Archive | March, 2009

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Indonesia’s push to improve air safety has consequences for market competition

Indonesia’s new requirement that all scheduled airlines in the country must operate at least ten aircraft is a move designed to weed out smaller players. The assumption is that small airlines with only a few aircraft lack the money and resources to be be safe. But the new law – which is to take effect in January […]

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India’s cancelled attack helicopter tender raises more questions

If there really was any surprise, it was the fact that India took so long to cancel its request for proposals (RFP) for 22 attack helicopters to replace its Mil Mi-25s.New Delhi issued a RFP for 2.5 tonne twin-engined helicopter with all-weather and terrain ability in May 2008. In October, Flight International broke the news […]

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Video of Zest Airways MA60 crash in the Philippines

This video emerged recently on the internet showing the immediate aftermath of the 11 January crash of a Zest Airways Xian Aircraft MA60 turboprop at Caticlan airport in the Philippines. The aircraft skidded out of control on landing and crashed nose first into a concrete barrier next to parking bay one. Seventeen of the 27 people […]

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Who wants to be a millionaire?

Forbes’ annual ranking of the world’s billionaires is out and it’s badnews for India’s flamboyant airline tycoons, Jet Airways’ Naresh Goyaland Kingfisher Airlines’ Vijay Mallya. Both have been downgraded to the rank of multi-millionaire.A year ago Forbes estimated Goyal’s (pictured right) net worth at $1.4 billion but itsays this has fallen by around $1.1 billion […]

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VIDEO: AirAsia spells out criteria for online pilot competition

The team at Malaysian budget-carrier AirAsia have come up with a pretty good, and sometimes funny, video (see below) about their online competition to select a pilot.They have also spelt out the criteria for potential applicants in a post on their corporate blog. It appears as though only Malaysian citizens will be able to apply. […]

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Big Chinese airline groups may pose problem for ARJ21

Kunpeng Airlines is to be the first to fly China’s new regional jet, the ARJ21, rather than Shandong Airlines. I was able to confirm this story today by speaking to a senior source at Kunpeng’s parent Shenzhen Airlines and by speaking to a source at Shandong Airlines. The source at Shandong says the airline put […]

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VIDEO: Last chance to see Australian F-111s and Caribous next week!

Next week’s Australian International Air Show 2009 will be the last chance for aviation enthusiasts to see the Royal Australian Air Force’s General Dynamics F-111s and Caribous before they are retired.In particular, F-111s are likely to perform the famous “dump and burn” routine. This involves the F-111 pilot dumping fuel while engaging the afterburner, resulting […]

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Cathay says sorry over missed-flight breakdown

Cathay Pacific Airways has admitted that one of its employees took the now-famous video of the female passenger who had a breakdown at Hong Kong airport last month after missing her flight. If you haven’t already seen the video you can find it by reading on. It had been widely assumed that a Cathay employee […]

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China a threat to the west?

                                                                              yesterday published a news story on Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China’s (Comac) move to fast-track development of its new 150-seat aircraft, the Comac 919. Shortly after this story went out, bloggers from the US were quick to seize on the story. They highlighted the very last sentence of the story which was that […]

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So you wanna be an AirAsia pilot?

Always wanted to be a pilot? Then start banging away on the keyboard, and your dream job may be waiting at AirAsia.The Malaysian low-cost carrier is having an online “pilot idol”, inviting aspiring pilots to post on its AirAsia corporate blog on why they should be invited to join the airline. Further details will be […]

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