Archive | March, 2010

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Picture of India’s light combat helicopter having first flight

I received a very nice picture today from the office of R Srinivasan, managing director of Hindustan Aeronautics’ (HAL) helicopter complex. It shows HAL’s light combat helicopter (LCH) having its first flight on 29 March in Bangalore. This helicopter was originally due to have first flight in 2008 but, not surprisingly, there were some delays. […]

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China Baby

Beijing-based Deer Jet has taken delivery of China’s first Boeing Business Jet. Its BBJ has local registration B5266 and is configured with 18 passenger seats and a bedroom, conference room and open bar, says the airline. Deer Jet is primarily a business jet operator and it is controlled by Hainan Airlines. The picture below shows […]

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Viva Macau finds itself in hot soup

Low-cost carrier Viva Macau’s AOC has been cancelled due to its failure to pay its dues. The airline had to get financial aid from the government earlier this year, but that does not appear to have been enough for it.The Macau tourism market, as a whole, has had a bad patch since the economic downturn […]

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So is it JAL or is it the freighter market?

Japan Airlines made an amazing announcement yesterday, saying that it will stop dedicated freighter services from end-October. For JAL, a company with a long history of cargo operations, to do this is simply sensational.But it sure will be odd not seeing the distinctive all-silver JALCARGO aircraft. I’m not sure if it is due to the […]

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Pictures of Cessna’s Skycatchers from Shenyang Aircraft

I received some pictures last night from Bob Stangarone, who handles PR for Cessna. The pictures shows some of the Cessna Skycatcher aircraft that have arrived in the USA from China’s Shenyang Aircraft (SAC), which has a contract to manufacture the aircraft. SAC is aiming to deliver 350 Skycatchers this year.

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VIDEO: Australia’s Super Hornets arrive tomorrow

Okay, i am on an Australia roll – but here is a short one. It is exciting that the Super Hornets will finally be in Australia tomorrow (a video of the aircraft, kindly provided by Boeing Defence Australia, is above).Canberra is the first export customer and it will be great to see how the twin-engine […]

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VIDEO: Boeing’s Project Wedgetail facility in Amberley

A few weeks ago, Boeing Defence Australia invited me up to their facility at Amberley, just outside Brisbane. This is where work is being done on Project Wedgetail, the programme to develop a 737-based airborne early warning and control system for Australia.I managed to see the inside some of the aircraft in various stages of […]

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Alan Joyce remains optimistic about Qantas’ prospects

It has not been an easy ride for Qantas Airways CEO Alan Joyce since he took over at the helm of the Australian carrier in November 2008.He ran smack into the headwinds caused by the high fuel prices and economic downturn, and as capacity into the country increased despite the slowdown. Undoubtedly, there are numerous […]

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VIDEO: Wreckage of Airnorth EMB-120 that crashed yesterday

An Embraer EMB-120 turboprop came down in Darwin yesterday just after take-off from the Northern Australian city’s main airport during a routine training exercise.According to local news report, the aircraft was seen banking sharply before crashing into trees and bushland near a golf course on the Royal Australian Air Force near Darwin Airport.From the reports […]

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Air New Zealand’s dodgy cabin crew manual

Air New Zealand has had a weekend to forget after having to apologise for the racial profiling of some of its customers in a 2008 cabin crew manual. The airline says that the manual has since been “updated”.But among the more controversial aspects of the old manual, which the Sunday Star Times wrote about, are […]

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