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AirAsia X closing in on Paris?

Is AirAsia X preparing to finally launch flights from its Kuala Lumpur hub to Paris Orly?There have been a number of interesting developments in the past week or so that could indicate yes.For background, last October AirAsia X asked the French government for landing rights, and was later approved but elected not to start flights […]

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A look at the MAS A380 seating configuration

Configurations of in-service A380s as well as MAS’ expected configuration. While poking around the MAS website I stumbled upon the carrier’s configuration for its A380, a nifty find considering its first bird is not due until April 2012 and airlines have so far liked to keep their configurations closely-held.MAS will seat 420 in economy (the […]

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JAL beats ANA for first HND departure

Banzai!This morning was supposed to see ANA and JAL simultaneously offer the first regularly scheduled international flights out of Tokyo’s Haneda airport following the opening of a fourth runway earlier this month.ANA flight NH1006 to Los Angeles and JAL flight JL002 to San Fransisco were both scheduled to depart Haneda at 00:05 Sunday morning, granting […]

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747 retirement nearing, JAL offers memorabilia items (including fuselage-printed seaweed)

Aircraft retirements are typically pegged by cost inefficiencies, and JAL’s retirement of its 747 fleet–once the largest in the world–is the epitome of that maxim. As part of JAL’s multi-billion-dollar bankruptcy, the carrier will cut 16,000 staff and retire 103 aircraft, including all of its 747s, the last of which is due to leave the fleet […]

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Air Macau to Singapore, finally, but has the carrier woken up?

Photograph: AirSpace user commercial aviation Is it really, as the maxim goes, better late than never?Macau International Airport announced that its only hometown carrier, Air Macau, will operate a twice-weekly passenger service to Singapore in November and December, as we reported on our premium news source ATI. If you think an airline would have wanted […]

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Little change in livery for Capital Airlines, new name of Deer Air

Back in February Hainan Airlines Group announced it would inject capital into Deer Air and rename the carrier Capital Airlines.The result of that deal has been brought to fruition in aircraft pictorial format. Photographer ESP captured at Airbus’s plant in Toulouse this new A320 for Capital Airlines bearing the new livery. Once you get past […]

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JAL vows to return to Sao Paulo

JAL’s 747-400 most recently operated the Tokyo-New York-Sao Paulo route, which the carrier has now ended. Photograph: AirSpace user Commercial Aviation. As part of its drastic restructure, JAL on Tuesday operated its final Sao Paulo-Tokyo (via New York JFK) flight, which it first started in 1978. JAL filed for bankruptcy in January after accruing $25.8b […]

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JAL’s Extensive Food Options–On the Ground

A few weeks ago my colleague Siva wrote about how Thai Airways is going to start selling in shops some of the sauces it uses for in-flight meals.Over the weekend, during my holiday in Japan, I was walking around the Tokyo station area and stumbled upon a JAL office whose windows promoted ticket sales and […]

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Jetbridge Collapses in Taipei

Our premium new service ATI reports that a jetbridge collapsed at Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport on 28 June: The collapsed aerobridge was one of two aerobridges at boarding gate D6 at the airport’s terminal two, Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) says. Preliminary investigations indicate that the bridge’s column and wheel frame had separated, resulting in […]

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