Archive | April, 2011

AirAsia A320

Thanks to Naviatarie’s New Skies, AirAsia considering frequent flyer program

AirAsia Indonesia A320 departing Toulouse on its delivery flight. The aircraft wears its test registration due to Indonesian carriers being banned from the EU. Photograph: AirSpace user apgphoto I was going through old e-mails (Easter weekend spring cleaning) and was bemused to see an August marketing e-mail from AirAsia poking fun at reward clubs with […]

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FAT resumes flights with new livery

Taiwanese carrier Far Eastern Air Transport, known as FAT, has resumed flights after a nearly three year hiatus. The carrier now sports a new livery that features wing-like swooshes on the rear of the fuselage. Here are before and after photos taken by AirSpace user commercial aviation.Old: New:

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First pics of ANA’s ‘Forward Together’ commemorative livery

Our ubiquitous Asian airport spotter Negrerie Manuel (“commercial aviation” on our photo sharing site AirSpace) has snapped these photos of an All Nippon Airways Boeing 767 carrying the airline’s “Forward together as one Japan” phrase as part of a special livery announced earlier this month to mark respect of the lives lost and damage occurred […]

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Thai Airways gives details of 507-seat A380 configuration

Thai Airways has released details of its planned seating configuration for its forthcoming Airbus A380 aircraft.Thai plans to seat 507 passengers in three classes: 12 in first, 60 in business, and 435 in economy, according to Routes.As our updated A380 chart, below, indicates, Thai will have the same number of premium seats as Singapore Airlines […]

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It’s not Kung Fu Panda but kung fu-armed cabin crews

It’s not Kung Fu Panda but for Hong Kong Airlines cabin crews, they learn wing chun, a form of kung fu that is characterised by short, sharp movements to deal with air rage. The airline’s deputy general manager for corporate communications, Eva Chan, said to South China Morning Post that all staff has been invited […]

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ANA launches post-earthquake & tsunami special livery

Japan’s All Nippon Airways has launched a modest special livery commemorating the island nation’s efforts to recover from last month’s earthquake and resulting tsunami.The livery carries the phrase “Forward together as one Japan”. In front of Japan is a red dot representing the sun; Japan is referred to as the land of the rising sun. […]

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Must read: Rand’s view on PLAAF vs. Taiwan

The implications of a bust up between China and Taiwanare almost too harrowing to contemplate, especially if the United States and Japan were drawn in. The world’sinter-connected economy would collapse as the world entered the great unknown. Thehuman toll could be horrendous.Nonetheless, Chinais dead serious about getting Taiwanback, and force will remain very much on […]

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Trigger happy over the T-50

South Korean publications are abuzz with a press pickup thatIndonesiawill buy 16 KAI T-50 advanced jet trainer aircraft to replace its aging BAEHawks. The apparent source of the news was a story from Indonesian publisherSeputar Indonesia, quoting Indonesian Air Force chief of staff Imam Sufaat.Unfortunately no amount of searching on Seputar’s websiteproduces an article mentioning […]

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Thai navy S-70Bs to the rescue

  Thailand recently saw serious flooding on the resort islands of Koh Samui and Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand. A fleet of Thai ships were sent to rescue stranded tourists, with some lucky rescuees getting a free ride to the Thai Navy carrier HTMS Chakri Naruebet, Southeast Asia’s only aircraft carrier. The video […]

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VIDEO: C-17 ops in Japan

Just wrote an item for next week’s magazine about the relief efforts last month in Japan, and the performance of the C-17 in particular.Apparently Sendai airport was not fully open until 28 March following the tsunami on 11 March. The first C-17s, however, were going into Sendai on 20 March after the USAF’s 320th special […]

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