Archive | October, 2009

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More pain lies ahead for Japan Airlines

What will Japan’s Enterprise Turnaround Initiative Corp find when it studies whether it should invest in Japan Airlines that we don’t already know?The reality is that JAL will become bankrupt without government help. And despite all the caveats from the different parties, it is almost certain that the Japanese government – through the ETIC – […]

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Sleep time in Air New Zealand’s economy class

So it appears that Air New Zealand is looking to have seat-beds in the economy class of its new Boeing 777-300ERs. Does that make sense, though?The main aim for any airline is to fill the seats in its aircraft. So seat-beds could work in this climate, when loads are down, but it makes little sense […]

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The men who killed Qantas? Hmmmmm…

Here is something to read – or maybe not – when you are next on Qantas. Matthew Benns, an Australian investigative journalist, has written a book allegedly exposing everything that the airline did not want exposed.According to the promotional material: “This book is the account of the Qantas story that every airline passenger needs to […]

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And the baby’s name is Air Asia!

So the woman who gave birth on board an AirAsia flight has named her son – wait for it – Air Asia!Liew Siaw Hsia is calling her kid Asia Liew Ya Hang. It appears that Ya Hang means Air Asia in Mandarin (does that make him doubly Asian?). That is the “best name I can […]

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Give birth on board and get free flights on AirAsia!

Wanna get free flights on AirAsia? Just give birth on board! Liew Siaw Hsia, who was 27 weeks pregnant, was on a flight from Penang to Kuching when she began to feel some discomfort. The aircraft was diverted to Kuala Lumpur and a doctor who was on board as well helped her to give birth […]

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Bailing out Air India is just the first step

So is this a case of throwing good money after bad? India’s government says that it will provide Air India with 50 billion rupees ($1.1 billion) as part of an equity infusion due to the state-owned carrier’s financial woes.In today’s Financial Times, one analyst said that this is too little and too late given how […]

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PICTURE: China tests BKZ-500 HALE UAV?

Here is a picture, reportedly of the Chinese BKZ-500 high-altitude long-endurance UAV, that is making the rounds on the internet that i found on this blog.My colleague Steve Trimble has some ideas about this at his blog, but all of this is certainly part of a concerted Chinese attempt to increase its investment and capability […]

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PICTURES: Pakistan receives first Block 52 F-16s

Pakistan received its first Block 52 F-16D yesterday (pictured above and below) as part of ambitious plans to refurbish its air force’s fighter fleet.The PAF, however, is doing this with a combination of both western fighters, and help from its traditional supplier China through the JF-17 and potentially the J-10B.Tactically, that will be facinating in […]

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AirAsia TVC gives the airline some emotional pull

  AirAsia has launched a TV commercial that was created by Leo Burnett Malaysia and directed by the late Yasmin Ahmad. Sadly, Yasmin Ahmad passed away in July of this year. She was executive creative director of Leo Burnett and also one of Malaysia’s most well-known and loved script-writers and feature film directors. I was […]

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ANA asks passengers to ignore ‘the call of nature’ in the interests of the environment

Airlines are trying hard to improve their environmental credentials but All Nippon Airways’ latest effort might make a few people laugh or maybe not. ANA - supposedly in the interests of the environment and limiting carbon dioxide emissions- is asking passengers to go to the toilet before boarding. The initiative is part of its “e-flight” programme […]

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