Archive | May, 2009

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ANA goes the full service route

While other airlines are cutting back on frills in an effort to cut costs, All Nippon Airways (ANA) is taking the full service mantra to the next level. Why have one inflight cabin crew attending to your needs when you can have two. Twice the fun. Starting 18 May ANA is introducing “new inflight service […]

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PICTURES: 787 in ANA livery

I just received some pictures from ANA showing the second 787 test aircraft painted in ANA livery and decided to post them on the blog ASAP. Having a 787 in ANA livery is a real marketing coup for ANA because these pictures are sure to grab a lot of attention and raise its awareness. It also means ANA will get TV footage […]

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VIDEO: JAL Boeing 747-400 engine sucks up cargo container

This is unbelievable! A Japan Airlines (JAL) Boeing 747-400 passenger aircraft was grounded at Los Angeles International Airport yesterday after a large object, believed to be a cargo container, was sucked into one of its engines.The incident happened as JAL flight 62 was leaving one of the airport’s gates. All 245 passengers on board were […]

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JAL receives its 50th Boeing 767

Boeing a few days ago delivered its 50th Boeing 767 to Japan Airlines, which is the fifth-largest 767 operator in the world. The PR people at Boeing were good enough to send through this photo of the 767 taking off from Paine Field in Everett, Washington  on the 7 May for its ferry flight to Tokyo Narita. It is amazing […]

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Seair outcome leaves question mark over Tiger’s international ambitions

I would like to thank David Lloyd for responding to my last posting on Philippine carrier Seair. As he quite rightly pointed out, Seair no longer plans to add A320s. I spoke with Seair’s director Nick Gitsis who told me that Seair has put its plans on hold. He cited the global economic downturn and was unable to […]

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VIDEO: Air New Zealand has nothing to hide!

Air New Zealand has a great new television ad (above) featuring eight staff members who appear in nothing but body paint instead of their regular uniform. The airline’s CEO Rob Fyfe also makes a cameo appearance.The carrier says that the aim is to differentiate Air New Zealand from competitors “who levy additional charges if a […]

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Singapore deploys first four F-15SGs in Idaho

Singapore has deployed the first four of 24 Boeing F-15SG fighters that it has on order at the Mountain Home Air Force Base (MHAFB) in Idaho, USA.This marks the start of training for the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s F-15 pilots at the base. They had previously been training with their United States Air Force […]

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When is the Philippines’ Seair going to launch A320 operations with Tiger?

Philippine carrier Seair appears to be taking for ever to launch its Airbus A320 operations. It first announced its plans in September 2006 and was planning to lease the aircraft from Singapore low-cost carrier Tiger Airways. Two years and eight months later still no A320s in operation. The reason for the delay is because of regulatory […]

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VIDEO: Australia joins P-8A development

Canberra has confirmed that it will join in the development of the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, with the country likely to receive its first of eight aircraft before 2018 when its Lockheed Martin AP-3Cs are due to retire. You can see the US Navy’s really cool promotional video about the aircraft above.The question […]

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Indian Su-30s not flying, but not grounded either

Has India grounded its Sukhoi Su-30MKI (above) fleet after last week’s fatal crash? Yes, but not officially, appears to be the answer.The Indian Air Force has denied media reports that it grounded the fighters after the incident, in which one of the two pilots died. Experts from Sukhoi are coming to India to help investigate […]

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