jet market appears to have found its way after months resting at levels not seen since the 2008-2009 financial crisis

22nd 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

China’s HNA buying majority of SR Technics

SR Technics has announced that its sole shareholder, Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi investment and development company, has agreed to sell an 80 percent stake in the company to Haik

17th 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 AND SITA PARTNER TO DELIVER AIRLINE AND AIRPORT EXCELLENCE IN KOREA

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

Boeing forecasts demand at US$5.9 trillion

US manufacturing stalwart Boeing announced at the Farnborough Airshow in England that it projects a global demand for 39,620 new airplanes over the next 20 years,

12th Jul 2016 | Read more

Embraer sells E190s to Indonesia’s Kalstar

Brazillian plane maker Embraer announced at Farnborough that Indonesia’s Kalstar Aviation, a regional operator, signed a firm order for five E190-E2s

12th 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

Swedish lessor signs LOI for 10 MRJs

Mitsubishi Aircraft announced at Farnborough that Sweden’s Rockton AB, a regional aircraft leasing company, had signed a letter of intent for a firm order of 10 MRJ90 aircraft

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

Passenger demand moderates – IATA

Data released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) showed global passenger demand in May measured in revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 4.6 percent

8th Jul 2016 | Read more

Air freight slows in May

Figures released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) showed global air freight demand growth slowed in May

7th Jul 2016 | Read more

India Sees Highest Domestic Market Growth in 2015 – IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced industry performance statistics for 2015 that showed India had the fastest domestic passenger growth last year.

6th Jul 2016 | Read more

Singapore devoting US$26 million to beef up Changi

Authorities in Singapore announced on 1 July they would spend upwards of US$26 million to beef up productivity at the city-state’s Changi airport

3rd Jul 2016 | Read more

Gulfstream G280 sets record

Gulfstream Aerospace announced that its super mid-sized G280 set a speed record between Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Luton, England

1st 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

Global Jet Capital sees uptick in Indian bizav market

US business jet leasing specialist Global Jet Capital said it expects demand for business aviation in India to increase

1st Jul 2016 | Read more

Hawker Pacific announces first Australian order of Beechcraft King Air C90GTx

Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft product support company in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East is pleased to announce the first Australian order of a Beechcraft King Air C90GTx to the leading flight training provider CAE Oxford Aviation Academy.

30th Jun 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

India approves new aviation policy

The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in India has approved a new aviation policy

16th Jun 2016 | Read more

Airbus seals helicopter deal with China

Airbus and a Chinese consortium made up of China Aviation Supplies (CAS), Qingdao United General Aviation Industrial Development (Qingdao United) and CITIC Offshore Helicopter (COHC) have agreed to set up a final assembly operation

14th Jun 2016 | Read more

Global airlines see shares drop, but outlook remains positive

Share prices for the world’s publicly listed airlines have fallen 11 percent since the start of the year, according to recent data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA

12th Jun 2016 | Read more

Sabre names new APAC VP

Sabre said it has named Todd Arthur to the post of vice president of sales and market development for Sabre Travel Network Asia Pacific.

8th Jun 2016 | Read more

Jet Aviation Singapore receives DGCA approval to certify aircraft registered in India

et Aviation Singapore has received a repair station certificate from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the governing civil aviation regulatory body in India

8th Jun 2016 | Read more

Business jet market still weak

The business jet market worldwide remains weak with large cabin aircraft the worst performing

6th 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

Jet Aviation Basel Completions Center launches 3D App JetVision at EBACE 2016

et Aviation Basel launched its 3D application, JetVision, at the 2016 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva.

25th May 2016 | Read more

Safran and AFI KLM E&M to create joint venture for aircraft engine parts repair

Today, at the Palais de l'Elysée in Paris, in the presence of the French President, Safran Aircraft Engines and Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M, part of the AIR FRANCE KLM group) signed a Memorandum of Understanding

25th May 2016 | Read more

Hawker Pacific appoints General Manager Helicopter Sales and Support to meet growing demand

Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft sales and product support company in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East, has announced a significant investment in resources and technologies

18th May 2016 | Read more

Liebherr-Aerospace Delivers First System to Hafei-Harbin Helicopters

Liebherr-Aerospace has recently delivered its first cooling system to the Chinese manufacturer Hafei-Harbin (AVIC Group)

17th 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 DELIVERS FIRST OF THREE AIRBUS A320 AIRCRAFT TO ANA

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

New Airbus training centre opens in Singapore

The training joint venture announced in 2014 by Singapore Airlines and Airbus officially opened its dedicated US$100 million facility on 18 April with officials there saying the centre should become the largest in the world for Airbus training.

18th Apr 2016 | Read more

Jet Aviation Singapore receives FAA approval and certification from the Thailand Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) for the Gulfstream G280

Jet Aviation Singapore recently received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to support the Gulfstream G280 aircraft.

13th Apr 2016 | Read more

New DG named at IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that outgoing Air France-KLM CEO and chairman, Alexandre de Juniac,

8th Apr 2016 | Read more

The Future of Air Transport conference heads to Singapore

We are offering a 25% discount to readers of Asian Aviation.

1st Apr 2016 | Read more

Liebherr Delivers First Prototype of Folding Wing Tip Actuation System for B777X

Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH, Lindenberg (Germany) achieved a major milestone when delivering the first proof of concept prototype units for the Boeing 777X folding wing tip actuation system end of February 2016.

31st Mar 2016 | Read more

Boeing to cut 4,000 jobs as battle with Airbus continues

Despite record order completions last year, US aerospace giant is attempting to cut costs against resurgent European rival

31st Mar 2016 | Read more

Jet Aviation Hong Kong provides certification to Canadian-registered aircraft in Asia

Hong Kong, SAR / March 22, 2016 – Jet Aviation Hong Kong recently has been approved via a Master Service Agreement (MSA) between Transport Canada and the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department

23rd Mar 2016 | Read more

Pratt & Whitney PurePower® Engines Power Asia’s First A320neo for IndiGo

IndiGo’s first Airbus A320neo, powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower Geared Turbofan™ engines,

18th Mar 2016 | Read more

Air New Zealand to open expansive new Brisbane International Lounge

Air New Zealand’s latest purpose-built, architecturally designed and significantly larger lounge will open its doors tomorrow at Brisbane International Airport.

15th Mar 2016 | Read more

Managing breakneck growth is key to Asia’s aviation future

The facts and figures showing Asia becoming the center of the world’s aviation universe are clear and unarguable

10th Mar 2016 | Read more

Clean Sky: MTU Aero Engines and partners develop new propulsion technologies

Clean Sky is the largest aviation technology research initiative ever launched by the European Commission.

9th Mar 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

Jet Aviation Singapore celebrates 20 years of exceptional service at Seletar Airport

Officially launched at Singapore Airshow in 1996, Jet Aviation Singapore is proud to observe its 20th anniversary of providing quality services at this year’s Airshow.

12th Feb 2016 | Read more

First China Airlines A350XWB takes shape in Airbus’ Final Assembly Line

Assembly of the main airframe sections of the first A350 XWB for China Airlines is advancing at Airbus’ Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France.

4th Feb 2016 | Read more

Jet Aviation Zurich FBO handles vast majority of Head-of-State WEF 2016 flights

Jet Aviation Zurich spent months preparing for the surge of VIP customers that arrived in Zurich to attend the 46th annual World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting, held January 20-23, 2016 in Davos, Switzerland.

26th Jan 2016 | Read more

Condolences for Colin Baker

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of editor Colin Baker. We pass on our sincere condolences to Colin's wife Sarah and his young family.

21st Jan 2016 | Read more

Flightsafety international adds gulfstream g650 cpdlc to its elearning courses

FlightSafety International adds Gulfstream G650 Controller Pilot Data Link Communication to its extensive series of eLearning courses and CPDLC iFlightDECK ™ subscription-based application.

14th Jan 2016 | Read more

Asian Aviation Magazine appoints new editor

SINGAPORE, 11 January 2016 – Asian Aviation Magazine, the leading independent information provider on the civil aviation industry in Asia, announced today it has appointed veteran journalist Matt Driskill as its new Editor.

11th Jan 2016 | Read more

Sabena technics wins its first B777 cabin modification

The French MRO provider, Sabena technics, has recently welcomed its first Boeing 777 for airframe modifications since obtaining its rating approval.

22nd Dec 2015 | Read more

FLYBE CEO SAAD HAMMAD CONGRATULATES NEW PILOTS AT CTC AVIATION’S LARGEST EVER GRADUATION CEREMONY

CTC Aviation is a global pilot training and resourcing company providing innovative solutions in partnership with customers around the world.

15th Dec 2015 | Read more

QATAR EXECUTIVE TAKES DELIVERY OF ITS FIRST GULFSTREAM G650ER

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

ETIHAD AIRWAYS PARTNERS WITH COGNIZANT TO REIMAGINE DIGITAL GUEST EXPERIENCE ACROSS THE GROUP

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH), a leading provider of information technology, consulting, and business process outsourcing services, today announced a strategic agreement to drive digital transformation across the airline and its equity partners.

15th Dec 2015 | Read more

Aviation Festival Asia 2016.

Over 2,000 leaders in global aviation head to Singapore this February

14th Dec 2015 | Read more

dnata signs multi-year agreement with XiamenAir in Australia

Sydney, Australia – dnata, one of the world’s largest air services providers, has reached an agreement with XiamenAir to provide full-ground handling services for the carrier’s new flights to Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, which commenced on 29 November.

7th 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

BOC AVIATION SIGNS US$500 MILLION FIVE-YEAR SYNDICATED TERM LOAN FACILITY

BOC Aviation Pte. Ltd. (“BOC Aviation” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce that it has signed a US$500 million 5-year unsecured syndicated term loan facility

2nd Dec 2015 | Read more

Swiss Air-Rescue Rega takes a major step in “Project Icebird” with a contract for three rescue AW169s

Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland announced today that Swiss Air-Rescue Rega has placed an order for three AW169 light intermediate twin-engine

2nd 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

MRJ finally takes off

Mitsubishi Aircraft and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries launched the long-delayed 18-month flight test programme of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet on 11 November with the first flight of the MRJ90.

27th Nov 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

Liebherr-Aerospace Ranks First in Customer Service Support for Dassault’s Falcon Fleet

Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse SAS has recently received from Dassault Aviation an award as “Best Falcon Customer Service Provider” for the fourth consecutive year.

18th Nov 2015 | Read more

VIETJET AND AVIATION NEW ZEALAND SIGN MOU

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

18th Nov 2015 | Read more

Russian Helicopters launches flight testing of second Mi-171A2 prototype

Russian Helicopters, part of state corporation Rostec, has started flight testing of a second prototype of the medium multirole Mi-171A2 at Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant.

10th Nov 2015 | Read more

GE and Emirates are celebrating the accumulation of one million cycles with its GE90 engine fleet.

