Archive | September, 2009

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Delta offering JAL a life-line?

Delta Air Lines is unlikely to take a majority stake in Japan Airlines if the ongoing talks, reported by various news organisations, come to fruition.There is likely to be opposition from the Japanese government to such a move, especially since it has spent trillions of yen helping to prop up a carrier still seen as […]

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PICTURES: ATR delivers 72-500 VIP for Thai elite

Want to know how Thailand’s elite travel? Here are pictures of the first of four ATR 72-500s in VIP configuration ordered by the Royal Thai Air Force. This remaining three will be delivered by end-2009, says ATR.“This first ATR features a state-of-the-art VIP cabin interior and will be dedicated to the transport of the Thai […]

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A New Year with a view – fly over Antarctica on an A380

How about this for a cool New Year’s celebration? Australian specialist tour firm Antarctica Sightseeing Flights is chartering a Qantas Airbus A380 to do a unique commercial flight over the south polar region on 31 December.These are pictures of previous flights using a chartered Boeing 747-400 and the view is simply breathtaking. The organisers say […]

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AA09: I could get used to flying in this aircraft…

This Airbus A318 Elite corporate Jet is based in Shenzhen and managed by Hong Kong’s BAA Jet Management. This is the first Airbus corporate jet on display at a show in Hong Kong, and here are some of the finishings inside.I could get used to this flying like this and the lifestyle…I just don’t have […]

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Jet Airways chairman labels pilots “terrorists”

So how do you try to reconcile with your pilots who are on strike? Well, if you take a leaf out of the book of Jet Airways chief Naresh Goyal, you call them terrorists!Okay, I can understand that he is really frustrated with the situation. And the issue does seem to have gotten out of […]

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AA09: Mitsubishi changes design and adds variant to MRJ

Mitsubishi Aircraft has unveiled significant changes to its MRJ regional jet, including the addition of a stretched 100-seat variant and switching from using carbonfibre composites to aluminium for its wings. The cabin’s height has also been increased.These changes have been made after the airframer talked to several potential customers, especially those in Europe and the […]

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VIDEO: Jet Airways strike leaves passengers stranded

Chaos reigned in Indian airports as Jet Airways pilots went on strikeyesterday and today, with the airline and union representatives blameeach other for the action that left thousands stranded.JetAirways chairman Naresh Goyal threatens to even shut down the airlineif the action continues, and the situation is just another chapter inwhat has been a horrible year […]

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PICTURE: Comac displays C919 narrowbody model at AA09

Asian Aerospace 2009 begins tomorrow in Hong Kong, and one highlight will be the presence of the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (Comac).This is the first time the company has displayed a model of the C919 narrowbody, its challenge to the dominance of the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 family of aircraft in the market […]

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SIA A380 deferral no big surprise

SIA has decided to defer the delivery of eight Airbus A380s by six to 12 months, a move that will help it to better match capacity with demand. Perhaps, the only surprise is that it took so long for the carrier to decide on this.Several other airlines have deferred aircraft, and SIA was running out […]

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PICTURES: New flight suits for female PLAAF pilots

Judging by these pictures, which came out in the Chinese media, I thinkthat the PLAAF will be even more closely scrutinised than before!China’s first female fighter pilots will wear a specially designed “anti-G” flight suit, according to the country’s media. The suit took the People’s Liberation Army Air Force 15 months to develop, according to […]

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