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    SpaceJet waiting game plays on at Mitsubishi


    True patience involves bearing what is unbearable, according to a Japanese proverb. By that measure, it is fair to say that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), the parent of Mitsubishi Aircraft, has displayed that quality in spades. 

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    ANA Holdings undertakes $3.3 billion debt financing


    All Nippon Airways’ parent company has decided to undertake a fresh round of debt financing from the Development Bank of Japan, amounting to Y350 billion ($3.3 billion). The agreement is subject to a 29 June borrowing deadline and the debt financing will be repaid over the long term, ...

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    French investigators to download crashed PIA A320 recorders


    French investigators are to handle the downloading of flight-recorder data from the Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A320 which crashed in Karachi on 22 May. The cockpit-voice recorder has been located, days after the flight-data recorder was retrieved, French investigation authority BEA states. BEA says it has received a ...

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    Challenges ahead in Thai Airways business rehabilitation


    The 60-year-old Thai Airways International, now in court-supervised business rehabilitation, carries the burden of legacy issues, a history of failed restructuring and transformations, and being ill-equipped to tackle industry challenges.

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    ​Thai Airways appoints planners for business rehabilitation


    Thai Airways International has appointed five people, including one of its former presidents, to jointly hold the position of plan preparer during its business rehabilitation process. The carrier’s chairman Chaiyapruk Didyasarin and acting president Chakkrit Parapuntakul have been appointed, along with three newly appointed board members: former president ...

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    Babcock selects Bell 429 for Australian special forces bid


    Babcock Australia has down selected the Bell 429 as its bidding platform in Australia’s bid to obtain a new special forces helicopter.

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    Lessor Avation pulls the plug on sale process


    Avation is ending its formal sale process as the Covid-19 pandemic brings unprecedented disruption to the aviation industry that is still ongoing. The Singapore-based lessor says in a 27 May statement that over the past “several weeks”, Covid-19 has “continued to disrupt business activities, particularly air travel, on an ...

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    China opens ‘green channel’ for charters


    China’s aviation regulator will gradually reopen its borders, as it allows selected travellers from certain countries to travel to the country. Under a new “green channel” policy, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) will allow carriers — both Chinese and international — to apply for rights to operate ...

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    ​Cebu Pacific seeks SLBs for entire A320 fleet: sources


    Cebu Pacific is seeking sale-and-leasebacks for as many as 17 of its Airbus A320s, according to two sources. The airline was originally seeking to lease-back 14 of the aircraft, but subsequently increased the number to 17 to encompass its entire owned A320 fleet, according to one of the ...

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    AVIC’s AR500C unmanned helicopter completes maiden sortie


    AVIC’s unmanned helicopter prototype has completed its first test flight in Jiangxi province in eastern China. The AR500C took off on its 20min test flight on 20 May, and performed a series of low-level manoeuvres, such as front-to-back, left-to-right, as well as hovering rotations. Source: AVIC ...


    Court accepts Thai Airways rehabilitation filing: sources


    A Thai bankruptcy court has today accepted Thai Airways International’s application for business rehabilitation, and a hearing will be held in under three months as to whether the company should be permitted to enter that process, according to two sources. “Today, the court has accepted the request for business ...

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    Hainan reduces shareholding in MRO arm, divests training unit


    Hainan Airlnes will reduce its stake in its MRO unit and divest its training unit to other HNA Group companies as it seeks to intensify its focus on the core passenger and cargo business. Hainan will reduce its stake in MRO unit HNA Technic to about 68%, with the ...

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    Hainan cancels planned transfer of nine aircraft


    Hainan Airlines Holdings and its subsidiary airlines have cancelled the transfer of aircraft assets to a Hong Kong-based holding company. This encompasses four Boeing 737-800s and two 787-8s owned by Hainan Airlines Holdings, two Airbus A350-900s by Hainan Airlines , and one 737-800 with Grand China Air ...

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    FedEx MD-11F, Hong Kong Airlines A330 in airprox incident


    The Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (CAD) is investigating a loss of separation incident at Hong Kong International airport, involving a FedEx Boeing MD-11 freighter and a Hong Kong Airlines (HKA) Airbus A330-300. 

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    Philippine Airlines confirms $1bn revenue loss due to Covid-19


    Philippine Airlines (PAL) has seen revenue shrink by nearly $1 billion since it suspended operations because of the coronavirus pandemic, the flag carrier’s parent confirms.

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    Air New Zealand grounds 777s and defers A321neo deliveries


    Air New Zealand (ANZ) will ground its Boeing 777-200ER and 777-300ER fleets until at least the end of this year as part of organisation-wide cost-cutting measures. Including deferrals of planned Airbus A321neo deliveries, the airline has also deferred or cancelled almost NZ$700 million ($430 million) of expected capital expenditure ...

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    ATSB report highlights safety issues with firefighting


    An increase in aerial fire-fighting activities in Australia over recent years has contributed to a higher rate of safety incidents, according to the country’s air accident investigation body, although stresses there has not been an rise in the risk per flight.

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    China Airlines issues A350-900 leaseback RFP: sources


    China Airlines has issued a request for proposals for the sale and leaseback of two Airbus A350-900s, according to two sources. The Taiwanese flag carrier has returned to the market after agreeing to sell and lease back five A330-300s earlier this month. The deadline for bids on the ...

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    Thai government reduces stake in Thai Airways


    The Thai government is no longer a majority shareholder in Thai Airways after the country’s finance ministry reduced its stake to 47.86% from 51.03%. “After the reduction of shareholding percentage held by the Ministry of Finance in the company, the company shall cease to be a state enterprise under ...

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    Air Astana converting 767s for new cargo division


    Air Astana is establishing a freight division, Air Astana Cargo, which will use three Boeing 767-300ERs which are being retired from the airline’s fleet and modified for cargo transport. It will put the initial aircraft into service on 26 May – in a “semi-cargo” layout, following modification in Almaty ...