All articles by Greg Waldron

  • SpiceJet-737

    SpiceJet secures Heathrow landing slots


    Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet has secured landing slots at London Heathrow Airport, effective 1 September. The slots fall under the “bubble arrangement” between India and the UK, and are effective until 23 October, says SpiceJet. Source: SpiceJet SpiceJet’s fleet is comprised entirely of 737s and ...

  • AirAsia X Thailand Airbus A330neo

    Malaysian brokerage issues dire warning about AirAsia X


    Malaysian brokerage firm CGS CIMB Securities has questioned the ability of AirAsia X to survive the collapse in international air travel. In a research note entitled “Low probability of survival,” CGS CIMB says that the long-haul, low-cost carrier’s first quarter results were just the “opening scene for the horror ...

  • MH-47G Block II Chinook

    US Army orders 12 additional MH-47G Block II Chinooks


    Boeing has secured a $265 million deal to supply nine additional MH-47G Block II Chinooks for the US Army Special Operations Aviation Command (USASOAC). This brings the total number of MH-47G Block IIs on contract to 24, says Boeing. It adds that USASOAC will receive its first example this ...

  • T-7A Red Hawk

    Boeing responds to Australian trainer RFI with T-7 information


    Boeing is pitching the T-7 as a replacement for Canberra’s Hawk 127s.

  • Singapore Changi T3 Coronavirus

    An eternal midnight for Asia-Pacific airlines


    Hopeful talk of ”travel bubbles” in the Asia-Pacific has turned to disappointment as the coronavirus demonstrates a profound ability to keep heaping disruption on the travel industry. In early May, hope was in the air in Auckland. New Zealand, one of rare success stories in dealing with the pandemic, ...

  • MQ-9 Reaper - US Air Force

    Trump administration’s relaxation of UAV export rules offers belated boon for US manufacturers


    The Trump administration’s decision to modify its adherence to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) is positive for American manufacturers of large unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), but comes after much ground has already been ceded to China. From the perspective of US defence firms, the MTCR is perhaps the ...

  • F-15J Super Interceptor
  • DN

    Da Nang outbreak a blow to Vietnam air travel recovery


    The appearance of coronavirus cases in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang has resulted in a major airlift effort, and will derail Vietnam’s air travel recovery. Vietnam has been a significant success story in dealing with the pandemic, having enjoyed over 100 days without a recorded coronavirus case. This ...

  • Chile F-16s

    USA clears $635 million upgrade package for Chile F-16s


    The US government has approved the sale of a $635 million upgrade package for Chile’s fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters.

  • P-8A

    Boeing secures six-year support contract for Australian P-8As


    Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) has secured an A$287 million ($205 million) sustainment contract for the Royal Australian Air Force’s fleet of 12 P-8A maritime patrol aircraft. The six-year arrangement combines three previous contracts and covers maintenance, engineering, and logistics for the 737 derivative, says Boeing. Source: ...

  • QG600

    World’s biggest amphibian marks ocean debut


    The prototype of the AVIC AG600 amphibian has commenced testing in the sea in a sortie to China’s north-eastern city of Qingdao.

  • Aerion AS2 (3)

    Aerion Supersonic taps Collins for AS2 actuation systems


    Collins Aerospace Systems has secured work from Aerion Supersonic to design the flight controls’ actuation system for the developmental AS2 business jet. The Raytheon unit will develop the aircraft’s moveable leading edge actuation system, elevons actuation system, horizontal stabiliser actuation system and rudder actuation system. A ...

  • MV-22 Osprey

    Indonesia’s intriguing Osprey opportunity


    While Indonesia seems a surprising candidate to buy the V-22 Osprey, the tiltrotor would offer the island nation distinct advantages. But procurement and budget issues remain formidable obstacles to its acquisiton.

  • 787-9

    Subaru extends KAI’s contract for 787 centre wingbox work


    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has secured a $754 million deal related to centre wingbox work on the Boeing 787 programme. The contract was signed with Japanese tier one manufacturer Subaru, which produces the structure for the 787 family in Nagoya, says KAI. It covers work from 2022 to ...

  • E195-E2 First Flight

    ​Embraer looks beyond coronavirus to a changed Asia-Pacific travel market


    Beyond the near-term challenges from the coronavirus pandemic, Embraer believes Asia-Pacific airlines will seek to optimise their fleets through the adoption of more smaller jets. Cesar Pereira is vice president, Asia-Pacific of Embraer Commercial Aviation. The Singapore-based executive’s sales territory covers the entire Asia-Pacific region apart from China. In ...

  • Bell V-280 Valor

    Rolls-Royce and Bell firm up engine option agreement for V-280


    Rolls-Royce has confirmed an agreement with Bell to develop a propulsion option for the Bell V-280 Valor tiltrotor, a competitor in the US Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft programme.


    ​Raytheon tapped for aircraft self-defence missile work


    Raytheon has secured a $375 million contract from the US government to develop a miniature self-defence missile (MSDM) that will form part of an aircraft’s defensive suite.

  • Rafale India delivery

    India’s Rafales to be inducted on 29 July


    The Indian air force (IAF) will induct its first five Dassault Rafale fighters at Ambala Air Force Station on 29 July, following the imminent arrival of the type. The event will mark a major milestone in New Delhi’s torturous path to obtain an advanced Western fighter. ...

  • Austrian Typhoon - Dietmar Fenners EADS

    Indonesia expresses interest in used Austrian Eurofighters


    Indonesia appears to be interested in 15 Eurofighters that are now part of the Austrian air force inventory. Austria’s Die Presse reported on 18 July that Austrian defence minister Klaudia Tanner had received a letter from her Indonesian counterpart Prabowo Subianto expressing interest in the aircraft. ...

  • C-130J

    Lockheed lands $15 billion deal for C-130J work


    The US government has awarded Lockheed Martin a $15 billion contract related to upgrade work across the world’s C-130J tactical transport fleet.