“The GE90 engine has been an integral part of Emirates growth strategy,” said Adel Al Redha, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer at Emirates.

10th Nov 2015 | Read more

AAR to Highlight Expanded Presence in the Middle East at Dubai Airshow

AAR, an industry-leading provider of aviation services to commercial airlines, OEMs and governments, will highlight at the Dubai Air Show

6th 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

BAE Systems completes 400-plus maintenance checks for Tigerair

Melbourne, Australia: BAE Systems Australia has now completed over 400 base maintenance checks from its Melbourne International Airport hangar for Tigerair Australia’s fleet of A320 aircraft.

4th 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

Jet Aviation expands aircraft management services with insurance benefits analysis

Jet Aviation has introduced a new Comparative Analysis of Insurance Benefits service based on specific aircraft flight operation requirements.

3rd Nov 2015 | Read more

Ontic Singapore Facility CAAC Certification Allows for Commercial Expansion in MRO

Ontic, a BBA Aviation company and the aerospace industry’s leading provider of ‘Extended Life Solutions’ for OEM legacy products, recently announced certification by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for its Singapore facility.

3rd Nov 2015 | Read more

AirAsia Moves to Unisys Cloud-Based Logistics Management System

ading Asian low cost carrier replaced legacy cargo management system with modern Unisys cloud-based service in less than six months

29th Oct 2015 | Read more

Helitech Show Review

Helitech International 2015, hosted 215 exhibitors from around the world

27th Oct 2015 | Read more

QATAR AIRWAYS ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF ANOTHER EXCITING AUSTRALIAN DESTINATION – ADELAIDE

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

MTU Maintenance and AAR Extend Cooperation for PW2000 Parts Supply

MTU Maintenance, one of the top five engine MRO service providers worldwide, and AAR, a leading provider of aviation services to the global commercial and defense industries, have signed a contract

23rd Sep 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

AAR Signs MOU with KAI to Help Develop Commercial MRO in South Korea

Global maintenance providers establish strategic repair partnership

9th Sep 2015 | Read more

Pan Am International Flight Academy Participating at APATS

Pan Am International Flight Academy announced today plans today to attend the Asian Pacific Training Symposium (APATS) at the Centara Grand Convention Centre in Bangkok Thailand on September 15th and 16th.

5th Sep 2015 | Read more

Irish aviation firm Avolon to be acquired by China's HNA Group for $2.5bn

Avolon shareholders will receive $31 per share in cash, which is lower than the $32 per share the companies were discussing in exclusive talks in August.

4th Sep 2015 | Read more

FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL IS BUILDING A NEW CESSNA CITATION XLS+ SIMULATOR TO BE INSTALLED AT ITS LEARNING CENTER IN COLUMBUS, OHIO

FlightSafety International announces that it is building a new Cessna Citation XLS+ aircraft simulator.

2nd Sep 2015 | Read more

Liebherr Seals Its Participation in Clean Sky 2

Three Liebherr companies have confirmed their participation in the Clean Sky 2 Joint Technology Initiative (JTI):

1st 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

FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL’S SECOND GULFSTREAM G280 SIMULATOR RECEIVES FAA LEVEL D QUALIFICATION

FlightSafety International announces that its second Gulfstream G280 aircraft simulator has been qualified to Level D by the United States Federal Aviation Administration.

21st Aug 2015 | Read more

Pan Am International Flight Academy to provide ATP-CTP Training

Pan Am International Flight Academy announced today it has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), effective immediately

20th Aug 2015 | Read more

Cochin International Airport to be India’s first fully solar powered airport

Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) is all set to become the first airport in the country that will operate on solar power,

17th Aug 2015 | Read more

Vietjet receives Certification

Vietjet has received the certificate of IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) from the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) for its outstanding operational standards

17th Aug 2015 | Read more

Liebherr-Aerospace and its Joint Venture Liebherr LAMC Aviation (Changsha) Deliver First Landing Gear for the COMAC C919

On July 14, 2015, Liebherr LAMC Aviation (Changsha) Co., Ltd., the joint venture between the Chinese company LAMC (AVIC Landing Gear Advanced Manufacturing Corp.)

31st Jul 2015 | Read more

DASSAULT RENEWS ITS APPROVAL OF FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL AS AN AUTHORIZED TRAINING PROVIDER

FlightSafety International announces that Dassault Aviation has renewed its Certificate of Approval

28th Jul 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

CFM delivers first Leap-1C to Comac

CFM International has delivered the first Leap-1C engine to Comac for its in-development C919 narrowbody programme.

23rd 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 JOINS CELEBRATIONS AS VIETNAM AIRLINES BECOMES THE WORLD’S SECOND OPERATOR OF THE A350 XWB

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 ANNOUNCE NEW CODESHARE AGREEMENT

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

3rd Jul 2015 | Read more

HIGH-FLYING ALPHA AVIATION WINS NEW TRAINING CONTRACTS

Alpha Aviation Group is cementing its reputation as the leading pilot selection and training provider in South East Asia and the Indian sub-continent.

2nd Jul 2015 | Read more

Airbus and Chinese partners agree on wide-body cooperation

Airbus A330 Completion and Delivery Centre to be built in Tianjin

2nd 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

Sabre takes full control of Abacus

Sabre Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire full control of part-owned Abacus International.

15th May 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

SITA wins Abu Dhabi Airport deal

SITA has signed a five-year deal with Abu Dhabi International Airport to provide a full range of integrated airport solutions

14th May 2015 | Read more

Fokker adds CRJs to ABACUS programme

Fokker Services has added the Bombardier CRJ700/900/1000 to its component availability programme ABACUS.

14th May 2015 | Read more

AvFab gets Chinese STC for Beechjet divan

Aviation Fabricators (AvFab) has received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval in China for the installation of their Beechjet 2-Place and 3-Place Divan

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

Cobham SATCOM starts AirAsia deliveries

Cobham SATCOM has started deliveries to supply 150 of its four-channel AVIATOR 1200SP SwiftBroadband system to AirAsia.

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

ARINC Border Management helps smooth Vietnamese PAX flows

The implementation of Rockwell Collins’ ARINC Border Management solution at all international airports in Vietnam has resulted in a 90 percent improvement in passenger processing times, and an 80 percent improvement in the quality of the data when compared to the data handled manually.

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

Lower rate of mishandled bags saves billions of dollars

The Global air transport industry has cut the rate of mishandled bags by 61.3% globally since 2007, creating US$18 billion in total estimated cost savings, according to air transport IT specialist SITA.

30th 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

Proposed start-up Fly Mojo signs LOI for 20 CS100s

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has received a Letter of Intent (LOI) from Malaysian proposed start-up Fly Mojo for 20 CS100 aircraft with options for an additional 20 CS100 aircraft.

20th Mar 2015 | Read more

IATA urges Indonesia to rectify multiple failings

IATA has called on Indonesia to make significant improvements in its aviation sector, noting multiple failings in areas ranging including safety, capacity and regulation

13th 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

Rockwell Collins unveils ARINC MultiLink flight tracking service

Rockwell Collins has unveiled its ARINC MultiLink flight tracking service, which uses a wide variety of different data sources to locate aircraft anywhere in the world.

10th Mar 2015 | Read more

Changi selects Exelis departure sequence planner

Exelis has been awarded a contract to deploy its OSYRIS Pre-Departure Sequence Planner at Singapore Changi Airport.

9th 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

Boeing Shanghai gets EASA Part21 DOA approval

Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services has become the first EASA Part21 Design Organization Approval (DOA) holder in China.

3rd Mar 2015 | Read more

Airbus to increase A320 rate and shrink A330 production

Airbus will increase A320 family monthly production rates to 50 from the first quarter of 2017, while rates for the A330 are being cut to six from the first quarter of 2016 as it transitions to the A330neo.

1st 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

Maiden flight for CS300

Bombardier's CS300 has successfully completed it maiden flight, giving a much needed to boost to the CSeries programme.

1st Mar 2015 | Read more

Narita to offer incentives

Tokyo Narita International Airport says it will cut or eliminate landing fees for up to one year for airlines that introduce new routes, starting in April.

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

ACI figures show Gulf airports outpacing APAC

Preliminary passenger traffic results for 2014 released by ACI Asia-Pacific showed continued moderate growth from last year in Asia-Pacific airports at +5.9%.

18th Feb 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

Rolls-Royce launches CSC - Singapore

Rolls-Royce has launched a new strategic approach to customer service with the opening of the Customer Service Centre (CSC) – Singapore, the first in a network of dedicated centres providing comprehensive in-region customer support.

4th 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

New Shanghai rail link

A new rail link will cut the journey between Shanghai’s two international airports to as little as 30 minutes, Sun Jianping, chief of the Shanghai Transport Commission told Shanghai Daily.

27th 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

Nextant completes first G90XT test flight

Nextant Aerospace has successfully completed the first test flight for the new G90XT turboprop.

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

MTU and EOS collaborate on 3D printing

MTU Aero Engines has signed a framework agreement with EOS for the joint strategic development of additive technology (i.e. 3D printing).

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

Embraer makes Indonesian breakthrough

Embraer has made a breakthrough in the Indonesian market, with Kalstar Aviation taking two E-195s on lease through Aldus Aviation.

13th 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

ICAO to propose new tracking standard

ICAO will propose a new standard that requires commercial aircraft to report their position every 15 minutes.

7th Jan 2015 | Read more

New consultancy launches

Thirty highly respected industry leaders and professionals – including several former CEOs -- have joined in a broad-based business consultancy that specializes in Aviation, Aerospace, Defense and Air Travel under the banner of a new company - Stangarone & Associates.

6th 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

New Beijing airport approved

China’s National Development and Reform Commission has approved the construction of a new airport to the south of Beijing.

17th 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

China Helicopter Exposition

“Unique exposition for helicopter and rotorhub professionals taking place September 9 – 13, 2015

13th Dec 2014 | Read more

New CEO for Garuda

Garuda Garuda has appointed Arif Wibowo, the head of its budget carrier unit Citilink, as its chief executive to replace Emirsyah Satar, according to Reuters.

12th Dec 2014 | Read more

Qatar A350 delivery delay

Qatar Airways has announced that the delivery of the first Airbus A350, scheduled for early next week, has been put on hold.

11th 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

Jetcraft sets up down under

Business aviation broker Jetcraft Corporation is opening an office in Australia’s Gold Coast.

10th 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

Honeywell and Hughes in Myanmar ATM project

Honeywell Aerospace and Hughes Aerospace are assisting Myanmar’s Yangon and Mandalay international airports to develop satellite-based navigation technologies for optimizing takeoff and landing routes.

28th Nov 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

BOC opens Tianjin subsidiary

BOC Aviation has opened its subsidiary BOC Aviation Leasing (Tianjin) Ltd, located within the Dongjiang Free Trade Port Zone in Tianjin, China.

