Archive | July, 2009

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PHOTO: First flight of Australia’s Super Hornet

Boeing has successfully conducted the first flight of Australia’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in the USA. The aircraft, which was unveiled on 8 July, took off from Lambert International Airport in St. Louis on its inaugural flight that lasted just over an hour.And it looks like they may not buy any more than the 24 that […]

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PHOTOS: Shanghai Airlines’ first Airbus aircraft

Here are some pictures of the first Airbus aircraft in Shanghai Airlines livery. The carrier took delivery of the A321 last week. This is the first of 10 A321s ordered by the Shanghai-based carrier in 2006 and 2007.

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PHOTO: Airbus A320 in Juneyao Airlines livery

Juneyao Airlines, a Shanghai-based privately-owned carrier, took delivery of its first purchased A320 last week. Here is a picture of the aircraft in the Chinese carrier’s livery.

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Oh joy, new seat covers for me!

Singapore Airlines has launched a cabin retrofit programme for its older Boeing 777s, which it says it is going ahead despite the economic situation. Still, some belt-tightening must be expected and that has led to tough decisions by the SIA bosses.After all, why else would it change the seats only in the first and business […]

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Kingfisher’s big loan plan

Kingfisher Airlines’s plans to get almost $2.6 billion in loans, which is likely to to be put towards funding its aircraft purchases, will be closely watched by observers.That is a big debt burden, even for an airline that is the leader in the Indian domestic market, has been expanding its international routes, and has a […]

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Go on then, mouth off to Tiger

Maybe this is an airline’s way to getting touchy-feely with customers, and it certainly is a public relations exercise. Somehow, though, I don’t know if Singapore’s Tiger Airways has really thought through its latest plan.It is inviting passengers to join a task force, where they can give their feedback on customer services, destinations, and product […]

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VIDEO: KAL 777-300 tail scrape at Narita

For those who are keen to see what happened a few days ago, here is a video from the BBC.Nobody is really sure what caused this incident, although I have been reading a lot about a combination of pilot error and strong winds. Let’s see what the investigation turns up.

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Grumman Goose makes Solomon Islands its new home

I wrote a story last week on a start-up in the south Pacific called Solomon Islands Seaplanes that has started operating a Beechcraft 18 and a Convair 580. It also plans to add a Grumman Goose to its fleet later this year, the Solomon Islands CAA principal flight standards officer, George Satu, told me over […]

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Fresh opportunity for Indonesia’s airline industry

There must have been a sigh of relief among Indonesian airlines after the European Union confirmed that it would lift its ban on four of them. The quartet can now begin to plan flights to Europe, and they will be able to get European passengers who will be able to book tickets on Indonesian airlines […]

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China Eastern’s $1.3bn Shanghai gambit

China Eastern Airlines’ $1.3 billion bid for Shanghai Airlines is nothing less than an attempt to survive in the highly competitive Chinese market. While Air China and China Southern had close to a 50% market share in their Beijing and Guangzhou hubs respectively, China Eastern had only just over 30% in Shanghai.Buying Shanghai Airlines will […]

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