Archive | November, 2010

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Comac and the foreign media at Airshow China

We had major issues with the internet connections at Airshow China 2010 in Zhuhai last week, hence why we hardly updated the blog. But I’m aiming to rectify that this week – there are lots of stories and images that I want to share. One thing I was tickled by was the way the foreign […]

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Military videos and murals at Airshow China 2010

  I was surprised and, I admit, a bit taken back by some of the images and videos at the recent Zhuhai Airshow. In one large mural a Chinese WJ-600 UAV flies high above an American carrier battle group. How do I know it merican?  Well, the ship images looked as if they had been […]

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PICTURES: Comac C919 to launch with six customers #zhuhai10

Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC) is launching its C919 narrowbody with six customers. They are Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Hainan Airlines, Chinese leesor CDB Leasing Company (CLC) and GE’s leasing arm General Electric Capital Aviation Services (GECAS).The aircraft, which is due to enter into service in 2016, will be powered by GE’s […]

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Confirmed: AirAsia X to Paris (Orly)

We have been following developments that pointed to AirAsia X serving Paris, and now the Malaysian carrier has confirmed it: AirAsia X will launch flights to Paris Orly.The carrier has not yet released a schedule or indicated a starting date but does have this teaser up on its website, including an option to receive an […]

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#Zhuhai10: Comac’s C919 and ARJ21 set to take centrestage

With days to go before Airshow China in Zhuhai (it starts next Tuesday), word has gone around that Comac is gearing up to announce its first order for the C919 narrowbody jet at the event. This is likely to take place on Tuesday morning itself, right after the official opening of the show.Who the first […]

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VIDEO: Qantas A380 after emergency landing in Singapore

My colleague Cory Mathews got this video of the Qantas A380, QF32, that made an emergency landing in Singapore.You can read more about this story here and see more pictures over here. 

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PICTURES: Qantas A380 after emergency landing in Singapore

My colleague Cory Mathews rushed over to the airport after we heard the news, and here are the pictures that he got from the scene.We have more details of the story here.

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Could Cathay launch the Airbus A380-900?

During a recent visit to Toulouse for an Airbus A330 delivery flight for Cathay Pacific, Airbus pulled out all stops to impress the Hong Kong-based carrier’s executives with the A380. No surprise there, given that the airline could be one of the most lucrative customers for the type.Yet, Cathay remains hesitant. And its chief operating […]

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AirAsia X closing in on Paris?

Is AirAsia X preparing to finally launch flights from its Kuala Lumpur hub to Paris Orly?There have been a number of interesting developments in the past week or so that could indicate yes.For background, last October AirAsia X asked the French government for landing rights, and was later approved but elected not to start flights […]

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A look at the MAS A380 seating configuration

Configurations of in-service A380s as well as MAS’ expected configuration. While poking around the MAS website I stumbled upon the carrier’s configuration for its A380, a nifty find considering its first bird is not due until April 2012 and airlines have so far liked to keep their configurations closely-held.MAS will seat 420 in economy (the […]

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