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Japan’s Skymark to stop flying Airbus A330 in favor of Boeing-only fleet

Skymark Airlines said it will stop flying Airbus A330 jets in favour of a single-model fleet of Boeing Co 737 aircraft to cut costs after the discount carrier filed for protection from creditors late on Wednesday. "We will stop using the A330s from February," Skymark's chairman, Takashi Ide, told reporters at a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday. Japan's leading independent budget airline, Skymark sought protection from creditors blaming a weak yen and a dispute with Airbus for its financial straits. It said in a statement on Wednesday its liabilities were 71.09 billion yen (400 million pounds) as of its filing with the Tokyo District Court. Skymark, which had planned to introduce ten leased A330s into its fleet, currently operates five of the European jets. In July the carrier … [Read More...]

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Japan Airlines firms order for 32 MRJs

Japan Airlines has finalized an order for 32 Mitsubishi Regional Jets (MRJs), which will replace some of its regional fleet from 2021. Last August, JAL signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Mitsubishi for 32 MRJs, although the split between the 78-seat MRJ70 and the 92-seat MRJ90 was not disclosed. In a statement issued Wednesday, […]

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Who should benefit when airlines are penalized?

Although the U.S. Department of Transportation fined seven airlines a total of $1.7 million last year for violating its controversial tarmac-delay rule, most of it went straight to the U.S. Treasury. Why isn’t the money awarded to the passengers who sat on planes for hours before taking off? That’s a question passengers like Christy Wood […]

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Malaysia Declares MH370 An ‘Accident’, Airline to Proceed With Compensation

Malaysian officials have officially declared the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 an accident more than 10 months after the Boeing 777 aircraft vanished on March 8. The declaration rules out the possibility that there might have been survivors among the 239 people aboard. But it also paves the way for the airline to pay […]

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Airbus A350 Could Give Boeing Nightmare

Qatar Airways finally took the first commercial flight of its newest jet, the Airbus A350 XWB. The Persian Gulf airline has been the lucky one to become the world’s first operator to fly the avant-garde jet. The event marks an important milestone for the European aero major since the jet is its answer to Boeing’s […]

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Bombardier Learjet 85

In mid-January, Bombardier announced a “pause” for an “indeterminate period” in the Learjet 85 program, interpreted by some market analysts as permanently shelving the project. In light of Montreal’s taking a pre-tax special $1.4 billion write down that represents nearly 90 percent of development costs, as well as announcing a cut of 1,000 jobs at […]

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Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 ‘may never be found’

Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 may NEVER be found as the wreckage lies in a deep and huge ocean, the man who once led the search operation has claimed. The Boeing 777 disappeared in March last year with 239 passengers and crew onboard and, despite more than 10 months of extensive searching, no trace of […]

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American Airlines Receives New Composite Boeing 787

Last week, American Airlines became the second US carrier to take delivery of the next-generation Boeing 787 aircraft. The aircraft principally uses composite material in its construct, making it lighter weight and less expensive to fly than earlier-generation widebodies. So far, United Airlines has been the only other US carrier to receive a 787. Forget […]

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Impending Blizzard Causes 5,200 Flight Cancellations

Air travelers faced chaos Monday in the Northeast, thanks to a major winter blizzard that grounded thousands of airline flights even before the first snowflakes had fallen in the region. Airlines reacted to a major snowstorm that’s expected to wallop parts of the Northeast by cancelling more than 5,200 flights through Wednesday. Of those, at […]

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Air India Considering Order for Fleet Of Boeing 737 Max for Expansion Plan

Air India Ltd (AI) is reportedly considering a fleet expansion and may place an order for Boeing 737-Max planes. A source with knowledge on the developments revealed the news to Bloomberg. The new order, if placed, will not replace the current fleet of Boeing 737s, but add to it. Indian carries are mulling over expanding […]

AirAsia Flight 8501 update: Teams fail to float fuselage

Latest: Indonesian salvage teams failed to raise the fuselage of AirAsia Flight 8501 from the sea bed Saturday, but recovered four more bodies from the wreckage of the crashed jet. The bid to raise the fuselage came a day after divers were able to enter the main section of the plane, which crashed in the […]

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Etihad Presents the New Alitalia

A plan to reinvent Italy’s flag carrier, Alitalia, unveiled by its new executive team and investors including Etihad, promises new routes, new product and service standards, a new cost management strategy and new branding. As part of Alitalia’s new direction, James Hogan, president and CEO of Etihad Aviation Group and vice chairman of Alitalia, said […]

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Analyst Lauds Benefits of Potential United 777-300ER Deal

As United Airlines reportedly nears a deal to switch 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners into an order of 777-300ERs, as reported by Bloomberg, an industry analyst offers insight into why the United 777-300ER deal is a win-win for the airline and the manufacturer. “While we generally do not discuss specifics about our future fleet plans, we […]

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Luxury on a Budget: The Best Boutique Airlines for an Economy Long Haul Flight

Is there such a thing as a boutique airline for Economy Long Haul Flight? Well, now there is. Just like their counterpart boutique hotels, these airlines may not be the biggest in the world, or even biggest in their markets, but they remain highly competitive by focusing on service and investing in an exceptional on-board […]

Bombardier CSeries

We can afford to build business jets and the CSeries: Bombardier

Bombardier Inc. said it has the financial resources to cover the costs to develop its Global 7000 and 8000 business aircraft and the CSeries jetliner. “These products will deliver revenue and cash flow as they enter into service,” Chief Executive Officer Pierre Beaudoin said in an interview in Davos, Switzerland. “We have the liquidity — […]

Boeing executive sees strong demand for 737 MAX, confident on 777

Demand for fuel-efficient narrowbody jetliners like the Boeing 737 MAX remains “very strong” despite the recent oil price slump, the planemaker’s top salesman said on Wednesday. Although lower oil prices might make some airlines hesitate about upgrading their fleets, the overall boost to the economy from cheaper energy is sustaining new jet demand, he said. […]

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Ryanair to pay Boeing a premium for next generation 737 Max aircraft

Ryanair agreed to pay a “premium” for the next generation of aircraft that it plans to buy from US giant Boeing between 2019 and 2024, according to its chief executive. Last year the Irish airline became the launch customer for the 737 Max that Boeing plans to begin producing towards the end of the decade […]

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Embraer sees E2 as positioned to meet Asian passenger needs

As Asia-Pacific’s middle class continues to grow rapidly, and is projected to account for over 40% of global middle class spend by 2030, Embraer is positioning its re-engined E-Jet E2 family with new interiors as being an ideal fit to meet the needs of increasingly savvy passengers in the region. “Consumers are highly brand driven […]

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Airbus to Raise Price of Planes by 3.27 per cent

The price of Airbus planes is going up 3.27 per cent this year. The Toulouse-based company said the price increase has been calculated according to Airbus’ “standard escalation formula” and enabled it to continue to enhance its profitability. Increases will push the list price of an A320 – used on New Zealand domestic and transtasman […]