Category: Asia & Pacific

Seoul Decides to Develop Drones to Monitor Border With North Korea

Reading Time: 1 minute According to the KBS channel, Seoul military experts hope that the use of drones will help to significantly reduce cases of soldiers wounded by mines. Commercial production of the drones is scheduled for 2024, the media reported. In spite of their long-standing armistice, South and North Korea remain legally at war, as no peace treaty […]

Air China to Start Chengdu – Paris Flights

Reading Time: 1 minute Air China (Beijing) will start Chengdu-Paris nonstop service from December 12, 2015, which will make Paris the fifth European destination Air China serves from Chengdu after Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London and Moscow, and enable passengers from Chengdu to arrive in Paris within just around 11 hours. The flights, CA457/8, are operated four times a week on […]

Russia to Complete Construction of Military Bases on Kuril Islands in 2016

Reading Time: 1 minute The four Kuril Islands — Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai — have been administered by Russia since the end of World War II, but Japan still lays claim to them. “Russia’s Spetsstroy companies are carrying out massive work on construction of two military bases on the Kunashir and Iturup islands” the ministry said in a […]

Mitsubishi Regional Jet Completes First Flight

Reading Time: 1 minute Mitsubishi has successfully completed the first flight of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), the first commercial plane to be developed in Japan since the 1960s. The MRJ took off from Nagoya Airport on November and completed a 1.5 hour flight. “Operational performance of the MRJ was far better than expected. We had a significantly comfortable […]

MRJ Suffers Further Setback to Inaugural Flight, Now Set for Nov. 11th

Reading Time: 2 minutes It was at the 47th Paris Airshow that Mitsubishi unveiled its plans for the first Japanese plane to be built since the NAMC YS-11 in the 1960s, an aircraft that never actually became profitable. The development has been subject to a number of delays, including those in the procurement of the Pratt & Whitney engines. […]

Asia-Pacific Region To Have Biggest Fleet Size, MRO Value

Reading Time: 2 minutes SINGAPORE—Within a decade, the Asia-Pacific region will surpass others in fleet size and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market value. Chris Doan, a Cavok vice president, forecasts the Asia-Pacific fleet to reach 11,687 commercial aircraft in 2025—compared to 8,142 in North America, and 8,096 in Europe. The region’s commercial MRO market will be valued at […]

Indonesia Lacks Certified MROs Despite Large, Growing Market

Reading Time: 5 minutes Indonesia only has one internationally certified MRO provider, even though the country is the largest airline market in Southeast Asia. The country had 58.9 million domestic and 13.7 million international passengers last year, representing year-on-year growth of 6% and 5%, respectively, according to Indonesia’s central bureau of statistics. The Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) database […]

First Airbus Helicopters Final Assembly Line in China to Be Set Up in Cooperation With Sino-German Ecopark

Reading Time: 2 minutes A Letter of Intent (LOI) for the establishment of a final assembly line (FAL) of Airbus Helicopters’ H135 in China was signed today by Yao Yixian, the Sino-German Ecopark Deputy General Manager and Wolfgang Schoder, Airbus Helicopters Deutschland CEO in Hefei, Anhui Province. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and the visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel witnessed […]