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China Baby

Beijing-based Deer Jet has taken delivery of China’s first Boeing Business Jet. Its BBJ has local registration B5266 and is configured with 18 passenger seats and a bedroom, conference room and open bar, says the airline. Deer Jet is primarily a business jet operator and it is controlled by Hainan Airlines. The picture below shows […]

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Pictures of Cessna’s Skycatchers from Shenyang Aircraft

I received some pictures last night from Bob Stangarone, who handles PR for Cessna. The pictures shows some of the Cessna Skycatcher aircraft that have arrived in the USA from China’s Shenyang Aircraft (SAC), which has a contract to manufacture the aircraft. SAC is aiming to deliver 350 Skycatchers this year.

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Where’s the Caribou?

I put in a call last week to Australia’s Department of Defence to find out what the situation is with the Royal Australian Air Force’s de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou tactical transport aircraft.   The air force phased the aircraft out in December but I wanted to find out if there was any chance these […]

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Airlines PNG’s ATR 72-500

I received some pics from Airlines PNG showing the ATR 72-500 doing some trial flights in Papua New Guinea. Airlines PNG operates Bombardier Dash 8-100s and de Havilland Twin Otters but plans to step up to larger turboprops. The aircraft in the pictures is actually owned by Malaysian carrier Berjaya Air, but Airlines PNG plans […]

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Pictures of China’s AC313 large helicopter

I received some very nice pics from a contact at China Avicopter showing the first flight of the AC313, China’s largest helicopter. This helicopter can transport 27 passengers and can also be used for cargo, search and rescue, fire-fighting, offshore exploration and medical evacuation missions At the ceremony to mark the first flight Avicopter also […]

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NZ’s Vincent Aviation looking to Asia for growth

I was talking to Vincent Aviation’s CEO Peter Vincent the other day because we were writing a story about the carrier’s move to put a Dash 8 in Darwin for its Darwin-Groote Eylandt service rather than continuing to rely solely on Beechcraft 1900s. Peter was good enough to email me some pictures of his Dash 8. […]

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Still life in old Fokkers

  I received some aircraft photos from Arul Nathan, director of operations at Asialink Cargo Express, an Indonesian cargo carrier that started flying in January. The pictures show the airline’s first aircraft, a Fokker F27. The carrier has two F27s and is due to receive a third in this year’s second or third quarter. All […]

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Tony’s Vietnam ambition seems to be happening

AirAsia’s Tony Fernandes appears to have finally succeeded in his long-held ambition to make AirAsia the ASEAN carrier with operations in all the major southeast Asian markets.Today AirAsia announced that it is buying 30% of Vietnamese start-up VietJet which will be positioned as a low-cost carrier and be branded VietJet AirAsia.VietJet has been trying to […]

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Myanmar’s state-owned MAI appears set for ownership change before elections

Myanmar Airways International, the country’s maininternational carrier, is in the throes of another ownership change.This carrier was a joint-venture between Singapore‘s RegionAir and the Myanmargovernment. The government’s stake was controlled via the auspices ofgovernment domestic carrier Myanma Airways (yes, that is the correct spelling).The Singaporeans exited the business a few months agoand Myanma Airways is now […]

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Royal Brunei talking to SIA about 777s?

  Got a tip off late last week that Royal Brunei are back at it again trying to get leases on Boeing 777s and that the carrier is currently in talks to try and secure some of Singapore Airlines’ Boeing 777-200s. This perked my curiosity enough that I put in a call this morning to my old […]

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