Category: Asia & Pacific

First Zero’s Flight Over Japan Since WWII

Reading Time: < 1 minute A historic flight took place this week at the naval base in Kanoya in the Kagoshima Perfecture, Japan, where the legendary Mitsubishi A6M Zero took flight over Japanese land for the first time since World War II, according to The Japan Times. Retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Skip Holm, who accumulated 1,072 hours of […]

Fireproof Aerial Robot System (FAROS) From Korea

Reading Time: < 1 minute This video demonstrates the FAROS (Fireproof Aerial RObot System) for fire disaster. The drone can climb the wall to pass through narrow and smoky area. It has a 2D-LiDAR sensor for self-localization. Its pose estimation result is visualized on V-REP simulator. The drone also has fire-proof function as shown on the video. It can endure fire […]

Changi Airport Handles Record 55.4M Passengers In 2015

Reading Time: 2 minutes Changi Airport handled a record 55.4 million passengers last year, a 2.5 per cent increase from 2014. The number of aircraft take-offs and landings grew by 1.4 per cent year-on-year to 346,330. December was an especially busy month with 5.29 million passenger movements recorded, the highest ever for any single month since the airport opened in […]

Vietjet Air Reports 34.5% Revenue Increase in 2015

Reading Time: < 1 minute Vietnam-based low-cost carrier (LCC) Vietjet Air reported a 2015 revenue of VND10.9 trillion ($490.7 million), up 34.5% from VND8.1 trillion in 2014. The airline said the revenue increase was achieved “despite increasing challenges in the wake of the ASEAN Open Skies policy.” The result was lower than the VND13.8 trillion forecast at the start of […]

Saudia to Sell Bonds to Buy Planes

Reading Time: 2 minutes Saudi Arabia’s main airline said it’s planning to sell as much as SAR5 billion (US$1.3 billion) of Islamic bonds in the second quarter to refinance loans and buy planes, becoming the latest issuer in the kingdom to tap debt markets for cash amid an oil slump. The carrier known as Saudia is in negotiations with […]

Qatar Airways To Launch World’s 2 Longest Flights

Reading Time: 2 minutes Presently the world’s three longest flights are Dallas to Sydney (Qantas), Johannesburg to Atlanta (Delta), and Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles (Etihad). Emirates has the intentions of launching a route between Dubai and Panama City, which would be the world’s longest, as it’s 10 miles further than Dallas to Sydney. However, that route has already […]

Queenstown Airport Enjoys Best Ever Year For Traffic Growth

Reading Time: < 1 minute The 2015 traffic figures for Queenstown Airport are in, and they reveal that the New Zealand gateway handled a new yearly record of 1.5 million passengers. December also saw the airport set new records for its busiest month ever and busiest week in its history. In total 156,636 passengers used the airport in December – […]

Record Year for Sydney Airport Traffic

Reading Time: 2 minutes A record 39.7 million travellers checked through Sydney Airport’s three terminals in 2015 with inbound arrival growth strongest from China (up 31.4 per cent), followed by the UK, the US, Korea, India and Singapore. Total passenger numbers rose 3 per cent from 38.5m in 2014 with the domestic market up 2.3 per cent to 25.35m […]

ATR Achieves 2 Billion Dollars Turnover in 2015

Reading Time: 3 minutes ATR achieved a new record turnover in 2015, increasing to 2 billion dollars (2014: 1.8 billion). During the year, the aircraft manufacturer also set a new record in terms of aircraft deliveries, with a total of 88 aircraft (2014: 83), an increase of 72% over the 51 deliveries made in 2010. Firm orders for 76 […]

Top Fighter Jets Fighting ISIS in Syria

Reading Time: 10 minutes ISIS originated about a decade ago as an Al Qaeda offshoot and it is now a state within a state, complete with a “capital” in Raqqa, Syria. The movement controls a huge territory around Syria and Iraq. In response to rapid territorial gains made by ISIS and internationally condemned brutality, reported human rights abuses and […]