Aircraft News - Asia / Pacific.
Blast kills 1 at Philippine airport, a dozen hurt A powerful bombing killed a man and wounded about a dozen other people including a provincial governor Thursday at an airport in a southern Philippine city. The U.S. ambassador, who was supposed to visit Zamboanga city on Friday, postponed the trip, saying it would be a burden to security personnel investigating the attack. He offered U.S. assistance in the probe. The blast went off at 6:15 p.m. (1015 GMT, 6:15 a.m. EDT), just outside the arrival gate as passengers were leaving the city airport, said Col. Santiago Baluyot, head of the military's Task Force Zamboanga. As the smoke cleared, police found a man's mutilated body. Investigators were trying to determine whether the man killed was a bomber, Baluyot said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing. Aug 6, 2010
Worlds scariest airports SmarterTravel, one of the largest online travel resources of independent expert advice for the budget conscious traveler, has released its list of the World's Scariest Airports for take-off and landing. Highlights include limited visibility landings, inconveniently placed volcanoes, and runways formed when the tide goes out. SmarterTravel picks for the World's Scariest Airports include: 1. Barra Airport, Barra, Scotland, 2. Gibraltar Airport, Gibraltar, 3. Toncontin International Airport, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 4. Nantucket Memorial Airport, Nantucket, Massachusetts, 5. Paro Airport, Paro, Bhutan, 6. Yeager Airport, Charleston, West Virginia, 7. La Aurora International Airport, Guatemala City, Guatemala, 8. LaGuardia Airport, New York City, New York, 9. Wellington International Airport, Wellington, New Zealand, 10. John Wayne Airport, Santa Ana, California. Aug 5, 2010
Air Blue, Airbus Reports are coming in that an Airbus has crashed in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. The plane belongs to a private company Air Blue. It crashed into hills behind the capital Islamabad, where smoke was seen rising through heavy clouds, police said. The plane was on a domestic flight to Islamabad from Karachi with 152 people on board. Bad weather is hampering rescue operations. 152 feared killed. Pakistani television is showing images of smoke arising from a hillside in the Margalla Hills in poor weather conditions. A huge rescue effort has been launched. Details are still emerging. Find updates on Air Blues website http://www.airblue.com/ Jul 27, 2010
ATR, Bombardier The ATR-Bombardier regional turboprop duopoly could be set for a shake-up if Korea Aerospace Industries moves, as early as 2011, to launch a 90-seater it is evaluating. The aircraft, most likely to be powered by a new engine under development by Pratt & Whitney Canada, would be aimed at global markets. KAI civil aircraft business development team manager Sun Ho Beck told Flight International there are limited opportunities in the South Korean domestic market as a result of the launch of high-speed rail services. Beck says KAI has decided to avoid the competitive regional jet market, where China, Japan and Russia are already developing new entries to compete with incumbents Bombardier and Embraer. But in turboprops ATR and Bombardier have only limited competition from the Chinese and Russians. Aug 5, 2010
ATSB The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has warned operators of CFM International CFM56-5 and CFM56-7 engines to be aware of premature wear that may precipitate engine failure. The bureau wishes to "draw the attention of all operators of CFM56-7 and CFM56-5 engines and their variants to the safety issues identified by this investigation," says the ATSB in its safety advisory notice. Jul 27, 2010
AVIC Aircraft China Construction Bank and China's state-owned airframer AVIC have started an aviation industry fund to support the domestic market and AVIC restructuring, mergers and acquisitions. The fund aims to raise 20 billion yuan (USD3 billion). Aug 2, 2010
Cathay Pacific While Cathay Pacific has decided that the Airbus A350 and Boeing 777 will become the core of its fleet, the door is still open to a potential future deal for the ultra-large A380 and 747-8I. Airbus remains convinced that the Hong Kong airline will one day buy its double-decker. Cathay says that its decision to have the A350-900 and 777-300ER "at the core" of its long-haul fleet follows "a thorough evaluation of our requirements as we approach the retirement of the 747-400 and A340-300". Cathay, which operates 15 A340-300s and 22 747-400s, adds that it does not plan to replace the entire fleets of these two types with the new aircraft, but "only the older ones". These orders will also be used to accommodate fleet growth. Aug 5, 2010
Cessna Aircraft Cessna has clinched Indian certification for its Citation Mustang business jet bringing to 60 the number of countries that have approved the entry-level jet. Cessna has delivered more than 300 Mustangs since the six-seat aircraft entered service three years ago, including the first last month to an owner flyer in China. This delivery coincided with the handover of three 208 Caravan single engine turboprops to Shanghai HaoHai, Zhongshan Eagle and Hainan Asia Pacific. Jul 26, 2010
Phillippine Airlines Out of pilots, Philippine airline grounds flights. National air carrier Philippine Airlines had to cancel at least five flights Saturday, one to Hong Kong, the others to domestic destinations, after several Airbus A320 pilots decamped for jobs abroad. Brain drain, the decamping of professionals, including teachers and nurses, for better jobs abroad, has long plagued the impoverished Southeast Asian nation. About 10 percent of the population of 94 million works abroad, sending home the money that provides the bloodline for the economy. PAL spokesman Jonathan Gesmundo went on TV and radio stations to apologize to the public for the cancellations, which he said were caused by the sudden departure of nearly dozen pilots for better-paying jobs overseas. He said the pilots did not inform the management, but that this was not a group action. Jul 31, 2010
Singapore Airlines, Boeing A Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-200 has collided with a stationary aircraft at Beijing Capital International Airport while taxiing today. The 777's right wing-tip struck the tail of another aircraft while it was taxiing out to the runway for departure, says an SIA spokesman. Reports say it collided with an Air China Boeing 737-800. No injuries were reported in the incident. The 777 was returned to the gate and the flight was subsequently cancelled, adds the spokesman. "An assessment is being carried out," he says. All 248 passengers on board the flight were provided with accommodation in Beijing. Jul 31, 2010
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