26th Nov 2014 | Read more

NokScoot livery unveiled

NokScoot has unveiled its aircraft livery together with its cabin crew uniform design. The low-cost long-haul’s Boeing 777-200 aircraft arrived at its home base, Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport, on November 23.

24th 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

Skyways Technics opens KL facility

Skyways Technics has opened a new regional office and warehouse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to support ATR & CRJ operators in the Asia-Pacific region

7th Nov 2014 | Read more

Nextant gains CAAC approval for 400XTi

Nextant Aerospace’s 400XTi has received supplemental type certificate validation from the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

7th Nov 2014 | Read more

SITA/ACI release Airport IT Trends Survey

Improving passenger processes at the airport is the number one information technology (IT) investment priority of airports around the world and nearly half (47%) rank passenger and airport security as their top priority

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

Don’t skimp on Vanuatu’s Airports

The current stalemate in Vanuatu over what do to with Bauerfield International Airport (BIA), Vanuatu’s international aviation gateway

7th Nov 2014 | Read more

EASA certifies A350 XWB for up to 370 minute ETOPS

The Airbus A30XWB has been certified by EASA for ETOPS for up to 370 minutes.

18th Oct 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

AgustaWestland signs BAIC deal for up to 50 rotorcraft

Beijing Automotive Industrial Corporation (BAIC) of China has signed a multi-year contract

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

Pelican Introduces Pelican ProGear™ Elite Luggage

September 24, 2014 - Pelican Products, Inc., the global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance protective case solutions, is unveiling Pelican ProGear™ Elite luggage.luggage_group_all_colors_low_sm 3

15th 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

1500th shop visit for MTU Maintenance Zhuhai

MTU Maintenance Zhuhai has completed its 1500th shop visit

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

Gulf airports outpace APAC rivals

Middle East airports have grown passenger volumes at twice the rate of their Asia-Pacific rivals

17th Sep 2014 | Read more

AgustaWestland seals Japanese police deal

The AW109 Power helicopter will replace an ageing B206 model

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

Bell gets Chinese training approval

Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA)

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

Abu Dhabi Airports sees first half traffic surge

Abu Dhabi Airports announced today a 19.4% increase in passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport

15th Aug 2014 | Read more

FSF Chairman McMillan Elected to Chair ICAO Task Force on Regional Conflict Zones

At the inaugural meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO)

15th Aug 2014 | Read more

KARL ULRICH GARNADT APPOINTED AS VICE-CHAIRMAN OF AMECO BEIJING Board

Karl Ulrich Garnadt, the member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa Aktiengesellschaft and CEO of Lufthansa German Airlines has succeeded Stefan Lauer to be the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors at MRO operator Ameco Beijing.

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

Scoot moves to Don Mueang

Scoot is moving its Bangkok operations from Suvarnabhumi to Don Mueang International Airport from September

30th Jul 2014 | Read more

FlightSafety International & Sikorsky to boost Asia training

FlightSafety International and Sikorsky plan to offer training

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

Gippsaero GA8 Airvan sets off again

Hawker Pacific, leading aircraft sales and product support company in Asia

9th Jul 2014 | Read more

New CFO at ATR

ATR has appointed Giorgio Moreni. He succeeds Eric Baravian

9th Jul 2014 | Read more

Stylish Stowage at Altitude

New Zealand’s Altitude Aerospace Interiors has delivered the first of its customised first class cabin

9th Jul 2014 | Read more

Q400 NextGen gets Kazakh outing

Bombardier Aerospace has showcased a Q400 NextGen aircraft in Astana, Kazakhstan

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

PW1200G mounted on MRJ

Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1200G engines have been mounted

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

Jet Aviation Dubai re-delivers its first CPDLC & ADS-B Out upgrade

Jet Aviation Dubai recently re-delivered its first successful Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC)

27th Jun 2014 | Read more

EU technology programme ENOVAL launches website

The EU technology programme ENOVAL (ENgine mOdule VALidators)

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

TAE signs LRSF for Woodward TPE331 fuel and propeller components

TAE has signed a Licensed Repair Services Facility (LRSF) agreement with Woodward

7th Jun 2014 | Read more

IATA AGM: Call for “Global Mindset”

IATA’s AGM in Doha, Qatar, saw the trade body call for airlines

4th 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

Jet Aviation Singapore opens new hangar

Jet Aviation Singapore has opened its new hangar facility at Seletar Aerospace Park.

4th Jun 2014 | Read more

SITA to introduce flight tracking

SITA says it will introduce an innovative technology solution

4th Jun 2014 | Read more

ACI Asia-Pacific announces new board members

ACI Asia-Pacific has elected a new board for a two-year term.

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

AHSA gives SpacePlane demonstrator a lift

Airbus Helicopter Southeast Asia has played a key role in a test flight

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

Rolls signs BA engine MRO deals

Rolls-Royce has signed deals with Bombardier and Jet Aviation covering business aviation engine MRO.

23rd May 2014 | Read more

LTS expands

Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen (LTS) has opened two new buildings, adding 16,000m2 of new workshops, warehouses, offices and training rooms.

23rd May 2014 | Read more

Nextant Pacific sells dedicated air ambulance

Nextant Pacific Pty has sold its first dedicated air ambulance to Australia.

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

Hawker Pacific to show Bell 505 Jet Ranger X mock-up at Rotortech 2014

Hawker Pacific is displaying a mock-up of the recently launched Bell 505 Jet Ranger X at RotorTech 2014 on the Sinshine Coast on May 24 and 25.

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

AFI KLM E&M wins Air China GE90 deal

AFI KLM E&M has signed a 15 year deal with Air China to support the latter’s GE90 engines

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

Bell Relentless set for UAE

Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft sales and product support

2nd May 2014 | Read more

IATA & EASA to share safety information

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA)

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

Inmarsat strikes GX Aviation deals

Satellite network provider Inmarsat has made Thales a value-added reseller

11th Apr 2014 | Read more

ST Aerospace announces Q1 results

ST Aerospace today announced that it has recorded new orders worth S$460m

11th Apr 2014 | Read more

IATA commits to unified position on aircraft tracking

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has made a commitment to facilitate

1st Apr 2014 | Read more

GE & EGAT in new JV

GE Aviation and Taiwan’s EGAT have formed a new joint-venture specializing in the overhaul of the GEnx engines

1st 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

New Philippine airport

The Philippine Government has given the green light

1st Apr 2014 | Read more

LHT and LIST JV for business jets

Lufthansa Technik and LIST components & furniture have teamed up to launch a new joint

1st Apr 2014 | Read more

ANA order spree

ANA has given Boeing a much-needed fillip in the Japanese market

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

AAPA welcomes UK decision on APD

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has welcomed the decision of the UK Government to reform its Air Passenger Duty (APD)

21st Mar 2014 | Read more

Asian airports see good start to the year

The Asia-Pacific and Middle East region had a good start in year 2014, recording +10.7% year-on-year growth in passenger traffic in January.

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

Boeing begins CDC expansion

Boeing has started work of its 737 Commercial Delivery Centre (CDC) expansion

19th Mar 2014 | Read more

KLIA 2 on schedule to open May 2

Malaysia’s beleaguered Acting Transport Minister has said KLIA 2 will open as schedule on May 2

18th 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

ANZ puts Oz airlines to shame

In stark contrast to its peers across the Tasman Sea, Air New Zealand

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

QANTAS GROUP STRATEGY UPDATE

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

Asian Aviation's FREE App

Asian Aviation's FREE App

14th Feb 2014 | Read more

The Airbus A350XWB and Boeing 787 Dreamliner are set to go head-to-head at next week's Singapore Air Show.

The A350-900 will be making a global show debut - it's presence at the Paris Air Show was purely a fly-by.

4th 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

Willis signs new AFI KLM E&M deal

Willis Lease Finance has signed a new engine and APU support contract with AFI KLM E&M.

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

Doha opening delayed

Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar has seen its opening put back

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

TAE buys Perkins Technologies

Australian engine MRO provider TAE has purchased Perkins Technologies and its Engine Condition Trend Monitoring (ECTM) system

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

Vector in Seletar

Vector Aerospace has become the latest aviation company to set up shop in Singapore's Seletar Aerospace Park

11th Dec 2013 | Read more

CTC Aviation appoints RNZAF Chief to head Hamilton Flight Training Centre

Hamilton Airport-based airline pilot training provider, CTC

11th Dec 2013 | Read more

Kuwait opts for A350 and A320neo

Kuwait Airways has signed a Memorandum of Understanding

11th Dec 2013 | Read more

Boeing starts 777X wind tunnel tests

Boeing has started low-speed wind tunnel tests on the 777X

11th Dec 2013 | Read more

First Bell 407GX for Australia

Following the recently concluded demonstration tour around the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East

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

L-3 Link in China Airlines FFS deal

L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) has been selected by China Airlines to provide a B777-300ER Full Flight Simulator (FFS).

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

2nd China Airport Development Summit 2014

The 2nd China Airport Development Summit 2014 will be held on 17th-18th, April in Shanghai, China. The summit organized by China Decision Makers Consultancy (CDMC Events)

15th Nov 2013 | Read more

QANTAS ANNOUNCES OUTCOME OF AVALON MAINTENANCE REVIEW

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

Recaro opens China seat facility

Recaro Aircraft Seating has opened its new manufacturing plant in the Chinese coastal city of Qingdao

30th Oct 2013 | Read more

Trend setter

IT has transformed the passenger experience over the last ten years, and there's plenty more to come

29th Oct 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

Work on new Myanmar airport to begin in 2014

Construction work for Myanmar’s new Hantharwady International Airport north of Yangon will start in early 2014, according to local media reports.

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

ST ENGINEERING’S AEROSPACE ARM SECURES NEW ORDERS WORTH $600M IN 3Q2013

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

EADS aims higher after decade of growth

EUROPEAN aerospace and defence giant EADS is keen to develop its presence in Australia after a strong decade of growth in the commercial and defence spheres.

15th 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 PLACES SIX A321s WITH EVA

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

SITA to transform operations at 10 more airports in India

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has chosen SITA’s next generation Airport Management System to transform operations at ten airports across India, enhancing the passenger journey for 42 million passengers.

27th Sep 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

CSeries first Flight Success

Under perfect weather conditions, Bombardier Aerospace celebrated the successful first flight of its CSeries

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

Lion on course for EASA approval

Lion Technic has taken another step forward to achieving its goal of becoming an EASA-certified maintenance organization.

19th Sep 2013 | Read more

MTU teams up with Sumitomo for engine leasing

MTU Maintenance, the world’s largest independent maintenance provider for commercial aircraft engines, and Japan-based Sumitomo Corporation

19th Sep 2013 | Read more

China MRO

China has long been seen as a challenging market for the maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) industry, but a potentially lucrative one that any player with global ambitions cannot afford to ignore.

