Category: Asia & Pacific

Beijing Warns US Over B-1 Bomber Flying Over East China Sea

China’s People’s Liberation Army is not warmly embracing a US Air Force B-1 Bomber flying through international airspace over the East China Sea. The PLA put the US on notice after issuing a warning to the Pentagon for sending a military aircraft over the disputed East China Sea, a pair of US officials told Fox […]

The (Avoidable) Cost of Leasing

New research suggests that many airlines would improve profitability by leasing more aircraft. Sylvain Bourjade and Catherine Muller-Vibes of Toulouse Business School analysed 16 years of data from different types of carrier, and found that “the optimal leasing level… is significantly higher than the proportion of leased aircraft in the worldwide global fleets”. One area […]

AAR To Service IndiGo A320 Landing Gears

U.S. aftermarket specialist AAR has signed an agreement with Indian carrier IndiGo to provide support for landing gear overhaul services on its fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft. The contract will cover up to 49 landing gear full ship sets, as well as assemblies and subassemblies, over a five-year period. It expands on an existing component […]

Seven Nations to Join Israel in Biggest Air Drill in Country’s History

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is set to host one of the most complex air exercises ever later this year, featuring 100 aircraft and hundreds of airmen. India, Greece, Poland, France, Italy, the US and Germany will participate in the two-week Blue Flag air exercises, held every other year. “It will be a massive exercise; […]

BOC Aviation Orders 13 New Boeing 737 MAX 8 Aircraft

BOC Aviation Limited (“BOC Aviation”) announced that it has ordered 13 new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. “Airlines are attracted by the 737 MAX 8’s lower operating costs and fuel efficiency, and we are delighted to announce the inclusion of these additional aircraft as we build our future delivery pipeline,” said Robert Martin, Managing Director and […]

REX Regional Express Saab 340B Propeller Detached In Flight

A REX Regional Express Saab 340B performing flight from Albury to Sydney with 16 passengers and 3 crew was descending  towards Sydney when the right hand propeller had sheared off. They still were able to fly with normal handling of the aircraft. Air Traffic Control stopped departures and sent arriving traffic into holds advising a runway […]

Headphones Explode Inflight

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued a passenger warning notice today related to a recent incident on board involving a battery explosion. On a flight between Beijing and Melbourne, a woman was wearing noise-canceling headphones while sleeping. After two hours of flight, she woke up in pain. “As I went to turn around I […]

China’s J-20 Set to Receive Indigenous Engine

China is nearing the use of an indigenous powerplant for the Chengdu J-20 fighter aircraft, although mass production of key engine technologies is a challenge. A report in the official China Daily newspaper quotes an official of Aero Engine Corporation of China, Chen Xiangbao, as saying that “it will not take a long time for […]

New South Korean Carrier KAIR Airlines Orders Eight A320s

South Korean start-up carrier KAIR Airlines has announced that it has selected the A320 Family to launch its new low cost operation, with a firm order for eight A320ceo. The new airline will be based in Cheongju in central South Korea and will focus primarily on services to international destinations in North East Asia. “We […]

Boeing Renews Korean F-15K Sustainment Pact

Boeing has received a five-year contract to continue long-term sustainment of the Republic of Korea Air Force’s (ROKAF) F-15K aircraft, supporting to the fleet’s readiness. “This approach guarantees materials and technical support required for aircraft maintenance over many years while managing costs,” said Tim Buerk, director, F-15 sustainment in the Far East region and United […]