Archive | June, 2010

Jetbridge Collapses in Taipei

Our premium new service ATI reports that a jetbridge collapsed at Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport on 28 June: The collapsed aerobridge was one of two aerobridges at boarding gate D6 at the airport’s terminal two, Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) says. Preliminary investigations indicate that the bridge’s column and wheel frame had separated, resulting in […]

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Putting a fresh Spring on the Chinese aviation industry

Despite its tiny market share among airlines in China, privately-owned Spring Airlines looks to be making giant efforts to reach out to its customers.Its chairman, Wang Zheng Hua (above), has a blog on the carrier’s website – which is pretty amazing, given how tight-lipped Chinese airlines usually are, may it be online or off. Despite […]

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Lockheed’s lesson for Asia’s disparate airshows

I love my job – I go to airshows and conferences around the Asia Pacific, see fantastic flying displays, and meet top industry officials. Since the economic crisis and as the recovery got underway, however, I have heard a constant complaint – there are simply far too many events for the industry. Lockheed Martin’s decision to […]

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Sneak peek of New Delhi Airport’s Terminal Three

New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport is set to open its new terminal three on 14 July. The 5.4 million sq ft complex will put it ahead of Seoul’s Incheon, Tokyo’s Narita (terminal one) and Singapore’s Changi (terminal three), say the folks at Indira Gandhi.So just how big is this new terminal? Some figures to […]

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MAS rolls out iPad kiosks

Booking a flight with Malaysia Airlines (MAS) just got a bit cooler. Riding on the popularity of Apple’s iPad and iPhone, the airline is now offering passengers the ability to book flights and check in for them on the gadgets.The carrier unveiled their new iPad kiosks today, found at MAS’ ticket office in downtown Kuala […]

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Fancy some Thai (Airways) takeaway?

Not sure who came up with this idea, but it seems that Thai Airways is going to sell in shops some of the curry sauces that are used in the food it offers on board flights.Okay, it has admittedly been some time since I flew on Thai Airways. And I am pretty sure that the […]

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Bombardier’s Asian bombshell

It looks like Bombardier has finally realised that it needs to do more with product support in Asia. The Canadian aircraft-maker announced yesterday that it plans to get Fokker Services to support its Dash 8 and Q-series aircraft around the globe. The only exception is that Bombardier will continue to keep Q400 product support because […]

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IATA AGM: Japan Airlines looks for mindset change

I just interviewed Japan Airlines’ new president and COO Masaru Onishi (above), a very interesting man, at the IATA annual general meeting in Berlin.He was talking about how, above almost everything else, JAL needs a change in mindset – moving away from its traditional bureaucratic perspectives towards running the company towards an approach that befits […]

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IATA AGM: Industry will closely watch ANA’s 787s

There will be a lot of attention focused on Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) when it introduces the 787 into service early next year.It has been a long wait for the aircraft, and it will be a big deal for the airline industry especially if Boeing’s promised cost savings come through.ANA will initially deploy the […]

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Jetstar to roll out iPad on board

Why use any old portable media player, when you can have the iPad?Qantas Airways’ low-cost subsidiary Jetstar announced today it will trial the iPad on board as in-flight entertainment on selected domestic services from later this month.Pay A$10 ($8) to rent the iPad, and you get movies, music, e-books, all at your fingertips throughout the […]

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