27th Aug 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

Asia Pacific Airlines Traffic Results - July 2013

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -Preliminary traffic figures for the month of July released today by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed continued growth in international passenger traffic, whereas international air cargo demand remained weak.

27th Aug 2013 | Read more

MALAYSIA AIRLINES TO REDUCE FUEL COSTS WITH SITA’s WIND AND WEATHER SERVICE

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

GE Fans Out on Testing of New GE9X Fan Blades

GE Aviation has begun testing on its new composite fan blades for the GE9X, the next-generation GE90 engine that will power Boeing’s 777X aircraft. This validation test is the first of several testing programs GE has planned this year for the GE9X fan module.

27th Aug 2013 | Read more

Korean Air Chooses ARINC as Primary Satellite Communication Services Provider

ARINC has announced that Korean Air has renewed its contracts for ARINC AviNet® wide-area network services as well as GLOBALinkSM data and voice communications services.

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

Bombardier sees US$650 bln business jet market up to 2032

Bombardier Aerospace’s latest 20-year business aircraft market forecast, released on 14 June, predicts deliveries of some 24,000 business jets, valued at some US$650 billion, between 2013 and 2032. Growth will be driven by emerging markets, including Asia.

4th Jul 2013 | Read more

Asia-Pacific airport ranking

Asia-Pacific's top 30 airports ranked by passenger volume broke through the one billion passenger mark in 2012, but saw growth rates significantly below those of the three key Gulf hubs. Colin Baker reports.

4th 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

Aviation Training Congress China 2013 to be held in October

2nd Annual Aviation Training Congress China 2013 will be held on October 18‐19

13th Jun 2013 | Read more

Airbus returns to form

As the world's aerospace industry gathers in Paris for Europe’s premier air show this month, Airbus can "project an image as the more-reliable 'jetmaker', despite the merits of the [Boeing] 777X design" with which the US manufacturer expects to compete against the European company's new Rolls-Royce Trent-powered A350 XWB, according to consultant Richard Aboulafia.

6th Jun 2013 | Read more

Meeting engine MRO needs

Over the next two decades, Asia is predicted to lead growth in air traffic. With airlines once again placing substantial orders for new aircraft, the region’s MRO providers are expanding engine maintenance capabilities to tap that segment of the market

6th Jun 2013 | Read more

Composite competence

Last year, the Asia-Pacific region accounted for 36 per cent of the worldwide market in value for composite production and 41 per cent in volume, according to Frederique Mutel, president and chief executive officer of the JEC Group, which is the world’s largest composite industry organisation, representing, promoting and expanding the industry.

6th Jun 2013 | Read more

Asia-Pacific airports face their challenges

The Airport Council International’s (ACI) Asia Pacific Regional Assembly held recently in Phuket was a quiet, even muted, affair. Airports in the region are doing well, will continue to do so based on traffic forecasts and are expected to keep on delivering broader economic benefits. But with this planning for future growth comes issues related to the high cost of building and expanding airports and the political squabbling

6th Jun 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

ABACE SHOW REPORT 2013

Remanufactured business jet company Nextant Aerospace has appointed Great Wall Industry (CGWIC) as its exclusive sales agent in China and Jet Aviation Singapore as an authorised service centre as it seeks to build its Asian business.

6th May 2013 | Read more

Aircraft Interiors Expo Show Report

European seat manufacturer EADS Sogerma launched its new Celeste narrowbody business class/premium economy seat during the show. Celeste is pitched at a minimum of 40 inches, with a single actuator or a G mechanism to a cradle relaxed position up to 45 degrees.

6th May 2013 | Read more

Business Aviation May 2013

Cessna Aircraft rolled out the first production version of its flagship New Citation X business jet at the company’s Wichita, Kansas manufacturing facility on 15 April. The new aircraft was first announced at the NBAA show in 2010 and offers a top speed of Mach 0.935, making it the world’s fastest civil aircraft.

6th May 2013 | Read more

Mobile moves

Airlines in the region are exploring mobile technology for passenger booking and processing. Michael Mackey looks at what the future holds. It is early days yet for mobile technology in the airline industry but the potential is there, being acted upon and there is plenty more to come.

6th May 2013 | Read more

Helicopters

Australian operators of Robinson R44 helicopters faced being grounded at the end of April if they had not fitted their aircraft with upgraded fuel tanks designed to reduce the risk of post-accident fire. In early April, when the Civil Aviation Safety Authority issued the directive, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau had assessed that about 100 Australian R44 helicopters would not meet the service bulletin by the deadline.

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

Interior innovations

Developments in aircraft seating, lighting and interiors are set to make the journey of the future more pleasurable while delivering weight, maintenance and cost savings for airlines

25th Mar 2013 | Read more

SERIOUS CSERIES

Bombardier Aerospace is a very pragmatic manufacturer, having wisely responded to changes in the prevailing wind as it spent several years preparing to bring its latest commercial aircraft – the new CSeries (CS) narrowbody – to the runway.

25th Mar 2013 | Read more

Bombardier identifies China’s CDB Leasing as Global 6000 customer

Bombardier Aerospace has confirmed that CDB Leasing, a subsidiary of China Development Bank, owns the previously unidentified entity which ordered five Global 6000 business jets on 21 December.

25th Mar 2013 | Read more

India shows promise despite slowdown

India, one of the fastest growing economies, has 55 billionaires – the fourth largest in the world – owning approximately $250 billion in wealth. This is compared with China’s 115 billionaires valued at $230 billion.

25th Mar 2013 | Read more

Gulfstream targets Australia with G280 and G650

Business jet manufacturer Gulfstream brought its super mid-sized G280 and the ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range G650 to the Avalon air show for the first time, with the manufacturer expecting the aircraft to be popular in the country’s growing business jet market.

25th Mar 2013 | Read more

Hong Kong receives environment recognition

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) received a significant recognition of its environmental efforts today when Airports Council International (ACI) presented it with the Airport Carbon Accreditation "Optimisation" certificate – the second-highest level of accreditation in the programme – f

25th Mar 2013 | Read more

IATA seeks to accelerate Secure Freight

Nearly 50 million tonnes of cargo are transported by air each year, according to the International Air Transport Association. In dollar terms, this represents US$5.3 trillion of business which accounts for about 35% of the value of goods traded internationally.

3rd Mar 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

CTC launches new Indian pilot training programme

Pilot training and resourcing company CTC Aviation Group (CTC) has launched a new airline pilot training programme exclusively for Indian students.

3rd Mar 2013 | Read more

Eurocopter India retains the market lead

Paced by the sales of light helicopters in 2012, Eurocopter India continued its leadership role in the Indian market last year – capturing a 70 percent share of the new civilian helicopter bookings and 43 percent of registered deliveries in this key geographical region.

9th Feb 2013 | Read more

AJW Technique achieves TCCA Approved Maintenance Organisation status

The AJW Montréal facility continues on its fast track with uncompromising commitment to bring component repair and overhaul services on stream just five months after acquiring the former Aveos Fleet Performance assets.

6th Feb 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

A record 51 million passengers for Changi Airport in 2012

Singapore Changi Airport experienced its busiest month ever last month to cross the 50-million passenger movements mark for the first time in the airport’s 31-year history.

31st Jan 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

Competition

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

L3 eyes Asia-Pacific demand

L3 Link Simulation & Training is intensifying its activities in the Asia-Pacific region, which it expects to account for as much as half of global demand over the next decade, writes Emma Kelly.

28th Jan 2013 | Read more

Hong Kong International Airport has reaches a new high

The number of travellers passing through Hong Kong International Airport has reached a new high, with 2012 setting new annual records in both passenger volume and flight movements.

16th Jan 2013 | Read more

Emerging markets moving more people

Airports in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East experienced strong passenger and freight growth last year. Passenger traffic for the period January to November 2012 was up 7.2 percent in Asia-Pacific and increased 11.4 percent in the Middle East when compared to the same period last year.

16th 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

Sabena Technics install Satcom Systems

Sabena technics just performed the installation of two SATCOM systems on a new ATR 42-600 belonging to an undisclosed Middle East VIP operator.

14th 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 NAMED WORLD’S LEADING AIRLINE

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

Pilot Training

Pilot training providers in the Asia-Pacific region are gearing up to cope with the demands of a rapidly-growing and changing industry. Emma Kelly talks to some of the providers.

10th 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

Full Body scanners in use

Sydney and Melbourne Airport are now using controversial full-body scanners, with international travellers being randomly selected for screening -- and unable to opt out unless they have a solid medical reason.

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

TAE adds H80 capability

Australian engine MRO provider TAE is to provide maintenance for the new GE Aviation H80 turboprop engine in the Asia- Pacific region.

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

Deal day for Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia has agreed three deals that will shape its future, with Singapore Airlines taking a 10% stake, while Virgin Australia takes majority control of Tiger Airways Australia and buys regional carrier SkyWest.

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

PAL adds to A330 order

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has ordered ten 240 tonne high gross weight Airbus A330s, an order that the carrier says will "complete" its medium-to-long range fleet modernisation.

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

PAL in fleet revamp

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is undergoing a much needed fleet revamp with a firm order with Airbus for 34 A321ceos, 10 A321neos and 10 A330-300s.

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

Gulfstream G280 certified

Gulfstream's G280 aircraft has earned type certificates from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI).

6th Sep 2012 | Read more

Air China gets 777-200 makeover

Boeing and AMECO Beijing have completed the first passenger interior upgrade for Air China’s 10-aircraft 777-200 fleet.

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

AirAsia X adds more A330s

AirAsia X has signed a letter of intent with ILFC for the lease of six Airbus A330-300, for delivery in 2013 and 2014.

22nd 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

Changi June PAX up 4.5%

The number of passenger movements at Singapore Changi Airport increased 4.5% year-on-year to 4.36 million in July 2012.

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

LTQ Engineering to cease operations

Australian engine overhaul provider LTQ Engineering is to cease operations in September, after joint venture partner Lufthansa Tecknik told Qantas it would no longer invest in the facility that has made a loss every year since it opened in 2004.

26th Jul 2012 | Read more

NCA takes first 747-8 freighter

Boeing has given a Japanese debut to the 747-8 freighter, with Narita-based Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) taking the first of 15 units on order.

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

dnata grows in Changi

Ground handler dnata opened its new lounge at Singapore Changi Airport's T3 in late July, and also gave a glimpse of its new staff uniforms that form part of its global rebranding.

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: Mitsubishi wins 100-strong order

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has won an order "in principle" for 100 MRJ regional jets from US regional carrier SkyWest - providing a major boost for Asia's indigenous aircraft manufacturing sector and nearly doubling the MRJ order book.

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

Farnborough 2012: Engine manufacturers battle it out

Engine manufacturers announced a series of product enhancements, as well as order at Farnborough.

