Category: Asia & Pacific

Boeing and ANA Celebrate Airline’s 100,000 Dreamliner Flight

Reading Time: 2 minutes Boeing and ANA (All Nippon Airways) today celebrated the airline’s 100,000th revenue flight with the 787 Dreamliner during a gate ceremony at Sea-Tac International Airport. The milestone marks yet another record for ANA as it becomes the first airline in the world to reach 100,000 787 flights. “The 787 Dreamliner has played an important role […]

China Issues First “Traffic Rules” for Civilian Drones

Reading Time: 2 minutes China’s civil aviation regulator has issued its first-ever “traffic rules” for the operation of light-duty civilian unmanned aircraft. The guidelines have been issued on a trial basis, as the country has witnessed remarkable growth in the number of civilian drones. Li Bin started learning how to fly drones just three months ago. But now, he has passed […]

UK to Australia Biplane Flight by Tracey Curtis-Taylor

Reading Time: 2 minutes A British adventurer has completed an epic 14,600-nautical mile flight from the UK to Australia in a vintage open cockpit bi-plane. Tracey Curtis-Taylor, 53, set off in her 1942 Boeing Stearman Spirit of Artemis aircraft from Farnborough, Hampshire, in October. She retraced pioneer Amy Johnson’s 1930 flight, flying over 23 countries and making some 50 […]

Passenger Carrying UAS Launched by Chinese Company

Reading Time: 2 minutes At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2016) this week in Las Vegas, a Chinese company named EHang introduced the first publicly announced unmanned aircraft designed to carry a passenger. The company calls its Ehang 184 an Autonomous Aerial Vehicle, or AAV for short, and it is designed for short hops at low altitudes. The all-electric […]

Philippines Looks to Arm Its New Fighter Jets

Reading Time: 2 minutes Manila is moving forward with purchasing ammunition for its new jets from South Korea. The Philippine military will look to purchase more than 100 million pesos ($5.77 million) worth of ammunition for two of its new fighter aircraft from South Korea, defense officials confirmed this week. As I reported for The Diplomat in December, the […]

dnata Receives 7th Certification for IATA’s Safety Audit of Ground Operations

Reading Time: 2 minutes Another milestone in dnata’s continual focus on safety and security has been achieved with the air services provider’s Sydney headquarters and station receiving registration for IATA’s Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) in December. This is the seventh key station in dnata’s ground handling operations to receive this prestigious certification. The other ground operations which […]

Canada and Australia Expand Agreement

Reading Time: 1 minute Canada and Australia are doubling the number of seats airlines can fly per week between the two countries under an expanded air transport agreement, effective immediately, the Canadian government has said. With the new deal, airlines from Canada and Australia each have been allotted 6,000 weekly seats for flights between Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth […]

MRJ’s First Delivery Delayed

Reading Time: 1 minute Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) today announced that the companies will change the first delivery schedule of the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet), their next-generation regional jet, from the second quarter of 2017 to approximately one year later. The first flight and the subsequent flight tests have confirmed the basic characteristics to […]

Hainan Airlines to Fly the Los Angeles – Changsha, China Route

Reading Time: 1 minute Hainan Airlines (Haikou and Beijing) has announced it will launch the only nonstop service from Los Angeles (LAX) to inland China on January 21, 2016. Hainan will connect passengers to Changsha, capital of Hunan Province, a metropolis of over 7 million people famous for its world-renowned cuisine and rich history. The new route is part […]

Extended Time for Some Cessna SIDs in Australia

Reading Time: 1 minute The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has provided an extension to the deadline for the completion of Cessna Supplemental Inspection Documents – or SIDs – on two groups of aircraft. The extension applies to Cessna 100 series aircraft used in charter and aerial work and Cessna 200 series aircraft used in private operations. SIDs compliance dates […]