Archive | April, 2010

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PICTURES: First flight of ROKAF F-15Ks with P&W engines

 One of my contacts has just sent me these, the first flight of the Republic of Korea Air Force F-15Ks that are powered by the Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 engines.The one-hour flight took place over St Louis on Monday. The aircraft is part of an order for 21 fighters that the country ordered two years […]

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Who could Qantas merge with?

Okay, that is not a trick question. In a speech yesterday, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said that consolidation is necessary in the airline industry and his airline could participate in it. He added that Qantas would keep its name and Australian heritage, and that it would be the lead partner.There are various regulatory and governmental […]

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Reliance invests in nice guy Gopinath (and Deccan 360)

Here is a quick one on Capt. GR Gopinath, the founder of the former Air Deccan who now runs cargo carrier Deccan 360.He is genuinely one of the nicest guys in the Indian aviation industry, and I am absolutely chuffed that Reliance – India’s largest company – is buying a stake in Deccan 360.India, which […]

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Oneworld left hanging after China Eastern decision

China Eastern Airlines’ decision to join SkyTeam leaves Oneworld as the only alliance without a member in China, one of the world’s most lucrative and fastest growing markets.Sure, it has Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific on China’s doorsteps but even that will not be enough in the coming years. Cathay’s increasingly close relationship with Air China, […]

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Indonesia’s DGCA must act after latest Merpati crash

Yesterday’s Merpati crash puts the spotlight on Indonesia’s airline safety and maintenance standards once again.What is worrying is that despite several accidents over the last year, and nothing seems to have been done to force Merpati to conduct an overview of its safety and maintenance standards.Indonesia’s DGCA needs to come down hard on airlines like […]

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The fall of East Star’ Lan Shili and Shenzhen’s Li Zeyuan

Normally, a jail term for tax evasion for the owner of East Star Airlines, a privately-owned Chinese carrier that went bankrupt in August last year, would not be of too much interest.But Lan Shili’s case comes amid an attempt by the Chinese authorities to force its carriers to consolidate, and Air China’s interest in expanding […]

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PICTURE: Singapore brings home its F-15SGs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Singapore’s Ministry of DefenceSo Singapore has finally brought home its first Boeing F-15SGs, almost a year after taking delivery of the aircraft.This is probably the most advanced fighter operating in Southeast Asia (versus the Malaysian Su-30MKMs, Indonesian Su-30MKIs and Thailand’s Saab Gripens), continuing to give the island’s air force a crucial air superiority edge […]

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