Archive | June, 2009


Taiwan’s F-16 question comes up again

Here we go again. For years, the Bush administration dithered on Taiwan’s request to buy 66 Lockheed Martin F-16C/Ds and never made its mind up. Instead, the Obama administration inherited the contentious issue and is about to start studying the request.Taiwan is a special case in international relations, and Washington is wary of selling it […]

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Standing room only on board China’s Spring Airlines?

According to news reports from China, privately-owned Spring Airlines could give passengers the option of cheaper standing room only flights. I really don’t see how they are going to get permission for this whacky plan.And the more I read it, the more it sounds like this is coming straight out of the Ryanair and Michael […]

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The Dragon 600 – the new face of China

China’s government has granted approval for Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) to build a large amphibious aircraft for fire-fighting and rescue missions. This is a programme the Chinese have been looking at for the last couple of years but according to the AVIC General Aircraft official I spoke to today last year’s Sichuan earthquake […]

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SpiceJet results reflect the challenges facing Indian airlines

India’s SpiceJet has reported a sharp increase in its net losses for the last fiscal year, but it surprisingly had a relatively strong fourth quarter.It is still not clear if that is a sign that things are taking a turn for the better in the Indian airline industry, but the fact remains that the carrier […]

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VIDEO: Bare essentials at Air New Zealand

Here’s another great cheeky video from Air New Zealand. This will be the new in-flight safety video on all of the airline’s domestic flights, and it is a fresh twist on their earlier “Nothing to Hide” campaign. If you still don’t get it, watch their clothes carefully. Keep it coming, guys!And below is a video […]

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Rewarding Qantas and punishing Boeing

It is a sign of the times when Qantas’ share price moves up after the airline announces that it will cancel orders for 15 Boeing 787 dreamliners and defer the delivery of another 15. Normally, the announcement would have been met with dismay. The 787 is meant to replace older Boeing 767 aircraft, and it […]

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Inside the Boeing Dreamlifter

    While in Taiwan this week, I made a point of visiting Evergreen Aviation Technologies, the Taiwanese maintenance, repair and overhaul firm behind the Boeing 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter (LCF). So far EGAT has produced three LCFs for Boeing, which uses the aircraft to transport subassemblies for the Boeing 787. No surprise then that […]

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Taiwanese carriers pin hopes on China flights

  This week I have been in Taiwan meeting with the heads of China Airlines, EVA Air and TransAsia Airways to write a report for Airline Business magazine on the further opening of cross strait flights. In April, a new landmark deal was signed in which, for the first time since 1949, there will be […]

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India’s Maharajah needs new clothes

For an airline known as the “Maharajah”, or emperor, of the skies, it has been quite a come down for Air India in recent weeks.We knew that things were not going well at the state-owned carrier, which in reality has been a mess for several years. But the first sign of how bad things were […]

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AirAsia dispute with Malaysia Airports rumbles on

AirAsia is in a tussle with Malaysia Airports, operator of Kuala Lumpur’s low cost terminal, over RM65 million ($18.4 million) in taxes that owes.The airline refuses to pay until the operator lowers its fees, which AirAsia says are unfair and too high. This comes after AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes called airport operators “parasites” in a […]

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