Archive | December, 2010

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Korean Air to have least dense A380 cabin to date

When Korean Air places its first A380 into service to Japan and China next May (touch wood), the carrier will boast the least dense A380 cabin.Korean Air will have a total of 407 seats on its A380: 12 in first class, 94 in business, and 301 in economy, Superadrianme reports. That is only 27 more […]

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India’s MMRCA: Cut and Thrust

These are interesting times for India‘s Air Force. Somewhere in itscolonnaded Delhiheadquarters a massive team is poring over tens of thousands of pages about thesix fighters in the 126-aircraft MMRCA (Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft)competition. Aside from the 6,000-7,000 pages each company provided – thecontenders are Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Saab, Dassault, Eurofighter, and RSKMig – the […]

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To win passengers from AirAsia, Firefly touts jetways as perk

As I was passing through Kuala Lumpur’s Sentral station earlier this week this Firefly ad immediately caught my attention.Firefly last month announced it will ad up to 30 Boeing 737-800 aircraft between 2011 and 2015 in an effort to take on low-cost carriers in the region, namely AirAsia.AirAsia’s ultra low-cost leads to the carrier operating […]

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Changi’s 40 millionth passenger wins S$40,000 shopping spree

Changi Airport welcomed its 40 millionth passenger for the year today at Terminal 3 – a very lucky Jonathan Shih from Taiwan (second from left), who was on board Singapore Airlines SQ827 from Shanghai.I say very lucky, because Shih got S$40,000 ($30,440) to spend at the terminal’s transit mall. He could buy anything (although I […]

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Paris launched, AirAsia X sets sights on New York, Budapest, Moscow & Prague

AirAsia X plans to expand its intercontinental destinations in the next few years. For more info on this specially painted AirAsia X A330, see here. In the past few weeks AirAsia X announced two new routes for 2011–Christchurch and Paris–but the fast-growing carrier is not showing any signs of slowing down.Tony Fernandes, one of AirAsia […]

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AirAsia X hires a very special flight attendant

Have you met AirAsia X’s new flight attendant?He’s known for his airlines, wavy blonde hair, and giving people a Virgin of a time.Our sister blog that covers the quirkier aspects of aviation has more details and a photo you don’t want to miss. (Or maybe you do.)

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JF-17 Thunder paint scheme underlines China-Pakistani ties

At the recent Zhuhai airshow I was struck by the large numbers of Pakistani air force personnel. I’ve always known China and Pakistan were close, but it was still a surprise to see a contingent of over 100 Pakistanis so far from home.  Yesterday a press release I found on the web site of Pakistan’s […]

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F-111B – a victim of the air war over Vietnam

The retirement of Australia‘s F-111Cs last week endedthe long story of a successful, and iconic, long range bomber. Many forget,however, that US Navy’s version of the aircraft, the F-111B, was a failure. The F-111B was big like the F-111C, though ithad a stubbier nose to make carrier landings easier. Conceived as pure fighter (thenaval version […]

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Cathay unveils new business class cabin

Cathay yesterday unveiled its new business class seat, to be offered on the airline’s long-haul A330 and 777-300ER flights (those flying between Hong Kong and Sydney will be the first to try it out from March 2011). The new seat, which reclines into a lie-flat bed, is wider and longer than Cathay’s current business class […]

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J-15 Dreams

  Since joining the Flightglobal team I’ve been burning towrite about the elephant in the room: China‘s aircraft carrier. That she exists is beyond question. Formerly the Russiancarrier Varyag, the flattop is tied up in Dalian covered by scaffolding, a tantalizing plume of smoke rising from her island.What’s going on in there? Engines gearing up? Apparently […]

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