Category: Asia & Pacific

Singapore Airlines Hires Women Pilots for The First Time

Reading Time: 2 minutes Singapore Airlines (SIA) has, for the first time, hired women to fly its planes. Two of them joined in August last year during the last intake of cadet pilots. Their training – in Singapore and Australia – will take between two and three years, after which they will be rostered for commercial flights. SIA spokesman […]

Airbus Loses Order for 840-Seat ‘Flying Sardine Can’ Superjumbos

Reading Time: 2 minutes Airbus Group SE lost an order for two A380 superjumbos from Indian Ocean carrier Air Austral, which had aimed to fit the planes with the highest-capacity seating layout in the history of civil aviation. The aircraft, whose planned 840-seat configuration had led them to be widely labeled by the media as “flying sardine cans,” were […]

Boeing Business Jets Grows Presence in China

Reading Time: < 1 minute Boeing Business Jets’ (BBJ) success in the Chinese market continues this year with 21 in-service airplanes and three BBJ MAXs currently on order. With unmatched product reliability and customer service, BBJ is the preferred ultra-large business jet in China. “BBJ is doing really well in Greater China and we are growing every year,” said Boeing […]

Siemens And Airbus To Push Electric Aviation Engines

Reading Time: 2 minutes Companies want to jointly develop engine prototypes with power classes ranging from a few 100 kilowatts up to 10 and more megawatts, for short, local trips. Siemens and Airbus teamed up today to develop electric and hybrid electric/combustion engines for commercial and private aircraft. The companies said they would amass a joint development team of […]

AirAsia Signs Multi-Million Dollar Seat Order With UK Startup

Reading Time: < 1 minute Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia has signed a multi-million dollar deal with UK-based Mirus Aircraft Seating to retrofit its entire Airbus A320 fleet with lightweight composite-based seats. The deal, which was signed at the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg, will see Mirus deliver “tens of thousands” of the seats, the company said. Mirus was founded […]

February Demand Growth Stays Strong: IATA Announced Global Passenger Traffic Results

Reading Time: 3 minutes Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for February showing continuing strong demand growth for domestic and international travel. Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 8.6%, compared to the same month last year. Monthly capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 9.6%, and load factor declined 0.7 percentage […]

Freight Continues to Suffer Headwinds

Reading Time: 2 minutes The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing air cargo volumes (measured in freight tonne kilometers or FTKs) suffered a 5.6% fall in February compared to February 2015. This is heavily skewed due to the impact of the US port strikes in early 2015 (which caused a spike in […]

Middle East Air Freight Volumes Exceed Asia Pacific

Reading Time: < 1 minute The latest regional study and statistics from the Airports Council International, ACI, said that Middle East air freight traffic had a 7.4% rise in January, outpacing the 3.3% growth for the Asia-Pacific region. The council’s Asia-Pacific division said that the pushing force leading to China’s New year may positively impact the region’s betterment in air […]

Power Outage Cripples Manila Airport, Thousands Stranded

Reading Time: < 1 minute A rare power outage plunged a major section of the Philippine capital’s main airport into darkness overnight, forcing flight cancellations that stranded thousands on Sunday (Apr 3). As many as 78 flights by the country’s largest carrier Cebu Pacific were cancelled, affecting nearly 14,000 passengers, the company said in a statement. Flag carrier Philippine Airlines […]

Richard Branson Backed Startup To Build Next-Gen Supersonic Airplane

Reading Time: 2 minutes A company called Boom Technology Inc. has unveiled plans for a supersonic airplane of the same name, which is being developed as a replacement for Concorde. Boom airplanes are predicted to fly 2.6 times faster than any other aircraft (and faster than Concorde Mach 2.0), and hit speeds of Mach 2.2 or 1,451 miles per […]