All Asia Pacific news – Page 6

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    China announces measures to give aviation industry fillip


    China has rolled out a raft of measures – from financial support to infrastructure investments – for the country’s aviation industry, which has been hit by the coronavirus outbreak. In total, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) announced 16 measures, all of which are aimed at “promoting the ...

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    Unintentional missile hit on MH17 ‘irrelevant’ to murder charge: prosecutor


    Dutch prosecutors have taken into account that Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 might have been unintentionally shot down, mistaken for a military aircraft, but stress that this does not alter the criminal charges directed at the suspects. In his opening statement to the trial – in absentia – of four ...

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    American Airlines to lease 22 787-8s from BOC Aviation


    American Airlines has agreed to lease 22 Boeing 787-8s from BOC Aviation, the lessor discloses in a filing to the Hong Kong stock exchange. The aircraft, which are on long-term leases, will deliver in 2020 and 2021. Boeing Capital Corporation (BCC) was originally going to buy the aircraft ...

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    Thai A330 shears tail off Gulfstream IV in Vientiane


    A Thai Airways A330-300 has nearly ripped the tail off a Gulfstream IV private jet during a taxiing accident in Vientiane, Laos. The accident occurred in darkness on 9 March as the A330 (HS-TEU) prepared to operate flight TG575 on the Vientiane-Bangkok Suvarnabhumi route, according to Thai Airways. ...

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    Qantas grounds eight A380s for six months


    Australia’s Qantas Group is to ground eight Airbus A380s for six months, as it cuts capacity by nearly a quarter over the period to September 2020. Only two A380s will remain flying, because two others are undergoing scheduled maintenance and cabin upgrades. The measures follow the continuing downturn ...

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    Hong Kong probing fourth 787 ILS deviation incident


    Investigators have revealed a fourth incident involving a Boeing 787 deviation from the localiser path, during an ILS approach to runway 25R at Hong Kong last year. The incident occurred to an Ethiopian Airlines 787-8 which had been arriving on 18 July. It had been cleared for the ...

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    Covid-19’s full impact on global aviation still unknown


    More than eight weeks after the world first learnt the term “coronavirus”, the outbreak has spread beyond Asia, with Europe, the Middle East, and even North America now on high alert. Closer to the epicentre in China, Asia-Pacific airlines have been grappling with the shock to air traffic demand, ...

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    Hawaiian suspends flights to Tokyo Haneda


    After suspending its flights to South Korea in late February, Hawaiian Airlines now has halted flights from Hawaii to Tokyo’s Haneda International airport following declining demand for capacity to Asia amid the spiraling coronavirus scare.

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    Virgin 787s suffered Hong Kong ILS deviations after Etihad incident


    Investigators in Hong Kong have revealed two other serious localiser deviation incidents, both involving Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787-9s, which occurred within a few weeks of a similar occurrence to an Etihad Airways 787-9. One of Virgin’s services from London Heathrow had been conducting an ILS approach to runway 25R ...

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    ​Northrop turns to Canberra to shore up Triton production


    Northrop Grumman says Australia should consider advancing its acquisition of the US Navy’s MQ-4C Triton UAV following the Trump administration’s proposal to pause production for the programme in FY2021 and FY2022. While pausing production, the administration wants instead to focus on the MQ-4C’s improved multi-intelligence configuration, designated IFC-4. The ...

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    IATA sees ‘partial success’ in call for easing slot rules


    IATA has reiterated its call to governments and slot co-ordinators – including those in the European Commission – to ease slot rules, in light of the escalating coronavirus outbreak globally. Speaking at a briefing held after a two-day industry workshop in Singapore, IATA chief economist Brian Pearce says “the ...

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    ​AirAsia India completes IATA safety audit


    AirAsia India has completed the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), joining six other AirAsia group units to have achieved the safety certification. The low-cost carrier, a joint venture between Tata Sons and AirAsia Investment, says the successful completion affirms its “world-class safety standards”. A search on the IOSA ...

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    Indigo Partners: Coronavirus may drive consolidation


    Airlines with limited cash reserves face the greatest challenge in 2020 as businesses cancel travel plans and consumers reevaluate vacations due to the coronavirus, executives say 5 March during discussions at the US Chamber of Commerce aviation summit in Washington, DC. Air Canada chief executive Calin Rovinescu says that ...

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    IATA flags up to $113 billion revenue hit from coronavirus ‘crisis’


    Airlines globally could see lost revenues of between $63 billion to $113 billion in 2020, depending on the extent of the coronavirus outbreak, says IATA, as it labels the impact “a crisis”. 

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    Canberra to sell remaining “Classic" Hornets to US training firm


    Canberra plans to sell 46 Boeing F/A-18 A/B “Classic” Hornets to Air USA, a firm that provides tactical airpower training services to the US military and international customers. The aircraft are being retired as Canberra takes delivery of up to 72 Lockheed Martin F-35As, which are replacing the Hornet ...

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    Coronavirus fears to shut down Lockheed Martin F-35 production in Japan


    Lockheed Martin and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries plan to shut down production at the F-35’s Final Assembly and Check-Out (FACO) facility in Nagoya, Japan the week of 9-13 March due to fears of coronavirus contagion.

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    Impeded descent preceded 747’s false glideslope crash


    Investigators have given greater insight into the initial altitude deviation by a descending Boeing 747-400 freighter which preceded the aircraft’s capturing a false glideslope and fatally crashing at Bishkek. The inquiry into the accident, at night on 16 January 2017, had already established that the aircraft had been too ...

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    China launches funding scheme to keep services flying through coronavirus


    China has detailed plans for a funding scheme aimed at incentivising airlines to continue or restore services in the light of heavy network cuts amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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    Asian carriers cut operations as coronavirus outbreak persists


    Asian carriers have announced further reductions as the coronavirus outbreak persists. Starting this week, Korea Air is suspending most European and US flights through April, while changes to Japan service remain in place until the end of May. It is also reducing operations to major cities such as Chicago, ...

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    Thai Airways sold six widebodies last year


    Thai Airways International sold six widebodies last year as part of its strategy to “continuingly sell decommissioned aircraft”. The flag carrier says in a stock exchange filing that it disposed of five Airbus A330-300s and one Boeing 747-400 in 2019. It did not disclose the names of the buyers. ...