Archive | May, 2009

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Nippon Cargo to use thinner paint on fuselage to save fuel

Japan’s Nippon Cargo Airlines plans to use paint from German firm Mankiewicz Gebr. that promises to help it save money on fuel. The aircraft’s fuselage will be “painted with thin layers of paint, effectively reducing the weight of the aircraft by around 45kg” resulting in a cut in fuel consumption by about 42 barrels a year. […]

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Deccan’s Gopinath writing autobiography for HarperCollins

Last night I spoke to Capt GR Gopinath who has just finished campaigning in India’s parliamentary elections where he is competing as an independent in the Bangalore south constituency. The reason I called him was to ask about his new cargo and logistics company but before we got onto that topic he mentioned that he has […]

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A tongue in cheek approach to dealing with SIA’s pilot union

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has too many pilots so it is currently trying to get its pilots to take four days off per month as compulsory leave but the pilots are only willing to take one day off a month. Here’s a novel approach to deal with those pesky union pilots. Implement the Singapore Ministry of Health’s […]

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China to change aircraft registration numbering system

In China they like to think BIG. Its part of their whole approach to life. Take for, for example, Beijing city. When you walk the streets of Beijing, the first thing you notice is how big all the buildings are. When they build a new building, it can literally take up an entire city block. […]

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Badawi appointed MAS advisor

Malaysia Airlines has appointed former Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi (above) as an advisor, giving him a non-executive position on the carrier’s board.It remains to be seen what kind of “contacts and experience” he will bring to the carrier, as MAS has said, and if he would help the airline to make the changes that […]

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Uncertain times to continue for Air India

Air India has appointed a new head, but for how long?Arvind Jadhav, a career civil servant, began work as the Indian flag carrier’s chairman and managing director today. He was appointed by the civil aviation ministry after his predecessor, Raghu Menon, quit following differences with the minister Praful Patel.Given that the Indian general elections are […]

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Air Fiji appears to have really come to a stop

Air Fiji appears to have finally come to an end. The financially-troubled carrier’s sudden closure late on 30 April does not augur well. Its main telephone lines have been disconnected, its website has a simple message saying it cannot take any bookings and its staff have been told to stay home. The exact details on why the […]

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Cathay unmasked

Cathay Pacific Airways appears to have made a PR blunder over its handling of the swine flu issue. The Oneworld carrier, like many other airlines, has been implementing measures on board flights to help mitigate the spread of swine flu. But when its cabin crew declared that they wanted to wear face masks to protect […]

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Australia details big wish-list in defence white paper

Australia’s defence white paper, which was released on Saturday, has a wide-ranging wish list that aims to revamp the country’s military in the next 20 years. This envisages a big growth in the defence budget, which is bound to face opposition from various groups.Here are some highlights relating to military aviation, with hyperlinks to the […]

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One month truce between SIA and pilots

Singapore Airlines has reached a temporary agreement with its pilots on no-pay leave while continuing with negotiations with the Airline Pilots Association-Singapore (Alpa-S).SIA wants its pilots to take up to three days no-pay leave a month as it cuts capacity and parks aircraft, while the union says that its members should not take more than […]

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