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  • 25 year timeline: in text

    News | 23 Nov 2010 12:00

    <H2>25 years of the Airline Business</H2> <P>We are celebrating the 25th anniversary of Airline Business this month and have put together a special timeline pullout in the magazine and online interactive version which you can <A href=""><STRONG>VIEW&nbsp;HERE</STRONG></A><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG>to mark the most siginficant events of the last 25 years. As we worked on it, it quickly became clear we would have room for only a fraction of the events possible from our original list. So here, in good old fashioned list format, is </P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P> <TABLE style="WIDTH: 445px; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #e8e8e8" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 border=1> <TBODY> <TR> <TH> <H2 align=center>1985&nbsp;</H2></TH></TR></TBODY></TABLE></P> <UL> <LI>TWA operates first service across Atlantic with twin-engined aircraft, a Boeing 767 <LI>The UAE’s Emirates Airline starts operations <LI>EgyptAir hijacked and stormed at Cairo, 60 die <
  • Local heroes

    News | 15 Sep 2003 23:00

    <p>BRENDAN SOBIE / SINGAPORE</p> <p>Chinese manufacturers are relying on regional jet growth over the next decade to mirror the sector's success in the USA in the 1990s</p> <p>China's aircraft manufacturers and their Western partners are banking on regional jets proliferating in China over the next decade, creating a sales boom that could mirror the rapid ascent of regional jets in the USA over the previous decade.</p> <p>This year China began offering its airlines a choice of two locally built regional jets: a Chinese-developed aircraft designed to carry between 76 and 105 passengers starting in late 2007 and a Brazilian-developed but Chinese-assembled aircraft capable of carrying between 37 and 50 passengers starting early next year.</p> <p>The two projects represent two vastly different approaches. For the larger regional jet, China Aviation Industry Corp I (AVIC I) has formed a new company to develop an aircraft from scratch and has enrolled four of its subsidiaries to manufact
  • AVIC shake up leaves crucial questions unanswered

    News | 12 Oct 1999 23:00

    <p><img src='../Assets/GetAsset.aspx?ItemID=3519' /></p> <p>The Chinese Government's recent splitting of colossus Aviation Industries of China (AVIC) into two companies leaves question marks over how the country's huge aerospace industry is to overcome its problems. </p> <p>The companies were present in their new guise as China Aviation Industry I and II (known as AVIC I and AVIC II) for the first time at Beijing's Aviation Expo/China. AVIC I has taken over the bulk of China's combat aircraft and air weapons production, while AVIC II has absorbed helicopter and general aviation production. </p> <p>There is some overlap, however, in aero engines and airborne systems and in trainers and military aircraft. AVICI employs 281,000 people, while AVICII has a workforce of 220,000. </p> <p>Industry observers say the split has left China with two bloated state-owned aviation giants lacking the power to restructure without government approval. The officially cited idea that the division would
  • Family power

    News | 01 Jun 1999 23:00

    IAE has come of age thanks to the growing success of its V2500 on the Airbus A320 family of aircraft <p>Guy Norris/LOS ANGELES </p> <p>Business is booming for International Aero Engines (IAE), which last month celebrated the 10th anniversary of entry into commercial service of the V2500. "It's an important milestone for us, and we have come a long way," says Mike Terrett, IAE's newly installed president and chief executive. </p> <p>Terrett took over the helm from outgoing president Barry Eccleston who presided over the most rapid phase of expansion in the company's 16-year history. Virtually all of the success is attributed to the growing boom in Airbus A320 "family" sales, to which the company's V2500 engine is intimately linked. The first V2500-powered A320 flew in July 1988 and was certificated the following year. Since then the orderbook, including options, has grown to around 3,000 engines worth more than $18 billion. Almost 470 V2500-powered aircraft have been delivered and m
  • SilkAir selects Airbuses

    News | 13 May 1997 23:00

    <p>SilkAir of Singapore has chosen the Airbus Industrie A319/A320 family as its new narrowbody passenger aircraft, replacing its fleet of Boeing 737-300s and Fokker 70 twinjets. </p> <p>The Singapore Airlines (SIA)-owned regional carrier opted for the A319/320 over the rival next-generation Boeing 737-600/700/ 800 series after three-months of evaluation and negotiations. The airline had earlier ruled the McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 and MD-95 out of the running. </p> <p>It is expected to announce a firm order shortly for a mix of eight A319/A320s. The airline wants to take delivery of the first aircraft towards the end of 1998 to replace its six 737-300s and two leased Fokker 70s. SilkAir is also expected to take options on at least four more aircraft, including the larger A321 version. </p> <p>Key factors in SilkAir's decision are thought to be aircraft range and capacity. The airline wants to extend its existing 4h operating endurance by another 60-120min to open up new, longer-rang
  • Lufthansa 747 'Classic' digital cockpit retrofit is certificated

    News | 06 May 1997 23:00

    <p>The first Boeing 747 "Classic" to be retrofitted with a digital cockpit has been certificated by the German civil aviation authority. </p> <p>The aircraft, an ex-United Airlines 747SPbelonging to the Brunei royal family, was modified by Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg, Germany (Flight International, 26 June-2 July, 1996). It has been fitted with the basic equipment needed to take advantage of the Future Air Navigation System (FANS), although the necessary software for this capability is not yet available for the 747 Classic. </p> <p>The upgrade includes the installation of three Honeywell HT9100 digital flight-management system computers, with multi-function control and display units and global-positioning systems, and satellite communications equipment. </p> <p>Honeywell also supplied five electronic flight-instrument system (EFIS) units - two primary displays for each pilot, and a moving map mounted on the central console. The four primary cathode-ray tube displays are similar to