13th Jul 2012 | Read more

Farnborough 2012: Airbus and GMF in training deal

Airbus has agreed to develop an aircraft maintenance training programme with GMF AeroAsia, which could see the latter granted EASA 147 certification next year.

13th Jul 2012 | Read more

ICAO and WCO seek closer cargo collaboration

ICAO and the World Customs Organisation have issued a joint communiqué on air cargo security, calling for more cooperation between aviation and customs organisations, as well as other stakeholders.

6th 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

CAE seals Kunming deal

CAE has sold a Boeing 737NG FFS to Kunming Aviation Safety Training Centre in China - adding a new customer for its simulator products.

6th Jul 2012 | Read more

National traveller annoyances revealed

Chinese travellers are the most likely to be annoyed by delays and late arrival of aircraft, with 54% citing this as a major annoyance.

6th Jul 2012 | Read more

MRJ gets test landing gear

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has received its first landing gear from Sumitomo Precision Products for use at the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet) in-house testing facility.

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

Boeing in Indonesia training MoU

Boeing has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation to develop an advanced aviation training centre.

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

TALSCO gets landing gear approval

HAECO's landing gear overhaul facility TALSCO has received approval from the FAA to perform landing gears repair and overhaul services for the Airbus A320 family.

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

O'Neil to head up R-R Seletar

Rolls-Royce has appointed Paul O’Neil as Director of the Group’s Seletar Campus in Singapore

22nd Jun 2012 | Read more

Boeing Shanghai wins Nok Air deal

Boeing Shanghai has signed agreements with Nok Air to perform aircraft maintenance on two of the airline’s Boeing 737-400s at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai.

22nd Jun 2012 | Read more

Changi up in May

Singapore Changi Airport handled 4.09 million passenger movements in May 2012, an increase of 8.4% compared to a year ago.

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

Abacus in Korea LCC first

Travel technology provider Abacus has signed a five-year exclusive participation agreement with Korean Low Cost Carrier Air Busan - its first Korean LCC deal.

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

Etihad set for Brazil

Etihad Airways has unveiled plans to fly to Sao Paolo, Brazil, which would make it the third Middle East carrier to serve the South American country.

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

TAECO gets Las Vegas deal

Chinese MRO operator TAECO has signed a contract to perform VIP cabin reconfiguration on the Las Vegas Sands Corp.’s Boeing 737-300s.

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

First flight for MRJ engine

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has completed the first flight test on Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1200G engine for the MRJ, just a week after it announced a delay to the programme

4th May 2012 | Read more

Rolls opens KL service hub

Rolls-Royce has opened its first purpose-built field services hub for Malaysia, situated in the main terminal building in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

4th May 2012 | Read more

Boeing shows off dual-feather winglet

Boeing has shown off its new dual-feather winglet design concept for the 737 MAX, promising up to 1.5 percent fuel-burn improvement on long range flights, on top of the 10-12 percent already offered by the MAX.

4th May 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

GuestLogix adds onboard languages

GuestLogix has added Chinese, Japanese and Korean versions of its onboard retailing software to support the company’s plans for footprint expansion in the Asia-Pacific region.

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

Record March for Changi

Singapore Changi Airport saw a record March passenger volume of 4.28 million - a year-on-year increase of 15.3%.

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

Jet Airways opts for myIDTravel

India's Jet Airways will manage its interline staff travel with myIDTravel, the integrated ID travel management solution from Lufthansa Systems.

27th Apr 2012 | Read more

OAA signs Tiger deal

Oxford Aviation Academy has signed a new training deal with Tiger Airways shortly after winning type rating training organisation approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) - becoming the first foreign training firm to get this approval.

27th Apr 2012 | Read more

Mitsubishi provides programme delay details

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation (MITAC) has given details on its previously announced programme delay, which will see the first flight slip from the second quarter of 2012 to October-December 2013, and first delivery from first quarter of 2014 to the summer of 2015.

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

Mubadala to supply Boeing composites

Mubadala Aerospace has won a ten-year direct contract from Boeing to produce composite aerostructures for the 777 and 787 Dreamliner for delivery from 2013.

20th Apr 2012 | Read more

OAA gets Singapore training approval

Oxford Aviation Academy has become the first non-Singaporean type rating training organisation to receive approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).

20th Apr 2012 | Read more

Qantas selects LEAP for Jetstar

Qantas has selected CFM International’s LEAP-1A engine to power 78 Airbus A320neo aircraft currently on order for its Jetstar LCC subsidiary. The engine order has a catalogue price of US$ 2 billion, including spare engines.

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

APAC suppliers recognised by Boeing

Two Asia-Pacific companies - Fuji Heavy Industries of Tochigi, Japan and Ferra Engineering of Brisbane Australia - are among 16 firms or academic institutions honoured in Boeing's 'Supplier of the year' awards.

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

Garuda and Standard Chartered enter "strategic partnership"

Garuda has signed a customer loyalty deal with Standard Chartered Bank as it develops what both sides term a "strategic partnership" that originally stemmed for an aircraft leasing deal.

12th Apr 2012 | Read more

LHT opens Istanbul office

Lufthansa Technik is opening a new sales office in Istanbul as it seeks a larger presence in the growing Turkish market.

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

Pilatus makes Indian appointment

Pilatus Aircraft has appoints Air Charter Services (ACSPL) as its official PC-12 Sales and Service Centre in India with responsibility for India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Burma and Thailand.

12th Apr 2012 | Read more

Qantas details A380 engine failure costs

Qantas has revealed that the final repair bill for the Airbus A380 that suffered a near-catastrophic engine failure on take-off from Singapore in 2010 will be A$139 million (US$144 million), or more than one-third the catalogue price of a new aircraft.

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

Rockwell Collins and LETRI form JV

Rockwell Collins is to form a joint venture in China to develop surveillance products for the Comac C919 narrowbody. The joint venture is with Leihua Electronic Technology Research Institute (LETRI), a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).

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

Mubadala appoints new head of sales

Frederic Dupont has been appointed the new Head of Global Sales of the Mubadala Aerospace MRO network, as the maintenance firm continues to establish its global footprint.

4th Apr 2012 | Read more

New Shanghai ground handling JV

Shanghai Airport Authority, Shanghai International Airport, Air China and Cathay Pacific Airways are teaming up to launch a ground handling joint venture company for the city's Pudong and Hongqiao International Airports.

4th Apr 2012 | Read more

Japan first for Airbus ACJ

Airbus has won its first order in the Japanese corporate jet market, signing a deal with a private customer for an ACJ319.

30th Mar 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

Thai opts for Onair on new widebodies

Thai Airways is to install OnAir's internet and voice connectivity products on new widebody deliveries aircraft over the next five years.

29th Mar 2012 | Read more

Panasonic makes AeroMobile move

Panasonic has taken a big step forward in its bid to position itself for the mobile technology revolution by taking a majority stake in inflight mobile connectivity provider Aeromobile.

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

Bombardier/COMAC step up cooperation

Bombardier and COMAC have signed a "definitive agreement" covering areas including cockpit commonality as they seek to bolster their efforts to take on Airbus and Boeing.

29th Mar 2012 | Read more

Asia bucks downward trend

IATA downgraded its global 2012 profit forecast - but upped its 2011 profit estimation and 2012 full year profit prediction for Asia-Pacific carriers as the region continues to prove its resilience.

23rd 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

Manufacturers sign bio-fuel MoU

EADS / Airbus, Boeing and Embraer today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to join forces on the development of drop-in, affordable aviation biofuels.

23rd Mar 2012 | Read more

LHT warns of tough MRO market

Lufthansa Technik Group recorded slight growth of 1.9 percent in sales revenue in 2011to €4.1 billion (US$5.4 billion), but earnings before tax (EBT) declined by 14.5 percent to €241 million with an operating margin of 6.7 percent as the MRO provider warned of toughening market conditions.

23rd Mar 2012 | Read more

Gulfstream gets G450/G550 Elite Interior STC

Gulfstream has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the FAA for its Elite interior package on the G450 and G550. The new streamlined cabin was originally designed for the ultra-long-range G650, but is being made available as an option on the two other models.

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

Singapore selects paperless consortiums

Singapore has selected three consortiums to develop paperless airfreight processes as part of the e-freight@Singapore programme.

15th Mar 2012 | Read more

BKK deploys FOD system

X-Sight Systems has deployed its FODetect automated foreign object debris detection system at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

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

Changi Budget Terminal to go

Changi Airport Group is to knock-down its budget terminal later this year, just six years after it opened and despite the fact its operating at around two-thirds of capacity.

8th Mar 2012 | Read more

Gulfstream G280 gets FAA PTC

The Gulfstream G280 has received a provisional type certificate (PTC) from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

8th Mar 2012 | Read more

Comac and Boeing ink deal

Boeing and Comac have signed a collaboration agreement that will see them create a green technology research centre as well as arrange annual meetings and exchange market forecasts.

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

Boeing rolls out 747-8 Intercontinental

Boeing gave a roll-out to its first 747-8 Intercontinental earlier this week, with a VIP-configured aircraft flying out of Seattle.

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

MTU Maintenace in Korean breakthrough

MTU Maintenance Hannover has broken into the South Korean market, winning a deal from Asiana Airlines to service the latter\'s CF6-80C2 engines.

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

Rolls opens Selatar campus

The opening of the Rolls-Royce campus at Seletar Aerospace Park in Singapore is a major boost for Asia's aviation industry

23rd 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

SIA Cargo slashes capacity

Singapore Airlines Cargo has slashed capacity by 20% as it cuts frequencies to Europe and North America. The move is the latest sign that Asia's air cargo sector is struggling in the face of weak demand and over capacity

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

Trent XWB takes to the air

The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine has taken to the skies for the first time, powering an Airbus A380 test aircraft in Toulouse, France. The aircraft flew with one of its four Trent 900 engines replaced by a Trent XWB.

23rd Feb 2012 | Read more

Emirates adopts Travelport rebooking tool

Emirates has adopted a rebooking module from Travelport that will enable passengers to rebook flights from any internet-connected device in one go, with information on alternative flights, costs and refunds all available on one screen.

23rd Feb 2012 | Read more

ST Aerospace sees 2011 results inch higher

ST Aerospace reported slightly higher 2011 revenues and profits in a week in which it also broke ground for a new business aviation/GA facility in Seletar Aerospace Park

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 Airbus leads 2011 orders, deliveries

ontinuing concerns about the global economy have not stifled growth in demand for new aircraft, with Airbus and Boeing together collecting about 2,500 new orders and completing more than 1,000 deliveries in 2011, writes Ian Goold. Just hours after Boeing announced plans late last year to close down its plant in Wichita, Kansas, which dates back to the 1920s when it was the Stearman Aircraft factory, the city authorities were on the phone to rival Airbus, discussing possible expansion of the European company's facility there.

