Archive | July, 2009

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Air India’s debt nightmare

Want to know just how badly Air India is doing?The Indian national carrier has $3.2 billion of debt on its balance sheet, according to the country’s civil aviation minister Praful Patel. This is double what it had in November 2007 and mainly related to aircraft purchases by Air India and Indian which merged that year. […]

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Aviastar crash puts spotlight on Indonesian safety record

Another aircraft has crashed in Indonesia, and the timing could not be worse.The Aviastar Airlines’ de Havilland Canada Twin Otter cargo aircraft was found yesterday morning and all three crew are believed to be dead. An Aviastar British Aerospace 146-300 crashed in April as well, but the airline will continue with its operations after buying […]

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Boeing working to appease ANA

  Today All Nippon Airways disclosed that it has swapped five 767-300ERs on order for Boeing 787s which means its 787 order increases to 55. It works out well for ANA because the five 767-300ERs it is cancelling orders for were suppose to be interim lift but the downturn in Japan’s aviation market has been worse than […]

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Pakistan’s air force hedges its bets

It has been an important few days for Pakistan’s air force, which has just confirmed upgrades to its US-made Lockheed Martin F-16A/Bs and started the domestic production of the JF-17 fighter (above) that it co-developed with China (see video below of the aircraft flying in 2007).Islamabad was one of the USA’s closest allies during the […]

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