Category: Asia & Pacific

MRO Sector to Top $75b In 2017, As Worker Crunch Looms

The MRO industry may struggle with a shortage of qualified technicians as soon as 2022 – the fallout from a period of record aircraft orders and reluctance by airlines to retire older types, according to aviation industry consultants. The shortage will come, however, as the global MRO industry continues a period of continued projected growth. […]

Mitsubishi Plans MRJ Debut at Paris Air Show

Mitsubishi Aircraft is working to bring one of its MRJ regional jet prototypes to the Paris air show. “We are making preparations at the moment, assuming that we are able to bring the aircraft, we want to bring it to the Paris air show,” its new president Hisakazu Mizutani tells FlightGlobal in an interview at […]

Asiana Airlines Takes Delivery of Its First A350 XWB

Asiana Airlines of South Korea has taken delivery of its first A350-900, becoming the 12th airline to operate the world’s newest and most efficient twin engine widebody airliner. Asiana’s A350-900 is configured with a three class layout with a total of 311 seats, comprising 28 in Business Smartium, convertible to fully flat beds, 36 in […]

Global Standards, Cooperation & Data Key to Keeping Aviation Safe

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged aviation safety stakeholders to reinforce their commitment to a safety framework based on global standards, cooperation and dialogue, and effective use of data. “Safety is the top priority for all involved in aviation—and aviation is the safest form of long-distance travel. Last year there were over 40 million […]

Comac Completes C919 Ground Tests as First Flight Looms

Comac has completed the final ground test before its C919 narrowbody can take to the skies. On 23 April, the Chinese manufacturer conducted a high-speed ground run to the point of a nose-gear lift-off, before the pilots applied the brakes and brought the aircraft to a stop. This is a crucial test which evaluates the […]

Pratt & Whitney Gets DGCA Certification for Customer Training Center

Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp., announced the certification of its customer training center in Hyderabad by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, which is the Indian civil aviation regulator. This is a major milestone for United Technologies Corporation India Private Limited (“Pratt & Whitney Customer Training Center India”), as it allows […]

C919 Readies for Maiden Flight in Early May

Comac’s C919 has made good progress with high-speed taxi tests and could make its maiden sortie in the first week of May, sources tell FlightGlobal. Aircraft 101 has conducted three high-speed taxi tests, where no major issues surfaced. A fourth test, involving a high-speed ground run to the point of a nose-gear lift-off, is scheduled […]

Malaysia Airlines to Adopt Joint Solution for Real-Time Flight Tracking

Malaysia Airlines will be the first SITAONAIR airline customer to benefit from a revolutionary flight tracking partnership. Under the agreement, all Malaysia Airlines aircraft will have access to minute-by-minute, 100% global, flight tracking data, delivered by SITAONAIR’s AIRCOM FlightTracker. This solution will enhance the existing SITAONAIR AIRCOM FlightTracker by adding Aireon’s space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast […]

The 4th China Civil Helicopter Operation & Development Forum

The 4th China Civil Helicopter Operation & Development Forum have been confirmed to be held on 8th-9th June, 2017, in Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel. The Greater China civil helicopter fleet continued to grow strongly in 2016 at a high rate of 18% – the highest growth rate in all of the Asia Pacific region–rising from […]

Daily Air DHC-6 Twin Otter Ran Off Runway Hit Railing At Lanyu

A Daily Air de Havilland DHC-6-400, registration B-55571 performing flight DA-7511 from Taitung to Orchid Island (Taiwan) with 17 passengers and 2 crew, landed on Orchid Island’s runway 13 at about 16:32L (08:32Z) but veered left off the runway and came to a stop in a drainage ditch with the left hand wing entangled in […]