20th Jan 2012 | Read more

ATM Towards a Seamless Asian Sky

Late last year, major aviation organisations approved the formation of a group to map out a path towards seamless air traffic management across the Asia-Pacific region, writes Andrzej Jeziorski. In early September, the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO’s) Asia-Pacific planning group approved the formation of a new team to map out a path towards Seamless Asian Skies (SAS), maximising the efficiency of civil aviation in the region.

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

General News Jan 2012

Long-haul low-cost carrier (LCC) AirAsia X will cease operating to Europe, dropping its four-times weekly service to Paris on 30 March, followed by its six-times weekly London flights the following day.

17th Jan 2012 | Read more

Business Aviation- Jan 2012

VistaJet plans to double business within four years Switzerland-based business-jet charter and aircraft-management company VistaJet says it has begun the second phase of its strategic expansion across fast- growth markets – including China, India and the Middle East – as it seeks to double the size of the business within four years.

17th Jan 2012 | Read more

Airports Jan 2012

Sydney plans for future Australia’s Sydney Airport has launched discussions with stakeholders on a proposal to redesign the airport into two airline alliance-based precincts, each comprising international, domestic and regional services under one roof.

17th Jan 2012 | Read more

Airport News January 2012

Malaysia increases size of new KL budget terminal Malaysia has opted to increase the size of the planned new low-cost carriers terminal (LCCT) at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), offering annual passenger-handling capacity of 45 million, 50 percent more than originally planned.

17th Jan 2012 | Read more

Airport News Jan 2012

Malaysia has opted to increase the size of the planned new low-cost carriers terminal (LCCT) at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), offering annual passenger-handling capacity of 45 million, 50 percent more than originally planned.

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

Malaysia’s Weststar buys AgustaWestland helicopters

AgustaWestland has signed a contract with Weststar Aviation Services for the sale of ten helicopters to the Malaysian company. The deal covers five AW139s configured for offshore transport, one AW139 for VIP transport, two AW169s and two AW189s. The contract, valued at about US$150 million, was signed on 7 December by Syed Azman Syed Ibrahim, Group Managing Director of Weststar, and AgustaWestland Chief Executive Bruno Spagnolini at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in Malaysia.

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

Middle East takes centre stage

The Middle East has become the world’s fastest-growing aviation market and – although it looks set to be overtaken in growth by China – it will remain a key focus for aircraft manufacturers, writes Ian Goold.

6th Dec 2011 | Read more

Engine maintenance in Asia big business

With Asia expected to lead growth in air traffic over the next two decades, the region’s MRO providers are expanding engine maintenance capabilities to tap that segment of the market, writes William Dennis. Aircraft engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) is the largest segment of the global MRO market and a highly competitive sector for the Asia-Pacific region’s commercial aviation industry. While dedicated MRO service providers are set to benefit from massive expansion in airline fleets over the next two decades, engine makers themselves are also making efforts to expand their share of the market with after-sales support packages.

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

A350 schedule could slip even further, claims US analyst

US investment-advice consultancy Bernstein Research believes that the new Airbus A350 twin-aisle twinjet may be delayed beyond the manufacturer’s latest schedule, issued in November. The European manufacturer revised its production timetable for the A350 XWB (an abbreviation of "extra-wide body") following delays in sub-assembly deliveries from suppliers in Europe and the USA, pushing the start of final assembly back from late 2011 to early 2012. The scheduled first-flight date for the initial A350-900 variant has slipped from late 2012 to 2013's first quarter, with entry into service (EIS) with launch customer Qatar Airways consequently delayed by six months, to the first half of 2014. Similarly, Bernstein has revised its own, more pessimistic, prediction of A350-900 EIS by some six months to mid-2015, having previously predicted delivery of eight A350s in 2014 and 50 in 2015.

5th Dec 2011 | Read more

Changi in Russian airport joint venture

Changi Airports International (CAI) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Russian industrial group Basic Element and Russia’s largest bank Sberbank to form a joint venture to invest in and develop airports in the country. The deal is the latest expansion of CAI’s airport-investment and consulting business, which includes a 26 percent stake in India’s Bengal Aerotropolis Project and an 8 percent stake in Gemina, the holding company of the operator of Rome’s airports. CAI will hold a 30 percent stake in the new Russian joint venture, 50 percent plus one share going to Basic Element and the remaining 20 percent, minus one share, going to Sberbank. The joint venture is expected to be established in the second quarter of 2012.

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

Indian aviation faces challenges, opportunities

The growth of India’s airline industry continues apace, making the country one of the world’s key aviation markets. Yet infrastructure challenges remain and India’s airlines are deep in debt, writes Radhakrishna Rao. India’s civil-aviation sector, estimated to be growing at a robust annual rate of 15-20 percent, is considered India’s second emerging sunrise industry after Information Technology. The growth rate is one of the fastest in the Asia-Pacific region, and the country is currently the ninth-largest aviation market in the world. A massive boom in the tourism industry, coupled with a growing, cash-rich middle class and strong government support have helped, alongside growing private participation and foreign investment, and a favourable business environment. With the Government’s Open Skies policy luring an increasing number of foreign entities to enter the country’s civil-aviation market, the number of airlines and the nationwide aircraft fleet are both expanding. Recognising this, the Indian Civil Aviation Ministry’s Vision 2020 plan stresses a need to develop the country’s infrastructure, with a particular focus on well-equipped, user friendly airports to handle as many as 280 million passengers per year expected in the country by 2020.

10th Nov 2011 | Read more

Single-aisle contenders line up

Airbus and Boeing’s re-engined versions of their best-selling single-aisle jetliners face competition from a number of all-new designs, writes Andrzej Jeziorski. Airbus and Boeing have both been grabbing headlines and racking up orders with re-engined versions of their market-leading single-aisle aircraft families. With all the attention that has been focused on these manufacturers as Airbus’s A320neo and Boeing’s 737 MAX go head-to-head, it is easy to forget that both those models will be facing emerging competition from a clutch of all-new single-aisle jetliners.

10th 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- Oct

In 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”.

11th Oct 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

Business Aviation - Oct 2011

Bombardier Aerospace announced on 15 September that final assembly of its new Global 7000 and Global 8000 business jets would take place at the company’s plant in Toronto, Ontario. “Our Toronto site employees have the knowledge and expertise required to assemble these two new business aircraft,” says Steve Ridolfi, president of Bombardier Business Aircraft.

7th Oct 2011 | Read more

MRO - MASAE aims for the top

Malaysia Airlines’ MAS Aerospace Engineering (MASAE) unit aims to be the world’s number one airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service provider in terms of utilised man-hours within two to three years.

7th Oct 2011 | Read more

GLOBAL AEROSPACE SUMMIT 2012

Platform for cross-industry thought leadership to fast track development and future growth strategies ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 26 SEPTEMBER 2011: CEOs from the world’s leading airlines, aircraft manufacturers, satellite companies, and aerospace associations, as well as heads of the world’s most prominent aerospace teaching and research facilities, will come together at the inaugural Global Aerospace Summit for four days of strategic level discussions, closed-door debates, networking, and site visits.

6th 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

Boeing’s 737 MAX gains support

After months of hesitation, Boeing has finally committed to a re-engined 737 in response to the massive success of Airbus’s A320neo. Ian Goold examines the programme

4th 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

Airport - Seletar completes runway extension, targets new role

Singapore’s Seletar Airport has completed a runway extension as part of a major upgrade project designed to position the airport as a niche facility for business aviation, general aviation and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) activities.

28th Sep 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

Industry Round-Up - Updates from Airbus, Liebherr, ST Aerospace

AIRBUS has transported the first A350 XWB nose section to its plant in St Nazaire from partner Aerolia’s site in Méaulte, using one of the manufacturer’s Beluga aircraft. The A350 XWB nose section comprises three main sub-assemblies: the cockpit plus upper and lower forward fuselage parts, which incorporate door one and the nose landing gear bay. Making the best use of modern, high-tech materials, the A350 XWB nose section is made of 40 percent composites, 55 percent aluminium/aluminium-lithium and 5 percent titanium. Once assembled and equipped, the nose section will be joined to the forward fuselage (made and equipped in Hamburg) to form the A350 XWB front fuselage.

28th Sep 2011 | Read more

Industry Outlook - 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.

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

Cathay Pacific hurt by fuel prices

Rising fuel costs have taken their toll on Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways, which said in August that profit for the first half of this year fell 59 percent, in the wake of an exceptionally strong 2010 and despite rising passenger demand and increased revenue. Profit for the first six months fell to HK$2.81 billion (US$361 million) from a total of HK$6.84 billion in the same period of last year. Earnings per share fell 58.9 percent to 71.4 Hong Kong cents, while sales rose 13.2 percent to HK$46.79 million.

6th Sep 2011 | Read more

Freight stagnates as passenger demand rises

Traffic results for July released by the International Air Transport Association show that global passenger travel rose 5.9 percent compared with July 2010. However, freight markets were stagnant, with a 0.4 percent decline in demand from the previous year’s level.

6th 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

MAHB to raise aeronautical fees

Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) will increase aeronautical fees starting with the international passenger service charge (IPSC) from 15 September. The IPSC will be increased by 14 ringgit (US$4.66) to 65 ringgit at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang, Langkawi International Airport, Penang International Airport, Kota Kinabalu International Airport and Kuching International Airport. At the Low-Cost Carriers (LCC) Terminal at KLIA and Terminal 2 Kota Kinabalu, the charge will rise by 7 ringgit to 32 ringgit.

6th Sep 2011 | Read more

Qantas restructures for the future

As part of a major restructuring, Qantas is to acquire at least 110 Airbus A320-family jetliners, as it plans to set up a new premium airline in Asia and a low-cost carrier (LCC) in Japan.

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

General News 6 Sept 2011

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and budget airline AirAsia have signed a landmark agreement that will mark the end of the flag carrier’s wholly-owned low-cost subsidiary FireFly. MAS and AirAsia plan to co-operate to take advantage of their core strengths, reducing competition and co-operating where possible in aircraft purchasing, engineering, ground support services and catering. The deal is valid for five years, with a provision to extend for another five.

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

Spring Airlines firms up plans for IPO

Chinese budget carrier Spring Airlines has firmed-up plans for an initial public offering (IPO) in the first quarter of 2012. Pending approval from the China Securities Regulatory Commission, the stock market regulator, the airline will be listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. It hopes to raise US$1.2 billion to help fund new aircraft acquisitions.

2nd Sep 2011 | Read more

Dubai Airport embarks on US$7.8 bln expansion plan

Dubai Airports has committed to a US$7.8 billion airport expansion programme that will allow Dubai International to handle 90 million passengers annually by 2018. The expansion plan for the airport, which now has capacity for 60 million passengers a year, is based on ten-year forecasts predicting a surge in traffic for Dubai International and the new Dubai World Central (DWC) airport – which currently only handles freight operations. International passenger numbers and cargo volume are expected to increase at an average annual growth rate of 7.2 percent and 6.7 percent respectively.

