Archive | February, 2009


More Super Hornets for Australia?

Will Australia order additional Boeing F/A-18E/Fs? That is the view of some industry sources after today’s announcement that Canberra will wire 12 of the 24 Boeing F/A-18E/Fs it has ordered for electronic attack capabilities, allowing it to upgrade these into the E/A18 Growler later on if it wishes.When the country finally releases its long overdue […]

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UAE loss requires serious re-thinking by T-50 marketing team

The Korea Aerospace Industries T-50 programme has suffered a serious blow after the United Arab Emirates selected the Alenia Aermacchi M346 for its advanced lead-in fighter trainer requirement.If the South Korean company and Lockheed Martin, which helped to develop the aircraft and works with KAI to market it internationally, want to develop an export market […]

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MAS’ two brand strategy

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) next month is withdrawing from the Penang-Medan and the Kuala Lumpur-Macau routes. These are two routes where it faces stiff competition from low-cost carriers and once again highlights how MAS’ brief attempt last year to mimic low-cost carriers was always doomed to fail. There is no way MAS can compete if it tries to […]

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PICTURE: AirAsia to sponsor Man U jersey?

Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia may become Manchester United’s next shirt sponsor.Here is a photo of what it could look like, care of AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes who posted the snap on his personal blog after being approached by the EPL team. Fernandes suggests on his blog that a deal is unlikely to take place but […]

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Lion Air MD-90 lands with no front landing gear

A Lion Air Boeing MD-90 late yesterday landed at Batam airport with no front landing gear resulting in extensive damage to the under-carriage but fortunately no one was hurt. The MD-90, local registration PK-LIO, was on a domestic flight from Medan to Batam when the pilots discovered that the aircraft’s landing gear was unable to be […]

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Tejas delays could be blessing in disguise

It was Groundhog Day at Aero India when a Sitara HJT intermediate jet trainer prototype crash-landed on the show’s eve, just as one did at the 2007 show.But the Tejas light combat aircraft and Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter demonstrated that the country’s indigenous programmes are making headway. And plans for medium combat aircraft, combat and […]

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VIDEO: LTTE’s Zlin Z-143 aircraft in surprise raid on Colombo

This is some amazing footage from India’s CNN-IBN television news channel, showing one of the two Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) Zlin Z-143 aircraft that took part in a surprise raid on Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo.The rebel aircraft apparently approached Colombo around 21.30h on Friday night and were met by anti-aircraft fire. They were […]

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Cessna fightback campaign

Cessna has launched a topical ad campaign in US newspapers to counter a wave of negative publicity business jet owners have received in recent weeks from US lawmakers. These lawmakers on Capitol Hill have publicly criticised some automotive and bank bosses for using corporate jets while seeking billions of dollars in government aid. And as […]

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Embraer’s Asia woes

                                                                                Embraer plans to deliver 29% fewer commercial aircraft this year with airlines in Asia one of the main reasons behind the shortfall. The Brazilian aircraft-maker earlier today told Flight’s online news service ATI that only 115 commercial aircraft would be delivered this year compared to last year’s 162.Asia was a bright spot for Embraer […]

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Siam Sunray

Thailand’s tourism authority and its hotel association have launched a national drink called the Siam Sunray in an effort to boost the country’s travel and tourism sector, which has been taking a beating. With ongoing political troubles that have led to revolving door governments starting with a military coup in 2006, many foreigners have been […]

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