Sunday April 20, 2014

China’s Minsheng places big Gulfstream order

Gulfstream Aerospace has announced that China’s Minsheng Financial Leasing has placed an order for up to 60 Gulfstream business jets aircraft. The announcement didn’t detail the breakdown between firm orders and options. It covers the Gulfstream product line, including the super mid-size Gulfstream G280; the long-range G450; the ultra-long-range G550; and the ultra-large-cabin ultra-long-range G650. […]

F-35 confirmed for UK airshow season

The UK MoD has confirmed a Lockheed Martin F-35 will make its first overseas airshow visit this year when one visits the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) from 11-13 July and the Farnborough Airshow from 14-20 July. Approval for the airshow displays was given after high level talks between UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond and […]

Boeing delivers 8,000th 737

The world’s best-selling jet airliner achieved another milestone on April 16, with the delivery of the 8,000th 737 to United Airlines. The aircraft, a 737-900ER is painted in standard United Airlines livery, but adds a small logo commemorating the milestone on its upper fuselage. “The 737 program continues to innovate with new features and technology, […]

ATSB releases report into ferris wheel collision

The Australian Transportation Safety Bureau has released a report into the crash of a Cheetah Sierra 200 light aircraft into a ferris wheel on the NSW north coast in October 2011. The report says the pilot of the Sierra was attempting to land at Old Bar near Taree and had just performed a go-around, when it struck […]

LockMart delivers RAN MH-60R EWSS

Lockheed Martin has delivered an MH-60R electronic warfare support system (EWSS) to the Royal Australian Navy. Built in its Adelaide facility, the EWSS will provide the RAN with the ability to generate and test unique Australian mission data loads for the electronic support measures (ESM) systems of the Romeo fleet when it enters service in 2015. […]

First Kiwi SH-2G(I) Seasprite flies

The first Kaman SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite for New Zealand has made its first production test flight at Kaman’s facility in Bloomfield Connecticut. The aircraft, one of 10 on order for the Royal New Zealand Navy, will be used for maintenance and aircrew training and is scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2014. They […]

Jetstar launches BNE-DPS 787 services

Jetstar has become the first commercial Boeing 787 operator at Brisbane Airport with the launch of its new services to and from Bali. The four times a week service will add nearly 3000 seats to the sector. The airline now has three 787s in service, with two more aircraft due to arrive soon. The 787s […]

Avalon cuts fees to stimulate traffic

Avalon Airport has dramatically cut its landing fees in a bid to stimulate activity. Landing fees for airliners and corporate jets are being cut by 15 per cent, while light aircraft landing fees will be cut from $100 to $30. Charter aircraft landing fees and missed approach fees are also being cut. “We’re known as […]

Etihad & Fiji Airways to interline

Etihad Airways and Fiji Airways have announced a “groundbreaking” interline agreement which they say “is the starting point of further negotiations between the two airlines”. “This agreement will allow reciprocal sales from and to 12 cities in Europe, 17 cities in the Middle East, five cities in Africa, five cities in North America, 29 cities […]

F-35′s 15,000 flying hours milestone

Lockheed Martin has announced that the F-35 Lightning II fleet recently passed the 15,000 flying hours milestone. The F-35′s prime contractor says as of April 7 operational F-35s had flown a total of 8,050 flight hours, while SDD development aircraft had accrued 7.123 flights hours. “In another clear sign of program maturation, reliability metrics are […]

Construction to begin as soon as 2016 on a second Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek?

The federal government has confirmed Badgerys Creek as the site of a new, second airport for Sydney, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss announced today. “The government has confirmed that the site for Western Sydney’s new airport will be Badgerys Creek,” the Prime Minister said. “For more than […]

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