2nd Sep 2011 | Read more

Airport New Sept 2011 Incheon Airport signs MoU with European airport groups

South Korea’s Incheon Airport has signed a memorandum of understanding on strategic co-operation with two of Europe’s leading airport groups, France’s Aeroports de Paris and the Schiphol Group of the Netherlands.

2nd Sep 2011 | Read more

Industry Round-Up Sept 2011

Updates from Fokker Services, AJ Walter, Gulfstream

2nd Sep 2011 | Read more

Interview - Christchurch Airport CEO Jim Boult

Christchurch Airport is the biggest on New Zealand’s South Island, and is investing heavily in developing into a regional hub. Pat Brennan spoke with airport CEO Jim Boult on the sidelines of July’s Aviation Outlook Summit in Sydney.

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

Solar Impulse gathers support around Europe

Solar Impulse’s first prototype solar-powered aircraft completed a European promotional tour this year, in the run-up to a planned non-stop, round-the-world flight in 2014, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.

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

In-Flight Entertainment

Connectivity and personal entertainment and communication devices have not killed off seatback in-flight entertainment and communications systems, as some had predicted. Emma Kelly looks at how IFEC manufacturers are planning for the future.

31st Aug 2011 | Read more

Boeing prepares for 787, 747-8 deliveries

Boeing Commercial Airplane has been celebrating significant milestones in its latest Model 787 and 747-8 programmes despite having to tighten up its forecast for 2011 output. Ian Goold reports. A reduction in the number of Boeing 787 and 747 deliveries expected by the end of this year (down from 25-40 to 25-30) have prompted the US manufacturer to reduce its overall estimate for 2011 shipments to 485-495 commercial aircraft. Nevertheless, Boeing is approaching the end of the its third quarter on a high, with the handover of the first 787 to Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) expected on 26 September, coinciding with the start of deliveries the initial four 747-8F cargo aircraft to Europe's Cargolux and Asian operator Cathay Pacific Cargo. Just over 600 days after the 787's maiden flight, systems function and reliability (F&R) testing was completed in mid-August, clearing the way for formal joint US and European certification by the end of the month (see news story, page 7). Enhanced engine performance is already planned for the 787 with development of a Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 "Package B" upgrade and a General Electric GEnx "performance improvement package" (PIP1) under way.

30th 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

Asia-Pacific ATM goes green

Asia-Pacific ATM goes green A new round of innovative ATM initiatives in the region has been launched, designed to reduce emissions and increase operational efficiency. Emma Kelly examines the latest projects. First there was ASPIRE – the Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions – and now there is INSPIRE – the Indian Ocean Strategic Partnership to Reduce Emissions. Both are collaborative environmental air traffic management (ATM) initiatives with the same goals at their core: to implement “green” ATM processes and technology, and reduce aviation’s environmental footprint.

29th Aug 2011 | Read more

Airport News - Dubai Airport embarks on US$7.8 bln expansion plan

Dubai Airports has committed to a US$7.8 billion airport expansion programme that will allow Dubai International to handle 90 million passengers annually by 2018. The expansion plan for the airport, which now has capacity for 60 million passengers a year, is based on ten-year forecasts predicting a surge in traffic for Dubai International and the new Dubai World Central (DWC) airport – which currently only handles freight operations. International passenger numbers and cargo volume are expected to increase at an average annual growth rate of 7.2 percent and 6.7 percent respectively.

29th 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

Challenges, opportunities await Indian MRO providers

India’s maintenance, repair and overhaul industry is poised for growth, but has to overcome some key hurdles first, writes Radhakrishna Rao. India’s civil aviation sector is one of the most dynamic in the world, with an estimated 15 percent annual passenger traffic growth rate triggering fleet expansion among the country’s airlines, as well as the expansion and modernisation of the its airport infrastructure.

10th Aug 2011 | Read more

Haneda suffers after Japan earthquake

kyo’s Haneda Airport, which opened a fourth runway and a new terminal in October 2010 with the goal of becoming a 24-hour international hub, has seen passenger traffic plunge since East Japan was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in March.

26th Jul 2011 | Read more

Trent XWB prepares for flight

Rolls-Royce has been increasing the momentum of testing in its Trent XWB programme, ahead of the start of flight trials later this year, writes Ian Goold.

22nd Jul 2011 | Read more

Hong Kong seeks input on 20-year airport plan

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) has released for public feedback a 20-year development blueprint for Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). The plan sees the airport either maintaining its existing two-runway system or committing to a third runway over a 15-year period between 2016 and 2030.

21st Jul 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

Industry Round up

Updates from Astrium, BoostAeroSpace, SR Technics, CTC

21st Jul 2011 | Read more

IATA slashes 2011 global profit projection

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has slashed its 2011 airline industry profit forecast to US$4 billion – a 54 percent cut from the previous projection and less than a quarter of the 2010 figure. In March, the organisation predicted a US$8.6 billion industry-wide profit, while last year airlines reported net income of US$18 billion. IATA, which represents 230 member airlines – or about 93 percent of the world’s scheduled international air traffic – attributed the reduced forecast to soaring oil prices, the consequences of March’s catastrophic earthquake in Japan and political unrest in the Middle East and North Africa. Acco

20th 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

Vietnam Airlines taps tourist boom

Vietnam has proven to be an increasingly popular destination for tourists, helping generate strong growth in demand for air travel to, from and within the country. National carrier Vietnam Airlines has been reaping the benefits, having completely modernised its fleet and last year become a member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance, alongside carriers such as Air France, KLM, China Eastern Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Korean Air.

18th 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

Airbus closes in on A350 final assembly

Progress reports on the production of the first Airbus A350-900 were overshadowed at June\'s Paris air show by the confirmation of a two-year delay in the A350-800 and -1000 models scheduled to follow it.

18th Jul 2011 | Read more

CASA grounds Tiger Airways Australia

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) suspended the operations of low-cost carrier Tiger Airways Australia, with immediate effect from Saturday, 2 July 2011, saying the carrier posed a “serious and imminent risk to air safety”. The agency applied on 7 July to the Federal Court in Melbourne to extend the initial five-working-day suspension until 1 August. As CASA announced its intention to make the application, Tiger Airways Australia revealed that its Chief Executive Officer Crawford Rix is to leave the airline at the end of the month.

8th 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

Lufthansa Technik eyes regional expansion

Lufthansa Technik is one of the world’s leading providers of maintenance, repair and overhaul services, and is extremely active in Asia via several local joint ventures. Richard Haas, the company’s director of sales for North-East Asia, speaks with Asian Aviation’s Andrzej Jeziorski.

6th Jun 2011 | Read more

Qantas rolls with the punches

As Australia’s Qantas celebrates 90 years of operations, including 80 serving flights to the UK, Ian Goold examines the carrier's continuing response to recent economic, natural, and technical challenges, and its growth plans over the next seven years. By August, Qantas Airways should have received 11 of the 12 Rolls-Royce Trent 900-engined Airbus A380-800s it ordered in 2000. Six years later, the Australian flag-carrier, which is celebrating 90 years of operation, booked a further eight of the very-large airliners (VLAs), the last of which is scheduled for delivery by 2015.

6th 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

EBACE Show Report 2011

The 11th annual European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) was help in Geneva, Switzerland, on 17-19 May. The industry’s recovery from the slump of the last two years was reflected in a bigger, better attended show, as demand for new aircraft grows once again, 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

The 4th annual Aviation Outlook China 2011

China Taking off Access business & partnership opportunities in the world’s fastest growing aviation market With the Chinese aviation market poised for tremendous growth – are you currently positioned to leverage on the business & partnership opportunities presented by the world’s fastest growing aviation market?

11th May 2011 | Read more

Airbus accelerates A320neo programme

Airbus has brought its re-engined A320neo programme forward by six months, while claiming that the technology required to justify an all-new single-aisle design will not be available until at least 2030. Ian Goold reports from Toulouse. Formally launched by Airbus last December, the A320neo (for ‘New Engine Option’) programme has been accelerated by six months. The European manufacturer now plans to certificate and deliver the latest variant of its best-selling single-aisle family in October 2015, instead of the second quarter of 2016 as previously scheduled.

11th 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

Aircraft Interiors Expo

Airbus showcased its latest cabin innovations at this year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo, presenting a mock-up of a space-saving rear lavatory and galley concept for the single-aisle A320 jetliner family for the first time.

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

Towards a secure future

Initiatives to enhance aviation security are being developed around the world as industry and governments accept that the current, multi-layered approach isn’t working. Emma Kelly reports. The original Chicago Convention of 1944 didn’t include security measures: at that time, no-one saw the need.

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

Facing up to regulatory challenges

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) comprises 17 of the region’s largest carriers, which collectively handle about 285 million passengers and 10 million tonnes of cargo a year. AAPA Director General Andrew Herdman spoke with Asian Aviation’s Andrzej Jeziorski during the Asian Aerospace 2011 show in Hong Kong.

5th Apr 2011 | Read more

Qantas A330 forced to divert by cockpit fire

An Airbus A330-200 operated by Australia’s Qantas suffered a cockpit fire on 23 March, forcing the aircraft to divert to Cairns from its original destination, Sydney. According to the airline, the incident was caused by an electrical fault, which triggered a small fire and smoke near the left-hand windscreen in the cockpit. The pilots extinguished the fire and landed safely about 50 minutes later.

4th Apr 2011 | Read more

Airlines again face soaring oil prices

The recovery in air travel demand looks increasingly convincing. Cargo volumes are continuing to grow. It must be time for something new to worry about: how about oil prices? True, it’s not all that long ago that the industry last had to deal with peak oil – July of 2008, in fact, when oil hit an all-time high of US$145 a barrel. By December of that year, the price had dropped down to just over US$30 a barrel, trading between US$35 and US$82 a barrel throughout 2009, as the global economy languished in recession.

4th Apr 2011 | Read more

Japanese tsunami demolishes Sendai airport

Sendai Airport, in Japan’s Miyagi prefecture, was swamped by a massive tsunami triggered by a 9.0-magnitude undersea earthquake that killed thousands in the country. Television pictures from Japan’s NHK network showed the airport to be completely flooded. No aircraft were visible near the terminal building. The airport handles about 40 flights a day, although no commercial aircraft were on the ground at the time of the disaster. When the water subsided, upturned vehicles, trees and other debris were scattered around the airport apron and parking lot.

4th Apr 2011 | Read more

Boeing’s 747-8I takes to the skies

Boeing began flight-testing its 747-8 Intercontinental on 20 March, with the new jetliner’s first flight taking off from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, before an audience of thousands of employees, customers, suppliers and community leaders. The aircraft landed four hours and 25 minutes later at Boeing Field in Seattle. The aircraft will now embark on a flight-test programme scheduled to finish in the fourth quarter, including more than 600 flight hours.

