When an airline route cut hits home

We journalists often have to relay bad news and of late the bad news on the economic front has been piling up. Generally though, we don’t feel the effects of, say, an airline route cut – or spend even a moment to consider its real-life impact on those affected.That changed for me this weekend as […]

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From Israel with love: Tel Aviv eyes Indian market

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There is little surprise that Israel will have a major presence at the Aero India 2009 show in Bangalore next week, especially since it has become India’s second largest arms supplier after Russia in the last few years.One of the highlights will next week will be Israel Aerospace Industries’ Gulfstream G550-based conformal airborne early warning […]

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Look, but don’t touch: Japan’s predicament with the F-22

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There is a classic scene in The Devil’s Advocate where Al Pacino, who plays the devil, talks to Keanu Reeves about God teasing humans. And he utters this memorable line: “Look, but don’t touch. Touch, but don’t taste. Taste, don’t swallow.”That must be how the Japanese are feeling after the US Air Force deployed the […]

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Thai Airways’ call for govt hand out

Thai Airways International is calling on the govt for a 20-30 billion baht ($572-858 million) bail-out in the form of a bridging loan. It needs the cash because it has been losing money and needs to shore up its balance sheet. Some of the losses are due to events beyond its control – such as […]

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Indian summer

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If there is a global credit crunch, someone forgot to tell India’s defence ministry. Other countries may be tightening their belts due to the ongoing global economic slowdown, but New Delhi continues with its procurements and tenders. And that is good news for the defence contractors.Washington appears to be the prime beneficiary for now, with […]

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Chinese consolidation talks begin

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It’s happening. After months of speculation that more consolidation is set to come to the Chinese airline market, Air China has confirmed that its parent company is in talks to acquire some or all of much smaller East Star Airlines. (For more see the story below from our on-line news service Air Transport Intelligence). East […]

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AirAsia hits back

Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia is fighting back. The airline has been embroiled in controversy since last month when it was revealed that the government had quietly given it and local conglomerate Sime Darby approval to build an all-new airport outside Kuala Lumpur. Many, including Malaysia’s former prime minister, have questioned whether it is necessary, as […]

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Terminal silence

Controversy is brewing in Malaysia over a new airport that looks set to be built for the capital Kuala Lumpur by budget carrier AirAsia and government-linked conglomerate Sime Darby. It is already a political hot potato and things are likely to get hotter.It all began last month, when it was quietly revealed that the government […]

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The bigger they are, the harder they fall

Ok ok it has been far too long since a posting has gone up on the Asian Skies blog (sole-contributor-to-date Siva is on holiday) so time to change that. I arrived at work this morning to learn that China Eastern Airlines will now be getting $1 billion in government aid, rather than $437 million as […]

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Chinese models

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You get the usual array of interesting aircraft models at any air show, and Airshow China in Zhuhai earlier this month was no different.The Chinese were keen to display their latest unmanned aircraft although, predictably, there was very little information forthcoming on the level of development for each programme.Perhaps, that has something to do with […]

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