All Asia Pacific articles

  • Ameco_components

    Ameco, CASC expand components support partnership


    Chinese MRO Ameco has signed an agreement with China Aviation Supplies Corporation (CASC) for the maintenance of Airbus A320 components. The agreement, which also covers spare parts supply and leasing, builds on the pair’s existing partnerships in landing gear and component resource sharing. CASC is China’s largest third-party ...

  • KF-X

    Fuselage of first KF-X prototype breaks cover


    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has issued a photo of the first KF-X fuselage, which is undergoing assembly in the company’s Sacheon factory. The company states that the first prototype of the twin-engined jet will be rolled out by April 2021, with test flights starting in 2022. ...

  • Mitsubishi X-2

    Tokyo firming up timeframes for Future Fighter: reports


    Tokyo hopes to start building the prototype of its Future Fighter in 2024, according to local media reports in Japan. Citing documents from Japan’s defence ministry, the reports state that mass production of the new fighter will commence in 2031. Source: Acquisition, Technology, Logistics ...

  • _MGL3394

    New GMF AeroAsia boss looks to diversification for survival


    As GMF AeroAsia navigates a post-pandemic future, its new chief executive I Wayan Susena says the MRO must diversify and keep costs down.

  • Bell 429 CCTV China

    Bell 429 delivered to China broadcaster CCTV


    A Bell 429 is set to become China’s first electronic news gathering (ENG) rotorcraft. The helicopter was delivered to China’s main broadcaster, CCTV, says Bell. The manufacturer says it will be the first helicopter equipped for the ENG role. Source: Bell The Bell 429 is ...

  • BOC Max

    BOC Aviation boosts second-quarter lease commitments


    BOC Aviation’s recent sale-and-leaseback spree helped it record more signed lease commitments in the second quarter than in the same period last year, though aircraft sales were down. The Singapore-based lessor signed leases for 38 aircraft in the three months ended 30 June, compared with 32 in 2019’s second ...

  • AirAsia X Thailand Airbus A330neo

    Auditor questions AirAsia Group’s survival


    Accounting firm Ernst Young has questioned the AirAsia Group’s ability to remain a going concern, citing deteriorating finances amid the coronavirus pandemic. It notes that the group suffered a full-year net loss of MYR283 million ($66 million) in 2019, a year in which liabilities exceeded assets by ...

  • JiangXi

    Jiangxi Air applies to start international operations


    Chinese carrier Jiangxi Air has applied to the country’s civil aviation authorities to start international passenger and cargo operations. A notice from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) states the Nanchang-based airline had applied to be able to fly to Hong Kong, Taiwan, as well as flights to ...

  • Korean Air 747-81

    ​Korean Air to sell in-flight catering and retail businesses


    Korean Air is selling its in-flight catering and duty-free businesses and has signed a memorandum of understanding with local private equity fund, Hahn Company. The investment firm describes itself as “specialising in buyouts and corporate restructurings in South Korea”, according to its website. Korean said in ...

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    General Atomics to show Japan the maritime patrol capabilities of MQ-9B SeaGuardian


    The company is trying to show that its MQ-9, an unmanned air vehicle designed for watching and striking terrorists, can use its 35h of non-stop flight time to patrol the world’s oceans in search of ships and submarines.

  • virgin australia tails

    Virgin Australia bondholders challenge sale to Bain Capital


    Two parties representing Virgin Australia bondholders have challenged the airline’s sale to Bain Capital with the intention of making an alternative proposal. In an application to the Australian Takeovers Panel, Singapore-based fund manager Broad Peak Investment Advisers (Broad Peak) and Hong Kong’s Tor Investment Management submit that “certain circumstances ...

  • Gabriel TP

    Blackshape promotes turboprop-powered Gabriel basic trainer


    Italian airframer Blackshape has flown a turboprop-powered example of its Gabriel basic trainer, as it eyes sales opportunities in Southeast Asia. The company says it has conducted “several” flights of the Gabriel-TP, which is powered by the Rolls-Royce M250-B17. Source: Blackshape The Gabriel-TP is powered ...

  • HK Express new livery 1

    HK Express pushes flight resumption back to August


    Hong Kong low-cost carrier HK Express will not resume flights until the first week of August, over three weeks later than previously announced. The airline, which was purchased by Cathay Pacific Airways in July 2019, planned to resume flights on 11 July, but said yesterday it will postpone the ...

  • US Marine Corps Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey

    Indonesia cleared to buy eight MV-22 Ospreys


    The US government has cleared the sale of eight Bell Boeing MV-22 Block C Osprey tiltrotors to Indonesia. If concluded, the deal is valued at $2 billion and would be conducted under the US government’s Foreign Military Sales process, says the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). ...

  • ATR 42-600 demo in China

    ATR 42-600 commences Chinese certification testing


    ATR has embarked on flight testing to obtain Chinese certification for its ATR 42-600 turboprop. The airframer says the initial 3h test was conducted from Toulouse’s Francazal airport, which is located some 10km south of the city’s main Blagnac airport. China’s civil aviation administration CAAC co-operated with the ...

  • Bangkok

    Pandemic pushes AirAsia into the red


    AirAsia Group slipped to a MYR953 million ($223 million) net loss in the first quarter, down from a MYR102 million profit in the same three-month period of 2019, as Covid-19 caused demand to plummet.

  • Comac_ARJ21

    ‘Big Three’ service debut marks ARJ21’s day in the sun


    It was a sight to behold: three Comac ARJ21 regional jets, parked side by side, the liveries of China’s three largest carriers dramatically reflected on a large puddle of water. When the ‘Big Three’ Chinese carriers - Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines - each took ...

  • ANA 787-10

    Japan’s ANA and JAL secure $1.6bn in export-credit guarantees


    The Japan Bank for International Cooperation is providing guarantees totalling Y174 billion ($1.6 billion) for aircraft-import loans to ANA Holdings and Japan Airlines . The export-credit agency on 9 June signed an agreement with private financial institutions to provide a Y88.4 billion guarantee against the principal and interest ...

  • China Airlines A330-300

    Taiwanese probe A330 computer failure after wet runway landing incident


    Taiwanese regulators are advising Airbus A330 operators to consider the effects of wet runways on aircraft deceleration after a near-overrun incident at Taipei’s Songshan airport. As the aircraft landed on the wet runway and the thrust reversers were activated, says the Taiwan Civil Aeronautics Administration, the crew “noticed the ...

  • Astana E190 air force footage

    Control-check ‘routine’ led E190 upset crew to miss reversed ailerons


    Investigators have suggested that familiarity with routine, combined with expectation bias, led the crew of an Embraer 190 to miss clues that the jet’s aileron cables had been cross-rigged during maintenance. The Air Astana aircraft had emerged from maintenance at Portuguese firm OGMA during which the aileron cables were ...