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Slosar steps up at Cathay

Cathay Pacific are one of the world’s best run airlines. Their recovery from the financial crisis and measured approach to growth has allowed them to post record full year net profits, and it is amid this scenario that John Slosar takes over as CEO this week. He replaces Tony Tyler, who joked at the airline’s […]

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Thailand’s Nok Air cabin crew dance

If Philippines Cebu Pacific cabin crews danced to Lady Gaga in their “Safety Dance” video, Thailand’s Nok Air joined in the dance craze with a video of its own.  Except that theirs wasn’t a “safety dance” but more of random dancing to a Thai song titled “Too Much So Much Very Much“. Oh, Nok Air’s […]

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The Garuda Indonesia model for state-owned airlines

Speaking to Garuda Indonesia CEO Emirsyah Satar (above) in Jakarta, I was struck by the transformation underway at the carrier. An airline was once famous for flying dodgy aircraft and dodgier service now operates dozens of new Airbus A330s and Boeing 737-800s (below). The in-flight experience and service is comparable to some of the best […]

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VIDEO: Japan’s F-2 fighters damaged in earthquake and tsunami

It appears as though up to 18 of Japan’s F-2 fighters may have been damaged in last week’s earthquake and tsunami, according to news reports. These are from the 21st Fighter Squadron, located at Matsushima Japanese Air Self Defence Force base in Miyagi prefecture. The F-2, which is manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, is the […]

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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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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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VIDEO: Air New Zealand gets frisky…

Air New Zealand’s marketing guys are fast becoming one of my favourites – this is just the latest in a series of brilliant and funny videos they have put out. Okay, these may not be to everyone’s taste. But take a chill pill, folks, sit back, and, erm, gently press the play button…

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Third time luck for Virgin Blue

There must have been a big sigh of relief in Virgin Blue’s Brisbane headquarters at today’s decision by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to give its nod for an alliance with Etihad Airways.Last month, the ACCC rejected Virgin Blue’s application for a trans-Tasman alliance with Air New Zealand. Earlier in September, the US Department […]

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