4th Apr 2011 | Read more

MAS’ annual profit drops on rising fuel costs

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) posted a profit of 234 million ringgit (US$77 million) for the year ended 31 December 2010, a drop of 52.24 percent from the previous year, due to rising oil prices. Revenue increased 14.4 percent to RM12.9 billion ringgit. MAS’ Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Azmil Zahruddin describes the performance as satisfactory, but adds that fuel remains a major concern for the airline. “It is difficult to predict how the price of fuel will be ... for the rest of the year,” Azmil said.

4th Apr 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

Lufthansa to use biofuel on commercial flight

Lufthansa will become the first airline to use biofuel on commercial flights in April, when it starts a six-month trial using an Airbus A321 aircraft on the Hamburg-Frankfurt route. One of the aircraft’s two International Aero Engines (IAE) V2500 powerplants will use a 50-50 mix of biofuel and traditional kerosene. The German airline’s Chief Executive Officer Wolfgang Mayrhuber says the primary goal is to conduct a long-term trial to study the effect of biofuel on engine maintenance and engine life. During the six-month trial, Lufthansa estimates it will cut its carbon dioxide emissions by about 1,500 tonnes.

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

Avalon Show Report

The 2011 Australian International Airshow was held at Avalon, Victoria on 1-6 March, with the organizers announcing record total attendance for all trade and public days in excess of 180,000. Emma Kelly 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

Asia-Pacific to become biggest aviation market: Airbus .

By the end of the next decade, Asia-Pacific airlines – including those in China and India – will be carrying about a third of the world's passenger traffic, making the region the world’s largest aviation market, according to Chris Emerson, Airbus’s head of product strategy and market forecasts.

1st Mar 2011 | Read more

Airline News, March 2011.

A summary of Airline News from March of 2011.

1st Mar 2011 | Read more

Airport News, March 2011.

A summary of Airport News from March of 2011.

1st Mar 2011 | Read more

Aviation Awards Asia entries round-up

Aviation Awards Asia.

1st Mar 2011 | Read more

Gulfstream eyes Indian business-aviation growth.

New business-jet deliveries to the Asia-Pacific region grew from 7 percent of global deliveries in 2007 to 12 percent in 2009, according to figures from aviation data firm JetNet.

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

General News. March 2011.

General News from March of 2011.

1st Mar 2011 | Read more

Hong Kong Airport hails record year.

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) enjoyed record passenger and cargo activity during 2010, as air travel and freight demand rebounded from the global downturn

1st Mar 2011 | Read more

Hong Kong MRO providers eye brighter future.

Asia is forecast to lead the MRO market’s recovery the global economic downturn, and service providers in Hong Kong are well-positioned to benefit, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.

1st Mar 2011 | Read more

ST Aerospace adds freighter conversion capacity.

ST Aerospace will add another passenger-to-freighter (PTF) conversion line this year, bringing its global total to six.

1st Mar 2011 | Read more

Rolls-Royce counts cost of Trent 900 failure.

As of mid-February, Australia’s Qantas Airways was still mulling the compensation it would seek after November's grounding of its A380 fleet, triggered by the uncontained failure of a Rolls-Royce (R-R) Trent 900 engine.

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

Airport News. February 2011.

Airport News February 2011.

1st Feb 2011 | Read more

Business Aviation News. February 2011.

Business Aviation News. February 2011.

1st 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

BRAHMOS – The Winning Edge

Draft Defence Review Asia

1st Feb 2011 | Read more

GMF AeroAsia invests in expansion

The Jakarta-based maintenance services provider is planning to add a fourth hangar by 2013.

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

MEBA 2010 Report

The Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show, in Dubai from 7-9 December provided an up-beat close to the year for the business aviation sector. Although the show was no order bonanza, optimism was evident, especially in the large-cabin segment, as Andrzej Jeziorski reports.

1st Feb 2011 | Read more

SIAEP investing US$30 million in new hangar.

MRO

1st Feb 2011 | Read more

General News. February 2011.

A glance at Aviation News. Feb, 2011.

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

Mahindra plots aerospace course

Indian conglomerate Mahindra Group is moving from tractors to aircraft, with ambitions to become a tier one aerospace supplier and globally recognised aircraft manufacturer. Emma Kelly takes a closer look.

28th Jan 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

Airbus, Boeing seek 2020 foresight

Airbus and Boeing are facing major challenges as they approach decisions on the future of their single-aisle jetliner families. The manufacturers may decide by the end of 2010, whether to re-engine or replace current designs, as Ian Goold reports.

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

AAPA Summit Report

Even as the Asia-Pacific is poised to be a driver in global aviation growth over the next 20 years, airlines in the region are suffering from regulations being imposed overseas, writes Justin Wastnage

13th Dec 2010 | Read more

Airport News - Dec/Jan 2010

World’s airports launch new safety initiative

13th Dec 2010 | Read more

Business Aviation News - Dec/ Jan 2010

Gulfstream announces US$500 mln expansion

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

Secruity News

Cargo security in the spotlight after explosive discovery

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

Airshow China Report

Airshow China 2010 took place in Zhuhai on 16-21 November, luring a record 600 exhibitors, with 70 aircraft on static or flying display at the show. Andrzej Jeziorski reports.

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

Emirates inaugurates A380 Hong Kong service

Dubai’s Emirates added its own flavour to Hong Kong’s National Day celebrations this year with the arrival of the airline’s inaugural Airbus A380 service in the Asian hub

1st 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

IATA’s Bisignani makes final liberalisation push

Airlines

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

Market outlook: Manufacturers look to Asia for future profits

Three of the world’s major aircraft manufacturers have released new, 20-year market forecasts. All agree that Asia will be a key growth driver

1st Sep 2010 | Read more

Farnborough Show Report

The Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East markets figured prominently in new business announcements at July’s Farnborough International Airshow in the UK, providing evidence that these regional markets are alive and well even as Europe and North America remain less active

1st Sep 2010 | Read more

Training News. September 2010.

Boeing launches 787 flight training

1st Sep 2010 | Read more

Farnborough defies ‘double-dip’ fears

Viewpoint

1st Sep 2010 | Read more

Don’t mention the VLJ

The term ‘VLJ’ has become tainted by association with excessive expectations and high-profile bankruptcies. Yet the concept may still prove sound

1st Sep 2010 | Read more

Airline News. Sept, 2010

William Dennis reports

1st Sep 2010 | Read more

Airport News. September, 2010

Emma Kelly reports

1st Sep 2010 | Read more

Business Aviation News. September 2010

Emma Kelly reports

1st Sep 2010 | Read more

Aviation Outlook Summit

Market liberalisation and evolving business models were in the spotlight at this year’s Australia Pacific Aviation Outlook Summit, held in Sydney at the end of July

1st Sep 2010 | Read more

General News. September 2010.

A glance at Aviation News. Sept, 2010.

1st Sep 2010 | Read more

IFE systems get leaner and meaner

In-flight entertainment system manufacturers have been on a constant quest to reduce the weight of their systems. Now a new level of collaboration with seat manufacturers is yielding results

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

Quickstep makes push into US market

Australian composite manufacturer Quickstep is building its business as interest in its novel process grows

1st Jul 2010 | Read more

Airlines tap IT to cut costs, boost efficiency

With the need to cut operating costs, pressure on yields and the growth of low-fare carriers, airlines are being forced to boost the efficiency of every aspect of their business to remain competitive. IT companies are offering the sector innovative products to help them

1st Jul 2010 | Read more

Dubai opens second major airport

With Dubai anticipating a surge in passenger and cargo demand over the next two decades, the Emirate has opened what will eventually become the world’s largest airport

1st Jul 2010 | Read more

India’s airlines settle into sustainable growth

Over the past two decades, the Indian civil aviation market has experienced both stagnation and unprecedented growth.

1st Jul 2010 | Read more

ST Engineering first-quarter profit grows

All four of the company’s business sectors reported stronger operating performance, resulting in group earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) growth of 25 percent to S$110.9 million.

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

Airport News. July/ August 2010

An Air China Airbus A319 jetliner recently conducted a validation flight using required navigation performance-authorisation required (RNP-AR) procedures at Ali Airport in the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China.

1st Jul 2010 | Read more

EBACE Show Report - part 2

As Asian Aviation reported last issue, May’s European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) was an indicator that the blighted business aviation sector is more optimistic than it has been in two years

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

Boeing finalises 787 stretch configuration

Boeing finalises 787 stretch configuration

1st Jul 2010 | Read more

Gulfstream adds to G250, G650 test programmes

Gulfstream Aerospace has added aircraft to the flight-test programmes of both the super mid-size G250 and ultra-large G650 business jets.

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

Kansai Airport to build low cost terminal

Japan’s Kansai International Airport, near Osaka, plans to build a low-cost carriers’ (LCC) terminal, in the hope of attracting budget airlines from around the region.

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

ATM projects seek greener future

Air traffic management initiatives around the world have environmental principles at their core, as Emma Kelly reports

1st Jun 2010 | Read more

Qantas adapts for a new era

Qantas successfully weathered the global crisis of the past year, and is now looking to capitalize on its two-brand strategy as aviation evolves, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.

1st Jun 2010 | Read more

New engines promise leap in economy

The next 10 years will see several new jetliners enter into service, featuring the latest engine technology developments that will yield significant economic and environmental advantages over today’s powerplants, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.

1st Jun 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

Airport News. June 2010

Tokyo’s Haneda Airport will support international air services from October, with the opening of its fourth runway and new international passenger terminal, according to the country’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

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

EBACE Show Report

Last year they came because they had to. This year they came because they wanted to. Some 11,106 people turned up at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition on 4-6 May, up from 2009’s 10,917 attendance figure. Liz Moscrop reports from Geneva.

1st Jun 2010 | Read more

MRO News

June 2010

1st Jun 2010 | Read more

Airline News

June 2010

1st Jun 2010 | Read more

Airbus unveils single-aisle strategy

As Airbus investigates potential future technologies that could be introduced in the second half of the next decade, Ian Goold reports that the company is considering a fourth engine option for the A320 series and continuing to improve and develop the successful single-aisle family.

1st Jun 2010 | Read more

Business aviation’s road to recovery

After a disastrous 2009, business aircraft manufacturers now see signs of improvement in the market and are making renewed efforts to promote their latest models in the Asia-Pacific region

5th May 2010 | Read more

India invests in airport development

Earlier this decade, India experienced a massive – and unsustainable – surge in air travel demand. Now, however, more stable growth has returned and the country’s plans to develop its airport infrastructure are more important than ever

17th Apr 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

Airbus plans A320 life-extension

Having overseen reductions in required maintenance frequency for the A320 single-aisle twinjet family, Airbus is now working to understand the design's ultimate service potential.

11th Apr 2010 | Read more

Asian Aviation at a glance