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Mar 22, 2009

Japan's airlines are lobbying the government to introduce reforms to help them through the downturn as the country's economic slump deepens. The country's airlines have for years been pressing the government to reduce landing and other airport charges, for example, in addition to cutting taxes and opening up more slots at busy airports such as Tokyo's Haneda. The Scheduled Airlines Association of Japan has now put forward a proposal of reforms to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. The government has said a package of promised reforms is expected to be drawn up by late March. Mar 18, 2009

Positive signs are emerging that air services liberalisation initiatives in Southeast Asia are more than just empty promises, with Indonesia and Singapore reaching a new air services pact that removes protectionist policies barring low-cost airlines from key routes. Indonesia had for several years maintained controversial restrictions on low-cost airlines from Singapore serving four destinations, namely Denpasar (Bali), Jakarta, Medan and Surabaya. It readily admitted that the restrictions were designed to protect flag carrier Garuda Indonesia from new competition. The removal of these restrictions was seen by many as a test case for Southeast Asian nations' promises to liberalise air services policies, and Indonesia has now come through with a new agreement with Singapore. Mar 16, 2009

China Architectural

China Architectural Engineering, Inc. (CAE), a leader in the design, engineering, fabrication and installation of high-end building envelope systems, today provided an update on its business outlook and financial reporting schedule in light of certain corporate developments and the global economic recession. In brief, the Company indicated that: It has delayed the filing of its annual report on Form 10K for its Fiscal Year ending December 31, 2008. It expects to release the report on or before March 31, 2009. Due to weaknesses identified in the Company[sup.1]s internal controls, unforeseen costs related to its acquisition of Techwell, project cost overruns, further provisions on account receivables and the sharp global downturn, which has severely reduced construction spending, CAE[sup.1]s prior revenue guidance can no longer be relied upon. The Company expects profitability in 2009. Mar 18, 2009

ExecuJet Aviation

Business aviation group ExecuJet Aviation and Australian sales, services and product support company Hawker Pacific are targeting Perth in Western Australia as the next stage in their growth plans for the Australian market. Sydney-based Hawker Pacific, which already has fixed-base operations in Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns, hopes to expand its domestic FBO operation to Perth in the next two months, says chief executive Alan Smith. The Perth operation will be modest, but will be an important part of the national network, says Smith. "As we seek to build an Asia-Pacific network, Western Australia is an important place to be," he says. Mar 17, 2009

Honeywell, Qantas Airways

Honeywell announced today that Qantas Airways has received approval by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to use the Honeywell SmartPathTM Ground-Based Augmentation System (GBAS) at Sydney SYD International Airport for satellite-based landings on their A380 aircraft. The Honeywell SmartPath GBAS is the next-generation navigation technology that supports precision approach and landings using Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite data and transmits digital guidance signals to aircraft systems. Airservices Australia, with whom Honeywell has worked on SmartPath GBAS in a coordinated effort, has been actively engaged in the use of GBAS technology since 1999 and has been operating the Honeywell SmartPath GBAS ground station in Sydney since November 2006. Qantas had previously been approved to fly GBAS approaches with their Boeing 737 fleet, recording more than 1,600 GBAS landings in Sydney to date with precision guidance provided by Honeywell's SmartPath GBAS. A GBAS landing on the A380 was first demonstrated during the Airbus A380 test flight in Sydney in June 2007. Honeywell provides the Flight Management System and 11 other products and systems for the Airbus A380. Mar 17, 2009

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